Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering (ME) is a profession that applies the principles of mathematics, science and engineering for analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. Mechanical engineers research, develop, design, and manufacture engines, machines, and other mechanical devices for the benefit of society. They work on power-producing machines such as automobile and jet engines. They also develop power-using machines such as air-conditioners, robots, machine tools, and manufacturing equipment. Mechanical engineers are also at the forefront of newly developed technologies such as bioengineering, nanoengineering, environmental engineering, and renewable energy. Our mechanical engineering curriculum includes study in the following areas:

  • Thermal sciences, including thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer with applications in the efficient conversion of energy that allows the development of commercial power plants, environmentally friendly lawn mower engines, and cryogenic medical devices used to treat cancer.
  • Mechanics and materials, including the analysis of machine elements, materials, and dynamics to improve products such as artificial knees, automobile suspensions, and space vehicles.
  • Design and manufacturing, including application of manufacturing processes and integration of engineering fundamentals from the thermal science, mechanics and materials areas in analysis and synthesis of mechanisms and machinery.

The USD mechanical engineering curriculum is broad-based, hands-on, and design-oriented. We emphasize a student-centered education in small classes with a liberal arts foundation. The mechanical engineering program prepares program graduates to work for small or large companies in most industries throughout Southern California, the United States, and internationally. Graduates may work in most industries, including aerospace, automotive, bioengineering, environmental, product design and manufacturing industries. The program also prepares graduates for a career in government, to enter graduate school in an area related to mechanical engineering, as well as to pursue a professional degree, for example in business, law, or medicine. Student will be qualified to take the fundamentals of engineering exam as the first step toward professional registration.

Students majoring in mechanical engineering are expected to advance the integrity, honor, and dignity of their chosen profession. As part of these professional obligations, all ME majors are encouraged to maintain student membership in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Educational Objectives

The mechanical engineering program seeks to develop graduates who are able to:

  • Apply their mechanical engineering and broad academic backgrounds in their professional and personal endeavors
  • Adapt to evolving job responsibilities
  • Communicate effectively
  • Contribute and provide leadership in a team environment.

To achieve these objectives, the ME program has been designed to ensure that graduates have achieved the following outcomes:

a. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

b. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to 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 multi-disciplinary teams

e. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve 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 [in the profession]

k. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board

The Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board was established in 2005 with members representing current students, alumni, parents, higher education, and local industries. The board, composed of representatives from companies such as Hamilton-Sunstrand, Asymtek, Hewlett-Packard, Trane and others, contributes to the on-going development of the mechanical engineering program, and provides mentorship and internship opportunities to our students.

Requirements for the Mechanical Engineering Major: (147 semester units)

The mathematics, science, and engineering courses listed below also satisfy the core curriculum requirements in mathematics competency, natural sciences, and the upper division writing course.

Mathematics and Basic Science requirements (33 units):

Mathematics
MATH 150Calculus I4
MATH 151Calculus II4
MATH 250Calculus III4
MATH 310Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering I3
ISYE 330Engineering Probability and Statistics3
or MATH 315 Applied Probability and Statistics
Physics
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics
and Mechanics Lab
4
PHYS 271
271L
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism
and Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism Lab
4
Chemistry
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
Life Science Elective3

Engineering Core Requirements (25 units):

These courses include units in engineering science, computer programming, engineering design, and other subject requirements in support of engineering practice:

ENGR 101Introduction to Engineering3
ENGR 102Introduction to Electromechanical System Design3
ENGR 103User-Centered Design3
ENGR 121Engineering Programming3
or COMP 150 Computer Programming I
ENGR 311Engineering Materials Science3
MENG 210Statics3
MENG 260Introduction to Thermal Sciences3
ELEC 201Electrical Circuits4

Engineering Professional Practice Requirements (9 units)

In support of the professional practice of engineering, there are requirements for knowledge of economics, communication, and engineering ethics. Some of these courses also fulfill university core requirements:

ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
or ECON 102 Principles of Macroeconomics
or ISYE 220 Engineering Economics
PHIL 342Engineering Ethics3
COMM 203Public Speaking 13
1

ROTC students may substitute NAVS 201, MILS 301, or SDSU AS 300A for COMM 203 in the engineering program. These classes will not satisfy university core requirements 

Mechanical Engineering Requirements (49 units):

These courses include units in mechanical engineering science, laboratory, and design. These classes are required by the major:

ISYE 350
350L
Manufacturing Processes
and Manufacturing Processes Laboratory
4
MENG 300Applied Thermodynamics3
MENG 351Machine Shop Practices1
MENG 352CAD Practices1
MENG 360
360L
Fluid Mechanics
and Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
4
MENG 370
370L
Mechanics of Materials
and Mechanics of Materials Laboratory
4
MENG 375Dynamics3
MENG 400
400L
Heat Transfer
and Heat Transfer Laboratory
4
MENG 430Design of Machine Elements3
MENG 491WSenior Design Project I4
MENG 492Senior Design Project II3

Students also select one required simulation-based course and four additional mechanical engineering elective courses. A list of approved mechanical engineering electives is available from the chair of mechanical engineering.

Core Curriculum Requirements (30 or more additional units):

All mechanical engineering majors must satisfy the core curriculum specified by the university.

Required Program of Study: Mechanical Engineering

First Year
Semester IHours
ENGR 101Introduction to Engineering3
MATH 150Calculus I4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
Or 
ENGR 121
or COMP 150
Engineering Programming
Computer Programming I
3
CC Electives6
Semester II
ENGR 102
or 103
Introduction to Electromechanical System Design
User-Centered Design
3
MATH 151Calculus II4
ENGR 121
or COMP 150
Engineering Programming
Computer Programming I
3
or 
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
PHYS 270Introduction to Mechanics3
CC Elective3
Sophomore Year
Semester I
ENGR 102
or 103
Introduction to Electromechanical System Design
User-Centered Design
3
MATH 310Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering I3
PHYS 271
271L
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism4
CC Electives6
Semester II
ELEC 201Electrical Circuits4
MATH 250Calculus III4
MENG 210Statics3
MENG 260Introduction to Thermal Sciences3
COMM 2031Public Speaking3
Junior Year
Semester I
ENGR 311Engineering Materials Science3
MENG 300Applied Thermodynamics3
MENG 351Machine Shop Practices1
MENG 352CAD Practices1
MENG 375Dynamics3
ISYE 330Engineering Probability and Statistics3
CC elective3
Semester II
ISYE 350
350L
Manufacturing Processes4
MENG 360
360L
Fluid Mechanics4
MENG 370
370L
Mechanics of Materials4
MENG Elective3
Senior Year
Semester I
MENG 400
400L
Heat Transfer4
MENG 430Design of Machine Elements3
MENG 491WSenior Design Project I4
PHIL 342Engineering Ethics3
Elective3
Semester II
MENG 492Senior Design Project II3
MENG electives6
CC electives6
Senior Year 2
Semester I
MENG elective3
CC electives12
1

ROTC students may substitute NAVS 201MILS 301, or SDSU AS 300A for COMM 203 in the engineering program. These classes will not satisfy university core requirements 

Courses

MENG 210 | STATICS

Units: 3-4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: PHYS 270 and MATH 150

Equilibrium analysis of particles and rigid bodies using vector analysis of forces and moments in two and three dimensions; free body diagrams; friction; analysis of trusses; distributed forces; basics of shear and moment diagrams; centroids; and moments of inertia. Three hours lecture weekly. Fall and spring semesters.

MENG 260 | INTRODUCTION TO THERMAL SCIENCES

Units: 3-4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MATH 151 and PHYS 270

Introduction to basic engineering thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. Applications to engineering systems. Three hours lecture weekly. Fall and spring semesters.

MENG 300 | APPLIED THERMODYNAMICS

Units: 3-4

Prerequisites: MENG 260

Further developments of concepts from classical thermodynamics. Application of laws of thermodynamics to gas and vapor power cycles, mixtures of gases and vapors, and refrigeration cycles. Moist air analysis and chemically reacting systems. Three hours lecture weekly. Fall semester.

MENG 350 | MANUFACTURING PROCESSES

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENGR 311 and MENG 210

Corequisites: MENG 350L

Description, classification and analysis of manufacturing processes used in the transformation of metal, polymers, and ceramics into consumer or capital goods. Topics include analysis of variables that affect process operations, performance, quality and cost, and the design of process plans. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Spring semester.

MENG 350L | MANUFACTURING PROCESSES LABORATORY

Units: 1

Corequisites: MENG 350

A laboratory course to compliment the lecture material presented in ISYE 350. One three-hour laboratory weekly. Spring Semester.

MENG 351 | MACHINE SHOP PRACTICES

Units: 1

Introduction to metal and wood working machines and practices, with emphasis on development of basic competence and safety. Three-hour laboratory weekly.Sophomore standing in Mechanical engineering. Fall semester.

MENG 352 | CAD PRACTICES

Units: 1 Repeatability: No

Introduction to 3D computer-aided design of components and assemblies using modern solid modeling tools. Three-hour laboratory weekly. Sophomore standing in Mechanical engineering. Fall semester.

MENG 360 | FLUID MECHANICS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 310 and MENG 260

Corequisites: MENG 360L

Basic laws of fluid mechanics with applications to engineering problems, including dimensional analysis and similitude, boundary layer analysis, internal and external flows, and turbomachinery analysis. Three hours lecture. Spring semester.

MENG 360L | FLUID MECHANICS LABORATORY

Units: 1

Prerequisites: MENG 260 and MATH 310

Corequisites: MENG 360

Laboratory for MENG 360. Three hours laboratory weekly. Spring semester.

MENG 370 | MECHANICS OF MATERIALS

Units: 3-4

Prerequisites: MENG 210

Corequisites: MENG 370L

Analytical methods for determining stress and strain, torsion, bending of beams, shearing stress in beams, combined stresses, principal stresses, and deflection in beams. Three hours lecture weekly. Spring semester.

MENG 370L | MECHANICS OF MATERIALS LABORATORY

Units: 1

Corequisites: MENG 370

Laboratory for MENG 370. Three-hour laboratory weekly. Spring semester.

MENG 375 | DYNAMICS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MENG 210

Analysis of dynamics of particles and rigid bodies using vector methods in two and three dimensions. Topics include kinematics and kinetics of translational and rotational motion, energy and momentum methods. Three hours lecture weekly. Fall semester.

MENG 380 | KINEMATICS AND DESIGN OF MACHINERY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MENG 375

Kinematics and dynamic analysis of machinery; mechanism synthesis techniques for function, motion, path generators; and design applications with linkages, cams, and gears. Three hours lecture weekly. Spring semester.

MENG 400 | HEAT TRANSFER

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MENG 360

Corequisites: MENG 400L

Heat transfer by conduction, convection, radiation, and combinations thereof. Introduction to heat exchanger analysis and design, along with other applications. Three hours lecture and three-hour laboratory weekly. Fall semester.

MENG 400L | HEAT TRANSFER LABORATORY

Units: 1

Corequisites: MENG 400

Laboratory for MENG 400. Three laboratory weekly. Fall semester.

MENG 410 | ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SYSTYEMS

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: MENG 300

Thermodynamics of traditional fossil fuels and bio fuel combustion. Analysis of solar, wind, wave, and tidal power systems. Introduction to fuel cells and advanced battery technology. Discussion of the current technological limitation of each topic listed above. Three hours of lecture weekly.

MENG 420 | COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 250 and MATH 310 and MENG 370 and MENG 352 and (ENGR 121 or COMP 150)

Mechanical design and analysis using commercially available solid modeling, kinematics, and FEA computer software. Numerical methods and their applications using root solving, optimization, regression analysis, numerical differentiation and integration will be covered. An introduction to finite difference and finite element methods will also be presented. Two hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Fall semester.

MENG 430 | DESIGN OF MACHINE ELEMENTS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MENG 370

Analysis and design of mechanical components against failures under steady and fatigue loads. Design applications of various machine elements, such as shafts, bearings, gears, springs, and fasteners. These are integrated into mini-design projects required of all students. Three hours lecture weekly. Spring semester.

MENG 445 | INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MENG 375

This course covers introductory materials related to the subject of robotics. The course is designed to encompass theories as well as practices, intended for both the user and the designer of a robotic system. Topics include modeling and analyses of the mechanics of robots, actuators, sensors, and vision systems.

MENG 460 | SYSTEM DYNAMICS AND VIBRATIONS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MENG 375

Analysis and design of dynamic systems in various engineering domains; modeling of mechanical and electrical systems, free and forced responses, time and frequency domain analysis, applications in isolation and control of mechanical vibrations, and vibration measuring instruments. Three hours lecture weekly. Spring semester.

MENG 460L | SYSTEM DYNAMICS AND VIBRATIONS LABORATORY

Units: 1

Prerequisites: MENG 460 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Laboratory for MENG 460. Three-hour laboratory weekly. Spring semester.

MENG 462 | TOPICS IN FLUID MECHANICS

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: MENG 360

Additional topics in fluid mechanics, including the differential description of fluid flow, its application to channel flow, pipe flow, and boundary layers, scaling of the equations, methods in computational fluid dynamics, and an introduction to turbulence. Three hours lecture weekly.

MENG 465 | INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MENG 360

Topics in fluid mechanics, including the differential description of fluid flow, its application to channel flow, pipe flow, and boundary layers, scaling of the equations, methods in computational fluid dynamics, and an introduction to turbulence.

MENG 470 | FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MATH 310 and MENG 351 and MENG 370

Finite element based solutions to engineering problems with an emphasis on elastostatic problems in structural mechanics. The power and pitfalls associated with the finite element method highlighted through practical modeling assignments. Modeling and practical applications using commercial finite element codes. Three hours lecture weekly.

MENG 491W | SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT I

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: COMM 203 and ENGR 311 and MENG 351 and MENG 352 and MENG 400 (Can be taken Concurrently) and MENG 430 (Can be taken Concurrently)

This course prepares students to approach an engineering design project in a small team. Topics include project selection, research methods on chosen project, a review of the design process, including concept generation, concept selection, construction, testing, and evaluation, as well written and oral presentation skills. Three-hour lecture recitation and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Fall semester.

MENG 492 | SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT II

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MENG 491W

Mechanical engineering capstone design experience in a simulated industrial environment. Students work in teams, in collaboration with an engineering faculty and/or an engineering professional from industry, on an open-ended design project. This involves designing, construction, testing and evaluation as well as consideration of issues related to ethics, economics, safety and professional practice. Two hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory weekly. Spring semester.

MENG 494 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Units: 1-4 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Special topics seminar in areas of special interest to current engineering practice in Mechanical Engineering. May be repeated for credit.

MENG 496 | UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Faculty-directed undergraduate research in engineering. Problem proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment. Written report required.

MENG 498 | INTERNSHIP/CO-OP EXPERIENCE

Units: 1-3

Directed upper division level internship/co-operative experience in engineering research, design, development, manufacturing, or the engineering activity. Written report required. Credit not applicable to minimum program graduation requirement. Placement contingent upon approval of participating organization. May be repeated for credit.

MENG 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Individual design or research project under the general supervision of participating professor. Project proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment.

Chair

Ming Z. Huang, PhD, PE

Faculty

Daniel Codd, PhD

Frank G. Jacobitz, PhD

Imane Khalil, PhD

James G. Kohl, PhD

Matthew T. McGarry, PhD