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.
Freshman/introductory courses is: 100-300 Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 50-200 Upper level/advanced courses is: 40-100
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.
The faculty members in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering are widely recognized for their technical skills and scholarship. They have received recognition for both teaching and research accomplishments, with over 50 awards from national and international
organizations including eight faculty members who are recognized as Fellows of their professional societies. Research awards have come from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, NASA, DARPA,
the Department of Defense, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Office of Naval Research, and international study awards have come from the J. William Fulbright
and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundations.
Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities
As part of their undergraduate education, students are encouraged to participate in work experience classes and research opportunities. Independent study, internships, and co-op experiences are all available in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace
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. Both the Engineering Career
Institute (EAS 396, 1 credit) and UBE 302 College to Career (1 credit) provide 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 academicprograms/programs/eas.html.
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.
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.
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
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.
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, and similar competition vehicles and the club has a special outreach to all levels of students. 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.
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 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.