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BSME: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

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This BSME program of study leads to a degree in Mechanical Engineering accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, and offers students the option of being recognized as professional Mechanical Engineers. Students typically enter this program after successful completion of the first year of courses common to all engineering students. Of the thirty-eight course credits required for the professional degrees accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, a minimum of 9.5 course credits must be completed in college level math and basic science subjects appropriate to the discipline and a minimum of 14.5 course credits must be completed in engineering topics, consistent with ABET general and program criteria.

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We have tried to make this program as flexible as possible to accommodate a wide range of career objectives. Everyone is urged to discuss your selection of electives and any departure from the recommended course sequence in detail with your advisor before attempting to alter your program of study.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to graduate students with a sound basis for professional practice and a career in lifelong learning. We do this through classroom experiences, individual advising, undergraduate research opportunities and open-ended, hands-on experiences.

Students master methods of solving challenging problems through learning:

  • The fundamental principles of mechanical engineering and human factors
  • How to discover new knowledge
  • How to communicate these solutions to the technical and non-technical community, and
  • How to think like scientists and engineers, developing opinions / designs and finding evidence to support them.

BSME Program Educational Objectives

  1. Integrate fundamental engineering, mathematics, and science principles to solve engineering or other professional challenges in an interdisciplinary environment.
  2. Develop successful engineering or professional careers, either directly after an undergraduate degree or after pursuing graduate studies.
  3. Communicate both technical and non-technical principles to a wide range of audiences.
  4. Demonstrate leadership both through their individual efforts and through the roles attained within their respective organizations.

BSME Program Outcomes
The program outcomes describe what students are expected to know or be able to do by the time of graduation from the program. All students completing a BSME degree from Tufts should have:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. 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
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Courses are designed to address the outcomes and objectives in a unified way. Students are involved in the accreditation and program evaluation process in several ways. They complete periodic course and program surveys. Students can also elect to be involved more directly in the review and planning process by participating in student-faculty meetings including the annual Student-Faculty dinner sponsored by the ASME Student Section and the Department, serving on student focus groups which are convened periodically, or volunteering to serve on the BSME Program Feedback and Assessment Team. Students interested in any of these opportunities should contact the Department Chair.

Pass/Fail
The opportunity to take certain courses pass/fail offers students a way to extend their interest beyond their core requirements. Taking courses pass/fail is not recommended as a means of reducing one's attention or effort in a particular subject. Guidelines on the pass/fail option are described in the University Bulletin. The following restrictions apply to the Pass/Fail option:

  1. Free Electives and HASS Electives (except ENG 1) may be taken pass/fail.
  2. No other courses listed on the BSME degree sheet may be taken pass/fail.
  3. No more than one pass/fail per semester.

Study Abroad
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers the opportunity for selected students to study for one or two terms (typically during the junior year) at the University College London (UCL), Hong Kong University (HKU), the University of Sussex in England, and the Institute National des Sciences Appliquees de Lyon in France. Students interested in participating in one of these exchange programs should consult their advisor, Professor Saigal, and Associate Dean Knox during their sophomore year. Although these are the only programs with which the Department has formal arrangements, students have attended other universities (e.g. University of Canterbury, University of New South Wales, other accredited engineering programs in the U.S.).

Students considering study abroad or at another American university should pay careful attention to course selection and maintaining expected progress through the required portions of the undergraduate curricula. The advantage of the HKU, Sussex and Lyon programs is that courses taken are treated as Tufts courses. Grades are transferred and course equivalencies are pre-­established.

Past experience has shown that the most problematic course equivalencies involve laboratory and design project courses. In order to assure good progress in their programs, students should obtain advisor and Department approval for transfer course credits before going abroad in order to avoid problems related to degree requirement completion when they return. In the case of an exchange not involving an institution with which Tufts has a formal set of course equivalency agreements, the burden of proof of course equivalency is the responsibility of the student. The Tufts Abroad Program Office is also a source of useful information in this regard but certification of BSME requirements is the exclusive function of the Department.

School of Engineering Minors Available to BSME Students
Students interested in minors should consult the Undergraduate Majors & Minors page on the School of Arts & Science web site.

Minor and certificate programs are available in Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology, Engineering Management, and Entrepreneurial Leadership. There is also a minor in Engineering Psychology that is listed under the "Arts and Sciences minors" link.

Students will often be required to take additional courses (e.g. more than 38 in the BSME program) to fulfill the concentration and minor requirements simultaneously.

MIE Concentration Certificate
The concentration certificate in musical instrument engineering gives BSME students the opportunity to focus their education on the construction, performance, and manufacture of musical instruments. In order to receive the certificate, a total of eleven courses must be completed, which includes the five listed under in MIE Minor and six additional courses, five of which are designated:

  • ME43 Senior Design Project (must be related to musical instruments)
  • ME129 Finite Element Methods in Engineering Systems
  • ME137 Advanced Vibrations
  • ME139 Acoustics
  • ES51 Technical Writing or EM52 –Technical Communications

One must be either:
ME120 - Advanced Engineering Materials OR
ME122 - Advanced Strength of Materials

Double Major Programs Available to BSME Students
Some students double major or even pursue a joint BA/BS double degree program. Students should contact the second department to understand all degree requirements. They must pay close attention to departmental policies regarding the counting of courses towards dual majors or degrees and maintain close consultation with their academic advisor(s).

Students will often be required to take additional courses (e.g. more than 38 in the BSME program) to fulfill the concentration and minor requirements simultaneously.

All of the second major and minor options for engineering students are listed in the Arts, Sciences and Engineering Bulletin, which is available in hard copy or on the Student Services web site.