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ProfessorsMuniswamappa (Appa) Anjanappa
Akhtar S. Khan
Associate ProfessorsTony Farquhar
Assistant ProfessorsSoobum Lee
Associate Professor EmeritusChristian von Kerczek
Wa-Muzemba Anselm Tshibangu
Professor of the PracticeAnne Spence
Professor & Dean EmeritusShlomo Carmi
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: http://www.abet.org), 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) or General Education Program (GEP).
Program Educational Objectives
The faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UMBC is dedicated to serving its constituencies by graduating mechanical engineers who will achieve the following milesstones 3-5 years from graduation:
- Demonstrate success as a professional mechanical engineer, or a successful transition from the traditional mechanical engineer career path into another career.
- Demonstrate success in advanced education, research and development, or other creative efforts in engineering, science and technology.
There are several ways for students to progress through the mechanical engineering program. A traditional four-year timetable provides the quickest path to completing the degree, although most students choose to complete their degree in five years. 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, while working with students to develop service internships outside of mechanical engineering, such as tutoring disadvantaged children.
It is also possible and quite desirable to combine a Mechanical Engineering major with a minor, such as Entrepreneurship & Innovation or Mathematics, or a second major, such as Mathematics, Physics, Geography or various other fields. Students meet with their undergraduate advisor in Mechanical Engineering each semester during the advising session to assess their progress towards achieving their educational and career goals.
Career and Academic Paths
Recent graduates of UMBC’s Mechanical Engineering Program have secured starting engineering positions in both large and small firms, as well as in government laboratories. Some large firms that employ UMBC graduates are BGE, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Black & Decker, Ford Motor Co. and Toyota of North America. Other graduates have secured professional positions in government laboratories, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Naval Surface Weapons Center, the U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Ground and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry is also a large employer of mechanical engineers. Many UMBC Mechanical Engineering graduates are pursuing both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at major universities such as The Johns Hopkins University, University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, University of Cincinnati, University of Maryland, College Park; as well as UMBC. Many graduates working in nearby industries pursue part-time graduate work in mechanical engineering or engineering management at UMBC.
Mechanical Engineering students obtain academic advising in two stages. Students at the freshman and sophomore level (determined by the level of engineering courses taken and passed, not by the total number of credit hours taken) are advised by professional advisors in the Undergraduate Student Services in the College of Engineering and Information Technology. When a student advances to the junior level, a mechanical engineering faculty member is assigned as a permanent advisor who takes over the formal academic advising. Students must meet with their faculty advisor at least once per semester to prepare pre-registration requirements for the following semester. At this time, the faculty advisor helps the student review his or her academic status and plan for an efficient continuation of the student’s program. The overall advising activity is supervised by the mechanical engineering Undergraduate Program Director (UPD).
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 (100 and 200 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 and 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 and 400 level) 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 criteria 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 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, 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.
General Education Program
In addition to the major requirements, students must satisfy the General Foundation Requirements (GFR) or the General Education Program (GEP) requirements as applicable. One course in the Arts and Humanities sequence must be PHIL 251: Ethical Issues in Science, Engineering and Information Technology.
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 (LRC), and students should make arrangements with them for the test. The LRC's Placement testing website is http://www.umbc.edu/lrc/placement_test.htm and their email is firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 through their Degree Audit. 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.
Outlined below are the program requirements leading to the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a recommended four year program of study for mechanical engineering majors.
|GEP or GFR||3 Cr||CHEM 102 Chemistry II||4 Cr|
|CHEM 101 Chemistry I||4 Cr||CHEM 102L Chemistry II Lab||2 Cr|
|Math 151 Calculus I||4 Cr||MATH 152 Calculus II||4 Cr|
|ENES 101 Intro. Eng. Sci.||3 Cr||ENME 110 Statics||3 Cr|
|ENGL 100 Composition||3 Cr||PHYS 121 Physics I||4 Cr|
|Total||17 Cr||Total||17 Cr|
|GEP or GFR||3 Cr||ENME 221 Dynamics||3 Cr|
|MATH 251 Mult. Var. Calculus||4 Cr||MATH 225 Diff. Equations||3 Cr|
|STAT 355 Stat. for Sci. and Engr.||4 Cr||ENME 217 Eng. Thermodyn.||3 Cr|
|ENME 220 Mech. Materials||3 Cr||ENME 204 Intro Design w/ CAD||3 Cr|
|PHYS 122 Physics II||4 Cr||PHIL 251(rec GFR) Ethical Issues in Science, Engr. and Inf. Tech.||3 Cr|
|Total||18 Cr||Total||15 Cr|
|ENGL 393 Tech. Writing||3 Cr||GEP or GFR||3 Cr|
|ENME 303 Topics in Engineering Mathematics||3 Cr||ENME 304 Machine Design||3 Cr|
|ENME 320 Fluid Mechanics||3 Cr||ENME 321 Transfer Process||3 Cr|
|ENME 302 Prin. of Elect. Engr.||4 Cr||ENME 332L Solid Mech. and Materials Lab||3 Cr|
|ENME 301 Structure and Properties of Engr. Materials||3 Cr||ENME 360 Vibrations||3 Cr|
|Total||16 Cr||Total||15 Cr|
|GEP or GFR||6 Cr||GEP or GFR||6/7 Cr|
|ENME 403 Automatic Controls||3 Cr||ENME 482L Vib./ Control Lab.||2 Cr|
|ENME 432L Fluids/Energy Lab||2 Cr||ENME 444 Mech. Engr. Systems Design||3 Cr|
|ENME 4XX Technical Elective||3 Cr||ENME 4XX Design Elective||3 Cr|
|Science/ Technical Elective||3 Cr|
|Total||17 Cr||Total||14/15 Cr|
Accelerated B.S./M.S. Program
This combined program is designed for completion in five years. Students are encouraged to plan on such an effort from the start. See the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate website, http://www.me.umbc.edu/, for most current information.
The Mechanical Engineering faculty strives to make research opportunities available to undergraduate students at any level. Many students are involved in research projects with faculty advisors. Such activities are particularly valuable and effective for students who aim to pursue their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the combined B.S./M.S. Program offered by the department.
The Mechanical Engineering Department offers various extracurricular activities to enhance students’ professional development. Students may participate in student chapters of major professional organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE); the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE); the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process in Engineering (SAMPE). There is also a chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society and the Engineers Without Borders (EWB). Other notable activities include technical competitive activities such as the Baja SAE all-terrain vehicle competition. There is also an Executive Club of undergraduate students which addresses entrepreneurship and innovation.