The combined major in mechanical engineering and design educates students in topics of both disciplines and the interface between them.
Mechanical engineering involves the design, development, and manufacture of machinery and devices to transmit power or to convert energy from thermal to mechanical form in order to power the modern world and its machines. Its current practice has been heavily influenced by recent advances in computer hardware and software. Today, engineers also play a primary role in the development of new technologies in a variety of fields—energy conversion, solar energy utilization, environmental control, prosthetics, transportation, manufacturing, and new-materials development.
Design is the discipline that shapes human experiences in specific situations to improve quality. Designers pose important questions about—and provide significant answers to—how we live. Designers are needed when we don’t know what is needed as well as when we think we do. Students in this program will combine the disciplines in order to address complex problems with human-centered solutions.
The program will prepare mechanical engineers with design thinking, design methodologies, and design practice with a solid foundation in mechanical engineering fundamentals. By offering a combined major in these two areas, students have access to a wide range of interdisciplinary courses (science, engineering, art, and design); co-operative education experiences; research opportunities; and possible graduate programs in both fields, and will be professionals prepared with the skills necessary to help solve complex problems in both the natural and built environments from a combined engineering/design standpoint.
Accelerated Master’s degrees allow students to accelerate the attainment of the master’s degree by applying graduate credits taken as an undergraduate toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Current students apply to enroll in the Accelerated Master’s Program. With the PlusOne program, students attain their bachelor’s degree followed by a PlusOne year to complete the master’s degree.
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