School of Science & Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Students in Mechanical Engineering learn the principles and skills necessary to understand how heat and mechanical power can be used in the design and operation of machines and other tools. Graduates of our program develop skills that can be transferred to other areas such as Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.

Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Sought worldwide, ABET’s voluntary peer-review process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the technical disciplines, where quality, precision, and safety are of the utmost importance.

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Program

How can I get involved in the Mechanical Engineering program?

Major

You can participate in the program in a variety of ways:

  • Graduate with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 4 years
  • Complete the 4 + 1 program, from BS to MBA
Classes

What classes will I take?

Among the 83-hour major, students take courses in math, science, and engineering in order to learn how to solve the complex technological problems that face society. The Mechanical Engineering curriculum provides a broad background in the different areas of the discipline such as heat transfer, machine design, control systems, and manufacturing finance. Additionally, students will have an opportunity to discover the various specialty areas of the major through different elective courses including fracture mechanics, machinery dynamics, and applications to the aerospace industry. Full list of courses required for the Mechanical Engineering Major.

Careers

What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

With a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Anderson University, students will be well prepared for productive careers in industry, government, education, or for graduate study.

Experience

Graduates of this program will be given a solid background in the theoretical and applied study of Mechanical Engineering, having been exposed to various techniques and instrumentation. Students will also have the opportunity to expand their creative abilities through design courses that challenge them to engineer products with cost and resources in mind. Whether the product is to be deployed in rural Africa, or is being developed by a small start-up firm, materials and cost are becoming increasingly important. The ability of engineers to “be creative with less” is more essential than ever.

Technology Requirements

Philosophy/Rationale

Students are expected to spend significant amounts of time mastering software tools.  Our goal is to use software tools that are cross-platform and easily installable on student laptops to remove as many barriers to learning as possible.  The laptop and engineering calculator are crucial to the learning process and thus justify the financial investment.  Selecting software tools that students can use directly on their laptops, as opposed to only in computer laboratories, has shown to increase the time students spend using the tools because they can use the software more easily, wherever they are working, and whenever they are doing homework and/or projects.  There are many auxiliary student benefits of owning and operating a laptop such as gaining experience with system administration, troubleshooting/problem solving, and a deeper understanding of computing systems.  Software not capable of being installed on student laptops is installed for student use in specialized computer laboratories.

Laptop

Each student is required to have a reliable laptop capable of running engineering and computer science software (provided by the university) such as AutoDesk Inventor, Spice, and software compilers.  Therefore we have established the following minimum requirements:

  • Operating system options:
    • Windows 10+ (64 bit) with a VM for Linux or BSD as necessary
    • Mac OS X with a VM or bootcamp for Windows
    • Linux or BSD with a VM for Windows
  • RAM: 8 GB (16 GB recommended)
  • CPU: modern 64 bit processor such as i5 or i7 with at least two physical cores
  • Storage capacity: 200 GB (400 GB for a Mac, Linux, or BSD because students will need to run Bootcamp with a 200 GB partition for Windows)
  • Connectivity: 2x USB2 or USB3 and 1000Base-T ethernet (adaptor OK)
  • WiFi (IEEE 802.11n with WPA2)
  • Graphics card needs to support at least one external display via HDMI (preferred) or VGA (adaptor OK) to be able to use the projectors for presentations.

Note that these requirements can change without notice (but within reason) due to changes in the system requirements from the vendors of the software used within the program. Please keep in mind that these are minimum requirements and there are software packages that benefit from a more capable computer system. The minimum cost for a new Windows machine that meets the requirements is $900 and for a Mac it is $1500.  About half the students use Mac and the other half use Windows. Usually, there are a few Linux users.

Calculator

Calculators are often allowed on exams and are needed for completing homework. The calculator needs to be able to graph functions, use complex numbers, and solve linear systems of equations with complex coefficients. It is also helpful if the calculator has a computer algebra system (CAS).  One of the following (or equivalent) is required:

  • TI-89 (recommended)
  • TI-Nspire CX CAS

The average cost of the above calculators is approximately $130. Note that none of these calculators are currently allowed on the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering exam (the allowed calculators have a much more limited capability and are relatively inexpensive at around $30).

ABET Accreditation Information

Mission Statement

“The mission of Anderson University is to educate for a life of faith and service in the church and society.”

Engineering Program Mission

“The Mission of Anderson University’s Engineering Program is to develop highly-qualified, innovative, servant leaders.”

Living the Mission

  • Highly Qualified Engineers - We provide a Christ-centered, hands-on education, grounded in the liberal arts that inspires students toward excellence in engineering.
  • Innovative Thinkers - We model resourceful, pioneering, and creative thinking to uniquely mentor students to deal with the challenges of vocation, life, and community.
  • Servant Leaders - We seek to live God-honoring lives of integrity, and share the importance of Christ-like servanthood.  “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve…” Mark 10:44-45

Program Characteristics

  • Theoretical Knowledge - Anderson University Engineering students will have advanced mathematical, scientific, and engineering skills---including significant design, problem-solving, and data processing ability---built upon a liberal arts foundation.
  • Practical Experience - Anderson University Engineering students will have significant hands-on experiences, driven by laboratory exercises, research assistantships, internships, project management, and interdisciplinary opportunities.
  • Grounded in Faith - Anderson University Engineering students will be life-long learners who, through the lens of a Christian worldview, will recognize God’s calling on their lives to serve the Church and society.

Program Educational Objectives

Engineering students from Anderson University will, three to five years post-graduation, be:

  • actively serving Christ,
  • using a Biblical worldview for professional and ethical decision making,
  • thriving professionally in their respective engineering disciplines,
  • succeeding in graduate-level programs,
  • effective problem solvers, and
  • capable in laboratory and field/remote environments.

Student Outcomes

(a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, 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 mechanical 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

Our students achieve these outcomes through the lens of a Christian worldview and will recognize God’s calling on their lives to serve God and society.

Student Enrollment Data

Starting Year

ME

EE

CpE

2018a

32

10

10

2017

33

14

10

2016

20

9

7

2015

10

2

2

2014

6

1

0

2013

3

0

0

Student Graduation Data

Academic Year

ME

EE

CpE

2017

3

1

2

2016

3

0

0

a Partial year.  Will be updated at the end of the 2018-2019 academic year.

Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering are not accredited. However, we are in the process of pursuing accreditation from ABET for those programs.