2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Mechanical Engineering BS

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

318 Jarvis Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4400
716-645-2593
716-645-2883
www.mae.buffalo.edu
Kemper E. Lewis
Chair
Robert C. Wetherhold
Director of Undergraduate Studies
(HEGIS: 09.10 MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, CIP: 14.1901 Mechanical Engineering)

Why study Mechanical Engineering BS at UB?

Mechanical engineers are involved in research and development, design, manufacturing, and technical sales of a wide variety of products. Specific areas of involvement include computer-aided design and manufacturing, robotics, power plants, engines, materials, automotive vehicles and systems of transportation, industrial equipment, control and measurement devices, instrumentation, biomedical devices, apparatus for the control of air, water, noise, refuse, and other types of pollution; underwater technology, space flight equipment, and safety devices and sensors.

Learning Outcomes

The Mechanical Engineering BS Program at UB is accredited by ABET, which requires a formal Outcomes Assessment and Continuous Improvement process to insure educational excellence. The Program Educational Objectives for the ME program are:

  • Graduates will hold a position in mechanical engineering or other professional careers or will be engaged in advanced study
  • Graduates will serve their profession and their community by participation in professional and community groups
  • Graduates will use the unique problem-solving skills from their engineering training to make a significant, informed impact on current and future societal challenge

In addition, the curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop the following knowledge, skills, and behaviors by the time of graduation:

(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 engineering practice

The Learning Environment

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers nine engineering programs leading to the degree of bachelor of science (BS) degree: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial, and mechanical engineering.

Five combined BS/MBA programs are offered in conjunction with the School of Management. BA, BS, and BS/MS degrees in computer science are offered through the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. A BS degree in engineering physics is offered jointly with the Department of Physics.

The curricula allow students flexibility in their programs of study and encourages interaction between students and faculty. The undergraduate educational experience prepares students for professional practice and advanced study. Special programs including our experiential learning program, undergraduate research, and internship opportunities provide professional development skills and experiences and facilitate placement of our graduates in high-quality engineering positions.

About Our Facilities

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences occupies six buildings on UB's north campus: Bell, Bonner, Davis, Furnas, Jarvis and Ketter Hall. Barbara and Jack Davis Hall is the newest building, which opened in 2011 and features an environmentally friendly design and construction.

Together, these buildings form an outstanding educational and research facility, comprising 275,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.

The MAE Department has a strong commitment to providing up-to-date laboratory equipment that will give our students hands-on experience with typical engineering devices, systems, and programs. The major laboratory areas for undergraduates are: properties of engineering materials, fluid and thermal sciences, dynamic systems and instrumentation, and computer-aided engineering. In addition, there are Shared Instrumentation Facilities, including the Motion Simulation Laboratory and the Digital Manufacturing Laboratory. Students can also obtain access to the Engineering Machine Shop, which has a variety of equipment that can be used for undergraduate research, projects, and student clubs.

About Our Faculty

Our faculty are widely recognized for their technical skills and scholarship. They have received recognition with over 50 awards from national and international organizations including eight faculty members who are recognized as Fellows of their professional societies. Research awards have come from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, NASA, DARPA, the Department of Defense, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the Office of Naval Research.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Academic Advising

Students obtain academic advice and guidance from the academic advisors in the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education (410 Bonner Hall) and from faculty advisors in their program of study. The Office of Undergraduate Education advises all students throughout their first two years of study. In the junior and senior years, students seek advisement primarily from departmental faculty advisors.

MAE Department Advising information.

Academic Advising Contact Information

SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education

410 Bonner Hall

North Campus, Buffalo, NY 14260-1900

Phone: 716.645.2774

Web Address: http://www.eng.buffalo.edu/undergrad/

MAE Undergraduate Academic Coordinator

251 Bell Hall

Web Address: www.mae.buffalo.edu

Scholarships and Financial Support

There are many scholarships, fellowships and other funding opportunities available for students accepted into the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. These include recruitment scholarships and annual scholarships/awards for current students. There are both merit and need-based scholarships.

Published: November 17, 2017 09:59:02 AM