College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture

BS in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering truly embodies the spirit of creativity and innovation as it is one of the broadest areas of study in engineering.

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About the Major

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Our ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) degree program is the branch of engineering that deals with the application of mechanics to the design of machines. Mechanical engineering students can pursue careers in industries such as automotive, aerospace, or power-generation, as well as those focused on noise control, mechatronics, and biomedical applications. To complement the BSME degree, concentrations in acoustics, energy engineering and sustainable design, manufacturing and turbomachinery are available.

The field of mechanical engineering encompasses a broad range of engineering subject areas, including:

  • Energy Conversion
  • Heat Transfer
  • Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning
  • Manufacturing/Industrial Engineering
  • Materials
  • Mechanics of Solids
  • Mechanisms
  • Mechatronics and Robotics
  • Noise Control
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Refrigeration
  • Solar Energy
  • System Control
  • Turbomachinery

About the Minor

The minor in mechanical engineering (ME) consists of six courses (18 credits) from the following list or any additional ME courses approved by the ME department chair. Courses are selected with advice from a mechanical engineering faculty member to ensure that they are taken in the necessary sequence.

Degree Requirements

The following courses and requirements are recommended for those pursuing the Mechanical Engineering program. See more in the course catalog.

Core Classes

  • ES 212 | Mechanics of Materials
  • ME 340 | Fluid Mechanics
  • ME 370 | Elements of Mechanical Design
  • ME 472 | Capstone Design Project
  • ME 473 | Capstone Design Project II

Additional Requirements

Basic tools of engineering practice, such as graphic communication, computer-aided drafting/design, and computer programming, including applications and simulation, are also required knowledge. The basic engineering sciences, such as statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials, material science, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, electrical circuits, design of machine elements, and control theory, complete the introductory phase of the program.

Extensive laboratory experience enhances the theoretical course work. There are several required laboratory courses in the sciences and engineering. Written and oral communication of laboratory results is required.

Oral presentation by the students is introduced in the first year and continues through to the capstone design course, as well as in several other required advanced and elective courses.

Career Outlook

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Our graduates have moved on to work within a wide range of industrial and governmental sectors, working on projects that range from designing aircraft jet engines; the manufacture and operation of miniature surgical robots; streamlining the aerodynamics of spacecraft; design and installation of renewable energy technologies; to the optimization of acoustical characteristics of music halls.

Concentrations

Acoustics

If you pursue engineering to study acoustics you will have many career areas to choose from including audio engineering (high fidelity sound system design); architectural acoustics (design of concert halls, recording studios, and music rooms); musical acoustics (design of musical instruments); noise control and sound quality (of machinery, jet engines, automobiles, and environmental regulations); and bioacoustics (design of hearing aids, replacement parts for the ear, hearing test equipment).

Learn more about the two options UHart offers in Acoustics here.

Computational

Mathematical and numerical modeling is playing a much larger role in business and product development. Engineers who are equipped with fundamental engineering knowledge combined with computational can work in a variety of industries. With this concentration, you will broaden your knowledge in the areas of modeling and simulations applicable to mechanical engineering.

Energy and Sustainability

With our concentration in Energy Engineering and Sustainable Design, you can focus your studies on technologies in renewable (solar, wind, geothermal, ocean wave, etc.); as well as on non-renewable (nuclear and other conventional fossil-fuel based); energy production and conversion. Emphasis is placed on the judicious use of energy in the conception and design of mechanical systems and processes for energy production and consumption. The concentration prepares you to enter careers in building mechanical systems (HVAC design); power plants (energy production); utility companies (energy distribution); and industrial manufacturing facilities (energy use, design and auditing).

Manufacturing

The concentration in Manufacturing Engineering is an interdisciplinary field with a significant design emphasis that includes a broad range of specialization from materials, machining, fabrication, automation and microelectronics, to systems and systems control, and robotics. You will learn to apply state-of-the-art real-world manufacturing technologies (computer aided design—CAD; computer aided manufacturing—CAM; computer aided inspection and quality control—CAIQC), to help manufacturers increase productivity, quality, and cost effectiveness in the engineering design and manufacturing sectors.

Robotics

As the demand for “smart” factories and automation is increasing, so does the need for robots. With our Robotics concentration, you will be in an intellectually stimulating and project-based environment, learning to program and operate robots and autonomous vehicles. Emphasis is placed on helping you understand the design of robots, modeling their dynamic control systems, and interfacing sub-systems with sensors, actuators, and controllers.

Turbomachinery

Turbomachinery is a diverse field that draws on most of the disciplines and specializations in mechanical engineering. You will focus on machines that add and/or extract energy between a rotor and a fluid, including turbines and compressors. Turbomachinery can include everything from Dutch windmills to jet engines and the space shuttle’s main engine turbopumps. You will be able to enter challenging careers with companies that design and manufacture wind, water and steam turbines, as well as fans, pumps, and compressors.

Admission Requirements

Interested in enrolling in the Mechanical Engineering program under the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA)? Here is what you need to submit your application.

4+1 Program (B.S. + M.Eng degrees)

The program is designed to allow full-time engineering students to earn their B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in five years of study. Two graduate-level courses taken in the undergraduate program may be applied to both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. Students usually commit to the program at the start of the second semester of their junior year, and juniors who are interested should contact their department chair.

In order to be accepted into the program, students must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the end of the junior year (below 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis).

Contact Laurie Granstrand to learn more.

Jeffrey Severino

B.S.M.E., Concentrations in Acoustics and Computational, 2019

Jeffrey Severino’s experience as a student in CETA can inspire so many others. When he first joined the University of Hartford, he was unsure which direction he wanted to take his engineering career. After being encouraged by a few other CETA students and faculty, Severino was introduced to the opportunity to intern with NASA. This summer, he plans to continue working on his aero-acoustical research with NASA and pursue graduate school at University of Toledo.

Without the encouragement of members within CETA, I wouldn’t have gained an interest or opportunity to pursue research and truly apply myself outside of the classroom. Through my experiences at the University of Hartford as a whole, I’m excited to embark on this next chapter and pursue a rewarding career with NASA.

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Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

The Mechanical Engineering program seeks to prepare men and women for productive, rewarding careers in the engineering profession. During their careers our alumni:

  1. will become successful practicing engineers in a wide range of mechanical engineering fields and will advance professionally by accepting responsibilities and, potentially, pursuing leadership roles;

  2. will advance their knowledge of engineering, both formally and informally, by engaging in lifelong learning experiences; and

  3. will, as contributing members of multidisciplinary engineering teams, successfully apply the fundamentals of engineering analysis and engineering design to the formulation and solution of emerging technical problems.

The engineering design experience is distributed over the entire engineering curriculum. The curricular sequence ensures that there is one-half year of credits devoted to design content, which begins in the first-year course Engineering and Design and continues through the senior year's Capstone Design Project. The majority of the design work is incorporated into the junior and senior years to ensure that the students have taken sufficient preparatory engineering science courses.

Basic concepts of physics, chemistry, and mathematics create the foundation on which all engineering education is built. Basic tools of engineering practice, such as graphic communication, computer-aided drafting/design, and computer programming and applications, are also required knowledge. The basic engineering sciences, such as statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials, material science, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, electrical circuits, design of machine elements, and control theory, complete the introductory phase of the program.

Mechanical engineering is generally considered to consist of a number of engineering subject areas, such as:

  • Energy Conversion
  • Fluid Flow
  • Heat Transfer
  • Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning
  • Instrumentation
  • Machine Design
  • Manufacturing Industrial Engineering
  • Materials
  • Mechanics of Solids
  • Mechanisms
  • Noise Control
    Refrigeration
    System Control

All mechanical engineering students have the opportunity to take elective courses in any of the above subject areas. Through proper choice of electives, a student may become specialized in one or two of these areas. The Mechanical Engineering department has formalized three of the areas (acoustics, energy and sustainability, and manufacturing) as designated concentrations, with a separate curriculum listing.

Extensive laboratory experience enhances the theoretical course work. There are several required laboratory courses in the sciences and engineering. Written and oral communication of laboratory results is required.

Oral presentation by the students is introduced in the first year and continues through to the capstone design course, as well as in several other required advanced and elective courses.

Through participation in the All-University Curriculum and in additional elective courses in the humanities and/or social sciences, students are given the opportunity to broaden their perspectives and to take part in the larger learning community of the University. It is imperative that engineers understand and appreciate the special role that technology plays in our society and the interactions between and among the various components of our society.

Student Outcomes

The student learning outcomes of the Mechanical Engineering program leading to BSME degree are aligned with the student learning outcomes of ABET EAC (a through k), and prepare graduates of the program to attain the program educational objectives.

Student outcomes (a) through (k) are articulated as follows:

(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 multidisciplinary 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) the 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.

Meet the Mechanical Engineering Department

Howard Canistraro
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
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Robert D. Celmer
Program Director, Acoustical Engineering Program; Professor
Mechanical Engineering
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Edward Diehl
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
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Suhash Ghosh
Associate Director, Center for Manufacturing and Metrology; Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
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Reihaneh Jamshidi
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
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Christopher Jasinski
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
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Eoin King
Coordinator, Honors Program; Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
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Ivana Milanovic
Professor
Mechanical Engineering
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Enrico Obst
Visiting Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
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Mark Orelup
Adjunct Professor
Mechanical Engineering
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Allan Penda
Adjunct Professor
Mechanical Engineering
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Chittaranjan Sahay
Vernon D. Roosa Distinguished Professor; Director, Center for Manufacturing and Metrology
Mechanical Engineering
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Paul Slaboch
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
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Akin Tatoglu
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
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Kamau Wright
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
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Cy Yavuzturk
Department Chair; Program Director, Mechanical Engineering; Director, Clean Energy Institute; Professor
Mechanical Engineering
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