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Department of Mechanical Engineering

Paul A. Dellenback, Department Head
2052 Engineering Building
Phone: (307) 766-2122 FAX: (307) 766-2695
Email: me.info@uwyo.edu
Website: http://wwweng.uwyo.edu/mechanical

Professors

DENNIS N. COON, B.S. Alfred University-New York; M.S. 1984; Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University 1986; Professor of Mechanical Engineering 1999, 1988.
DIMITRI J. MAVRIPLIS, B.S. McGill University 1982; M.Eng. 1982; Ph.D. Princeton University 1987; Professor of Mechanical Engineering 2003.
JONATHAN W. NAUGHTON, B.S. Cornell University 1986; Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University 1993; Professor of Mechanical Engineering 2012, 1997.
DAVID E. WALRATH, B.S. University of Wyoming 1974; M.S. 1975; Ph.D. University of Delaware 1986; Professor of Mechanical Engineering 1998, 1986.

Associate Professors

PAUL A. DELLENBACK, B.S. Texas Tech University 1978; M.S. 1980; Ph.D. Arizona State University 1986; Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering 1994, 1990; Head of Mechanical Engineering 2009.
MARK R. GARNICH, B.S. Michigan Technological University 1981; M.S. 1983; Ph.D. University of Wyoming 1996; Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering 2001.
CHUNG-SOUK HAN, Dipl.-Ing. Darmstadt University of Technology, 1994; Dr.-Ing. University of Hannover, 1999; Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering 2010.

Assistant Professors

RAY S. FERTIG III, B.S. University of Wyoming 2001; M.S. 2003; Ph.D. Cornell University 2010; Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering 2011.
CARL P. FRICK, B.S. University of Colorado at Boulder 1999; M.S. 2003; Ph.D. 2005; Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering 2008.
JAYANARAYANAN SITARAMAN, B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology India 1998; M.S. University of Maryland 2000; Ph.D. 2003; Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering 2009.
MICHAEL STOELLINGER, M.S. Technical University Munich 2005; Ph.D. University of Wyoming 2010; Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering 2012.
YUAN ZHENG, B.S. Shanghai Jiaotong University, China 1992; M.S. Purdue University 1999; Ph.D. 2003, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering 2009.

Associate Lecturer

ANN NANCY PECK, B.S. Lehigh University 1984; M.S. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1987; Ph.D. 1992; Associate Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering 2000, 1997.

Senior Research Scientist

SCOTT A. MORTON, B.S. University of Wyoming 1972; M.S. 1978; Senior Research Scientist in Mechanical Engineering 2006, 1999.

Professors Emeriti

Donald F. Adams
Bruce R. Dewey
William R. Lindberg
John E. Nydahl
Kynric M. Pell
Ovid A. Plumb
Donald A. Smith
Robert A. Wheasler

Adjunct Faculty

Mark J. Balas
Andrew Hansen
Stephan Heinz
Rowland Linford
Dan Stanescu

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is the broadest area of study in engineering. In contrast to other engineering disciplines, mechanical engineers are employed in significant percentages in almost all industrial and governmental organizations that employ engineers.

The spectrum of activities in which mechanical engineers are engaged continues to expand. The curriculum has in turn become flexible to allow for the education of mechanical engineering students in many diverse and allied areas, or for graduate school preparation.

The educational objectives of the Department of Mechanical Engineering are as follows:

  • Demonstrate career success through professional accomplishments
  • Demonstrate continued development of problem solving skills through independent learning
  • Demonstrate effective communication and design skills with recognition of appropriate constraints
  • Demonstrate ethical considerations, safety, and sustainability in engineering practice

The undergraduate program includes a foundation in mathematics, science, and engineering sciences. The three key elements of the mechanical engineering undergraduate program are laboratory experience, design experience, and development of communication skills.

The mechanical engineering curriculum affords the student the flexibility to pursue specific professional goals within the discipline.  Such an opportunity needs to be carefully considered by each student, so that elective courses are chosen with these goals in mind.  During the junior and senior years, the student selects 15 credit hours of technical electives.

Mechanical and Energy Systems engineering degree candidates must meet the academic requirements of the college and in addition must have an average GPA of 2.0 (C) in Mechanical and/or Energy Systems engineering courses completed at this university. A grade of (C) or better must be earned in all engineering science and required mathematics courses.

International Engineering Option

An International Option is available for the mechanical engineering program. The program requires two years of college-level foreign language and a study abroad experience, which together satisfy most cultural context requirements of the University Studies Program. This program requires 134 credit hours. A detailed curriculum is available from the Mechanical Engineering Department office.

Mechanical Engineering Curriculum*

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year: Fall

Hours

ES 1000

1

CHEM 1020

4

MATH 2200

4

ES 1060

3

ENGL 1010

3

Physical Education8

1

Total Hours

16

Freshman Year: Spring

Hours

MATH 2205

4

ES 2110

3

Math/Science Elective1

3

US and WY Constitutions (V)

3

COJO 1010

3

Total Hours

16

Sophomore Year: Fall

Hours

MATH 2210

4

PHYS 1220

4

ES 2120

3

ES 2410

3

ES 2210

3

Total Hours

17

Sophomore Year: Spring

Hours

MATH 2310

3

ME 2020

2

ENGL 2005

3

ES 2310

3

ES 2330

3

CHEM 1030 or PHYS 2310 or PHYS 2320

3-4

Total Hours

17-18

Junior Year: Fall

Hours

ME 2160

2

ME 3010

3

ME 3020

3

ME 3040

3

Business Elective2

3

Total Hours

14

Junior Year: Spring

Hours

ME 3170

3

ME 3360

3

ME 3450

3

ME 4020

3

Technical Elective3

3

Cultural Context Elective7

3

Total Hours

18

Senior Year: Fall

Hours

ME 4010 or EE 4620

3

ME 4060

3

Math/Science Elective1

3

ME Elective4

3

Cultural Context Elective7

3

Total Hours

15

Senior Year: Spring

Hours

ME 4070

3

ME Elective4

3

ME Solids Elective5

3

ME Fluids Elective6

3

Cultural Context Elective7

3

Total Hours

15

*A minimum of 128 credit hours graded (A-F) course hours are necessary to satisfy degree requirements. Students selecting the International Studies Option require a minimum of 134 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements. (Credits earned by examination count in these hours).

1 Math/Science electives: To be selected from the department-approved list.

2 Business elective: ACCT 1010, BADM 1040, CE 3900, DSCI 3210, DSCI 4260, ES 4910, FIN 3250 or others as approved by adviser.

3 Technical elective: Must have prior approval of the advisor. May be chosen from any engineering discipline, mathematics, science or business. 2 of the 4 elective courses (from among Math/Science, Business, and or Technical Electives) must be at the 3000+ level.

4 ME Elective. Any ME course.

5 ME Solids Electives: ME 4040, 4100, 4210, 4215.

6 ME Fluids Electives: ME 3400, 4240, 4330, 4340, 4350, 4470.

7 The Cultural Context Electives must be chosen to earn one each of the following credits: CH (Humanities); CS (Social Sciences); CA (Arts) G (Global Awareness); and D (Cultural Diversity in the US).

8 Offered S/U only. Need not be taken during freshman year, but must be completed prior to graduation.

Graduate Study

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Mechanical engineering faculty conduct research in the areas of aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, wind energy, heat transfer, gasification, biomaterials, composite materials, continuum mechanics, computational material science, materials reliability, mechanical behavior of materials, and nanomechanics of surfaces and interfaces.

Department Specific Admission Requirements

Applicants should possess a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering. Students that do not hold B.S./M.E. degrees may qualify as M.S. candidates by completing, without credit, certain prerequisite courses as specified by the Department. These prerequisites would depend upon the candidate's background and upon the area in which he/she plans to specialize.

In addition to the required application materials (i.e. application form, academic transcript, GRE/TOFEL scores, letters of reference) the applicant must submit a Statement of Purpose indicating their technical area of interest, abilities, and objectives in completing a graduate degree in mechanical engineering.

A minimum composite score of 294 (MS) or 307 (PhD) on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE is typically required for full admission to the Mechanical Engineering Department.  For international students, a minimum score of 577 on the written exam or 90 on the Internet-based test (iBT) is typically required for full admission.

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Master of Science (M.S.) Program

The Mechanical Engineering Department offers both a thesis (Plan A) and a non-thesis (Plan B) M.S. program. For either program, courses should be chosen so that one is a 5000-level course outside the student's area of primary interest, and two courses should be mathematics-oriented. In conjunction with their advisor, students select the remaining courses in their program. No graduate credit is allowed for 4000-level mechanical engineering courses.

Plan A (thesis)

A thesis project is chosen in consultation with an ME faculty member, and constitutes 4 credit hours of the 30-hour Plan A program. A maximum of 9 credits at the 4000-level may be taken.

ME 5478 (Seminar) is to be taken during the final semester when the thesis is presented and defended, and constitutes 2 credit hours of the 30-hour Plan A program.

Plan B (non-thesis)

The Plan B M.S. degree can be completed by earning a minimum of 31 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree.

Classes must meet the following constraints:

Mathematics or Statistics (4000-level or above); minimum of 6 hours

ME courses (5000-level); minimum of 15 hours

Graduate Project (ME 5961); minimum of 1 hour

Technical Electives (4000-level or higher); minimum of 9 hours

Total: minimum of 31 hours 

  • Technical electives must be chosen with the approval of the academic adviser. They can be in mathematics, statistics, science, or other engineering disciplines. Up to two courses may be from the fields of business, ENR, or public policy.
  • A maximum of 12 credits at the 4000 level may be taken. Special topic credits may be earned using ME 5475; a maximum of 6 credits may be earned in this manner.
  • Research credits earned through ME 5960 as part of an unfinished M.S. Plan A program may not be counted. Although the Plan B M.S. degree is not research-oriented, the program must contain an "element of discovery," documented by completing ME 5961 (Graduate Project). This could be a special project performed as independent study or as part of a graduate course. The department's graduate committee must approve the project.
  • On-campus students enrolled in the Plan B program will be expected to attend at least three Mechanical Engineering Department graduate seminars per semester.

Quick Start BS/MS Program

Through judicious choice of undergraduate electives, this program allows double-counting up to two 5000-level courses from the B.S. program toward M.S. degree requirements, thus reducing the time requirement for completing an M.S. degree. Students can apply for admission to the B.S./M.S. program by achieving junior status and meeting the following requirements for admission:

  • completion of the four core ME courses (ME 3010, ME 3020, ME 3040, and ME 3360),
  • a minimum overall GPA of 3.25,
  • a minimum GPA of 3.25 in ME courses, and
  • a minimum of three letters of recommendation (at least two must be from ME faculty at UW).

Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.25 in their undergraduate and at least 3.0 in their graduate coursework in order to remain in good standing in the program. Not meeting the GPA requirement places a student on probation for one semester. If the GPA requirement is not met after that semester, the student will be dismissed from the Quick Start program.

Transfer students must have taken courses equivalent to the ME core courses. Transfer students must have also completed at least 15 credit hours of courses at UW in order to be eligible for admission.

Doctoral Program

For students of outstanding academic ability and with demonstrated capacity for undertaking independent research on advanced engineering problems, the Ph.D. program in mechanical engineering is offered. The PhD requires a minimum of 72 graduate hours, at least 42 of which must be earned in formal coursework. No graduate credit is allowed for 4000-level mechanical engineering courses. A preliminary exam is required, and in most cases this should be taken before completing the third semester of study. The preliminary exam shall consist of a written component administered by the student's committee and an open presentation of the proposed dissertation research. The dissertation research will be publicly presented and conclusions defended in accordance with university policy.

Mechanical Engineering (ME) Courses

 

Energy Systems Engineering

Energy Systems Engineering is a new undergraduate degree offering by the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. The ESE program was designed to train engineers to address one of this country's foremost challenges:  to achieve energy independence and yet meet the growing demand for energy, while at the same time addressing critical environmental concerns. The program is intended to help meet these challenges by preparing students to be:

  • technology leaders in energy conversion and environmental protection systems
  • capable managers in the energy industry
  • versatile overseers of energy development by the governmental sector
  • technically-trained and environmentally-sensitive liaisons between the energy industry and the public.

ESE students will be trained in alternative and environmentally-friendly energy conversion systems, as well as more traditional technologies that will continue to play an important role for the foreseeable future.

Although the discipline of mechanical engineering has historically been responsible for the design of energy conversion cycles and equipment, issues outside the conventional realms of engineering are increasingly important to address as new and improved energy conversion systems are implemented. The engineer trained in Energy Systems will be better equipped than traditional mechanical engineers to deal with the environmental, legal, political, economic, and ethical aspects of new energy projects.

The ESE degree has many course work requirements in common with the Mechanical Engineering degree, particularly in the thermal, fluids, and energy conversion sciences. However, the ESE program emphasizes energy conversion aspects of Mechanical Engineering and requires course work from UW's School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), course work in environmental ethics and environmental law, and two electives picked from a list of classes that focus attention on energy and the environment. The SENR courses will expose students to issues related to permitting such as preparation of environmental impact studies, and regulations such as the Endangered Species Act. In addition, there are five technical electives that allow the student to choose more detailed study in personal areas of interest, including for example, courses in environmental engineering, wind engineering, solar engineering, nuclear engineering, and petroleum engineering.

It should be emphasized that ESE is a rigorous engineering program that requires dedicated preparation in high school, including four years of math, science, and language arts. In fact, technical writing skills are emphasized throughout the ESE curriculum so that the program has more extensive writing requirements (including two "WC" courses) than most other programs at UW.

The Energy System Engineering degree program obtained its initial accreditation with ABET in 2012 with retroactive application to past graduates.

The educational objectives of the ESE program are the same as those listed for the ME program. Energy Systems Engineering degree candidates must meet the academic requirements of the college, obtain a grade of (C) or better in all Engineering Science and required mathematics courses, and must have an average GPA of 2.0 (C) in ESE and ME course work. An International Engineering Option similar to that in ME is also available. No graduate degree program in ESE is anticipated at this time.

Energy Systems Engineering Option Curriculum*

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year: Fall

Hours

MATH 2200

4

ES 1000

1

ES 1060

3

CHEM 1020

4

ENGL 1010

3

Total Hours

15

Freshman Year: Spring

Hours

MATH 2205

4

ES 2110

3

LIFE 1010

4

COJO 1010

3

US and WY Constitutions

3

Total Hours

17

Sophomore Year: Fall

Hours

MATH 2210

4

ES 2120

3

ES 2210

3

ES 2410

3

PHYS 1220

4

Total Hours

17

Sophomore Year: Spring

Hours

MATH 2310

3

ES 2310

3

ES 2330

3

ESE 2020

2

ATSC 2100

2

Cultural Context Elective1

3

Total Hours

17

Junior Year: Fall

Hours

ESE 3020

3

ESE 3040

3

Math/Science Elective2

3

ESE Electives3

6

Physical Education8

1

Total Hours

16

Junior Year: Spring

Hours

ESE 2160

2

ESE 3360

3

ESE Technical Elective4

3

PHIL 2330 or 2345

3

Law Elective5

3

Cultural Context Elective1

3

Total Hours

17

Senior Year: Fall

Hours

ESE 4060

3

Technical Elective4

3

Technical Elective4

3

ENR 4000

3

Business Elective6

3

Total Hours

15

Senior Year: Spring

Hours

ESE 4070

3

Technical Elective5

3

Technical Elective7

3

ENR 4900

3

Cultural Context Elective1

3

Total Hours

15

* A minimum of 129 credit hours graded (A-F) course hours are necessary to satisfy degree requirements. Degree candidates must meet academic requirements of the college and have an average grade point average of 2.0 in all ESE and ME courses completed at UW. 

1 The Cultural Context Electives must be chosen to earn one each of the following credits:  CA (Arts); G (Global Awareness); and D (Cultural Diversity in the US)

2 Math/Science Elective must be chosen from a Department approved list.

3 Two ESE Electives to be chosen from:  ENR 4890 Applied GIS, POLS 4051 Environmental Politics, POLS 4350 Sustainable Development and  Global Policy, GEOL 3500 Global Change - A Geologic Perspective, GEOL 3650 Energy - A Geologic Perspective, PETE 4000 Environment, Tech, and Society, and ECON 1300:  Oil:  Business, Culture, and Power

4 Four Technical Electives to be chosen from:  PETE 2050 Intro to Petroleum Engineering, GEOL 4190 Petroleum Geology, CE 3400 Intro to Environmental Engineering, CE 4430 Environmental Engineering Chemistry, ME 3450 Properties of Materials, ME 4020 Mechatronics, ME 4340 Gas Turbine Engines, ME 4470 Wind and Tidal Energy Engineering, ME 4460 Solar and Geothermal Engineering, ESE 4330 Gasoline and Diesel Engines, ESE 4360 Nuclear Engineering, and ESE 4380 Steam Plant Engineering

5 Law Elective to be chosen from:  ENR 4890 Environmental Law, ENR 4890 ENR Law and Policy, or ENR 4890 Wildlife Law and Energy Development

6 Business Elective to be chosen from: CE 3900, DSCI 3210, DSCI 4260, FIN 3250, ES 4910 or others as approved by advisor.

7 Technical Elective at 3000 level or higher.  Must be approved by advisor. May be chosen from any engineering discipline, mathematics, science, business, or from ESE Technical Elective list.

 

Energy Systems Engineering (ESE) Courses

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