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Department of Mechanical Engineering

Degree Program

SOPHOMORE YEAR - The sophomore program emphasizes concepts and techniques which define the core of engineering analysis. The second year curriculum continues to expand students' mathematics and science background, to explore interests in the humanities and social sciences and to attain an introduction to basic fabrication and instrumentation concepts. Topics include:

  • ES 003: Introduction to Electrical Systems (5 SHUs)
  • ES 005: Introduction to Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics (3 SHUs)
  • ES 007: Thermodynamics (3 SHUs)
  • ES 009: Applied Mechanics (Strength of Materials) (4 SHUs)
  • ME 001: Mechanical Design and Fabrication (4 SHUs)

JUNIOR YEAR - The third year program completes the foundation essential to modern Mechanical Engineering and also provides the first opportunities for specialization and depth. These include required concentration courses such as:

  • ES 008: Fluid Mechanics (3 SHUs)
  • ME 016: Heat Transfer (3 SHUs)
  • ME 025: Materials Science and Engineering (3 SHUs)
  • ME 037: Dynamics and Vibration (3 SHUs)
  • ME 080: System Dynamics & Controls (3 SHUs)

Laboratory experiences are also an important part of the junior year program with coursework in ME18-Instrumentation and Experiments as well as an introduction to project work and open-ended problem solving techniques in ME 42: Machine Design II (3 credits). Natural Science Elective courses taken in the third year help the student customize their program. Also, students who have already fulfilled junior year requirements due to an accelerated program or advanced placement might consider taking advanced level courses.

SENIOR YEAR - The senior year curriculum is structured to encourage students to acquire some degree of specialization and introductory professional design experience. Required coursework includes ME 43: Senior Design Project (3 credits). Elective courses fall within several groups: ME Concentration Electives, Humanities, Arts and Social Science (HASS) Electives and Free Electives. Students are encouraged to consider independent project work as part of a coordinated program of study. Students who want to pursue a project for more than a single semester are expected to do so by writing an undergraduate thesis.

A typical BSME Program of Study can be found on Page 3 of the degree sheet.

Design Sequence

A central feature of professional engineering education is the ability to synthesize analytical, technical, and non-technical concepts for the solution of practical design problems. Engineering design education and experiences are included in the BSME curriculum in three ways. First, core courses include applications, open-ended problem solving and small group projects. Second, all BSME candidates are required to take ME1: Mechanical Engineering Design and Fabrication, and ME 42: Machine Design which covers design methodology as applied to mechanical engineering systems as well as manual and computer-aided design and manufacturing concepts. The course contains project work in which students must define problems, develop alternative solutions, and consider design issues such as safety, manufacturability, and economics as the projects are developed. Third, all seniors are required to participate in a capstone design experience in ME 43: Senior Design Project (3 SHUs).

ME 43 is a project course focused on the design of a component, device, or system that will solve a problem. The design project is executed in teams and is client-based, with sponsorship from industry, ME Department faculty, or faculty researchers from other Tufts Schools and campuses. The goal of ME 043 is to apply engineering science principles and to utilize design theory and practice including open-ended projects, manufacturing and fabrication, specification and selection, testing, and evaluation and imposition of constraints. The primary focus of these experiences is the execution of a project. Group projects include clearly identifiable individual contributions.

Students will take ME 43 in the Fall term of their senior year. This offering is structured around client-based projects that tend to have a focused goal related to active product lines or related to active research that a faculty member is conducting.

The following deliverables are expected of all ME 43 projects: proposal (Gantt chart, budget, etc.), progress report, design review (presentation), final report, final presentation, and a possible prototype (depends on the type and scope of the project). All final reports and occasionally project prototypes are archived by the Department as a permanent record of student's participation.