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.
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|
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.