A newsletter for alumni, students, and friends of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
||MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT
|UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
Message From the Chair
"What makes a good mechanical engineering education?"
Our engineering curriculum changes gradually over the years in
response to changing technology and societal needs. Curriculum
changes are accelerating in response to the assessment process we are
undertaking. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
(ABET) has changed their method of certification to one based on
outcomes assessment of the students rather than prescription of
courses. Because of this, the ME faculty have been clarifying our
educational goals. Some of these goals are currently well met while
others will stimulate further modifications to the curriculum. Here
is where we are at this time with regard to the BS program. We
welcome your feedback.
Every graduating mechanical engineer should be able to:
- create two-dimensional drawings and their annotations,
generate three-dimensional computer-based geometric models of
- mathematically analyze components and systems for mechanical
and energy performance.
- specify and evaluate manufacturing steps and materials for
mechanical components, evaluate economic and quality aspects of
- integrate electromechanical motors/actuators, power
converters, and computer interfaces in creatively designed computer
- design and conduct experiments to measure the performance of
components and systems, analyze and interpret data and communicate
- creatively design mechanical components and systems to meet an
Every graduating mechanical engineer should have:
- competence in math and science sufficient to be successful in
a changing engineering profession.
- exposure to actual engineering practice.
- understanding of the design and operation of selected
engineering products and systems from a mechanical engineering
- leadership/management experience.
- a sense of engineering ethics.
- technical report writing and oral communication skills,
- knowledge of societal and environmental issues in relation to
If you would like to respond to these proposed goals, please contact
the editor via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org write to the Department
of Mechanical Engineering, UW-Madison, 1513 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706-1572.
ME Newsletter is a periodic publication of the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Correspondence should be sent to the address below.
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1513 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706-1572
Editor: Gail Gawenda
Designer: Lynda Litzkow
Last Modified: Thursday, 16-Apr-1998 15:38:16 CDT
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