ME Tools Tool: an object/instrument/application that is designed/created to serve a specific purpose ME Tools: applications useful to tackle ME-relevant problems and tasks such as design (CAD, FEM), manufacturing (machine shop & ME tooling knowledge), analysis (scientific knowledge, spreadsheet, MathCAD), optimization (programming concepts) advancement of concepts/ideas (oral/written/visual communication, web authoring)
ME Skills • Skill: an ability/capacity/proficiency to solve problems or accomplish specific tasks (use a tool); usually learn through training and practice • What are the most important engineering skills (attributes) for a 21st century engineer? • Based on an National Academy of Engineering Report -- The Engineer of 2020: Visions of Engineering in the New Century (2004)
Attributes of Engineers in 2020 • Strong analytical skills: apply ever-expanding scientific knowledge • Practical ingenuity: skills in planning, combining, and adapting. The use of our skills to achieve practical solutions is critical • Creativity: invention, innovation, think outside the box, and interdisciplinary knowledge • Communication: involve interdisciplinary partners, globally diverse teams and customers, government, public perception
Learn business and management: interdependence between political decision, social & economical inference and technological development • Leadership: engineers need to take the lead in defining technology-relevant public policy; step outside the traditional comfort zone • Ethics: complex technological solutions addressing social, economical, environmental, global issues; grave consequence affecting planet and human race. • Professionalism: need to handle these issues with purpose and clarity to the highest professional standrads
Dynamism, agility, resilience, and flexibility: adapt to this forever-changing global-societal-economic world; need to apply knowledge to new problems and new contexts, QUICK! • Life-long learning ability • Evolving technology • Varying career trajectories: globalization, culture diversification, and new challenges. Only those who continue to advance their ability not only in engineering but also in history, politics, business, and contemporary issues will be successful.
ME Program Outcomes • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, calculus based science and engineering to mechanical engineering problems. • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. • An ability to design thermal and mechanical systems, components, or processes to meet desired needs. • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams. • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
ME Program Outcomes • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. • An ability to communicate effectively with written, oral, and visual means. • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context, and a knowledge of contemporary issues. • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning. • An ability to use modern engineering techniques, skills, and computing tools necessary for engineering practice. • Familiarity with statistics and linear algebra.
Thermal Systems • Thermodynamics • Thermo (heat) & dynamics (force and motions work): the science that deals with heat, work, and conversion of different forms of energy. • Heat Transfer • The process of the transfer of thermal energy by means of conduction, convection, and radiation • Fluid Mechanics • Study of the mechanics of fluids, in motion (fluid dynamics) or at rest (statics)
Thermal System Examples • Power plants: coal-fired, natural gas, nuclear, other alternative energy systems • Engines: internal combustion, jet propulsion • Appliances: refrigeration, A/C, • Manufacturing systems: metal/plastic forming, resin injection and other materials processing • Advanced technology: computer, fuel cells, • Biological systems: human body, cells, • Ecosystem: ocean, atmosphere, environment