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    • School of Engineering

      • Kirkbride Hall
      • tel: 610-499-4037
      • fax: 610-499-4059
    • Dr. Mark Nicosia

    • Michelle Keller

      • Secretary of Mechanical Engineering
      • Kirkbride Hall, Room 169
      • tel: 610-499-4041

Program Objectives and Student Outcomes, Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is a highly progressive and dynamic field contributing to all areas of modern technology. Machines; mechanisms; vehicles for land, sea, and space; electromechanical devices; new materials; medical equipment; and electronic chip manufacturing are some examples of the multifaceted work of mechanical engineers. Mechanical engineers provide their services to industry, government, research, and academic institutions in various capacities, including design, manufacturing, research and development, process engineering, project management, marketing, sales, quality control, testing, and customer service.

Widener’s mechanical engineering program is designed to stimulate creative and analytical thinking and to provide exposure to real-world, practical aspects of the profession; it prepares graduates for employment and advanced graduate study.

In fulfillment of Section II.A.6.a in the ABET Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual (APPM), the educational objectives and student outcomes for mechanical engineering are provided below.

Program Objectives

  • Successfully practice in the field of mechanical engineering or related fields, assume increasing levels of responsibility, and adhere to high ethical standards.
  • Communicate effectively with others and exhibit teamwork.
  • Grow both personally and professionally by embracing life-long learning in their careers.
  • Engage in service to the profession and community as contributing citizens.

Student Outcomes

The educational experience provided by the curriculum integrates knowledge and skills acquired in a diverse set of courses to achieve the program objectives through the following outcomes:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • 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.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • An ability to apply multivariable calculus and differential equations.
  • An ability to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components, or processes and an ability to work professionally in either thermal and mechanical system areas.