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B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering

B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering

The BSc in Mechanical Engineering program is designed to provide comprehensive engineering education for students interested in mechanics, thermo-fluids, manufacturing, and controls and automation. Complex mechanical systems involve structures, advanced materials, sensors, and thermo-fluid systems. Students are exposed to this core engineering discipline through the study and application of the principles of engineering to a broad range of systems, ranging from nano-devices to large-scale power plants. Laboratories and industry-led projects allow graduates to be ready to create the next generation of ideas and products.

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Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. 

  • Graduates will meet the expectations of employers of mechanical engineers in the UAE and beyond.
  • Qualified graduates will pursue advanced study if they so desire.

Students graduating with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering will have attained the following:

(a)

An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.

(b)

An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

(c)

An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.

(d)

An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.

(e)

An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.

(f)

An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

(g)

An ability to communicate effectively.

(h)

A recognition of the need for broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

(i)

A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

(j)

A knowledge of contemporary issues

(k)

An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Mechanical Engineers can find work in the automotive and aerospace industries, defense and security, the energy sector, at nuclear power stations, in heating, refrigeration and air conditioning, and manufacturing.

Career specializations within this field include:

  • automotive engineer
  • aerospace engineer
  • energy systems engineer
  • healthcare systems engineer
  • manufacturing engineer

 

Program Facilities

The Mechanical Engineering Program laboratories include:

  • Robotics and Automation Laboratory
  • Manufacturing Laboratory
  • Technical Services Workshop
  • MeasurementandInstrumentationLaboratory ok
  • Computer Aided DesignLaboratory
  • Computer Simulation Laboratory
  • Materials TestingLaboratory
  • Mechatronics & ControlLaboratories
  • Machine Workshop
  • Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
  • Heat Transfer & Thermodynamics Laboratory
  • Solids Laboratory
  • Composites Laboratory

Professional Chapters

ASME Student Chapter

The American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) student chapter serves to help students become more professional and open-minded to new ideas. It aims to develop partnerships with industries, government agencies and other academic institutions. In addition, one of the ASME goals is to achieve international visibility by organizing and participating in technical conferences, seminars, lectures and competitions. It also seeks to offer online courses and workshops that develop engineering and communication skills.

Degree Requirements

To be recommended for graduation with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering degree, students must satisfactorily complete the courses in the specified categories as set out below. The categories cover the University General Education Requirements (GER, 43 credits), College of Engineering Requirements (CER, 27 credits), as well as the Mechanical Engineering Core and Technical Electives requirements. The normal length of the program is 137 credits.

Additional Math/Sciences Requirements (12 credits)

To satisfy the College of Engineering Requirements, the BSc in Mechanical Engineering requires the following Math courses in addition to the Math/Sciences required in GER: CHEM115, PHYS121, PHYS122, MATH111, and MATH112.

Course Code Course Name Credits
MATH204 Linear Algebra 3 cr.
MATH206 Differential Equations 3 cr.
MATH231 Calculus III 3 cr.
MATH243 Probability and Statistical Inference 3 cr.

Mechanical Engineering Core Requirements (61 credits)

Course Code Course Name Credits
ENGR399 Engineering Internship 1 cr.
MEEN180 Computer Aided Design 3 cr.
MEEN200 Statics 3 cr.
MEEN201 Engineering Dynamics 3 cr.
MEEN225 Engineering Materials 4 cr.
MEEN240 Thermodynamics 3 cr.
MEEN325 Mechanics of Solids 4 cr.
MEEN335 Fluid Mechanics 4 cr.
MEEN343 Heat Transfer 4 cr.
MEEN350 Dynamic Systems and Vibration 3 cr.
MEEN356 Computer Controlled Systems 4 cr.
MEEN360 Computational Methods for Mechanical Engineers 3 cr.
MEEN370 Introduction to Manufacturing Processes 4 cr.
MEEN387 Machine Element Design 3 cr.
MEEN435 Turbomachinery 3 cr.
MEEN441 Applied Thermodynamics 3 cr.
MEEN484 Mechatronics 3 cr.
MEEN497 Senior Design Project I 3 cr.
MEEN498 Senior Design Project II 3 cr.

Mechanical Engineering Major/Technical Electives (6 credits)

The following is a sample list of courses that will satisfy the major/technical electives for the BSc in Mechanical Engineering. A major elective is a course from the department with MEEN code. A technical elective is selected from an approved list and can be taken from another major. At most one course of the major/technical electives may be at 300-level and at most three credits may be independent study. In addition, courses from the list below may be taken to satisfy the free elective requirement.

Course Code Course Name Credits
ENGR455 Finite Element Analysis 3 cr.
MEEN380 Introduction to Polymer Science 3 cr.
MEEN391 Independent Study I 1-3 cr.
MEEN405 Vibration Analysis 3 cr.
MEEN410 Viscous and Boundary Layer Flows 3 cr.
MEEN420 Materials Strength and Fracture 3 cr.
MEEN421 Mechanics of Deformable Solids 3 cr.
MEEN422 Fatigue and Fracture Analysis 3 cr.
MEEN439 Machine Dynamics 3 cr.
MEEN446 Internal Combustion Engines 3 cr.
MEEN450 Vehicle Engineering 3 cr.
MEEN454 Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Cryogenics 3 cr.
MEEN465 Bioengineering 3 cr.
MEEN485 Introduction to Robotics 3 cr.
MEEN486 Sustainable Energy 3 cr.
MEEN491 Independent Study II 1-3 cr.
MEEN495 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering 3 cr.

MEEN 180 Computer Aided Design (2-3-3)

Prerequisite: None

This course introduces students to key concepts, techniques and applications of a Computer Aided Design (CAD) 3D Solid Modeling. Course emphasizes graphics communication and its role in engineering design. Topics include projections and visualization, 3-D computer modeling, building computer assembly models, multiviews, section views, dimensioning, tolerancing and engineering drawings.

MEEN 200 Statics (3-0-3)

*(Cross listed with AERO 200; MEEN 200)

Prerequisite: PHYS 121 

A vector treatment of force systems and their resultants: equilibrium of trusses, beams, frames, and machines, including internal forces and three-dimensional configurations, static friction, properties of areas, and distributed loads and hydrostatics.

MEEN 201 Engineering Dynamics (3-0-3)

*(Cross listed with AERO 201; CIVE 201)

Prerequisite: MEEN 200

Co-requisites: MATH 204; MATH 206 

This course introduces rectilinear and curvilinear motion of particles and rigid bodies, kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies, rotational and translational motion of rigid bodies, principle of work and energy, and principle of impulse and momentum in particles and rigid body dynamics.

MEEN 225 Engineering Materials (3-3-4)

Prerequisites: CHEM 115; PHYS 121

This course introduces the three primary groups of engineering materials and the relationship between the structural elements of these materials and their properties. Atomic structure and inter-atomic bonding in metals, ceramics and polymers are discussed. Imperfections in crystal structure, diffusion, phase transformations, and microstructure are studied in relationship to material properties such as tensile strength, hardness, fatigue, and creep.

MEEN 240 Thermodynamics (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: PHYS 121

This course introduces the concept of energy and the laws governing the transfer and transformations of energy. Emphasis on thermodynamic properties of pure substance, the first law analysis of closed and open systems, the concept of entropy, and the second law of thermodynamics. Application of the first and second law to the analysis of thermal systems is also covered.

MEEN 300 System Dynamics and Control (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: MATH 211 or MATH 2016

Restrictions: Students majoring in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering are not allowed to take this course 

The contents include both dynamic modelling of mechanical and electromechanical systems, different types of controller designs and their practical applications. Review of kinematics and kinetics of particles; Kinematics and kinetics of plane motion of rigid bodies; Principles of feedback; Time domain specifications and stability analysis; PID controller design and PID tuning; Root Locus method.

MEEN 325 Mechanics of Solids (3-3-4)

(Cross listed with AERO225 and CIVE 225)

Prerequisites: MEEN 200 

The course is an introduction to the mechanics of deformable solids applied to basic engineering structures. It covers the concepts of stress and strain at a point; factor of safety in design, deformation of axially loaded members; symmetric and unsymmetric bending of elastic and elastic-perfectly plastic beams; torsion of open and closed section; beam deflection; stress and strain transformations, and elastic buckling of columns.

MEEN 335 Fluid Mechanics (3-3-4)

Prerequisite: MATH 231

Co-requisite: MEEN 240

This course introduces students to concepts relating to fluids and examines the forces on them. Conservation of mass, momentum, and energy are introduced using differential and integral formulations. Introduce inviscid and viscous flows, laminar and turbulent flows and dimensional analysis. Calculations of pressure drop in internal flows and lift and drag forces over immersed bodies.

MEEN 343 Heat Transfer (3-3-4)

Prerequisites: MATH 231; MEEN 240

Co-requisite: MEEN 335 

This course focuses on the mechanisms of heat transfer: fundamental physical mechanisms and applications. Steady and transient conduction, Convective heat transfer and the Reynolds analogy, free and forced convection for laminar and turbulent flows, and heat exchangers are covered. Radiative heat transfer will also be introduced.

MEEN 350 Dynamic Systems and Vibration (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: PHYS 122; MATH 206; MEEN 201

Mathematical modeling of mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and/or thermal systems; basic concepts in dynamic systems analysis – equilibrium, linearization; mechanical vibrations: free and forced vibration of single  degree-of-freedom systems, transient and  steady-state response, resonance, free vibration of two  degree-of-freedom systems; transfer functions and block diagrams, design specifications based on step response, applications.

MEEN 356 Computer-Controlled Systems (3-3-4)

Prerequisite: MEEN 350 

This course introduces control of mechanical, electrical and electromechanical systems, feedback control in mechatronic systems, prototype systems, transient response analyses and servomechanism, root locus method, frequency response techniques, state-space representation. Controller specifications, design and architectures; PID and alternative controller design. Digital filters and principles of Digital Signal Processing, digital controllers. Data acquisition and real-time control, computer-aided control system design and simulation. Industrial control applications.

MEEN 360 Computational Methods for Mechanical Engineers (3-0-3)

Pre-requisite: ENGR 113; MATH 204

Co-requisite:MATH 206

Understand the concept of numerical approximations and their application in solving mechanical engineering using MATLAB.   

MEEN 370 Introduction to Manufacturing Processes (3-3-4)

Co-requisite:MEEN 325 

Introduction to basic manufacturing processes, including casting, forming, material removal and joining, plastics, powder metal, and ceramics production in addition to composite manufacturing.  Additionally, design for manufacturability (DFM) and design for assembly (DFA) methodologies and tools are introduced.

MEEN 380 Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: CHEM 115; PHYS 122

This course introduces fundamentals, properties and applications of polymers. Classification of polymers, polymer formation, polymer structure, characterization, and the relationship between structure and properties are covered. Mechanical properties of polymers are discussed in relationship to their application as engineering materials. The influence of the various stages of polymer processing on properties of the end product is emphasized.

MEEN 387 Machine Element Design (2-3-3)

Prerequisites: MEEN 325 

Design and analysis of machine components for load bearing and power transmission. Consideration of material failure modes. Design and selection of machine elements: shafts, rolling element bearings, bolts, belts, and power transmissions such as gears. Computer aided engineering (CAE) is also introduced in laboratory sessions.

MEEN 391 Independent Study I (Variable course credits from 1 to 3)

Prerequisite: Approval of department and junior standing 

This course gives an upper level undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group project, study, or research activity under the supervision of a faculty member.  A formal report is required.

MEEN 405 Vibration Analysis (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: MEEN 350 

Free and forced vibrations of one and two degree- of-freedom systems. Vibration measurement and isolation. Numerical methods for multi-degree-of-freedom systems. Modal analysis techniques. Dynamic vibration absorbers. Shaft whirling. Vibration of continuous systems: bars, plates, beams and shafts. Energy methods. Holzer method.

MEEN 410 Viscous and Boundary Layer Flows (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: MEEN 335

This course covers differential analysis of viscous fluid flow, exact solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations, laminar and turbulent boundary layers, Blasius and Von Karman integral solutions, the Polhausen method, and flow separation.

MEEN 420 Materials: Strength and Fracture (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: AERO/MEEN 220 

The course is an introduction to the mechanics of fracture for engineering materials. It covers the analysis and prevention of failure in metals, polymers, ceramics and composites; plastic deformation and plastic collapse; initiation and propagation of cracks; environment-assisted cracking, and fatigue. 

MEEN 421 Mechanics of Deformable Solids (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: MEEN 325 

The course is an introduction to the theory of elasticity. It covers the concepts of deformation, stress and strain in a continuum; Formulation and solution strategy for boundary value problems in linear elasticity; Concepts of work and energy and the principle of virtual work; Problems in plane stress and plane strain in two-dimensional elasticity and solution using stress functions; Solutions to axial deformation, bending and torsion problems for elastic cylinders.

MEEN 422 Fatigue and Fracture Analysis (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: MEEN 325 

The course is an introduction to elastic and elastic-plastic fracture mechanics and fatigue. It covers the topics of stress concentration due to defects, linear elastic fracture mechanics, energy methods in fracture mechanics, stress analysis of cracks and stress intensity, stress-life and strain-life methods of fatigue analysis and design, and initiation and propagation of fatigue cracks under cyclic loading.

MEEN 435 Turbomachinery (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: MEEN 335 

This course covers the fundamentals of turbo machines analyses, velocity triangle method, similarity laws, performance characteristics, applications and selection of turbo machines for a variety of engineering situations such as pumping, gas compression and power production.

MEEN 439 Machine Dynamics (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: MEEN 201

This course introduces fundamentals of kinematics of linkages, cams, gears and gear trains. It also covers position, velocity, and acceleration analysis of machines, static and dynamic force analysis of mechanisms.

MEEN 441 Applied Thermodynamics (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: MEEN 240 

This course introduces the concept of Exergy, application of the first and second law of Thermodynamics to gas and vapour power cycles, combined gas/vapour cycles, and cogeneration. Heat pump and refrigeration cycles: vapour compression cycles, absorption refrigeration and gas refrigeration. Mixtures of perfect gases and vapours, psychrometry, stoichiometry and combustion.

MEEN 446 Internal Combustion Engines (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: MEEN 240

The basic operating principles of internal combustion engines. Topics covered include: engine thermo dynamics, thermo chemistry and fuels, engine fluid mechanics and heat transfer and pollutant emissions. Problem analysis emphasizes propulsion and power-generation applications in mechanical engineering.

MEEN 450 Vehicle Engineering (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: MEEN 350

The course emphasizes the engineering and design principles of road transport vehicles. Topics to be covered include: performance characteristics, handling behaviour and ride quality of road vehicles.

MEEN 454 Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Cryogenics (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: MEEN 343

This course covers psychometrics, air conditioning systems, advanced refrigeration cycles, heating and cooling loads,and principles of cryogenics.

MEEN 465 Bioengineering (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: MEEN 325

Co-requisite: MEEN 225

This is an introductory course to bio engineering. Basic mechanical description of the hierarchical structure of an organism: molecules, membranes, cells, tissues, skeleton, and locomotion, will be covered.  Conservation of material, energy, charge and momentum in biological systems will also be covered.

MEEN 484 Mechatronics (2-3-3)

Prerequisites: MEEN 350 

Principles of mechatronic systems, modeling, time & frequency domain analysis. Electronic components in mechatronic systems. Sensors, actuators, microcomputers, programming. Signal measurement, A/D and D/A conversion, quantization, Laplace Transform techniques, time response analysis, block diagram representation, feedforward/feedback, steady-state and transient responses, basic control system analysis and PID controllers, digital controllers, feedback control in mechatronic systems. Mechatronic control system design and experiments.

MEEN 485 Introduction to Robotics (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: MEEN 356 

This course introduces fundamentals of robotics including kinematics, dynamics, and motion planning of an industrial arm robot.  In kinematics, operations of rotation and translation, and the notion of homogeneous transformations are introduced. Forward kinematic equations of rigid manipulators and inverse kinematics are derived. Velocity relationships are determined with the use of the Jacobian matrix. Path planning and trajectory of motion are also discussed in this course.The course incorporates a semester long hands-on project.

MEEN 486 Sustainable Energy (2-3-3)

Prerequisite: MEEN 240

The course provides introductory coverage of energy production, conversion, distribution and storage systems for different sources of energy including fossil fuel; nuclear power; biomass energy; geothermal energy; hydropower; wind energy, and solar energy.  Emphasis is placed on the sustainable use of energy in light of economic, environmental, and societal constraints.

MEEN 491 Independent Study II (Variable course credits from 1 to 3)

Prerequisites: Approval of department and senior standing 

This course gives an upper level undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group project, study, or research activity under the supervision of a faculty member.  A formal report is required.

MEEN 495 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: Senior standing and approval of the department

This course gives an undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group oriented project, study and/or research study under direction of a faculty member. A formal report is required.

MEEN 497 Senior Design Project I (1-6-3)

Prerequisites: MEEN 343; MEEN 370; MEEN 387 

Students participate in team projects that can be multidisciplinary in nature to design, build and test a product or a system. The design projects require students to draw upon their engineering background, experience, and other pertinent resources. Advanced topics are introduced to help students develop conceptual designs, justify and select an optimum solution, and develop and build a fully operational prototype. Topics covered include PDS, QFD, Pugh analysis, DfX, FMEA, feasibility and economics analysis, as well as contemporary issues including professional and ethical responsibilities, engineering solutions in a global, environmental and societal context. The project will conclude with an oral presentation and a written report.

MEEN 498 Senior Design Project II (0-9-3)

Prerequisite: MEEN 497

Continuation of 497

The following is a typical study sequence for a student enrolled in the B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering program:

  Fall Spring
Year 1 ENGL111 Academic Communication I 4 cr. ENGL112 Academic Communication II 4 cr.
MATH111 Calculus I 4 cr. MATH112 Calculus II 4 cr.
CHEM115 General Chemistry I 4 cr. PHYS121 University Physics I 4 cr.
ENGR111 Engineering Design 4 cr. ENGR113 Introduction to Computing using Matlab 4 cr.
Summer
Year 2 MEEN180 Computer Aided Design 3 cr. MEEN201 Engineering Dynamics 3 cr.
PHYS122 University Physics II 4 cr. MEEN225 Engineering Materials 4 cr.
MATH231 Calculus III 3 cr. MEEN240 Thermodynamics 3 cr.
MATH204 Linear Algebra 3 cr. MATH206 Differential Equations 3 cr.
MEEN200 Statics 3 cr. MATH243 Probability and Statistical Inference 3 cr.
Summer
Year 3 ENGR311 Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Engineering Design 4 cr. BUSSXXX Business Elective 3 cr.
MEEN325 Mechanics of Solids 4 cr. MEEN370 Introduction to Manufacturing Processes 4 cr.
MEEN335 Fluid Mechanics 4 cr. MEEN343 Heat Transfer 4 cr.
MEEN350 Dynamic Systems & Vibration 3 cr. MEEN356 Computer Controlled Systems 4 cr.
MEEN360 Computational Methods for Mechanical Engineers 3 cr. MEEN387 Machine Element Design 3 cr.
Summer ENGR399 Engineering Internship 1 cr.
Year 4 BUSSXXX Business Elective 3 cr. HUMAXXX Humanities and Social Sciences* 3 cr.
HUMAXXX Humanities and Social Sciences* 3 cr. MEEN435 Turbomachinery 3 cr.
HUMAXXX Humanities and Social Sciences* 3 cr. MEEN498 Senior Design Project II 3 cr.
MEEN484 Mechatronics 3 cr. Major Elective 3 cr.
MEEN441 Applied Thermodynamics 3 cr. Technical Elective 3 cr.
MEEN497 Senior Design Project I 3 cr. Free Elective 3 cr.
Total Credit Hours 137

*At least one Islamic Studies course must be taken from the Humanities Electives to meet graduation requirements. BUSS 322 cannot be used to satisfy Business elective requirement.

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