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Mechanical Engineering

SPSU
Systems and Mechanical Engineering Department
1100 South Marietta Pkwy
Marietta, GA 30060

Renee Butler, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Systems and Mechanical Engineering
678-915-5414
rbutler@spsu.edu
Building Q, Room 129

Diana Cosme
Administrative Assistant II
678-915-3060
dcosme@spsu.edu
Building Q, Room 128

Richard J. Ruhala, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator for Mechanical Engineering
678-915-6855
rruhala@spsu.edu
Building Q, Room 127

Overview

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

Mechanical engineering is one of the largest disciplines of engineering because it is one of the broadest. It focuses on the application of the principles of mechanics and materials to design machines and devices, including power-producing and power-using machines. In this energy conscious world, a thorough understanding of energy and its uses is essential to sustainability. Mechanical engineers help to design energy efficient devices such as wind-turbines as well as artificial knee joints that directly benefit society.

windmillsGraduates have the qualifications to enter graduate school, become a licensed professional engineer in any state after sufficient work experience and examinations, or directly enter careers in areas such as, but not limited to: manufacturing, aerospace industry, power generation and distribution, automotive design, machine design, alternative energy, construction of HVAC systems, robotics, and automation. Typical job titles for graduates may include design engineer, project engineer, process engineer, test engineer, project manager, consulting engineer, and field engineer.

Mechanical Engineering requires rigorous training in basic science and engineering principles along with the development of skills in the areas of computer-aided design, instrumentation, communication, and planning and management of design projects. The broad-based background is tailored to develop professionals who will be able to move between the technical and managerial aspects of mechanical engineering projects and to serve in key leadership positions within the engineering profession.

As with many engineering degrees, a mechanical engineer becomes very good at solving difficult problems which makes it a good foundation for non-engineering careers such as management, law, and medicine.

gearsThe Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering was approved by the Board of Regents in August 2009. During the 2012-13 academic year we had over 20 BSME graduates!  As of August 2013, Mechanical Engineering is the largest program on campus with over 600 students.  Two reasons for ME's popularity in the USA are the wide range of career opportunities and low unemployment. 

Following the curriculum, some courses will be offered after 4pm to provide flexibility for part time students. A suggested course sequence is offered below to those students who start their first semester ready for Calculus I. An advisor can help you plan which courses you should take each semester.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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