University Bulletin 2018-2019

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Mechanical Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering (251) 460-6168
Chair David A. Nelson
Professors Hsiao, Nelson, Phan  
Associate Professors Cauley 
Assistant Professors Kar, Kim, Lillian, Montalvo, Poole, Richardson, Tambe, Yazdani
Professors Emeritus Donovan, Engin
Instructors Kramer, Roberts

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Mechanical Engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers invent, analyze and design systems that produce power or convert energy. This encompasses such diverse applications as designing next-generation aircraft and automobiles, inventing novel methods of generating energy from renewable sources, and developing sophisticated new medical devices and systems. Mechanical engineers are in the forefront of exciting new technological fields, including nano-engineering, biomedical engineering, and energy research.

The basic fields of study for mechanical engineers include:

  • Materials science, which 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. Applications include power generation from fossil fuels, from renewable sources (solar, wind energy) and fuel cells.
  • Engineering mechanics is the study of static and dynamic effects of forces applied to rigid and flexible solid bodies.
  • Fluid mechanics, 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 including studies of transient and steady-state response of systems to external inputs.
  • Design synthesis which integrates all fields of engineering in the production of safe, practical, efficient, and economically feasible solutions to real problems.

All BSME students complete a senior-year "capstone" design project, in which a team of students defines and solves a unique, real-world engineering problem.

The curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) is designed so that graduates can work in any Mechanical Engineering field, or continue their educations at the graduate level.

BSME Program Educational Objectives:

Alumni of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program should demonstrate the following traits and accomplishments within five years following graduation:

1.  Graduates will achieve professional advancements or promotions with progressively higher levels of responsibility, competency, professional and ethical judgment and analysis.  They will apply creative and innovative techniques to solve significant problems.  They will apply team assimilation skills to successfully manage cross-disciplinary, collaborative projects that require global and multicultural perspectives.

2. Graduates will demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills in presenting, documenting and conveying their work. They will use these skills in creating and supporting new or improved designs, inventions, and intellectual property, thereby contributing to the social, economic, and environmental well-being of local and global communications.  

3. Graduates will demonstrate commitment to lifelong and continuous professional development through activities such as mentoring, participating in professional societies, completing advanced degrees and achieving professional registration or other certifications.

Mechanical Engineering graduates will accomplish these objectives in the course of professional employment, entrepreneurship, military or public service and postgraduate education.

BSME Student Outcomes:

By the time of graduation from the BSME program, a student will have demonstrated attainment of the following outcomes:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • 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.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary engineering practice.

The BSME curriculum is designed to ensure the attainment of the student outcomes.

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Exam-Compliant Calculator Policy

Every Mechanical Engineering (ME) student must have an exam-compliant calculator for use in those ME courses which allow calculator usage.  Only those calculators which are acceptable for use in the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam are considered to be exam-compliant and may be used in those Mechanical Engineering classes which allow calculator usage.  Use of a calculator which is NOT exam complaint in an ME test, quiz, or exam will be considered academic misconduct.  For a list of exam-compliant calculator models, see

Faculty Listing

Mechanical Engineering Faculty
Cauley, Lanier S. Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor BS, Virginia Polytechnic Inst and
MS, Virginia Polytechnic Inst and
PHD, Clemson University
Cloutier, Robert J. General Engineering Professor BS, United States Naval Academy
MBA, Eastern University
PHD, Stevens Inst of Technology
Hsiao, Kuang-Ting Mechanical Engineering Professor BS, Natl Taiwan University
PHD, University of Delaware
Kar, Julia Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor ME, The University of Auckland
MS, University of Louisville
PHD, University of Louisville
Kim, Hee Seok Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor BSME, Sungkyunkwan Univ - Korea
MSME, Sungkyunkwan Univ - Korea
PHD, University of Washington
Lester, Henry D. General Engineering Assistant Professor BS, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical U
MS, University of Arkansas- Fayett
MSCE, University of Alabama
MS, University of Alabama
PHD, University of Alabama
Lillian, Todd D. Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor BS, Brigham Young University
MSME, University of Michigan-Ann Arb
PHD, University of Michigan-Ann Arb
Montalvo, Carlos J. Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor BS, Georgia Inst of Tech - Main
MS, Georgia Inst of Tech - Main
PHD, Georgia Inst of Tech - Main
Nelson, David A. Mechanical Engineering Professor BS, Duke University
MS, Ohio State U-Main Campus
PHD, Duke University
Phan, Anh-Vu Mechanical Engineering Professor BS, Ho Chi Minh City Univ of Tech
MS, Grenoble Inst of Technology
PHD, University of Montreal
Poole, Gregory M. Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor BS, University of Alabama
MS, University of Alabama
PHD, University of Alabama
Tambe, Dhananjay T. Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor MS, Brown University
PHD, Brown University
Yazdani, Saami K. Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor BS, Virginia Polytechnic Inst and
MS, Virginia Polytechnic Inst and
PHD, Wake Forest University