Mechanical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in mechanical engineering is offered by the Department of Mechanical, Industrial, and Systems Engineering (MCISE). The Mechanical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. ( The department also offers the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in mechanical engineering.

Faculty: Associate Professor Rousseau, chairperson. Professors Chelidze, Datseris, Faghri, Ghonem, Jouaneh, Nassersharif, Palm, Shukla, Taggart, and Zhang; Associate Professors Meyer, and Rousseau; Assistant Professors Yuan, and Zheng; Adjunct Professors Anagnostopoulos, and Kadek; Adjunct Assistant Professors Gomez, Goodwin, and LeBlanc; Professors Emeriti Kim, Lessmann, Sadd, and White.

Department Mission Statement.  Provide high quality undergraduate and graduate education that will prepare graduates for successful careers in mechanical, industrial and systems engineering and related fields. Conduct high quality research that supports our educational goals, state and national needs, and advances the state of knowledge in our fields of study. Provide professional expertise, service and outreach to local and national industries and agencies.

Program Educational Objectives.  

Three to five years after graduation from the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering program, graduates will:

  1. Successfully practice mechanical engineering to serve state, local, national, and international industries and government agencies.
  2. Work professionally in one of the two major stems of mechanical engineering:  mechanical and/or thermal systems or related fields.
  3. Achieve personal and professional success with an understanding and appreciation of ethical behavior, social responsibility and diversity, both as individuals and in team environments.
  4. Pursue continued life-long learning through further graduate education, short courses or other training programs in engineering or related fields.

Student Outcomes. Mechanical engineering students demonstrate knowledge in all outcomes required by ABET, Inc. which are listed in the college’s student outcomes section.

Program Description. The curriculum provides a thorough and well-rounded foundation in basic science, mathematics, engineering science, and general education to prepare the graduate for a professional engineering career. The curriculum is also excellent preparation for graduate school. The program is strong in providing a background in design, solid and fluid mechanics, systems engineering, and the thermal sciences, including energy and energy transfer. Computer applications are stressed throughout the curriculum. All undergraduates are invited and encouraged to join the student section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, which sponsors industrial plant visits, special lectures, and other activities. Students may also join chapters of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM).

The work in the first two years consists of basic courses in science (math, physics, chemistry), applied science (mechanics, electricity and magnetism, basic computer literacy and computer-aided problem solving), manufacturing processes, and general education requirements (humanities, social sciences, English communication). Two introductory engineering courses are included in the freshman year.

The junior year concentrates on fundamental mechanical engineering courses (thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, systems engineering, engineering analysis, heat transfer), materials sciences, and design of machines. Further general education studies are also covered.

The senior year includes the capstone design sequence, mechanical engineering experimentation, and a wide variety of professional electives such as mechanical control systems, advanced fluid mechanics, advanced mechanics of materials, mechatronics, internal combustion engines, applied energy conversion, tribology, product design for manufacture, air conditioning, heating and ventilation, vibrations, finite element method, and experimental stress analysis. The program also includes two laboratory courses in the junior and senior years.

Computer techniques are integrated throughout the curriculum. Computational facilities including PCs and workstations are available in the College of Engineering’s Engineering Computer Center (ECC) and the University’s Office of Information Technology Services (ITS). The department’s computer classrooms provide state-of-the-art hardware and software for simulation, design, and product development.

The mechanical engineering major requires 122 credits.

Freshman Year First semester: 15 credits
CHM 101 (3), 102 (1); EGR 105 (1); MTH 141 (4); and general education requirements (6).

Second semester: 16 credits
ECN 201 (3); EGR 106 (2); MTH 142 (4); PHY 203 (3), 273 (1); and general education requirement (3).

Sophomore Year First semester: 17 credits
[ISE 240 (3) and 241 (1) or MCE 201 (3) and ISE 220 (1)]; MCE 262 (3); MTH 243 (3); and PHY 204 (3), 274 (1).

Second semester: 14 credits
CVE 220 (3); [ISE 240 (3) and 241 (1) or MCE 201 (3) and ISE 220 (1)]; MCE 263 (3); MTH 244 (3); and PHY 205 (3), 275 (1).

Junior Year First semester: 15 credits
CHE 333 (3); MCE 301 (3), 341 (3), 354 (3), 372 (3).

Second semester: 15 credits
ELE 220 (3); MCE 302 (3), 313 (3), 348 (3), 366 (3).

Senior Year First semester: 15 credits
MCE 401 (3) [capstone], 414 (3); professional electives1 (6); and general education requirement (3).

Second semester: 15 credits
MCE 402 (3) [capstone]; professional electives1 (6); general education requirement (3); and free elective (3).

1Professional Elective Requirements: Must be satisfied by twelve (12) credits of professional electives, with a minimum of three (3) three (3)-credit MCE courses (no more than two (2) courses from the MCE 47*/CHE 47* series), two (2) of which must be taken at URI. The fourth course may be a 300-, 400-, or 500-level course offered by the College of Engineering, CHM, CSC, PHY, or STA; or a 400- or 500-level MTH course. Professional elective courses taken outside URI are subject to URI transfer credit rules and require prior written approval.

Minor in Nuclear Engineering. Qualified mechanical engineering students may pursue a minor in nuclear engineering. Students declaring this minor must complete a minimum of 18 credits consisting of four (4) required courses (12 credits) and two (2) supporting courses (6 credits).

Accelerated Five-Year B.S./M.S. Degree Program. The department offers an accelerated five-year B.S./M.S. degree program in mechanical engineering. Eligibility for this program requires second semester junior status with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00. Additional program information can be obtained by contacting the department chairperson.