Wilkes University

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Management

Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Management offers a four-year Bachelor of Science degree program in Mechanical Engineering. The four-year Bachelor of Science degree program in Mechanical Engineering (ME) is dedicated to the principle of preparing its students for industry and graduate study with the expectation of eventual leadership responsibilities. To that end, its faculty and facilities focus on an emphasis of design and industrial experience, student-faculty-industry cooperative projects, teamwork, the adoption of new technologies and on the hands-on student utilization of laboratories and computing systems. The Mechanical Engineering program maintains professional accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; Telephone: (410) 347-7700).

The ME program is designed to achieve a balance among the major areas of Machine Design, Electro-Mechanical Systems, and Thermal Systems. Student may choose to specialize within the following areas: Thermal, Design and Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems. Descriptions of program objectives and outcomes are publically posted in the Department and on the Department's webpages.

The Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) is also available. This degree program is described in the Graduate Bulletin.

Mechanical Engineering B.S. Degree - Required Courses and Recommended Course Sequence

First Semester

MTH-111 Calculus I

4

CHM-117 Intro Chem Lab for Engineers

1

CHM-118 Chemistry for Engineers

3

ME-180 CADD Lab

1

ENG-101 Composition

4

FYF-101 First-Year Foundations

3

 

16

Second Semester

MTH-112 Calculus II

4

PHY-201 General Physics I

4

EGR-140 Scientific Programming

3

EGR-200 Intro to Materials Science

3

Distribution Requirement

3

 

17

Third Semester

MTH-211 Intro. to Differential Equations

4

PHY-202 General Physics II

4

EE-211 Electrical Circuits and Devices

3

EE-283 Electrical Measurements Lab

1

ME-231 Statics 

3

Distribution Requirement

 3

 

18

Fourth Semester

EGR-222 Mechatronics

3

ME-232 Strength of Materials

3

ME-234 Dynamics

3

ME-322 Engineering Thermodynamics

3

MTH-212 Multivariable Calculus

4

ME-175 Intro. to Manufacturing and Machining

1

 

17

Fifth Semester

ME-321 Fluid Mechanics

3

ME-323 Fluid Mechanics Lab

1

ME-215 Intro. to Manufacturing Processes

3

ME-335 Engineering Modeling & Analysis

4

ME-333 Machine Design I

3

Distribution Requirements

3

 

17

Sixth Semester

EGR-399 Cooperative Education* OR Technical Electives**

6

EGR-201 Professionalism and Ethics

1

PHY-203 Modern Physics or CHM-256 Polymer Chemistry

3

PHY-206 Modern Physics Lab or CHM-258 Polymer Chemistry Lab

EGM-320 Engineering Project Management & Analysis

3

Distribution Requirement

3

 

17

Seventh Semester

ME-324 Heat Transfer

3

ME-326 Heat Transfer Lab

1

ME-384 Mechanical Design Lab

3

ME-391 Senior Project I

1

ME-317 Robotics

3

Distribution Requirement

3

 

14

Eighth Semester

Technical Electives**

3

ME-392 Senior Projects II

2

ME-332 Vibration of Dynamic Systems

3

Free Elective

3

Distribution Requirement

3

 

14

*Consult with the Cooperative Education Coordinator to determine availability and proper scheduling of the Cooperative Education experience.
**Technical electives may be chosen from any advisor approved math, science, or engineering course numbered 200 or above to satisfy a concentration requirement.

Mechanical Engineering

ME-395-396. Independent Research

Credits: 1 - 3

Independent study and research for advanced students in the field of mechanical engineering under the direction of a staff member. A research paper at a level significantly beyond a term paper is required.

Pre-Requisites
Senior standing in mechanical engineering and approval of the department chairperson is required.

ME-175. Introduction to Manufacturing & Machining

Credits: 1

Familiarizing with traditional machining processes and measuring equipment used in manufacturing. Hands-on experience with traditional and numerical control (NC) machines; various manufacturing processes and fundamentals of metrology. Two-hour lab each week.

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ME-180. CADD Lab

Credits: 1

An introduction to the symbolic and visual languages used in the various engineering fields. The use of the computer in design and drafting and familiarization with various software packages in the CADD (Computer Aided Design and Drafting) laboratory. Blueprint reading and printed circuit layouts. Emphasis will also be placed on the representation and interpretation of data in graphical form as well as the fundamentals of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional graphic formats. Two hours of lecture and lab per week.

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ME-215. Introduction to Manufacturing Processes

Credits: 3

An introduction to manufacturing which examines traditional processes such as metal forming and casting and advanced manufacturing processes associated with thin film deposition, microfabrication and piezoelectric devices. Quality assurance and quality control issues in manufacturing.

Pre-Requisites

ME-231. Statics

Credits: 3

Statics of particles, including resolution of forces into components, vector sums, and concurrent force systems. Statics of rigid bodies and the study of moments. Equilibrium of bodies in two- and three-dimensions and determination of reactions. Analysis of trusses and frames. Determination of centroids and moments of inertia. Kinematics of particles, including displacement, velocity, and acceleration.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites

ME-232. Strength of Materials

Credits: 3

Analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate structural systems; computation of reactions, shears, moments, and deflections of beams, trusses, and frames. Bending and torsion of slender bars; buckling and plastic behavior.

Pre-Requisites

ME-234. Dynamics

Credits: 3

This course continues the development of Newtonian mechanics with application to the motion of free bodies and mechanisms. Topics include rectilinear motion, vector calculus, particle motion, inertial and rotating reference frames, rigid body motion, rotational dynamics, linear and rotational momentum, work and kinetic energy, virtual work and collision.

Pre-Requisites

ME-298. Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Credits: 1-3

Selected topics in the field of mechanical engineering.

Pre-Requisites
Sophomore standing and permission of the instructor.

ME-312. Manufacturing System Engineering

Credits: 3

Fundamentals of manufacturing processes and systems. Analytical models of manufacturing processes including metal removal rate, tool wear, setup and tool change times. Analysis and optimization of manufacturing productivity and throughput. Automation and computer control of manufacturing processes.

Pre-Requisites
Junior standing in mechanical engineering.

ME-314. Inverse Problems in Mechanics

Credits: 3

Inverse problems are very common in engineering where the outputs are known but the inputs are unknown. This course will show how to properly setup a well-posed inverse problem, how to solve matrix inverses, and conduct hands on experiments by creating strain gage based force transducers.

Pre-Requisites

ME-317. Robotics

Credits: 3

The analysis and design of robots. Class covers the mechanical principles governing the kinematics of robotics. Course topics include forward kinematics and the determination of the closed form kinematic inversion, as well as workspace and trajectory generation. Class also covers the formation and computation of the manipulator Jacobian matrix.

Pre-Requisites

ME-321. Fluid Mechanics

Credits: 3

Thermodynamics and dynamic principles applied to fluid behavior and to ideal, viscous and compressible fluids under internal and external flow conditions.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
Concurrent or after ME-322

ME-322. Engineering Thermodynamics

Credits: 3

The fundamental concepts and laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic properties of perfect and real gases, vapors, solids, and liquids. Applications of thermodynamics to power and refrigeration cycles and flow processes. Development of thermodynamic relationships and equations of state. Review of the first and second laws of physics. Reversibility and irreversibility.

Pre-Requisites

ME-323. Fluid Mechanics Laboratory

Credits: 1

Experiments with and analysis of basic fluid phenomena, hydrostatic pressure, Bernoulli theorem, laminar and turbulent flow, pipe friction, and drag coefficient. One three-hour lab per week.

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Co-Requisites

ME-324. Heat Transfer

Credits: 3

Fundamental principles of heat transmission by conduction, convection, and radiation; application of the laws of thermodynamics; application of these principles to the solution of engineering problems.

Pre-Requisites

ME-325. Energy Systems

Credits: 3

Fundamental principles of energy transmission and energy conversion. Comprehension of the physical systems in which the conversion of energy is accomplished. Primary factors necessary in the design and performance analysis of energy systems.

Pre-Requisites

ME-326. Heat Transfer Laboratory

Credits: 1

Basic heat transfer modes are demonstrated experimentally. This includes conduction, convection, and radiation of heat as well as fin and heat exchanger. One two-hour lab per week.

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Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
Concurrent or after ME-324

ME-328. Combustion Engines

Credits: 3

Investigation and analysis of internal and external combustion engines with respect to automotive applications. Consideration of fuels, carburetion, combustion, detonation, design factors, exhaust emissions and alternative power plants.

Pre-Requisites

ME-332. Vibration of Dynamic Systems

Credits: 3

An introductory course in mechanical vibration dealing with free and forced vibration of single and multi-degrees of freedom for linear and nonlinear systems. Two hours of lecture and two hours of lab per week.

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Pre-Requisites

ME-333. Machine Design I

Credits: 3

The first of a two-course sequence in design of machine elements dealing with theories of deformation and failure, strength and endurance limit, fluctuating stresses, fatigue and design under axial, bending, torsional, and combined stresses. A study of fasteners, welds, gears, balled roller bearings, belts, chains, clutches, and brakes.

Pre-Requisites

ME-335. Engineering Modeling and Analysis

Credits: 3

Introduction to finite element method for static and dynamic modeling and analysis of engineering systems. Finite element formulation and computer modeling techniques for stress, plane strain, beams, axisymmetric solids, heat conduction, and fluid flow problems. Solution of finite element equation and post processing of results for further use in the design problem. Two hours of lecture and two hours of lab per week.

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Pre-Requisites

ME-337. Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems Engineering

Credits: 3

This course explores the principles of MEMS by understanding materials properties, micro-machining, sensor and actuator principles. The student will learn that MEMS are integrated micro-devices combining mechanical and electrical systems, which convert physical properties to electrical signals and, consequently, detection. This course provides the theoretical and exercises the hands-on experience by fabricating a micro-pressure sensor. Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week. 

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Pre-Requisites
Junior standing in engineering

ME-338. Machine Design II

Credits: 3

An advanced course in machine design topics that expands upon the concepts of Machine Design I.  This course goes into more detail of the basic machine fundamentals introduced previously such as levers, belts, pulleys, gears, cams and power screws. Emphasis is also placed on 3D printing and the future of additive manufacturing.

Pre-Requisites

ME-340. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Credits: 3

Introduction of fundamentals of HVAC design and construction. Study of the psychometric process and fundamental calculations and layout of HVAC systems. Calculations of heat loss and heat gain in commercial and residential structures.

Pre-Requisites

ME-384. Mechanical Design Laboratory

Credits: 3

A laboratory for the development of hands-on experience dealing with open-ended problems in mechanical systems. Emphasis on experimental performance, data collection, evaluations, analysis and design. Two hours of lecture and four hours of lab per week.

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Pre-Requisites
Senior standing in mechanical engineering or instructor permission

ME-391. Senior Projects I

Credits: 1

Design and development of selected projects in the field of mechanical engineering under the direction of a staff member. Technical as well as economic factors will be considered in the design. A detailed progress report is required.

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Pre-Requisites
Senior standing in mechanical engineering, EGM-320

ME-392. Senior Projects II

Credits: 2

Design and development of selected projects in the various fields of mechanical engineering under the direction of a staff member. Technical as well as economic factors will be considered in the design. A professional paper and detailed progress reports are required. This is a continuation of ME-391. An open-forum presentation and discussion of the professional paper are required.

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Pre-Requisites

ME-397. Seminar

Credits: 1-3

Presentations and discussions of selected topics.

Pre-Requisites
Junior or Senior standing in mechanical engineering or special departmental permission.

ME-398. Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Credits: 1-3

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Pre-Requisites
Junior or senior standing in mechanical engineering.

ME-399. Cooperative Education

Credits: 1-6

Professional cooperative education placement in a private or public organization related to the student’s academic objectives and career goals. In addition to their work experiences, students are required to submit weekly reaction papers and an academic project to a Faculty Coordinator in the student’s discipline. See the Cooperative Education section of this bulletin for placement procedures.Requirements: Junior standing; minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA; consent of the academic advisor; and approval of placement by the department chairperson.


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