Vision. The vision of the department is to be recognized for exceptional undergraduate and graduate education in the art, science, and practice of mechanical engineering.
Mission. The mission of the department is to offer students nationally recognized educational opportunities grounded in the fundamentals of mechanical engineering and state-of-the-art technology. The department programs support technological development and innovation to meet many goals, including the needs of the society. Faculty and student participation in design projects, research, or other similar activities is considered essential to their professional development. The education opportunities are to take place in a collegial environment of effective instruction and counsel.
Program Educational Objectives. Within a few years of earning the baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering, graduates are expected to achieve one or more of the following program educational objectives:
Student Outcomes. Student outcomes are statements of the expectations for the knowledge and skills that students should possess when they graduate with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University.
Graduates of the program must demonstrate the following:
Program Overview. Mechanical engineering is the broadest of the engineering disciplines with a curriculum providing a strong foundation in mathematics and the physical sciences of chemistry and physics followed by an in-depth education in five of the principal engineering sciences—thermal science, fluids engineering, mechanics and materials, dynamics and controls, and mechanical design. The program in mechanical engineering provides students the ability to apply their engineering, mathematics, and science knowledge to design mechanical systems and to solve engineering problems. Students learn to design and conduct experiments, to communicate effectively, to function in teams, and to utilize modern engineering tools. Students gain an understanding of their professional and ethical responsibilities as engineers. Perhaps most important, students are prepared for the life-long learning necessary to function effectively as the practice of engineering evolves.
Graduates with a degree in mechanical engineering will find employment opportunities covering a wide spectrum, including the aerospace, automotive, petroleum production and refining industries, petrochemicals, electrical power, electronics, semiconductors and computers, manufacturing, and healthcare, as well as research positions in industry and government laboratories. Problem-solving techniques learned in the mechanical engineering curriculum are also applied to continued educational pursuits or graduate study in engineering, as well as in areas such as law, medicine, business administration, and other professions.
The department requires students to have computational devices for use in the classroom and at home. Each student is required to have a scientific calculator for use in the classroom. Students are also expected to have a personal computer. At a minimum, this computer should support high-level programming languages such as C and application packages such as word processing, spreadsheets, and mathematical analysis software.
General Standards and Requirements. Admission requirements and academic standards for the Department of Mechanical Engineering are consistent with the dynamic enrollment plan for the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering. Refer to the introduction to the Whitacre College of Engineering section of this catalog for a description of the criteria for initial admission to the Whitacre College of Engineering and the lower-division foundational curriculum. The recommended foundational curriculum for mechanical engineering consists of ENGL 1301, 1302; MATH 1451, 1452; CHEM 1307/1107; PHYS 1408; ENGR 1315.
A student may apply for admission to the upper division of a degree program upon completion of the foundational curriculum and a minimum of 12 credit hours of Texas Tech coursework. The acceptance criterion is based exclusively on a cumulative GPA for coursework completed at Texas Tech. The specific GPA standard varies among the degree programs and may change from one academic year to the next as necessary to align enrollments with the educational resources. For students who entered Texas Tech prior to June 1, 2012, a minimum 2.5 GPA is required for admission to the mechanical engineering upper-division degree program. Students entering Texas Tech after June 1, 2012, must have a minimum 2.75 GPA.
The academic standards required by the Whitacre College of Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering are given in the introduction to the Whitacre College section of the catalog and summarized below. Exceptions to these standards are at the discretion of the dean of the Whitacre College of Engineering.
Assessment. The department uses outcome assessments to monitor quality. All mechanical engineering students are required to take a comprehensive assessment examination during the senior year. The results of this examination and other assessment measures are used to evaluate the extent to which the program goals and student outcomes are met, for which actions are taken in an effort to continually improve the program. This examination is patterned after the national NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination.
Minors. B.S.M.E. students who are interested in obtaining a minor can do so through the application of the electives and dual credit towards the 18-hour minors requirement. The department encourages minors in the following areas: bioengineering, nuclear engineering, petroleum engineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering, computer science, geology, mathematics, and physics. For more detailed information on how to incorporate a minor into the mechanical engineering degree, contact the department advisor.
A minor in mechanical engineering consists of 18 or more hours of mechanical engineering coursework, including 6 credit hours of upper-division courses beyond any mechanical engineering or equivalent courses already required by the student's home department.
Combined Bachelor's–Master's Degree Program. An accelerated program is available for outstanding students to pursue a combined B.S.M.E.–M.S.M.E. degree in five years. Students interested in this program while pursuing a B.S.M.E. degree should inform their academic advisor during the first (fall) semester of the junior year, follow the suggested curriculum in the next (spring) semester, and apply before the beginning of the fourth year. Students admitted to the accelerated program may apply up to 9 graduate credit hours to the B.S.M.E. degree requirements.
Co-Op Program. Mechanical engineering students are encouraged to consider the Whitacre College of Engineering Co-op program. This normally involves three work assignments in industry for a cumulative duration of one year. These work assignments are normally completed prior to the start of the senior year. Each co-op experience earns 1 credit hour and, together, the three co-op experiences may be used to satisfy a 3-credit hour elective requirement. Co-op students gain valuable real-world engineering experience that enhances the academic experience on campus and provides excellent preparation for a career in industry.
General Academic Requirements. Students are expected to follow the course sequence presented in the mechanical engineering
curriculum table. Students whose high school courses do not include chemistry, physics,
mathematics through analytical geometry, and at least two years of a foreign language
will be required to take additional coursework during an adjusted first year of study.
All students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses applied toward the mechanical
engineering degree. The department rigorously enforces prerequisite requirements for
Students seeking master's or doctor's degrees should consult the graduate advisor for the department about their plans of study before enrolling for any courses. The student may wish to emphasize coursework and research activities in any one of the following areas: thermal sciences and fluid mechanics, dynamics and controls, design, solid mechanics and materials, or transdisciplinary studies.
The department has no specific foreign language requirement. Research tools are included as an integral part of the degree program in the leveling, minor, or major courses of each student. All courses are determined by the student's advisory committee. Students are required to take ME 5120 in their first full-time graduate semester. For the rest of their program, students are required to attend a number of seminars. The seminar course does not count toward fulfilling credit hour requirements. Departmental guidelines for coursework, advisory committee, seminar course, technical papers, and the final evaluation can be obtained from the department's graduate advisor.
Admission. Before being recommended for admission to a master's degree program with
a major in this department, the student may be requested to take a preliminary examination
to determine proficiency in background for graduate work or may be required to take
(without graduate credit) such undergraduate leveling courses as may be designated
by the department.
Three general plans of study are available for the master's degree: (1) the thesis
option consisting of 24 hours of graduate coursework and 6 hours of credit for the
master's thesis; (2) the non-thesis report option consisting of 30 hours of graduate
coursework and 3 hours of credit for the master's report; and (3) the non-thesis coursework
only option consisting of 36 hours of graduate coursework. The decision on which plan
to follow is made jointly by the student and the advisor. Each option has a set of
required core courses and a set of elective courses that are selected in consultation
with the student's advisor. Each of the three options requires a final comprehensive
evaluation during the semester of intended graduation.
In addition to regulations established by the Graduate School for the Doctor of Philosophy degree, students are required to demonstrate high proficiency in a single research area through a record of accomplishments. As part of this record, students should have at least one technical paper published or accepted for publication in an archival journal relevant to their field of expertise, prior to the defense of their thesis. Individual faculty advisors may choose to require more than one journal publication. The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 60 hours of graduate coursework, 12 hours of ME 8000 (Doctor's Dissertation), the candidacy exam, and public Ph.D. defense. The graduate coursework includes at least 12 lecture courses (36 credit hours) and research courses. A maximum of 6 graduate-level courses (18 credit hours) can be transferred from a prior master's degree earned outside the Mechanical Engineering department at Texas Tech University.
Edward E. Anderson, Ph.D., Chairperson
Professors: Anderson, Barhorst, J. Berg, Blawzdziewicz, Castillo, Chyu, Ekwaro-Osire, Ertas,
Hussain, James, Jankowski, Ma, Maxwell, Pantoya, Parameswaran, Rasty
Professor of Practice: Westergaard
Associate Professors: Bhattacharya, He, Idesman, Yang, Yeo
Assistant Professors: Aksak, Christopher, Kim, Kumar, Lillian, Moussa, Qiu, Ren, Snoeyink
Research Assistant Professors: Khan, Pol
Instructors: C. Berg, Branson, Fanning, Gray, Han, Hanson, Mosedale