The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers core courses in engineering science, computer aided design, and design. Additionally, several electives are offered throughout the year to provide students with the specialized technical knowledge.

The following list represents the range of courses that offered during a typical student's four years at Bucknell. To see which specific courses are being offered during the current and next semester, follow the link to the right.


Machining for Manufacturing Tech. (I; 2, 2) No credit.

Develop an understanding of the processes needed to produce manufactured parts. Emphasis on hands-on machining and fabrication.


Graphics for Design and Manufacture (II; 1, 2) Half course.

Graphical representation techniques for visualization and communication of mechanical engineering designs and concepts. Creation, storage, and manipulation of production drawings and 3-D geometric representations using state-of-the-art software.


Thermodynamics I (I; 4, 0)

Thermodynamic principles including properties of substances, the first and second laws of thermodynamics, efficiencies, power and refrigeration cycles. Prerequisites: MATH 201 and ENGR 214. Not open to students who have taken ENGR 200 or CHEG 310.


Thermodynamics II (II; 3, 2)

A continuation of MECH 213 with a focus on applications of thermodynamic principles including an extension of power and refrigeration cycles, psychrometrics, reacting mixtures and combustion, and other selected topics. Prerequisites: MATH 211, MECH 213, and MECH 222, or permission of the department.


Mechanics (II; 4, 0)

Equilibrium of two- and three-dimensional force systems. Trusses and frames. Friction. Distributed force systems. Internal loads. One degree of freedom vibrations. Prerequisite: MATH 201 or MATH 205. Not open to students who have taken ENGR 220 or ENGR 221.


Intro to Mechanical Engineering Lab Practice (I; 2, 2) Half course.

Sensors, measurement techniques for static and dynamic measurements, data processing, statistical data analysis, propagation of error, technical report preparation. Corequisite: ELEC 205. Prerequisites: MATH 202 and MECH 220.


Dynamics (I; 4, 0)

Kinematic and kinetic analysis of rigid bodies in planar and/or three-dimensional motion. Absolute and relative analysis of displacements, velocities, and accelerations; force, energy, and momentum methods; analytical and computer simulated solution techniques. Prerequisites: MECH 220 and MATH 212.


Finite Elements in Analysis and Design (II; 3, 2)

Introduction to finite element methods (FEM) and commercial FEM software for design and analysis of mechanical components. Applications in mechanical and thermal component/system design. Prerequisites: MECH 202 and MECH 353.


Heat Transfer (II; 3, 2)

Principles and engineering applications of heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation. Prerequisite: MECH 313 or permission of the instructor.


Fluid Dynamics (I; 3, 2)

Fundamentals of fluid dynamics including integral and differential control volume analysis, conservation equations, dimensional analysis, incompressible inviscid flows, internal and external viscous flows. Prerequisites: MATH 212, MECh 213, and MECH 222, or permission of the department. Not open to students who have taken ENGR 222 or ENGR 233.


Solid Mechanics (II; 3, 2)

Analysis of the stress, strain, and failure of engineering components under axial, bending, and torsional loading conditions. Provide a bridge to more advanced material in the theory of elasticity and computational solid mechanics. Prerequisites: MECH 220 and concurrent prerequisite MATH 212 or permission of the department. Not open to students who have taken ENGR 208.


Manufacturing Processes (I; 3, 2)

Analytical and technological study of manufacturing processes, including metal deformation, casting, and cutting. Introduction to numerical control and CAD/CAM. Laboratory fabrication project and field trips. Prerequisites: ENGR 240 and MECH 202.


Mechanical Design (II; 3, 2)

Principles and techniques for creative design of machines in relation to specifications and user requirements. Design using a solid modeling CAD package. Prerequisites: MECH 252 and MECH 353 or permission of the department.


Senior Design I (I; 1, 2) Half course.

Emphasis on component design in areas of advanced mechanics and thermofluids. Student teams participate in design process which includes research, design formulation, and presentation. Prerequisites: MECH 302, MECH 312, MECH 355, and MECH 392, or permission of the department.


Senior Design II (II; 2, 2) Half course.

Emphasis on fabrication, instrumentation, testing, and presentation of mechanical or thermofluid components designed in MECH 401. Student teams will participate in presentation of their results. Prerequisite: MECH 401 or permission of the department.


Thermal Design (I; 3, 2)

Design of thermal-fluid energy conversion systems; equipment selection; codes and standards; and economic analysis. Mini-design laboratories and group design project. Prerequisites: MECH 312 and MECH 313.


System Dynamics (I; 3, 2)

Modeling and analysis of dynamic systems consisting of mechanical, electrical, fluid, and thermal elements. Frequency response methods. Sampled data systems. Experimental system identification. Prerequisites: MATH 212 and ELEC 205.

Elective Courses:

285. Independent Study for Sophomores (I or II; R; 2, 3) Half to full course.
Independent investigation under the direction of a faculty member for students who have completed their first year. Prerequisites: sophomore standing in mechanical engineering and permission of the instructor.

385. Independent Study for Juniors (I or II; R; 2, 3) Half to full course.
Independent investigation under the direction of a faculty member for students who have completed two years of study. Prerequisites: junior standing in mechanical engineering and permission of the instructor.

The following courses are offered to seniors:


Solar Thermal Systems (I or II; 3, 2)

Fundamental aspects of the design and operation of solar thermal systems for energy generation and fuel production. Prerequisite: MECH 312.


Renewable Energy Conversion (AI or AII; 4, 0)

Current energy demands, environmental effects, renewable energy resources, includes photovoltaic, thermal solar, wind, tidal, ocean thermal, wave energies; clean coal, nuclear energy, smart grid technology. Prerequisites: permission of instructor and one of the following; CHEG 200, ENGR 200 or MECH 213.


Internal Combustion Engines (I or II; 4, 0)

Description of internal combustion engines, methods of evaluating performance, the thermodynamics of combustion, engine testing, and design. Prerequisites: MECH 216 and MECH 312 or permission of the instructor.


Engine Generated Emissions Control (I or II; 4, 0)

Combustion thermochemistry, availability analysis, emission formation, emissions reduction technologies, greenhouse gas reduction, emission modeling and optimization, engineering system integration for emission control. Prerequisite: MECH 216 or permission of the instructor.


Compressible Fluid Dynamics (I or II; 4, 0)

Compressible flow, shock wave phenomena, potential flow, two-dimensional flow, numerical methods, acoustic wave propagation. Selected laboratory exercises. Prerequisites: MECH 213, MECH 313, and ENGR 214 (or equivalent) or permission of the instructor.


Aerodynamics (I or II; 4, 0)

Two dimensional flow theory; vortex and momentum theories of finite wings; viscous flows, boundary layers and drag; high lift devices. Prerequisites: MECH 313 or equivalent and permission of the instructor.


Fundamentals of Combustion (I or II; 4, 0)

The fundamentals of chemically reactive flow systems with application to jet, rocket, and other air-breathing engines and special interest paid to pollutant formation. Prerequisites: MECH 216, MECH 312, MECH 313 and permission of the instructor.


Robotics (I or II; 4, 0)

History, evolution, capabilities, and applications of robotic devices. Introduction to robot kinematics, dynamics, and control. Research into current topics in robotics. Development and implementation of robotic operations using model and industrial robots. Prerequisites: MECH 252 and permission of the instructor.


Vehicle Dynamics and Control (I or II; 4, 0)

Introduction to modeling of vehicles for analysis and control. Topics include tire models, handling response, stability control, suspension design, race tuning. Corequisite: MECH 405 or permission of the instructor.


Control Systems Design (AII; 4, 0)

Design/implementation of control systems on hardware. Sensor and actuator selection. Development of linear/nonlinear control algorithms. Performance analysis and testing. Applications in automotive, HVAC, medical, aero/astro, robotics. Prerequisite: MECH 405 or permission of the instructor. Not open to students who have taken ELEC 480.


Accident Analysis (I or II; 4, 0)

Vehicle crash dynamics and crashworthiness. Non motor-vehicle accidents. Mechanics of injuries. Evaluation of designs intended to reduce risk of injury. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.


Optical Meas Systems in Biomed (I or II; 4, 0)

Course integrates basic and advanced principles of lasers, optics and optical systems and their applications in biomedical field. Analysis of laser-based characterization and processing techniques of tissues.


Introduction to Mechatronics (I or II; 4, 0)

Mechatronics is a multidiscipline technical area defined as the synergistic integration of mechanical engineering with electronic and intelligent computer control in the design and manufacture of industrial products and processes. This design-directed course will cover topics such as actuators and drive systems, sensors, programmable controllers, microcontroller programming and interfacing, and automation systems integration. Crosslisted as ELEC 463. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.


Mechanism Design (I or II; 4, 0)

Design of traditional and compliant mechanisms. Topics include kinematics, analytical and graphical synthesis methods, and topics in research. Prerequisites: MECH 353, MECH 392, or permission of the instructor.


Applied Fracture Mechanics (I or II; 4, 0)

Fundamentals of fracture mechanics and its applications to the design of damage tolerant structures. Case studies in the fields of aerospace, pressure, vessels, rotating machinery, railroads, etc. Illustrating fracture mechanics principles in design. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.


Computer-Aided Design (I or II; 4, 0)

Fundamentals of geometric modeling and computational geometry. Topics include geometric representation of surfaces, mesh generation, and design optimization. Prerequisite: MECH 302 or permission of the instructor.


Engineering Composite Materials (I or II; 4, 0)

Fundamental composite mechanics, including micromechanics and laminated plate theory. Design and analysis of composite structures; composite manufacturing techniques; current research topics in composite area. Prerequisites: MECH 353 and permission of the instructor.


Atomic Arrangements and Defects (I or II; 4, 0)

The structure of crystalline and non-crystalline materials and the relationship between structure, defects, and mechanical properties. Prerequisite: ENGR 240.


Bulk Metallic Glasses (I or II; 3, 2)

Thermodynamics and kinetics of metallic glasses; deformation, fatigue and fracture behavior; and metallic glass composites. Alloy design, casting, and mechanical testing. Prerequisite: ENGR 240.


Biomechanics (I or II; 4, 0)

Principles of mechanics applied to biological systems. Background in anatomy, physiology, and cell biology will be presented. Mechanical behavior of hard and soft biological materials. Topics in cellular, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, implant, and sport/motion biomechanics. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.


Impact! Exploring Innovation (I or II; 4, 0)

The goal of innovation is POSITIVE CHANGE, to make someone or something better. This class will examine innovation from an interdisciplinary and integrative perspective. We will explore both what makes something innovative and how innovation happens. Crosslisted as MIDE 387 and UNIV 380. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.


AI for Engineering Systems (I or II; 4, 0)

Engineering system modeling and optimization using artificial intelligence methods such as neural networks and genetic algorithms. MATLAB based. Prerequisites: ENGR 214 or equivalent.


Advanced Engineering Problems (I or II; R; 2, 3) Half to full course.

An investigation under the direction of a staff member. Topics not covered in other courses may be studied in this course. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.


Advanced Topics in Engineering Mathematics (I; 4, 0)

Linear algebra and analytical/computational techniques for solving ordinary and partial differential equations relevant to engineering applications. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as CENG 495, CHEG 495, ELEC 495.

Courses offered occasionally

421 Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics, 423 Thermal Environmental Engineering, 430 Advanced Heat Transfer, 431 Boundary Layers and Convection Heat Transfer, 433 Advanced Fluid Mechanics, 434 Environmental Fluid Dynamics, 440 Turbomachinery, 441 Gas Turbines, 445 Engineering Acoustics and Noise Control, 446 Flow-induced Noise and Vibration, 451 Vibration Analysis, 452 Advanced Dynamics, 460 Engineering Optimization, 462 Computer Integrated Manufacturing, 465 Advanced Mechanics of Solids, 467 Finite Element Methods, 468 Applied Finite Element for Mechanical Design


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