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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017


A. James Clark School of Engineering
2181 Glenn Martin Hall, 301-405-2410
Chair: B. Balachandran, (Minta Martin Prof and Chair), H. Bruck, (Assoc Chair Academic Affairs, Dir Graduate Studies), D. DeVoe, (Assoc Chair Research and Admin)
Director: K. Kiger (Keystone Prof)
Professors: S. Azarm, A. Bar-Cohen (Dist Univ Prof), A. Baz (Minta Martin and Keystone Prof), P. Bernard, A. Christou, A. Dasgupta (Jeong Kim Prof), J. Duncan (Keystone Prof), W. Fourney (Keystone Prof & Assoc Dean), A. Gupta, (Dist Univ Prof), B. Han (Keystone Prof), J. Herrmann, J. Kim (Keystone Prof), P. McCluskey, M. Modarres (Nicole J. Kim Prof), C.D. Mote, Jr. (Glenn L. Martin Inst Prof and Regents Prof), M. Ohadi, M. Pecht (George E. Dieter Prof & Dir CALCE), R. Radermacher (Minta Martin Prof), P. Sandborn (Dir MTECH), E. Smela, J. Srebric, M. diMarzo
Associate Professors: S. Bergbreiter, D. Bigio, N. Chopra, P. Chung, M. Cukier, T. Li (Keystone Prof), G. Pertmer, L. Schmidt, B. Yang, M. Yu, G. Zhang
Assistant Professors: S. Das, M. Fuge, J-O. Hahn, J. Larsson, A. Riaz, R. Sochol, M. Vaughn-Cooke
Lecturers: S. Arul (Lecturer), D. Burke (Lecturer), Z. Eshete (Lecturer), J. Forsythe (Lecturer), H. Haslach (Senior Lecturer), S. Mitchell (Lecturer), V. Nguyen (Res Assoc), R. Sanders (Senior Lecturer), D. Schug (Lecturer), C. Thamire (Senior Lecturer)
Affiliate Professors: E. Kalnay (Dist Univ Prof, Affiliate Prof), D. Riley (Affiliate Prof, Prof), M. Zachariah (Affiliate Prof)
Affiliate Associate Professors: A. Marshall (Assoc Prof, Affil Assoc Prof), P. Sunderland (Assoc Prof, Affil Assoc Prof)
Affiliate Assistant Professors: M. Gollner (Asst Prof, Aff Asst Prof)
Adjunct Associate Professors: D. Barrett (Adjunct Assoc Prof), D. Findlay (Adjunct Assoc Prof), L. Hamilton (Lecturer, Adjunct Assoc Prof), V. Krivtsov (Adjunct Assoc Prof), G. Schultz
Professors Emeriti: D. Anand, R. Armstrong, B. Berger, F. Buckley, P. Cunniff, J. Dally (Glenn L. Martin Inst Prof), G. Dieter (Glenn L. Martin Inst Prof), D. Holloway, J. Kirk, E. Magrab, C. Marks, A. Mosleh, U. Piomelli (Prof Emeritus), R. Sanford, C. Sayre, J. Sengers (Dist Univ Prof Emeritus), M. Talaat, W. Walston (Assoc Prof Emeritus), J. Yang

The Major

Mechanical engineering is the broadest of the engineering disciplines. It is concerned with the design, manufacture, and operation of a wide range of components, devices, or systems.  The field comfortably encompasses applications ranging from micro-mechanical surgical systems to internal combustion engines for Formula One racecars or giant turbines for renewable energy wind farms. A fitting adage for the discipline would be turning ideas into reality.

Graduates of the program will possess the skills and the knowledge-base critical for success in today’s marketplace, with the problem solving expertise and flexibility necessary to adapt as technology and society evolve.  Students must be proficient in the traditional fundamentals of mechanical engineering such as solid and fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, transfer processes, materials engineering, electronic instrumentation and measurements, controls, and design.  However, they will also explore new/emerging areas through a variety of electives such as smart structures, electronic packaging, information systems, Lean Six Sigma, reliability, and nano-electromechanical systems.

Attributes such as teamwork, ethics, and leadership are emphasized in the curriculum.  The program is designed to integrate out-of-classroom experiences, helping students explore career options and apply what they are learning in the real world.  Students can work with faculty on research projects, serve as teaching fellows, pursue leadership opportunities through clubs, and participate in national competitions such as the Formula SAE/Baja SAE teams or the Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.   Study abroad and cooperative education opportunities are also strongly encouraged.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org , 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.

Courses offered by this department may be found under the following acronym: ENME

Program Objectives

1. Graduates will demonstrate competency in their chosen career path having mastered the fundamental areas of study that comprise a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.

2. Students will utilize skills in teamwork, leadership, and communication gained in their program of study, apply critical thinking to problem solving, and act in a professional and ethical manner in the area in which they apply their degree.

3. Graduates will show a commitment to on-going professional development, whether through graduate study, research programs, training courses, or leadership opportunities thereby adapting to an evolving, competitive global work environment.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary 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
  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 techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  12. an ability to work professionally in both thermal and mechanical systems areas

Admission to the Major

Admission requirements are identical to those set by the A. James Clark School of Engineering. See A. James Clark School of Engineering under Colleges and Schools on this site.

Requirements for the Major

  Credits Credits
  Freshman Year First Sem Second Sem
MATH140 Calculus I 4  
MATH141 Calculus II   4
CHEM135 General Chemistry for Engineers 3  
PHYS161 General Physics   3
ENGL101 Introduction to Writing 3  
ENES100 Introduction to Engineering Design (**can be taken 1st or 2nd semester) 3**  
ENES102 Mechanics I (**can be taken 1st or 2nd semester)   3**
  General Education Requirements   6
  Total Credits 13 16
    Credits Credits
  Sophomore Year First Sem Second Sem
MATH206 Intro to Matlab 1  
MATH241 Calculus III 4  
MATH246 Differential Equations   3
PHYS260/261 General Physics 4  
PHYS270/271 General Physics  
ENES220 Mechanics II 3  
ENES221 Dynamics 3  
ENES232 Thermodynamics   3
ENME272 Computer Aided Design   2
  General Education Requirements 3 3
  Total Credits 18 15
    Credits Credits
  Junior Year  First Sem Second Sem
ENME331 Fluid Mechanics 3  
ENME332 Transfer Processes   3
ENME350 Electronics and Instrumentation I 3  
ENME351 Electronics and Instrumentation II   3
ENME361 Vibration, Controls, & Optimization I   3
ENME371 Product Engineering and Manufacturing   3
ENME382 Introduction to Materials Engineering 3  
ENME392 Statistical Methods for Product and Process Development 3  
ENGL393 Technical Writing   3
  General Education Requirements 3  
  Total Credits 15 15
    Credits Credits
  Senior Year First Sem Second Sem
ENME462 Vibration, Controls, & Optimization II   3
ENME472 Integrated Product and Process Development II 3  
ENME400 Machine Design 3  
ELECTIVES Technical Electives 6 9
  General Education Requirements 3 3
  Total Credits 15 15

A minimum of 120 credits are required for a degree. 

Sample Elective Topics

Waste Technology
Bio-Inspired Robotics
Computer-Aided Design & Manufacturing
Packaging of Electronic Systems
Energy Conversion
Engineering Management
Environmental Engineering
Flexible Macro-electronics
Automotive Design
Micro-nano Robotics
Medical Robotics
Fiber Optics
Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems
Nuclear Reactor Engineering


Mechanical engineering students are required to meet with a departmental adviser each semester prior to registering for the following term. Mechanical Engineering has a team of faculty and staff academic advisors. Please contact the department's Undergraduate Advising Office, 2182-2188 Glenn Martin Hall, at 301-405-2199, for more information or review resources on-line at meugrad.umd.edu .

Co-op Programs

Participation in the Cooperative Education Program is encouraged. See Clark School of Engineering under Colleges and Schools on this site.

Honors Program

The Honors Program is administered through the Clark School of Engineering. Individual honors and awards are presented based on academic excellence and extracurricular activities.

Student Societies and Professional Organizations

Student chapters of professional societies include the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Mechanical Contractors Association and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers. The mechanical engineering honor society is Pi Tau Sigma. Information regarding these societies may be obtained at 2186 Glenn Martin Hall.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu .

A limited amount of scholarship aid is available through the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Information may be obtained in the Undergraduate Advising Office. Information about Clark School of Engineering scholarships and Department of Mechanical Engineering scholarships is also available on-line at www.engrscholarships.umd.edu/scholarships .

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