Mechanical Engineering : About The Program

About Our Degrees

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest of the engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers are involved in research and development, design, manufacturing, and technical sales of a wide variety of products. Specific areas of involvement include computer-aided design and manufacturing; robotics; power plants; engines; materials; automotive vehicles and systems of transportation; industrial equipment; control and measurement devices; instrumentation; biomedical devices; apparatus for the control of air, water, noise, refuse, and other types of pollution; underwater technology; space flight equipment; and safety devices and sensors.

Acceptance Information
Mechanical Engineering admission information for freshmen and current UB students is described in the Acceptance Information section of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. For transfer student admission, please see the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences transfer policy.

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

The typical class size for:

Freshman/introductory courses is: 100-300
Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 100-200
Upper level/advanced courses is: 30-100

In the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, what do teaching assistants (TAs) do?

Nearly all of our courses are taught by regular full-time faculty members and in some cases by practicing professionals from industry.

Normally, teaching assistants grade homework and conduct laboratory and recitation sections of courses.

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

The faculty members in aechanical and aerospace engineering are widely recognized for their technical skills. They have received recognition for both teaching and research accomplishments, with over 40 awards from national and international organizations. Research awards have come from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Office of Naval Research, and international study awards have come from the J. William Fulbright and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundations.

See a list of our Undergraduate Faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

As part of their undergraduate education, students are encouraged to participate in work experience classes and research opportunities.

Work experience is available through the Engineering Career Institute program in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, as well as departmental co-op and internship classes. The Engineering Career Institute (EAS 396, 1 academic credit) provides career-effectiveness skills and co-op placement assistance during the junior year. This may be followed by one to three co-op work experiences (EAS 496, 2 academic credit hours). Descriptions of co-op courses may be found at /1112/academicprograms/eas.shtml.

Undergraduate research experiences are available for course credit (Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity or Independent Study) or as an assistant in the research laboratory of a faculty member. The Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity serves as a clearing house for information regarding undergraduate research opportunities.

Extracurricular Activities

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

The AIAA is a national organization whose goal is to serve the technical needs and to promote the professional development of engineers in the aerospace field. The student chapter at UB serves the interests of both undergraduate and graduate students of aerospace engineering. The student section runs a variety of activities including field trips, guest speakers, and design projects.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

ASME organizes meetings of researchers and practitioners throughout the country and publishes numerous reports, conference proceedings, and journals, as well as the monthly magazine, Mechanical Engineering, which is received by members. Here at UB, the student chapter coordinates, plans, and runs a variety of student activities, including extending invitations to potential guest speakers, organizing field trips, a departmental open house for the Buffalo community, student paper contests, an annual picnic and banquet, and participation in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Student Conference. Membership provides students with the privileges of the parent society.

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

BMES is a national organization with 2,000 members, approximately half of whom are students. Members include engineers as well as physiologists and other health scientists with interests in biomedical engineering. The annual BMES Fall Meeting features awards to undergraduate and graduate students. The Buffalo student section program includes guest lecturers, and field trips to research and manufacturing facilities.

Pi Tau Sigma

Pi Tau Sigma is the National Honorary Society for Mechanical Engineering in the United States. This organization was established to recognize and honor those men and women in the field of mechanical engineering who, through scholarship, integrity, and outstanding achievement, have been a credit to their profession. Outstanding students may be nominated from among the juniors and seniors in the mechanical engineering program.

Sigma Gamma Tau

Sigma Gamma Tau is the National Honorary Society for Aeronautics, Astronautics, and Aerospace Engineering in the United States. Outstanding students are selected from among the juniors and seniors in the aerospace engineering program. A formal initiation coupled with a dinner takes place every spring.

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

The SAE student chapter is organized primarily to train students in hands-on engineering and design skills. To accomplish this, teams are formed to work on projects that will subsequently be entered in national competitions. Typical projects include: Mini-Baja, Clean Snowmobile, Formula Car, and Go-Karts (an introductory experience to involve underclassmen). The UB SAE student chapter is large and well-motivated, and has performed well in recent competitions. The SAE has been named the UB Student Association's 'Club-of-the-Year' - a rare honor for a technically oriented club.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

SWE provides a means of increasing awareness of issues associated with being part of a minority body within the field of engineering. SWE encourages participation of all students in several extra-curricular activities, including seminars, workshops, and regional meetings. UB has been selected as the site for regional meetings of the SWE, with participation of hundreds of students.

Tau Beta Pi (TBP)

Tau Beta Pi is the National Honorary Society for Engineering in the United States. This organization was established to recognize and honor those men and women in all fields of engineering who have, through scholarship, integrity, and outstanding achievement, been a credit to their profession. Outstanding students are selected from among the juniors and seniors in the engineering programs. A formal initiation coupled with a dinner takes place every spring.

See the UB Student Association.

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Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:39 EST