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MECHANICAL ENGINEERING PROGRAM

Undergraduate Program Goal and Educational Objectives

The goal of the Mechanical Engineering program at the undergraduate level is to graduate well-prepared entry-level professionals with an excellent education in the fundamentals of engineering sciences and design, and to provide them with the ability to apply their knowledge to translate ideas and plans into working engineering systems. This goal is achieved through the following educational objectives:

• Providing students with the opportuhity to enter the profession of Mechanical Engineering, to pursue graduate studies, to commit to lifelong learning, and to continuing self-development.
• Providing students with a solid foundation in the areas of mathematics, basic sciences, computational skills, and a broad range of engineering sciences that are required for a contemporary mechanical engineer entering the profession.
• Training students thoroughly in methods of analysis, including the use of appropriate computer application software and other tools essential to develop engineering problem solving skills.
• Providing students with hands-on experience in planning, conducting, and analyzing results; and submitting formal reports on their experimental investigations.
• Providing opportunities for students to enhance their communication skills by means of formal writing, oral presentations, and world-class electronic media technology.
• Developing students' skills in the design process, including the ability to formulate problems, think logically and clearly, communicate effectively, synthesize information creatively, and function efficiently in a collaborative, teamwork environment.
• Providing the scope for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities which permit learning about the profession through involvement in professional societies, guest lectures, field trips, industrial employment, internships, active participation in national and international design competitions, and similar experiences.
• Instilling in students an understanding of the importance of their professional, ethical, environmental, and social responsibilities, and their role in the contemporary issues of our society.

AEROSPACE ENGINEERING PROGRAM

Aerospace Engineering Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Aerospace Engineering (AE) program is to fulfill the needs of students, of industry and government, and of the local, national, and global community in the area of aerospace systems engineering education and research.

The mission is implemented through the following objectives:

1. Provide undergraduate students with a comprehensive education for successful careers in aerospace engineering.
2. Provide graduate students with an education for the advancement of their careers and access to doctoral studies.
3. Provide an environment for students and faculty to engage in creative thinking and research in the areas of computational fluid dynamics, aero- and hydrodynamics, design and optimization, composite materials, manufacturing, and structural analysis and design.
4. Promote aerospace sciences and engineering at the University and the broader community.
5. Establish ties with national and international educational and research institutions in order to promote worldwide exchanges.

Aerospace Engineering Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives

 The goal of the undergraduate program is to produce well-rounded engineers who possess the skills required for a successful career in aerospace engineering. This goal is reached by:

1. Providing students with a comprehensive education in
1.1 General Education, particularly communication in the English language and critical thinking, the physical universe, humanities and arts, social and behavioral sciences and history, and self-integration.
1.2 Mathematics and basic sciences,
1.3 General engineering topics and computer and software fundamentals, and
1.4 Aerospace engineering topics (aerodynamics, aerospace materials and structures, propulsion, space environment and space systems, communications and avionics systems, orbital and flight mechanics, and stability and control).
2. Preparing students for careers in aerospace engineering by emphasizing
2.1 Analysis and problem solving,
2.2 Preliminary design, design for manufacturing and systems engineering,
2.3 Teamwork, professionalism, economic fundamentals, commercial viability of projects and business cases, and communication skills.

3. Providing student projects, internship and research opportunities to expose students to the professional environment, to stimulate their creativity, and to foster lifelong learning.



UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (code MAE_BS01) (135 units)

The realm of mechanical engineering is so extensive that training must be broad and basic, providing grounding in fundamentals which an engineer requires in order to gain competence in any specialized field. In view of this, the mechanical engineering curriculum includes ample foundation courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and design graphics. These are followed by courses in energy conversion, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, mechanics and strength of materials, metallurgy, design, computer-aided design/ computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM). The opportunity to further explore a particular area of interest is provided by additional elective courses in the senior year.

The laboratories of the department are provided with modern equipment for undergraduate instruction in the following areas: instrumentation and measurements, fuels and lubricants, materials and metallurgy, thermodynamics and heat power, vibration, design, and acoustics, strength of materials, design, CAD/CAM, control systems and manufacturing.

Several industry and professional society sponsored scholarships and internships are available to upper division mechanical engineering students. Further information is available in the department office.

Requirements

Minimum 135 units including University General Education requirements.

Lower Division: CHEM 111A; CE 205; EE 211, 211L; MATH 122, 123, 224; ENGR 101; MAE 172, 205, 272; PHYS 151, 152.

Upper Division: CE 335, 336, 406; ECON 300; MATH 370A; MAE 300, 305, 322, 330, 336, 337, 361, 371, 373, 375, 376, 409, 431, 459, 471, 472, 476, 490.

Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (code MAE_BS02) (132 units)

The curriculum is designed to supplement mathematics, science and basic engineering courses in order to give students the specialization needed in different areas of aerospace engineering. In addition to acquiring technical knowledge, graduates will have completed appropriate courses in communications and in humanistic social studies.

Requirements

A grade of “C” or better must be achieved in all required courses listed below. Minimum 132 units including University General Education requirements.

Lower Division: CHEM 111A; MATH 122, 123, 224; PHYS 151, 152; CE 205; MAE 101A, 172, 205.

Upper Division: ECON 300; MATH 370A; MAE 300, 305, 330, 333, 334, 350, 365, 371, 373, 374, 381, 390, 434, 440, 452, 453, 465, 478, 479, 481, 483, and 6 units of electives from the elective list below.

Electives: MAE 408, 422, 435, 451, 454 and 490A.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Option in Materials Engineering (code MAE_BS03) (135 units)

Modern engineering applications in all fields require new materials with properties well beyond those obtainable with the alloys available years ago. New materials, such as composites, ceramics, polymers, semiconductors and their manufacturing processes, are needed for such diverse applications as air transports, undersea deep submergence vessels, magnetic and semiconducting devices. Scientific knowledge in this area has expanded recently at a rate comparable to that experienced by the field of electronics. The materials option is offered to meet the demand for materials oriented engineers.

Course work is directed towards the understanding of the properties of materials in terms of their atomic structure, and emphasis is placed on the behavior of materials in engineering applications. The laboratories have equipment for studies in this field and include facilities for the determination of crystal structure, microscopic and X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscope examination of solids, thermal and mechanical treatment and the determination of properties at low and high temperatures.

Requirements

Minimum 135 units including University General Education requirements.

Lower Division: CHE 200; CHEM 111A, 111B; CE 205; EE 211, 211L; MATH 122, 123, 224; ENGR 101; MAE 172, 205, 272; PHYS 151, 152.

Upper Division: CHE 415; CE 406; ECON 300; EE 320; MATH 370A; MAE 322, 330, 361, 371, 373, 374, 375, 409, 459, 490, plus approved engineering elective courses.

For more information on admission to this program, please contact Dr. Jalal Torabzadeh, Undergraduate Advisor, Mechanical Engineering Program.

Option in Industrial-Management Engineering (code MAE_BS04) (135 units)

An interdisciplinary degree in which both the College of Business Administration and the College of Engineering provide courses enable students to have a technical engineering background plus a good foundation in business and management practices. The option consists of core engineering courses through the junior year with an addition of business courses in accounting, business law, management, inventory practices and operations research. Elective structure is such that the student may specialize in either engineering, or a combination of both engineering and business.

Requirements

Lower Division: ACCT 201; CHEM 111A; CE 205; EE 211, 211L; BLAW 220; MATH 122, 123, 224; ENGR 101; MAE 172, 205; PHYS 151, 152.

Upper Division: CE 406; ECON 300; BLAW 320; IS 310; MATH 370A; MGMT 300; MGMT 411 or 412 or 413; MAE 305, 310, 322, 330, 371, 373, 376, 410, 459, 476, and approved electives to total at least 135 units.

For more information on admission to this program, please contact Dr. Jalal Torabzadeh, Undergraduate Advisor, Mechanical Engineering Program.

Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology (code MAE_BS06) (134 units)

Designed to provide a solid technical foundation to its graduates, which will enable them to perform well in a variety of employment situations. The program focuses on applications of current manufacturing and quality assurance technologies to solve real-world problems by offering a broad curriculum, which covers current trends in the industry.

Prepares students for a career position as a Manufacturing Technologist, or Quality Assurance Technologist in a variety of industries, such as Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Computer, Electronics, Power, etc. Students are offered a wide range of training in topics such as materials, manufacturing processes, quality control and different production environments. Moreover, the program emphasizes written and oral communication skills as well as modern methods of industrial administration and supervision. The program is designed to meet ABET criteria for accredited programs in engineering technology.

The program has been developed to accommodate students who may wish to transfer credits earned at other colleges or approved technical or military service schools. It is recommended that prospective students, prior to submitting an application for admission, contact the advisor of the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program to discuss departmental requirements and the admission requirements of the University. The two emphases in the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program are: (a) Manufacturing Processes, and (b) Quality Assurance.

Core Requirements

Lower Division: CHEM 111A; MATH 120; ENGR 203, 203L; PHYS 100 A & B; ET 101, 170, 202, 202L, 204, 205, 205L, 244, 244L, 264, 264L

Upper Division: ECON 300; ET 301, 301L, 302, 302L, 304, 307, 309, 311, 312, 313, 313L, 335, 335L, 390, 390L, 410, 418, 435, 435L, 461, 498

Emphasis in Manufacturing Processes

The emphasis prepares the student for a position as a manufacturing technologist, in a variety of industries, such as Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Computer, Electronics, Power, etc. Students are offered a wide range of training in topics such as materials, manufacturing processes and different production environments. Moreover, the program emphasizes written and oral communication skills as well as modern methods of industrial administration and supervision. Program is designed to meet ABET criteria for accredited programs in engineering technology.

Requirements

Upper Division: ET 363, 365, 365L; Plus 4 units of electives from ET 409C, 387, 387L.

Emphasis in Quality Assurance

The primary objective is to prepare graduates to pursue careers related to product manufacturing and quality assurance. Emphasis is placed on specific job skills required of entry level professionals in the manufacturing industries including oral and written communication, and management principles. The program is applications-oriented, and is available to students interested in a career as Quality Assurance technologists. Designed to meet ABET criteria for accredited programs in engineering technology.

Requirements

Upper Division: ET 320, 419, 420, Plus 2 units of electives from ET 409C, BLAW 220

Certificate in Aerospace Manufacturing (code MAE_CT01)

 Director: Hamid Hefazi

This Certificate Program is designed to give students and working engineers an educational opportunity to focus on the complex and dynamic issues related to aerospace manufacturing. The program consists of 19 semester units, with seven required core courses.

Requirements

1. Consent of the Program Director.
2. Preparation of a Program Planner.
3. Satisfactory completion of the required courses as listed below.
4. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
5. Completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in an approved major. The Certificate may be awarded concurrently with or subsequent to a baccalaureate degree.

Required Courses

The Certificate Program requires a minimum of 19 semester units (seven core courses): MAE 408, 455, 456, 457, 458; ENGR 511, 574. Students should consult with the program director to assess any needed prerequisites.

Certificate in Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning Engineering (code MAE_CT03)

Director: Hamid Rahai

Faculty: Hamid Rahai, Reza Toossi and Jalal Torabzadeh

The 20-unit HVAC Certificate Program is designed to prepare engineering and science students for designing various HVAC systems and to familiarize them with HVAC equipment and their selection process.

With a proper choice of classes, you may also earn this Certificate in conjunction with your bachelor’s degree. Contact the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering for more information.

Requirements

1. Consultation with the Program Director and preparation of a Program Planner;
2. Satisfactory completion of the required courses, as listed below;
3. Approval of the special project and its satisfactory completion (MAE 491);
4. Completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in an approved major. The Certificate may be awarded concurrently with or subsequent to the baccalaureate degree.

Required Courses

The HVAC Certificate Program requires a minimum of 20 semester units, as indicated below: MAE 330, 431, 438/538, 490E, 491, MAE 333 or CE 335; MAE 440 or CE 336

Certificate in Industrial Plastics Processing and Design (code MAE_CT02)

Director: Min-Ten Jahn

Professors: Mihir K. Das, Lloyd Hile, Min-Ten Jahn, and Hsien-Yang Yeh

The certificate program in Industrial Plastics Processing and Design is an interdisciplinary program sponsored by the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Chemical Engineering Departments. Polymeric materials rank as second in tonnage use currently of all materials, and indications are that in he near future they may surpass metals in total usage. There is a definite need for personnel familiar with the processing and special design considerations necessary to properly make use of the special properties of this broad class of materials. The program permits a student to study in detail the industrial production processes, material testing procedures, economics of the polymerics industry and degradation of polymerics. All students in the program complete an individual project, consisting of the design of an item, choice of proper polymeric material for the particular application, choice of the processing operation and construction of the necessary molding tools and testing of the completed device. Contact the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Requirements

1. A bachelor's degree in engineering. The certificate may be awarded concurrently with the degree.

2. Satisfactory completion of 22 units minimum from the courses listed below: Polymeric Processing: CHE 200, 425; MAE 471 and either 472 or 476; and a minimum of 3 units in either CHE 490 or MAE 491. Properties of Polymers: MAE 373, 374, and 424/524.
3. Approval of the certificate committee for admission to the certificate program. An advisor will be appointed to you at that time.
4. The advisor's approval of your completion of the special project.

Certificate in Energy Conversion and Power Systems Engineering (code MAE_CT04)

Director: Jalal Torabzadeh

Faculty: R. Das, S. deSoto, H. Nour, H. Rahai, R. Toossi, and J. Torabzadeh

The 27-unit certificate program in “Energy Conversion and Power Systems Engineering” is an undergraduate program designed to prepare Electrical and Mechanical Engineering students to become proficient in the analysis and design of power generating systems, such as direct conversion, coal burning, hydraulic, nuclear, solar, wind, and various other types of power plants.

Requirements

1. Consultation with program advisors in Electrical or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Departments and preparation of a program planner;
2. Completion of the following core courses: CE 335, EE 350, EE 452, MAE 330, 336, 431;
3. Completion of 9 units from the following list of elective courses: EE 453, 455, 458, 460, 550, 551, 552, 553; MAE 490, 538;
4. Completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in an approved major. This certificate may be awarded concurrently with or subsequently to baccalaureate degree.

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Admission to MSAE or MSME the graduate programs requires a minimum GPA of 2.7 in the last 60 units attempted.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (code MAE_MS02)

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering is offered by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering.

Built on a broad and basic undergraduate instruction, the graduate level courses and the graduate degree, the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, develop competence in the fields of design and manufacturing, dynamics and controls, materials and composites, mechanics and Finite Element Methods, and thermal systems. Modern laboratories in CAD, fluid power and mechanics, heat power, control systems, manufacturing, plastics, design, thermodynamics, heat flow, metallurgy, and mechanical properties of materials are maintained for undergraduate and graduate instruction, and graduate research. Design rooms, laboratories within the other engineering departments, computer facilities, and machine shops supplement the mechanical engineering facilities.

Additional details may be found in the Schedule of Classes. For further information and complete degree requirements contact Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.

Admission Procedures

To be considered for admission, the graduate applicant must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, have been in good standing at the last institution attended, and have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.7 for the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) attempted. There is no separate department application, but applicants must submit a second set of transcripts to the department.

Prerequisites

1. A bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, engineering, or other appropriate discipline from an accredited college or university, with a minimum grade point average (GPA) or 2.7 in the last 60 semester units attempted.
2. Students must consult with the program graduate advisor prior to enrolling in any course for their program.
3. The Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) during the first semester in residence. Failure to attempt to fulfill the GWAR during the first semester will prevent registration in engineering courses in subsequent semesters.

Note: Before being admitted, a qualified student without a mechanical engineering degree must provide a written statement to the MSME graduate advisor that he/she understands that all deficiencies must be removed before attempting graduate-level courses.

Requirements

PLAN I

Completion of a minimum of 30 units beyond the bachelor’s degree in upper-division and graduate courses approved by the student’s Department Graduate Studies Committee, including:

1. Eighteen units of 500- and/or 600-level courses in mechanical and aerospace engineering.
2. Six units of electives selected from approved upper-division or graduate courses from appropriate areas.
3. Completion of six units of MAE 698-Thesis, and submission of a written thesis.
PLAN II

Completion of a minimum of 36 units beyond the bachelor’s degree in upper-division and graduate courses approved by the student’s Department Graduate Studies Committee, including:

1. Twenty-four units of 500- and/or 600-level courses in mechanical and aerospace engineering.
2. Six units of electives selected from approved upper-division or graduate courses from appropriate areas.
3. Completion of six units of MAE 697 (Directed Research).

Advancement to Candidacy

Students applying for advancement to candidacy must:
1. have completed all undergraduate deficiencies with grades of “C” or better;
2. have attained an overall grade point average of (GPA) or 3.0;
3. have completed at least 12 units applicable to the degree with a GPA of at least 3.0;
4. have fulfilled the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). This requirement can also be met by presenting evidence that the student met the requirement while an undergraduate at CSULB or at certain CSU campuses;
5. and have their program of studies approved by the ME program’s graduate advisor.

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering (code MAE_MS01)

The Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering program has been created to educate graduate students in subjects relevant to the requirements of industry and in deductive reasoning which will benefit them and the community. This program is unique in its emphasis on practical applications and intimate interaction with the aerospace industry. It involves the most modern computational and experimental methods and provides the essential information permitting the students to acquire knowledge and skills of immediate practical importance. This knowledge is communicated in the courses listed below and used in the conduct of a thesis project to be carried out with participation from industry. Area Specializations include: spacecraft or aircraft systems engineering, computational fluid dynamics, and aerospace structures.

Both graduate and undergraduate programs benefit from the advice of an advisory committee made up of senior staff of aerospace companies, government agencies and universities.

Further information may be obtained from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Prerequisites

1. A bachelor’s degree in an accredited curriculum in Aerospace or Mechanical engineering with a minimum grade point average of 2.70 in the last 60 (semester) units attempted. Applicants with lower GPA may be admitted subject to successful completion of appropriate deficiencies.
2. A bachelor’s degree in engineering, mathematics, science or other appropriate discipline with the requirement that essential undergraduate prerequisites in engineering be satisfied.
3. Graduate students must consult with the graduate advisor for information concerning procedures and requirements for appropriate approval of their courses of study prior to enrolling in their graduate programs.

Advancement to Candidacy

Prerequisites for advancement to candidacy are:
1. Classified status.
2. An approved program of studies for the Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering.
3. Fulfillment of the CSULB Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
4. Be enrolled in regular session.
5. Application for Advancement to Candidacy must be done prior to or concurrent with enrollment in MAE 698, Thesis.

Requirements

PLAN I

Completion of a minimum of 30 units beyond the bachelor’s degree in upper-division and graduate courses approved by the student’s Department Graduate Study Committee, including:

1. Eighteen units of 500- and/or 600-level courses in mechanical and aerospace engineering;
2. Six units of electives selected from approved upper-division or graduate courses from appropriate areas;
3. Completion of six units of MAE 698, and submission of a written thesis.
PLAN II

Completion of a minimum of 36 units beyond the bachelor’s degree in upper-division and graduate courses approved by the student’s Department Graduate Study Committee, including:

1. Twenty-four units of 500- and/or 600-level courses in mechanical and aerospace engineering;
2. Six units of electives selected from approved upper-division or graduate courses from appropriate areas;
3. Completion of six units of MAE 697.

Master of Science in Engineering (code COE_MS01)

Admission to MSE graduate program requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the last 60 units attempted.

For requirements, see the description in the College of Engineering part of this catalog.

The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department administers two emphases under the Master of Science in Engineering. The other prerequisites and requirements are the same as for the MSAE and MSME programs.

Management Engineering Emphasis

A special management perspective is required for the successful generation of technical products and services, and thus the Master of Science in Engineering: Program in Management Engineering is offered by the College of Engineering at California State University, Long Beach.

In order to plan, design, direct and control technical projects, technical managers must be capable of inspiring and developing professional personnel. They must be able to integrate planning, manufacturing and budgetary concerns of the project and be able to easily communicate with general management.

The Emphasis in Management Engineering primarily admits students with a traditional engineering background. It emphasizes the management of engineering-based endeavors and does not require undergraduate business courses as prerequisites for graduate work.

Well-suited for working students, graduate courses in management engineering are offered in the late afternoon and evening. An individualized program is developed according to each student’s undergraduate degree, area of interest, or some well-defined industrial application; interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged.

The graduate program supports innovative thesis topics that enable the degree candidate to be knowledgeable about new applications and/or areas in management engineering.

The graduate Emphasis in Management Engineering at California State University, Long Beach seeks to:

• Provide industry and government with engineers who have essential management knowledge and skills.
• Provide engineers with career advancement opportunities in project management and the management of research, manufacturing and other technical enterprises.
• Educate engineers as managers who can effectively plan and implement technological projects.

Ph.D. in Engineering and Industrial Applied Mathematics (code COE_PH01)

For requirements, see the description in the College of Engineering section of this catalog.