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Bachelor of Education
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Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE)
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (BSIE)
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME)
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Bachelor of Urban Planning (BUP)
Graduates
Master in Engineering Management (MEM)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
 
Programs Accreditation Details
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME)
 

 
Overview
The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering offers a program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. The program is accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Mechanical engineers play a significant role in the creative design and, manufacturing, assembly, testing, evaluation, safe operation, distribution (and final disposal) of all of the products and systems essential to everyday modern life from the home appliances, bikes, recreational equipment and automobiles, to satellites, wheelchairs, airplanes, spacecrafts, rocket engines, air conditioning equipment, robots, industrial equipment and environmental control systems, (environmentally responsible) nuclear and fossil fuel power plants, and many types of instruments. They are the designers and builders of the mechanical, thermal and fluid-flow related aspects of all such systems, including computer and feedback control of complex systems. In fact, mechanical engineers play a role in designing and manufacturing most of the things that people use. They design, manufacture, and operate systems that extend our physical abilities. Mechanical engineering also saves lives through bioengineering technologies. It is not an exaggeration to say that it would be hard to find an area or object in everyday life that is not in some way affected by a mechanical engineer.
The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) is designed to prepare students for a successful career in the mechanical engineering industry. Students are exposed to a wide range of theories and practices of mechanical engineering through a series of dynamic curricula. .

 
BSME Vision
The vision of Mechanical Engineering at ALHOSN University is to be recognized nationally and regionally as one of the leading programs in education and research in mechanical engineering.

 
BSME Mission
The mission of the Mechanical Engineering Program is to provide high-quality education, research and service to prepare graduates for successful and diverse careers in mechanical engineering and related fields. Employing student-centered and collaborative educational strategies, the program strives to prepare graduates to address the evolving needs of society, engage in leadership and be creative agents for the development of a more competitive, innovative, and sustainable industry in the United Arab Emirates and the Region.

 
Program Goals (PG)
The fundamental premise of the Mechanical Engineering Program is to provide its students with a broad and high quality education in mechanical engineering that will enable them to apply the principles of mathematics, science, and engineering to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
The goals of the Mechanical Engineering Program are to:
  • PG-1:  Provide high quality education in mechanical engineering by continuously pursuing the best teaching methods, facilities and the state-of-the-art technologies; and produce well-rounded mechanical engineering graduates with a strong theoretical and applications background, whose analytical, design and laboratory experiences and communication skills make them attractive to industry both in local and international set-ups.
  • PG-2:  Equip graduates with abilities to work logically, accurately, ethically and efficiently, generate new knowledge, ideas or products and implement these solutions in practice, and to enhance their careers through life-long learning; whether through learning from others, self-study, continuing education courses or workshops, or through formal graduate level education and encourage others to have this same motivation.
  • PG-3:  Provide technical expertise and training to industry and government agencies, support for high quality faculty research to contribute to the expansion of knowledge and ensure high quality education, set and maintain the program’s regional and international reputation.

 
Program Educational Objectives (PEO)
Consistent with its commitment to provide its graduates with a solid foundation in mathematical, scientific and mechanical engineering broad-based knowledge, systematic thinking and effective communication skills, and develop their engineering creativity and curiosity, professional ethics, as well as an environmental and a societal consciousness that will serve them throughout their lifetime, graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Program at ALHOSN University are expected to be able to:
  • PEO-1:  Pursue successful careers as mechanical engineers and/or advanced studies in mechanical engineering or related fields.
  • PEO-2: Use their broad base of knowledge and systematic thinking to be creative and effective problems solvers; design, analyze, test, and implement mechanical systems and processes.
  • PEO-3: Communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences, use modern engineering tools, perform well in (multidisciplinary) teams, have a commitment to life-long learning and motivation towards continued professional development.
  • PEO-4: Commit to the highest standards of ethical practice, understand the social, cultural and global environment, and serve society effectively.
  • PEO-5: Research, acquire, use the tools and skills necessary for promoting diverse, healthy and sustainable industrial/economic endeavors.

 
Program Outcomes (PO)
The undergraduate Mechanical Engineering curriculum includes a foundation of mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Engineering courses in fundamental areas constitute the core of the remaining curriculum. Several technical electives allow the undergraduate student to specialize somewhat or to pursue broader understanding. An internship program embeds the junior students to real-world working engineering environments. A senior capstone design experience culminates the curriculum.
The articulated BSME program outcomes shall lead to the satisfaction of all program educational objectives and embed ABET outcomes (a-k) and the mechanical engineering program criteria. Upon completion of AHU Mechanical Engineering Program, graduates shall have:
  • PO-A:  an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics (including multivariable calculus, differential equations, linear algebra and statistics), science (including chemistry and in-depth calculus-based physics) and engineering fundamentals to mechanical engineering problems [ABET (a)]
  • PO-B: an ability to design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze and interpret data [ABET (b)]
  • PO-C: an ability to design thermal and mechanical systems, component or processes to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability [ABET (c)]
  • PO-D: an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams in professional settings, as individual contributor and sometimes in a leadership role [ABET (d)]
  • PO-E: an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems [ABET (e)]
  • PO-F: an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility [ABET (f)]
  • PO-G: an ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences with written, oral and visual means within the context of mechanical engineering practice [ABET (g)]
  • PO-H:  the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context [ABET (h)]
  • PO-I: a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning [ABET (i)]
  • PO-J: a knowledge of contemporary issues and an awareness of current best practices in mechanical engineering and a recognition of the need and an ability to engage in entrepreneurial activities [ABET (j, f, h, k)]
  • PO-K: an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice [ABET (k)]

 
Program Outlook
The mechanical engineering curriculum is a four-year program (133 credit hours course work plus a compulsory internship/industrial training of two credit hours) leading to a Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering; many courses have a hands-on laboratory component.
This undergraduate program combines a broad-based education in the engineering sciences (mechanics, materials, fluid and thermal sciences, systems, and control) with a strong grounding in quantitative, problem-solving, design, and communications skills. By emphasizing both analytical and creative methods, the program intends to give students the broad skills set they need to pursue their goals; whether that means working as engineers, founding a company, or continuing on to graduate studies and research.
Many courses throughout the curriculum incorporate design projects into the classroom experience. After their junior year, students participate in a summer internship program that requires them to work in an engineering environment for no less than four weeks (full-time) or equivalent. Before graduation, all students complete a yearlong (2 terms) senior design project plus an internship.
The mechanical engineering is built to help students develop independence, creative talent, and leadership, as well as the capability for continuing professional growth.
Following is a broad outlook of the 4-year program:
Year 1:  Students will be exposed to general education of university requirement courses in order for them to develop the aptitude for higher education. Specifically, they will be involved in calculus I & II, engineering chemistry, waves, optics and modern physics, engineering design and drawing, communication skills, scientific and technical writing, history of science, human rights in law and shari’ah and an exploratory engineering course; i.e. laboratory in engineering fundamentals.
Year 2:  Students will be engaged in a number of mathematics, physics, mechanics, and engineering courses. In particular, they will be involved in differential equations and linear algebra, calculus 3, statistics, electromagnetism, electric circuits and devices, statics and dynamics, mechanics of materials, materials science, as well as engineering thermodynamics I, programming, and introduction to economics or introduction to entrepreneurship.
Year 3:  Students will begin to specialize in mechanical engineering. They will be exposed to the following: manufacturing processes, fluid mechanics, machine design, engineering thermodynamics II, numerical analysis, systems dynamics and control, engineering economics and accounting, engineering management and marketing, an introductory course in nuclear engineering and two technical elective courses.
Year 4:  Students will complete their mechanical engineering requirements. They will be exposed to the following topics: kinematics and dynamics of mechanisms, heat and mass transfer, Islamic culture, ethics, and four more technical electives in the areas of instrumentation and control, thermo-fluid and energy, materials and manufacturing. The students will attend the internship program either during the summer leading to (or during) the fall of the fourth year. They will complete their curriculum with the capstone design projects I and II.

 
Training and Internship
The BSME degree includes a mandatory training/internship component of one summer semester at the end of the third year of the program (at least 4-week duration full-time or equivalent). This training provides practical on-the-job experience to compliment the university classroom studies. The training/internship is an integral component of the degree program. This work experience helps students develop an understanding of the industry that will need them in their professional capacity in the near future. It will allow students to see the transition between the classroom and the field and creates an aptitude so they can see the big picture of the industry that they will be required to serve and lead. The industrial training/internship program has the specific objective of providing students with the ability to function within the engineering community and the society at large and to lead the society in developing technologies that are environmentally sustainable and socially responsible. Through this program, students will acquire first-hand knowledge of the modus operandi of companies and ascertain the value of their theoretical knowledge when applied to real-world situations. This will create a unique opportunity for students to demonstrate their ability as a professional engineer and secure a track record before even graduating.

 
What is Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical engineering is a discipline of engineering that applies the principles of physics and materials science for analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. This branch of engineering involves the production and usage of heat and mechanical power for the design, production, and operation of machines and tools.

Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest and broadest engineering disciplines. The field has continually evolved to incorporate advancements in technology, and mechanical engineers today are pursuing developments in such fields as composites, mechatronics, and nanotechnology. The discipline requires a solid understanding of core concepts including mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, materials science, and structural analysis.
Mechanical engineers use these core principles along with tools like computer-aided engineering and product lifecycle management to design and analyze manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery, heating and cooling systems, motorized vehicles, aircraft, watercraft, robotics, medical devices and more.
Because mechanical engineering encompasses so much, it is often the case that as you reach the end of your time at university, you become more specialized in a certain area of mechanical engineering. There are three main different areas of emphasis in mechanical engineering: thermal fluid applications, machine and product design, and materials science and processing.
These three main areas are loosely defined and can definitely overlap depending on where your career takes you, but they are a good starting place to think about how you want to focus your career.
  • The thermal fluid applications area involves the subjects of thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, hydraulics, and heat transfer, applied to the analysis and design of energy production systems, heat exchangers, refrigeration, heating and cooling of buildings, pumps, compressors, and others; but also fluid dynamics is important in the design of airplanes, spacecraft, and automobiles.
  • The area of machine and product design which has to do with the design of any kind of machine or machine component (automobiles, airplanes, …), any manufacturing application, biomedical devices, robotics, electronic control of machines, etc. is perhaps the broadest and vaguest of these categories and the one that has the most overlap with the other two. It also includes designing marketable products for consumer use. An important aspect of this area is the use of CAD, or computer-aided design, to model and analyze machine components. Mechanical engineers who work in this area are often most concerned about designing against fatigue, i.e. designing the product or machine to function without failure for its entire expected life.
  • The area of material science and processing, closely tied to the area of machine design, is mostly concerned with the selection or creation of materials that are appropriate for the situation based on needed properties like strength, flexibility, ductility, thermal or electrical conductivity etc. This area includes metallurgists, who work with different alloys of metals like steel and aluminum. It can also include working with polymers. Recently there has been a lot of emphasis in this area in the fields of nano-materials and nanotechnology. Another hot topic in the field of materials science is the design of strong lightweight composite materials
As just seen, mechanical engineering is a broad, but very and always promising field for those who are considering what kind of career they want to choose. The mechanical engineering program at ALHOSN University drives from the main areas above and offers specialization in the following:
  • Thermo-fluids and Energy. Emphasizes air quality control, energy production and conversion, and sustainability. The nuclear engineering basket focuses on the design, operation, control and safety of nuclear reactors, and nuclear waste management.
  • Instrumentation and Control. This area of concentration emphasizes modeling, sensing and control of dynamic processes in engineering systems, and reliability.
  • Materials and Manufacturing. This area of concentration emphasizes topics in mechanics of materials, advanced manufacturing and quality control.

 
Career Opportunities for Mechanical Engineers
The education of a Mechanical Engineer is very broad and focuses on the basic skills needed to be an effective problem solver in the modern world. This allows them to make numerous and significant contributions to solving society's problems in a wide variety of challenging, interesting and rewarding careers. Typical destinations range from research and development positions within industrial or academic institutions, to design and manufacturing posts. The projects and products on which graduates can work are also varied, encompassing everything from very fine and sensitive instruments to the mammoth power plants, to space shuttles. Employment opportunities have attracted mechanical engineers to projects involving alternative energy sources, the improvement of engineering designs and the related manufacturing processes to be more energy efficient, to avoid the creation of pollutants, environmental monitoring and remediation projects. Mechanical engineers work in the energy field on both new methods for energy generation such as solar, fuel cell and wind generated power, and also on the design of traditional electrical power plants equipped with reactors, pressure piping, heat exchangers and other specialized components. In the automobile industry, mechanical engineers design the various parts of cars and improve fuel consumption. In manufacturing companies of all kinds, they develop the systems that improve and speed up production processes.
Mechanical engineers also work alongside physicians, therapists, and other medical professionals to investigate the workings of the human body and to design aids and instruments for medicine applications. Other mechanical engineers work with trainers, coaches, and athletes on the design of sporting equipment. Mechanical engineers involved in government research assist on key policy decisions regarding technology development and use.
Overall perhaps the greatest single reason for studying mechanical engineering is that students become well prepared for employment in a very wide range of exciting industries including aerospace, automotive, chemical industry, computers, electronics, fossil and nuclear power, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, robotics, and textiles.
In summary, mechanical engineers find employment in eight broad classifications within the field: research, development, design, testing and evaluation, production and manufacturing, operation and maintenance, marketing and sales, and administration. The breadth of the mechanical engineering program also provides for greater mobility for career shifts later in life.

 
Admission Requirements
In addition to ALHOSN University general requirements the mechanical engineering program has explicit admissions and retention policies consistent with high quality undergraduate studies. As a new born program, the mechanical engineering program is committed to excellence and its goal is to attract motivated and up-to-the-challenge students to build a strong reputation. In particular, the grades achieved in math and sciences will be critical in granting admission on a competitive basis; with a minimum grade of 65% in math and sciences strictly required. Moreover candidate students will have to demonstrate their inclination/interest for science and engineering in an admission interview.
Students with math and science grades at 60% level and demonstrated interest for the mechanical engineering profession could be accepted on probation for a period of one year. The students on probation must maintain a minimum of C (2.0) average during the probation period of one year in order to remove the probation status.

 
Curriculum

The Bachelor of mechanical engineering requires a minimum total of 135 Credit Hours (+ labs) broken down as follows:
 

  1. University General Requirements (21 CH):
    21 credit hours of compulsory courses
    00 credit hours of elective courses
  2. Faculty Requirements (35 CH):
    35 credit hours of compulsory courses
    00 credit hours of elective courses
  3. Program Requirements (79 CH):
    59 credit hours of compulsory courses
    02 credit hour of Internship/Industrial training
    18 credit hours of technical elective courses (list provided below).

The following table shows the courses according to the semesters they are offered:

Course No
Description
Lect.
Lab.
Tut.
Credits
Prerequisite
Freshman Year (I)
First Semester (Fall)
FAS 101
Communication Skills (English)
3
1*
0
3
 
FAS 102 or FAS 109
Communication Skills (Arabic) or
Human Rights in Law & Shar'iah
3
0
0
3
 
FES 102
Calculus I
3
0
1
3
 
FES 201
Matrix Algebra for Engineers
3
0
1
3
(FES 102)
FES 220
Engineering Chemistry
3
0
1
3
 
FES 241
Laboratory in Engineering Fundamentals
1
2
0
2
 
 
Total
16
2
3
17
 
Second Semester (Spring)
FAS 106
History of Science
3
0
0
3
 
MEC 121
Engineering Design & Drawing
1
2
0
2
FAS 120
FES 103
Calculus II
3
0
1
3
FES 102
FES 234
Physics I: Waves, Optics and Modern Physics
3
1*
0
3
FES 102
FAS 120
Scientific & Technical Writing
3
1*
0
3
 
 
Total
13
4
1
14
 
Sophomore Year (II)
First Semester (Fall)
FES 202
Introduction to Statistics
3
0
0
3
 
MEC 215
Engineering Thermodynamics I
3
0
0
3
FES 103
FES 206
Calculus III
3
0
1
3
FES 103
FES 236
Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism
3
1*
0
3
FES 102
MEC 213
Statics
3
1*
1
3
FES 103
FES 111
Programming I
3
3
0
3
 
 
Total
18
5
2
18
 
Second Semester (Spring)
FBA 100 or FBA 102
Introduction to Economics or
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
3
0
0
3
 
FES 207
Differential Equations and Applications
3
0
0
3
FES 103
FES 201
FES 270
Materials Science
3
1*
0
3
FES 220
MEC 222
Electric Circuits and Devices
3
1*
0
3
FES 241, FES 236
MEC 223
Dynamics
3
1*
1
3
MEC 213
MEC 221
Mechanics of Materials
3
1*
0
3
MEC 213
 
Total
18
4
1
18
 
Junior Year (III)
First Semester (Fall)
MEC 314
Engineering Economics and Accounting
3
0
0
3
FES 103
MEC 315
Numerical Analysis in Mechanical Engineering
3
1
0
3
FES 207
MEC 311
Manufacturing Processes
3
1*
0
3
FES 270, MEC 121, ME 213
MEC 313
Nuclear Engineering Fundamentals
3
0
0
3
FES 241, FES 230, MEC 223
MEC 312
Fluid Mechanics I
3
1*
1
3
MEC 223
MEC XXX
Technical Elective I
3
-
-
3
AS LISTED
 
Total
18
3
1
18
 
Second Semester (Spring)
MEC 325
Engineering Management and Marketing
3
0
0
3
MEC 121, FBA 100/102
MEC 324
Engineering Thermodynamics II
3
1*
0
3
MEC 215
MEC 321
Machine Design
3
0
1
3
MEC 121, MEC 221
MEC 322
System Dynamics and Control
3
1*
1
3
FES 111, MEC 222, MEC 223
MEC 323
Fluid Mechanics II
3
1*
1
3
MEC 312
MEC XXX
Technical Elective II
3
-
-
3
AS LISTED
 
Total
18
3
3
18
 
Summer
MEC 499 Mechanical Engineering Internship 2 0 0 2 MEC 323
 
Total
2 0 0 2  
Senior Year (IV)
First Semester (Fall)
MEC 412
Kinematics and Dynamics of Mechanisms
3
0
0
3
MEC 322
MEC XXX
Technical Elective III
3
-
-
3
AS LISTED
MEC XXX
Technical Elective IV
3
-
-
3
AS LISTED
MEC 401
Capstone Design Project I
 
 
 
2
MEC 323
MEC 413
Heat and Mass Transfer
3
1*
1
3
FES 206, 207, MEC 215, 323
 
Total
12
1
1
14
 
Second Semester (Spring)
FAS 103
Islamic Culture
3
0
0
3
 
FAS 108
Ethics
3
0
0
3
 
MEC XXX
Technical Elective V
3
-
-
3
AS LISTED
MEC XXX
Technical Elective VI
3
-
-
3
AS LISTED
MEC 402
Capstone Design Project II
 
 
 
4
MEC 401
 
Total
12
0
0
16
 
Minimum Credit Hours:
     
135
 

(1*) The course has a lab component of less than 1 C.H.in addition to the lecture hours (usually 5 to 7 labs of 2 hours each).
N.B. MEC 401 and 402 do not carry regular lab/lecture hours and project teams meet at least once every week with their advisor. A weekly average of 3-4 hours of workshop and/or research work is required per credit hour of each capstone design course.

The BSME program consists of university general requirement courses (21 credit hours), faculty requirement courses (35 credits hours), mechanical engineering program core courses (59 credit hours) and mechanical engineering technical elective courses (18 credit hours) and a 2-credit hour industrial training/internship.

Technical Elective courses allow the undergraduate student to specialize somewhat or to pursue broader understanding. They aim at providing the student a method, technique and/or skill as a complement to core mechanical engineering. There is great care to exercise in the choice of technical electives and students are strongly encouraged to make their choices in consultation with their academic advisor. In choosing the technical electives, all three areas of concentration namely thermo-fluid and energy, instrumentation and control and, materials and manufacturing should be covered. A maximum of 12 credit hours can originate from the same basket.
The list of the technical elective courses will be regularly revisited to allow the program stay current with contemporary issues, industry/society needs, economic trends, and advances in areas of competency.



TECHNICAL ELECTIVES (ME)
Course No
BSME Program - Course Title
Credits
Prerequisite (co-requisite)
Thermo-Fluid and Energy
MEC 406
Atomic and Nuclear Physics
3
MEC 313
MEC 430
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems
3
MEC 215, (MEC 413)
MEC 431
Air Conditioning Systems
3
MEC 323, MEC 324 (MEC 413)
MEC 436
Turbomachinery
3
MEC 323, MEC 324
MEC 440
Thermal and Mechanical Design of Nuclear Power Reactors
3
MEC 324, MEC 406 (MEC 413)
MEC 441
Environmental Effects of Radiation and Radioactive Waste Management
3
MEC 406
MEC 442
Nuclear Plant Operation and Reactor Control
3
MEC 322, MEC 406 (MEC 413)
MEC 443
Fluid Power Systems
3
MEC 323
MEC 444
Sustainable and Alternative Energy Technologies
3
MEC 324
MEC 445
Selected Topics
3
Instructor
Instrumentation and Control
MEC 450
Mechanical Vibrations and Control
3
MEC 322
MEC 454
Maintenance and Reliability
3
FES 202
MEC 455
Mechanical Engineering Metrology
3
MEC 322
MEC 456
Engineering Acoustics and Noise Control
3
MEC 322
MEC 460
Selected Topics
3
Instructor
Materials and Manufacturing
MEC 472
Advanced Manufacturing Processes
3
MEC 311
MEC 473
Manufacturing System Automation
3
MEC 311
MEC 474
Failure of Mechanical Components
3
MEC 221
MEC 481
Quality Control
3
FES 202, MEC 311
MEC 485
Selected Topics
3
Instructor

 
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