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:
- 3a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
- 3b. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data.
- 3c. 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.
- 3d. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
- 3e. An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
- 3f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
- 3g. An ability to communicate effectively.
- 3h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
- 3i. A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
- 3j. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
- 3k. An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.