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  Nov 21, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering


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Materials Science and Engineering

Materials limitations often impede technological and social progress. The materials engineer applies special knowledge of the structure, behavior, and properties of materials to solve these engineering problems. The engineer may be concerned with developing and improving processes for producing metals and alloys or ceramics; developing new alloys or improving existing alloys; and/or achieving better use of alloys and other materials. New materials must be designed for a variety of functions, including structural, aesthetic, electrical, or magnetic and operating environments. Materials may come in forms so minute that the work is done under a microscope or in forms so large that special handling cranes are required.

Research efforts in the department involve work on the development of new high-strength steels, corrosion and oxidation, structural and electronic ceramics, smart materials, high-temperature materials, plastic deformation, phase transformations, and strengthening mechanisms. A number of graduate students are engaged in thesis research on these topics, and undergraduates are encouraged to work on related senior projects. The materials science and engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http:// www.abet.org. For more information on the program, contact undrmems@engr.pitt.edu or see http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/Departments/MEMS/.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is concerned with both energy use and the design of machines and systems in such sectors as transportation, manufacturing, materials handling, power generation, and environmental control. Mechanical engineers are involved in design, development, research, management, and related activities in these fields. The breadth and diversity of the profession requires an undergraduate curriculum that provides a sound foundation in the basic sciences, computational skills including use of computers, and the fundamentals of engineering and engineering design. This curriculum provides a base for future professional growth and is also an excellent background for those who wish to pursue careers in other professions including management, law, or medicine. The mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. For more information on the program, contact undrmems@engr.pitt.edu or see http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/Departments/MEMS/.

Engineering Science

Engineering Science combines a study of an engineering disciple with the study of a basic science.  This provides the educational background for the study of multi-disciplinary problems.  Engineering Science is divided into five curricula: Engineering Physics, Nano-Physics/Material Science, Nano-Chemistry/Bioengineering, Nuclear and Engineering Mechanics.  These areas allow the study of problems in development of electronic and biologic materials, electronic and optical devices, nuclear energy and fluid and solid mechanics.  Engineering science graduates are involved in design, development, research, management, and related activities in these fields.  The breadth and diversity of the profession requires an undergraduate curriculum that provides a sound foundation in the basic sciences, computational skills, and the fundamentals of engineering and engineering design. This curriculum provides a base for future professional growth and is also an excellent background for those who wish to pursue careers in other professions including management, law, or medicine. The Engineering Science program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http:// www.abet.org. For more information on the program, contact undrmems@engr.pitt.edu or see http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/Departments/MEMS/.

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      Engineering ScienceMechanical Engineering

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