The undergraduate program starts with introductory courses to mechanical engineering and systems engineering to familiarize students with the fundamentals aspects of mechanical engineering and design and manufacturing processes and the importance of computer skills in engineering. In the second year of the program, in depth studies of the mechanical engineering topics are studied in an integrated manner. Thermodynamics is integrated with fluid mechanics and heat transfer, mechanics and materials are studied in an integrated manner. This approach carries to the junior year where dynamics is studied together with controls topics. In each year of study, students experience design and manufacturing through courses or projects, which expose them to hands-on as well as computer-aided design and manufacturing.
THE MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT
The mission of the Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program at Bilkent University is to provide students with a rich environment for learning and intellectual growth through a broad-based education in the scientific and applied foundations of engineering and a solid foundation in problem solving, design and communication skills that they will need to pursue and meet the challenges of their individual career goals. The program envisions future engineers as life-long learners and prepares them for the global environment in which they can make responsible decisions while serving societal needs.
PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
The objectives of the Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program at Bilkent University are:
1. To prepare students for their individual career paths and to foster the ability to adapt to the rapidly changing technologies faced by engineers.
2. To assist the students to distinguish themselves as innovative problem solvers and leaders in multidisciplinary settings, through a high quality and rigorous mechanical engineering education that is enriched by a flexible curriculum and interdisciplinary research opportunities.
3. To provide the students opportunities to pursue directions of personal interest, design and teamwork experiences, and to have significant hands-on experience
The Mechanical Engineering program has adopted the following ABET student outcomes:
|(a)||an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering|
|(b)||an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data|
|(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|
|(d)||an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams|
|(e)||an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems|
|(f)||an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility|
|(g)||an ability to communicate effectively|
|(h)||the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context|
|(i)||a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning|
|(j)||a knowledge of contemporary issues|
|(k)||an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice|
ANNUAL STUDENT ENROLLMENT AND GRADUATION DATA
|Academic Year||Prep. School||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4||Total Undergrad||Degrees Conferred|
|Course||Course Name||Current Prerequisite|
|ME 211||Thermo-Fluids Engineering I||MATH 101 and ME 101 and PHYS 101|
|ME 212||Thermo-Fluids Engineering II||MATH 102 and ME 211|
|ME 231||Mechanics and Materials I||MATH 101 and ME 101 and PHYS 101|
|ME 232||Mechanics and Materials II||MATH 102 and ME 231|
|ME 299||Summer Practice I||ME 211 and ME 231|
|ME341||Dynamics and Control I||(MATH 240 and ME 231) or (MATH 242 and ME 231)|
|ME 342||Dynamics and Control II||(ME 341 and MATH 220) or (ME 341 and MATH 241)|
|ME 343||Mechanical Vibrations||ME 341|
|ME 361||Numerical Methods for Engineers||(CS 114 or CS 115) and (MATH 220 or MATH 241) and (MATH 240 or MATH 242)|
|ME 362||Finite Elements||(CS 114 or CS 115) and ME 231|
|371||Measurement and Instrumentation||PHYS 102|
|ME 381||Design and Manufacturing||CHEM 201 and ME 102 and ME 232|
|ME 384||Mechatronic Systems||ME 371 and ME 341 and (CS 114 or CS 115)|
|ME 399||Summer Practice II||ME 212 and ME 342 and ME 371 and ME 381|
|ME 401||Acoustics and Noise Control||ME 341|
|ME 412||Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics||MATH 240 and ME 212|
|ME 430||Heat Exchanger Design||ME 212|
|ME 431||Industrial Fluid Power||ME 212 and ME 342|
|ME 432||Applied Thermodynamics||ME 212|
|ME 436||Energy Conversion Systems||ME 212|
|ME 440||Automotive Engineering||ME 341|
|ME 442||Machinery Dynamics||ME 341|
|ME 443||Machine Elements||ME 232|
|ME 446||Applications of Solid Mechanics||ME 232|
|ME 453||Principles of Turbomachinery||ME 212|
|ME 481||Mechanical Engineering Design I||(ME 212 and ME 381 and ME 342 and ME 384) and (ENG 400 or ENG 401)|
|ME 482||Mechanical Engineering Design II||ME 481|
|ME 485||Design Project I||(ME212 and ME341 and ME371 and ME381) and (ENG400 or ENG401)|
|ME 486||Design Project II||ME 342 and ME 384 and ME 485|
The curriculum as a whole is integrated and advanced courses build on earlier ones. Our education programs include laboratory, design, and computational activities in a coordinated manner. Successful completion of the fundamental mechanical engineering courses along with other required studies prepares students for the final year mechanical engineering design courses. This is a sequence of two courses spread over a year where students undertake a major design project, often sponsored by industry, and produce a working prototype. The curriculum is supported by modern laboratory facilities.
Qualified undergraduates at BilMech have the opportunity to participate in student exchange programs, including Erasmus+. Likewise, our department welcomes exchange students from foreign universities.
Specifically, agreements for mutual exchange of students are currently in place with the with several European universities via the Erasmus+ program. Similarly, qualified students may spend one or two semesters at certain universities in the USA and Asia.
For more information, please contact Bilkent University Office of Exchange Programs or the exchange coordinator for our department, Asst. Prof. Selim Hanay.