Mechanical Engineering - BSc

student working with equipment in mechanical engineering lab

Mechanical Engineering Program Mission:

The mission of the Mechanical Engineering (MENG) Program is to provide students with a world-class, accredited mechanical engineering education within a liberal arts environment. Social responsibility and pursuit of excellence are central to the program mission. In addition to maintaining high standards of academic achievement, professional behavior and ethical conduct, the program provides students with a broad mechanical engineering foundation and depth in selected areas of their choice. 

The MENG program at AUC prepares students for entry-level professional practice in the mechanical engineering discipline, both locally and internationally. The program instills in students the desire for lifelong learning that enhances professional growth throughout their careers.

MENG Program Objectives:

The program educational objectives (PEOs) of Mechanical Engineering (MENG) at AUC are to graduate engineers who, within a few years of graduation, can meet one or more of the following objectives:

1.       Practice professionally as team members or leaders in both local and global, multidisciplinary environments

2.       Advance their careers in mechanical engineering or other fields through promotions, positions of increasing responsibilities or professional certifications.

3.       Contribute to the welfare of the society, and are responsive to its needs with consideration of ethical and environmental issues.

4.       Engage in advanced academic and research careers.

5.       Pursue entrepreneurial endeavors.

Department chair and professor, Hanadi Salem '83 '87, gives a short brief about AUC’s mechanical engineering undergraduate program

Fields of Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with concentrations in one or more of the following fields

Design

The design concentration provides mechanical engineering graduates with additional skills for career success in modeling, analyzing, and designing mechanical components and systems using the latest engineering tools. These skills help the graduates of this concentration to develop innovative, viable, and sustainable solutions to meet the design requirements. This is accomplished through specialized courses in finite element analysis, automatic control, robotics, vibrations, systems analysis and design, and integrated design. These courses are supported by state-of-the-art computer software and hardware, in addition to advanced lab facilities.

Graduates of the Design concentration have further abilities to model, analyze and design mechanical components and systems

Design

Industrial Engineering

The industrial engineering concentration encompasses the analysis, design, improvement, installation, and management of integrated systems of people, finances, materials, equipment, energy, and information. It draws upon specialized knowledge and skills in the mathematical, physical, physiological, and social sciences, together with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design to specify, predict, evaluate, simulate, and optimize the outputs of such systems. It offers undergraduate students a multitude of courses covering all these aspects, supported by advanced lab facilities that offer and train students on the relevant state-of-the-art computer software and hardware.

Graduates of the Industrial concentration have further abilities to analyze, design, integrate, and manage industrial systems with the optimum utilization of available resources

Industrial Engineering

Materials and Manufacturing 

In materials and manufacturing, students study the interrelationships between the material’s performance, its properties, its structure, and its processing techniques. Graduates of this concentration are equipped with the skills to engineer the structure of a material by controlling its composition, treatment, and manufacturing to meet the design specifications and achieve the desired levels of performance. Students are also provided with an education stressing engineering fundamentals set in the context of conceiving, designing, implementing, and operating real-world systems and products. The concentration courses are regularly updated to reflect recent advances in the field and state-of-the-art concepts, advanced materials, and advanced manufacturing. This includes courses on nanostructured materials, micro and materials for micro and Nano-mechanical devices (MEMS and NEMS), additive manufacturing, advanced characterization and materials simulation, and modeling.

Graduates of the Materials and Manufacturing concentration have further abilities to control material composition, treatment, and manufacturing in order to meet design requirements, and achieve desired levels of performance

Materials and Manufacturing

Mechatronics

Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary engineering paradigm that synergizes modern engineering sciences and technologies. Mechatronics successfully fuses mechanical engineering, electronics, computer engineering, IT, intelligence, and control theory to supply the mechanical engineer with an innovative way of thinking, knowledge, and skills necessary to open new horizons enabling the design of smart products and processes, modeling, analysis, control, and implementation of physical real-time systems that address the new era of smart embedded systems.  These systems are featured by smartness, compactness, reliability, flexibility, safety, and low power consumptions and are supported by sensing, actuating, motion transmission, networking, and intelligent decision-making capabilities with enhanced computational abilities. A mechanical engineer with a mechatronics background will have extended views of knowledge enabling them to lead interdisciplinary teams and contribute to the development of new high-tech smart products and processes covering a wide range of applications such as robotics, automation, smart systems, smart homes, Industry 4.0, etc.

Graduates of the Mechatronics concentration have further abilities to analyze, design, control and automate electromechanical systems with sensors and basic electronic circuits

Mechatronics

Power

The power concentration provides the mechanical engineering graduate with the knowledge and skills required for optimum use of energy resources, energy conversion, calculation of energy loads, design, selection, and integration of conventional and non-conventional energy systems and components, as well as energy transmission and storage. This is accomplished through the power plants and design of renewable energy systems core courses, supplemented with elective courses involving applications such as internal combustion engines, refrigeration, and air conditioning, HVAC systems, nuclear power plants, and turbomachinery. Issues regarding economic viability, sustainability, and environmental impact are addressed within the courses.

Graduates of the Power concentration have further abilities to optimize the use of energy resources, calculate energy loads, design, select and integrate conventional and non-conventional energy systems and components.

Power
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    • Problem-solving
    • Creativity
    • Innovation
    • Systems integration and management
    • Automotives
    • Aeronautics
    • Robotics and artificial intelligence
    • Design
    • Materials and manufacturing technologies
  • Many opportunities are available for students to work, study or intern, including hands-on experience in state-of-the-art labs and a minimum of 8-weeks of industrial training in the form of internships locally, regionally, and internationally.

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    • Biomedicine
    • Oil and gas
    • Renewable energy
    • Consumer goods
    • Automotives
    • Aerospace
    • Consultancy
    • Construction
    • Research and development
  • The program’s many alumni include:

    • Moataz Attallah ’01, ’03, received a PhD from the University of Birmingham and holds a chair in advanced materials processing at its School of Metallurgy and Materials. Due to his contributions, he was awarded by Safran Group (France) for his work on developing 3D printing technologies for jet engines, and by the British and French ministries of defense. He was chosen by the University of Birmingham as the face of its marketing campaign “Birmingham Heroes”, with his poster being featured in the airports and train stations.
    • Karim Badawi ‘ 95, ‘98,  Managing Director for Schlumberger Oilfield Services, Egypt and East Mediterranean Region, based in Cairo.
    • Mouhab Meshreki ’02, ’05, Director of aerospace manufacturing at the National Research Council of Canada and an adjunct professor at McGill University.
    • Mahmoud I. Hussein ‘89, ‘94 is the Alvah and Harriet Hovlid Professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. He holds a courtesy faculty appointment in the Department of Physics and an affiliate faculty appointment in the Department of Applied Mathematics, and in 2018 was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
    • Shahd Labib ’15, Received her master’s in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in June 2017. Labib is currently a Process Development Engineer at Lam Research’s headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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    • Procter & Gamble
    • Henkel
    • Nestlé
    • PepsiCo
    • Baker Hughes
    • Schlumberger
    • Siemens
    • Lafarge
    • Dar Al-Handasah
    • Schneider Electric

The program educational objectives (PEOs) of Mechanical Engineering (MENG) at AUC are to graduate engineers who, within a few years of graduation, can:

  • Practice professionally as team members or leaders in both local and global, multidisciplinary environments
  • Advance their careers in mechanical engineering or other fields through promotions, positions of increasing responsibilities or professional certifications
  • Contribute to the welfare of the society, and are responsive to its needs with consideration of ethical and environmental issues
  • Engage in advanced academic and research careers
  • Pursue entrepreneurial endeavors
  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
  1. Graduates of the Design concentration have further abilities to model, analyze and design mechanical components and systems
  2. Graduates of the Industrial concentration have further abilities to analyze, design, integrate, and manage industrial systems with the optimum utilization of available resources
  3. Graduates of the Materials and Manufacturing concentration have further abilities to control material composition, treatment, and manufacturing in order to meet design requirements, and achieve desired levels of performance
  4. Graduates of the Mechatronics concentration have further abilities to analyze, design, control and automate electromechanical systems with sensors and basic electronic circuits
  5. Graduates of the Power concentration have further abilities to optimize the use of energy resources, calculate energy loads, design, select and integrate conventional and non-conventional energy systems and components.

 

The mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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Enrollment Trends of 2014/2015 to 2019/2020 Academic Years

 

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

Full-time Students

430

439

435

403

379

335

Part-time Students

28

25

17

33

29

25

Student FTE

447.08

456.92

445.67

423.58

399.25

353.25

Graduates

30

36

32

25

26

22

 

MENG Graph-Enrollment trend through academic years 2014-2020