Department of Mechanical Engineering

Frederick Ferguson, Interim Chairperson


Mechanical Engineering – Bachelor of Science (Curriculum Guide)


The mission of the Bachelor of Science program in Mechanical Engineering is to prepare its students for the broad practice of mechanical engineering and for graduate education in mechanical engineering and the many related fields such as materials engineering and aerospace engineering.


Within a few years of graduating from the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Program, the graduates are expected to:

  1. Perform effectively in mechanical engineering related positions in industry or in graduate/professional schools.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in teamwork and leadership skills for solving problems.
  3. Be active in their professional societies and in their communities.
  4. Engage in professional development through lifelong learning.


The Mechanical Engineering major must complete 125 credit hours by following the approved departmental curriculum. Majors must also satisfy all University and College of Engineering requirements.


The undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) degree, is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


The mechanical engineering program provides students with the knowledge, skills and attributes that will allow immediate entry into industry, government, and private practice as or graduate work. A large  proportion of graduates are employed in industry with classifications such as design, test, development, production or research engineer, and positions in technical marketing and  management. Career opportunities for mechanical engineers are, arguably, the most diverse of all the engineering disciplines.


MEEN 104. Graphics for Mechanical Engineering Credit 2(0-4)
This is an introductory course in computer aided graphics and design for mechanical engineers. This course will familiarize students with conventions of 2-D graphical representation of mechanical components and 3-D solid modeling. (F;S)

MEEN 121. Mechanical Engineering Colloquium Credit 1(1-0) 
This course includes lectures, seminars and activities important to the retention and matriculation of mechanical engineering students. Topics covered include learning styles, group dynamics, and career development. Students are also provided with group advisement regarding department, college, and university-level policies and procedures. Prerequisite: None. (F;S)

MEEN 202. ME Sophomore Project Credit 1(0-2)
This is a hands-on course to enable students apply knowledge gained in the freshmen courses to realize a physical device. Topics include machining, tolerances, surface finish, assembly and selection of common mechanical components. Prerequisites: MEEN 104 and MEEN 121. (F;S)

MEEN 210. Numerical Methods Using MATLAB Credit 3(2-2)
This course introduces contemporary computational methods and tools for numerical analysis in engineering. It includes numerical methods in differentiation, integration, interpolation, root-finding, linear and nonlinear regression. Linear algebra topics include matrix manipulation, solution of linear simultaneous equations, and solution of ordinary differential equations. Each topic involves projects with numerical computations using MATLAB. Prerequisite: MATH 132. (F;S;SS)

MEEN 230. Statics and Mechanics of Materials Credit 3(2-2)
This is an introductory course in statics and mechanics of materials for non-mechanical engineering majors. It provides a just-in-time approach to the study of characteristics of forces and couples, and their effects on equilibrium, strains, and stresses in solid bodies. Relationships between loads and deformations are also presented. Prerequisites: MATH 131, PHYS 241. (F;S;SS)

MEEN 231. Mechanics I, Statics Credit 3(2-2)
Basic vector concepts of force, moment of a force; analytical and graphical techniques in the analysis of force and moment; conditions of equilibrium in frames, trusses, machine members under static loads; laws of friction; distributed forces, determination of centroid, mass center, area and mass moment of inertia. Prerequisites: MATH 131, PHYS 241. (F;S;SS)

MEEN 232. Strength of Materials Credit 3(2-2)
This course covers the analysis of stress and strain; stress‑strain relation; applications; torsional and flexural loadings; flexural deflections; combined loading; columns. Prerequisite: MEEN 335. (F;S;SS)

MEEN 233. Mechanics II, Dynamics Credit 3(2-2)
This introductory course covers the motions of particles and rigid bodies and the forces that accompany or cause those motions. Topics include Newton's laws, the work and energy principle, and the impulse and momentum principle. The course includes the use of computational software to solve numerical problems. Prerequisites: MEEN 231 and MATH 231. (F;S;SS)

MEEN 241. Fundamentals of Thermodynamics Credit 3(2-2)
This is a basic course in fundamental thermodynamic principles. The topics covered include energy, heat and work, thermodynamic properties of substances, real and ideal gases, first and second laws of thermodynamics from a macroscopic viewpoint, the basic Rankine power cycle, and the basic vapor compression refrigeration cycle. Prerequisites: MATH 132, CHEM 106. (F;S;SS)

MEEN 260. Materials Science Credit 2(2-0)
This basic course in materials science covers the fundamental nature of materials including their physical, mechanical and chemical characteristics. Topics include: atomic arrangements and atomic bonding; structure property relationships, phase diagrams, engineering properties and basic failure modes. Prerequisite: CHEM 106, MATH 131. (F;S;SS)

MEEN 261. Fundamentals of Materials Science Credit 3(3-0)
This course deals with the relationships between the structure of materials and their properties and performance. Topics include: (1) atomic structure and chemical bonding, (2) crystal structure, (3) defects, (4) phase diagrams, and (5) physical properties including mechanical, electrical, and magnetic. Prerequisites: CHEM 106 and MATH 131. (F;S)

MEEN 267. Mechanics and Materials Laboratory Credit 1(0-2)
This is the first in the sequence of three mechanical engineering laboratory courses. It covers experiments in materials science and engineering, and materials testing. Prerequisites: MEEN 335, MEEN 261. (F;S)

MEEN 315. Aerodynamics Credit 3(3-0)
The course begins with the fundamentals of fluid statics and dynamics followed by an introduction to inviscid flow theory with applications to incompressible flows over airfoils, wings and flight vehicle configurations. Prerequisites: MATH 231, MEEN 233. (F)

MEEN 316. Fluid Mechanics Credit 3(2-2)
This course examines the continuum concept, fluid statics, mass and momentum balances, the Bernoulli Equation, dimensional analysis, pipe flow problems, the design and the selection of pumps and the three forms of drag. Boundary layer flows, compressible flow and flow measurement devices are discussed. Prerequisites: PHYS 241, MATH 231. (F;S;SS)

MEEN 317. Thermal-Fluid Systems Laboratory Credit 1(0-2)
This is the second course in the sequence of three mechanical engineering laboratory courses. The course includes selected experiments in the area of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer. Prerequisites: MEEN 316, MEEN 241. (F;S)

MEEN 318. Propulsion Credit 3(3-0)
This course covers internal flow of compressible fluids, normal shock, flow with friction, and simple heat addition. The concepts are applied to aircraft and rocket propulsion systems. Prerequisites: MEEN 315, MEEN 241 and MATH 231. (F;S)

MEEN 319. Aerodynamics and Propulsion Laboratory Credit 1(0-2)
This is a laboratory course which provides experiments to reinforce concepts learned in aerodynamics and propulsion courses. Prerequisite: MEEN 315. (F;S)

MEEN 321. Mechanical Engineering Design Credit 3(3-0)
This course provides an introduction to mechanical design. Emphasis is placed on the design of machine elements for static and fatigue strength. Other topics such as codes and standards, project planning and communication are also covered. Team design projects are assigned. Prerequisite: MEEN 232. (F;S)

MEEN 324. System Dynamics Credit 3(3-0)
This course gives a treatment of dynamic systems composed of mechanical, electrical, thermal and fluid elements. General analytical and design tools for physical systems are developed. Topics include time response, frequency response, linearization, numerical analysis, and computer simulation. Projects are assigned to investigate the scope and limitations of the basic concepts. Prerequisites: MEEN 210, MEEN 233, MATH 431. (F;S;SS)

MEEN 341. Applied Thermodynamics Credit 3(3-0)
This course involves applications of basic thermodynamic principles to real systems. The topics covered include: gaseous mixtures, psychrometrics, combustion, power cycles and refrigeration cycles. Prerequisite: MEEN 241 and MATH 231. (F;S)

MEEN 343. Heat Transfer Credit 3(2-2)
The course covers the fundamentals of heat conduction, convection, radiation, boiling and condensation, and heat exchangers. Design and safety aspects of heat transfer equipment are covered. Prerequisites: MEEN 316 (or 315), 441, MATH 431. (F;S:SS)

MEEN 361. Modern Engineering Materials Credit 3(3-0) This course covers the role of materials in engineering; properties of materials; nonferrous and ferrous systems and applications; heat treatment and strengthening mechanisms; various polymeric, ceramic, composite materials biomaterials and their applications; failure theories; characterization; corrosion and environmental issues; project work involving selection and design with various material systems. Prerequisite: MEEN 360. (F;S)

MEEN 363. Manufacturing Processes Credit 3(3-0)
The course deals with principles, analysis, and selection of manufacturing processes. Topics include casting, molding, forming, particulate processing, material removal and joining. Design for manufacturing and manufacturing economics are introduced. Prerequisites: MEEN 261 and 232. (F;S)

MEEN 401. General Engineering Topics Review Credit 1(0‑3)
This course reviews the engineering topics normally covered in the General Engineering sections of the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination. The course emphasizes extensive problem solving and helps students prepare for the FE exam. Prerequisite: Senior standing. (F)

MEEN 404. Mechanical Engineering Topics Review Credit 3(3-0)
This course reviews the mechanical engineering topics normally covered in the discipline specific section of the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination. The course is intended for senior students preparing for the FE Exam. Prerequisites: MEEN 401 and consent of instructor. (F;S)

MEEN 421. Computer-Aided Design of Machine Elements Credit 3(3-0)
This course covers the principles and current practices of machine element design, including solid modeling and finite element analysis. Prerequisite: MEEN 324 and 321. (F)

MEEN 424. Vibrations and Controls Credit 3(3-0)
This course introduces the modeling, analysis and simulation of free and forced vibrations of damped and undamped, single and multi-degree of freedom systems and the basic properties of feedback control, and the fundamentals of control system design using root locus and frequency response methods. Prerequisite: MEEN 424, ECEN 340. (F;S;SS)

MEEN 425. Mechanical Systems Laboratory Credit 1(0-2)
This is the third course in the sequence of three mechanical engineering laboratories. The course deals with experiments in manufacturing processes, system dynamics, vibrations and control. Prerequisites: MEEN 440. (F;S)

MEEN 431. Composite Materials Credit 3(2-2)
This course introduces manufacturing of fiber reinforced polymer composites and its mechanical characterization with an introduction of material anisotropy and design. Topics include anisotropic constitutive equations, use of software to predict elastic constants, manufacturing methods, process control parameters, and physical and mechanical characterization. Concepts learned are applied to design of simple composite beams. Prerequisites: MEEN 261 and MEEN 232. (F;S)

MEEN 432. Fundamentals of Nanoscience and Engineering Credit 3(3-0)
This course offers perspectives in areas related to the structure, stability and functional characteristics of nanoscale materials using theoretical models, with an emphasis on the interrelationship between materials properties and processing. Prerequisites: MEEN 361. (F;S)

MEEN 433. Aluminum-Based Product Design and Manufacturing Credit 3(3-0)
This course introduces students to the principles of product and manufacturing process design specifically applicable to aluminum-based materials. Material properties of aluminum are compared with those of other commercial materials. Raw material fabrication and product manufacturing processes are presented. The interactions between processes and material properties are described. Case studies are presented to guide the student in successful completion of design projects. Prerequisites: MEEN 261 and MEEN 321. (F;S)

MEEN 434. Advanced Manufacturing Processes Credit 3(3-0)
Theory, application, and design considerations for forming and machining are covered in this course. Design of molds, dies, presses, jigs and fixtures automated machinery are covered. Prerequisites: MEEN 446 or equivalent, MEEN 321, MATH 231. (F;S)

MEEN 435. Computer Integrated Mechanism Design Credit 3(3-0)
This is a course in modern computer simulation tools and the underlying theories for synthesis and analysis of mechanical systems consisting of linkages, cams, and gears. Prerequisite: MEEN 324. (F;S)

MEEN 451. Aero Vehicle Structures Credit 3(3-0)
This course covers deflection of structures, indeterminate structures, fatigue analysis, and minimum weight design. Finite element methods and software are utilized. Prerequisite: MEEN 321. (F;S)

MEEN 452. Turbomachinery Credit 3(3-0)
This course covers the application of the cascade method to turbomachines; impulse and reaction turbines; compressible fluid dynamics; gas turbine principles, pumps, compressors and blowers; and the design of turbine elements. Project work is assigned. Prerequisite: MEEN 343. (F;S)

MEEN 453. Flight Vehicle Performance Credit 3(3-0)
This course provides an introduction to the performance analysis of aircraft. Aircraft performance in gliding, climbing, level, and turning flight are analyzed as well as calculation of vehicle take off and landing distance, range and endurance. Prerequisites: MATH 231 and MEEN 233. (DEMAND)

MEEN 461. Design of Thermal Systems Credit 3(3-0)
This is a course in the selection of components for fluid and energy processing systems to meet system performance requirements. Computer-aided thermal design, simulation and optimization techniques, and investment economics are discussed. Design projects are assigned to demonstrate application of these topics. Prerequisites: MEEN 343 and INEN 260. (F;S)

MEEN 463. Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Credit 3(3-0)
This course deals with the principles of heating and air conditioning and their applications to design of environmental control systems; determination of building heating and cooling loads; principal equipment, layout and control are discussed for various types of systems. Prerequisites: MEEN 343. (F;S;SS)

MEEN 464. Internal Combustion Engines Credit 3(3-0)
This course deals with the fundamental principles of spark-ignition and compression ignition engines, combustion phenomena, the effect of fuel-air mixture, design of components of an internal combustion engine, and testing and performance curves. Design projects are assigned. Prerequisite: MEEN 343. (F;S)

MEEN 465. Energy Conversion Systems Design Credit 3(3-0)
This course covers the design of steam power systems, internal combustion power systems, refrigeration and heat pump systems and an overview of direct energy conversion devices. Power system design projects are assigned. Prerequisites: MEEN 343. (F;S)

MEEN 466. Fundamentals of Nuclear Energy Credit 3(3-0)
This course introduces nuclear physics as applied to nuclear power. Pressurized water reactors, boiling water reactors, and others that are currently in operation and those planned for the future are discussed. The course addresses the safety and environmental concerns of nuclear energy with discussion of nuclear accidents and nuclear waste. Prerequisites: MEEN 241. (F;S)

MEEN 480. Mechanical Engineering Senior Project I Credit 3(2-2)
This is the first part of a two-course sequence which together prepares students for engineering practice. This is a major team design experience. The projects are based on the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier course work and incorporates multiple design constraints. Team design projects are continued during the following semester in MEEN 481 or MEEN 482. Oral presentations and written reports are required. Prerequisites: MEEN 341 (or MEEN 318), MEEN 321. (F)

MEEN 481. Mechanical Engineering Senior Project II Credit 3(0-6)
This is the second part of the two-course sequence senior project. Work continues on the design project begun in MEEN 573 culminating in a final product which incorporates multiple design constraints. Oral presentations and written reports required. Prerequisite: MEEN 580. (S)

MEEN 482. Aerospace Senior Project Credit 3(0-6)
This is the second part of the two-sequence senior capstone design experience. Work continues on the design project begun in MEEN 4803 culminating in a final aircraft or aerospace vehicle which incorporates multiple design constraints. Oral presentations and written reports are required. Prerequisite: MEEN 480. (F;S)

MEEN 490. Independent Study Credit 3(3-0)
This course involves student participation in research conducted by faculty. Topics may be analytical and/or experimental and encourage independent study. The submission of a written report is required. Students will receive “P” for “Satisfactory” or “F” for “Unsatisfactory” grades. Prerequisites: Senior standing and consent of instructor. (F;S)

MEEN 492. Mechanical Engineering Seminar Credit 1(1-0)
This weekly seminar course utilizes invited speakers to address such topics as resume preparation, interviewing, ethics and professional registration, as well as technical topics presented by graduate students and faculty researchers. Prerequisite: senior standing in mechanical engineering. (F)

MEEN 496. Special Undergraduate Project Variable Credit (1-3)
This is a senior level project of interest to students. A faculty member will serve as a project advisor. Projects may include design, analysis, testing, and/or experimental work. Prerequisites: Permission of department and faculty member as an advisor. (DEMAND)

MEEN 585. Special Topics Credit 3(0-6)
This course is designed to allow the introduction of potential new courses on a trial basis or special content courses on a once only basis. The topic of the course and title are determined prior to registration. Prerequisites: Senior Standing. (F;S)


Stephen Armah
Adjunct Assistant Professor
B.S., Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi, Ghana; M.S., Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, London; Ph.D., North Carolina A&T State University

Daniel Acree
Lab/Projects Coordinator
B.S., M.S., North Carolina A&T State University

Paul Akangah
Adjunct Assistant Professor
B.S., Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi, Ghana; M.S., Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden; Ph.D., North Carolina A&T State University

Suresh Chandra
Emeritus Professor
B.S., Allahabad University; B.Sc., Banaras Hindu University; M.S, University of Louisville; Ph.D., Colorado State University

Adrian Cuc
Adjunct Assistant Professor
B.S., “Politehnica” University of Timisoara, Romania; M.S., University of South Carolina; Ph.D., University of South Carolina.

DeRome O. Dunn
Associate Professor
B.S., M.S., North Carolina A&T State University; Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Frederick Ferguson
Professor and Director of Center for Aerospace Research
M.S., Kharkov State University; Ph.D., University of Maryland

Arturo Fernandez
Assistant Professor
B.Eng., Ph.D., Universidad Politecnica de Madrid

John Kizito
Associate Professor
B.S., Makarere University, Uganda; M.S., Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Dhananjay Kumar
Associate Professor and ORNL Joint Faculty
B.S., Bhagalpur University; M.S., Magadh University, Ph.D., Indian Institute of Technology

Samuel P. Owusu-Ofori
Boeing Professor and Interim Chairperson
B.S., University of Science and Technology-Kumasi, Ghana; M.S., Bradley University; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison; Professional Engineer

Devdas M. Pai
Professor and Director for Education and Outreach, NSF Engineering Research Center
B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology Madras; M.S., Ph.D., Arizona State University; Professional Engineer

Jagannathan Sankar
University Distinguished Professor and Director of NSF Engineering Research Center
B.E., University of Madras; M.E., Concordia University, Ph.D., Lehigh University

Kunigal N. Shivakumar
Research Professor and Director of Center of Aviation Safety
B.E., Bangalore University; M.E., Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science

Mannur Sundaresan
Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
B.E , M.E., Bangalore University, Bangalore, India, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Shih-Liang Wang
Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator
B.S., National Tsing Hua University; M.S., Ph.D., The Ohio State University; Professional Engineer

Cindy Waters
Assistant Professor
B.S., M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Ph.D., North Carolina A&T State University

Sun Yi
Assistant Professor
B.S., Seoul National University; M.S., Ph.D., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor