Fundamentals with FlexibilityOur undergraduate program prepares students for their individual career paths and fosters the ability to adapt to the rapidly changing technologies faced by today's engineers. In addition to our demanding course curriculum, our department offers several optional programs for undergraduates seeking specialization and further experience throughout their studies such as CIT Minors. Students will complete the departmental major requirements and the CIT General Education Requirements. For the ambitious student, we offer an Accelerated Master's Degree.
According to ABET, which evaluates applied science, computing, engineering and technology programs for accreditation, “program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation.” In view of this definition, the Mechanical Engineering program at Carnegie Mellon has the two following program educational objectives:
- Graduates distinguish themselves as innovative problem solvers and leaders in multidisciplinary settings, making use of a high quality and rigorous technical education that is enriched by a flexible curriculum and interdisciplinary research opportunities.
- Graduates excel in diverse career paths in either the engineering profession or an alternative field, or succeed in graduate studies.
The undergraduate curriculum in the Department of Mechanical Engineering offers students significant opportunities to pursue directions of personal interest, including minors, double majors, participation in research projects, and study abroad. Design and teamwork experiences occur at regular intervals in the curriculum, and graduates have significant hands-on experience through laboratories and projects. The faculty of the Department has endorsed the following set of skills, or outcomes that graduates of the program are expected to have:
- 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 life-long learning
- a knowledge of contemporary issues
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.