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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 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 fields of interest, including robotics, control systems, mechatronics, environmentally conscious energy systems including buildings, transportation, and renewable energy, medical devices, MEMS, NEMS, machine design, solid mechanics, materials, including composites, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, manufacturing, or a combination of these fields as is often the case in the development of complex systems. Mechanical engineers can pursue careers in design, testing, manufacturing, research and development, sales, management, and consulting.

The mission of the Seattle U’s Mechanical Engineering Department is to provide a technically rigorous design-focused education in a collaborative environment that emphasizes individual attention and connections to industry, while preparing students to help create a more just and humane world.  Students are expected to attain a strong foundation in the areas of mathematics, basic sciences, engineering theory and practice, and the humanities and social sciences, and to develop both technical and professional skills.

Educational Objectives

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

  • Professional: Attain a position solving real-world problems using mechanical engineering skills and principles developed while studying at Seattle University
  • Personal: Participate in ongoing personal and professional growth by actively seeking additional skills and experiences, for example engaging in continuing education and/or pursuing advanced degrees
  • Societal: Contribute to society through involvement in professional organizations, developing mentorship relationships, taking on leadership roles, and other service activities.

Student Outcomes

At the time of graduation, students from our BSME program are expected to have:

  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.

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 major grade point average must be at least 2.50 for graduation. Taking the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination is required for the degree. The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET http://www.abet.org.


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