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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering

Teodora Rutar Shuman, PhD, Chair
Web: http://www.seattleu.edu/scieng/mechanical/


Mechanical Engineering is among the broadest and most versatile of the engineering professions. Mechanical engineering encompasses many diverse activities and fields of interest, including design for environment, machine design, solid mechanics, materials, environmentally conscious energy systems, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics, combustion, control systems, manufacturing, or a combination of these fields as is often the case in the development of complex projects. Mechanical engineers can pursue careers in design, manufacturing, research and development, sales, management, and consulting.

The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to provide educational opportunities for students seeking to enter the mechanical engineering profession, so that they can achieve competence in the field while recognizing their social responsibilities. The program provides a strong foundation in the areas of mathematics, basic sciences, engineering theory and practice, and the humanities and social sciences. It encourages further self-development and life-long intellectual achievement. The program seeks to build student skills in written and oral communication, socially, economically and environmentally responsible decision making, and professionalism.


Program Educational Objectives

In keeping with the Seattle University Mission, the objective of the mechanical engineering program is to prepare graduates to:

  • Professional: Attain a position applying principles from mechanical engineering
  • Personal: Participate in ongoing personal and professional growth and learning by completion of advanced degrees or through other forms of continuing education
  • Societal: Contribute to society or the profession through the involvement in professional organizations or other service activity

Departmental Requirements

In addition to the prerequisites, departmental permission is required for entry into 4000-level design sequence. Permission is achieved by successfully completing required 1000, 2000, and 3000 level CEEGR, ECEGR, CHEM, MEGR, MATH, and PHYS courses with a grade point average of at least 2.50.  Before completing the design sequence (MEGR 4870  /MEGR 4880  /MEGR 4890 ) students must take a comprehensive exam (for details, refer to the Mechanical Engineering Student Handbook). Both the cumulative grade point average and the College of Science and Engineering grade point average must be at least 2.50 for graduation. Taking the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination is required for the degree. The mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET http://www.abet.org.