2017-2018 MME Student Handbook

Welcome to the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering! 

Majors offered by the department include:

  • Manufacturing Engineering (MFG)
  • Mechanical Engineering (MCH)
  • Engineering Management with a technical specialty in Manufacturing Engineering (EGM)

Minors offered/advised by the department include:

  • Humanitarian Engineering and Computing (interdisciplinary minor)
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

We are so glad you have elected to be a part of our program.  We are here to assist you throughout your college career and look forward to the opportunity of working with you.  This handbook provides you with information to help make your education fun and rewarding.  Good luck to you in your time here at Miami and WELCOME to Miami University and to the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering!

Majors and Minors

Majors

One important decision you need to make as you consider your career interests and goals is your major.  The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (MME) offers majors in Manufacturing Engineering (MFG), Mechanical Engineering (MCH) and Engineering Management with a Manufacturing Engineering Technical Specialty (EGM) leading to a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree. 

These majors have some similarities but also distinguish themselves in important ways.  Manufacturing engineers design, develop, and control the manufacturing process so that quality products can be produced on time and at a competitive cost.  For additional information on manufacturing engineering as a career, you may wish to visit www.sme.org or speak with Professor Hamilton, the SME advisor.

Mechanical engineers research, develop, analyze, design, and manufacture tools, engines, power systems, machines, and other mechanical devices and systems.  For additional information on mechanical engineering as a career, you may wish to visit www.asme.org or speak with Professor Sommers the ASME advisor. 

Persons with an engineering management background in manufacturing engineering combine engineering, business, science, mathematics, and the liberal arts to help address technological problems in their larger organizational or societal contexts.  For additional information on engineering management as a career, you may wish to visit www.asem.org or speak with Professor Hamilton, MME’s representative to the EGM Steering Committee.  

Minors

The department offers minors in Manufacturing Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.  Please note that Manufacturing and Mechanical minors are not available to students who are majoring in any of the majors offered within the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

The College of Engineering and Computing offers an interdisciplinary minor in Humanitarian Engineering and Computing. This minor is a good fit for students interested in developing technical solutions to real-world problems that enhance the lives of people locally, nationally or internationally. Students will become more globally-aware, culturally sensitive, and socially conscious.

The Department of Chemical, Paper and Biomedical Engineering (CPB) offers a Paper Engineering minor that is available to students majoring in any of the MME majors. It is a good fit for students majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Students minoring in Paper Engineering also become eligible for scholarships offered through the Paper Science Foundation within the CPB Department.

Double Majors within the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC)

DIVISIONAL REQUIREMENT for DOUBLE MAJORS: Students with two majors in the College of Engineering and Computing must take a minimum of 15 different/additional credit hours in their second major beyond the requirements of their first major.

MME Majors

Students who declare an MME major must use the MME 448/449 sequence to satisfy their capstone and respective degree requirements.  With the approval of the MME Senior Design Coordinator, students enrolled in MME 448/449 may work on capstone projects offered and advised by other departments, but these students must complete and participate in all the assessment elements required by MME 448/449.  If assessment elements are missing or are not satisfied by the relevant project, then the affected students must enroll in an additional hour of independent study in which they must complete the assessment elements listed in Table 1. If a student successfully completes MME 448, but does not enroll in MME 449 in the subsequent semester, then the student must repeat the MME 448 course. *MME students with a minor in Paper Science or an additional major in CPB are allowed to fulfill the MME capstone requirement by taking CPB 471/472 in lieu of MME 448/449, but the substitution must be approved by the MME Petition Committee (cf., December 3, 2014, MME Department Meeting minutes).

MME and CEC Double Majors (after completion or close to completion of another CEC Degree)

Students who after completing an engineering degree or senior capstone outside of MME but within CEC choose to pursue an MME degree may not need to complete the MME 448/449 sequence. Students must petition to have their prior capstone project approved by the MME Senior Design Coordinator. If approved, students must enroll in one hour of independent study in which they complete the assessment elements listed in Table 1. These elements will be coordinated with the MME 448/449 activities during the semester in which the student is enrolled for independent study. Students who, after completing a degree outside of CEC, choose to pursue an MME degree must complete the MME 448/449 sequence to satisfy the appropriate degree requirements.

Table 1 – Assessment Elements for Independent Study to fulfill Capstone Requirement

  1. Oral Presentation
  2. Written Report
  3. Analysis Portfolio
  4. Poster Presentation
  5. Reflective Essay

Combined undergraduate (Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineering) and graduate programs (Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering)

The MS in Mechanical Engineering degree is intended to meet the need for engineers who have advanced expertise in their discipline. The program has two options: thesis and non-thesis.  As long as the total lhours is at least 150, students in the combined BS/MS program can double count up to 6 and 9 credits for non-thesis and thesis options, respectively.  Students with a declared major in Mechanical Engineering and/or Manufacturing Engineering may apply for the combined program. To be considered for the combined degree program, students should complete the engineering courses recommended for the first two years of study and their prerequisites. Preferably, they should have taken or be taking MME 312 and MME/ECE 303 at the time of application.

Students are encouraged declare their interest in enrolling in a combined program to their advisor anytime during their academic career at Miami. Upon earning a minimum of 64 credit hours and having a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater, students may apply for admission to the combined program.   Regular time limits for completing the master’s degree apply to students in a combined program (see the Graduate School Handbook for more information).  Part-time students can be admitted if they have the equivalent credit hours and cumulative GPA of the full-time students.

To apply for a combined bachelors/masters program, students should go to https://www.applyweb.com/muohiog/index.ftl, complete the Graduate School online application and pay the application fee.  They need to indicate “combined program” in their application. Students having a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 are not required to take the GRE.

Students in a combined program remain as undergraduates until they apply for graduation or submit a request to the Graduate School to have their classification changed from undergraduate to graduate.  Students must have completed a minimum of 124 hours to be classified as a graduate student.  Students may receive their bachelor’s degree prior to completing their master’s degree.  Upon receiving the bachelor’s degree, students will automatically be classified as graduate students.  As long as the total hours to complete the degrees is at least 150, students receiving the bachelor’s degree prior to completing the master’s degree can count up to 6 (in the case of the non-thesis option) or 9 (thesis option) hours of graduate course work toward their bachelor’s degree with permission of the appropriate advisor(s) and dean(s) or their designee(s).  Those hours can also count toward the completion of their master’s degree.

Department Mission, Objectives, and Outcomes

Mission of the Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Department

The primary mission of the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering is to provide quality graduates to meet the needs of industry and society. The Department provides graduates with in-depth education in mathematics, basic science, engineering science and design, as well as a broad education in computing, business, and the liberal arts. Principles of professional practice, ethical leadership and good communication are emphasized.  The Department is committed to excellence in undergraduate education: student learning, classroom effectiveness, student advising, assessment and continuous improvement.

Challenges in contemporary society and industry are not only technical in nature, but are also social and economic. These needs are served through the development of superior students and faculty. The three programs offered by the department provide students with additional and distinctive depth in manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering or engineering management with a manufacturing specialty, depending on the student’s major. Common courses among the three programs, specifically in the design threads, provide students with unique opportunities to experience interdisciplinary teamwork and to learn about and understand related areas of engineering.

In the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, faculty development is considered an essential part of educating students. In order to provide students with the best education in state-of-the-art technologies and engineering methods, the faculty regularly attend professional conferences, workshops and seminars, conduct research, and participate in continuing education courses involving educational techniques and new technologies.

The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering contributes to Miami University’s mission to serve the community, state, and nation. Miami educates men and women for responsible, informed citizenship, as well as for meaningful employment. The department provides instruction in science and engineering to students who are members of a larger community engaged in liberal education.  The department supports the Miami Plan and the Honors Program by providing minors, honors and foundation courses, and a capstone experience. The Department also has strong multidisciplinary activities with the Departments of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Chemical, Paper, and Biomedical Engineering, as well as the Farmer School of Business, Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies, and other programs within the University. These activities enhance students’ education and provide excellent opportunities for the faculty and students to engage with other scholars.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Department programs are expected to attain or achieve the following Program Educational Objectives within a few years of graduation:

  • Development in their chosen profession and/or progress toward an advanced degree
  • The trust and respect of others as effective and ethical team members
  • A reputation as a source of innovative solutions to complex problems
  • Positions of leadership in an organization and/or on teams

Student Outcomes

The Student Outcomes, from ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) criteria, prepare graduates of the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering graduates to attain the Program Educational Objectives:

Student Outcomes (SOs) Common to all Engineering Programs

  • EAC A - An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • EAC B - An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • EAC C - An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • EAC D - An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • EAC E - An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • EAC F - An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • EAC G - An ability to communicate effectively
  • EAC H - The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • EAC I - A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • EAC J - A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • EAC K - An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Program Criteria (PCs) - Manufacturing Engineering 

  • MFG L - An ability to design manufacturing processes
  • MFG M - An ability to design products and the corresponding processing machinery
  • MFG N - An ability to create competitive advantage by manufacturing, planning, strategy, and control
  • MFG O - An ability to analyze, synthesize, and control manufacturing operations using statistical methods
  • MFG P - An ability to make technical inferences about a manufacturing process by measuring variables

Program Criteria (PCs) - Mechanical Engineering

  • MCH L - An ability to apply principles of engineering, basic science and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations) to solve engineering problems
  • MCH M - An ability to model, analyze, design and realize physical systems, components or processes
  • MCH N - The preparation to work professionally in either thermal or mechanical systems areas

Academic Advising

As a student, you are ultimately responsible for ensuring that you meet all the requirements for graduation.  MME faculty, however, take their roles as academic advisors seriously.  The MME faculty have carefully considered what constitutes effective advising and defined the roles of the students, faculty, department, division (i.e., CEC), and the Registrar’s Office.

The roles of MME students, faculty advisors, the MME Department, CEC, and the University Registrar to create an effective academic advising system, include:

1) MME Students are responsible for

  • being familiar with the curricular requirements of their major,
  • learning how to read their DARS,
  • reading their DARS and checking it regularly,
  • being on time, prepared, and respectful,
  • reading and being responsible for messages sent by the MME department and their advisor,
  • reading and being responsible for announcements posted on MyMiami,
  • reading and keeping a copy of the MME Undergraduate Student Handbook,
  • attending first-year student advising events during their first year in the program,
  • preparing plans for possible course selections and alternatives,
  • being familiar with course registration procedures,
  • petitioning the MME department for transfer of credit for engineering courses or exceptions to the curricular requirements for graduation,
  • contacting the registrar to apply for transfer of credit for non-engineering courses,
  • notifying their advisor of any academic or procedural difficulties.

2) MME Faculty advisors are responsible for

  • taking the initiative to introduce themselves to their advisees,
  • being available for advising meetings,
  • being prepared, on time, and respectful at advising meetings,
  • advising confidentially,
  • advising on preparing plans-of-study and specific course selections,
  • advising on the departmental petition process as necessary,
  • assisting with dealing with difficulties,
  • facilitating advice on selection of majors,
  • being knowledgeable about university requirements and rules,
  • accurately advising on curricular requirements,
  • maintaining orderly documentation of advising provided to individual students in a way that is accessible to the department,
  • notifying individual students of any anomalies in course selection at the beginning of the term,
  • referral to resources outside the domain of academic advising

3) The MME Department is responsible for

  • confidential maintenance of any records held,
  • assistance with dealing with difficulties,
  • rulings on transfer of credit for engineering courses or exceptions to the curricular requirements for graduation,
  • providing clear, consistent, up-to-date, and accessible curricular requirements,
  • announcing curricular changes to faculty and students,
  • providing curricular planning materials,
  • providing lists of current advisees to faculty,
  • facilitating advice on selection of majors,
  • referral to resources outside the domain of academic advising,
  • responding in a timely manner, and
  • submitting changes of DARS major requirements to CEC.

4) CEC provides

  • timely requests for changes in DARS major requirements to the registrar, and
  • organization of first-year student advising events.

5) Registrar provides

  • description of course registration procedures,
  • support with transfer of credit,
  • timely access to course registration and DARS information, and
  • up-to-date programming of DARS major requirements.

Catalog Year

Every student who has declared a major has not only the title of the major, but also a respective catalog year. For students who begin their major in fall 2017, for example, their catalog year is 2018 (which is abbreviated CY18).  The importance of your catalog year is that it defines the curricular requirements for your major. In a later catalog year, the requirements may be slightly different. If you wish, it is possible to change your degree requirements to a later catalog year. This should be done only in consultation with your academic advisor.

The Miami Plan for Liberal Education

Liberal education complements specialized studies in your major and provides a broadened context for exploring social, academic, political and professional choices.  All students, regardless of major, are required to participate in the Global Miami Plan for Liberal Education. 

For specific requirements of the Global Miami Plan, see The Miami Bulletin (http://bulletin.miamioh.edu/).

Requirements

  • Group I is satisfied by ENG 111.
  • Group II is satisfied by ECO 201 (fulfills Social Science), one course in Fine Arts and one course in Humanities.
  • Group III requires 6 hours that can be satisfied with study abroad or G-courses. International students should check with their academic adviser about possible alternatives for this group.
  • Group IVB and a lab course requirement are satisfied by PHY 191 and 192.  Another course in Biological Science (Group IVA, 3 hours) is required.
  • Group V is satisfied by MTH 151.
  • Intercultural Perspective requires one course (3 hours). An approved list of available courses can be found at the web site of the Office of Liberal Education (http://miamioh.edu/liberal-ed/current-students/ ) 

Thematic Sequence

The Thematic Sequence requirement is met by completing related courses (at least nine hours) in an approved Thematic Sequence outside the student’s department of major. An approved list of thematic sequences is found at the web site of the Office of Liberal Education (http://miamioh.edu/liberal-ed/current-students/).

The MCH and EGM majors may have a thematic sequence embedded in the curricular requirements. MCH has  MTH 2-Basic Mathematical Tools for Science thematic sequence and EGM has STA 1-Quality Issues in Contemporary Business and Industry thematic sequence (students must take MGT 453 as a management track elective). It is also acceptable, however, for MCH and EGM majors to choose other thematic sequences. Please note, students taking STA 363 because they have AP credit for STA 261, will not automatically fulfill a thematic sequence. These students will need to consult with either the Math or Statistics departments to inquire about their sequence.

Whether or not a thematic sequence is embedded in your requirements, you need to declare a thematic sequence. This is done by filling out and turning in a “Change of Major” form available in the MME department office. For the MTH thematic sequence, however, you go directly to the Math Department (123 Bachelor Hall).  They have the form prefilled, so you only need to add your plus number and name to the form.  This form should be submitted by the end of your sophomore year.

Miami Plan Capstone

The senior capstone requirement is met by completing three hours in an approved Capstone course during a student’s senior year.  (The MP Capstone is satisfied by MME 448-449.) Other capstone courses available are found at:  http://miamioh.edu/liberal-ed/current-students/senior-capstone/senior-capstone-courses/index.html

Degree Audit Report System (DARS)

The DARS is a report of your completed course work and current registration matched with the degree requirements of your declared major.  It identifies deficiencies and lists courses that will satisfy specific requirements.  DARS are available online through BannerWeb.  You should print a copy to review with your academic advisor prior to registering for subsequent semesters.  You may also request a copy at any time at the One Stop (Campus Avenue Building).

Independent Study

University regulation makes available independent study courses (numbered 177, 277, 377, and 477) available to undergraduate students.  The purpose of independent study is to allow a student to earn credit while conducting research in areas beyond or outside his or her required courses.  A student may register for one to five hours of independent study each semester.  No more than ten hours of independent study may be earned per year. 

Independent study is not intended, nor should it be used, to meet departmental course requirements. 

Petition Process

Students wishing to seek an exception to the requirements for their major course of study are required to prepare and submit a petition for review and possible approval.  Exceptions include taking courses at other universities for the purpose of substitution for required MME courses.  Students are encouraged to obtain approval for substitution of transfer courses prior to enrolling in the course to be transferred. Visit www.transferology.com to verify if courses will transfer.

Students are responsible for initiating petitions.  Petitions should be prepared in consultation with the academic advisor.  Petition forms are available in the department office.  They must be properly completed, have all supporting materials attached, and be signed by the student’s advisor.  Petitions are submitted to the department administrative assistant.  The administrative assistant logs the petition and then passes it on to the Petition Committee chair.  The Petition Committee meets in a timely fashion and rules on each petition received.  The student and faculty are notified of decisions in writing by email.  Questions should be directed to the student’s advisor, the petition committee chair, or the department chair.

Department Proficiency Exams

You may obtain credit and/or advanced placement by examinations in areas in which you have adequate preparation.  Credit earned is traditional credit and is not counted in the admissible 32 semester hours of nontraditional credit.  No grades are awarded for proficiency examinations. 

To be approved for a proficiency examination, you must satisfy the department that you have a reasonable chance of passing it.  Normally, these examinations are for courses below the 300 level, but they may be given for advanced courses with approvals of the department chair and the dean of the division in which the course is offered.

These exams may be offered each semester.  Each department in which tests are offered administers its own test, and credit applies toward graduation.  You may take a proficiency examination during any semester or term in which you are enrolled.  Fees are charged per credit hour if the examination is passed.  See the Student Handbook 1.2.G (http://blogs.miamioh.edu/miamipolicies/?p=1981).

A student may take a proficiency exam in any MME course except courses that have lab and design requirements.  The majority of students do not have this kind of proficiency in lab and design.  However, in some cases, such as extensive industrial experience, they may have; in this case, the student may petition to the department Petition Committee.  For all proficiency exam requests, the following procedures must be met:

  • The professor responsible for the course for which the student wants to take the proficiency exam must recommend approval, and state why, before the petition can go to the department committee;
  • The professor recommending the exam needs to prepare a statement (to be attached to the petition) that states the format to be used in the test.  For example, the test will include five questions similar to those given to the students in previous offerings of the course.  Also, he or she needs to specify the expected day and time (for example, 3-4 hours) to be used to complete the exam.  This should be compatible with the exam times used in normal course offerings;
  • The student needs to petition the department Petition Committee stating what previous professional and/or academic background that he/she has that would allow him/her to pass a proficiency (comprehensive) exam in this course; and
  • For 300 level courses and above, the department chair’s and dean’s signatures are required.

If the petition is approved, the instructor administering the exam will be responsible for preparing and conducting the exam.  He or she will submit to the chair for signature (at least two weeks before the end of the semester) the graded exam and Miami’s Application for Proficiency Exam.

Pre-requisites, Co-requisites and GPA requirements

It is very important that students taking MME courses meet the required pre- and/or co-requisites.  The Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering has adopted the following policy:

  • Any student taking an MME course is required to declare, at the beginning of that course, that he or she has met (or failed to meet) the course’s pre-requisites and/or co-requisites.  This declaration will be documented in a checklist form.  All such declarations are subject to verification against the student’s DARS report.  The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering views wrongful declarations very seriously.  Any wrongful declaration will be reviewed by the department to determine whether it constitutes a violation of the Code of Student Conduct.
  • Students who have not satisfied the course’s pre-requisites and co-requisites may be dropped from the class.  The department cannot offer assurance that dropping a student from class can be done early enough in a term to enable the student to enroll in another class.
  • Students who think about dropping a “co-requisite” course (e.g. taking MME 223 and CHM 141 and want to drop CHM) need to speak to both their advisor and the course instructor prior to doing so.  Approval is needed from the department’s Petition Committee to remain in the class if the required co-requisite is dropped.
  • Even though it is possible to meet all pre-requisites and/or co-requisites for some MME 300 level courses without having successfully completed all 100 and 200 level courses (such as CHM or MTH) required by MFG, MCH, and EGM-MFG curricula; it is expected that each student will complete all of these courses prior to the beginning of the student’s Junior year.
  • Please note that MTH 151 requires a grade of “C” or better to continue on to MTH 251, although just passing MTH 151 is sufficient for advancing to other courses, such as MME 211. There are no other courses in the MME curriculum that require a specific grade threshold to move forward. There is a GPA requirement to graduate, however.  You must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better and a major/CEC GPA of 2.0 or better.  If you have questions about these requirements, speak with your advisor.

Course Registration

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their MME advisor prior to registering for the subsequent term.

MME Course Cancellation Policy and Procedure

This section describes the policy and procedure to be followed in the event that an MME course required for MME departmental majors is cancelled and the cancellation might delay a students’ graduation date and the delay was not otherwise caused by the student. Particularly in instances where students enrolled in a cancelled course are within a year of graduation, it is important for the department to provide an alternative way to meet the degree requirement presented by the respective course.

The policy described here applies to students enrolled in courses that are subsequently cancelled. This policy does not enable students to enroll in alternate courses during semesters when the required course is offered nor during semesters for which the course in question was never offered.

When the enrollment for a course staffed by MME is sufficiently low, it may, by the decision of the MME Department Chair, be cancelled. The Department Chair or Administrative Assistant will communicate this decision promptly to the affected students. The first subsequent action by the student is to meet with his/her advisor to seek alternate plans for enrolling in courses while remaining on track for the planned graduation date. In cases where no such plan can be reasonably formulated, the student’s advisor promptly communicates this finding to the department chair.

While it is the responsibility of the department chair to offer an alternative in these instances, acceptable alternatives to courses can be sought and identified well in advance of any decision to cancel a course. The department chair may appoint a faculty committee to identify and propose alternates for specific departmental courses.

The MME Petition Committee decides whether a candidate’s course is a suitable alternate. The committee applies a deliberation process similar to requests to enroll in courses at other institutions and count these toward MME degree program curricular requirements. In reaching its decision, the committee considers the content, objectives, outcomes, and design activities in the cancelled course and compares these with the proposed alternative. When the cancelled course is a pre- or co-requisite to a required course, the committee should also verify that the alternate course will satisfy the appropriate requirements. While the committee may simply accept or reject the proposed alternate course, it may also reach a decision that requires students to perform work in addition to enrolling in and passing the alternate course. 

Change of Schedule

You may change your schedule in Banner through the end of the add/drop period.  You are encouraged to contact your MME advisor regarding adding/dropping classes, changing sections, and force-adding.  In addition, you can discuss the Miami Plan, divisional, and major requirements. 

Credit/No-Credit Classes

All courses in chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, statistics and those in the College of Engineering and Computing (CPB, CSE, ECE, MME, CEC, EGM) that are used to fulfill requirements of the major, must be taken for a grade. You will get credit for a D- or better, however, this does not figure in to your GPA. Per University policy, no more than 10% of your course work can be taken credit/no-credit. You must declare your intention to take the course credit/no-credit before 20% of the class meetings.

Scholastic Regulations

Academic Warning. An undergraduate student who earns a grade point average less than 2.00 during his/her first semester or term will be placed on academic warning at the end of the semester or term. Excluding a student’s first semester or term, in all subsequent semesters/terms an undergraduate student with fewer than 16 cumulative grade point average hours who earns a cumulative grade point average less than 2.00 is placed or continued on academic warning.

Removal of Academic Warning. If an undergraduate student has a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better, the student is removed from academic warning at the end of the semester or term.

Academic Probation. An undergraduate student with 16 or more cumulative Miami grade point average hours is placed on academic probation at the end of any semester or term in which his/her cumulative grade point average is less than 2.00.

Removal of Academic Probation. If an undergraduate student has a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better, the student shall be removed from academic probation at the end of the semester or term.

Continuation on Academic Probation. An undergraduate student with 16-29 Miami grade point average hours who is on academic probation and who has a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.00 is continued on academic probation. An undergraduate student with 30 or more Miami grade point average hours who is on academic probation and who has a grade point average for a semester or term of 2.00 or better, but has a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.00, is continued on academic probation.

Academic Suspension. An undergraduate student with 30 or more Miami grade point average hours who is on academic probation will be suspended if his/her grade point average for a semester or term is less than 2.00. The period of suspension is two consecutive semesters or terms. Winter term is excluded as a term on which suspension can be applied or satisfied.   

Academic Dismissal. Failure to meet academic standards after academic suspension results in academic dismissal. The period of academic dismissal is usually considered a permanent action, but a student may petition for readmission after a two-year absence. Winter term is excluded as a term on which dismissal can be applied or satisfied

MME Department Force-Add Procedures

If you get closed out of an MME course and you want to force-add the class, these steps are to be followed: 

Fill out the Force-add Request Form located at:  https://miamioh.formstack.com/forms/force_add.  You will receive an email confirming your submission, keep this for your records.

Requests will be reviewed as follows:

  • Requests for Fall & Summer Semester - requests will be reviewed during the last week of classes, late April or early May
  • Requests for Spring & Winter Semester - requests will be reviewed during the last week of October/first week of November. Requests received after that time, will be reviewed during the last week of classes, late November or early December.

The department chair will speak with appropriate faculty members as needed. Decisions will be made as to which students to add to classes.

Students will be contacted:

  • Requests for fall semester - contacted during final exam week informing students of the decisions made. Students will be asked to respond with their plus number to confirm that they still want to be added to the class.
  • Requests for spring semester - contacted during the first week of November informing students of the decisions made. Students will be asked to respond with their plus number to confirm that they still want to be added to the class.
  • Late requests for spring semester - contacted during final exam week informing students of the decisions made. Students will be asked to respond with their plus number to confirm that they still want to be added to the class. The department will process the force-adds electronically.

If you need to force-add an MME class, the sooner you submit your request, the better. It helps the Department in making decisions especially in the case where another section may be needed.

NOTE: If there are multiple sections of a course and one section has a zero limit, that zero limit indicates that, depending on the number of requests received, the section may be opened. When you register you should keep that in mind. Also, it is the student’s responsibility to double check to make sure that all prerequisite/co-requisite requirements are met. By processing the approved force-adds electronically, the department will receive an error message if the pre/co-requisites have not been met, the force-add will not be processed, and the student will be contacted.

To add an ECE course or an MME course taught by an ECE faculty member (e.g. MME 303), the contact person is Tina Carico, caricotl@miamioh.edu. To add a CPB course or an MME course taught by a CPB faculty member, the contact person is Laurie Edwards, guestl@miamioh.edu. To add a CEC course, the contact person is Dr. Brian Kirkmeyer, CECadvising@miamioh.edu To add an EGM course, follow the MME procedures.

If you have any questions concerning this policy, contact the MME department.

e-mail – MMEDept@miamioh.edu
phone – 513-529-0710

Technical Electives

Technical electives may either broaden the student’s technical study to areas outside the major or provide an opportunity for in-depth technical study in an area of the student’s interest.  This area of the curriculum enhances the student’s professional education.

A list of approved courses in MFG and MCH is shown on the respective curriculum sheets located at the end of this book.  Double majors in any combination of MFG, MCH, and EGM may not use required courses to fulfill technical electives in the other major.  For example, MME 437, which is required for the MFG major, may not be used as a technical elective for double majors in MFG and MCH; CSE 372, required for EGM, may not be used as a technical elective for double majors in EGM and either MFG or MCH.

Alternative technical elective courses that are not on the approved list may be approved by petition if they satisfy the following requirements:

  • At the 200 level or above,
  • Science-based and/or require calculus, science, computing, or engineering as co-requisites or pre-requisites,
  • Offered by one of the following departments:  Biology, Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Microbiology, Chemical, Paper, and Biomedical Engineering, Physics, Math, Statistics, and Computer Science and Software Engineering.

To propose an alternative course as a technical elective, take the following steps:

  • Check that the course satisfies the above requirements,
  • Consult with your advisor on your selection, and
  • Petition the department to allow the course to count toward the requirement.

Departmental Honors

Departmental Honors is directed toward students who are interested in challenging themselves to go beyond the program requirements in any of the three majors offered by the MME department.  “Challenging” means that the student will design and conduct a significant independent project under the supervision of a faculty member during the student’s junior and senior years of study at Miami.  The goal is not only for the student to graduate with the distinction of “Departmental Honors,” but also to show how he or she is becoming a true learner: one who learns how to learn on his or her own. 

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is typically the first step in the process leading to the Professional Engineer (​P.E.)​ License. It is designed for recent graduates and students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree. The FE is a computer-based exam that is administered year-round in testing windows at NCEES-approved Pearson VUE test centers.​ See the NCEES FE exam website for current information and to register for the test: ​http://ncees.org/exams/fe-exam/​.

Interested students should also contact Assistant Dean Dr. Brian Kirkmeyer who can provide verification to a student and to state certification boards, if needed, of the student's eligibility.

The college has FE exam review books and reference handbooks that can be checked out. If a sufficient number of students request it, the college will help identify faculty members who are willing to provide review sessions. Prior to any review sessions, students should prepare a self-study plan for the exam topics (statics, fluid mechanics, etc.) and share the plan with the person coordinating the review sessions.​

Combining Professional and Academic Experience

Interested in a Co-op or Internship?  

If your answer is yes, some basic information is provided below. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Co-Op and/or internship experiences are beneficial to the student, employer, and academic department.  These programs are designed to give students professional work experience related to their field of study.  The work experience makes a student's classroom instruction more meaningful, provides valuable student financial support, and makes graduates more attractive to prospective employers because they are better prepared professionally.  Participating employers have the opportunity to work with highly motivated, energetic manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering and engineering management students whom they can help develop into more competent graduates.  This early contact with students in a work setting allows employers the opportunity to train potential future employees on the uniqueness of the companies' operations.  An increasing number of companies will only hire a student right out of college if the student has co-op or internship work experience.

 

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions.

What’s the difference between a co-op and an internship? 

Co-op students alternate between work and school every other academic term, including summers.  For example, during the summer of your 2nd year in school you may have your first work assignment, in the fall you would return to school for a semester, in the spring you would return to work with the same employer, and again in the summer you would take classes. 

An internship is a work experience for a semester or during the summer.  It allows the company to hire a student to work on a special project or fill a short-term need.  Sometimes a student can have an internship with the same employer for two or more summers, while other students work two or more summers but with different employers each time. 

If I am interested in either a co-op or internship what do I have to do?

Register with the Center for Career Exploration and Successs (http://miamioh.edu/student-life/career-services/index.html).  Follow the Career Planning Process for the information you need to register and participate in on-campus interviewing.

Check for announcements on the CEC and MME bulletin boards (in the hallways of the building complex).  You should also network and contact companies directly.

The Department is not in responsible for placing you in a position.  We are here to assist you by making information on opportunities available.  Information we receive on opportunities will be posted.  Students should also check the Center for Career Exploration and Success website on a regular basis.

 

How soon may I begin an internship or co-op?

Students may begin an internship or co-op as early as the summer following their freshman year depending on the company.  Most students, however, wait until after their sophomore year.  Students doing a co-op usually do their first rotation in the spring or summer of their sophomore year.  Check with your MME advisor on what is best for you.

I’ve been offered an internship or co-op, now what?

Let the department’s Administrative Assistant, Christy Perry-Owens (christy.perry@miamioh.edu) know.  Please also complete a Co-Op and/or Internship form, copies are available in the MME office.  Also request a Student and Employer Evaluation form and work with your supervisor to complete the forms at the end of your work assignment.  Upon completion of a co-op/internship period, the employer evaluates the student's performance using these or similar forms provided by the company; the completed forms should be returned to the department.  Forms may be returned electronically to MMEDept@miamioh.edu or as a paper copy.  The student, employer, and the department chair or the chair’s designate will review these evaluations in an effort to identify opportunities to enhance the co-op/internship program.  Students may also register for a zero-credit-hour Professional Practice course (MME 340).  The course will be listed on your DARs showing that you were involved in a professional practice intern/co-op experience.  It is important for students on a work assignment during the fall or spring semester to register for this course because it holds your registration spot for the next term.

Sample curricula for each major showing how a co-op experience fits in the plan of study are available in the department office. 

Career Advising

The Department defines Career Advising and the roles of the department and the student as:

Career Advising IS

  • A discussion between students and faculty/staff about career options
  • A wide array of informative programs to assist students in formulating their long-range career goals.

Career Advising IS NOT

  • Intended to serve as an employment agency or a job placement service
  • To replace Miami University’s Center for Career Exploration and Success
  • To replace student involvement in career selection or job seeking

The Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Department is cognizant of the need for students to develop their awareness of career opportunities available to them as majors in Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering Management in conjunction with the development of technical skills and academic knowledge.  Career awareness and academic knowledge is obtained through mutual involvement of students and faculty.  The Department provides Career Advising in several formats for students who participate.

Department Responsibility

Provide an array of opportunities for gathering knowledge of career possibilities

            Professional campus organizations

            Professional guest speakers

            Company Tours

            Employer’s company literature

            Faculty Academic Advisors

Provide methods for Career Advising Information to reach the students

            Postings on the MME Undergrad site

            Occasional E-mails and postings on department bulletin boards

            Letters and bulletins

            Department involvement with employers seeking full-time, intern and co-op students

            Direct communication with the Center for Career Exploration and Success

Student resumes

            Companies work through the Center for Career Exploration and Success and, on occasion, through the department.  Most companies schedule their interviews through the Center for Career Exploration and Success.  Some will have students send resumes directly to them.  To be interviewed by a company through the Center for Career Exploration and Success, you must be registered with them, even if you have sent your resume directly to the company and the company elects to interview you.

Company Information Sessions

            Some companies hold information sessions before a scheduled interview date and may accept additional resumes and fill in empty interview slots at that time.  Again, be sure you are registered with the Center for Career Exploration and Success.  If the department is aware of the scheduled information session, we will disseminate the information to students by postings on department bulletin boards.

Student Responsibility

  • Develop career goals
  • Plan how to achieve career goals
  • Attend the Center for Career Exploration and Success Information Meetings and training sessions (required prior to registering with the Center for Career Exploration and Success)
  • Register with the Center for Career Exploration and Success
    • Check out all their Services for Students to see what is available
    • Know how to access their services
  • Participate in programs provided by the Department and employers to disseminate information on career opportunities.

Academic Integrity/Academic Dishonesty

Students should be knowledgeable concerning the rules, definitions, and procedures governing academic integrity/academic dishonesty. See 1.5 of the Miami University Student Handbook.

Miscellaneous Department Information and Opportunities

Using Department or Grant Funds to purchase items for project use

Miami University has specific rules regarding procurement procedures.  Obtain a copy of the form “Student Order Request Form” from the MME office and complete it when you plan to request a purchase. Students making purchases for course projects or research projects need to be aware of these rules and abide by them.  Please familiarize yourself with the University’s process before attempting to make any purchase.  If you have questions, ask before making a purchase.

Approval of the supervising faculty member is required before orders may be placed.  Also keep in mind that, depending on the type of funding, stipulations other than those listed below may be in force.

When an item needs to be purchased, the most common way of making a purchase is by using the MME Department credit card. The department Administrative Assistant will assist you in ordering your items.

Credit card usage procedures:

1)    Purchases must be approved and the account to be charged must be determined prior to completing the order request form (available in the department office)

2)    Miami is tax exempt and does not pay sales tax in Ohio (as well as Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Tennessee)
Merchants should be informed of tax exempt status at time of transaction.  If this is not done and tax is charged, it will be your responsibility to go back to the company and arrange for a credit for the tax charged.

3)    Itemized receipts must be obtained at time of purchase

4)    If orders are placed online, the e-receipt should be emailed to MMEDept@miamioh.edu with the subject line being – “CC Receipt – [vendor name].

Reimbursements for purchases using personal funds will only be made under rare circumstances.  Plan accordingly and use the proper order/payment method to make required purchases.

MME Laboratory Safety Procedures

Adopted by the MME Dept. 8/22/07

The objectives of the MME laboratories are:

  • To provide students a hands-on experience with materials, equipment and experimental procedures. 
  • To develop the students’ ability to work safely in a laboratory environment without risk to themselves or others.

Basic safety procedures for all MME lab areas include:

a)     No food or drink in the laboratories

b)    Avoid irresponsible behavior.  Plan ahead.  When working in teams, do not assume that the other people know what you are planning on doing.

c)     Learn the location and proper use of all laboratory emergency equipment including the means for obtaining emergency medical assistance and help for other types of problems. The emergency number on campus is 911.

d)    Maintain a clean and organized laboratory. Every student is responsible for cleanup. When you finish, please put away everything you used.

In addition to basic safety, some laboratory activities require the use of machine tools, chemicals, electricity, hydraulics, compressed gases and related equipment and tools. During these activities, additional safety precautions should be followed, including:

e)     Work only in the presence of another person who can help in the event of a problem.

f)     Use the correct equipment for the job.  Find and use the proper manuals, specifications and other instructional aids.  Tag, isolate and report defective devices.

g)     Wear clothing that affords protection and that will never cause a safety problem. 

h)    Remove jewelry near electricity and machinery. 

i)      Locate the emergency stop before starting a machine.

j)      Use the personal protective equipment (PPE) provided and follow the posted PPE requirements in each lab. Types of PPE in the MME labs may include:

  1.                         i.         Eye protection: safety glasses, goggles, etc.
  2.                        ii.         closed toe shoes
  3.                      iii.         gloves
  4.                      iv.         face shield
  5.                        v.         welding apron

The essence of safety is thinking ahead about the possible consequences of your actions.  If you are unsure about instructions, procedures or an unfamiliar piece of apparatus, STOP AND OBTAIN ASSISTANCE.  For the sake of everyone involved, do not ignore any potentially-unsafe condition or behavior.

MME LAB RULES

1)    Normal hours for labs are Monday thru Thursday 8-12 and 1-8 except during restricted hours, and 8-12 and 1-4:30 Friday.

2)    Restricted hours due to class activity are listed on the calendars mounted in the lab.

3)    If you plan on using equipment at times other than class, for your convenience you can reserve machines by signing them out on the calendar.  Classes have the highest priority, followed by those who have reserved times for machines.

4)    After Class Use During Normal Hours

a)     If a student wants to use the lab outside of the normal class hours but during normal lab hours, he or she must obtain permission from the Laboratory Coordinator (Karl Reiff 9-0726). 

b)    The student requiring this work should arrange with the Laboratory Coordinator to insure that the proper materials and tools are available. 

c)     The student is responsible for insuring that proper safety rules are followed during this time and that tools are put away and the lab is cleaned up after use. 

d)    Depending on the activity planned, the Laboratory Coordinator may ask the student to work with another student for safety reasons. 

e)     Students will not use the lathes, mills, or the welders without the authorization of the faculty member. 

f)     Students who have not completed MME 231 may not use any of the equipment in the Machine Shop unless authorized by the Laboratory Coordinator.

5)    After Hours Use
If you need to use the lab at a time other than the normal hours given above, all of the above rules still apply as well as the following procedure for authorization and access. Only students who have completed the Lab Use Authorization Form may use the shop after hours. After hours use of the labs by one person is not allowed, except computer labs.

a)     Discuss with the Lab Coordinator what equipment is needed and what you are going to be doing in the lab.

b)    Student(s) complete an After Hours Lab Use Authorization form and turn the completed form into the MME Administrative Assistant (MAA) or designated representative.  (Forms are available in the MME Department Office.)  The After Hours Lab Use Authorization form is filed in the After Hours Lab Use Notebook by the MME department.

c)     Any exceptions to the lab use rules will be noted on the After Hours Lab Use Authorization form and initialed by the student, faculty sponsor, and department chair.

d)    On the day of the required lab use, the student will email a request to the Lab Coordinator and the MAA requesting use.  The email should include the day(s) and time(s) requested. The MAA or designated representative will check the After Hours Lab Use Notebook for authorization. If authorized, the Lab Coordinator or the MAA will grant the RFID swipe access for the required rooms/dates/times.

Employment in the MME Department

A variety of opportunities are available within the department for student employment – office assistant (clerical assistance in the MME office), lab assistant (working with lab tech and/or faculty member during and outside of lab times), research assistant (working with faculty member on a research project), and grader (assisting faculty member by grading homework, etc.).  Open positions within the department will be posted through Student Employment.  If you are interested in assisting in a specific lab or grading for a specific class, contact the faculty member. The position, however, will still need to be posted and applied for through Student Employment.  In order to work in the department, student employees will be required to complete a Student Employee Confidentiality agreement prior to being approved to work.  A copy of the form is available from the MME Administrative Assistant.

Requesting Letters of Recommendation

Requests for letters of recommendation may be made through a personal visit with the faculty member, via e-mail, or via a written message. When you make such a request, you also need to complete a Student Reference Request and FERPA Release form (copies are available in the MME Office).  A separate form will need to be completed for each faculty member from whom you request a recommendation.

Other Opportunities and Programs of Interest

University Honors Programhttp://miamioh.edu/academics/honors-programs/uhp/index.html

Scholastic Enhancement Programhttp://miamioh.edu/student-life/rinella-learning-center/scholastics-and-research/

Luxembourg (Dolibois European Center) – Contact: Luxembourg Coordinator, 220 MacMillan, 513-529-5050.  www.units.miamioh.edu/luxembourg  Students wishing to spend a semester in Luxembourg should work closely with their MME advisor to develop a program of study to insure their ability to graduate on time.  Sample curricula are available in the MME office.

Study Abroad – Contact: Study Abroad Resource Office, 216 MacMillan, 513-529-5628.  www.studyabroad.miamioh.edu. Students wishing to study abroad should work closely with their MME advisor to develop a program of study to insure their ability to graduate on time. 

Service Learninghttp://miamioh.edu/student-life/community-engagement-service/service-learning/index.html    

Living Learning Communitieshttp://miamioh.edu/student-life/residence-life/residential-communities/index.html

Disability Resources – see the 2014-2015 Miami Guidebook for New Students.  http://miamioh.edu/student-life/rinella-learning-center/ - Rinella Learning Center.

Learning Disabilities Serviceshttp://miamioh.edu/student-life/rinella-learning-center/learning-disabilities/index.html - within in the Rinella Learning Center.

Employment on Campushttp://www.units.muohio.edu/humanresources/employment/student/index.php

ROTC

Air Force – http://miamioh.edu/cas/academics/programs/afrotc/
Naval and Marine - http://www.cas.muohio.edu/nrotc/

National Information

ABET Accreditation

From the www.abet.org website

ABET's four accreditation commissions perform the accreditation function and determine accreditation actions. The Engineering Accreditation Commission is responsible for engineering programs, the Technology Accreditation Commission is responsible for engineering technology programs, the Computing Accreditation Commission is responsible for computer science programs, and the Applied Science Accreditation Commission is responsible for applied science programs. All commission members who chair the on-site visit teams are qualified evaluators and are thoroughly knowledgeable of accreditation procedures, policies, and criteria. Programs are identified as accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (EAC/ABET), Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (TAC/ABET), Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC/ABET), or Applied Science Commission of ABET (ASAC/ABET).

About Accreditation

In the United States, accreditation is used to assure quality in educational institutions and programs. Accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental process of peer review. It requires an educational institution or program to meet certain, defined standards or criteria. Accreditation is sometimes confused with certification. In general, institutions and programs are accredited, and individuals are certified.

There are two types of accreditation -- institutional and specialized. Institutional accreditors, such as those referred to as “regional” accreditors, examine the college or university as a whole educational institution. Specialized accreditors evaluate specific educational programs. Professional accreditors, such as those for medicine, law, architecture and engineering, fall into this category. ABET is a professional accrediting organization that accredits programs, not institutions. More information on ABET and accreditation can be found on the ABET website at http://www.abet.org.

Accreditation serves to notify parents and prospective students that a program has met minimum standards; faculty, deans and administrators of a program’s strengths and weaknesses and of ways to improve the program; employers that graduates are prepared to begin professional practice; taxpayers that their funds are spent well; and the public that graduates are aware of public health and safety considerations.

State licensing boards and certification programs may require graduation from an ABET-accredited program as the first step in the registration or certification process for professional practice. In some instances, ABET accreditation may permit students to receive federal funds in the form of scholarships, loans and grants.

On the ABET website you can find answers to the following frequently asked questions:

−      Why are schools in the United States so different from each other?

−      If I am a parent or prospective student, what should I consider when selecting a college or university?

−      How do I know if an accrediting organization is legitimate?

−      How do I find out which engineering programs are accredited?

−      What is the process for accrediting an educational program?

−      Does ABET accredit programs outside the United States?

−      Can ABET assess the educational quality of an engineering or computer science degree earned outside the United States?

−      Will I receive credit for educational courses or programs taken outside the United States?

At this time, the following programs within the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Department are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org: 

  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Code of Ethics for Engineers

From the www.nspe.org website

Preamble
Engineering is an important and learned profession. As members of this profession, engineers are expected to exhibit the highest standards of honesty and integrity. Engineering has a direct and vital impact on the quality of life for all people. Accordingly, the services provided by engineers require honesty, impartiality, fairness, and equity, and must be dedicated to the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare. Engineers must perform under a standard of professional behavior that requires adherence to the highest principles of ethical conduct.

Fundamental Canons

Engineers, in the fulfillment of their professional duties, shall:

1. Hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public.

2. Perform services only in areas of their competence.

3. Issue public statements only in an objective and truthful manner.

4. Act for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustees.

5. Avoid deceptive acts.

6. Conduct themselves honorably, responsibly, ethically, and lawfully so as to enhance the honor, reputation, and usefulness of the profession.

Student Organizations

Engineering Honor Society

The Ohio Xi Chapter of Tau Beta Pi serves "to mark in a fitting manner those who have conferred honor upon their alma mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as undergraduates in the field of engineering, or by their attainments as alumni in the field of engineering, and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in the engineering colleges."  Students in the majors of Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Paper Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Chemical Engineering are eligible for election into Tau Beta Pi.   Eligibility is based on academic performance based GPAs placing one in the top 1/8 of juniors and top 1/5 of seniors. Election of candidates is based on commitment to leadership and service to the profession and community.

Engineering Students Abroad   (www.orgs.miamioh.edu/esa)

As stated in the Constitution, the objective of the Engineering Students Abroad organization is "... to help engineering students study abroad." This organization will encourage engineering students to travel abroad by being a "club" through which students can exchange ideas about their study abroad experiences and desires.

Engineering students who have already studied abroad or who might have information about studying abroad will be able to promote their experiences and knowledge to younger engineering students who are interested in studying abroad. This organization will also allow engineering students to form social relationships with others having similar interests.

Student Leadership Council

The Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Department Student Leadership Council (SLC) represents the broader spectrum of the Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering Management student body. The purpose of the council is to provide a mechanism for students to give constructive feedback on their educational experience. This partnership helps the department to communicate closely with the students, to learn first-hand about the students' needs and concerns, and to gain insight into their perception of the program.  SLC is also responsible for planning social activities for MME majors.

SAE International

SAE International (formerly Society of Automotive Engineers) is a non-profit educational and scientific organization dedicated to advancing mobility technology to better serve humanity. With over 89,000 engineers and scientists as members, SAE develops technical information on all forms of self-propelled vehicles including automobiles, trucks and buses, off-highway equipment, aircraft, aerospace vehicles, marine, rail, and transit systems. The SAE student chapter brings together young engineers to enhance their exposure and education in automotive technology as well as to create an enjoyable and sociable organization. Student members actively participate in the highly popular SAE competitions, such as Formula SAE and Baja, where students design, build and test their own automotive vehicles.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the world's leading professional society advancing manufacturing knowledge and influencing more than half a million manufacturing practitioners annually. Innovation, productivity, flexibility, and continuous improvement are key ingredients to success in the constantly evolving world of manufacturing. At the core of everything SME does is the belief that continuous learning is the most effective way for individuals and organizations to accomplish these objectives and gain a sustainable competitive advantage.

Miami's student chapter provides engineering students the chance to explore manufacturing through industry speakers, plant tours, and social activities.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, empowers women to succeed and advance in their aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.  The student section at Miami University seeks to encourage girls (K-12) to consider engineering or computing as a career choice as well as support current engineering and computing students during their academic careers.  They hold regular monthly meetings as well as outreach events, social events, and professional development workshops.

National Society for Professional Engineers (NSPE)

NSPE is the premier national organization that promotes and defends the professional interests of all engineering professionals.  It is the national society of engineering professionals from all disciplines that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure, and enhances the image and well-being of its members. The overall purpose of NSPE chapter programs is to stimulate continued interest in and understanding of the professional dimensions of engineering and to guide graduating seniors in the steps required to reach professional status through licensure as a professional engineer. NSPE is a nontechnical professional society, so a student chapter's programs are devoted mainly to nontechnical subjects. The generic nature of the meetings allow for participation by technical societies on campus as well. The NSPE Student Chapter is meant to complement student technical society activities, not compete with them.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, today's ASME is a 120,000-member professional organization focused on technical, educational and research issues of the engineering and technology community.  The mission of ASME is to promote and enhance the technical competency and professional well-being of its members, through quality programs and activities in mechanical engineering, to better enable its practitioners to contribute to the well-being of humankind.  The purpose of a Student Section is: to provide an opportunity for students to begin their professional careers by joining a professional engineering society; to inform students of recent developments in the field of mechanical engineering through publications, field trips and meetings; to promote fellowship and interaction with other student sections, as well as professional sectors of the Society.

MME Department External Advisory Council

The External Advisory Council is comprised of representatives from industry, alumni, and government.  They meet with the department semi-annually and provide recommendations and advice.  Advisory Council members include:

  • Maria Bennett, President & CEO, SPR Therapeutics, LLC.
  • Larry Butkus, Lead, Structural Materials Evaluation Team, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Andrew Curtiss, Director, Customer Service, Swagelok
  • Mary Kinsella, Sr. Manufacturing Research Engineer, AFRL/FXMS
  • Martin Lakes, President, Beckman Machine, LLC
  • David Rohe, President, ROA Group, LLC
  • Robert Simpson, Vice President, Indirect Purchasing, American Axle and Manufacturing
  • Nicole Smith, Legislative Fellow, NASA John N Glenn Research Center

Courses of Instruction

CEC 101 COMPUTING, ENGINEERING & SOCIETY Introduces computing and engineering professions and their role in society.  Explores different engineering and computing disciplines, examines ethical and societal issues related to the disciplines and their impact on the world.  An active forum for discussion of ideas and issues.

EGM 411 LEADING AND MANAGING PROJECTS Addresses fundamental aspects of leading and managing complex projects including: organizational leadership, strategic planning and project selection, project life cycle planning, estimating project schedule and cost, planning, organizing, directing and monitoring resources, analyzing and managing risk, team building and conflict management, assessing progress and performance, project audit and closure, and related topics.
Pre-requisites: STA 301 or STA 363ECE 345ISA 205, or equivalent.

MME 102 INTRO TO MECHANICAL & MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING (3) This course introduces students to engineering, with a focus on mechanical and manufacturing engineering.  It is appropriate for engineering and non-engineering students alike. Topics include how to use state-of-the-art tools to: draw, perform computational analyses, model physical systems, and manipulate and present data. The course covers the Engineering Design Process; a systematic approach to problem solving used by all engineering disciplines. Additionally, the course covers important skills intended to enhance students’ academic success throughout their time at school. These skills include effective time management, an ability to study and work effectively in groups, and professionalism when interacting with peers and faculty. The course culminates in a team based engineering design project that draws upon all the lessons covered.

MME 211 STATIC MODELING OF MECHANICAL SYSTEMS (3) Introduction to mechanics.  Study of the theory and application of the mechanics of rigid bodies in equilibrium. Pre-requisites: MTH 151, PHY 191.  Pre-Co-requisite: MME 102 or equivalent.

MME 213 COMPUTATIONAL METHODS IN ENGINEERING (3) Study and use of fundamental computational methods as applied to engineering analysis and design.  Computational methods are explored via discussion of errors and approximations, iterative methods of solving equations.  Graphical methods are explored via 3-D modeling with emphasis on assembly and design including limit dimensioning and geometric tolerance.  Pre-requisite: MME 102 or equivalent.

MME 223 ENGINEERING MATERIALS (3) Study of metals, ceramics and plastics; dependence of properties on structure; selection and application of engineering materials. 2 Lec. 1 Lab.  Pre/Co-requisite: CHM 141. 

MME 231 MANUFACTURING PROCESSES (3) Introduction to a wide variety of manufacturing processes with emphasis on process modeling and laboratory measurement of process conditions and product variables. Consideration of relations among material properties, process settings, tooling features, and product attributes. Design and implementation of a process for manufacture of a given component. 2 Lec. 1 Lab. Pre-requisite: MME 211, MME 223. Pre/Co-requisite: STA 301 or STA 363

MME 303 COMPUTER-AIDED EXPERIMENTATION (3) Study of theory and application of instrumentation and experimentation including: components and concepts of computer-machine interface systems; design of computer-controlled experimentation for real-time industrial measurement, monitoring, and control; AC power analysis; applications of the Laplace Transform.  Laboratory component included.  3 Lec. 1 Lab. Pre-requisite: ECE 205. Pre/Co-requisite: MTH 245 or MTH 347. Cross-listed with ECE.

MME 311 DYNAMIC MODELING OF MECHANICAL SYSTEMS (3) Displacement, velocity, and acceleration of a particle; relations between forces acting on a rigid body and changes in motion produced; translation; rotation, plane motion. Solutions using principles of force, mass, and acceleration; work and energy; and impulse and momentum.  Pre-requisites: MME 211, MME 213, MTH 251.

MME 312 MECHANICS OF MATERIALS (3) Elastic relationships between external forces acting on deformable bodies and resulting stresses and deformations.  Theory, analysis and applications of these relationships.  Pre-requisite:  MME 211.

MME 313 FLUID MECHANICS (3)  Fundamentals and application of the mechanics of fluids including properties, statics and dynamics of fluids, dimensional analysis and similitude, steady state flow, and topics in compressible flow.  Pre-requisites: MTH 251, PHY 191, and either CPB 219 or MME 211. Cross-listed with CPB.

MME 314 ENGINEERING THERMODYNAMICS (3) Study of the fundamental principles of thermodynamics.  Emphasis placed on engineering applications such as power cycles, refrigeration and heat transfer systems.  Pre-requisite: MME 211 or CPB 219 or CPB 204. Pre/Co-requisite: MTH 251. Cross-listed with CPB.

MME 315 MECHANICAL VIBRATION (3) Modeling and analysis of the vibrational response characteristics of single degree-of-freedom, multi-degree-of-freedom, and continuous systems.  Pre-requisites:  MME 311, MTH 245 or MTH 347.

MME 334 QUALITY PLANNING AND CONTROL (3) Study of principles and techniques of precision linear measurement, analysis of these measurements, design of experiments, total quality management concepts and applications in the manufacturing environment.  Philosophy, structure, and implementation of quality assurance programs.  Pre-requisites: MME 231, STA 301 or STA 363, or equivalent industrial experience.

MME 335 DESIGN OF EXPERIMENTS FOR QUALITY CONTROL (3) This course develops the fundamentals of Design of Experiments and applies them to Quality Control concepts. Projects require the design and implementation of experiments that address engineering problems in quality control, process control and manufacturing. Subsequent data analysis emphasizes robust statistical techniques. Pre-requisite: STA 301. Pre/Co-requisite: MME 334

MME 341 ENGINEERING ECONOMICS (3)  Engineering economic decisions; break-even and minimum cost analysis; engineering methods of resource allocation;  concepts of interest; time evaluation of tactical and strategic alternatives.  Pre-requisites: MME 102 or equivalent, MTH 151.  Pre/Co-requisite: STA 301 or STA 363 or CEC 345. Cross-listed with CPB.

MME 375 HUMAN ROBOT INTERACTION (3) This course introduces basic robotic principles including kinematics, robot architecture and control. The historic context of robotics will be discussed. Students research current technical and societal issues related to human robot interaction. Throughout the course, students develop a project to observe a small humanoid robot interacting with people. The project includes the design and implementation of the robotic activity.
Pre-requisite: MME/ECE 303.

MME 403/503 HEAT TRANSFER (3) Continued study of unit operations with emphasis on heat transfer. Study of steady and unsteady conduction, and laminar, turbulent, boiling, and condensing convective heat transfer.  Radiation heat transfer, heat exchangers, evaporators, and transfer units.  Pre-requisite: MME/CPB 313, MME/CPB 314, MTH 245 or 347. Cross-listed with CPB.

MME 411 MACHINE AND TOOL DESIGN (4) Applications of fundamental engineering principles for implementing all phases of the design of machines and tooling, including economic and manufacturability considerations.  Emphasis on design, analysis and engineering judgment.  3 Lec. 1 Lab. Pre-requisites: MME 231, MME 312.

MME 412/512  ADVANCED MECHANICS OF MATERIALS (3)  Topics covered include: the advanced study of stress and strain, yield and fracture criteria, torsion and bending of structural elements, curved beams, thick-walled cylinders, spinning disks, energy methods, buckling, stress concentration, and fatigue.  Pre-requisites: MME 223, MME 312, MTH 245 or MTH 347.  Pre/Co-requisite: MME 411.

MME 413/513 INTRODUCTION TO COMPRESSIBLE FLOW(3) Introductory concepts to compressible flow; conservation of mass, momentum, and energy; methods of treating one-dimensional gas dynamics including flow in nozzles and diffusers; normal and oblique shock waves; Prandtl-Meyer flow, Fanno flow, and Rayleigh flow. Pre-requisite: MME/CPB 313.

MME 414 ENGINEERING THERMODYNAMICS II (3)  Thermodynamics of ideal and real power and refrigeration cycles and devices, mixtures, combustion, and compressible flow, property relations and determination, advanced energy considerations.  Pre-requisite:  MME/CPB 314.

MME 434 MANUFACTURING DESIGN (3) In-depth study of the planning and method of selection and sequencing of various chip generating and assembly processes in order to produce a product with the highest usable quality at the lowest cost. Workplace design, assembly, and inspection features and positioning devices analyzed. Advanced techniques involving robotics and computers used in developing manufacturing processes. 2 Lec. 1 Lab. Pre-requisite: MME 231

MME 435 MANUFACTURING COMPETITIVENESS (3)  An in-depth study of the proper selection and sequencing of manufacturing equipment and their integration into overall manufacturing methods to process a product incorporating the most recent manufacturing techniques with the highest usable quality, at the lowest cost.  2 Lec. 1 Lab. Pre-requisites: MME 231.

MME 436/536 CONTROL OF DYNAMIC SYSTEMS (3) An in-depth study of the theory, design, and analysis of feedback control of dynamic systems. Integrate the problem-solving techniques and concepts of electric circuits and computer-aided experimentation into the design and construction of programmable-logic based control systems and its application in modern manufacturing systems. Design methodologies applied in lab exercises and short-term design projects. 2 Lec. 1 Lab.   Pre-requisites: MME/ECE 303. Cross-listed with ECE.

MME 437 MANUFACTURING AUTOMATION (3) In-depth study of theory, design, and application of computer-controlled manufacturing systems.  Applications of advanced technologies including adaptive-control, automated materials handling and flexible manufacturing systems. 2 Lec. 1 Lab.  Pre-requisite: MME 231, MME/ECE 303.

MME 448 SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT (2) Student teams, with varied academic backgrounds, conduct major open-ended research/design projects.  Elements of the design process are considered as well as real-world constraints, such as economic and societal factors, marketability, ergonomics, safety, aesthetics, and ethics; feasibility studies performed Pre-requisite: Senior standing in student’s major, ECE 306 or MME 312 or MME 314.

MME 449 SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT (2) Continuation of MME 448. Student teams, with varied academic backgrounds, conduct major open-ended research/design projects; implementation, testing, and production design. Pre-requisite: Senior standing in students’ major, MME 448.

MME 451/551 SUSTAINABILITY CONSIDERATIONS IN DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT (3) This course presents sustainability issues to be considered in the planning process and provides tools to evaluation these for a balanced design. Topics include analysis of interactions between the technical, economic, and societal and policy aspects of sustainability, balance of the technical evaluation (life cycled costs, etc.) against the product’s impact on the environment and societal preferences, and applying decision analysis methods to evaluate these preferences and tradeoffs. Pre-requisite: MTH 151. Pre/Co-requisite: ISA 205 or STA 301 or STA 363, or equivalent.

MME 495/595 INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED NONLINEAR DYNAMICS (3) Study of nonlinear dynamics of dynamical systems with application of associated one-dimensional and two-dimensional flows/maps, bifurcations, phase plane dynamics, stability and control. Applications from physics, biology, chemistry, and engineering will be utilized throughout the course. Pre-requisite: MTH 245 or MTH 347 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with MTH.