University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering

Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics

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Program mission, goals, educational objectives
and educational outcomes




To provide an education of the highest quality in mechanics and astronautics.




1. To provide students with exceptional strength in technical fundamentals across the core disciplines
    of mechanics and astronautics.
2. To create a collegial environment that is conducive to intellectual challenge and excitement.
3. To encourage and support research programs that provide undergraduate research opportunities.


EMA educational objectives for undergraduate education


The EMA faculty recognize that our graduates will choose to use the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their undergraduate years to pursue a wide variety of career and life goals and we encourage this diversity of paths. Initially, we expect graduates will begin their careers in fields that utilize their knowledge, education and training in solid mechanics and fluid mechanics as it applies to aeronautics/astronautics and mechanics in design and manufacturing.


Whatever path our graduates choose to pursue, our educational objectives for the nuclear engineering and engineering mechanics programs are to allow them to:


1. Exhibit strong performance and continuous development in problem-solving, leadership, teamwork,
    and communication, initially applied to nuclear engineering or engineering mechanics*, and
    demonstrating an unwavering commitment to excellence.
2. Demonstrate continuing commitment to, and interest in, his or her training and education**, as well as those of others.
3. Transition seamlessly into a professional environment and make continuing, well-informed career choices**.
4. Contribute to their communities.


Educational outcomes


Engineering Mechanics Program students are expected to have…:


1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. This includes:
    a. an ability to apply knowledge of basic mathematics, science and engineering.
    b. an ability to use advanced mathematical and computational techniques to analyze,
         model, and design physical systems consisting of solid and fluid components
         under steady state and transient conditions.
    c. an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs.
    d. an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
3. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
4. knowledge of professional and ethical standards.
5. an ability to communicate effectively.
6. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
7. a recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in life-long learning.
8. a knowledge of contemporary issues.

Program Enrollment and Degree Data »

* Engineering Mechanics is concerned with the practical application of mechanics. It provides a fundamental basis for applications used in several fields, such as mechanical, civil, nuclear, aerospace, and biomedical engineering, as well as in materials science. Engineering Mechanics is based on fundamental areas in solid mechanics and fluid mechanics. Some examples include: structural mechanics, biomechanics, micro- and nano-mechanics, mechanics of materials, dynamics and vibrations, fluid mechanics applied to aeronautics and astronautics.

** Careers beyond the students' baccalaureate degrees can take two natural paths. One path is where the students continue their education at the graduate level (MS and/or PhD). Another path is one in which the students embark on their professional careers in the engineering mechanics field; i.e., industry, government and academic.

Approved May 2005.