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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is a professional discipline that addresses the utilization of technological and scientific know-how to advance the efficiency, safety, utility and reliability of mechanical and thermal systems for the benefit of humanity. Nowadays, engineering is more interdisciplinary, team-oriented, and environmentally sensitive than ever before. This program encompasses the traditional roles of Mechanical Engineering in areas of analysis, design, manufacturing, and testing of mechanical and thermal systems (i.e. boilers, steam plants, heat exchangers, hydraulic systems, refrigeration, etc.), while also including emphasis in system integration, propulsion systems, concurrent engineering, and other competitive engineering practices. Design for manufacture considers additional elements such as consumer satisfaction, time to market, and others.

This program is designed to provide the necessary foundation in engineering analysis, design, manufacturing and engineering sciences leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. The common program includes courses in fluid and solid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics, instrumentation, automatic controls and mechanical and thermal design. Additional instruction is available through the program options that include; power generation, energy systems, manufacturing systems, and system integration. Emphasis is placed in an appropriate combination of theoretical and experimental instruction to enable students to carry out engineering projects that cover concurrent engineering design practices. Therefore, each lab experiment contains elements of design and manufacturing.

Students’ instruction will include the use of modern computer simulation tools such as MatLab, CAD, CAE, Lab-View and others as appropriate in developing their designs. Additionally, students are required to take a two-semester capstone design course that addresses integration of design, manufacturing, reliability, economics, maintainability, and life cycle disposal in their projects.

The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

ME Program Educational Objectives

The objectives of the Mechanical Engineering program at Alabama A&M University are to produce graduates who, within the first few years of their graduation:

  1. Are successfully employed in ME related fields or have transitioned into nontraditional career paths.
  2. Advance professionally as a result of his/her ability to solve complex technical problems and demonstrate professional engineering competence via promotions and/or positions of increasing responsibility.
  3. Continue life-long learning via progress toward, or successful completion of an advanced degree, professional development and/or industrial training course(s), and/or engineering certification.
  4. Demonstrate service and sovereignty through involvement with community and/or professional organizations.

Student Outcomes

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics 
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors 
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences 
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts 
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives 
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions 
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.  

Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Academic Year Enrollment BS Degrees Awarded
2022-2023 298 19
2021-2022 305 30
2020-2021 293 41
2019-2020 298 41
2018-2019 282 27
2017-2018 297 34
2016-2017 283 19
2015-2016 259 18
2014-2015 250 23
2013-2014 228 22
2012-2013 197 22
2011-2012 197 26
2010-2011 201 13
2009-2010 173 14

Contact Us

Mechanical Engineering Program
Phone: 256.372.4136
Fax: 256.372.5888
The School of Engineering & Technology Building, Room 314
Mebougna Drabo, Ph.D.
Chair of Mechanical & Civil Engineering and Construction Management