Department Philosophy

Vision and Mission

The Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering is committed to innovation and excellence in teaching, research and service. We plan to achieve this vision by recruiting high caliber faculty and students, and by continually improving our curriculum and teaching methods. The department facilitates a collegial atmosphere that is conducive to intellectual and scholarly pursuits of faculty and students.

Department Goals

  • Provide high quality and innovative educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Foster lifelong learning
  • Promote professionalism and ethical standards
  • Help students develop leadership qualities
  • Pursue excellence in scholarly research in areas of mechanical and energy engineering
  • Collaborate with engineers in industry, national laboratories and government agencies in the solution of national and global problems related to energy use and its environmental impacts 

Program Educational Objectives (B.S. in MEE)

  • Graduates are successfully employed in mechanical and energy engineering positions and other related fields
  • Graduates engage in life-long learning demonstrated by advanced education, professional development activities and/or other career activities
  • Graduates successfully demonstrate technical and leadership competence

Student Outcomes 

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science with a major in mechanical and energy engineering, students are able to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, engineering and science
  • Design and conduct experiments to verify and validate the design projects they develop and analyze and interpret data
  • Develop project-based learning skills through design and implementation of a system, component or process that meets the needs within realistic constraints
  • Function in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • Have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • Communicate effectively
  • Achieve broad education necessary to understand the impact of mechanical and energy engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  • Understand learning processes and need for learning, and engage in lifelong learning
  • Achieve knowledge of contemporary issues
  • Use techniques, skills and computer-based tools for conducting experiments and carrying out designs