The Mechanical Engineering Department at Mississippi State University has a long history of quality engineering education and research. The ME department is the largest of the engineering programs at MSU. In Fall 2016, the ME program, had a total undergraduate and graduate enrollment of about 1,062 students (948 undergraduates and 114 graduates). In the 2015-2016 academic year, the ME department awarded 114 undergraduate degrees.
The faculty of the department have excellent academic credentials and extensive industrial experience.
The undergraduate program focuses on energy and mechanical systems and provides the broad technical education necessary for today’s high-tech world.
Graduate studies are available in all of the major areas of mechanical engineering, and significant research opportunities are available for both graduate students and undergraduate students.
The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to educate students in fundamental engineering principles, thus enabling the understanding of existing and next generation technologies relevant to research and engineering practice. All graduates will receive a broad education that will enable them to be successful in industry or academia, the profession, and the community.
Program Educational Objectives
To carry out this mission, the Mechanical Engineering faculty, with input from other constituencies, has established the following objectives that describe the expected accomplishments of graduates during the first few years following graduation:
1. Apply fundamental engineering knowledge, industry perspective and research skills to become experts or leaders within a chosen engineering career path.
2. Exhibit life-long learning and develop personal and teamwork skills in order to effectively solve real-life problems and clearly communicate their results.
3. Practice ethical responsibility and accountability in professional activities and actively participate in professional development.
The student outcomes for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program at Mississippi State University are listed below.
(a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) 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
(d) An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
(e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) An ability to communicate effectively
(h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
(i) A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) A knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for
Relationship of Student Outcomes to Program Educational Objectives
The program educational objectives and outcomes are mapped in the table below.