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Laboratory Courses (ME 318, ME 328 and ME 418)
Undergraduate students in Mechanical Engineering have access to large, modern laboratories. Historically, the laboratory portion of the program has been strongly emphasized and this has established a legacy which includes well-equipped laboratories in a wide range of areas including fluid dynamics and heat transfer, materials science, mechanics, acoustics and vibrations, control systems, and fluid power.
The bulk of the laboratory experience gained by our students occurs in three major laboratory classes:
As a result, no other compulsory classes in third or fourth year have a laboratory component. A faculty member acts as course coordinator for each of these classes. Each individual laboratory exercise has a faculty member who is responsible for the content of the laboratory manual and training the graduate student who will be demonstrating the laboratory. In these classes, the group size is restricted to four or in some special cases, five. The groups meet twice a week for three hours each time and perform a different laboratory each session. For most of the sessions, a graduate student provides the instruction. Department assistants oversee all laboratories. The manufacturing and machining laboratories are presented by a senior departmental assistant.