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The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BS ME), and minors in general engineering and mechanical engineering. The baccalaureate program is fully accredited. Students are introduced to principles of mathematics, chemistry and physics during the first two years of study. The third year of study largely focuses on courses that apply these basic sciences in an engineering context. During the fourth year students take more advanced courses including technical electives that are more focused on mechanical engineering analysis and design. The program focuses on the design of systems related to transfer of thermal and mechanical energies where topics such as machine design and thermal systems, including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R), are covered in detail. Students have the opportunity for hands-on experience in a state-of-the-art manufacturing lab with rapid prototyping through three-dimensional printers and computer numerical control (CNC) machining. Students also take courses on written and oral communication, humanities, social sciences and fine arts to improve their communication skills and to put their profession into a broader societal context.
To produce graduates who are able to practice mechanical engineering through design and analysis of mechanical systems in industry, government, and academic settings.
To produce graduates who are prepared for graduate-level education, research and development, and other creative endeavors in science and technology.
To produce graduates who are able to conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner.
To produce graduates who are able to become contributors and leaders in the economic development and improving the quality of life in the State of Alaska, the nation and the world.
While in high school, students can prepare for entering and succeeding in the university engineering program. In order to be the best prepared, students should complete the following high school courses with grades of C or better:
Algebra - 2 years
Chemistry - 1 year
English - 3 years
Physics - 1 year
Trigonometry - 1/2 year
Students successfully completing the above courses should be prepared to enroll in the first year of courses that count toward the engineering degree. Students without the above preparatory courses will need to take equivalent university courses before taking some of the first year of courses that count toward the engineering degree.
Graduate study in mechanical engineering prepares students for work that requires a greater degree of autonomy and mastery. A master's degree in mechanical engineering implies not only an enhanced level of understanding of the fundamentals of mechanical engineering, but also a skill set that includes original thinking and an ability to apply advanced concepts of mechanical engineering to problem solving.
The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) has a thesis and a non-thesis option. The thesis option includes a focus on skills related to the acquisition of new knowledge and is designed for students who wish to pursue research-oriented occupations or to eventually pursue a PhD degree, as well as to prepare for advanced professional engineering practice. The non-thesis option is designed for students who wish to further emphasize engineering practice and prefer to substitute additional classroom education and a comprehensive written exam or a project and comprehensive oral exam for graduate research experience.
The UAA mechanical engineering graduate program objectives are to provide graduates with:
Graduate-level technical knowledge within mechanical engineering.
An ability to conceive and conduct graduate-level engineering research and problem solving.
An ability to effectively communicate graduate-level engineering concepts and applications.
Fast Track MSME Option
The Mechanical Engineering Department offers the Fast Track MSME Option to current UAA Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) students interested in pursuing an MSME degree. Students admitted to the Fast Track MSME Option are allowed to count up to nine (9) credits of coursework towards both the BSME and MSME Graduation Requirements, the equivalent of one (1) semester of full-time graduate student enrollment. Students should be admitted to the Fast Track MSME Option and establish an approved Graduate Study Plan (GSP) before the first semester of the BSME Program senior year and before Fast Track MSME Option coursework commences. Students will be granted a BSME degree upon completion of the BSME Graduation Requirements and an MSME degree upon completion of the MSME Graduation Requirements.