The Department of Mechanical Engineering is committed to providing the best undergraduate mechanical engineering education possible within the constraints of a four-year curriculum. In accord with the College of Engineering Mission Statement, the mechanical engineering department strives to nurture the intellectual, professional and personal development of its students. The mechanism for achieving the department’s educational mission is the program of study, the curriculum in mechanical engineering designed to satisfy its program educational objective. The department strives to achieve a process of continuous improvement of the curricula, to provide a faculty who are professionally current in their field and to maintain state-of-the-art facilities.
Program Educational Objective
The Department of Mechanical Engineering seeks to prepare students to be successful in engineering or other careers and to be recognized for qualities associated with their Bucknell educational experiences. These qualities include, for example, critical thinking and problem-solving, consideration of global and societal concerns, leadership and effective communication, civic engagement and contributions to society, and pursuit of lifelong learning. In support of its mission the department offers a master’s degree program in mechanical engineering, which has similar goals, while also striving to offer more breadth of knowledge, more detailed understanding, and enhanced technical competence in specialized subdisciplines. The department supports its mission in a wider context by providing students in other technical disciplines with an understanding of the aspects of mechanical engineering that are appropriate for their own areas of specialization, and to supply a technology component for students enrolled in a liberal arts curriculum.
Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the program shall demonstrate:
- An ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics
- An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts
- An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks and meet objectives
- An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies