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Mechanical Engineering

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Shlomo Carmi


Muniswamappa Anjanappa
Dwayne Arola
Panos Charalambides
Akhtar S. Khan
Uri Tasch
Tim Topoleski
Weidong Zhu

Associate Professors

Charles Eggleton
Tony Farquhar
Liang Zhu
Marc Zupan

Assistant Professors

Dawn Bennett
Ronghui Ma
Anne Spence
Hai-jun Su
Wa-Muzemba Anselm Tshibangu

Associate Professor Emeritus

Christian von Kerczek

Courses in this program are listed under ENME.

Mechanical engineering focuses on the design and production of energy-producing systems and on mechanical devices or mechanisms. These systems and mechanisms are applied to fields ranging from biology, such as artificial hearts, to transport systems, such as cars and airplanes, and in manufacturing tools and plants. The mechanical engineering curriculum at UMBC, accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET, Inc., 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202 Telephone: 410-347-7700, Fax: 410-625-2238, Web:, provides students thorough training in mathematics, physical sciences, engineering sciences and engineering design. Mechanical engineering students also gain a broad education by completing a cross section of courses in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and language and culture in accordance with university General Foundation Requirements (GFR).

The Program Educational Objectives of the Mechanical Engineering Department are to

  • Prepare our graduates with the technical skills and knowledge necessary to practice Mechanical Engineering successfully.

  • Prepare graduates to pursue graduate and/or professional education in Mechanical Engineering .

There are several ways for students to progress through the mechanical engineering program. A traditional four-year timetable (outlined below) provides the quickest path to completing the degree. Many students combine their mechanical engineering program with part-time work or community service. UMBC's Shriver Center helps students develop various ways to accomplish their goals.

Students may opt for part-time employment or internships. The Shriver Center also works with students to develop service internships outside of mechanical engineering, such as tutoring disadvantaged children.

The mechanical engineering department works closely with the Shriver Center to enable students to accomplish both their mechanical engineering education, as well as their service and experience objectives.

It is also possible and quite desirable to combine a mechanical engineering major with a second major, such as mathematics, physics, geography or various other fields. The undergraduate advisor in mechanical engineering helps students arrange their course work to achieve such educational goals.

Admission Requirements

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING REPEAT POLICY At UMBC, students may not register for a course more than two times. They are considered registered for a course if they are enrolled after the end of the schedule adjustment period. Students may petition the Office of Undergraduate Education for a third and final attempt of a course taken at UMBC or another institution, however, the Department of Mechanical Engineering will not support petitions to repeat required lower-level courses for the purpose of continuing in the major.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING REPEAT POLICY IMPLICATIONS: Any student who meets the appropriate gateway criteria but has attempted a lower-level required course (100 -200 level) twice and not earned a grade of C or better cannot continue in the Mechanical Engineering program. This policy applies to courses which may be offered at a higher level (300-400) at another institution but are considered equivalent to lower-level courses at UMBC. Transfer students who have attempted a required lower-level course or its equivalent at another institution two or more times without earning a grade of C on the second attempt may be admitted to UMBC, but are not eligible for admittance to the Mechanical Engineering program.

GATEWAY CRITERIA –EFFECTIVE FALL 2009 Applicants admitted fall 2009 and later may designate mechanical engineering as their intended major. However, students are admitted to the mechanical engineering program only when they pass all four of the following Gateway courses: MATH152, ENES101 and ENME110 with a grade of “B” or better and CHEM101, with a grade of “C” or better. Students are permitted to retake two of the gateway courses one time to earn the required grade. Enrolling in a gateway course at UMBC or another institution is considered an attempt. Students are not allowed to take any 300-level or 400-level mechanical engineering courses until the gateway requirements are fulfilled.

GATEWAY CRITERIA – PRIOR TO FALL 2009 Students admitted prior to fall 2009 and transfer students that began their higher education prior to fall 2009 that have maintained a continuous enrollment (without a two year break) may designate mechanical engineering as their intended major. Students who have more than a two year break in enrollment must complete the requirements (gateway and general education) in effect at UMBC at the time of re-admission to higher education. However, students are admitted to the mechanical engineering program only when they pass all four of the following Gateway courses: MATH151, ENES101, CHEM 101, ENGL 100 or 110 with a minimum cumulative grade point average (gpa) of 2.5 (note repeat policy). Transfer Students: In addition to the four courses listed above, the Gateway also includes any Math, Chemistry, Physics or Engineering course that is being transferred. Courses from an engineering technology program (even an accredited one) may not be substituted for any engineering or basic science courses.

PROGRAM REGULATIONS 1. The mechanical engineering department publishes the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Handbook, which details the regulations and policies of the department. The responsibility for proper registration and for satisfying stated pre-requisites for any course must rest with the student, as does the responsibility for proper achievement in courses in which the student is enrolled. Each student is responsible for being thoroughly familiar with the provisions of the University Undergraduate Catalog and Handbook, including all the academic regulations. 2. Required courses in mathematics, physics and chemistry have highest priority, and it is strongly recommended that every engineering student registers for mathematics, chemistry and physics each semester until he or she has satisfied these requirements. 3. To be eligible for a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, a student must have an overall average of a least a “C” (2.0) and a grade of “C” or better in all courses. Responsibility for knowing and meeting all degree requirements for graduation in any curriculum rests with the student. 4. To earn a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UMBC,students must complete a minimum of 24 credits of ENME courses with a grade of C or better at UMBC.

Major Program

The freshman year in engineering is designed to lay a strong foundation in mathematics, physical sciences and the engineering sciences upon which the student later will develop a professional program during the sophomore, junior and senior years. Students applying for admission to UMBC should take the mathematics placement test early enough so, if necessary, MATH 150: Pre-calculus Mathematics could be taken in the summer preceding the first regular semester. The placement test is administered by the Learning Resources Center, and students should make arrangements with them for the test. The test measures the student’s preparation for MATH 151: Calculus and Analytic Geometry. Students who are not prepared to schedule MATH 151 are advised to schedule MATH 150 in the summer session before the fall (first) semester. At the beginning of the sophomore year, the student selects a primary field of engineering specialty. At UMBC, courses through the senior year are available in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer engineering. The science elective can be selected from any course, at the 300 level or higher, in biology, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry or any engineering field except mechanical engineering. A list of pre-approved science/technical electives is posted and made available to students. A mechanical engineering elective at the 400 level or above may be substituted for the science elective. The other technical electives must be 400-level mechanical engineering courses, one of which must be a design course.