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The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering



Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering · 204 Woolf Hall · Box 19023 · 817-272-2561
www.uta.edu/mae


Overview

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) offers three programs of study leading to the bachelor's degree. They are the Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and a double degree of Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. The Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering programs have been accredited since 1968 and 1967, respectively, by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.



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Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (BSAE)

Rapid advances in aerospace systems require the successful aerospace engineer to develop new concepts and bring them into reality as reliable, competitive, and environmentally acceptable products. Successful completion of a balanced study of basic science and engineering topics, further complemented by humanities, will ensure that graduates are well prepared to tackle tomorrow's challenges. The curriculum covers the broad areas of aerodynamics and fluid mechanics, propulsion and combustion, flight mechanics and controls, structural mechanics and material behavior, structural dynamics, and system design and optimization supplemented by appropriate laboratory experiences. The culmination of the curriculum is a vehicle design project. Students may broaden their education by choosing elective courses in a secondary field of interest or by taking a second bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.



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Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME)

The mechanical engineer needs to be extremely versatile and can be found in a large variety of private and public sector organizations. He or she may be involved in product design and development, manufacturing, project management, power generation or other operations. Therefore, the mechanical engineering curriculum is broad-based and emphasizes fundamental engineering sciences and applications. Approximately equal emphasis is given to machine design, structural analysis, thermodynamics and energy, systems and control, and materials science. Classroom lectures are supplemented by laboratories. The student completes a capstone design project as the culmination of the undergraduate program.



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Double Major

The MAE Department offers a double major in BSME and BSAE for students who want to enhance their skills and broaden their future opportunities.

A student wishing to obtain a double major in BSME and BSAE under a single degree, simultaneously prior to graduation, can integrate the courses for the double major requirement throughout his/her undergraduate career at UT Arlington. When applying for graduation, a student should note on the application that he/she will be completing an additional major. One diploma is issued and both majors are recorded on a student's transcript and diploma. The student is encouraged to consult with the Undergraduate Advisor on the appropriate course of study.



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Admission

For admission to the aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, and mechanical and aerospace engineering programs, all students must meet the requirements for admission to the College of Engineering. A grade point average of 2.25 in science, mathematics and engineering courses is required for unconditional transfer into the department.



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Advising

During each long semester, the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department conducts pre-enrollment advising weeks*, coordinated through the College of Engineering. Returning students (i.e., students who are or have previously been students at The University of Texas at Arlington) shall meet with their assigned advisors during advising weeks and complete a Registration Advising Form. Returning students who are unable to be present for advising during advising weeks should contact their advisor at the earliest opportunity. New students may receive pre-enrollment advising following advising weeks during normal advising hours.

*See Advising in the College of Engineering section of this catalog.



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Goal of the Undergraduate Program

The overall goal of the undergraduate program is to provide the graduate an educational background for lifelong learning and the ability to assume a leadership role in the mechanical or aerospace engineering professions. The programs are broad-based and designed to provide a strong foundation in science, mathematics, and engineering science; technical competence in multiple areas of mechanical or aerospace engineering practice; and an understanding of the importance of ethics, safety, professionalism, and socioeconomic concerns in resolving technical problems.



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Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes of the Mechanical and Aerospace Degree Programs

Educational Objectives

A primary goal of the MAE degree program is to provide an educational experience and training that will prepare its graduates to excel within the broad scope of the mechanical and aerospace engineering profession. Our Program Educational Objectives are to enable our graduates to attain the following professional and career accomplishments during the first few years following graduation:

  • Be employed in a professional mechanical, aerospace or related engineering organization, or be admitted to graduate programs in engineering or other professional areas,
  • Become an active participant in professional society activities,
  • Demonstrate the initiative, motivation and ability to grow professionally in their chosen endeavor.

Student Outcomes

MAE student outcomes established to accomplish the educational objectives are as follows.

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  • an ability to design and construct 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
  • an ability to understand through a broad education, the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
  • 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 the ability to engage in, lifelong learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

The MAE programs offer broad technical backgrounds for students who may choose other engineering fields for advanced study.



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Other Provisions

Refer to the College of Engineering section of this catalog for information concerning the following topics:

  • Preparation in High School for Admission to the College of Engineering
  • Admission to the College of Engineering
  • Advising
  • Admission into the Professional Program
  • College of Engineering Academic Regulations
  • Course Transfer Policies
  • College of Engineering Probation
  • Repeating Course Policy
  • Modern and Classical Languages Requirement
  • Admission to the Professional Program

Academic Honesty

The College of Engineering takes academic honesty and ethical behavior very seriously. Engineers are entrusted with the safety, health, and well being of the public. Students found guilty of academic dishonesty will be punished to the full extent permitted by the rules and regulations of UT Arlington. In particular, a student found guilty of a second offense by the Office of Student Judicial Affairs will be subject to dismissal from the College of Engineering

Advancement into Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professional Programs

Requirements for advancement into the Professional Program in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering are in accordance with those in the College of Engineering with the added stipulation that:

  • Application to the Professional Program is to be made to the Undergraduate Advisor during the semester following completion of the last pre-professional course.
  • No professional Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering course may be taken unless the student is admitted into the professional program or obtains the consent of the Undergraduate Advisor. Professional courses may be taken to fill out a schedule in the semester that the last pre-professional course is taken.
  • Each student must complete all pre-professional courses stipulated under "Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering" or "Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering" with a minimum grade of C in each course and a minimum GPA of 2.25 on a 4.0 scale in each of three categories: (1) overall, (2) required math, science, and engineering courses, and (3) required MAE courses.
  • Some professional Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering courses are offered only once a year. Students are urged to plan their course sequence schedules carefully to avoid delaying their graduation.


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Fast Track Program for Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering or Mechanical Engineering

The Fast Track Program enables outstanding senior undergraduate Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering students to receive dual undergraduate/graduate course credit for up to nine hours of coursework. These designated graduate courses satisfy both bachelor's and master's degree requirements if they are completed within the last 15 hours of the undergraduate degree program. In the limiting case, a student completing the maximum allowable hours (9) while in undergraduate status would have to take only 21 additional hours to meet minimum requirements for graduation in a 30-hour thesis master's degree program (M.S.) or 27 additional hours for a non-thesis master's degree program (M. Engr.)

Interested undergraduate students should apply to the appropriate program when they are within 30 hours of completing their bachelor's degrees. They must have completed at least 30 hours at UT Arlington, achieving a GPA of a least 3.0 in those courses, and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all college courses. Additionally, they must have completed a specific set of undergraduate foundation courses that are listed below with a minimum GPA of 3.3 in these courses.

  • Aerospace Engineering Foundation Courses Required for Admission into the Fast Track Program: MAE 3303, MAE 3315, MAE 3316, MAE 3405, MAE 3306.
  • Mechanical Engineering Foundation Courses Required for Admission into the Fast Track Program: MAE 3242, MAE 3314, MAE 3318, MAE 3319

Fast Track students can take two graduate core courses to serve as undergraduate elective courses. Further, students can substitute one of the core graduate courses for one required undergraduate course (AE 5326 in place of MAE 4321 for Aerospace Engineering majors and ME 5303 for MAE 4310 for Mechanical Engineering majors).

Students who successfully complete the Fast Track Program will be automatically admitted to Graduate School. They will not be required to take the Graduate Record Examination, complete an application for admission to the Graduate School or pay an application fee. For more details about the specifics of the program contact the Undergraduate Advisor or Graduate Advisor in Aerospace Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.



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Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering

Pre-Professional Courses

(All pre-professional courses must be completed before enrolling in professional courses.)

Mathematics

1426, 2425, 2326, 3330.

Natural Science

CHEM 1465; PHYS 1443, 1444.

Electrical Engineering

2320.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

1104, 1105, 1312, 1351, 2312, 2315, 2323, 2360, 2381, 3309, 3360.

English

1301, 1302.

General Education Courses

English Literature

Three hours of English or modern and classical languages literature or other approved substitute.

Liberal Arts Elective

Three hours above the freshman level of literature, or social and cultural studies designated as taught in the College of Liberal Arts, or fine arts or philosophy, or technical writing. For aerospace engineering majors, COMS 2302 must be used to satisfy this requirement.

Fine Arts

Three hours from architecture, art, music, or theatre arts. For engineering majors, acceptable electives may vary by program. A list of acceptable electives is available in the departmental office.

Social/Cultural Studies

Three hours of designated courses in social or cultural anthropology, archaeology, social/political/cultural geography, economics, sociology, classical studies, or linguistics. For aerospace engineering majors, this University requirement must be met by taking ECON 2305.

History

1311, 1312.

Political Science

2311, 2312.

Professional Courses

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

3181, 3182, 3303, 3304, 3405, 3306, 3315, 3316, 3324, 4310, 4321, 4350, 4351.

Technical Electives

Six hours in approved engineering, science, or mathematics (3000 level or higher). Technical electives must be approved in advance by the student's academic advisor. Normally, they are selected from the senior elective 4000 level courses in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Total (Pre-Professional Courses)***

64 hours.

Total (General Education Courses)

24 hours.

Total (Professional Courses)

42 hours.

Total (for degree)

130 hours.

Total hours completed will depend upon prior preparation and academic qualifications. Also, the College of Engineering requires that students who do not have two units of high school foreign language take six hours of modern and classical languages courses in addition to the previously listed requirements.

Suggested Course Sequence

For a suggested course sequence, see the department web site.



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Minor in Aerospace Engineering

To receive a minor in Aerospace Engineering, a student must complete the following three courses with a grade of C or better in each:

MAE 2312 (Solid Mechanics)

MAE 2323 (Dynamics)

MAE 2315 (Fluid Dynamics), or MAE 2314 (Fluid Mechanics)

and must complete three courses with a grade of D or better in each, selected from among the following seven:

MAE 3303 (Aerodynamics of Compressible Flow)

MAE 3304 (Astronautics)

MAE 3405 (Flight Dynamics)

MAE 3306 (Flight Performance and Stability)

MAE 3315 (Aerospace Structure Statics)

MAE 3316 (Aerospace Structure Dynamics)

MAE 4321 (Propulsion) as well as all required prerequisites for the three chosen courses.



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Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering

Pre-Professional Courses

(All pre-professional courses must be completed before enrolling in professional courses)

Mathematics

1426, 2425, 2326, 3330.

Natural Science

CHEM 1465; PHYS 1443, 1444.

Electrical Engineering

2320.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

1104, 1105, 1312, 1351, 2312, 2323, 2360, 2381, 3310, 3324, 3360.

English

1301, 1302.

General Education Courses

English Literature

Three hours of English or modern and classical languages literature or other approved substitute.

Liberal Arts Elective

Three hours above the freshman level of literature, or social and cultural studies designated as taught in the College of Liberal Arts, or fine arts or philosophy, or technical writing above the freshman level. For mechanical engineering majors, COMS 2302 must be used to satisfy this requirement.

Fine Arts

Three hours from architecture, art, music, or theatre arts. For engineering majors, acceptable electives vary by program. A list of acceptable electives is available in the departmental office.

Social/Cultural Studies

Three hours of designated courses in social or cultural anthropology, archaeology, social/political/cultural geography, economics, sociology, classical studies, or linguistics. For mechanical engineering majors, ECON 2305 must be used to satisfy this requirement.

History

1311, 1312.

Political Science

2311, 2312.

Professional Courses

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

2314, 3183, 3242, 3311, 3314, 3318, 3319, 3344, 4188, 4287, 4310, 4342, 4344.

Technical Electives

Nine hours in engineering, science or mathematics (3000 level or higher). Technical electives must be approved in advance by the student's academic advisor. Normally, they are selected from the senior elective 4000 level courses in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Pre-Professional Total***

64 hours.

General Education Total

24 hours.

Professional Total

42 hours.

Total (for degree)

130 hours.

Total hours completed will depend upon prior preparation and academic qualifications. Also, the College of Engineering requires that students who do not have two units of high school foreign language take six hours of modern and classical languages courses in addition to the previously listed requirements.

Suggested Course Sequence

For a suggested course sequence, see the department web site.



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Minor in Mechanical Engineering

A minor in Mechanical Engineering requires at least 18 semester credit hours in Mechanical Engineering courses. To receive a minor in Mechanical Engineering, a student must complete MAE 2312 (Solid Mechanics), 2323 (Dynamics), MAE 3310 (Thermodynamics I), and minimum 9 additional semester credit hours from: MAE 2314, 3183, 3242, 3311, 3314, 3318, 3319, 3324, 3344, 4310, 4342, 4344. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.



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Oral Communication and Computer Use Competency Requirements

Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering students will satisfy the Oral Competency requirement by completing COMS 2302, Professional and Technical Communication for Science and Engineering, and the Computer Use Competency requirement by completing MAE 2360.



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Certificate in Automotive Engineering

Program Objective:

The University of Texas at Arlington is pleased to offer a Certificate in Automotive Engineering through the Arnold E. Petsche Center for Automotive Engineering. This certificate confirms the student's commitment to automotive engineering and the learning experience gained from being a contributing team member of a student design competition. The Certificate in Automotive Engineering will be awarded concurrently with an undergraduate degree. The completed certificate program of study will be forwarded to the Office of Admissions, Records and Registration for verification and notation on the student's transcript. A formal certificate will be prepared for the student by the university and recognition will be given at the graduation ceremonies.

The Certificate in Automotive Engineering is offered through the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.

Admission Requirement:

The certificate is open to all degree-seeking students.

Academic Requirements:

The Certificate in Automotive Engineering requires 15 credit hours of appropriate coursework as well as two semesters of practical training experience.

At least 9 hours from the following list of courses. All courses must be passed with a grade of C or better to apply to the Certrificate in Automotive Engineering.

  • EE 2347 Math Foundations of EE
  • EE 2403 Electronics I
  • EE 3446 Circuits II
  • EE 2441 Digital and microprocessors I
  • MAE 2312 Solid mechanics
  • MAE 2314 Fluid mechanics
  • MAE 2315 Fluid dynamics
  • MAE 3309 Thermal Engineering
  • MAE 3310 Thermodynamics I
  • MAE 3315 Structural statics
  • MAE 3318 Kinematics and dynamics

At least 3 hours from the following

  • MAE 4357 Automotive Engineering
  • MAE 4358 Racecar Engineering

Two courses from the following (courses may be repeated)

  • MAE 2010 Automotive Practicum 1
  • MAE 4010 Automotive Practicum 2

MAE 2010 and 4010 are Engineering Practicum courses that have no academic credit and do not require a tuition fee. Students must gain approval to enroll in these courses from the faculty of the Arnold E. Petsche Center for Automotive Engineering.



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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Faculty
Chair

Armanios

Asssociate Chair

Wilson

Professors

Agonafer, Armanios, Aswath, Chan, Haji-Sheikh, Hullender, Lawrence, Lu, Luo, Nomura, Wang, Wilson, Woods

Associate Professors

Chudoba, Dancila, Dennis, Dogan, Huang, Makeev, Shiakolas, Subbarao, Tong

Assistant Professors

Adnan, Bowling, B. Harris, Jain, Kim, Maddalena, Massa, Moon, Shin, Yang

Senior Lecturers

Amaya, Han, Michael, Wimberly

Professor in Practice

Fernandez, Kumar

Professors Emeritus

Anderson, Dalley, Fairchild, Goolsby, Lawley, Mills, Woolf

Summer course offerings may vary year to year.



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Course Descriptions

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE)



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