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DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
 
Chair: David A. Nelson (251) 460-6168
Professors: Donovan, Engin, Nelson
Associate Professor: Cauley, Phan
Assistant Professors: Dougherty, Gou, Hsiao
Adjunct Associate Professor: Hollis
Instructor: Borowski, Foley
 
Department of Mechanical Engineering web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/engineering/mechanical
 
Mechanical Engineering is one of the most basic and widely applied of all scientific disciplines, as evidenced by the diverse positions occupied by mechanical engineers throughout the entire spectrum of industry, research, and consulting.
Mechanical engineers play a vital role in all energy-related industries, including petroleum, nuclear, and chemical. They are leaders in design, production, and management in such varied fields as aerospace, manufacturing, computers, electrical power, controls, construction, biomechanics, and comfort engineering.
The curriculum is designed so that graduates may enter any area of Mechanical Engineering, or continue their education at the graduate level.
The basic fields of study include the following:
Materials science is the study of the relationship between structure, properties, and processing of materials.
Thermodynamics and heat transfer deal with basic concepts and applications of work, energy, and power, such as found in internal combustion, nuclear, and solar devices. Studies involving heating, air conditioning, and ventilation are also found in this area.
Engineering mechanics is the study of static and dynamic effects of forces applied to rigid and flexible solid bodies.
Fluid mechanics is the study of the forces and motions of liquids and gases. Included in this area of study are hydraulics, gas dynamics, aerodynamics, and design and application of pumps, compressors, and turbines.
Control systems include studies of transient and steady-state response of systems to external inputs.
Design synthesis utilizes the above areas to produce safe, practical, efficient, and economically feasible solutions of problems facing the mechanical engineer.
The objective of the B.S. Mechanical Engineering program is to produce graduates with the following attributes:
  • Graduates will be able to apply mathematical, computational and computer skills to analyze mechanical engineering problems.
  • Graduates will be able to plan and conduct experiments using traditional and modern equipment, and to apply appropriate statistical techniques for data analysis.
  • Graduates will have engineering design skills in the areas of thermal and mechanical systems. Those skills include formulating problems, generating solutions, making and implementing decisions, communicating, and working in teams.
  • Graduates will be able to enter any discipline of the Mechanical Engineering profession, or to continue their education at the graduate level.
  • Graduates will be prepared for success in their respective careers, for professional registration, and will engage in life-long learning activities.
    The courses listed below are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
    The Bachelor of Science program in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.
     
    BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
     
    FIRST YEAR        
    Fall     Spring  
    EH 101
    3
      EH 102
    3
     
    MA 125
    4
      MA 126
    4
     
    CH 131
    4
      PH 201
    4
     
    ME 135
    3
      ME 123
    3
     
    EG 101
    2
      CA 110
    3
     
     
    16
       
    17
     
     
    SECOND YEAR        
    Fall     Spring  
    MA 227
    4
      MA 238
    3
     
    PH 202
    4
      MA 237
    3
     
    CIS 227
    3
      EG 220
    3
     
    EG 283
    3
      EG 284
    3
     
    Gen Ed
    3
      EG 315
    3
     
     
    17
    Gen Ed*
    3
     
     
    18
     
    THIRD YEAR        
    Fall     Spring  
    EG 230
    3
      ME 312
    3
     
    EG 270
    3
      ME 314
    3
     
    EG 360
    3
      ME 316
    3
     
    ME 326
    3
      ME 317
    3
     
    ME 328
    3
      ME 319
    1
     
     
    15
    ME 336
    1
      Gen Ed*
    3
     
         
    17
     
     
    FOURTH YEAR*****    
    Fall     Spring  
    ME 411
    3
      ME 414
    2
     
    ME 412
    1
      ME 429
    1
     
    ME 413
    2
      ME 472
    3
     
    ME 421
    3
      ME Elective**
    3
     
    ME 426
    3
      Tech Elect***
    3
     
    Gen Ed*
    3
    Gen Ed*
    3
    15
       
    15
     
     
      *Eighteen hours of Humanities/Social Science courses are required. These must include nine hours in Humanities, nine hours in Social Sciences including one sequence. Also required is one literature, one fine arts, one CA 110 (Public Speaking), one history and one Social and Behavioral Science.
     **The Mechanical Engineering elective must be an approved Mechanical Engineering course.
    ***The technical elective is normally a 300- or 400- level course from mathematics, science, computer and information sciences, or engineering, and must be approved by the advisor.
    ****All required 100- and 200-level courses are prerequisite to 400-level courses.
     
    MASTER OF SCIENCE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
    Admission and MS Degree requirements in Mechanical Engineering as well as three plans of study (thesis option, project option, course work only option) are stated at the beginning under College of Engineering section. Most graduate courses in Mechanical Engineering are offered at night for the benefit of full-time employed engineers within commuting distance of the campus. Graduate courses normally meet one evening per week. The program leading to the degree of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering has several possible specializations: biomechanics, orthopaedic biomechanics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics with special emphasis on computational mechanics, vibrations, dynamics, simulation and controls. MA 507 and MA 508 are required in Mechanical Engineering. See degree requirements.
     
     
     
     

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