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Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering


The Mechanical Engineering major at Western New England University is a multifaceted and versatile subject area that affords you the opportunity to explore and learn about materials, solid and fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, kinematics and control, vibrations, and product development and innovation. The stimulating combination of the didactic and applied aspects of our curriculum provides students with the intellectual and vocational tools integral to the design and manufacturing of mechanical systems. You’ll be at the forefront of developing technologies for a diverse array of industries including aerospace, transportation, energy, healthcare, construction, and robotics.

Why Choose Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical Engineering is the application of science and technology essential to industry, defense, healthcare, the environment, and society. This broad field influences society every day. Mechanical engineering deals with anything that moves, including the human body. Mechanical engineers design and build every aspect of the modern world from automobiles and airplanes, to satellites and robots, and medical equipment, power plants and communication devices. The possibilities are endless in mechanical engineering.

What Will You Study?

Our program provides a solid theoretical background combined with an extensive hands-on education through design projects in our modern, well-equipped labs. You’ll take a blend of courses that address various areas of industries, such as power, automotive, aerospace, or Mechatronics. In your junior year, you will choose a concentration in General Mechanical Engineering or Mechatronics, or you may opt to take the Green Engineering sequence of courses. Over the course of your multidisciplinary studies, you’ll also collaborate with faculty and students in other majors on original research and the development of new technologies.

We also offer programs to accelerate your studies to achieve your personal goals. These programs include:

  • Five-year BS in Mechanical Engineering/MS in Mechanical Engineering 
  • Five-year Bachelor/Master of Science in Engineering Management
  • Five-year Bachelor/MBA Program
  • Six-year Engineering/Law Program 

Students can also choose to further their education after the completion of their bachelor degree in the following programs:

  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Management

Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Educational Objectives

The objectives of the Mechanical Engineering Program are to produce graduates whose careers and professional behavior several years after graduation are marked by: 

  • A commitment to continuing education and technical competency in solving engineering problems, consistent with the ethics of the profession, and serving the needs of local, national, and multinational communities and enterprises;
  • Advancement in their professional careers, including the attainment of increased technical or managerial capabilities; and
  • Continual improvement in effective technical and non-technical communication and teamwork.

Student Outcomes

The outcomes for the Mechanical Engineering Program were chosen so that graduates will be prepared to meet the program objectives. Thus, graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Program will have:

  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
Enrollment and Degree Statistics

Enrollment and Degree Statistics

Enrollment
 
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
Full-time
154
178
185
208
212
247
250
272
Part-time
3
6
3
5
7
8
12
16

Bachelor's Degrees Awarded
Academic Year
2008-09
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
Degrees
30
32
31
34
44
41
62
42
Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Mechanical engineering graduates work primarily in engineering services, research and development, manufacturing industries, and the federal government. Our alumni have been hired by Belcan Engineering, BNL Industries, Control Automation Group, Electric Boat, General Dynamics, Lenox, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newell Rubbermaid, Raytheon, Pratt & Whitney, Smith & Wesson, Texas Instruments, and UTC Aerospace Systems. Many students head directly to graduate schools, including Clemson University, Georgia Tech, Northeastern University, Purdue University, Stanford University, and Western New England University.

Internships and Study Abroad

Internships and Study Abroad

Internships
Students are encouraged to take on internships to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world industry. Recent internship sites include Boeing, Chrysler, FloDesign, General Electric, General Motors, Milton Bradley, NASA, Newell Rubbermaid, Sikorsky Aircraft, Smith & Wesson, Spalding Sports Worldwide, United Technology Research Center, and UTC Aerospace Systems.

Engineering Abroad
Our Mechanical Engineering majors have trekked all over the globe for educational and humanitarian pursuits, as part of their study abroad experiences. In recent years, students have traveled to Guatemala to help set up a water irrigation system in a remote village.

Research

Research

Our students participate in research projects with faculty and collaborate on projects within their majors and beyond. They also have opportunities to travel regionally and nationally to present their design projects and research papers at professional conferences.

Recent examples of research and collaboration include:

  • Experimental Study of Nitinol Wire Arrangements as Servo-Biomimetics for Facial Muscles
  • Study of Shape Memory Alloy Servo-Biomimetic Actuations
  • Impinging Jet Spray Formation using Viscoelastic Liquids
  • Optimization of PEMs: Conductance as a Function of Fabrication Method
  • Investigation of Non-Newtonian Impinging Jets
  • Cross-disciplinary collaboration with engineering and business students and faculty in the Product Development and Innovation Course
Student Competitions

Student Competitions

There are several student competitions each year that allow you to present your hard work and compete with students from other schools. Entries include design projects, academic papers, and research conducted with faculty members. Students also enter their entrepreneurial inventions in the Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards to vie for prize money to fund their own business or product.

With a growing interest among engineering students to work in the automotive industry, the Golden Bear Racing Club was established to design, develop, and produce an off-road vehicle that competed in the national Baja SAE competition. Mini-Baja racing is a form of off-road “dune buggy” style racing on dirt or sand courses.

Labs and Facilities

Labs and Facilities

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers the latest technology and equipment, which is available to students, faculty, and staff to utilize for research-related activities. We are rigorous in our efforts to provide a safe and productive environment for all lab users.

Laboratory I is the first in a two-course sequence, and is designed to give students personal experience in the use of laboratory instruments and in the collection and interpretation of data. Experimental methodology and communication of experimental results are stressed throughout the course. This course also serves to enhance technical writing skills.

Laboratory II builds on the skills developed in Laboratory I. A student works with team members to perform laboratory experiments in materials science, mechanics of materials, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, data acquisition, and manufacturing. Additionally, each student works on an interdisciplinary semester-long team design project.

Clubs & Organizations

Clubs & Organizations

Mechanical Engineering students may have interests in: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers, and Society of Women Engineers. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Mini Baja SAE® competition, ASME Design Competitions, academic conferences, and entrepreneurial contests. Many of our students also participate in varsity and intramural sports, special interest groups, and student government.

Clubs and Organizations
Faculty

Faculty

You'll learn from these experienced faculty who are dedicated to your success. They will guide you not only through coursework, but also through projects, outside research, career opportunities, and internships. The personal attention and support you will receive is unparalleled. All members of the full-time faculty have doctoral degrees with research expertise in areas such as fluid mechanics, solar energy, sensor design, data acquisition, acoustics, mechatronics and control systems.

Faculty
Accreditation

Accreditation

Program leading to BS in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Unique Learning Opportunities

  • First Year Program

    "Design, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking from day one" is the cornerstone of engineering education at Western New England University. Our first year engineering program teams students up to design, code, and prototype a robot to compete in the Bot Battle at the end of the first semester. In the second semester, data acquisition and processing, ethical standards, communication, and business skills are developed. Student teams design a product to improve lives through the application of smart technology. The prototypes are presented at the Emerging Engineers Expo at the end of the year.

  • Senior Design Projects

    You can take what you've learned in the classroom and apply it to solve a real industry problem in an Individual Senior Design Project that caps off your engineering education. You'll research, design, and create a project that advances industry knowledge. Regional companies may sponsor and guide you through the completion of your project, which will allow you to leverage the opportunity into a full-time job. Some examples of Senior Design Projects are an Acoustic Drop Levitator, which aids pharmaceutical drug development; an assistive glove device to help the disabled perform difficult gripping and hand movements; Modification of a UAV for Small Package Delivery and an embedded GPS system in a model rocket to return it back to its launch location.