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2012-2013 University Catalog (Revised 2012-10-02) 
2012-2013 University Catalog (Revised 2012-10-02) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering

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Angela Shih, Chair

Kevin R. Anderson Paul M. Nissenson
John R. Biddle Mariappan Jawaharlal
John P. Caffrey Parham Piroozan
Chuan-Chiang Chen Hassan M. Rejali
Peter A. Dashner Amir G. Rezaei
Uei-Jiun Fan Jaehoon Seong
Mehrdad Haghi Maryam Shafahi
Kyu-Jung Kim Michael T. Shelton
David L. Miller Hong Xue

Mechanical engineering has traditionally been one of the most general branches of engineering. A mechanical engineer requires a broad knowledge in many fields: mechanics, thermal/fluid sciences, design, machinery and instrumentation, energy, control system theory and more. The breadth and flexibility of a mechanical engineer’s education provides a wide choice of careers and allows movement into a variety of engineering areas to better meet the challenges of a changing world. The mechanical engineering curriculum permits students to explore different fields, specializing in one or more of them as they find their true interests.  The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The Mechanical Engineering program’s mission is to provide a quality, well-rounded education that is based on imparting fundamental knowledge and skills in mathematics and pure science as well as engineering science and design, and prepare graduates who will be effective contributors to the Mechanical Engineering profession within a short time after their graduation. In particular, the curriculum is designed to:

  • provide a solid background in mathematics and science coupled with an applications-oriented polytechnic approach in the presentation of engineering course material;
  • provide a comprehensive program of general education courses that will impart to the students the necessary background to understand the economic, environmental, ethical, political, societal and cultural impact of their engineering solutions and decisions;
  • develop good written and verbal communication skills;
  • encourage lifelong learning in their chosen field;
  • provide the necessary tools and background to become a professional engineer; and

During the junior and senior years students are required to take 12 units from one of 2 emphasis areas. These areas are Mechanical Design, and Energy Systems. All 12 units must be taken from the same emphasis area.

To receive credit for senior project, the students must successfully complete all lower division GE courses and all 300-level Mechanical Engineering courses. Successful completion means earning a grade of C- or better in all 300 ME courses that are prerequisites to other ME courses, except terminal courses that are solely prerequisites to senior project.

Principles developed in the classroom are applied to the operation of heat transfer equipment, fluid handling equipment, energy, energy systems, environmental control systems, internal and external combustion engines, mechanical systems, and testing of engineering materials.

Students desiring to major in Mechanical Engineering should have a particularly high aptitude for science and mathematics, and incoming freshmen should have taken substantial college preparatory courses in these disciplines in high school. Incoming transfer students must have successfully completed at least one year of college calculus and preferably one year of college physics (with laboratory) prior to beginning the program at Cal Poly Pomona. The community college students planning to transfer into this department should consult a school counselor or refer to to determine which courses meet the program requirements.

Mechanical engineers work in industry, business, government, universities, and in the professions of law and medicine. They are involved in research, development, design, testing, production, operation, maintenance, marketing, sales, administration, management, and education. Graduates of the program are prepared to do productive work in their first jobs as well as to grow with their profession throughout their engineering career. The curriculum is designed to prepare a student for direct entry into the engineering profession and for graduate school.

Mechanical engineering students are encouraged to become active in the student chapters of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers. Qualified students are invited to join the student chapter of Pi Tau Sigma, the mechanical engineering honor society.




      Mechanical Engineering

      Lecture and laboratory courses listed together are to be taken concurrently.

      For graduation, a grade of C- or better is required for all ME courses that are prerequisites to other ME courses.

      Unless otherwise noted, all ME classes are open only to ME majors.

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