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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering

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Ruey-Hung Chen


Panos Charalambides
B.Sc., University of Thessaloniki (Greece), 1981; M.Sc., 1983; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1986

Ruey-Hung Chen
B.S., National Chen-Kung University (Taiwan), 1981; Ph.D., The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Ph.D., 1988

Charles Eggleton
B.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1986; M.S., Stanford University, 1989; Ph.D., 1994

Akhtar S. Khan
B.S., Aligarth University (India), 1961; B.S.E., 1965; Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1972

Tim Topoleski
B.S., Cornell University, 1981; M.S., 1984; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1990

Liang Zhu
B.S., University of Science and Technology (China), 1988; M.Phil., The City University of New York, 1995; Ph.D., 1995

Weidong Zhu
B.S., Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), 1986; M.S., Arizona State University, 1988; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1994

Associate Professor

Soobum Lee
B.S., Yonsei University (Korea), 1998; M.S., KAIST (Korea), 2000; Ph.D., 2007

Ronghui Ma
B.S., Zhejiang University (China), 1991; M.S., Southeast University (China), 1994; Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2003

Carlos Romero-Talamás
B.S., Instituto Technológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, 1995; M.S.S., International Space University, 1998; M.S., California Institute of Technology, 2000; Ph.D., 2005

Meilin Yu
B.E., Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (China), 2007; Ph.D., Iowa State University, 2012

Assistant Professor

Deepa Madan
B.S., Palwal Campus of University of Maryland, 1996; M.S., University of Roorkee, 1998; M.T., India Institute of Technology, 2000; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2013

Ankit Goel
B.E., Delhi College of Engineering, 2009; M.S.E., 2014, Ph.D., 2019, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Professor and Dean Emeritus

Shlomo Carmi
B.S., University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), 1962; M.S., University of Minnesota, 1966; Ph.D., 1968

Warren R. DeVries
B.S., University of Wisconsin, 1971; M.S.,1973; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1975

Professor Emeritus

Uri Tasch
B.Sc., M.E., Technion (Israel), 1976; M.E., Illinois Institute of Technology, 1978; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1983

Associate Professor Emeritus

Christian von Kerczek
B.S., University of Notre Dame, 1963; M.S., 1965; Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1973

Professor of the Practice

Maria Sanchez
B.S. Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia), 1996; Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2002

TseHuai Wu
B.S., National Tsing Hua University, 2008; M.S. The George Washington University, 2013; Ph.D., 2016


Courses in this program are listed under ENME.

Mechanical Engineering focuses on the design and production of energy-producing systems and on mechanical devices or mechanisms. These systems and mechanisms are applied to fields ranging from biology, such as artificial hearts, to transport systems, such as cars and airplanes, and in manufacturing tools and plants. The mechanical engineering curriculum at UMBC, accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, provides students thorough training in mathematics, physical sciences, engineering sciences and engineering design. Mechanical engineering students also gain a broad education by completing a cross section of courses in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and language and culture in accordance with the university General Education Program (GEP).

Program Educational Objectives

The faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UMBC is dedicated to serving its constituencies by graduating mechanical engineers who will achieve the following milestones 3-5 years from graduation:

  • Demonstrate success as a professional mechanical engineer, or a successful transition from the traditional mechanical engineer career path into another career.
  • Demonstrate success in advanced education, research and development, or other creative efforts in engineering, science and technology.

There are several ways for students to progress through the mechanical engineering program. A traditional four-year timetable provides the quickest path to completing the degree, although most students choose to complete their degree in five years. Many students combine their mechanical engineering program with part-time work or community service. UMBC’s Shriver Center helps students develop various ways to accomplish their goals, while working with students to develop service internships outside of mechanical engineering, such as tutoring disadvantaged children.

It is also possible and quite desirable to combine a Mechanical Engineering major with a minor, such as Entrepreneurship & Innovation or Mathematics, or a second major, such as Mathematics, Physics, Geography or various other fields. Students meet with their undergraduate advisor in Mechanical Engineering each semester during the advising session to assess their progress towards achieving their educational and career goals.

Career and Academic Paths

Recent graduates of UMBC’s Mechanical Engineering Program have secured starting engineering positions in both large and small firms, as well as in government laboratories. Some large firms that employ UMBC graduates are BGE, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Black & Decker, Ford Motor Company and Toyota of North America. Other graduates have secured professional positions in government laboratories, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Naval Surface Weapons Center, the U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Ground and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry is also a large employer of mechanical engineers. Many UMBC Mechanical Engineering graduates are pursuing both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at major universities such as The Johns Hopkins University, University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, University of Cincinnati, University of Maryland, College Park; as well as UMBC. Many graduates working in nearby industries pursue part-time graduate work in mechanical engineering or engineering management at UMBC.

Academic Advising

Mechanical Engineering students obtain academic advising in two stages. Pre Mechanical Engineering, students are advised by COEIT staff advisors until they have completed the gateway requirements for their major. Note that first semester transfer students, regardless of gateway status, are also advised by COEIT Staff Advisors.  Students that have completed the gateway requirements will be assigned a faculty advisor. Students must meet with their faculty advisor at least once per semester to prepare pre-registration requirements for the following semester. At this time, the faculty advisor helps the student review his or her academic status and plan for an efficient continuation of the student’s program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants may designate mechanical engineering as their intended major, however, students are admitted to the Mechanical Engineering Program only when they pass all four of the following Gateway courses: MATH 152 , ENES 101  and ENME 110  with a grade of “B” or better and CHEM 101 , with a grade of “C” or better. Students are permitted to retake two of the Gateway courses one time to earn the required grade. Enrolling in a Gateway course at UMBC or another institution is considered an attempt. Students are not allowed to take any 300-level or 400-level Mechanical Engineering courses until the Gateway requirements are fulfilled.

More information about the Mechanical Engineering academic policies is available from the Academic Policies page of the Mechanical Engineering website.

General Education Program

In addition to the major requirements, students must satisfy the General Foundation Requirements (GFR) or the General Education Program (GEP) requirements as applicable.

Accelerated B.S./M.S. Program

This combined program is designed for completion in five years. Students are encouraged to plan on such an effort from the start. The most current information is available on the Mechanical Engineering website.

Special Opportunities

The Mechanical Engineering faculty strives to make research opportunities available to undergraduate students at any level. Many students are involved in research projects with faculty advisors. Such activities are particularly valuable and effective for students who aim to pursue their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the combined B.S./M.S. program offered by the department.

Student Organizations

The Mechanical Engineering Department offers various extracurricular activities to enhance students’ professional development. Students may participate in student chapters of major professional organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE); the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE); the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process in Engineering (SAMPE). There is also a chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society and the Engineers Without Borders (EWB). Other notable activities include technical competitive activities such as the Baja SAE all-terrain vehicle competition. There is also an Executive Club of undergraduate students which addresses entrepreneurship and innovation.


    Bachelor of Science


      Mechanical Engineering

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