Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Mission and Objectives

DEPARTMENT MISSION AND VISION STATEMENTS:

Mission:

The mission of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department is to educate and prepare students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for leadership roles in the fields of Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering and to conduct research for the benefit of society.

Vision:

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering aims to be recognized as a leader in mechanical and aerospace engineering education and research.  This vision will be fulfilled through excellence in education and targeted research themes in emerging areas.

Values:

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering values integrity, diversity, critical thinking, impartial judgment, change, innovation, and collegiality. 

Principles:

The core principles of the Department are a commitment to a mastery of fundamentals, creativity, social awareness, leadership skills, and professionalism.  The qualities define the department, its program, and its graduates.

Program Educational Objectives: Mechanical Engineering

  • Objective 1 - Graduates will enter and successfully engage in careers in Mechanical Engineering and other professions appropriate to their background, interests, and skills.
  • Objective 2 - Graduates will engage in continued learning through post-baccalaureate education and/or professional development in engineering or other professional fields.
  • Objective 3 - Graduates will develop as leaders in their chosen professions.

Program Educational Objectives: Aerospace Engineering

  • Objective 1 - Graduates will enter and successfully engage in careers in Aerospace Engineering and other professions appropriate to their background, interests, and skills.
  • Objective 2 - Graduates will engage in continued learning through post-baccalaureate education and/or professional development in engineering or other professional fields.
  • Objective 3 - Graduates will develop as leaders in their chosen professions.

Program Constituencies:

The significant constituencies of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department are the faculty, the students, the alumni, the employers and the graduate schools. Special representatives of these constituencies include the Industrial Advisory Board of the Program and student leadership of the AIAA and ASME undergraduate programs. The programs educational objectives are established and reviewed on an ongoing basis based on the feedback from the various constituencies as well as archival information about the program graduates. The faculty engages in continuing discussions of the academic programs in the regularly-scheduled monthly faculty meetings throughout the academic year.

Student Outcomes:

In order to achieve these objectives, we have adopted the following student outcomes, as stated by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET Inc.

  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.
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary 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 and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and the ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering.

These student outcomes are also assessed on an ongoing basis in order to maintain and improve the quality of the undergraduate experience and equip our students to achieve the objectives stated in our Programs Educational Objectives.