Mechanical Engineering

Chairperson: Dr. Massimo "Max" Capobianchi
Professors: K. Ansari, M. Capobianchi, S. Zemke
Associate Professors: T. Chen, P. Ferro, J. Marciniak
Assistant Professors: M. Baumgardner, T. Fitzgerald
Lecturer: A. Delane

Mechanical Engineering is that branch of engineering that encompasses the study of forces, motion, energy, materials, manufacturing, and design in order to apply them to the creation of mechanical devices and systems that serve society (e.g., engines, refrigerators, machines, tools, etc). This is accomplished through a process of problem description, creative idea generation, design, analysis, judgment, planning, and production that typically involves a host of professionals who may all have been educated as mechanical engineers. For example, mechanical engineers may be involved in product design, analysis, and testing, in developing manufacturing processes, in defining product requirements and trouble-shooting customer problems, in project management, and in research and education.

The profession serves many diverse fields and industries such as the aerospace, pharmaceutical, automotive, and power generation industries, to name just a few. In fact, any device or system that involves energy or movement probably involved one or more mechanical engineers in its creation. Some exciting, rapidly developing fields and emerging technologies of interest to mechanical engineers include fuel cells (the use of chemical fuel and an oxidant to directly produce electricity), rapid prototyping (the use of computer-controlled machines to fabricate complete objects in one step directly from computer models), mechatronics (the integration of mechanical systems and electronic sensing and control), biomedical engineering (the application of engineering to problems in medicine and biology), nanoengineering (the creation of materials and devices at the nanometer level, i.e., at the atomic, molecular, or supramolecular levels), and MEMS (Microelectromechanical Systems-the integration of mechanical, chemical, and/or electronic systems at the chip level).

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Gonzaga University develops men and women who are both competent engineers and educated, responsible human beings. The development of these two characteristics in students is affected by course work from both the liberal arts and the profession. Thus, these two aspects are interwoven, being a single, integrated fabric having many threads contributed by many curricula. This synthesis is expressed by the engineering program educational objectives that are listed in the School of Engineering and Applied Science section of this catalogue, and by the Gonzaga University Mission Statement that may be found at the beginning of the catalogue.

Diversity of opportunity and professional breadth are hallmarks of the mechanical engineering profession. This translates into a need for a thorough grounding in a variety of mathematical, scientific, and engineering fundamentals. Thus, the Mechanical Engineering Program at Gonzaga University prepares the student in the areas of mathematics, chemistry, physics, mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, materials, manufacturing, design, control theory, experimentation, and economics. These fundamentals are enhanced with exposure to important engineering tools such as: mathematical techniques; computer programming; computer applications tools including computer aided design (CAD), computer aided manufacturing (CAM), finite element analysis (FEA), and computational fluid dynamics (CFD); and the use of equipment, instruments, and software typically found in manufacturing and laboratory situations. Since teamwork is an essential aspect of the modern practice of mechanical engineering, the Mechanical Engineering Program gives considerable attention to building personal communication skills through team design projects, reports, and presentations, as well as through communication skills courses in the University Core Curriculum. Furthermore, as a critical component of the program, all students engage in design courses beginning in their Sophomore year and continuing throughout the curriculum, culminating in a two-semester capstone design experience in the Senior year. That experience entails requiring student design teams, led jointly by faculty and practicing engineers, to solve real industrial design problems. Finally, the degree requirements also include the opportunity for breadth as well as concentration in particular engineering applications through a group of technical electives taken in the senior year (the list of allowed technical electives is given below). The department also has a five-year plan available for students wishing to proceed at a slower pace or for those planning to add a minor in business or in a liberal arts subject such as physics, music, or art. Information and suggested course packages are also available for students planning to work in the closely allied but more specialized fields of aerospace or biomedical engineering, and for those planning to enroll in the Gonzaga-in- Florence Engineering Semester program.

The following curriculum details the course requirements for each semester. In addition to these courses, all students must take the Washington State Fundamentals of Engineering Examination prior to graduation (see ENSC 400, “Fundamentals of Engineering Exam” course in the Spring semester of the Senior year). Finally, students who follow a curriculum sequence other than that listed below should meet with their Academic Advisors at their first opportunity in order to resolve any scheduling conflicts that may arise due to off-schedule course availability and/or course pre- and co-requisite structure. In all cases, students must comply with the pre- and co-requisite requirements in order to be granted admission into courses.

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering: 138 credits
First Year
ENSC 100 (1) Engineering Seminar 1 credit
MATH 157 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 4 credits
CHEM 101 General Chemistry I
3 credits
CHEM 101L General Chemistry I Lab
1 credit
CPSC 121 Computer Science I 3 credits
ENGL 102-106 Introduction to Literature 3 credits
RELI 1XX Scripture elective 3 credits
ENSC 205 Statics 3 credits
MATH 258 Calculus. and Analytical Geometry II 4 credits
PHYS 103 Scientific Physics I 3 credits
PHYS 103L/PHYS 103R Scientific Physics I Lab and Recitation 1 credit
ENGL 101 English Composition 3 credits
COMM 100 Introduction to Speech Communication 2 credits
PHIL 101 Introduction to Critical Thinking 2 credits
Second Year
MENG 221 Materials Engineering 3 credits
MENG 291 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design 2 credits
MENG 291L Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design Lab 1 credit
MATH 259 Calculus and Analytical Geometry III 4 credits
PHYS 204 Scientific Physics II 3 credits
PHYS 204L/PHYS 204R Scientific Physics II Lab and Recitation 1 credit
PHIL 201 Philosophy of Human Nature 3 credits
ENSC 244 Computer Methods for Engineering 3 credits
ENSC 306 Dynamics 3 credits
MATH 260 Ordinary Differential Equations 3 credits
MATH 321 Statistics for Experiment 3 credits
RELI 2XX Religion History/Theology elective 3 credits
PHIL 301 Ethics 3 credits
Third Year
MENG 321 Thermodynamics I 3 credits
ENSC 300 (2) Engineering Economics 2 credits
ENSC 301 Mechanics of Materials I 3 credits
EENG 201 Circuit Analysis I 3 credits
EENG 201L Circuit Analysis I Lab 1 credit
ENSC 371 Advanced Engineering Math 3 credits
ENSC 352 Fluid Mechanics 3 credits
MENG 301 Manufacturing Processes 2 credits
MENG 301L Manufacturing Processes Lab 1 credit
MENG 322 Thermodynamics II 3 credits
MENG 330 Machine Design 3 credits
MENG 341 Heat Transfer 3 credits
MENG 391 Mechanical Engineering Design Fundamentals 1 credit
MENG 391L Mechanical Engineering Design Fundamentals Lab 1 credit
RELI 3XX Applied Theology Elective 3 credits
Fourth Year (3)
MENG 411 Measurements and Instrumentation I 3 credits
MENG 411L Measurements and Instrumentation I Lab 1 credit
MENG 434 Vibration Engineering 3 credits
MENG 461 System Dynamics and Control 3 credits
ENSC 491 (4) Senior Design Project I 2 credits
- - - - - Technical Elective 3 credits
PHIL 4XX Philosophy elective 3 credits
MENG 412 Measurements and Instrumentation II 3 credits
MENG 412L Measurements and Instrumentation II Lab 1 credit
ENSC 492 Senior Design Project II 3 credits
- - - - - Technical Elective 3 credits
- - - - - Technical Elective 3 credits
ENSC 400 (5) Fundamentals of Engineering Exam 1 credit

(1)ENSC 100 is not required of students transferring from another institution or from another program within the University, nor of students enrolled in the Honors program or the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership program.

(2)ENSC 300 is waived under the following circumstances:
  • Students enrolled in the Hogan Entrepreneurial program: ENSC 300 is waived after completing ENTR 302 and (ECON 200 or ECON 201).
  • Students pursuing the General Business Minor: ENSC 300 is waived after completing both ECON 200 and BFIN 320
  • Students Pursuing the B.S. in Engineering and M.B.A. program: ENSC 300 is waived after completing both ECON 200 and BFIN 320.

The above courses are not intended to be options for the ENSC 300 course. Hence, students who are not in one of the above programs are required to take ENSC 300. Also, students who comply with one of the above criteria must complete all of the courses required to waive ENSC 300 prior to enrolling in any course for which ENSC 300 is a prerequisite.

(3)Students must take the Washington State Fundamentals of Engineering examination before they graduate.

(4)Students must show proof of having registered for the Fundamentals of Engineering examination in Washington State as part of the requirements of this course.

(5)Students must show proof of final registration with the State of Washington for the Fundamentals of Engineering examination, or proof of having taken the examination in the State of Washington, as part of the requirements of this course.

Technical Electives

The courses used to satisfy the technical elective requirements must normally be selected from the following list. However, students may take other courses for technical elective credits but only with the prior approval of both the student’s academic advisor and the chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The actual technical elective courses offered from the list below varies from year to year and the department may on occasion offer one or more pre-approved technical elective courses that are not listed below. Courses other than MENG courses may have pre and/or co- requisites that are outside of the normal mechanical engineering curriculum. Students wishing to take these courses should plan well in advance in order to comply with all admission requirements prior to enrolling in the course.

  • MENG 435 Applications in Vibrations
  • MENG 442 Advanced Heat Transfer
  • MENG 445 Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning
  • MENG 446 Mechanical Design and Cooling of Electronic Systems
  • MENG 450 Topics in Machine Design
  • MENG 456 Design for Manufacturability
  • MENG 462 Gas Dynamics
  • MENG 463 Simulation and Optimization
  • MENG 465 Introduction to Finite Elements
  • MENG 467 Designing with Polymers and Composites
  • MENG 477 Material Selection for Design
  • MENG 480 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • MENG 484 Manufacturing Systems
  • CENG 301 Structural Analysis I
  • CENG 390 Structural Analysis II
  • ENSC 405  Engineering Project Management
  • EENG 412 Digital Control Systems
  • ENSC 413 Automation

The SEAS core curriculum represents a common body of knowledge. The engineering programs core consists of fifty-three credits which are common to and required of all engineering degree programs in the school: the first thirty-two credits (of which there is a more complete description in the General Degree Requirements and Procedures section of this catalogue) form the University core requirement while the remaining twenty-one credits are required by engineering degree programs.

All undergraduate students are subject to the provisions of this core; transfer students, however, should consult the General Degree Requirements and Procedures section of this catalogue for possible modifications to the philosophy and religious studies requirements listed below. Substitutions for discontinued courses are required and authorized by the proper University authorities. The University and School core requirements are grouped into the following categories.

University requirements
  1. Thought and Expression (7 credits): ENGL 101, SPCO 101, and PHIL 101 (preferably taken in the same semester).
  2. Philosophy (9 credits): PHIL 201, PHIL 301, and PHIL 400 level elective.
  3. Religious Studies (9 credits): RELI 100, RELI 200, and RELI 300 levels: one elective from each level.
  4. Mathematics (4 credits): one MATH (not CPSC) course at the 100 level or above: engineering students must use MATH 157.
  5. English Literature (3 credits): ENGL 102, ENGL 103H, ENGL 105 or ENGL 106.
Engineering program specific:
  1. Mathematics (11 credits): MATH 258, MATH 259, MATH 260.
  2. Physics (4 credits): PHYS 103, PHYS 103L.
  3. Chemistry (4 credits): CHEM 101, CHEM 101L.
Computer Science program specific:
  1. Mathematics (17 credits): MATH 157, MATH 231, MATH 258, 2 300/400 level electives.
  2. Lab Science (12 credits): Students are encouraged to take 16 credits.
  3. History (6 credits): see program description section.
  4. Fine Arts (3 credits): see program description section.
  5. Literature (3 credits): see program description section.
  6. Social Science (6 credits): see program description section.
  7. Foreign Language or Culture (3 credits): see program description section.
  8. Social Justice (3 credits): see program description section.