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Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Mission, Objectives and Assessment


The mission of the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department at the undergraduate level is to:

  • offer programs that support and complement the mission of the University of Denver
  • provide a general education in mechanical engineering that prepares students for employment and graduate study
  • include interdisciplinary engineering work in all programs
  • encourages the professional status of the faculty
  • foster the professional awareness of the students

Program Educational Objectives

The objectives of the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department's undergraduate program are to produce graduates who, within a few years of graduation:

  • Apply their engineering and problem-solving skills towards engineering practice, engineering graduate school, or non-engineering fields such as medicine, science, business, law, or public policy, while continuing to engage in life-long learning.
  • Value and demonstrate character in their chosen vocation by acting responsibly, ethically and professionally while contributing to a sustainable common good for society.
  • View their educational experience as valuable and instrumental to their professional success.

Student Outcomes

The mechanical engineering program at The University of Denver will demonstrate that its graduates have

  a.       an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and general engineering
      b. an ability to design and conduct experiments as well as analyze and interpret data
      c. an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs
       d. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
      e. an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
      f. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
      g. an ability to communicate effectively

h. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
      i. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning
      j. a knowledge of contemporary issues
      k. an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Program Assessment

Integral to the improvement of our programs is the concept of assessment. We regularly evaluate how well our students are meeting the eight outcomes we aim for via:

  • student work
  • student evaluations
  • student performance on two examinations (one administered by us at the end of the second year, and the National Fundamentals of Engineering Examination taken in the final year of study)
  • student exit interviews
  • polls of recent alumni about the degree to which they feel we have met our goals
  • other indicators (such as employer satisfaction, scholarships, awards, acceptance for graduate study, etc.).

We then use this information to improve our programs to meet changing needs and circumstances.