Undergraduate Program

Program Overview

The Mechanical Engineering Department prides itself in providing a challenging, yet rewarding experience for undergraduate students to develop as engineers, scholars, and citizens. The department supports an undergraduate degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME).

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

The enrollment and graduation data for the Mechanical Engineering program and other Mines programs can be found on the homepage of the Office of Institutional Research.

WHY MAJOR IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING?

Wind projectThe BSME program at Mines provides students with a strong background in core sciences and engineering courses. The program builds on this base with mechanical engineering courses in thermodynamics, fluids, mechanics of materials, machine design, computer-aided engineering, and heat transfer.

Our program also expects that students take advanced technical electives of their own choosing, which may be used to focus on an area of special interest or to obtain a minor in another field. These courses are supplemented by a 4-course project-based experience, with integrated design concepts and mechanical engineering applied skills in programming, machining and experimentation. This prepares students for their year-long senior-design capstone course.  The mechanical engineering courses are augmented with courses from other disciplines including applied math, economics, electrical engineering, and material science.

BSME Flowchart 2019-2020 provides a typical schedule of a four-year program to fulfill the degree requirements.

Beyond the classroom, undergrad students are encouraged to engage in on-campus activities such as student groups, team competitions, and undergraduate research opportunities. The opportunities are plentiful and allow students to express themselves, develop skills, and network with other students and faculty with related interests.

PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

The Mechanical Engineering program prepares graduates within three to five years of completing their degree to:

  • Apply their Mechanical Engineering education as active contributors in the workforce or graduate school;
  • Effectively communicate technical information in a diverse and globally integrated society;
  • Demonstrate their commitment to continued professional development through training, coursework, and/or professional society involvement;
  • Exemplify ethical and social responsibility in their professional activities.

CURRICULUM

The Mechanical Engineering Department offers a design-oriented undergraduate program that emphasizes fundamental engineering principles. Students receive a strong foundation in mechanical engineering disciplines, and a working knowledge of modern engineering tools. Many courses are augmented through hands-on and project-based experiences. Successful graduates are well-prepared for a mechanical engineering career in a world of rapid technological change. The program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Current course descriptions, course offerings, and co-/pre-requisites can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Click here to view the ME Curriculum Flowchart for 2019-2020.

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BSME DEGREE OVERVIEW

The Mechanical Engineering program intentionally embeds several professional and technical skills, e.g. working on teams, engineering design, technical communication and programming, throughout the Mechanical Engineering curriculum.  During the freshman and sophomore years, students complete a set of core courses that include mathematics, basic sciences, and fundamental engineering disciplines. This includes early open-ended design experiences in Introduction to Design (EDNS151), Introduction to Mechanical Engineering: Programming and Hardware Interface (MEGN200), and Introduction to Mechanical Engineering: Field Session (MEGN201). Additionally, courses in humanities and social sciences allow students to explore the linkages between the environment, human society, and engineered systems.

In the middle years, Mechanical Engineering offers a four course project-based design sequence to learn engineering tools, including MATLAB, SolidWorks, and LabVIEW, to solve engineering problems in a hands-on environment. This experience teaches design methodology and stresses the creative aspects of the mechanical engineering profession. This course sequence helps prepare students for an open-ended, industry-based project in the senior design experience.

In the junior and senior years, students complete an advanced mechanical engineering core that includes fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, numerical methods, control systems, machine design, computer-aided engineering, and manufacturing processes. This engineering core is complemented by courses in economics and electives in humanities and social sciences. Students must also take three advanced technical electives and three additional free electives to explore specific fields of interest. In the senior year, all students must complete a capstone design course focused on a multidisciplinary engineering project.

Students in mechanical engineering spend considerable time with design and testing equipment. Students are also encouraged to get involved in research with our faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. These research areas include: biomechanics; solid mechanics and materials; thermal-fluid systems; and robotics. Our students also find internship opportunities to gain practical experience and explore the many industries under the mechanical engineering umbrella.

There are plenty of opportunities outside of the curriculum for students to explore their passions.  We have an active Mines Maker Space, Robotics Club, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Formula SAE, and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning Engineers(ASHRAE). These are just a few of the clubs and societies where students engage with the community or compete in design challenges nation-wide.

COMBINED MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
BACHELORS AND MASTERS DEGREES

Mechanical Engineering offers a five year combined program in which students have the opportunity to obtain specific engineering skills supplemented with graduate coursework in mechanical engineering. Upon completion of the program, students receive two degrees, the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Admission into a graduate degree program as a Combined Undergraduate/Graduate degree student may occur as early as the first semester Junior year and must be admitted by census day of the last semester of their Senior year. Students must meet minimum GPA admission requirements for the graduate degree. Students admitted into the program can double count 6 CH (2 courses) of 500-level for both the BS and MS degrees. BS and MS will double count electives for the ME Tech Electives (BS).

Students are required to take an additional thirty credit hours for the M.S. degree. Up to nine of the 30 credit hours beyond the undergraduate degree requirements can be 400-level courses. The remainder of the courses will be at the graduate level (500-level and above). The Mechanical Engineering Graduate Bulletin provides detail into the graduate program and includes specific instructions regarding required and elective courses.

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MINORS, AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST (ASI), AND AREAS OF EMPHASIS (AoE)

The Mechanical Engineering Department offers minor and areas of special interest (ASI) programs. Popular minors for MEs in the past include Robotics, CS, EE, Advanced Manufacturing, Economics. Students who elect an ASI or minor, must fulfill all prerequisite requirements for each course in a chosen sequence. Students in the sciences or mathematics must be prepared to meet prerequisite requirements in fundamental engineering and engineering science courses. Students in engineering disciplines are better positioned to meet the prerequisite requirements for courses in the minor and ASI Mechanical Engineering program. (See Minor/ASI section of the catalog for all requirements for a minor/ASI at Mines.) 

ME Areas of Emphasis

The Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program will offer Areas of Emphasis that align with core research areas of some faculty and compliment the industry needs in these areas. Areas of Emphasis are an alternative to a Mines’ Minor or ASI, such that there are no credit hour limitations for counting courses in the ME core curriculum. All of the courses in the Areas of Emphasis, listed below, are within the ME core, Advance Science Elective or ME Tech Elective courses. The ME program will work to make the Area of Emphasis transcriptable and highlight the Areas of Emphasis on their website.

The following two Areas of Emphasis are proposed to launch in the near future:

Aerospace

MEGN 414 Mechanics of Composites
MEGN 451 Fluids II (to be renamed aerodynamics)
MEGN 471 Heat Transfer
MEGN 498 Aerospace Structures (proposed course number, MEGN 415)

Automotive

MEGN 466 IC Engines
MEGN 491 Automotive Design (1 credit, taken over 3 semesters)
MEGN 416 Engineering Vibrations
MEGN 498 Vehicle Dynamics

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COURSES

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MEGN200 – INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICAL ENGINEERING: PROGRAMMING AND HARDWARE INTERFACE

(I, II, S) This course introduces programming skills using Matlab as a means to collect and analyze data and utilizes Arduinos as a platform for prototyping simple circuits and designs. Additionally, the course introduces basic probability and statistics through data sets and real time data collection. For design topics this course reinforces problem definition and identifying constraints and criteria, encourages multiple solutions, and introduces analysis in design through prototyping. Prerequisite: EDNS151 or EDNS155 or HNRS105 or HNRS115. Co-requisite: HASS100 or HNRS115. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN201 – MECHANICAL FIELD SESSION

(I, II, S) This course reinforces basic drawing skills from Cornerstone Design, introduces SolidWorks tools to advance modeling skills, introduces machine shop skills (including safety and use of mill, lathe and CNC) and introduces GDnT practices important in fabrication and manufacturing, and prob-stats relevant to manufacturing. Prerequisite: EDNS151or EDNS155. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN212 – INTRODUCTION TO SOLID MECHANICS

(I, II, S) Introduction to the theory and application of the principles of Solid Mechanics by placing an early focus on free body diagrams, stress and strain transformations, and failure theories. Covered topics include: stress and stress transformation, strain and strain transformation, mechanical properties of materials, axial load, torsion, bending, transverse shear, combined loading, pressure vessels, failure theories, stress concentrations, thermal stress, deflection of beams and shafts, and column buckling. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to apply the principles of Solid Mechanics to the analysis of elastic structures under simple and combined loading, use free body diagrams in the analysis of structures, use failure theories to assess safety of design, and effectively communicate the outcomes of analysis and design problems. May not also receive credit for CEEN311. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN298 – SPECIAL TOPICS

(I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only once. Prerequisite: none. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.

 

MEGN299 – INDEPENDENT STUDY

(I, II) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a faculty member, when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.

 

MEGN300 – INSTRUMENTATION & AUTOMATION

(I, II) This course will explore instrumentation and automation of electro-mechanical systems. Students will utilize LabView and electro-mechanical instrumentation to solve advanced engineering problems. Class activities and projects will highlight the utility of LabView for real-time instrumentation and control. Prerequisite: MEGN200. 2 hours lecture; 1 hour other; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN301 – MECHANICAL INTEGRATION & DESIGN

(I, II) Students will utilize the engineering design process and knowledge in systems level design to produce a mechanical product/process. Students will reverse engineer a product/process to emphasize the steps in the design process. Students will select a longer course project, which is intended to reinforce engineering skills from other courses. The project topics would parallel one of the four research disciplines in ME, and students would be able to choose a topic pathway that emphasizes opportunities for mechanical engineering graduates. Prerequisites: MEGN200MEGN201, and MEGN300. 1 hour lecture, 1 hour other; 2 semester hours.

 

MEGN315 – DYNAMICS

(I,II,S) Absolute and relative motions. Kinetics, work-energy, impulse-momentum, vibrations. Prerequisites: CEEN241 (C- or better) and MATH225 (C- or better). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN324 – INTRODUCTION TO FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS

(I, II, S) This course introduces the student to the concept of computer-aided engineering. The major objective is to provide the student with the necessary background to use the computer as a tool for engineering analysis and design. The Finite Element Analysis (FEA) method and associated computational engineering software have become significant tools in engineering analysis and design. This course is directed to learning the concepts of FEA and its application to civil and mechanical engineering analysis and design. Note that critical evaluation of the results of a FEA using classical methods (from statics and mechanics of materials) and engineering judgment is employed throughout the course. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN330 – INTRODUCTION TO BIOMECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Equivalent with BELS325,BELS420
(I) The application of mechanical engineering principles and techniques to the human body presents many unique challenges. The discipline of Biomedical Engineering (more specifically, Biomechanical Engineering) has evolved over the past 50 years to address these challenges. Biomechanical Engineering includes such areas as biomechanics, biomaterials, bioinstrumentation, medical imaging, and rehabilitation. This course is intended to provide an introduction to, and overview of, Biomechanical Engineering and to prepare the student for more advanced Biomechanical coursework. At the end of the semester, students should have a working knowledge of the special considerations necessary to apply various mechanical engineering principles to the human body. Prerequisites: CEEN311and PHGN200. Co-requisites: MEGN315. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN340 – COOPERATIVE EDUCATION

(I,II,S) Supervised, full-time engineering related employment for a continuous six-month period in which specific educational objectives are achieved. Students must meet with the Department Head prior to enrolling to clarify the educational objectives for their individual Co-op program. Prerequisites: Second semester sophomore status and a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.00. 3 semester hours credit will be granted once toward degree requirements. Credit earned in MEGN340, Cooperative Education, may be used as free elective credit hours if, in the judgment of the Department Head, the required term paper adequately documents the fact that the work experience entailed high-quality application of engineering principles and practice. Applying the credits as free electives requires the student to submit a Declaration of Intent to Request Approval to Apply Co-op Credit toward Graduation Requirements form obtained from the Career Center to the Department Head.

 

MEGN351 – FLUID MECHANICS

(I, II) Fluid properties, fluid statics, control-volume analysis, Bernoulli equation, differential analysis and Navier-Stokes equations, dimensional analysis, internal flow, external flow, open-channel flow, and turbomachinery. May not also receive credit for CEEN310 or PEGN251. Prerequisite: CEEN241 (C- or better) or MNGN317 (C- or better). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN361 – THERMODYNAMICS I

(I, II, S) A comprehensive treatment of thermodynamics from a mechanical engineering point of view. Thermodynamic properties of substances inclusive of phase diagrams, equations of state, internal energy, enthalpy, entropy, and ideal gases. Principles of conservation of mass and energy for steady-state and transient analyses. First and Second Law of thermodynamics, heat engines, and thermodynamic efficiencies. Application of fundamental principles with an emphasis on refrigeration and power cycles. May not also receive credit for CBEN210. Prerequisite: MATH213 (C- or better). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN381 – MANUFACTURING PROCESSES

Equivalent with MEGN380,
(I, II, S) Introduction to a wide variety of manufacturing processes with emphasis on process selection and laboratory measurements of process conditions with product variables. Consideration of relations among material properties, process settings, tooling features and product attributes. Design and implementation of a process for manufacture of a given component. Manual and Automated manufacturing and their implementation in plant layouts. Understanding how to eliminate waste in manufacturing processes and enhance scheduling and satisfying client needs. Quality, tolerances and standards will be discussed along with their importance in a manufacturing setting. Prerequisites: MTGN202. 3 lecture hours, 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN391 – AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN: SAE COLLEGIATE DESIGN SERIES (FORMULA SAE)

(I, II) This course introduces students to automotive design and fabrication. Students will design, fabricate, test, and analyze a formula style race car for the Formula SAE Collegiate Design Series international competition. Provide engineering students an opportunity to develop engineering skills beyond the classroom in a team oriented, competitive, and hands-on environment. Students will learn about a broad range of automobile design topics to include vehicle dynamics, propulsion, chassis design, electrical systems and aerodynamic devices. Both theoretical and ?hands on? skills will be exercised. Additionally, students will learn basic mechanical drawing, analysis and fabrication skills. Special emphasis will be placed on workplace safety, teamwork and peer leadership. Finally, students will gain experience in program management to include budgeting, resource management, scheduling and solving real world ?open-ended? problems. Prerequisites: MEGN200. 1 hour lecture, 1 semester hour. Repeatable up to 3 hours.

 

MEGN398 – SPECIAL TOPICS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

(I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only once. Prerequisite: none. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.

 

MEGN399 – INDEPENDENT STUDY

(I, II) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a faculty member, when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.

 

MEGN408 – INTRODUCTION TO SPACE EXPLORATION

(I) Overview of extraterrestrial applications of science and engineering by covering all facets of human and robotic space exploration, including its history, current status, and future opportunities in the aerospace and planetary science fields. Subtopics include: the space environment, space transportation systems, destinations (Low-Earth orbit, Moon, Mars, asteroids, other planets), current research, missions, and projects, the international and commercial perspectives, and discussion of potential career opportunities. This seminarstyle class is taught by CSM faculty, engineers and scientists from space agencies and research organizations, aerospace industry experts, and visionaries and entrepreneurs of the private space commerce sector. 1 lecture hour; 1 semester hour.

 

MEGN412 – ADVANCED MECHANICS OF MATERIALS

(I, II) General theories of stress and strain; stress and strain transformations, principal stresses and strains, octahedral shear stresses, Hooke’s law for isotropic material, and failure criteria. Introduction to elasticity and to energy methods. Torsion of non-circular and thin-walled members. Unsymmetrical bending and shear-center, curved beams, and beams on elastic foundations. Introduction to plate theory. Thick-walled cylinders and contact stresses. Prerequisite: CEEN311(C- or better). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN414 – MECHANICS OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS

(II) Introductory course on the mechanics of fiber-reinforced composite materials. The focus of the course is on the determination of stress and strain in a fiber-reinforced composite material with an emphasis on analysis, design, failure by strength-based criteria, and fracture of composites. Anisotropic materials are discussed from a general perspective then the theory is specialized to the analysis of fiber-reinforced materials. Both thermal and hygroscopic sources of strain are introduced. Classical laminated plate theory is next developed, and design of laminated composite structures is introduced. The analysis of helically reinforced composite tubes concludes the course. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN416 – ENGINEERING VIBRATION

(II) Theory of mechanical vibrations as applied to single- and multi-degree-of-freedom systems. Analysis of free and forced vibrations to different types of loading – harmonic, impulse, periodic and general transient loading. Derive model systems using D’Alambert’s principle, Lagrange’s equations and Hamilton’s principle. Analysis of natural frequencies and mode shapes. Role of damping in machines and structures. Analysis and effects of resonance. Use of the modal superposition method and the transient Duhamel integral method. Prerequisite: MEGN315 (C- or better). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

 

 

MEGN430 – MUSCULOSKELETAL BIOMECHANICS

Equivalent with BELS425
(II) This course is intended to provide mechanical engineering students with a second course in musculoskeletal biomechanics. At the end of the semester, students should have in-depth knowledge and understanding necessary to apply mechanical engineering principles such as statics, dynamics, and mechanics of materials to the human body. The course will focus on the biomechanics of injury since understanding injury will require developing an understanding of normal biomechanics. Prerequisite: MEGN315CEEN311MEGN330. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN435 – MODELING AND SIMULATION OF HUMAN MOVEMENT

Equivalent with BELS426
(II) Introduction to modeling and simulation in biomechanics. The course includes a synthesis of musculoskeletal properties and interactions with the environment to construct detailed computer models and simulations. The course will culminate in individual class projects related to each student?s individual interests. Prerequisites: MEGN315 and MEGN330. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN436 – COMPUTATIONAL BIOMECHANICS

Equivalent with BELS428,BELS428
Computational Biomechanics provides an introduction to the application of computer simulation to solve some fundamental problems in biomechanics and bioengineering. Musculoskeletal mechanics, medical image reconstruction, hard and soft tissue modeling, joint mechanics, and inter-subject variability will be considered. An emphasis will be placed on understanding the limitations of the computer model as a predictive tool and the need for rigorous verification and validation of computational techniques. Clinical application of biomechanical modeling tools is highlighted and impact on patient quality of life is demonstrated. Prerequisites: MEGN330. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours. Fall odd years.

 

MEGN441 – INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS

(I, II) Overview and introduction to the science and engineering of intelligent mobile robotics and robotic manipulators. Covers guidance and force sensing, perception of the environment around a mobile vehicle, reasoning about the environment to identify obstacles and guidance path features and adaptively controlling and monitoring the vehicle health. A lesser emphasis is placed on robot manipulator kinematics, dynamics, and force and tactile sensing. Surveys manipulator and intelligent mobile robotics research and development. Introduces principles and concepts of guidance, position, and force sensing; vision data processing; basic path and trajectory planning algorithms; and force and position control. EENG307 is recommended to be completed before this course. Prerequisites: CSCI261 and EENG281 or EENG282 or PHGN215. 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN451 – FLUID MECHANICS II

(II) Review of elementary fluid mechanics and engineering, two-dimensional external flows, boundary layers, flow separation; Compressible flow, isentropic flow, normal and oblique shocks, Prandtl- Meyer expansion fans, Fanno and Rayleigh flow; Introduction to flow instabilities (e.g., Kelvin-Helmholtz instability, Raleigh Benard convection). Prerequisite: MEGN351 (C- or better). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN461 – THERMODYNAMICS II

(I) This course extends the subject matter of Thermodynamics I (MEGN361) to include the study of exergy, ideal gas mixture properties, psychrometrics and humid air processes, chemical reactions, and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Laws of Thermodynamics as applied to reacting systems. Chemical equilibrium of multi-component systems, and simultaneous chemical reactions of real combustion and reaction processes are studied. Phase equilibrium, ionization, and the thermodynamics of compressible flow (nozzles and shock) are also introduced. Concepts of the above are explored through the analysis of advanced thermodynamic systems, such as cascaded and absorption refrigeration systems, cryogenics, and advanced gas turbine and combined power cycles. Prerequisites: MEGN351 (C- or better), MEGN361 (C- or better). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN466 – INTRODUCTION TO INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES

(II) Introduction to Internal Combustion Engines (ICEs); with a specific focus on Compression Ignition (CI) and Spark Ignition (SI) reciprocating engines. This is an applied thermo science course designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of both 4-stroke and 2-stroke reciprocating engines ranging in size from model airplane engines to large cargo ship engines. Course is designed as a one ? semester course for students without prior experience with IC engines, however, the course will also include advanced engine technologies designed to deliver more horsepower, utilize less fuel, and meet stringent emission regulations. Discussion of advancements in alternative fueled engines will be covered as well. This course also includes an engine laboratory designed to provide hands-on experience and provide further insight into the material covered in the lectures. Prerequisites: MEGN351MEGN361. Co-requisites: MEGN471. 3 hours lecture; 1.0 hour lab; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN467 – HVAC AND BUILDING ENERGY SYSTEMS

(I) Senior year undergraduate and first year graduate course that covers the fundamentals of building energy systems, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and the use of numerical models for heat and mass transfer to analyze and/or design different building elements. Prerequisites: MEGN351MEGN361MEGN471. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN469 – FUEL CELL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Equivalent with CBEN469,CHEN469,MTGN469
(I) Investigate fundamentals of fuel-cell operation and electrochemistry from a chemical-thermodynamics and materials- science perspective. Review types of fuel cells, fuel-processing requirements and approaches, and fuel-cell system integration. Examine current topics in fuel-cell science and technology. Fabricate and test operational fuel cells in the Colorado Fuel Cell Center. Prerequisites: MEGN361 or CBEN357 or MTGN351. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN471 – HEAT TRANSFER

(I, II) Engineering approach to conduction, convection, and radiation, including steadystate conduction, nonsteady-state conduction, internal heat generation conduction in one, two, and three dimensions, and combined conduction and convection. Free and forced convection including laminar and turbulent flow, internal and external flow. Radiation of black and grey surfaces, shape factors and electrical equivalence. Prerequisite: MEGN351 (C- or better), MEGN361 (C- or better), and MATH307. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN481 – MACHINE DESIGN

(I, II) In this course, students develop their knowledge of machine components and materials for the purpose of effective and efficient mechanical design. Emphasis is placed on developing analytical methods and tools that aid the decision making process. The course focuses on determination of stress, strain, and deflection for static, static multiaxial, impact, dynamic, and dynamic multiaxial loading. Students will learn about fatigue failure in mechanical design and calculate how long mechanical components are expected to last. Specific machine components covered include shafts, springs, gears, fasteners, and bearings. Prerequisites: MEGN315 (C- or better) or PHGN350 (C- or better). Corequisite: MEGN489. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN483 – ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

(II) Additive Manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D Printing in the popular press, is an emerging manufacturing technology that will see widespread adoption across a wide range of industries during your career. Subtractive Manufacturing (SM) technologies (CNCs, drill presses, lathes, etc.) have been an industry mainstay for over 100 years. The transition from SM to AM technologies, the blending of SM and AM technologies, and other developments in the manufacturing world has direct impact on how we design and manufacture products. This course will prepare students for the new design and manufacturing environment that AM is unlocking. Prerequisites: MEGN200 and MEGN201 or equivalent project classes. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN485 – MANUFACTURING OPTIMIZATION WITH NETWORK MODELS

Equivalent with EBGN456,
(I) We examine network flow models that arise in manufacturing, energy, mining, transportation and logistics: minimum cost flow models in transportation, shortest path problems in assigning inspection effort on a manufacturing line, and maximum flow models to allocate machine-hours to jobs. We also discuss an algorithm or two applicable to each problem class. Computer use for modeling (in a language such as AMPL) and solving (with software such as CPLEX) these optimization problems is introduced. Prerequisites: MATH111. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN486 – LINEAR OPTIMIZATION

(I) This course addresses the formulation of linear programming models, linear programs in two dimensions, standard form, the Simplex method, duality theory, complementary slackness conditions, sensitivity analysis, and multi-objective programming. Applications of linear programming models include, but are not limited to, the areas of manufacturing, energy, mining, transportation and logistics, and the military. Computer use for modeling (in a language such as AMPL) and solving (with software such as CPLEX) these optimization problems is introduced. Offered every other year. Prerequisite: MATH332 or EBGN509. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN487 – NONLINEAR OPTIMIZATION

Equivalent with MEGN587,
(I) This course addresses both unconstrained and constrained nonlinear model formulation and corresponding algorithms (e.g., Gradient Search and Newton?s Method, and Lagrange Multiplier Methods and Reduced Gradient Algorithms, respectively). Applications of state-of-the-art hardware and software will emphasize solving real-world engineering problems in areas such as manufacturing, energy, mining, transportation and logistics, and the military. Computer use for modeling (in a language such as AMPL) and solving (with an algorithm such as MINOS) these optimization problems is introduced. Offered every other year. Prerequisite: MATH111. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN488 – INTEGER OPTIMIZATION

Equivalent with MEGN588,
(I) This course addresses the formulation of integer programming models, the branch-and-bound algorithm, total unimodularity and the ease with which these models are solved, and then suggest methods to increase tractability, including cuts, strong formulations, and decomposition techniques, e.g., Lagrangian relaxation, Benders decomposition. Applications include manufacturing, energy, mining, transportation and logistics, and the military. Computer use for modeling (in a language such as AMPL) and solving (with software such as CPLEX) these optimization problems is introduced. Offered every other year. Prerequisite: MATH111. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

 

MEGN489 – MACHINE DESIGN LAB

(I, II) This lab course supports MEGN 481, Machine Design. This lab component includes 2-3 projects in which students work in teams during lab to solve an ill-defined engineering problem. The lab portion of the course hones students’ professional communication via written deliverables intended for the general engineering client audience (professional engineering reports). The lab culminates in an oral presentation and sales pitch to the general engineering client for the purpose of moving forward with the team?s design. Corequisite: MEGN481. 3 hours lab; 1 semester hour.

 

MEGN498 – SPECIAL TOPICS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

(I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only once. Prerequisite: none. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.

 

MEGN499 – INDEPENDENT STUDY

(I, II) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a faculty member, when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

One of several ways to apply learning outside the classroom at Mines is through active participation in student organizations. There are a handful of mechanical engineering and professional engineering student organizations in which a student can become involved. Each organization extends networking opportunities and leadership experiences.

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTRONAUTICS
Professional organization seeking to educate students and the community about the benefits of space and inspiring people through involvement in space-related projects. 

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HEATING REFRIGERATION AND AIR CONDITIONING ENGINEERS
Professional organization dedicated to shaping tomorrow’s built environment today. Exploring heating, air conditioning, refrigeration engineering as well as building modeling, control systems, and HVAC design.

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS
The Mines chapter of ASME strives to serve and improve the Mines campus and community by advancing, educating, and applying engineering knowledge. This is accomplished through service hours, tutoring, social and professional development events, and project presentations. Projects include floating arm trebuchet, build-your-own long board, and a kinetic wave sculpture.

ROBOTICS CLUB
Colorado School of Mines Robotics is dedicated to bringing basic robotic knowledge and competition to the students of Mines and volunteering in STEM.

SOCIETY OF AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERS | SAE®
SAE® is a professional organization for scientists and engineers who have an interest in cars. The organization promotes learning and innovation in the automotive world, and establishes many of the industry standards for the safety of automobiles and passengers. The Colorado School of Mines has a collegiate chapter that is a branch of SAE® International.

FORMULA SAE®
Formula SAE® challenges students to conceive, design, fabricate, and compete with small formula-style racing cars. Teams spend 8-12 months designing, building, and preparing their vehicles for a competition. These cars are judged in a series of static and dynamic events, including technical inspection, cost, presentation, engineering design, solo performance trials and high performance endurance.

STUDENT OUTCOMES | BSME

The Student Outcomes for the Mechanical Engineering program are the same as those required by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). BSME graduates from our program will demonstrate:

  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.

ME PROGRAM CRITERIA

Lead Society: American Society of Mechanical Engineers

These program criteria will apply to all engineering programs that include “mechanical” or similar modifiers in their titles.

  1. Curriculum
    The curriculum must require students to apply principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations); to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components or processes; and prepare students to work professionally in either thermal or mechanical systems while requiring topics in each area.
  1. Faculty
    The program must demonstrate that faculty members responsible for the upper-level professional program are maintaining currency in their specialty area.

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PRIMARY CONTACT

Ben Moore
Undergraduate Program Manager
303-384-2394
benmoore@mines.edu