Academic Programs Catalog

College of Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering

James Klausner,  Chairperson


Undergraduate Programs

Mechanical engineering is a diverse profession that relies on fundamental science principles to conceive, design, and manufacture everything from miniaturized individual parts (e.g. biosensors, printer nozzles, micro-reactors, electronic coolers)  to large complex systems and devices (e.g., rocket propulsion, jet engines, robotic tools, wind turbines, automobiles, water purification, energy storage). Mechanical engineers concentrate/focus on devices and systems that alter, transfer, transform, and utilize energy forms that cause motion. The mechanical engineering practitioner requires a broad range of skills and knowledge. The Department of Mechanical Engineering provides a curriculum that intertwines a foundation in mathematics and engineering science with creativity and innovation in design and fabrication. Students learn the skills to develop ideas from concept to product. The program integrates individual mastery of these subjects with teamwork-based solutions to open-ended design problems and practical engineering experiences. Along with the required courses, optional concentrations are available for students to focus their program of study within a particular area of interest, as well as opportunities to study abroad.
 


Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers apply the fundamental principles of motion (mechanics) and energy (thermosciences) to serve the needs of people through the creative problem-solving process known as engineering design. These principles are represented in the subjects of solid and fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, mechanical systems, and material science. Practicing mechanical engineers work in many application areas, which include such industries as automotive, chemical, energy, consumer product, aerospace, computer and electronic, and biomedical.

The undergraduate mechanical engineering program prepares its graduates for the mechanical engineering profession through a foundation of engineering fundamentals; the development of analytical, computational, and experimental capabilities to recognize, model, and solve engineering problems; and the application of the engineering design method.  Communication and teaming skills are integrated throughout the program.

For students who desire an international experience as part of their education, the department sponsors various programs such as "Mechanical Engineering in Aachen, Germany." During the spring semester, a small group of juniors and seniors pursue their normal studies abroad at the Technical University of Aachen where they have outstanding opportunities to participate in advanced research, explore industrial activities, and experience European culture and lifestyle.

The Bachelor of Science Degree program in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 128 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Mechanical  Engineering major is met by completing Mechanical Engineering 332, 412, and 481. Those courses are referenced in item 3. b. (1) below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Engineering may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements for All Majors in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Engineering for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the following courses outside the Department of Mechanical Engineering (17 credits):
    CE 221 Statics 3
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    CSE 231 Introduction to Programming I 4
    ECE 345 Electronic Instrumentation and Systems 3
    MSE 250 Materials Science and Engineering 3
    STT 351 Probability and Statistics for Engineering 3
    b. All of the following courses in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (40 credits):
    ME 280 Graphic Communications 2
    ME 222 Mechanics of Deformable Solids 3
    ME 361 Dynamics 3
    ME 201 Thermodynamics 3
    ME 300 Professional Issues in Mechanical Engineering 1
    ME 332 Fluid Mechanics 4
    ME 371 Mechanical Design I 3
    ME 391 Mechanical Engineering Analysis 3
    ME 410 Heat Transfer 3
    ME 412 Heat Transfer Laboratory 2
    ME 451 Control Systems 4
    ME 461 Mechanical Vibrations 3
    ME 471 Mechanical Design II 3
    ME 481 Mechanical Engineering Design Projects 3
    c. Senior Electives (a minimum of 9 credits):
    ME 416 Computer Assisted Design of Thermal Systems 3
    ME 417 Design of Alternative Energy Systems 3
    ME 422 Introduction to Combustion 3
    ME 423 Intermediate Mechanics of Deformable Solids 3
    ME 425 Experimental Mechanics 3
    ME 426 Introduction to Composite Materials 3
    ME 433 Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics 3
    ME 440 Aerospace Engineering Fundamentals 3
    ME 442 Turbomachinery 3
    ME 444 Automotive Engines 3
    ME 445 Automotive Powertrain Design 3
    ME 456 Mechatronic System Design 3
    ME 464 Intermediate Dynamics 3
    ME 465 Computer Aided Optimal Design 3
    ME 475 Computer Aided Design of Structures 3
    ME 477 Manufacturing Processes 3
    ME 478 Product Development 3
    ME 490 Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering 1 to 3
    ME 491 Selected Topics in Mechanical Engineering 1 to 4
    ME 494 Biofluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer 3
    ME 495 Tissue Mechanics 3
    ME 497 Biomechanical Design in Product Development 3
    d. Design-intensive Senior Electives (a minimum of 3 credits):
    ME 416 Computer Assisted Design of Thermal Systems 3
    ME 417 Design of Alternative Energy Systems 3
    ME 442 Turbomachinery 3
    ME 445 Automotive Powertrain Design 3
    ME 456 Mechatronic System Design 3
    ME 465 Computer Aided Optimal Design 3
    ME 475 Computer Aided Design of Structures 3
    ME 497 Biomechanical Design in Product Development 3
    Courses used to fulfill item 3. c. may not be used to fulfill item 3. d.

Concentration in Automotive Powertrain
A concentration in Automotive Powertrain is available to, but not required of, any student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Completing the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in automotive powertrain may require more than 128 credits. The concentration will be noted on the student’s transcript.

Automotive Powertrain
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with an automotive powertrain concentration, students must complete requirements 1., 2., 3.a., 3.b., and 3.d. above and the following:

All of the following courses (9 credits):
ME  422 Introduction to Combustion  3
ME  444 Automotive Engines 3
ME  445 Automotive Powertrain Design  3
One of the following courses (3 credits):  3
ME  433 Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics  3
ME  442 Turbomachinery 

Concentration in Biomedical Engineering
A concentration in Biomedical Engineering is available to, but not required of, any student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Completing the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in biomedical engineering may require more than 128 credits. The concentration will be noted on the student's transcript.

Biomedical Engineering
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a biomedical engineering concentration, students must complete requirements 1., 2., 3.a., 3.b., and 3.d. above and the following:

Both of the following courses (7 credits):
BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
PSL 250 Introductory Physiology 4
Nine credits from the following courses:
BE 445 Biosensors for Medical Diagnostics 3
ECE 445 Biomedical Instrumentation 3
ME 494 Biofluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer 3
ME 495 Tissue Mechanics 3
ME 497 Biomechanical Design in Product Development 3
MSE 425 Biomaterials and Biocompatibility 3

Concentration in Computational Design
A concentration in Computational Design is available to, but not required of, any student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Completing the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in computational design may require more than 128 credits. The concentration will be noted on the student’s transcript.

Computational Design
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a computational design concentration, students must complete requirements 1., 2., 3.a., 3.b., and 3.d. above and the following:

ME  416 Computer Assisted Design of Thermal Systems  3
ME  433 Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics  3
ME  465 Computer Aided Optimal Design  3
ME  475 Computer Aided Design of Structures  3

Concentration in Energy
A concentration in Energy is available to, but not required of, any student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Completing the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in energy may require more than 128 credits. The concentration will be noted on the student’s transcript.

Energy
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with an energy concentration, students must complete requirements 1., 2., 3.a., 3.b., and 3.d. above and the following:

All of the following courses (9 credits):  
ME  416 Computer Assisted Design of Thermal Systems  3
ME  417 Design of Alternative Energy Systems  3
ME  422 Introduction to Combustion  3
One of the following courses (3 credits):
ME  440 Aerospace Engineering Fundamentals 3
ME  442 Turbomachinery  3
ME  444 Automotive Engines  3

Concentration in Engineering Mechanics
A concentration in Engineering Mechanics is available to, but not required of, any student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Completing the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in engineering mechanics may require more than 128 credits. The concentration will be noted on the student's transcript.

Engineering Mechanics
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a engineering mechanics concentration, students must complete requirements 1., 2., and 3.a., and 3.b. above and the following:

The following courses (12 credits):
ME 423 Intermediate Mechanics of Deformable Solids 3
ME 425 Experimental Mechanics 3
ME 464 Intermediate Dynamics 3
ME 475 Computer Aided Design of Structures 3

Concentration in Manufacturing Engineering
A concentration in Manufacturing Engineering is available to, but not required of, any student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Completing the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in manufacturing engineering may require more than 128 credits. The concentration will be noted on the student's transcript.

Manufacturing Engineering
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a manufacturing engineering concentration, students must complete requirements 1., 2., 3.a., 3.b., and 3.d. above and the following:

All of the following courses (10 credits):
EC 210 Economics Principles Using Calculus 3
ME 372 Machine Tool Laboratory 1
ME 477 Manufacturing Processes 3
ME 478 Product Development 3
One of the following courses (3 credits):
CHE 472 Composite Materials Processing 3
ECE 415 Computer Aided Manufacturing 3
MSE 426 Introduction to Composite Materials 3

Concentration in Global Engineering
A concentration in Global Engineering is available to, but not required of, any student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Completing the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in global engineering may require more than 128 credits. The concentration will be noted on the student's transcript.

Global Engineering
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a global engineering concentration, students must complete requirements 1., 2., 3.a., and 3.b. above and 12 credits of approved mechanical engineering courses from a MSU co-sponsored Study Abroad institution. At least 3 credits must include a team design project.


 


Linked Bachelor's-Master's Degree in Engineering Mechanics

Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering
   with a concentration in Engineering Mechanics
Master of Science Degree in Engineering Mechanics

The department welcomes applications from  Michigan State University Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students in their junior and senior year, who are pursuing an engineering mechanics concentration within the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Admission applications must be made during the prior spring semester for an anticipated spring graduation or the prior fall semester for an anticipated fall graduation to allow admission before the final semester as a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate.  Admission to the program requires a minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.5 and an approved program of study for the Master of Science degree in Engineering Mechanics at the time of admission. Admission to the Linked Bachelor’s-Master’s program allows the application of up to 9 credits toward the master’s program for qualifying 400-level and above course work taken at the undergraduate level at Michigan State University or an external accredited institution. The number of approved credits, not to exceed 9, are applied toward the credit requirement of the master’s degree. Credits applied to the Linked Bachelor’s-Master’s program are not eligible to be applied to any other graduate degree program.



Linked Bachelor's-Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering
Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering
 
The department welcomes applications from Michigan State University Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students in their junior and senior year.  Admission applications must be made during the prior spring semester for an anticipated spring graduation or the prior fall semester for an anticipated fall graduation to allow admission before the final semester as a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate.  Admission to the program requires a minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.5 and an approved program of study for the Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at the time of admission. Admission to the Linked Bachelor’s-Master’s program allows the application of up to 9 credits toward the master's program for qualifying 400-level and above course work taken at the undergraduate level at Michigan State University or an external accredited institution. The number of approved credits, not to exceed 9, are applied toward the credit requirement of the master's degree. Credits applied to the Linked Bachelor's-Master's program are not eligible to be applied to any other graduate degree program.
 
 
 

Graduate Study

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers programs leading to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, both in mechanical engineering and engineering mechanics. An individualized plan of study can be designed from a wide range of courses and research experiences to suit the professional aspirations of graduate students. A plan of study typically includes courses within and external to the department. The department offers research experiences in four broad areas: Fluid Thermal Science and Engineering; Biomechanics; Dynamic Systems and Control; and Solid Mechanics, Design, and Manufacturing. The research opportunities are diverse and include working closely with an individual faculty member and/or as part of a team in a large interdisciplinary research center. Graduate students are expected to enroll in courses that promote rapid professional growth as well as engage in research that leads to new knowledge creation that pushes the boundaries of science and engineering.


 


Engineering Mechanics - Master of Science

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Engineering, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

The department welcomes applications from students who possess a bachelor's degree in a related engineering or science discipline.
Students who are admitted to the master's program with a degree in a discipline other than engineering mechanics and who have not completed Mechanical Engineering 221, 222, 361, and 423 or equivalent courses may be admitted with provisional status. Such students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the material in the courses referenced above, either by completing each of those courses with a grade of at least 3.0 or by passing an examination on the material in those courses sanctioned by the department Graduate Studies Committee.  Of the courses referenced above, only Mechanical Engineering 423 may be counted toward the requirements for the master's degree.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Engineering  Mechanics

The student must complete a total of 30 credits for the degree under either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis) and must meet the requirements specified below:

Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B:

  1. The following core courses in engineering mechanics:  Mechanical Engineering 825 or 861, 820, and 821.
  2. At least one of the following core courses in mechanical engineering: Materials Science and Engineering 851, 855, 862, or 865.
  3. At least one credit of Materials Science and Engineering 885.
  4. At least one course in mathematics or statistics at the 400–level or above approved by the student's academic advisor.

 


Engineering Mechanics - Doctor of Philosophy

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Engineering, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

An applicant for admission must identify at least one prospective faculty advisor that he or she would like to direct his or her program of study.  Admission to the Ph.D program is contingent on a faculty advisor accepting the student as an advisee.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Engineering Mechanics

The student must complete:

  1. At least one of the following core courses in materials science and engineering:  Materials Science and Engineering 851, 855, 862, or 865.
  2. At least one course in mathematics or statistics at the 400–level or above.

These requirements are waived for those students who completed equivalent courses prior to enrolling in the doctoral program.

 


Mechanical Engineering - Master of Science

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Engineering, students must meet the requirements specified below. 

Admission

An applicant should possess a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or a related field. 
The applicant must submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in  Mechanical Engineering

The student must complete a total of 30 credits for the degree under either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis) and meet the requirements  specified below:

Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B:

The student must:

  1. Complete at least one course in three of the following four areas:
    a.    Dynamical Systems: Mechanical Engineering 852 and 860.
    b.    Fluid Mechanics: Mechanical Engineering 830
    c.    Solid and Structural Mechanics: Materials Science and Mechanics 810 and 815.
    d.    Thermal Sciences: Mechanical Engineering 802 , 812 and 814.
  2. Complete at least 6 additional credits in Mechanical Engineering courses at the 800-900 level, not including Mechanical Engineering 898 or 899.

Additional Requirements for Plan A:

The student must:

  1. Complete at least 20 credits in courses at the 800–900 level including at least 6, but not more than 8, credits in Mechanical Engineering 899.
  2. Submit a brief thesis proposal for approval by the student's academic advisor early in the student's program of study.

Additional Requirements for Plan B:

The student must complete at least 22 credits in courses at the 800–900 level.

 


Mechanical Engineering - Doctor of Philosophy

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Engineering, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

The applicant must submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Mechanical Engineering

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and the College of Engineering, students must meet the requirements specified by their guidance committees.