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Mechanical Engineering

1. Educational Objectives

The educational objectives for the Mechanical Engineering program reflect the importance placed on successful professional practice, the ability to pursue advanced degrees, the assumption of professional and societal leadership roles, and a commitment to life-long learning.

University of Illinois Mechanical Engineering graduates will:

(1) Successfully enter a profession that involves Mechanical Engineering skills or pursue graduate/professional education;

(2) Advance in their chosen fields to technical leadership and/or management positions;

(3) Engage in continued learning through professional development;

(4) Participate in and contribute to professional societies and community services.

2. Outcomes

(1) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering;

(2) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;

(3) An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;

(4) An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;

(5) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;

(6) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;

(7) An ability to communicate effectively;

(8) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;

(9) A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning;

(10) A knowledge of contemporary issues;

(11) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

3. Core Curriculum

The technical portion of the mechanical engineering curriculum is designed as a sequence of increasingly specialized experiences. The entering student's first year is spent mastering the basics of science: math, chemistry, and physics. Building on this base, in the second year students begin to take fundamental engineering courses such as statics, dynamics, basic circuits and electronics, thermodynamics, and strength of materials. By the third year, students are taking specialized mechanical engineering courses in the subfields of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, dynamic systems and controls, materials, mechanical design, and manufacturing. Finally, during the senior year, students have the opportunity to both broaden and deepen their knowledge of the field through technical elective courses. At the end of the curriculum, students take the capstone senior design course in which the knowledge and skills they have learned are applied to projects submitted to the department by industrial firms or by faulty members. Engineering design, communication, teamwork, and laboratory experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum from the first year to the last year.

4. Program Duration and Awarded Degree

Planned Duration of Program: Four Years Full-Time

Degrees Awarded: BSc of Zhejiang University and BSc of UIUC 


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