Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. The Nguyen, Department Chair
Engineering East Building, Room 154B
Mechanical engineering is the use of basic science in the design and manufacture of
components and systems. This requires the application of physical and mechanical principles
in the development of machines, energy conversion systems, materials, and equipment
for measurement and control. Knowledge of mathematics, physics, and chemistry lies
at the core of this field. Application of this knowledge uses engineering technology
-- a disciplined way of thinking, modeling, and testing that enables development of
new systems despite incomplete information and uncertainty.
The undergraduate and graduate programs in mechanical engineering provide basics and advanced studies in design, advanced materials, alternative energy and sustainable systems, thermo-fluids, engineering mechanics, mechatronics and controls. All areas include statics, dynamics, materials, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and experimental methods. Application areas in design include mechanics of materials, applied mechanics, structural and manufacturing aspects of producing equipment, and vibrations. Application areas in thermal and fluid mechanics focus on energy conversion and include combustion, heat engines, refrigeration, and fluid flow.
Students should consult with their advisers to select the proper courses that emphasize their areas of interest.
Attainment of Engineer-in-Training (EIT) and Professional Engineering (PE) licensure are strongly recommended as first steps in professional lifelong learning.
Our mission is to provide a broad-based, practice-oriented Mechanical Engineering education that enables graduates to become technically proficient, professional leaders through engagement in the community and lifelong learning.
Program Educational Objectives - BSME
Our alumni (within three to five years after graduation) will:
- Be engaged in a professional career of graduate studies using knowledge and skills obtained in their ME education;
- Become leaders and effective communicators actively involved in their community for the betterment of society.
Upon the successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program at California State University, Fresno, students will have achieved the following:
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
- 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
- an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- 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
- 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
- an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The program has been continuously accredited since 1965.
The department participates in a cooperative education program (Valley Industry Partnership (VIP) for cooperative education) which allows the student to gain industrial experience and financial benefits through projects with local companies.