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  1. Upper Division Student Advising Session This information session is intended for all upper division students working towards a BS degree in mechanical engineering. This information is accurate as of 12 October 2010 Please stay tuned for additional updates related to the Quarter to Semester Conversion.

  2. Summary • A year by year perspective on your degree • Curriculum Revisions! • New Opportunities! • Planning your courses between now and graduation • Status update on Calendar Conversion

  3. Second Year Students • Prepare your resume for co-op • Register and complete co-op training • Attend spring career fair • Invitations for dual degree programs will be announced in December • Applications for dual degree programs will be due in January • Focus on success in core ME classes of statics, mechanics, dynamics, thermo, fluids • Rising expectations of performance – we are raising the bar across the board year by year • ME course load, homework load, will be significantly higher than in your first year • Expect to be working 60 hours per week on your academic studies • Join ASME, SAE, AIAA, SWE, SHPE, NSBE, etc to grow your interests!

  4. Course Withdrawal Procedures • Speak with your instructor and your faculty adviser before withdrawing, so that you are aware of the impact on your degree completion! • W through end of Week 8 • Your most recent UGRAD grade is used in UGRAD GPA Calculations • All GRAD grades are used in GRAD GPA Calculations

  5. Liberal Arts Worksheet • Start working on your liberal arts worksheet now! • You must satisfy both the CORE and CONCENTRATION Requirements! • Your Liberal Arts Worksheet needs to be approved by Liberal Arts Office of Academic Advising, not by Mechanical Engineering! You can also check progress on your liberal arts concentration in SIS and TigerTracks

  6. Academic Advising Report • You can print a copy of your personal AAR through the Student Information System at any time. • Use the AAR and tiger tracks to confirm progress towards your degree, and credit for all activities including transfer, AP, co-op, course repeats, etc.

  7. Dual Degree Opportunities You may be interested in these exciting things: • BS / Master of Engineering in Mech E • BS/ Master of Science in Mech E • BS in Mech E and MS in Science, Technology and Public Policy Unique to RIT! • Minor in Chemical Engineering Systems Analysis New!!, Offered thru Mech E • The ME DEPT will invite applications for the dual degree programs during the first three weeks of each Winter Quarter. Applications will be due at the end of January each year. Admission decisions will be announced prior to start of spring quarter.

  8. New and Improving Opportunities Or, you may be interested in … • Every engineering department is now offering a minor in their discipline, primarily targeted towards other engineering majors. • College of Business Entrepreneurship Minor • COLA Science, Technology and Public Policy: Concentration  Minor  Masters • Liberal Arts is expanding the number of Minors • Double Major Articulation Agreements – students have completed two BS degrees – Mech E and … EE, Math, and Physics.

  9. 0304-220 Fundamentals of Micromachining I 2 hours lab, 1 credit New Course Announcement Micro-robots that roam the environment looking for contamination. Implantable medical devices that replace damaged organs. Electric generators the size of a pea that run on alcohol and recharge your laptop. Complete chemical laboratories on a tiny silicon chip. Do these applications sound like science fiction? Not any more! These and other devices are actually being developed in labs all over the world utilizing standard micromachining techniques pioneered for the electronics industry. This is a new hands-on course to introduce students to micromachining techniques used in making mechanical microsystems. Geared primarily for mechanical engineering students, we will be learning about clean rooms and the tools used to make microscopic devices out of silicon, metals, glass, and other materials. This is not a demo course; each student will be responsible for fabricating and measuring a collection of simple microscopic devices. Springs, beams, cantilevers, verniers, and other simple test structures will be used to examine the mechanical behavior of the micro world.. This course may be used as a free mechanical engineering elective. No prerequisites. • Topics: • Clean Rooms • Thin film materials • Lithographic patterning • Plasma and chemical etching • Micro Metrology • Micro Testing

  10. Especially good to take before working on big design projects! 0304-350 Intermediate Machining Lab 2 hours lab, 1 credit New Course Announcement This hands-on laboratory course introduces students to the proper useand application of basic machine tools. Students will learn aboutmachine capabilities and capacities, verification and setupprocedures, and the system of operations necessary to achieve therequired part specifications. Students will also be introduced to CNCmachine tools and their applications. This course may be used towardsfree elective credit. (Pre-Requisite: 0304-343,Materials Processing) Lab 2, Credit 1 • Topics: • Hand tools • Machine tool verification • Machine tool setup • Operations and Sequences • Preparation for Senior Design • Basic intro to CNC

  11. Especially good for aerospace option students! 0304-230? Aircraft Modelmaking 2 hours lab, 1 credit New Course Announcement This hands-on laboratory course introduces students to the proper useand application of radio controlled aircraft manufacturing methods. Students will learn about model making capabilities including construction and testing of aircraft fuseflage, wings, tail, wheel mounts, and engine mounts. Students have an option of purchasing the kit of parts, and owning their aircraft upon completion. With the additional purchase of engine and radio, you can have your personal RC aircraft, and understand more about the basics of flight. This course may be used towardsfree elective credit. (Pre-Requisite: 0304-343,Materials Processing) Lab 2, Credit 1 • Topics: • Fuselage Building and Covering • Wind Building and Covering • Tail Build and Covering • Landing gear, cowling, and cowling cuts • How to install motors and RC components • Balsa, Fiberglass, and Foam Techniques • Flight Test (Weather Permitting)

  12. Especially good for Auto Option Students, those wishing to work in manufacturing, or in particular if you want to co-op with Toyota! 0303-xxx Intro to Lean Production Systems 2 hours lab, 1 credit New Course Announcement This hands-on laboratory course introduces students to the toyota production system through an experiential learning activity in the TPS Lab. This course may be used towards free elective credit. (Pre-Requisite: 0304-343,Materials Processing) Lab 2, Credit 1 Course offered courtesy of the ISE Department! • Topics: • 5S • Lean Production • Toyota Production System

  13. Third Year Students • Enroll for cornerstone design ASAP upon return from your first co-op block – many students are waiting too long to take this course! • Have serious discussions with your faculty adviser about ME options, COLA concentrations, likes and dislikes, begin thinking about CAREER and LIFE goals as well as ACADEMIC goals • Consider a minor, study abroad, or horizons expanding experience • Update your resume • Attend fall and spring career fairs every quarter you are on campus • Network with peer students and alumni, attend dept social functions • Create a plan of study to achieve your goals • Flexibility in the degree program requires planning and thought on your part • Consider taking on a leadership role in ASME, SAE, SHPE, SWE, etc • Make time to reflect and truly learn the materials, and not just “drink from a firehose” • Consider the dual degree program if you have not already enrolled • Complete your writing exam!

  14. Cornerstone Design Pre-requisites • Cornerstone Design is intended to be the mid-degree design experience that helps you applying your engineering science knowledge to engineering design problems, and integrate you co-op experience with your campus experience” • Cornerstone Design should be completed during the first academic year after you return to campus from your first co-op experience and well before you complete your upper division technical electives • You must be 3rd year standing to register for cornerstone design • Completion of at least one co-op block • Completed Statics, Mechanics, Dynamics, Thermo, Fluids, EDG MANY STUDENTS ARE WAITING TOO LONG TO TAKE CORNERSTONE DESIGN TAKE IT IN YOUR THIRD YEAR!

  15. Bioengineering Option Requirements • All Bioengineering Option students must complete the free elective: • (4 cr) 0304-461 Contemporary Issues in Bioengineering, AND • All Bioengineering Option students must complete: • (4 cr) An Approved Biological Sciences Course (for your Science elective, from the list of approved science electives) A custom course A&P course for engineering students is currently available. • All Bioengineering Option Students must select at least 3 courses from the list of Bioengineering Technical Electives: • (4 cr) 0303-645 BioMaterials • (4 cr) 0304-756 Aerosol Mechanics in the Respiratory Tract • (4 cr) 0303-732 Biomechanics • (4 cr) 0303-646 Biomedical Device Engineering • (4 cr) Some other course with departmental approval, AND • An approved Senior Design Project. • New courses under consideration include Bio-transport phenomena, Bio-kinematics, Bio-fluidics. This is a dynamic field. It will not be as static as the other options.

  16. Automotive Engineering Option Requirements • All Auto Option students must complete the free elective: • (4 cr) 0304-540 Intro to Auto Design and Manufacturing, AND • All Auto Option Students must select at least 3 courses from the list of Auto Option Technical Electives: • (4 cr) 0304-624 Vehicle Dynamics • (4 cr) 0304-643 Control Systems • (4 cr) 0304-640 IC Engines • (4 cr) 0304-623 Powertrain Systems and Design • (4 cr) 0304-638 Design of Machine Systems • (4 cr) 0303-771 High Performance Vehicle Engineering, • (4 cr) 0304-752 Fundamentals of Tribology and Lubrication • (4 cr) 0304-710 Fuel Cell Technology, AND • An approved Senior Design Project. Take the TPS elective for 1 credit of fun and career exploration! Look for opportunities in TPS Lab

  17. Aerospace Engineering Option Requirements • All Aero Option students must complete the free elective: • (4 cr) 0304-560 Intro to Aerospace Engineering, AND • All Aero Option students must complete: • (4 cr) 0304-575 Aerodynamics in place of 0304-550 Transport, AND • (1 cr) 0304-673 Aeromechanics Lab in place of 0304-551 Thermo-Fluids Lab II, AND • All Aero Option Students must select at least 3 courses from the list of Aero Option Technical Electives: • (4 cr) 0304-671 Aerospace Structures • (4 cr) 0304-678 Propulsion • (4 cr) 0304-682 Flight Dynamics • (4 cr) 0304-683 Orbital Mechanics • (4 cr) 0304-644 Composite Materials, • (4 cr) 0304-754 Fundamentals of Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics, • (4 cr) 0304-875 Advanced Aerodynamics, • AND • An approved Senior Design Project. Take the Airplane elective for 1 credit of fun and career exploration! Look for opportunities in Aero Lab

  18. Energy & The Environment Option Requirements • All E&E Option students must complete the free elective: • (4 cr) 0304-460 Contemporary Issues in Energy & The Environment, AND • All E&E Option Students must select at least 3 courses from the list of E&E Technical Electives: • (4 cr) 0304-629 Renewable Energy Systems (In development) • (4 cr) 0304-633 Sustainable Energy Management (In development) • (4 cr) 0304-639 Alternative Fuels and Energy Efficiency  (In Dev.) • (4 cr) 0304-640 I.C. Engines • (4 cr) 0304-643 Control Systems • (4 cr) 0304-660 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning • (4 cr) 0304-680 Advanced Thermodynamics • (4 cr) 0304-710 Fuel Cell Technology • (4 cr) Some other course with departmental approval, AND • An approved Senior Design Project. Consider Public Policy! Courses, Concentration, Minor, Dual Degree

  19. Fourth Year Students • Begin working on your upper division core classes, complete your minors outside of ME, and take one or two technical electives • BS/MEng students interested in an MS thesis should enroll in Research Methods during Fall of Year 4 • BS/MEng and other students interested in leadership of Sr Design should enroll in DPM during Spring year 4, or Fall year 5. • BS/MS students should enroll in SD 1 and SD2 winter-spring of year 4 • BS/MS students should enroll in System Dynamics in fall 4 or earlier!! • Seek a co-op experience that will enhance your life’s goals • Get to know your faculty adviser even better. Talk to them. REALLY have a meaningful conversation with them. • Create a quarter by quarter plan from now until graduation • Submit your plan and application for senior design before the end of year 4 • Complete most of your technical electives prior to, or in parallel with Senior Design 1 and 2 • Attend the senior design review presentations on the last Friday of week 10 each quarter, to find your interest areas, and understand what to expect in Sr Design • Become well rounded • Seek out opportunities to develop your leadership skills, both inside and outside of the ME department • Become a mover and shaker on campus, attend social functions

  20. Application for Graduation • Complete one form for each degree you will receive • File the form 4 quarters in advance of your planned graduation date! (1 calendar year)

  21. Your Degree Completion Checklist • You should prepare your OWN checklist to prepare a plan towards graduation • These are available in the ME Office • Fill one out for the BS Degree • This also serves as your application for Sr Design • Fill a separate one out If you are in the MEng or MS degree program • Resolve discrepancies 3 qtr’s prior to graduation! • Writing Test in Year 3

  22. Many variations are now possible as you plan courses – please let us know, through your checklist, what your plans are This flexibility requires planning!

  23. Fifth Year Students • Update your resume, fall career fair, spring career fair • Leadership on dept social functions • BS/MEng and others interested -- Take a leadership role in Sr Design • Register in Fall to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam • Enroll for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam review class in winter quarter • Sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam in Spring • Sign up for the Order of the Engineer in your last 4 weeks prior to graduation! • Take fun classes in addition to required classes • Begin thinking about career paths • Begin full time job search process • Think strategically about your career • Establish your own Roth IRA and begin saving for your retirement • Provide lots of time in your schedule to have a demanding and fulfilling Sr. design experience • We think of you as an engineer, not just as a student.

  24. Common Pitfalls • Make sure every co-op segment has student and employer work reports completed – do not let “I” roll to “F”! • Verify completion of all wellness (Phys. Ed.) requirements • Verify completion of the Writing Assessment • Verify all Transfer an A/P Credit on AAR

  25. Senior Design Pre-requisites • Senior Design is intended to be the capstone experience that helps with the transition from “student” to “practicing engineer.” • Senior Design I and II should be completed within the 3 quarters immediately preceding graduation! • COMPLETED DEGREE CHECKLIST IS REQUIRED TO ENROLL IN SENIOR DESIGN 1! • You must be 5th year standing to register for senior design • Completion of at least three co-op blocks • Completion of your degree plan checklist, showing your quarter by quarter plan of study through graduation by end of SPRING QUARTER YEAR 4 • Scenarios for Senior Design include: • SD 1 in Fall 5 and SD 2 in Winter 5 • SD 1 in Fall 5 and SD 2 in Spring 5 • SD 1 in Winter 5 and SD 2 in Spring 5 • You should plan to use Fridays for Senior Design! • SD 1 has a combination of day-long workshops and team work time • SD 2 has group work coupled with informational seminars

  26. More About Senior Design • During 2006-07, we initiated several tracks of closely related projects for senior design. Current Tracks include • Vehicle Systems (Auto Option) • Aerospace Systems (Aerospace Option) • Systems and Controls (All options) • Sustainable Design and Product Development (E&E Option) • Bioengineering and Assistive Devices (Bioengineering Option) • Printing and Imaging Systems (All options) • We anticipate students will begin signing up for senior design by section, with each section focused on a particular technology track. You should sign up for that section which has a track of interest to you, or that is aligned with your option. Non-option students may sign up for any track. • Within each track, we have several families of closely related projects. • You will be assigned to a project or project family within your track • Talk to faculty members during year 4, if you wish to get on a particular project • If you want to design your own project, or be a leader on a project team • Sign up to take Design Project Management (0304-730) in Spring or Fall • Work with Dr. Hensel, Amuso, and Esterman to develop an Project Readiness Package and recruit students • - Review Project Archives to understand project opportunities

  27. To-Do List for Graduation • All M.E. students must complete the writing competency test. This should be done in your third year. DO IT NOW!! • File an APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION form for each degree you will complete. Dual Degree students must file two forms! • File a REQUEST FOR REPEAT OF GRADE form for every course that you have taken twice, to insure proper computation of your GPA and PFOS GPA. • Plan a quarter by quarter schedule of classes and co-op between today and graduation. Compare your plan against the course rotation to make sure the classes are offered when you plan to take them! • Complete your LIBERAL ARTS CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS WORKSHEET to insure that you have met these requirements. • Confirm that your co-op reports (student and employer) have been filed for each co-op segment completed. • Confirm that all information regarding AP and TRANSFER credit is on file in the Mechanical Engineering Office. “Begin with the End in Mind” … S. Covey

  28. Questions?