Department of Mechanical Engineering
Mission & Objectives


Program Mission

The Mechanical Engineering Program strives to graduate mechanical engineers who understand the ethical, social, economic and environmental context of their profession and who apply their knowledge with judgment and responsibility to develop ways to utilize the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind. The program prepares the students to either enter immediately the professional practice upon graduation or to pursue graduate studies, without neglecting the requirements for a fruitful life by emphasizing the University’s model of liberal arts education. The curriculum of the program shares three basic tenants: scientific and technological excellence, balance between theory and practice, and a commitment to self-maintained, and enduring personal and professional development. The results are mechanical engineers naturally inclined to life-long learning and problem solvers ready to deal with any technological challenge at local, regional and/or international scales.

Educational Objectives

Mechanical engineering graduates will be able to:

  1. Practice professionally in local, regional and international work environments by appropriately applying mechanical engineering fundamentals and by using state-of-the-art tools within the broad range of the mechanical engineering profession.
  2. Advance within their careers as positive influencers in diversified environment while showing ethical commitment to society and sustainability.
  3. Engage in ongoing professional development and quality research activities by either continually learning and improving or pursuing graduate studies.

Student Outcomes (based on ABET criteria)

  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;
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.