Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

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Welcome to the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Tennessee State University. Our undergraduate and graduate programs are among the finest. We have strong teaching and research programs in mechanical and manufacturing engineering areas.

We also have a strong collaborative research program that works directly with industry and government agencies to provide the latest research developments that are both state-of-the-art and applied. Most importantly, our undergraduate and graduate programs have full accreditation: they’ve been approved by the professional bodies.

Tennessee State University’s Main Campus is located five minutes west of downtown Nashville at 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209. The department is very proud of the high quality students that it produces and makes a special effort to provide a friendly and supportive environment. You will be given every opportunity to reach your full potential when you study your degree here.

We are seeking committed top-quality undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in obtaining a degree in this exciting field of study. We are also seeking industrial partners who want to hire some of the best engineers in the country and to have access to the latest research developments in the mechanical design, dynamic systems and robotics, manufacturing, and thermal/ fluid systems.

PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Currently we are offering the following programs of study:

Undergraduate:

  • Mechanical Engineering

Graduate:

  • Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Control Systems and Robotics
  • Ph.D. in Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing

The faculty would like to welcome you to the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Tennessee State University. Feel free to contact any faculty or staff in the Department if you desire additional information. We would also invite you to make a personal visit to learn more about our programs.

What is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical Engineering is the application of physical principles and mathematics to the creation of useful devices, objects and machines. Mechanical engineers use principles such as heat, force, and the conservation of mass and energy to analyze static and dynamic physical systems, in contributing to the design of things, such as: automobiles, aircraft, and other vehicles, heating and cooling systems, household appliances, industrial equipment and machinery, weapons systems, etc.

In brief, Mechanical Engineers are

problem solvers for the society.

They research, develop, design, manufacture, and test tools, engines, machines, and other mechanical systems.  They also work on power-producing machines. They develop machine tools, industrial production equipment, and robots.

Windmills

Mechanical engineers also design tools that other engineers need for their work. The emerging fields of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems and Nanotechnology , which involves the creation of high-performance materials and components by integrating atoms and molecules, is introducing entirely new principles to the design process. Social needs and new technologies and skills change the profession as it seeks to fit a wide-open global marketplace.

 

Demand for Mechanical Engineers

For many decades, there have been high demands for Mechanical Engineers with a good technical education and excellent attributes. The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Tennessee State University offers an excellent education preparing its graduates to assume their professional responsibilities throughout the United States and many other parts of the world.

Employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow more rapidly as the demand for improved machinery and machine tools grows. Also, emerging technologies in biotechnology, materials science, and nanotechnology will create new job opportunities for mechanical engineers.

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Graduate Research Assistant Opportunity

Posting date (July 7th 2014)

 

Need a graduate student for a NSF project

Dr. Akbar is looking for a qualified MS or PhD student to work as a graduate research assistant in Mechanical Engineering. The research is on development and benchmarking of an implicit hurricane storm surge model. Strong back ground in fluid dynamics and FORTRAN / C programming experience is required. General understanding of free surface flow, finite element and finite volume methods is preferred. Good academic background, great work ethics, and self-motivation are essential for this position. For more information, please contact Dr. Muhammad Akbar at makbar@tnstate.edu. A qualified student should send email with the resume and a brief statement of qualifications.


 


 

Mission

The Department is committed to provide the students with a dynamic academic and professional foundation enabling them to shape the future advancement of knowledge in the areas of mechanical and manufacturing engineering and to contribute to the economic growth and well-being of both the state and the nation.

 

Program Educational Objectives

The graduates of Tennessee State University Mechanical Engineering Program, within a few years after graduation, are expected to:

  1. Establish a proven record of successful engineering accomplishments and will be prepared to assume responsible leadership positions to serve industries and government agencies. 
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of global engineering and the need for life-long learning by making progress toward professional development: industrial training, achieving an advanced degree or engineering certification in engineering or related fields. 

 

Student Outcomes

Graduates of Mechanical Engineering Programs can demonstrate that they have:

  1. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  2. Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  3. Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
  4. Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  5. Ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems;
  6. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  7. Ability to communicate effectively;
  8. Broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economical, environmental, and societal context;
  9. Recognition of the need of an ability to engage in life-long learning;
  10. Knowledge of contemporary issues;
  11. Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice;

 

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science Program in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

 

Student Enrollment and Graduation Data for Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program

Year

Academic Year

Enrollment Year

Total Undergraduate Students

Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Current

2014/ 2015

FT

135

45

30

29

239

11

PT

10

2

4

9

25

1

2013/ 2014

FT

93

20

19

32

164

19

PT

2

3

4

11

20

2

2012/ 2013

FT

47

13

14

37

111

13

PT

8

3

3

9

23

3

2011/ 2012

FT

43

7

14

24

88

13

PT

8

4

1

9

22

4

2010/ 2011

FT

43

15

16

24

98

17

PT

3

2

 

7

12

FT--full time

PT--part time