Mechanical engineering is one of the largest, broadest, and most diverse engineering disciplines. The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.) degree program prepares graduates for entrance into the profession of mechanical engineering or graduate study. The program graduates will work in industry as mechanical engineers, typically specializing as machine design engineers, manufacturing engineers, power engineers, electromechanical engineers, or automotive engineers.

The B.S.M.E. curriculum provides students with a varied and balanced educational experience through an appropriate combination of theoretical concepts and practical applications. The program focuses on four key areas of mechanical engineering: mechanical design, electromechanical devices and controls, advanced manufacturing, and thermal sciences. Students will learn to analyze, design, build, test, operate, and maintain mechanical components, devices, systems, processes, and facilities; estimate costs; and manage projects.

Professional Accreditation

The B.S. in Mechanical Engineering program will apply for initial accreditation review with the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org.

Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering program define the career and professional accomplishments that the graduates are being prepared to achieve three to four years after graduation. The program will produce graduates who:

  1. Enter into and advance in the profession of mechanical engineering, particularly in the areas of mechanical design, electromechanical devices and controls, advanced manufacturing and thermal-fluid sciences.
  2. Continue their formal education and obtain advanced degrees such as M.S. degree in mechanical engineering or other related fields.
  3. Become responsible professionals and global citizens who are aware of ethical issues and societal needs and problems.

These objectives are consistent with the mission of Fairleigh Dickinson University to educate and prepare students as world citizens through global education. They also fulfill the needs of the program constituencies, which include students, alumni, employers, faculty and the Industrial Advisory Board.

Student Outcomes

The B.S. in Mechanical Engineering program has adopted the student outcomes of the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET as its own student outcomes, which define the attributes, skills and knowledge that the graduates are expected to possess upon or before graduation. Each mechanical engineering graduate will demonstrate the following attributes and achievements as required by the EAC of ABET upon or before graduation:

  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.

Cooperative Education Option

Students in the B.S.M.E. program have the option to undertake a cooperative education experience and earn a total of 6 academic credits toward their technical electives. Note that these credits may not be substituted for any required course work. The co-op experience provides students a real-world grounding, linking theory and practice, academic and industrial experiences, and college education and lifelong learning. It better prepares students for jobs, gives them a competitive edge in the job market, helps them develop networking skills and professional contacts and allows them to experience career fields before graduation. Industry benefits from better-prepared graduates with real and relevant work experience – saving time and money by reducing the training period for new employees.

Degree Plan

The program requires the successful completion of 131 credits with a minimum cumulative grade point ratio of 2.00. The credit distribution is as follows:

  • Mathematics and Science Requirements (36 credits)
  • Liberal Arts Requirements (20 credits)
  • Mechanical Engineering Core Requirements (75 credits)

Semester 1 (15 credits)

  • ENGR1301 Engineering Practices, Graphics and Design (3 credits)
  • MATH1201 Calculus I (4 credits)
  • PHYS2201 Physics Laboratory I (1 credit)
  • PHYS2203 University Physics I Lecture (3 credits)
  • UNIV1001 Transitioning to University Life (1 credit)
  • WRIT1002 Composition I: Rhetoric and Inquiry (3 credits)

Semester 2 (17 credits)

  • ENGR1223 Introduction to CAD (2 credits)
  • ENGR3000 Modern Technologies: Principles, Applications and Impacts (3 credits)
  • MATH2202 Calculus II (4 credits)
  • PHYS2202 Physics Laboratory II (1 credit)
  • PHYS2204 University Physics II Lecture (3 credits)
  • UNIV1002 Preparing for Professional Life (1 credit)
  • WRIT1003 Composition II: Research and Argument (3 credits)

Semester 3 (16 credits)

  • CHEM1201 General Chemistry I Lecture (3 credits)
  • CHEM1203 General Chemistry I Laboratory (1 credit)
  • ENGR2221 Statics (3 credits)
  • MATH2210 Differential Equations (3 credits)
  • MENG2232 Mechanical Measurement and Devices (3 credits)
  • UNIV2001 Cross Cultural Perspectives (3 credits)

Semester 4 (18 credits)

  • ENGR1204 Programming Languages in Engineering (3 credits)
  • ENGR2228 Strength of Materials (3 credits)
  • ENGR3351 Applied Thermodynamics (3 credits)
  • ENGR3431 Dynamics (3 credits)
  • MATH3220 Linear Algebra (3 credits)
  • MENG2235 Manufacturing Processes (3 credits)

Semester 5 (17 credits)

  • EENG2221 Signals and Systems I (4 credits)
  • ENGR4254 Fluid Mechanics (3 credits)
  • MATH2203 Calculus III (3 credits)
  • MENG3155 Heat Transfer (3 credits)
  • Science Elective (4 credits)

Semester 6 (18 credits)

  • ENGR2210 Technical Communications (3 credits)
  • ENGR4210 Managerial and Engineering Economic Analysis (3 credits)
  • ENGR4221 Engineering Statistics and Reliability (3 credits)
  • MENG3160 Thermal Systems Analysis and Design (3 credits)
  • MENG3230 Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (3 credits)
  • UNIV2002 Global Issues (3 credits)

Semester 7 (16 credits)

  • ENGR3211 Engineering Materials I (3 credits)
  • MENG4248 Mechanical Engineering Design I (3 credits)
  • MENG4355 Analog and Digital Control (3 credits)
  • MENG4375 Electrical Energy Conversion (3 credits)
  • MENG4384 Preparation for Senior Design Project (1 credit)
  • Technical Elective (3 credits)

Semester 8 (14 credits)

  • MENG4356 Stress and Vibration Analyses (3 credits)
  • MENG4360 Industrial Automation (3 credits)
  • MENG4386 Senior Design Project (2 credits)
  • Technical Electives (6 credits)

Science Elective: The student must take 4 credits of a lab science elective, to be chosen from the following list:

  • BIOL1251, BIOL1253 General Biology I Lecture (3 credits) and Laboratory (1 credit)
  • BIOL2203, BIOL2223 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture (3 credits) and Laboratory (1 credit)
  • CHEM1202, CHEM1204 General Chemistry II Lecture (3 credits) and Laboratory (1 credit)
  • PHYS3205 Modern Physics (3 credits) and PHYS4430 Selected Studies in Physics (1 credit).

Technical Electives: The student must take 9 credits of technical electives, to be chosen from the following:

  • CENG3261 Estimating I (3 credits)
  • EENG2222 Signals and Systems II (3 credits)
  • EENG3265 Electronics I (3 credits)
  • ENGR2286 Digital System Design (3 credits)
  • ENGR4001, ENGR4002 FE/EIT Exam Preparation I (2 credits) and II (1 credit)
  • ENGR4263 Project Management in Engineering and Technology (3 credits)
  • MENG3288 Microcontroller System Design (3 credits)
  • MENG4040 Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) (3 credits)
  • MENG4041 HVAC and Refrigeration Controls (3 credits)
  • MENG4250 Mechanical Engineering Design II (3 credits)
  • MENG4365 Advanced Fluid Mechanics (3 credits)
  • MENG4800 Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering (1~6 credits).

Other technical electives may be taken with prior approval from a program adviser. In addition, students may undertake a cooperative education experience and earn a total of 6 academic credits toward their technical electives.

Program Enrollment and Degree Data

The official fall term enrollments of the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering program for the last four academic years and the number of degrees conferred during each of those years.

The official fall term enrollments of the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering program for the last

five academic years and the number of degrees conferred during each of those years

 

Academic Year

Enrollment Year

Degrees Awarded

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

TOTAL

 

Current

Year

2023-2022

FT

32

9

12

11

64

*Not Available

PT

 

 

 

 

 

1

2022-2021

FT

26

10

9

12

57

12

 

PT

1

 

 

2

3

2

2021 -2020

FT

31

10

11

14

66

8

 

PT

1

2

 

 

3

3

2020 -2019

FT

30

13

13

1

57

N/A

 

PT

3

 

 

 

3

4

2019 -2018

FT

33

9

1

 

43

N/A

 

PT

 

 

1

 

1

 FT- full time; PT- part time

Contact Information
Wonjae Choi, Ph.D., Program Coordinator
wonjae@fdu.edu

Course Descriptions

  • BIOL1251 Modern biological principles and processes relating organismal diversity, evolution, ecology and behavior.

  • BIOL1253 Experiments illustrating the topics discussed in BIOL 1251.

  • BIOL2203 Study of organ systems of the human body. Cells, tissues, integumentary system, skeletal system, articulations,muscular systems, nervous system, special senses. Required of students in the nursing program.

  • BIOL2223 LAB Associated with BIOL 2203 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I

  • CENG3261 The development of a procedure (including check and balance) for preparing a quantity survey of materials,labor and equipment for both general and specialty contractors.

  • CHEM1201 The fundamental laws, theories and principles of chemistry, with emphasis on atomic structure, chemical bonding, periodic classification of the elements, solutions, equilibrium, reaction kinetics and the theory and practice of the qualitative chemistry of the common ions.

  • CHEM1202 Fundamental principles of chemistry, with emphasis on atomic and molecular structure, physical, chemical and periodic properties, stoichiometry, energetics, kinetics and equilibria of reactions, and descriptive chemistry of elements, including theory of qualitative analysis of common ions.

  • CHEM1203 Practical applications of the fundamental laws, theories and principles of chemistry through problem solving and laboratory experiments.

  • CHEM1204 Laboratory experiments emphasizing representative physical and chemical properties, synthetic and analytical techniques, and including an introduction to the qualitative analysis of the common ions.

  • EENG2221 Circuit elements and laws. D.C. circuits. Analysis methods. Network theorems. Operational amplifiers. Energy storage elements. Step response. Integrated laboratory experience.

  • EENG2222 Transient and forced response. Sinusoidal forcing functions, phasors, and impedence, steady-state response. Power calculations, Resonance, Coupled circuits. Two-port circuits. Integrated laboratory experience. Prerequisites: EENG 2221 Signals and Systems I and MATH 2210 Differential Equations or permission of instructor

  • EENG3265 Basics of operational amplifiers. Selected operational amplifier application. Selected integrated circuits and their applications. Integrated laboratory experience. Equivalent to EGTG 2265

  • ENGR1204 Programming languages including C and Matlab applied to engineering problem solving.

  • ENGR1223 Introduction to the practical use of computer hardware and software for drafting applications.

  • ENGR1301 Analytical techniques: equations, graphics, statistics. Introduction to computer-aided analysis software. Engineering applications. Introduction to design. Fundamentals of graphics as applied to sketching and drafting. Professionalism and ethics. Integrated laboratory experience.

  • ENGR2210 Overview of the writing, editing, research, and design principles of technical and professional communication. Students will learn how to gather, organize, and present information effectively. Course includes business and technical documentation, including on-line tools; oral reports and public speaking; teamwork and participation in group meetings; use of visuals to communicate material; professional, ethical, and social responsibilities; and research techniques using the library and the Internet. Prerequiste: ENWR 1101 - Academic Writing

  • ENGR2221 Statics of particles and rigid bodies, equivalent force systems, equilibrium of rigid bodies, centroids and center of gravity, analysis of trusses and frames, forces in beams and machine parts, friction and moments of inertia.

  • ENGR2228 Shear, moments, stresses, bending, torsional shear, moment and shear diagrams, deflections, stress strain, bolted and welded joints, combined loading and column.

  • ENGR2286 Binary codes, gates and flip-flops, registers, and counters, adders and ALUs, analysis and design of conbinational and sequential circuits. Logic simulation. Logic families. Integrated laboratory experience.

  • ENGR3000 This course provides a systematic introduction to modern technologies, their history, evolutionary development, principles, and applications. The influences and impacts of technology on the economy, politics, culture, environment, society and the world are investigated. Attention is given to the relationships and connections of technology to other fields. Students learn the basic principles underlying the technologies, how to apply and manage technologies and assess their impacts. Critically thinking and problem solving skills used in research, design, development, invention, and innovation are emphasized. The laboratory experiences help the students develop the experimental research, creative and design skills.

  • ENGR3211 The first of a two-course sequence covering properties of metals and alloys, semiconductors, ceramics, glasses and polymers. Crystal structure, structural defects, alloying and phase diagrams.

  • ENGR3351 Introduction to the basic concepts of thermodynamics. Zeroth Law, Work and Heat, First Law, Second Law, Carnot theorem and entropy. Applications of gas and steam cycles to open-and closed-loop systems, such as gasoline and diesel engines and steam turbines. Principles of refrigeration and air conditioning.

  • ENGR3431 Kinematics, kinetics, linear, angular, plane motion. Work, energy, power, impulse and momentum.

  • ENGR4001 First part of a two-course sequence that helps prepare students for the FE/EIT (Fundamentals of Engineering, Engineer in Training) Exam. This course serves as a review class and may include new material not previously covered in the first three years of students' curricula.

  • ENGR4002 Second part of a two-course sequence that helps prepare students for the FE/EIT (Fundamentals of Engineering, Engineer in Training) Exam. This course serves as a review class and may include new material not previously covered in the first three years of students' curricula.

  • ENGR4210 Concepts and techniques to evaluate the worth of technical systems, products and services in relation to their cost. Time value of money, cash flow equivalence, economic decision making alternative courses of action, depreciation and taxes, replace- ment and break-even analysis. Prerequisites: Math 2202 Calculus II or permission of instructor

  • ENGR4221 Statistics, regression, probability. Normal distribution. Poisson distributions and reliability as applied to engineering decisions, performance and quality control. Prerequisites: EGTG 2202 Applied Calculus II, MATH 2202 Calculus II, or permission of instructor

  • ENGR4254 Applied Fluid mechanics, applications of hydraulic and pneumatic control amplification and power circuits. Introduction to fluidics.

  • ENGR4263 This course covers the basic concepts, models, and applications for successful management of projects in engineering and technology. This will include rationale for project management, project management process, project selection strategy, organizational concepts, project planning, scheduling and resource allocation, cost estimating, project monitoring, evaluation, and control, project earned value management, and project termination. Emphasis will be on teamwork and student project presentation.

  • MATH1201 Slope, equations of lines, slope of a curve, rate of change of a function, derivatives of algebraic and transcendental functions, maxima and minima, the Mean Value Theorem, indeterminate forms,the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, basic techniques of integration.

  • MATH2202 Differentiation and integration of transcendental functions, methods of integration, indeterminate forms, infinite series. Taylor series. Conic sections.

  • MATH2203 Lines and planes in 3-space. Vectors, functions of several variables, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, line integrals, vector analysis.

  • MATH2210 First order linear differential equations, linear differential equations with constant coefficients, variation of parameters, undetermined coefficients, Laplace transforms, solutions in terms of power series, numerical solutions with predictor- corrector and Runge-Kutta methods.

  • MATH3220 Vector spaces and linear transformations; systems of linear equations, bases, matrix representations of linear transforma- tions, matrix algebra, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, determin- ants, canonical forms, inner product spaces.

  • MENG2232 Study of measurement of distance, work, energy, force, pressure and thermal quantities. Use of testing machines and industrial mechanical components.

  • MENG2235 Study of methods in manufacturing, Theory and practice of turning, machining, drilling, etc., of metals and other materials (Spring)

  • MENG3155 Three modes of heat transfer:conduction, convection and radiation. Steady and transient heat conduction. Forced and free convection. Radiation heat transfer Heat exchanger principles.

  • MENG3230 Concepts and methods of computer-aided design and manufacturing(CAD/CAM). Design, modeling and simulation. Solid modeling software. Introduction to finite element analysis. Part, assembly, and mechanism design. 3-D solids, surfaces, and models. 2-and 3-D drawings. Generating computer numerical control (CNC) sequences for CAM. Applications to Engineering Projects (Spring)

  • MENG3288 Microcontroller architectures. Input/output, interrupts and timers. Programming of parallel ports, serial communication interfaces. Integral laboratory experience.

  • MENG4040 An introduction to some of the essential knowledge required to enter the field of HVAC&R engineering. Topics include: physical principles, heating loads, hydronic piping systems and terminal units, cooling-load calculations, psychometrics, fluid flow in piping and ducts and air distribution devices, air conditioning systems and equipment, refrigeration systems and equipment.

  • MENG4041 Elements of control systems:sensors,operators, controls & controls strategies (for HVAC&R) will be covered. A brief review of the processing of moist air(psychrometrics will be offered. Finally, control systems for process control and the use of analog & direct digital controls will be applied to heating,ventilation, air conditioning & refrigeration (Spring)

  • MENG4248 Principles of machine design, elements of stress analysis, rivets, belt and chain drives, springs and synthesis of mechanical systems, materials and their use in design.

  • MENG4250 Design of gears, clutches, shaft and couplings, bearings, brakes, lubrication and synthesis of mechanical systems. (SPRING)

  • MENG4355 Closed loop feedback systems, general feedback theory, control system design, stability, sensitivity, error response, root-locus, compensation techniques, digital control, discrete time systems, design in Z-domain, controllability, optimal control

  • MENG4356 The differential equations of stress and strain, shear flow, virtual flow, energy principles,curved beams, noncircular bars. Computer-oriented problem solving. Analysis of motion arising from lateral and torsional vibration of systems,free and forced vibrations,damping,isolation,balancing.

  • MENG4360 Manufacturing systems and their mechanization:design and analysis on control systems for production, materials handling and inventory logistics. Manufacturing automation and robotics technologies(requirements analysis & design). Electrolmechanical hardware and computer control. Economics of robotics and machine vision. (Spring)

  • MENG4365 Mass, momentum, and energy conservation equations. Navier-Stokes equation for viscous flows. Lubrication theory, Boundary layer flow. Potential flow. Turbulent flow. Compressible flow. Pumps and blowers. Piping systems

  • MENG4375 General considerations of electromagnetic phenomena and magnetic circuits. Excercises with ferromagnetic loops and air gap. Transformer theory--equivalent circuits and phasors. Regulation and efficiency evaluatior rotating machinery. DC and three phase systems. Power relationships, opertating characteristics.

  • MENG4384 Research on choosing a design project, incorporating appropriate engineering standards and multiple realistic constraints and writing a project proposal for the mechanical engineering senior project.

  • MENG4386 Students work on capstone design projects using the knowledge gained through past course work, following professional practice, applying design methodologies and exercising sound engineering judgement.

  • PHYS2201 Applications of PHYS2101 General Physics I. Experiments from mechanics, heat, sound and fluids. Measurement and data analysis.

  • PHYS2202 Applications of PHYS2102 General Physics II. Experiments from electricity, magnetism, circuits, waves, optics, light, modern physics. Measurement and data analysis.

  • PHYS2203 The first half of a two-semester calculus based physics course for science and engineering majors. Topics normally covered include: units and dimensions, forces and motion in one and two dimensions, vectors, momentum and center of mass, work, kinetic energy and the work-energy theorem, potential energy and the conservation of energy, rotation and moment of inertia, torque and angular momentum, gravitation, oscillations, elasticity, fluids, heat, kinetic theory of gases, thermodynamics. Co-requisite: Physics Laboratory I and Calculus I. Lecture: 3 credits, 4 hours.

  • PHYS2204 The second half of a two-semester, calculus based physics course. Topics normally covered include: waves and sound, geometrical and physical optics, electrical forces and fields, electric potential, current and resistance, circuits, capacitance, magnetic forces and fields, force on a moving charge, magnetic field of a current, electromagnetic induction, electromagnetic oscillations and waves, alternating currents, special relativity, quantization and modern physics. Prerequisite: University Physics I Corequisite: Physics Laboratory II Recommended: Calculus II. Lecture 3 credits, 4 hours.

  • PHYS3205 The optional third semester of a calculus based physics sequence for science and engineering majors. Topics normally include special relativity, end of classical physics, photons and quantization, wave functions and uncertainty, one-dimensional quantum mechanics, atomic physics, nuclear physics, and elementary particles.

  • PHYS4430 Studies in special areas of current interest to physics.

  • UNIV1001 The first course in the University Core program provides support for the transition to university life. Students are introduced to the global mission of the University as well as to the competencies of information and technological literacy. Students participate in formal and informal learning experiences that facilitate their personal and academic growth, enabling them to become more thoughtful and engaged citizens of the world. Respect for individual and cultural differences is fostered throughout the course, as is the generation of positive attitudes toward life long learning.

  • UNIV1002 The second course in the University Core program helps promote the transition from classroom learning to experiential learning, as well as the transition from academic life to professional life. Students are introduced to methods of self-awareness and engaged learning, and are encouraged to develop an academic plan, with formal and informal components, that supports their ultimate career goals. Respect for individual and cultural differences is fostered throughout the course, as is the importance of an international perspective for professional success.

  • UNIV2001 In the third course in the University Core program, students learn to describe and analyze cultural phenomena in their own lives, to grapple with cultural differences and to understand cultural conflicts. Through a study of samples across a variety of cultures, students examine the fluidity and multiplicity of cultural identities and borders. Ways in which cultures changes, how cultures shape and are shaped by individuals, how misunderstands and conflicts arise within and between cultures, and how those differences evolve are central to the course. Critical thinking skills are a developed and brought to bear on these topics.

  • UNIV2002 In the fourth course in the University Core program, students develop essential aspects of critical thinking and apply those skills in evaluating international systems, environmental issues, and human rights questions. Not only will this course demonstrate the global dimensions of crucial contemporary issues, it will also develop the relational thinking that students will be expected to exercise in other academic contexts and throughout the rest of their personal and professional lives. In other words, this course is as much about how to study and think about global problems and relationships as it is a course about specific global issues.

  • WRIT1002 This course provides students with intensive study and practice in process-oriented writing, critical reading, and rhetorical inquiry. Students engage expository texts in order to describe and evaluate the choices writers make and then apply that knowledge to their own compositions. Throughout the course, students give and receive feedback, revise their work, and reflect on their growth as writers.

  • WRIT1003 This course focuses on the study and practice of writing as research-based argument. As a means of arriving at the writing from committed stances, students learn to seek out, engage, and interrogate a variety of sources. Students write in academic, professional, and/or public forms, including academic essays and rhetorical analyses. Particular emphasis is placed on information literacy, source integration, and appropriate documentation.