Mechanical Engineering, B.S.

Department

Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Gemunu Happawana, Chair
Engineering East Building, Room 154
559.278.2368
www.fresnostate.edu/engineering/

Degrees and Programs Offered

BS in Mechanical Engineering, B.S.
MS in Engineering - Mechanical Engineering Option, M.S.

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 program in mechanical engineering provides basics in design and in thermal and fluid mechanics. 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.

Engineer-in-Training and Professional Engineering registration are strongly recommended as first licensing steps in professional lifelong learning.

Mission

Our mission is to provide an educational program that allows our students to meet or exceed the necessary level of academic preparedness for successful professional employment and for graduate study through continuous improvement in curricula and instruction.

Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the Mechanical Engineering program were developed to prepare the graduates to be able to do the following:

  1. Apply skills and understanding of engineering sciences with a foundation in mathematics, chemistry, and physics necessary for engineering practice.
  2. Design and develop components, systems and products that meet specific requirements and use resources prudently in solving complex problems encountered in professional practice.
  3. Develop, test, evaluate, and execute engineering solutions to problems and projects that are practical and of a complexity encountered in professional practice.
  4. Design and conduct experiments; analyze results.
  5. Communicate and perform effectively as engineering professionals in both individual and team-based project environments, providing leadership as necessary.
  6. Practice professional and ethical responsibilities, including understanding of the societal impact of engineering solutions.
  7. Recognize and understand contemporary issues and the role of professionals in global society.
  8. Develop intellectually and technically through continued learning.

Co-op Program

The department participates in the Cooperative Education Program which allows the student to gain industrial experience and financial benefits through projects with local companies.

Courses

Mechanical Engineering

ME 1. Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

Required of all freshmen and transfer students during their first or second semester of study. Introduction to engineering design; case studies in mechanical engineering; problem-solving using the engineering approach; introduction to engineering code of ethics, mechanical engineering profession, and career opportunities.

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ME 2. Computer Applications in Mech Engineering Lab

Students develop fundamental skills in basic analytical and design tools used in mechanical engineering. Topics covered include spreadsheet applications, graphing data, technical communication, programming concepts, and computer-aided design (CAD). (1 3-hr laboratory).

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ME 26. Engineering Graphics

Basic computer literacy required. Principles of orthographic projection, dimensioning, and descriptive geometry. Applications to the solution of engineering problems including the use of interactive computer graphics. (Two 3-hour lecture labs) (CAN ENGR 2)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ME 29. Engineering Mechanics

Same as CE 29: Prerequisites: MATH 77 (or concurrently); PHYS 4A. Not open to mechanical or civil engineering majors. Study of fundamental priciples of statics and synamics by scalar and vector methods.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ME 31. Engineering Materials

Prerequisites: CHEM 1A. Fundamental nature and properties of engineering materials; structure of matter and its effect on mechanical, electrical, magnetic, and thermal properties.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ME 32. Engineering Materials Laboratory

Prerequisite: ME 31 (or concurrently). Application of experimental methods to engineering materials. Study of stress and strain in metals; fatigue; hardness; toughness. (3 lab hours)

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ME 95. Product Development

Prerequisites: ME 2 (or concurrently), ME 26, ME 31, and ME 32 (or concurrently). Examines the overall process of product development including preliminary design, drafting, material selection, fabrication, inspection, assembly, and testing. Laboratory component introduces basic machining and fabrication skills. (1 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 2
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ME 112. Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics

Prerequisite: CE 20; MATH 81 or ENGR 101. Development of principles of kinematics and kinetics in engineering.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ME 115. Instrumentation and Measurement Lab

Prerequisites: ECE 71, ECE 91, ECE 91L. Application of different measuring devices and techniques used in engineering systems. Calibration and response characteristics of instruments will be examined. Use of data acquisition system in the recording and analyzing of experimental data. Technical reports are required. (3 lab hours)

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ME 116. Fluid Mechanics

(ENGR 116 same as ME 116). Prerequisite: ME 112 (or concurrently). Fundamentals of fluid mechanics as applied to engineering problems.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ME 118. Fluid Mechanics Laboratory

Prerequisites: ENGR 105W or successful completion of university writing exam, ME 115 (or concurrently); ME 116 (or concurrently). Applications of experimental methods used in engineering practice to fluid systems. (One 3-hour lab)

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ME 122. Dynamic Measurements and Linear Control of Mechanical Systems

Prerequisites: ME 112. Modeling of mechanical systems; mechanical feedback systems; time domain analysis; stability, frequency response, and root locus plots; performance criteria, and system compensations; applications of different measuring devices and techniques used in engineering systems. Lecture/lab.

Units: 3

ME 125. Engineering Statistics and Experimentation

Prerequisites: MATH 76. Provides fundamentals of statistical and uncertainity analysis applied to engineering measurements, experimental methods, product design, and manufacturing processes. Includes probability distributions, data sampling, confidence intervals, quality control, reliability, life testing, and analysis of uncertainity in experimental measurements.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ME 134. Fundamentals of Machine Design

Prerequisites: ME 26, ME 112, CE 121; MATH 81 or ENGR 101. Analytical, graphical, and computer solutions applied to design problems in machinery, mechanisms. Cam design, different types of followers, cam manufacturing considerations. Gear design, different types of gears, gear trains. Students will be assigned class projects related to the topics covered in class. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ME 135. Engineering Product Design

Prerequisites: ME 95. Introduction to product engineering with consideration given to economic, safety, quality, aesthetics, environmental, liability, and patent law issues. Open ended design project is required.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ME 136. Thermodynamics

Prerequisites: CHEM 1A; PHYS 4A, MATH 77, and upper division standing. Fundamentals of thermodynamics and heat transfer as applied to engineering problems.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ME 137. Turbomachinery

Prerequisites: ME 116 and ME 136. Applications of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics and rotor fluid energy interchange. Steady flow problems of pumps, compressors, and turbines with incompressible and compressible fluids. Both closed and open ended homework problems.

Units: 3

ME 140. Advanced Engineering Analysis

Prerequisites: CE 121; ECE 71; ME 112 (or concurrently), ME 116 (or concurrently). Development of finite element method of engineering analysis; applications to heat flow, fluid flow, vibrations, and stresses in mechanical design using appropriate numerical techniques and closed-form solutions of partial differential equations.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ME 142. Mechanical Vibration

Prerequisites: ME 112. Mathematical and physical basis of vibration theory with applications to engineering analysis and design. Includes transient and steady state phenomena, distributed and lumped parameter systems, coupled systems, and computer solutions.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ME 144. Advanced Mechanics of Materials

Prerequisites: CE 121, ME 125, MATH 81. Advanced topics in mechanics of materials. Statistical considerations in design, stress and strain theories; contact stresses, strain energy, Castigilano's theorem; failures resulting from static and dynamic loading; static and fatigue theories of failure; stress concentrations.

Units: 3

ME 145. Heat and Mass Transfer

Prerequisites: ME 116, ME 136, ME 140. Analytical, numerical, and electrical analogy methods are used to solve a variety of heat transfer and mass transfer problems. Advanced topics in radiation, boundary layer flow, and heat exchanger design.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ME 146. Air Conditioning

Prerequisites: ME 116, ME 136. Theory and practice in air conditioning including psychrometrics, load estimating, heating and cooling systems, fluid design and controls. (lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ME 154. Design of Machine Elements

Prerequisites: ME 95, ME 134. Design of machine elements and components using theory learned in prerequisite courses. Both individual and team-type open-ended design projects are required. Use of computers for design is required. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ME 155. Elements of Systems Design

Prerequisites: ENGR 105W or successful completion of university writing exam, ME 135, ME 145, ME 154, ME 156 senior standing. Design of a commercially feasible mechanical engineering system. Students work in teams to design, build, and test prototype engineering systems using industry supported projects. Meeting realistic constraints, including client-based specifications; optimizing designs, working in a team environment, and developing project management skills form the basis for the course.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ME 156. Advanced Thermodynamics -- Fluid Mechanics

Prerequisites: ME 116, ME 136. Advanced topics in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics including analysis of solar and nuclear systems as applied to engineer ing problems.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ME 159. Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

Prerequisites: ME 118, ME 125, ME 145, ME 156 (or concurrently), and senior standing. Analysis of mechanical engineering and measurement systems. Students conduct experiments dealing with advanced thermal and mechanical systems. Using knowledge and experience gained from experimentation, students design and conduct their own group experiments. Both written and oral technical reports are required.

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ME 162. Computer-Aided Design

Prerequisites: ME 2, ME 26, ME 140, ME 145 (or concurrently). Survey of computer applications for design, analysis of mechanical systems, and manufacturing of mechanical components. Typical programming language software packages used in industry (CAD/CAM and FEA) will be introduced.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ME 164. Machine Design

Prerequisites: ME 135 (or concurrently), ME 145, ME 154; ENGR 105W or successful completion of university writing exam. Open ended design problems of complete machine systems. Integration of prerequisite course material into final design project. Satisfies the senior major requirement for the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. (Two 3 hour lecture labs)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ME 166. Energy Systems Design

Prerequisites: ME 135, ME 145, ME 156; ENGR 105W or successful completion of university writing exam. Design of conventional and alternative energy conversion systems i.e. solar; selection and integration of components of the system; use of codes and standards. Group project report required. Satisfies the senior major requirement for B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ME 180. Special Projects

Prerequisites: senior standing in mechanical engineering, approved subject, department apporved writing course or successful completion of writing exam. Study of a problem under supervision of a faculty member; final typewritten report required. Individual project except by special permission.

Units: 1-3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ME 190. Independent Study

See Academic Placement -- Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ME 191T. Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Investigation of selected mechanical engi neering subjects not in current courses.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

ME 193. Mechanical Engineering Cooperative Internship

Prerequisite: permission of adviser. Engineering practice in an industrial or government installation. Each cooperative internship period usually spans a summer-fall or spring-summer interval. This course cannot be used to meet graduation requirements. CR/NC grading only.

Units: 1-6, Repeatable up to 12 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ME 211. Advanced Dynamics

Prerequisite: ME 134 or permission of coordinator. Dynamics of mechanical systems with emphasis on equations of motion. Kinematics of particles, energy and momentum methods, variational methods, LaGrange's method, kinematics and plane motion of rigid bodies, kinetics of rigid bodies in three dimensions, mechanical vibrations.

Units: 3

ME 215. Design Optimization of Engineering Systems

This course provides students with the ability to conceptualize and formulate design optimization problems and to utilize the best algorithms for a given class of problems. Topics include constraints, monotonicity, and methods to optimally design unconstrained and constrained engineering systems.

Units: 3

ME 220. Compressible Fluids

Prerequisite: ME 156 or permission of coordinator. Review of the foundations of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. The velocity of sound, mach number and angle, differences between incompressible, subsonic, and supersonic flow. Isentropic flow, working charts and tables, choking operations of nozzles. Normal shock waves, ducts, shock tube analysis. Fanno and Rayleigh analysis, oblique shock waves, the PrandtlMeyer equation. Lift and drag on bodies in supersonic flow. Method of characteristics.

Units: 3

ME 221. Incompressible Fluids

Prerequisite: ME 156 or permission of coordinator. The kinematics of liquids and gases, the LaGrangian and Eulerian methods, streak lines, stream tubes. Geometry of the vector field, stokes, and Gauss's theorems, acceleration of a fluid particle, homogenous fluids and the equations of continuity. Integration of Eutor's equation, Bernoulli's equation. Potential motion and potential functions, source and sink potentials, the stream function. Vortex theory, surfaces of discontinuity.

Units: 3

ME 223. Gas Turbine Engines

First-year graduate course in mechanics and thermodynamics of jet engine propulsion. Thermodynamics of fluid flow and engines, boundary layer theory, subsonic and supersonic inlets, combustors, fans, compressors, turbines, nozzles, inlet distortion, fuel controls, noise reduction, ramjets adn scramjets.

Units: 3

ME 225. Heat Transfer

Conduction, convection, and radiation. One and two dimensional steady-state conduction, LaPlace's equation, numerical techniques. Transient heat transfer. Heisler charts, multiple-dimensional systems, boundary layers, Reynold's analogy. Forced and natural convection radiation heat transfer. Kirchoff's and Wien's laws, radiation shields.

Units: 3

ME 227. Advanced Thermodynamics

Prerequisite: ME 156 or permission of coordinator. Review of classical thermodynamics, Maxwell relations, equations of state, nonideal gases, experimental methods. Entropy and exergy analysis with applications to energy conversion devices and thermodynamic cycles, single- and multi-phase systems, and irreversibility in thermodynamics.

Units: 3

ME 229. Advanced Gas Dynamics

Review of supersonic flow. Vibrational and chemical rate processes, nonequilibrium chemical rate equations, rate equations for dissociation and recombination. Flow with vibrational or chemical nonequilibrium. Nonequilibrium kinetic theory; evaluation of collison cross sections. Flow with translational nonequalibrium. Radiative transfer in gases, and approximate solutions of the equation of radiative transfer.

Units: 3

ME 232. Advanced Aircraft Stability and Control

Prerequisite: ME 230. Continuation of ME 230. Validity of small disturbance theory, nonlinear equations of motion, steady state and dynamic stability and control of elastic airplanes. Frequency response methods, response to turbulence. Automatic flight control analysis adn design, the human pilot in te control loop, stability augmentation, digital flight control systems, state vector methods.

Units: 3

ME 241. Structural Analysis

Prerequisite: ME 134 or permission of coordinator. Graduate-level course in the principles of structural mechanics. Stress, strain and displacements, static and dynamic loads, energy methods, virtual work, discrete and continuous system analysis, finite element analysis elastic beams, plates, and frames; single and multi degree -of-freedom modal analysis.

Units: 3

ME 243. Structural Dynamics

Prerequisite: ME 241 or permission of instructor. Condinuation of ME 241. Von Karman theory, shear deformation, geometry and equilibrium of shells, theory of vibrations, vibrations of aircraft structures, coupling with the aerodynamic equation, flutter, ground and flight structural test techniques.

Units: 3

ME 290. Independent Study

Prerequisite: graduate status in engineering or permission of instructor. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

ME 291T. Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Prerequisite: graduate status in engineering or permission of instructor. Selected mechanical engineering subjects not in current courses.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

ME 291T. Computational Fluid Dynamics

Study of numerical methods tailored to solve thermo-fluids equations. Classification of partial differential equation (PDE). Finite difference method, Finite volume method. Basic concepts of discretization, consistency, and stability. Applications of numerical methods to selected model PDE. Numerical methods, for inviscial flow include compressible and incompressible flows. (3 lecture hours)

Units: 3

ME 291T. Power Systems and Renewable Energy

This course includes power plant technology, power plant engineering, and energey conversion. In this course you wil learn about the variety of power generation technologies. From novel technologies to traditional ones. From fossil fues to renewable energy. From nuclear fission to nuclear fusion. From renewable solar and wind energy to novel plasma processing of organic fuels. From hydrogen power in fuel cells to geothermal and hydro-electrical power. Learn about plants and new fusion projects to clean power generation of the future. Learn about Magneto-Hydro-Dynamic (MHD) generators; nuclear batteries; about the traditional power generation with coal, gas, and oil, and clean coal gasification technologies and coal to liquid fuels trends; how to protect the environment knowing the physics behind the power generation; energy environment; Energy Conservation and Energy Storage; several applications using present and future technologies including Plasma processing of organic components, among others.

Units: 3

ME 298. Project

Prerequisite: graduate status in engineering. See Criteria for Thesis and Project. Independent investigation of advanced character such as analysis and/or design of special engineering systems or projects; critical review of state-of-the-art special topics, as the culminating requirement for the master's degree. Abstract required. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 3

ME 298C. Project Continuation

Pre-requisite: Project ME 298. For continuous enrollment while completing the project. May enroll twice with department approval. Additional enrollments must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Units: 0

ME 299. Thesis

Prerequisite: see Criteria for Thesis and Project. Preparation, completion, and submission of an acceptable thesis for master's degree. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units

ME 299C. Thesis Continuation

Pre-requisite: Thesis ME 298. For continuous enrollment while completing the thesis. May enroll twice with department approval. Additional enrollments must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Units: 0

Requirements

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements
Mechanical Engineering Major

Major requirements (66 units)

ME 1, 2, 26, 31, 32, 95, 112, 115, 116, 118, 125, 135, 136, 140, 145, 154, 156 (40 units)
CE 20, 121 (6 units)
ECE 71, 91, 91L (7 units)

Design Applications (7 units)
ME 155, 159, 166

Technical Area Courses (6 units)
Take a minimum of 3 units in Group A (ME 137, 142, 144, 146, 162, or 164
A maximum of 3 units in Group B (ME 180, 190, 191T; ECE 121, 121L, 155) may be substituted for a course in Group A with faculty adviser's approval.

Other requirements (63 units)
General Education (42 units)
Select one course from each of the following G.E. areas: A1, A2, B2, C1, D1, and D3. (See G.E. listings.)

The following courses are required to satisfy both G.E. and major requirements: PLSI 2 [G.E. Area D2],PHIL 20 [G.E. Area C2], MATH 75 [G.E. Area B4], CHEM 1A [G.E. Area B1], ME 134 [G.E. Area IB], PHIL 120 [G.E. Area IC], PLSI 120 [G.E. Area M/I]

Additional requirements (21 units)
MATH 76, 77, 81* (see Advising Note 6), PHYS 4A, 4AL, 4B, 4C

Total (129 units)

* ENGR 101 may be taken as an alternative with faculty adviser's approval.

Note: Engineering majors are exempt from G.E. areas A3, E, ID, and the third course in Area C.

Advising Notes

  1. Courses in mathematics, the physical sciences, or engineering taken CR/NC are not counted toward fulfillment of degree requirements in mechanical engineering.
  2. Mechanical engineering majors might consider a math, physics, or business minor.
  3. Since the mechanical engineering major curriculum is very demanding, many students, especially those not fully prepared in mathematics, chemistry, and/or physics, take 4 1/2 or more years to graduate rather than the traditional 4 years. If needed, students also may go to the Learning Resource Center and request tutorial assistance.
  4. Advising is mandatory in the Lyles College of Engineering. A registration hold will be placed on students who fail to see their adviser at least once per academic year.
  5. The Upper-Division Writing Skills requirement has to be completed no sooner than the term in which 60 units of coursework are completed or no later than the term in which 90 units are completed. This requirement can be met by passing the university writing examination or by taking ENGR 105W or a department-approved writing course. Must be taken and passed with a letter grade of C or better in the junior year if the student fails the writing exam requirement.
  6. With faculty adviser approval, ENGR 101 may be taken instead of MATH 81.

 

Faculty

Name Degree Email Phone
Alimi, Mohammad H Doctor of Philosophy malimi@csufresno.edu
Angeles, Jose Master of Science angelesjose@mail.fresnostate.edu
Calderon, Jose D JOSECALDERON@MAIL.FRESNOSTATE.EDU
Duong, Hung Duoc Q Master of Science hduong@mail.fresnostate.edu
Ghazinejad, Maziar Doctor of Philosophy mghazinejad@csufresno.edu
Happawana, Gemunu S Doctor of Philosophy ghappawana@csufresno.edu 559.278.6832
Jenkins, Michael Doctor of Arts jenkinsm@csufresno.edu 559.278.8743
Law, Deify Doctor of Philosophy dlaw@csufresno.edu
Leal-Quiros, Edbertho Doctor of Philosophy equiros@mail.fresnostate.edu
Loscutoff, Walter V Doctor of Philosophy walterl@csufresno.edu 559.278.5593
Mizuno, Walter K Master of Science walterm@csufresno.edu 559.278.5597
Nguyen, The M Doctor of Philosophy then@csufresno.edu
Weerasinghe, Ajith R Doctor of Philosophy ajithw@csufresno.edu
Yarbrough, Thomas W Master of Science thomasy@csufresno.edu
Zhao, Jiaxin Doctor of Philosophy jzhao@csufresno.edu

Careers

Engineering students explain an exhibit to some young students

Mechanical Engineering is the discipline that focuses on design of many types of machinery and equipment used in transportation, manufacturing, air and space transportation; consumer products; robots; biomedical devices; and energy conversion systems. Mechanical engineers use thermodynamics, heat transfer, dynamics, thermal and fluid mechanics, design software, engineering materials, and the principles of mathematics and science to develop solutions to problems. Students can achieve a level of specialization through elective courses in machine design or thermal systems.

A major goal of the program is to provide its graduates the analytical and practical skills needed to perform mechanical design in a variety of fields.

What You Can Earn

Mechanical Engineer I
$62,249 (in our region)

Transportation Engineer
$50,531 (in our region)

Source: HR Reported data from salary.com as of December 2012

What You Can Do

Postgraduate study in:

  • Aerospace
  • Biomedical

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Fundamentals of Machine Design
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Elements of Systems Design
  • Energy Systems Design

What You Can Learn

  • Design of conventional and alternative energy conversion systems
  • How to design, build, and test prototype engineering systems
  • Theory and practice in air conditioning including psychrometrics, load estimating, heating and cooling systems, and fluid design and controls

About the College

The Lyles College of Engineering is the only publicly supported engineering college in the San Joaquin Valley. The mission of the college includes developing each student's potential to the greatest extent possible, provide a quality engineering education to all students and to serve students from groups that historically have not participated in a university education.

Contact the College

Office of the Dean
2320 E. San Ramon Avenue MS/EE94
Fresno CA 93740-8030

(559) 278-2500
FAX: (559) 278-4475
Campus Mail Stop: M/S EE94

Office Location:
Room 124 in the Engineering East Building, on San Ramon east of Jackson Avenue.

Department Contact Information

Department of Mechanical Engineering
320 E. San Ramon Ave. M/S EE154
(559) 278- 2368
Fax (559) 278- 6759