Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)

Engineering to Serve

As the world becomes more global, the needs of lower resourced regions are becoming more apparent.  The design of functional equipment that is robust, rugged and repairable is a huge need and presents a significant engineering challenge.  Understanding how to create technological solutions that can be widely adopted, even in low-resource areas of the world is a key aspect of affecting societal change for good.  Designing, testing and deploying low-cost, open source solutions to problems facing low-resource regions is a core piece of the mechanical engineering program at Marymount University.  A hallmark of engineering is Marymount’s commitment to high-quality undergraduate education with small-class sizes, personal attention and opportunities for all students to conduct undergraduate research.

Engineering in Service

Students pursuing a BS in Mechanical Engineering complete a core curriculum in the liberal arts, 10 foundational courses in engineering and 10 courses in mechanical engineering for a total of 129 credits upon graduation.

Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering Program Highlights

Students will obtain a foundation in mechanical, electrical and computer engineering centered around making an impact on healthcare.  Students will complete foundational projects involving use of both traditional and additive manufacturing technologies and basic electronics to rapidly innovate solutions to challenges faced by the world.  Highlights of the program include a variety of design projects interspersed throughout the curriculum that all students will complete to build their foundational knowledge of engineering.  These projects may include:

  • Building low-cost, open source, all-terrain robots/rugged drones
  • Creating multi-parameter testing devices to measure temperature, pressure and flow-rates of liquids and gasses using hobbyist microcontrollers
  • Development of solar distillation and sterilization units for water
  • Design of app-based tools and algorithms for monitoring of heart-health
  • Use of immersive virtual reality design tools
  • A robust partnership with faculty and community partners to develop technologies to conduct research and service in support of the Center for Optimal Aging.

Goals of the Program

Students in the Marymount University Engineering degree programs will G.I.V.E. back to their worldwide community by:

  • Gaining foundational knowledge in physical, health and/or life sciences.
  • Innovating technological solutions that address the barriers that limit participation in society.
  • Valuing research opportunities towards further graduate study in science, engineering and/or healthcare.
  • Extending skills to professional practice in industry, research and government agencies.

Student Learning Outcomes

In obtaining a degree in engineering from Marymount students will develop:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Career Outlook for Engineering Students

Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)It is an excellent time to become an engineer in the DC/MD/VA region. Anticipated job growth and salaries in the area of mechanical engineering are promising. Mechanical engineers in the region can anticipate 4% job growth from 2019-2029, according to the bureau of labor and statistics (Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers : Occupational Outlook Handbook). Additionally, mechanical engineers command competitive salaries in the area with 2019 median pay for mechanical engineering in the region being $117,570 annually.

Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)

This is significantly higher than the total median across all occupations tracked by BLS ($39,810). Mechanical engineering is a particularly high field for employment, with the metropolitan DC/VA/MD/WV region being the tenth highest area of employment in the United States for mechanical engineers, with a mean annual wage of $11,750. Students with a mechanical engineering degree will have the foundational knowledge to pursue advanced degrees or employment in a diverse range of high-growth industries such as healthcare, computational modeling, data sciences and computer/software engineering.

Curriculum Snapshot:

Students pursuing a BS in Mechanical Engineering complete a core curriculum in the liberal arts, 10 foundational courses in engineering and 10 courses in mechanical engineering for a total of 129 credits upon graduation.

Number Course Name Broad Purpose of Course
MENG 102 Mechanical Engineering Design Team problem solving involving the designing and building of a machine or mechanism, typically an ASME Design Contest project. Introduction to digital fabrication processes. Special topic lectures on contemporary Mechanical Engineering issues and research activities. Prerequisite: ENGR 101. Corequisites: PHYS 271
MENG 201 Mechanics of Materials The course covers understanding plane stress, stress-strain and deflection-deformation relationships: elements of material behavior, mechanical and thermal properties of materials, axial loading, torsion, shear and bending moments, flexure and shear stresses and deflection in beams, combined loading, stress and strain transformation and measurement, generalized Hooke’s Law, stress concentrations and factors of safety, statically indeterminate loading and column analysis. Prequisite: MENG 102.
MENG 202 Fundamentals of Electric Engineering The course introduces fundamental concepts of electrical engineering including passive and active components (resistor, capacitor, inductor, operational amplifier, digital gates), circuit analysis (Ohm’s Law, KCL, KVL, phasors), energy, and power. The course includes laboratory experiments and computer simulations. Prequisite: ENGR 101
MENG 311 Machine Component Design Design of machine elements such as shafts, bearings, gears, clutches, springs, threaded components, and bolted, riveted, welded, and bonded joints. Stress and failure theory analyses of the implementation of machine components are covered. Prerequisite: 201
MENG 312 Professional Integrity in Engineering This course emphasizes the need for technical professionals to develop personal integrity and moral character in order to benefit society. Students will develop an appreciation for the global context of their decisions, the ability to make sound ethical decisions, and communicate their ideas effectively. This course also explores the impact of engineering and applied science on society.
MENG 313 Engineering Economy Simple evaluation of the economic merits of alternative solutions to engineering problems. Evaluations emphasize the time value of money. Prequisite: MA 181
MENG 411 Materials Science This course covers the theoretical structure of matter and fundamentals of both the prediction and evaluation of engineering properties of materials. Prequisite: CHEM 151, CHEM 152, MENG 201
MENG 412 Heat and Mass Transfer Convection, conduction, radiation, dimensional analysis and design of heat transfer equipment. Prequisite: MA 325, ENGR 302
MENG 413 Mechatronics Engineering This course is designed for engineering students to apply prior course knowledge to building basic analog and digital circuits, programming microcontrollers, using actuators (servo and stepper motors) and choosing sensors for building simple robots. Prequisite: MENG 202, ENGR 310

Engineering Faculty

Our engineering faculty members are expert teachers and researchers, and they’re leaders in the field through their service on professional organizations in their areas of expertise.

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