Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. John L. Krohn, Head
CES, Room 104
Associate Professors: Goswami, Helmer, Krohn
Assistant Professors: Fithen
Instructors: S. Apple
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers four-year degree programs leading to the degrees in Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSEg) and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) and a two-year degree program in Nuclear Technology. Within the BSEg program, students may choose to concentrate their studies in either the electrical or the mechanical area. The programs leading to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSEg) and the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) degrees are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).
The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Arkansas Tech University is to develop and maintain accredited programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. The department is committed to providing its students with a positive atmosphere in which to learn the fundamentals of engineering practice including engineering science and design. In order to meets its mission, the department has established educational objectives for its programs.
The educational objectives of the engineering programs of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Arkansas Tech University are to:
1. Produce graduates prepared for successful careers and lifelong learning.
2. Produce graduates trained in methods of engineering analysis including the mathematical and computational skills appropriate for solving engineering problems.
3. Produce graduates with skills pertinent to the design process including the ability to formulate problems, to think creatively, to communicate effectively, to synthesize information and to work collaboratively.
4. Produce graduates able to use current experimental and data analysis techniques for application to engineering problems.
5. Instill in its graduates an understanding of their professional and ethical responsibilities.
Mechanical engineering is the profession which designs, develops, and manufactures machines that produce, transmit, or use power. Mechanical engineers are involved in the design, development, and production of virtually every product one can imagine. The range of possibilities for jobs for mechanical engineers, both in location and function, is limitless. The mechanical engineering program at Arkansas Tech is designed to give the students a solid grounding in the machine design and thermal systems areas and to help satisfy the engineering manpower needs of industry in Arkansas and the mid-south region. The required courses provide a basis foundation in mechanical engineering with a strong cross-disciplinary component and an emphasis on engineering design.
The first two years of the curriculum contain the needed mathematics, science, and engineering science basics to prepare the student for the upper-level mechanical engineering courses. The junior and senior years include 12 hours of engineering electives which allows the student to concentrate in one of the available areas of specialization which include machine design, nuclear systems, or thermal systems.
Prior to enrolling in any 3000 or 4000-level engineering course, students must successfully complete a pre-professional curriculum containing preparatory courses normally taken during the first three semesters. The pre-professional curriculum is composed of the following courses:
ENGL 1013 and 1023 (or equivalent)
MATH 2914 and 2924
Satisfactory completion of the pre-professional curriculum is defined as a grade of "C" or better in each course or, alternatively, a grade point average of 2.20 or greater for the courses comprising the pre-professional curriculum. Students should meet with their advisor during the semester in which they anticipate completing the pre-professional curriculum to complete the procedure for admittance to upper-level engineering classes. By that time, the student is expected to declare a major within engineering (BSEg, BSEE, BSME).
Most graduates of the engineering programs go directly into the work force as practicing engineers. Many are employed by the numerous small manufacturers in the Arkansas River Valley area. Others have obtained positions with larger companies such as Texas Instruments, Motorola, or Entergy. A number of graduates have elected to attend one of many different graduate schools specializing in disciplines such as engineering (electrical, mechanical, industrial, or nuclear), mathematics, physics, or business.
The following curriculum represents the program of study and a suggested sequence for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree. The student should be aware that not all courses are offered each semester and that the ordering of courses is subject to change. Students should consult with their academic advisor when entering their junior year in order to minimize scheduling difficulties.
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME)
The program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSEg) is designed to produce graduates with a solid grounding in both electrical and mechanical engineering while allowing a concentration in one or more specializations. The cross-disciplinary component is strengthened in the BSEg program while the number and variety of electives allow for more customization of the last two years of the program. The engineering program contains the same pre-professional program as the mechanical engineering program. The first two years of the program are very similar to the mechanical engineering program while the last two years contain 19 hours of engineering electives which are traditionally chosen from either the electrical or mechanical engineering elective blocks.
The following curriculum represents the program of study and a suggested sequence for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree. The student should be aware that not all courses are offered each semester and that the ordering of courses is subject to change. Students should consult with their academic advisor when entering their junior year in order to minimize scheduling difficulties.
Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSEg)
Each student completing the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSEg) degree program must complete a minimum of 19 hours of engineering electives with a minimum of 10 semester hours of 4000-level engineering courses. In selecting courses to fulfill the engineering elective hours, students will work with their advisor to develop a cohesive set of courses within one of the available concentration areas. Choice of engineering electives is subject to the approval of the student's advisor and the department head.
Transfer of Credit
Students wishing to transfer into one of the programs offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering are urged to contact the Department Head as soon as possible to reduce the possibility of taking non-transferable courses. Course work taken at another institution must meet the requirements of the Arkansas Tech University transfer policies and, in addition, are subject to the department's current transfer policy. Contact the Department of Mechanical Engineering for the latest course transfer information and policy.
Students planning to transfer to another university can, in most cases, complete the first two years of work at Arkansas Tech University. Students who plan to transfer should consult with the school to which they plan to transfer to coordinate details.
The department also offers a two-year program leading to the Associate of Science in Nuclear Technology (ANT) degree. This degree is designed to allow the student to obtain the knowledge base and training necessary to work in one of the many areas in the nuclear field. While many technology degrees, especially at the associate's level, are seen as less rigorous paths, the ANT program at Arkansas Tech University includes most of the same courses as the first two years of the engineering programs.
Graduates of the program leading to the Associate of Science Degree in Nuclear Technology may find employment on many areas of the nuclear industry. Many past ANT graduates have continues their studies to obtain bachelors degrees in engineering or the physical sciences either at Arkansas Tech University or at other institutions.
Associate of Science in Nuclear Technology (ASNT)
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