Robert B. Stone, Interim Head
David P. Cann, Associate Head for Graduate Programs
Brady J. Gibbons, Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs
204 Rogers Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-6001
Professors Batten, Cann, Doolen, Liburdy, Logendran, Paasch, B. Paul, Pence, Stone, K. Tumer
Associate Professors Albertini, Apte, Atre, Bay, Funk, Gibbons, Grimm, Kim, Kruzic, Narayanan, Porter, Sharp, Smart, I. Tumer, Warnes
Assistant Professors Balasubramanian, Calvo, Eseonu, Feuerbacher, Greaney, Haapala, Hagen, Hatton, Hoyle, Hurst, Parmigiani, Vergara, Zaworski
Barber, Borntrager, DeAdder, Helvie, Jensen, McAllister, G. Newcomb, L. Paul, J. Robinson, T.A. Robinson, Rost, White
Energy Systems Engineering (BS, HBS) [OSU-Cascades/COCC only]
Industrial Engineering (BS, CRED, HBS)
Manufacturing Engineering (BS, CRED, HBS)
Mechanical Engineering (BS, CRED, HBS)
Industrial Engineering (MAIS, MEng, MS, PhD)
Graduate Areas of Concentration
Human Systems Engineering
Information Systems Engineering
Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Materials Science (MS, PhD)
Graduate Areas of Concentration
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mechanical Engineering (MEng, MS, PhD)
Graduate Areas of Concentration
Design and Analysis of Mechanical and Thermal Fluid Systems
Physical and Mechanical Metallurgy
Systems and Control
The School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME) at OSU offers three ABET-accredited undergraduate degrees: Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Manufacturing Engineering.
The mission of the School of MIME is two-fold:
To prepare our students as entrepreneurial, team-oriented, work-ready graduates and lifelong learners in mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering, and
To engage in collaborative, cutting-edge research whose applications lead to greater prosperity and a sustainable future for Oregon and the world.
MIME Program Objectives
ABET requires that each program establish educational objectives defined as "broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve." The three broad areas of student participation and graduate achievement on which all MIME programs focus, and the specific educational objectives associated with each of these three areas are:
Our graduates will be systems thinkers. MIME graduates will be able to analyze, evaluate, improve, and design engineered systems and processes using modern engineering tools (hardware and software) and approaches. They will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of mechanical, industrial and/or manufacturing systems.
Our graduates will be global collaborators. MIME graduates will be able to communicate effectively across disciplines and cultures. They will provide management and leadership skills within their organizations and work effectively in diverse environments.
Our graduates will be innovative designers and problem solvers. MIME graduates will use both structured and unstructured methodologies to innovate systems and processes. They will apply technical knowledge and creativity in solving real-world problems. They will demonstrate sound understanding of engineering and project management fundamentals and breadth of experience with engineering design and problem-solving processes.
Mechanical engineers design and develop small devices, large equipment and processes for society. They play major roles in the design, testing and operation of mechanisms, machines, and systems, including processes for energy conversion and equipment used in households, businesses, transportation and manufacturing.
In addition to the university baccalaureate core, the mechanical engineering curriculum has its base in mathematics, science, engineering science, and design. Mathematics and science courses occur primarily in the first two years. Engineering science is a major component, which is treated from the sophomore year to graduation in a combination of required and technical elective sources.
OSU's Mechanical Engineering Program has all the attributes needed for the best learning environment: ABET accredited curriculum, excellent faculty, modern facilities, quality students, and strong industrial interaction.
Engineering design is an integral element of the program. The philosophy is to "plant the seed" for design at the freshman level and grow it throughout the program. Most of the skills are developed at the junior and senior levels, when students have achieved proficiency in the basic technical requirements. At the junior level, the design process is extensively developed in three courses. At the senior year, design experiences occur in several areas, culminating in the two-term senior project in which students in small teams carry out the design of some product or process under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Attention to hands-on activity adds a very desirable "feel" for many aspects of the design process.
A good choice of senior electives enables students to achieve a degree of specialization and depth to match their interests. The areas include applied stress analysis; design, dynamics and analysis of mechanical and thermal/fluid systems; concurrent engineering; control system design; mechatronics; heat transfer; and metallurgy and materials.
The faculty encourages a vibrant extracurricular program for professional and leadership experiences. Students are encouraged to obtain at least three months of work experience through an industrial or research internship or to participate in a foreign exchange program. The school's goal is to have more than 95 percent of its students graduate with such experience. In addition to students having general internships, many of the professional-level students participate in the industry-driven Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP). This program provides two paid six-month internships at over 60 Pacific Northwest companies where interns work with a company mentor and improve their capabilities for the work environment.
Mechanical engineers can be found in a wide variety of industries including aerospace, electronics, biomedical, transportation, manufacturing, energy, automotive, and government labs. Because of the increasing complexity of mechanical engineering, graduate study for the MS and PhD degrees is advisable for students who wish to specialize in depth in any of the above areas. The undergraduate curriculum provides an excellent foundation for graduate study.
Industrial engineers (IEs) apply science, mathematics, and engineering methods to complex system integration and operation. Because the systems with which they work are often large and complex, IEs utilize knowledge and skills in a wide variety of disciplines, have the ability to work well with people, and take a broad, systems perspective. The Industrial Engineering degree is a very flexible degree that allows students to tailor their program of study to meet their individual career goals. A large number of restricted elective credits allows students to pursue the Business Engineering option or to customize their program to a field of interest.
IEs are key players in the integration and operation of systems in all sectors of industry and government including the following (with examples):
aerospace (NASA space shuttle pre-launch processing systems)
automotive (automobile final assembly plants)
communications (telephone services)
computers (factory information systems)
electronics/semiconductors (silicon wafer fabrication facilities)
food (canneries and fast food restaurant chains)
government (department of motor vehicles service centers)
health care (hospital central stores and operating rooms)
manufacturing (circuit board fabrication facilities)
retail (product distribution centers)
transportation (airlines, overnight delivery services)
In their role as system integrators, IEs analyze and design systems. For example:
material handling systems,
manufacturing and other production systems,
individual and group workplaces.
In the operations realm, IEs analyze, design and manage processes. For example:
manufacturing processes-service processes,
production system planning and control,
resource allocation and scheduling,
personnel assignment and scheduling,
system and personnel safety.
The Manufacturing Engineering degree is a more specialized degree, focusing on both high-tech manufacturing and traditional manufacturing. In particular, it is a specialization of industrial engineering that focuses on the making of physical products. The Manufacturing Engineering degree offers a hands-on education, and manufacturing engineering students are encouraged to participate in the college's MECOP program, a nationally recognized industrial cooperative education program.
Students who complete the requirements for the Manufacturing Engineering degree plus 32 credits of industrial engineering restricted electives can earn two separate degrees, one in manufacturing engineering and the other in industrial engineering. The additional 32 credits typically take two additional quarters to complete.