To become nationally recognized and respected for excellence in engineering education, research, and service to local and regional industries.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at NDSU will contribute to the aspirations of a land-grant university in the three primary components of education, research, and service. In support of these endeavors, the mission of the department is to:
Educate undergraduate and graduate students in the fundamentals of the discipline, prepare graduates (BS, MS, or PhD) to effectively function in society in the field of their choice, and provide the learning skills to adapt to evolving personal and professional goals.
Develop and maintain high quality research programs in traditional and emerging areas that build on the diverse strengths of the faculty, foster interdisciplinary collaborations, and address national and global needs.
Within a few years of graduation, alumni of the mechanical engineering program at NDSU are expected to have:
Maintained an ability and willingness to adapt to emerging technologies through continued professional development.
Provided contributions to the engineering profession in the field of their choice.
Demonstrated a commitment to uphold high ethical and professional standards in the practice of engineering.
Exhibited their ability to function in a team environment and interact with people of diverse backgrounds.
Shown a commitment to be engaged and conscientious practitioners who understand the context in which their designs are implemented and the corresponding impact of their activities on society.
To foster attainment of the educational objectives, the ME Department has developed a curriculum that insures students will achieve the following outcomes by the time of graduation:
a) Graduates must have the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics and science to solve engineering problems.
b) Graduates must have the ability to design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze and interpret data.
c) Graduates must have the 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.
d) Graduates must have the ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
e) Gradutes must have the ability to identify, formulate, and solve fundamental engineering problems.
f) Graduates must have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
g) Graduates must have the ability to communicate effectively.
h) Graduates must possess the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
i) Graduates must recognize the need for, and possess an ability to engage in, life-long learning.
j) Graduates must possess knowledge of contemporary issues.
k) Graduates must have the ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.