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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 and/or make contributions towards society's greater good and prosperity.

Student Outcomes

The student outcomes for the mechanical engineering program are:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering,
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data,
  3. 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,
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams,
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems,
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility,
  7. an ability to communicate effectively,
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context,
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning,
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues, and
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Academic Year Enrollment BS Degrees Awarded
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 and Civil Engineering Department
Phone: 256.372.5889
Fax: 256.372.5888
The School of Engineering & Technology Building, Room 314
Mohamed Seif
Chair Mechanical and Civil Engineering Department