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Overview
No other profession unleashes the spirit of innovation like Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. From research to real-world applications, mechanical and aerospace engineers discover how to improve lives by creating bold new solutions that connect science to life in unexpected, forward thinking ways. Few have such a direct and positive effect on everyday lives and we count on mechanical and aerospace engineers, and their imaginations, to help us meet the needs of the 21st century.

Mechanical and aerospace engineers know that life takes engineering, and that their disciplines provide freedom to explore, shape the future, encompass an enterprising spirit, and call for limitless imagination. Engineering makes a world of difference and is essential to our health, happiness, and safety. Creative problem solving, while turning dreams into reality, is the core of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. These professional disciplines involve the invention, design, and manufacture of devices, machines and systems that serve the ever-changing needs of modern society.

Mechanical engineering is an exceedingly diverse field that spans an exceptionally wide range of systems, devices and vehicles. Mechanical engineers are vitally concerned with all forms of energy production, utilization and conservation. They are the key professionals in bringing about the green revolution, finding ways to reduce or eliminate pollution, minimize waste, reduce energy usage, and re-use waste, scrap, and recycled goods. They deal with everything mechanical and energy-consuming, whether small or large, simple or complex—from fuel cells to nuclear power plants, gas turbine engines to interplanetary space vehicles, artificial limbs to life support systems, robotic manipulators to complex automatic packaging machines, precision instruments to construction machinery, household appliances to mass transit systems, heating and air-conditioning systems to off-shore drilling platforms, and powered home and garden appliances to vehicles of all types. In virtually every organization where engineers are employed, mechanical engineers will be found.

The BS degree program in mechanical engineering, together with the premedical option and the biomedical engineering option in mechanical engineering, is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the ABET under the criteria for mechanical and similarly named engineering programs.

Aerospace engineering is concerned with the science and technology of flight, and the design of air, land and sea vehicles for transportation and exploration. This exciting field has led people to the moon and continues to lead in the expansion of frontiers deeper into space and into the ocean’s depths. Because of their unique backgrounds in aerodynamics and lightweight structures, aerospace engineers are becoming increasingly involved in solving some of society’s most pressing and complex problems, such as high-speed ground transportation and pollution of the environment.

The BS degree program in aerospace engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the ABET under the criteria for aerospace and similarly named engineering programs.

The mission of the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is to support the mission of Oklahoma State University by:

• Providing the best possible education to students, grounded in engineering fundamentals, so that they are competitive in employment and advanced studies and are prepared for a lifetime of continuing development;

• Engaging students in basic and applied research, making significant, innovative contributions to the engineering and science base on which industrial competitiveness is built;

• Preparing graduates to solve problems of both immediate and long-range concern to society and to support our instructional programs;

• Providing extension and public service activities where constituents' needs and School resources are compatible; and

• Emphasizing the practice of engineering and the needs of the State of Oklahoma in each of the above activities.

Program Educational Objectives. OSU BSME and BSAE graduates will:

• Be able to apply their knowledge of engineering to solve complex problems using basic principles in combination with modern engineering methods;

• Be able to use engineering principles to realize, test, and evaluate designs within a context of global needs;

• Be able to function as members of multidisciplinary teams and communicate effectively;

• Be lifelong learners who understand modern technical and societal issues as well as their ethical responsibilities that impact their engineering profession.

Program Outcomes. The outcome for students graduating from the mechanical and aerospace engineering BS programs are: (a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to the mechanical and aerospace engineering disciplines; (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data; (c) 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; (d) an ability to function on teams, some of which require consideration of multiple disciplines; (e) an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems; (f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility; (g) an ability to communicate effectively; (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context; (i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning; (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues; (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. For the BSME Program, there are 4 additional outcomes: MEP01 – a knowledge of chemistry and calculus-based physics with depth in at least one of the two; MEP02 – the ability to apply advanced mathematics through multivariate calculus and differential equations; MEP03 – a familiarity with statistics and linear algebra; and MEP04 – the ability to apply principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations) to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components, or processes to work professionally in both the thermal and mechanical systems areas. For the BSAE Program, there are 3 additional outcomes: AEP01 – knowledge of the following aeronautical topics: aerodynamics, aerospace materials, structures, propulsion, flight mechanics, and stability and control; AEP02 – knowledge of some of the following astronautical topics: orbital mechanics, space environment, attitude determination and control, telecommunications, space structures, and rocket propulsion; and AEP03 – graduates must have design competence which includes integration of aeronautical or astronautical topics.

Because mechanical engineering is perhaps the broadest of all engineering disciplines, the program provides not only excellent grounding in all engineering fundamentals, but also allows some flexibility in selecting controlled technical electives to suit the student’s interests. In this selection, no one area may be unduly emphasized at the expense of another. For the aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, and premedical programs, prescribed course work provides students with more focused development. Graduates are fully competent as mechanical or aerospace engineers, with abilities in design, and in-depth knowledge in their areas of concentration.

As a fundamental component of all BS programs, engineering design is strongly emphasized in the junior and senior years but is integrated throughout the curriculum. Most MAE courses at the 3000 and 4000 levels include some design content, ranging from a minimum of one-half to a maximum of four credit hours of design content. Each professional school course builds upon the preceding mechanical and aerospace engineering courses to develop in the student the ability to identify and solve meaningful engineering problems. The course work is specifically sequenced and interrelated to provide design experience at each level, leading to progressively more complex, open-ended problems. The course work includes sensitizing students to socially-related technical problems and their responsibilities as engineering professionals to behave ethically and protect occupational and public safety. The program culminates in a senior-year design course in which students integrate analysis, synthesis, and other abilities they have developed throughout the earlier portions of their study into a capstone experience. The design experiences include the fundamental elements and features of design with realistic constraints such as economics, safety, reliability, social and environmental impact, and other factors. At this point, students are able to design components, systems and processes that meet specific requirements, including such pertinent societal considerations as ethics, safety, environmental impact and aesthetics. Students develop and display the ability to design and conduct experiments essential to specific studies and to analyze experimental results to draw meaningful conclusions.

An integral part of this educational continuum, from basic science through comprehensive engineering design, are learning experiences that facilitate the students' abilities to function effectively in both individual and team environments. The program also provides every graduate with adequate learning experiences to develop effective written and oral communication skills. State-of-the-art computational tools are introduced and used as a part of their problem-solving experiences. Finally, the students’ experience in solving ever-more-challenging problems gives them the ability to continue to learn independently throughout their professional careers.

The broad background and problem-solving ability of mechanical and aerospace engineers make them suited to engage in one or more of the following activities: research, development, design, production, operation, management, technical sales and private consulting. Versatility is their trademark. A bachelor’s degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering is also an excellent background for entering other professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, law or business (MBA). The premedical option in mechanical engineering is available for students wishing to enroll in medical school, and the biomedical engineering option prepares students to work in the biomedical engineering field, or continue on to graduate study in this area.

In the professional school, (essentially the junior and senior years of the program) mechanical and aerospace engineering students extend their study of the engineering sciences and consider applications of fundamental principles and analysis tools to the solution of real technological problems of society. Some design courses involve students in the solution of authentic, current and significant engineering problems provided by industrial firms. Students may also help smaller firms that need assistance with the development of new products.

The student designs, with the guidance of an adviser, an individualized program of study consistent with his or her interests and career plans. Some students terminate their studies with a bachelor’s degree, while others receive one of several graduate degrees.

Available Options
, B.S.A.E.


Occupations
Aerospace Engineers
Mechanical Engineers
Sales Engineers
Engineering Managers

Industries
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing

Recent OSU Graduates in
Salaries
Max: $95,000 |
Ave: $62,291 |
Med: $60,303 |
Min: $15,240


Employers
Agco Hesston
B & C Machine Co.
Baker Hughes
Central Intelligence Agency
Cessna Aircraft Co
Chesapeake Energy
ConocoPhillips
Department of Defense
Devon Energy
DuPont
Exxon Mobil
Federal Government
Flight Safety International
Flint Hills Resources
FM Global
Gardner Denver, Inc.
GE Oil and Gas
General Electric Aviation
Halliburton
John Deere
John Zink Company
Koch Industries
L-3 Communications
Michelin N.A.
NASA Johnson Space Center
National Instruments
Nordam
Northrop Grumman
Northwest Crane Service
Oklahoma State University - Tulsa
OneSubsea
PGS Worldwide
Pratt & Whitney
Precision Castparts Corporation
Sandia National Laboratories
Sheffield Aerospace
Siemens
SLPT Global Pump Group, Inc.
Spirit Aerosystems
Superior Well Services
The Boeing Company
Tinker Air Force Base
United States Air Force
United States Navy
Weatherford International
Webco Industries Inc.
Zeeco, Inc
Zivko Aeronautics Inc.

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