Program Mission & Objectives

UNH is the only university in the state of New Hampshire offering an accredited four-year Mechanical Engineering degree. As a publicly supported institution we have a special responsibility to prepare our graduates for professional practice. While many of our alumni go on to attain advanced degrees, the majority seek corporate entry level engineering positions. It is the primary objective of the program to prepare our students for professional practice or graduate school. The program provides the students with knowledge in basic science, mathematics, engineering science and design, and general education. Moreover, our students should be able to compete successfully in either industry or graduate school.  The following mission statement and objectives were approved by the mechanical engineering faculty.

Mission Statement

In support of the University and College missions, the Mechanical Engineering Department is dedicated to educating the highest quality engineering professionals and leaders. Our graduates will be prepared to creatively solve engineering problems through the use of analysis, computation, and experimentation. The students completing our program should be well-informed citizens who have the ability to grow intellectually and are able to solve new, challenging problems with self-confidence. We maintain a general and flexible curriculum that prepares students for both industrial practice and graduate education.

Program Objectives

The objective of the Mechanical Engineering Program is to produce graduates who are ethical professionals and good citizens. As they progress in the first several years following graduation, we expect our alumni to:

1. Use their engineering education and communication skills for success in:

a)Technical careers in industry, academia, government, or other organizations;

b) Graduate school in engineering or physical sciences;

c) Nontechnical careers or education in areas such as law, medicine, business, public policy,

secondary education, service   industries, etc;

d) Careers involving management or entrepreneurship.

 2. Exercise lifelong learning to:

a) Pursue professional development opportunities in their disciplines;

b) Develop new knowledge and skills;

c) Pursue new areas of expertise or careers.

3. Use their engineering background to:

a) Solve technical problems for societal benefit;

b) Develop new knowledge and products that will promote sustainable economic and

environmental developments to improve the quality of life;

c) Promote the practice of engineering.


Student Outcomes

The ME Student Outcomes consist of the ABET A-K general requirements for all engineering programs with five additional outcomes specific to ME which are subsets of A and C.   All students are expected to achieve the outcomes below upon graduation.

A. the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering;

     (objective 1)

A.1  knowledge of chemistry and calculus-based physics with depth in at least one; (objective 1)

A.2  the ability to apply advanced mathematics through multivariate calculus and differential equations; (objective 1)

A.3  a familiarity with statistics and linear algebra; (objective 1)

B. the ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data; (objective 2)

C. the ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs; (objective 2)

C.1 the ability to work professionally in mechanical systems areas including the design and realization of such systems; (objective 2)

C.2 the ability to work professionally in thermal systems areas including the design and realization of such systems, (objective 2)

D. the ability to function in multidisciplinary teams; (objective 2 & 3)

E. the ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems; (objective 2)

F. the understanding of professional and ethical responsibility; (objectives 4 & 6)

G. the ability to communicate effectively; (objective 2)

H. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context; (objective 5)

I.recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning;

     (objective 4)

J. knowledge of contemporary issues; (objective 4)

K. the ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice; (objective 2)