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faset agenda
Woodruff School Overview

Mechanical Engineering Overview


Mechanical Engineering Jobs

Student Activities

Academic and Work Experiences

Student Organizations

Advisement in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

Transfer Credit


FASET Agenda
woodruff school degrees

BSME: Mechanical Engineering

BSNRE: Nuclear & Radiological Engineering


MSME: Mechanical Engineering

MSMP: Medical Physics

MSNE: Nuclear Engineering

MSBIOE: Bioengineering


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Woodruff School Degrees
woodruff school campuses
Atlanta, GA

Lorraine, France

Junior year option for ME students

Summer program for all undergraduate majors

Graduate option

Woodruff School Campuses

Woodruff School BuildingsME Academic Buildings

Your Academic Advisors are here!




mechanical engineering is
Finding creative solutions to problems!

Perhaps the broadest of all the engineering disciplines.

Working with motion, energy, forces, and heat.

Concerned with analysis, design, manufacture and operation of areas such as:




Health & Bio



Mechanical Engineering Is…

“Scientists discover the world that exists; engineers create the world that never was.”

-Theodore Von Karman


what are general things me s do

Product Design

Machine Design

System Design

Manufacturing, Process Development & Quality

Maintenance and Operations

Research and Development

Project Management


Sales or Technical Sales





Medical Schools

What are general things ME’s do?
what can mechanical engineers do
Some Examples of Design

Machines that manufacture and package all varieties of products

Rotating equipment - pumps, compressors, blowers, turbomachinery

Internal combustion engines

Storage tanks, piping systems and pressure vessels - reactors, heat exchangers, boilers

Sports equipment, consumer goods and products (everything from golf balls to soda cans to roller coasters)

Material handling equipment - conveyers, robots, production lines

Vehicles - cars, trucks, heavy equipment, buses, aircraft, ships

Electric power generation equipment

Oil well drilling and extraction equipment

Nearly every man made object that you can see has been worked on by a Mechanical Engineer…

What can Mechanical Engineers do?
what industries hire me s
Automotive & OEM Suppliers

Construction Equipment

Construction Companies

Ship & Railroad Companies

Airplane Manufacturing

Power Generation / Nuclear

Alternative Fuel / Energy

Utility Companies

Oil and Gas Companies

Chemical Companies

Pharmaceutical &Health Care


Sports Equipment Mfg.

Computer-Aided Design

Automation & Robotics

What Industries Hire ME’s?
  • Electronics Industries
  • Appliance Manufacturers
  • HVAC & Refrigeration
  • Toy Manufacturing
  • Furniture Manufacturing
  • Paper Industry
  • Food & Beverage Industry
  • Telecommunications
  • Amusement Parks
  • National Labs
  • Aeronautical (NASA, etc.)
  • Government Agencies
  • Academia (Teaching)
  • Financial Companies
  • Consulting Companies

Mechanical EngineeringAreas of Research

  • Acoustics and Dynamics
  • Automation and Mechatronics
  • Bioengineering
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Heat Transfer, Combustion and Energy Systems
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)
  • Tribology

Mechanical Engineering Research

  • A new sensor that measures the motion created by sound waves under water could allow the U.S. Navy to develop compact arrays to detect the presence of enemy submarines.
  • These compact arrays would detect quiet underwater targets, while providing very clear directional information.
  • The novel underwater sensor uses optical fibers to detect the direction from which a sound is coming under water.
  • This directional component is an important improvement over the current technology.

Mechanical Engineering Research


  • There is currently no way to quantify how much a person with neuromuscular disorders shake. Shaking is the inability to modulate muscle patterns.
  • Objective: Develop a quantifiable test for people with neuromuscular disorders.
  • Patients will wear the robotic jacket and press a joystick in a prescribed way.
  • The jacket's actuators will then be turned off, one by one, to see how the muscle movements change.
  • This will isolate which muscles are most affected by the help of the jacket.
  • Different muscle groups and levels of shakiness vary with each type of ailment.
  • Ultimately the goal is to diagnose different neuromuscular ailments with this testing.
our 2007 2010 graduates are at
Our 2007-2010 Graduates Are At:
  • Business
    • Ernst & Young LLP, Bank of America, CarMax, Deloitte and Touche
  • Automation and Robotics
    • Innotec Automation, Rockwell Automation, Advanced Automation, Factory Automation, National Instruments
  • Engineering Services & Consulting:
    • Dean Oliver International, McKenney's Mechanical Contractors, Patterson & Dewar, Babcock & Wilcox, Jordan & Skala Engineers Inc, O'Brien & Gere, Turner Construction, Slingshot Product Dev.
  • HVAC
    • Trane, Underwood Air Systems, Carrier,
  • Chemicals:
    • Air Products, Air Liquide, Eastman Chemical Company, Dow Chemical,
  • Environmental:
    • Enercon Services Inc
  • Military:
    • Air Force, Navy, Marines, Army
  • Automotive :

Ford, General Motors, Toyota, BMW, KIA, Honda, Elan Motorsports Tech.

  • Energy, Oil, Gas:

BP, BP Exploration (Alaska), Citgo, Schlumberger, Southern Company, Georgia Power, General Electric, Shell, Suez Energy North America, Scana, Westinghouse, Atlanta Gas & Light, Exxon-Mobil,

  • Commercial & Consumer Products:

Cooper Industries, General Mills, Clorox Company, Frito Lay, International Paper, Lexmark, Procter & Gamble, Snap-On, National Instruments, Patterson Pumps, Kimberly Clark

  • Transportation & Construction:

John Deere, Caterpillar, Kubota Tractor Corporation, Norfolk Southern, Parsons

  • Aerospace & Defense

NASA, Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp, Rolls Royce, Northrop Grumman, Harris Corp, NAVSEA, Boeing, Advanced Armament Corp, NAVAIR


Student Activities

  • Academic Experiences
    • Exchange Programs
    • Study Abroad Programs
    • International Program (Degree Designator)
    • BS/MS Program
    • Undergraduate Research
  • Work Experiences
    • Co-op Program (Degree Designator)
    • Professional Internship Program
    • Work Abroad (Internship or Coop)
  • Students may participate in any combinations of the above.
  • Co-op and BS/MS program may both be done together.

Opportunities Abroad

  • Exchange Program
    • Classes are taken with students of the host university
    • Foreign language skills are required
    • Most out-of-state students pay reduced tuition rates
    • Credits must be pre-approved for transfer to GT
  • Study Abroad
    • Courses are taught by GT faculty
    • Courses are GT courses, so there are no problems with transferring credits
    • All courses are taught in English (except for foreign language classes)
    • Most out-of-state students pay reduced tuition rates

Opportunities Abroad - Examples

  • Summer Study Abroad
    • Georgia Tech Lorraine in Metz, France
      • 4 day class schedules to allow weekend travel
      • Many class options available
    • China Summer Program
      • ME classes, humanities & social sciences
  • Junior Year Study Abroad
    • Georgia Tech Lorraine in Metz, France
      • Students can take their entire junior year abroad
      • Students can also just go for one junior level semester
  • Other
    • Programs exist all over the world

The International Plan (IP) Program

  • What is the International Plan?
    • A challenging program that works in tandem with your undergraduate program to produce globally competent citizens
    • Degree designator
  • International Plan Requirements:
    • Second language proficiency (determined by testing, not classes)
    • International Coursework: Four required courses including a design course relating the international studies to your major
    • International Experience: 26 weeks abroad engaged in any combination of study abroad, research or internship
  • More Information:

BS/MS Program


BSME 2006, MSME 2008Application EngineerAccuSentry, Inc.

The best part about the BS/MS program is that I was able to take a "test drive" before committing.  By the time I officially became a graduate student, I had performed undergraduate research with my advisor (Dr. Shreyes Melkote) for almost a year- and-a-half.  I was even able to spend a semester working on what would become my master's thesis topic. Taking graduate level classes as an undergraduate allowed me to get a feel for what the course work would be like.

  • Application Requirements:
    • Apply between 30 – 75 credit hours
      • Transfer students with more than 75 credit hours are can apply after 1-2 full time semesters at GT
    • Minimum GT GPA of 3.5 to apply
    • Must maintain 3.0 GPA after accepted
  • Advantages:
    • Students can take 6 hours of approved classes that count towards both the Bachelor’s (BS) & Master’s (MS) degrees
    • Students are not required to take GRE
    • Students who select the non-thesis MS option can finish in 2-3 semesters beyond BS degree
undergraduate research
Undergraduate Research
  • What is Undergraduate Research?
    • Undergraduate research is a single or multiple semester project working with a professor his/her research or special project
  • Research Requirements
    • Students can be paid or receive class credit towards the BSME
    • Students are responsible for finding faculty members to sponsor the research
    • Most research opportunities exist for juniors & seniors
    • 267 ME undergraduate research and special problem assignments were completed last year (Summer 2011, Fall 2011 and Spring 2012)

Whether selecting co-op or internships, we strongly recommend every student to have work experience before graduation; two semesters are optimal.

student organizations in me
Student Organizations in ME
  • Professional
    • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
    • Acoustical Society of America (ASA)
    • Pi Tau Sigma (PTS)
    • Woodruff School Student Advisory Committee (WSSAC)
    • Makers Club
  • Competitive
    • gt Motorsports (Formula One, SAE)
    • GT Off-Road (mini-baja)
    • Wreck Racing
    • RoboJackets
    • SolarJackets
    • CanSAT

Student OrganizationsAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers

  • ASME is open to all ME students
  • Meets once a week during the club period
  • Companies give presentations about what ME’s do at their company
  • Why attend ASME meetings?
    • It is a great way to learn more about Mechanical Engineering
    • Opportunity to network with potential employers
    • Free pizza lunch

Student OrganizationsMakers Club

The Makers Club is a collective of students who believe in the value of a hands on education.  Their mission is twofold:

  • To provide students the resources they need to design and fabricate in a
    • collaborative environment
  • To educate the Ga. Tech
    • community on fabrication
    • with open, student taught
    • classes and events

Student OrganizationsCanSat (Can Satellites)

  • Objective: To build, launch, test and recover prototype satellites, miniaturized to fit inside a soft drink can (hence "CanSats") in preparation for a space launch.
  • Competition Goal: To autonomously navigate to a predetermined target after being launched to 10,000 ft. To be considered the winner the
  • entry must:
    • Operate autonomously
    • Stop within 10m of the Target
                • Provide proof of
                  • controlled guidance
                  • to target

Student OrganizationsSolarJackets

  • Solar-Assisted Electric Vehicle
    • Street-legal, full-size car that is converted to
      • use electric storage and solar energy.
    • The GT team converted a 2001 Audi TT sports car into a plug-in electric vehicle that is assisted by an array of solar cells.
    • Has a full electric-drive system, consisting of an 83hp DC-electric motor (200 ft-lbs of torque) and the Audi's original transmission.
    • Capable of highway speeds .
    • A 120-volt battery pack that provides ~70 miles of range.
  • Solar Racer – Sleek, lightweight
  • endurance vehicle built to
  • race across Australia.
undergraduate advising
Undergraduate Advising

Dr. Al Ferri, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies

MRDC Building, Room 3112

  • Oversight of the undergraduate program in the Woodruff School,
  • Transfer credit and technical issues,
  • Career counseling and advice

Know Who Your Advisor Is!!!



  • Advises ME undergrad students with more than 45 credit hours (including transfer credit hours)
  • Advises ME undergrad students with 45 credit hours or less (including transfer credit hours)
contact information
ME Office of Student Services

MRDC 3112 (building 135 on campus map)

Office Hours 8 – 12 and 1 – 5 M-F

Norma Frank – Academic Advisor

All students with less than 45 credit hours (including transfer credits)


MRDC 3112, Office Hours 9:30 - 12 and 1 – 5 M-F

Kristi Mehaffey – Academic Advisor

All students with 45 credit hours or more (including transfer credits) (best way to contact)

MRDC 3112, Office Hours 8 - 12 and 1 – 4 M-F

Walk-ins on Wednesdays

Appointments on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Mechanical Engineering Advisement Web Page

Select Undergraduate Programs -> Advisement

Contact Information

Educational Objectives

  • Our graduates will:
    • be successfully employed in ME related fields or other career paths, including industry, academe, government, and non-governmental organizations.
    • be global collaborators, leading and participating in culturally-diverse teams.
    • continue professional development by obtaining continuing education credits, professional registration or certifications, or post-graduate studies credits or degrees.

Mechanical Engineering Program of Study

mechanical engineering classes
2012-2013 ME Program of Study

Mechanical Engineering Course Syllabi

ME Elective Offerings

Required Overlay Classes

Global Perspective:

Ethics (must be a 3 hour class):

The overlay classes can be used to satisfy:

Humanities electives

Free electives

Social science electives

Mechanical Engineering Classes
concentration areas
Concentrations are new in the 2012-2013 Curriculum.

Concentrations are focus areas within ME.

Concentrations are optional, not required.

Concentrations are 15 hours of classes satisfying:

Design Elective

ME Elective

9 hours of free electives

The existing concentrations are:

Automation & Robotic Systems

Thermal, Fluid & Energy Systems

Micro- & Nano- Engineering

Mechanics of Materials (for students graduating after spring ‘12)

More information will be available this summer.

Concentration Areas
minors certificates

Most are 15 credit hours

Over 35 minors available

Most common minors for ME students:

Foreign Languages, Energy Systems, Computer Science, Tech. & Management, Economics, Aerospace Eng’r, Biomedical Eng’r, Materials Eng’r, Nuclear Eng’r


Most are 12 credit hours

Over 55 certificates available

Most common certificates for ME:

Management (7 options), Foreign Languages, Economics, Nanotechnology, International Affairs, Pre-Law, Psychology, Composites, Applied Physiology

Why add a minor or certificate?

Great way to supplement your BSME degree

Resume boost, shows initiative and diversity

Effective use of the 15 hours of free electives

Minors & Certificates
pre requisite warning
Pre-Requisite Warning

The ME curriculum contains a 7 semester pre-req chain!!

transfer credit substitutions

The following are valid MATH transfer credit substitutions:

MATH 1502 (4) = MATH 15X2 (2) + MATH 1522 (2)

MATH 2401 (4) = MATH 24X1 (3) + 1 hr free elective

MATH 2403 (4) = MATH 24X3 (3) + 1 hr free elective

All Math classes must be passed with a C or better

MATH sequence (in order) should be:

1 - MATH 1501, Calculus 1

2 - MATH 1502, Calculus 2

3 - MATH 1522, Linear Algebra (Only req’d if have MATH 15X2 credit)

4 - MATH 2401, Calculus 3

5 - MATH 2403, Differential Equations

HPS 1040 (Wellness/Fitness)

HPS 11XX (2) will satisfy the wellness requirement

HPS 11XX (1) will NOT satisfy the wellness requirement

HPS 1XXX (2) will NOT satisfy the wellness requirement

Transfer Credit Substitutions
transfer credit substitutions1
CS 1371, Intro to Computing (MATLAB)

CS 1371 is on the critical path so do not delay it!

The following are valid CS 1371 replacement classes only if CS 1171 (1 hour) is also taken: CS 15XX (3), CS 17XX (3), CS 1311(3), CS 13X1 (3), CS 13X2(3), CS 1321 (3) and CS 1301 (3)

Example: CS 1301 (3) + CS 1171 (1) = CS 1371 (3)

CS 1171

One hour self-study class - students given aids to learn Matlab.

Class is taken pass/fail.

Students must pass CS 1171 before moving to ME 2016.

CS 1371 Pre-req Chain:

CS 1371  ME 2016  ME 3017 co-req w/ME 3057  ME 4056

We STRONGLY urge students to take CS 1371!!!!!!

Only 55% of the 291 transfer students who took CS 1171 from 2009 – 2011 passed it.

Transfer Credit Substitutions
transfer credit substitutions2
Free Electives (15 hours total)

Cannot duplicate any material required for the BSME

Pre-calculus (MATH 1113) does not count as a free elective

MGT 2250 does not count as a free elective. Students who have taken this may request an Advanced Standing exam to place out of ISYE/MATH 3770.

6 hours can be at the 1000 level or above

1XXX classes are considered 1000 level

9 hours must be at the 2000 level or above, with the exception of 4 hours that can be satisfied by CHEM 1212K, BIOL 1510 or 1520

2XXX, 3XXX and 4XXX classes are considered 2000 level or above

Free electives may be combined to create 3 hours


CHEM 1211K (4) satisfies CHEM 1310

CHEM 1212K (4) satisfies a 2000 level free elective

Transfer Credit Substitutions
transfer credit evaluation
The web site below shows pre-approved transfer credit for many different colleges and universities. -> select Transfer Equivalencies and follow instructions

Transfer Credit Evaluation

Each department evaluates their own transfer credit.

Ex. If you have a question about MATH transfer credit, you need to talk to the MATH department.

Transfer credit that needs to be evaluated must be submitted on-line.

You must resolve your transfer credits this semester! Pre-requisite overrides will not be issued beyond this semester.

Transfer Credit Evaluation
summer registration
Registration This Afternoon

You will receive assistance during the FASET registration session.

Registration Holds

Some new students have holds placed by Health Services or the Undergraduate Admissions Office for incomplete information.

Only the department that placed the hold can remove the hold.

All holds must be cleared before you are allowed to register.

FASET Registration (also called Phase 2 Registration)

Registration for all summer sessions will close Friday, May 18 at 4:00 PM EST.

Add as many classes as possible today. 

Summer Registration
summer sessions
Early Summer Session

5 weeks: May 14 to Jun 20

Humanities and social science electives are available in this session (no ME, Math, COE, etc. with the exception of ME 3322 SS)

Classes offered during this session have a section code of SSx or ESx (where x is an optional number)

Regular Summer Session

11 weeks: May 14 to Aug 3

All ME, CS, COE, PHYS and MATH classes are the full summer session

All classes have regular sections numbers, ex. A, B, etc.

Late Summer Session

5 weeks: Jun 25 to Aug 3

Some humanities and social science electives are available in this session (no ME, Math, COE, etc. classes except CS 1371 LSS)

Classes offered during this session have a section code of SSx or LSx (where x is an optional number)

Summer Sessions
summer suggestions
We recommend ~3 classes during a summer semester.

Be careful with any combination of ME 1770, ME 2110, CS 1371 and ME 2016. All of these classes are VERY time consuming.

CS 1371: Computing Techniques (teaches programming in Matlab)

ME 2016: Numerical Methods (uses Matlab to solve numerical analysis probs.)

ME 1770: Engineering Graphics (2D and 3D CAD)

ME 2110: Creative Decisions & Design (VERY time consuming design project)

Tuition Reminder:

Full time enrollment is 12 credit hours (including summer)

Exact tuition and fees:

1-6 Credits = pay for 6 credits plus fees

7+ credits = pay for full time plus fees

Always verify your financial aid requirements with your financial aid advisor

Federal education loans require students to be registered for 6 credits.

Scholarships generally require students to be registered for 12 credits.

You do not need to be full time to receive HOPEor Zell.

Hope is pro-rated based on the number of credits you take.

Summer Suggestions
fall registration dates
Phase 1 Registration

This is only for new students who start in the summer. Continuing students will not register.

Time Tickets Available: Jun 19

Registration for Fall: Jun 20 – Jun 29

Phase 2 Registration

Time Tickets Available: Aug 10

Registration for Fall: Aug 11 – 24

First Day of Classes: Aug 20

Fees Due without Late Fees: Aug 20 @ 4:00 PM

Fees Due with Late Fees: Aug 27 @ 4:00 PM

Fall Registration Dates
advisement guide
Advisement Guide

CS 1171 or

CS 1301

POL 1101



Advisement Guide




ECON 2106

Free 2XXX (1)

Free 2XXX (1)


advisement sheet

Curriculum Sheet

Advisement Sheet

CS 1171 or

CS 1301

POL 1101

Move infor-mation to this sheet




ECON 2106

Free 2XXX (1)

Free 2XXX (1)


curriculum sheets
It is your responsibility to move the information from the advisement sheet to the 2012-2013 Curriculum Guide.


Do not lose the information that I gave you about class equivalents.

Humanities Electives:

Social Science Electives:

Substitutions in the ME Curriculum:


Global Perspective:

Do not use the advisement sheet to plan your classes; use the curriculum guide. There is important information listed on the curriculum guide that you need to know.

Curriculum Sheets

Section Code



transfer assistance center tac
This afternoon, all departments will be available to help you register for your classes at TAC.

We can only help with ME and COE classes.

If you have trouble with other classes, you need to talk to that department, who will also be available at TAC.

If you cannot register for a class, make sure that you fill out your Registration Sheet so we can better help you:

Course Number and Section (ex. COE 2001-A)

Exact Error Message (ex. Class Restriction Error, Pre-Req & Test Score Error)

Your student ID number (ex. 901000000)

Have your current transcript (unofficial) in case transfer credit does not show up on your Georgia Tech transcript yet.

Transfer Assistance Center (TAC)
registration after tac today
Registration instructions are at:

Overrides (Permits, Overloads, Pre-Requisites)

All override requests must be made through each respective department. Example: ME only handles ME and COE classes.

All override requests for ME and COE classes must be made on OSCAR. Instructions are at:

If you cannot find the class in OSCAR go to:

Response time to requests are ~2-4 business days. Please be patient.

If you have registration errors, be sure you understand how to fix your problem. More information is at:

Registration After TAC Today…
final thoughts
CS 1371, ME 2016, ME 1770 and ME 2110

Be careful with any combination of ME 1770, ME 2110, CS 1371 and ME 2016. All of these classes are VERY time consuming.

CS 1371: Computing Techniques (teaches programming in Matlab)

ME 2016: Numerical Methods (uses Matlab to solve numerical analysis problems)

ME 1770: Engineering Graphics (2D and 3D CAD)

ME 2110: Creative Decisions & Design (extremely time consuming design project)

ME 1770 = CEE 1770; these are exactly the same class

CS 1171 should be taken pass/fail

Other Classes

MSE 2001: MSE does not give overloads for MSE 2001

MATH 3770 = ISYE 3770; these are the same class

Transfer Assistance Center (TAC)

Fill out the TAC sheet so we can quickly fix your problemstoday


Final Thoughts…