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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences


Mechanical Engineering (ME)


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Chairperson: Brad Lee Kinsey
Professor: Kenneth C. Baldwin, Barbaros Celikkol, John Hughes Clarke, Diane L. Foster, Barry K. Fussell, Todd S. Gross, Joseph C. Klewicki, James E. Krzanowski, M. Robinson Swift, Igor I. Tsukrov
Associate Professor: Gregory P. Chini, Yannnis Korkolis, John Philip McHugh, May-Win L. Thein, Christopher M. White, Martin M. Wosnik
Assistant Professor: Marko Knezevic, Yaning Li, Thomas Weber

The Mechanical Engineering Program at UNH is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, (410) 347-7700.

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

Educational Objectives
The objective of the UNH Mechanical Engineering Program is to produce graduates who are ethical professionals and good citizens. As they progress in the first several years following graduation, they are expected 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.

Mechanical engineering is a challenging profession and has two major emphases. The first is the general area of mechanical design, which involves all types of mechanical motion and the forces and energy that drive it. The other emphasis deals with energy generation and conversion and is grounded in the principles of the thermal and fluid sciences. Other subject areas, which support both emphases and are frequently part of designs and products, are the materials sciences, manufacturing, and control systems. All of these areas are included in the education and training of mechanical engineers. Ocean engineering is another focus area in our department which emphasizes solving engineering problems associated with the sustainable utilization of ocean resources and the scientific exploration and study of the ocean environment. Mechanical engineering requires significant study in mathematics, engineering computing, and basic sciences such as chemistry and physics, as well as basic engineering courses, before reaching the more specialized courses. Additional information can be found at the mechanical engineering website,

The Program

The program begins with courses in physics, mathematics, chemistry, and computer-aided design. The department has a four-course mechanics sequence, a four-course thermal/fluid sciences sequence, and a two-course systems and controls sequence. Modern experimental methods are taught in a two-course sequence starting in the junior year. The two-semester senior design project requires students to utilize the skills they have learned in their courses and function in an engineering team. The five technical electives required in the program give the students the opportunity to focus on advanced technical areas of their choice.

With their advisers’ assistance, students should plan a program based on the following distribution of courses that totals not less than 128 credits. Note: mechanical engineering graduates typically exceed this requirement depending on what elective courses they select in the curriculum. The outline that follows is typical only in format. Within the constraints of satisfying all the requirements and having all the necessary prerequisites, schedules may vary because of scheduling needs or student preference. Some mechanical engineering elective courses may not be offered every year.

Of the five technical elective courses,  at least three of these courses must be taken in mechanical or ocean engineering, and these must be at least three credits and at the 600 or 700 level. At most, two may be selected from other 600- or 700-level courses in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS), which can include CS 410, ESCI 501, ECE 543, or a course approved by the department. Courses that cover nearly identical material to core mechanical and ocean engineering courses, but in another CEPS department, will not be accepted as technical electives, e.g., CHE 601, CHE 602, CHE 604, CIE 622, and CIE 642.

With departmental approval, the two technical electives outside of mechanical/ocean engineering can be used for studying a focused area/minor, with the restrictions that only one course can be at the 400 or 500 level and the focused area/minor must be in a bachelor degree program.

Students must satisfy the University’s Discovery Program requirements.  The following features are unique to students in the mechanical engineering program:

In order to graduate with a mechanical engineering B.S. degree, students must have at least a 2.0 grade-point average in all engineering and science courses, including required technical electives, normally taken as department requirements after the start of the junior year. 

Predictor courses:  To enter the sophomore year, students must achieve a greater than (but not equal to) 2.00 GPA in PHYS 407 and MATH 426 with no grade below a C. To enter the junior year, students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.00 in ME 525, ME 526, and ME 503 with only one C- grade allowed and no grades below C-.  Students are allowed two repeats of these courses to achieve the predictor rule requirements.  This can be a single class repeated twice or two classes repeated once.  Students are removed from the program if they obtain a semester GPA <1.5 three times.  Students may petition to be reinstated after one year out of the program.  

Transfer in Policy for UNH Students into the Department of Mechanical Engineering:

CEPS Students: To transfer into the freshman or sophomore year, students must earn a combined GPA greater than (but not equal to) 2.00 in PHYS 407 and MATH 426 with no grade below a C in these two courses.

If students are enrolled in ME 525 (or CIE 525), ME 526 (or CIE 526), or ME 503, they must earn a combined GPA of 2.00 with no grade below a C- in two of these courses to transfer in and advance to the junior year. Note: A combined GPA greater than (but not equal to) 2.00 in PHYS 407 and MATH 426 with no grade below a C is also required.  

Non-CEPS Students: To transfer into the Department of Mechanical Engineering from another college at UNH, students have to satisfy the CEPS college transfer policy as well as the Department of Mechanical Engineering Transfer policies listed above according to status.


First Year

Abbreviation Course Number Title Fall Spring
MATH   425   Calculus I   4   -  
*CHEM   405   General Chemistry   4   -  
**ME   441   Eng. Design and Solid Modeling   4   -  
Discovery Program Elective       4   -  
MATH   426   Calculus II   -   4  
PHYS   407   General Physics I   -   4  
Discovery Program Elective       -   4  
English   401     -   4  
Total       16   16  

*CHEM 403 and CHEM 404, General Chemistry, may be substituted for CHEM 405.

**ME 441 satisfies the Discovery Inquiry requirement.

**With permission, ME 477 may be substituted for ME 441 if student has had appropriate engineering design and CAD experience. An alternative Discovery Program Inquiry course or Inquiry Attribute course is required since student is not taking ME 441.

PHYS 407 or CHEM 405 satisfies the Discovery Physical Science (with lab) category.

MATH 425 satisfies the Discovery Foundation Quantitative Reasoning category.

ENGL 401 satisfies the Discovery Foundation Writing Skills category.


Sophomore Year

Abbreviation Course Number Title Fall Spring
Discovery Program Elective       4    
***MATH   528   Multidimensional Calculus   4   -  
PHYS   408   General Physics II   4   -  
ME   525   Statics   3   -  
IAM   550   Intro to Engineering Computing   4    
****MATH   527   Differential Equations   -   4  
ME   503   Thermodynamics   -   3  
ME   526   Mechanics of Materials   -   3  
ME   561   Introduction to Materials Science   -   4  
Total       19   14  

****MATH 525 and 526, Linearity, may be substituted for MATH 527 and 528, and a technical elective course typically completed in the senior year of the program.


Junior Year

Abbreviation Course Number Title Fall Spring
Discovery Program Elective       4   -  
ECE   537   Introduction to Electrical Engineering   4   -  
ME   608   Fluid Dynamics   3   -  
ME   627   Dynamics   3   -  
ME   705   Thermal System Analysis and Design   4    
ME   603   Heat Transfer   -   3  
ME   643   Machine Design     3  
ME   646   Experimental Measurement & Data Analysis   -   4  
ME   670   Systems Modeling, Simulation, & Control   -   4  
Total       18   14  

Senior Year

Abbreviation Course Number Title Fall Spring
Discovery Program Elective       4   -  
****ME   755   Senior Design Project I   2   -  
ME   747   Experimental Measurement & Modeling   4   -  
Technical Elective       3-4   -  
Technical Elective       3-4    
Discovery Program Elective       -   4  
****ME   756   Senior Design Project II   -   2  
Technical Elective       -   3-4  
Technical Elective         3-4  
Technical Elective         3-4  
Total       16-18   15-18  

****TECH 797, Undergraduate Ocean Research Project, may be substituted for ME 755 and ME 756. These courses satisfy the Discovery Senior Capstone Experience category. 

Mechanical Engineering Minor

The minor, administered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is open to all students of the University and offers a broad introduction to mechanical engineering.

Students must complete a minimum of six courses as follows: ME 441, ME 525, ME 526, ME 627, ME 503, and ME 608. Electrical and computer engineering majors should take the following courses: ME 477, ME 523, ME 526, ME 503, ME 608, and ME 561 (along with ECE 401, which is a required ECE course). Physics majors should take the following courses: ME 477, ME 525, ME 526, ME 608, and chose one of the following courses, ME 643, ME 670, or ME 705 (along with PHYS 508 and PHYS 616, which are required Physics courses). Interested students should contact the mechanical engineering chair, Professor Brad Kinsey, (603) 862-1811 and file an intent to minor form. During the last semester, students must complete a completion of minor form for it to appear on their transcript.  




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