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Mechanical Engineering and Technology Department

Michael Jackson, Chair
Rubenstein Hall Room 208
617-989-4215

Faculty

Professors

  • Ali Moazed
  • Masoud Olia
  • Mansour Zenouzi

Associate Professors

  • Harry Avakian
  • Anthony W. Duva
  • Michael E. Jackson
  • Theodore Greene
  • Xiaobin Le
  • Richard L. Roberts
  • Peter S. Rourke
  • Ilie Talpasanu
  • Bo Tao

Assistant Professors

  • Frank Caserta, Jr.
  • Haifa El-Sadi
  • Robert Lind
  • Gloria Ma

Department Vision and Mission Statement

The overall vision of the Mechanical Engineering & Technology department is to be recognized by the industries hiring the department’s graduates for providing an application driven core curriculum based on the traditions of a Wentworth practice based education.  Thru hands-on laboratory based projects and a co-operative work experience, graduates will be recognized by employers as productive contributors in their respective fields immediately after graduation.

The mission of Wentworth’s engineering & technology programs build upon Wentworth’s educational mission and curricular model used to assess the effectiveness of the educational programs. Central to Wentworth’s co-operative education is the use of design and project courses throughout the curriculum to assist students in the integration and application of new knowledge into their developing professional practice skills. Wentworth’s engineering & technology programs are intended to educate future engineers & technologists at the undergraduate level. Through a practice oriented education, they will be able to utilize technological advancements, contribute to innovative design solutions in a collaborative environment, and make appropriate decisions for their respective areas of professional responsibility.

Degree Programs

Mechanical Engineering: Leading to the Bachelor of Science degree

The Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program is a four-year engineering program with an integrated project and laboratory based experience that provides a unique approach to applied learning. Grounded in a solid foundation of mathematics, science, and the humanities and social sciences, this program incorporates all the essential elements of a mechanical engineering curriculum.  Furthermore, this program is exceptional within the Institute because of innovative features such as integrating practical engineering design into courses throughout its study, extensive use of computers to solve engineering problems including developing detailed documentation for manufacturing, and a faculty committed to maintaining a curriculum which parallels industrial changes to continually satisfy the academic needs of students. The cornerstone of a Wentworth education is hands-on experience, which means BSME students spend a great deal of time working in our state-of-the-art laboratories. Students use computers and test equipment extensively to verify and develop principles of engineering in diverse areas such as statics, thermodynamics, material science, data acquisition, structural analysis, and machine design.

Mechanical Engineering (BSME) is a cooperative education program that provides students with one of the most important aspects of a Wentworth education. BSME students will complete 2 semesters of cooperative industrial work experience in fields related to Mechanical Engineering. This experience gives Wentworth students an advantage over their peers at graduation. Graduates may continue their studies at the graduate level or pursue an industrial career. Wentworth BSME graduates are practical engineers, with expertise in mechanical engineering, and as such, are in high demand and well prepared to meet the professional challenges of a constantly changing and increasingly global work force.

Mechanical Engineering Program Objectives

The long term objectives of the program are to ensure graduates succeed in their chosen field by:

  • Providing the foundation of technical skills necessary for career advancement in the field of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Ensure graduates understand the value of life-long learning by continuing to learn and educate themselves.

Mechanical Engineering Program Outcomes

As an extension of the Institute’s philosophy, the program’s mission is to admit qualified high school graduates and prepare them for a productive professional career in Mechanical engineering. To fulfill this goal, the program offers students a rigorous mathematically-based engineering education with a balanced laboratory experience that provides the technical knowledge and problem-solving skills needed for them to grow as intellectually inquisitive individuals and critically involved members of our society with a lifelong commitment to continued learning.

We expect out graduates upon graduation to have:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
    an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
    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
    an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
    an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
    an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
    an ability to communicate effectively
    the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
    a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
    a knowledge of contemporary issues
    an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
    knowledge of chemistry and calculus-based physics with depth in at least one.
    the ability to apply advanced mathematics through multivariate calculus and differential equations
    familiarity with statistics and linear algebra
    the ability to work professionally in both thermal and mechanical systems areas including the design and realization of such systems.

The Mechanical Engineering program at Wentworth is committed to a collaborative teaching model supported by its Industrial Program Advisory Committee providing the students access to many innovative educational opportunities.

Special Requirement for Graduation

In addition to the general requirements of the Institute, specific graduation requirements from the Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program with a Bachelor of Science degree include maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for all technical courses. The courses used to determine the cumulative grade point average for all BSME technical courses are shown with a footnote in the curriculum. If another Wentworth course is substiuted for one of these listed courses, the substitute course will be calculated into this cumulative grade point average for all technical courses.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
MECH110 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering2 2 4 4
MECH130 Engineering Graphics2 2 4 4
ENGLISH English Sequence† 4 0 4
MATH285 Engineering Calculus I 4 0 4
Total 12 8 16
Spring Semester Course R L C
CHEM380 Engineering Chemistry 3 2 4
PHYS310 Engineering Physics I 3 2 4
MECH165 Mechanical Engineering Design2 1 4 3
ENGLISH English Sequence† 4 0 4
MATH295 Engineering Calculus II 4 0 4
Total 15 8 19

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
MATH515 Multivariable Calculus 4 0 4
MECH505 Engineering Thermodynamics I2 3 2 4
ELECTIVE Humanities/Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
MECH252 Engineering Statics2 3 0 3
PHYS320 Engineering Physics II 3 2 4
Total 17 4 19
Spring Semester Course R L C
MECH302 Mechanics of Materials2 3 2 4
MECH317 Mechanical Design and Analysis2 2 2 3
MATH625 Differential Equations 4 0 4
MECH527 Engineering Thermodynamics II2 3 2 4
ELECTIVE Humanities/Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 16 6 19
Summer Semester Course R L C
COOP300 Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional) 0

Note: Prior to entering junior year courses, students must have completed all prerequisite courses above or have received permission from the department to enroll in upper-level courses.

Junior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
MECH420 Design of Machine Elements2 4 0 4
MECH565 Engineering Fluid Mechanics2 3 2 4
MATH505 Probability and Statistics for Engineers 4 0 4
ELEC320 Circuit Theory and Applications2 2 2 3
ELECTIVE Humanities/Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 17 4 19
Spring Semester Course

0

R L C

COOP400

Co-op Work Semester I

0

0

Summer Semester Course R L C
MECH596 Engineering Heat Transfer2 4 0 4
MECH573 Dynamics2 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Mechanical Elective12 - - 3
MECH350 Engineering Instrumentation2 1 2 2
MECH496 Materials Science2 3 2 4
Total - - 17

Senior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C

COOP600

Co-op Work Semester II

0

0

0

Spring Semester Course R L C
ELECTIVE Humanities/Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
MECH625 Simulation Based Design2 2 4 4
MECHXXX Manufacturing Engineering2 2 2 3
MECH610 Mechanical Vibrations2 3 0 3
Total 11 6 14
Summer Semester Course R L C
ELECTIVE Mechanical Elective2 - - 3
ELECTIVE Humanities/Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
MECH650 Senior Mechanical Design II2 1 6 4
ELECTIVE General Elective1 3 0 3
Total - - 14

R=Class Hours Per Week, L=Lab Hours Per Week, C=Semester Credit Hours

Please refer to the English sequence requirement.

*Please refer to the upper level humanities/social science elective requirement.

1Courses selected with the Faculty Advisor as necessary to complement and to broaden the student's background.

2Courses included in calculating the technical GPA.

Mechanical Engineering Technology: Leading to the Bachelor of Science degree

 

This program provides students with a fundamental background in basic mathematics, physics, and related technical sciences and specialty areas such as strength of materials, mechanical graphics, mechanical design, CAD, thermal sciences, electricity and electronics, and fluid mechanics. The cornerstone of a Wentworth education is hands-on experience, which means BMET students spend a great deal of time actively participating in laboratory activities. Classroom study of engineering technology fundamentals is balanced with appropriate laboratory experience emphasizing both oral and written communication skills. The first two semesters of this program are offered in two different sequences to ensure adequate laboratory time and the remaining semesters are in unison. The Mechanical Engineering Technology baccalaureate program (BMET) is a cooperative education program in which all students spend at least two semesters in industry, alternating with their last four semesters in classes. Graduates may continue their studies at the graduate level or pursue and industrial career. Wentworth BMET graduates are practical engineers, with expertise in the application of mechanical engineering technology, and as such, are in high demand and well prepared to meet the professional challenges of a constantly changing and increasingly global workforce.

As an extension of the Institute’s philosophy, the program’s mission is to admit qualified high school graduates and prepare them for a productive professional career in Mechanical Engineering Technology. To fulfill this goal, the program offers students a mathematically-based engineering technology education that provides the technical knowledge and problem-solving skills needed for them to grow as intellectually inquisitive individuals and critically involved members of our society with a lifelong commitment to continued learning. We provide our graduates with hands-on experience in the following technical expertise areas through technical laboratory practice:

  • Mechanical Design
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Material Science
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermal Sciences
  • Strength of Materials

Please note that this is the last year the Mechanical Engineering Technology program will admit new students.

Mechanical Engineering Technology Program Objectives

Providing the foundation of technical skills necessary for career advancement in the field of Mechanical Engineering Technology
Ensure graduates understand the value of lifelong learning by continuing to learn and educate themselves
Imparting the skills necessary to apply mechanical design fundamentals to analyze problems and provide reasonable solutions

Mechanical Engineering Technology Program Outcomes

  • understand and implement the fundamentals of the Mechanical Design Process
    have the ability to work effectively on a design team
    have depth in experience and understanding in the development of detailed engineering drawings through Computer Aided Design
    be able to apply their practical education, analytical reasoning, and creative skills toward the resolution of issues that are scientific, technological, and social
    be able to incorporate professional standards and ethics into their engineering technology application projects
    be proficient in both oral and written communication skills as applied to both technical and social endeavors

Freshman Year

  • Fall Semester Course R L C
    COMP114 Structured Programming for Engineering and Technology 2 2 3
    ENGLISH English Sequence† 4 0 4
    MATH205 College Mathematics I 4 0 4
    MECH103 Introduction to Engineering and Technology 2 2 3
    MECH124 or
    MANF195
    Mechanical Graphics (A-track)
    Manufacturing Processes(B-track)
    2 4 4
    Total 14 8 18
    Spring Semester Course R L C
    ENGLISH English Sequence† 3 0 3
    MATH250 Precalculus 4 0 4
    PHYS210 College Physics I 3 2 4
    MECH163 Mechanical Design I 1 4 3
    MANF195 or
    MECH124
    Manufacturing Processes (A-track)
    Mechanical Graphics (B-track)
    2 4 4
    Total 13 10 18

    Sophomore Year

    Fall Semester Course R L C
    ECON110 Economics 3 0 3
    MATH280 Calculus I 4 0 4
    PHSY220 College Physics II 3 2 4
    MECH343 Statics 3 2 4
    MECH395 Mechanical CAD Applications I 2 4 4
    Total 15 8 19
    Spring Semester Course R L C
    ELECTIVE Lower Level Social Science Elective 3 0 3
    MECH255 Thermodynamics I 3 2 4
    MATH290 Calculus II 4 0 4
    MECH180 Strength of Materials 3 2 4
    CHEM360 Chemistry I 3 2 4
    Total 16 6 19
    Summer Semester Course R L C
    COOP300 Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional) 0

    Note: Prior to entering junior year courses, students must have completed all prerequisite courses above or have received permission from the department to enroll in upper-level courses.

    Junior Year

    Fall Semester Course R L C
    COMM400 Technical Communications 3 0 3
    ELECTIVE Mechanical Elective I1 - - 3
    ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
    MATH510 Calculus III 4 0 4
    MECH270 Fluid Mechanics 3 2 4
    Total - - 18
    Spring Semester Course R L C
    COOP400 Co-op Work Semester I 0
    R L C
    Summer Semester Course R L C
    ELEC130 Electricity and Electronics 3 2 4
    MATH620 Applied Differential Equations I 4 0 4
    ELECTIVE Mechanical Elective II1 - - 3
    MECH530 Material Science 2 2 3
    Total - - 14

    Senior Year

    Fall Semester Course R L C
    COOP600 Co-op Work Semester II 0
    Spring Semester Course R L C
    ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
    ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
    ELECTIVE Mechanical Elective III1 - - 3
    MECH460 Heat Transfer 4 0 4
    MECH591 Instrumentation and Measurement 1 4 3
    Total - - 18
    Summer Semester Course R L C
    MECH535 Dynamics 3 2 4
    ELECTIVE Mechanical Elective IV1 - - 3
    MECH605 Mechanical CAD Applications II 2 4 4
    MECH690 Mechanical Design Project 1 6 4
    Total - - 15


Please refer to the English sequence requirement.

Please refer to the upper level humanities and social science elective requirement.

1A total of 12 semester credit hours of mechanical electives must be taken as a part of this program. After consultation with their faculty advisor, students should select and successfully complete courses to support their desired area of specialization from the elective offerings listed below. Elective areas include the field of Machine Design, Thermo-Fluids Design and Manufacturing (Students are prepared to take the Fundamentals of Manufacturing Exam through the Society of Manufacturing). Additional courses approved by the advisor or department head will also satisfy the elective requirements.

Elective I Elective II
MECH315 Kinematics MECH375 Machine Design I
MECH290 Thermodynamics II MECH380 Intro to HVAC Systems
MANF305 Computer Aided Manufacturing Elective approved by department chair
Elective III Elective IV
MECH578 Special Topics MECH486 Machine Design II
MECH562 Fluid Mechanics II MECH485 Automatic Control Systems
MANF260 Quality Control MECH540 Energy Analysis and Cogen
MANF500 Applied Robotics


Elective numbers indicate normal semester offerings, however, courses may also be offered at time in addition to the normal offerings.

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