Wilkes University

Department of Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Management

Department of Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Management

Chairperson: Dr. Henry Castejon

Faculty

Professors: Castejon, Ghorieshi, Kalim, Orehotsky, Razavi
Assistant Professors: Baddour, Bednarz, Ghamari, Janecek, Mu, Zhu
Instructors: Greiner, Taylor
Office Assistant:  

Mission

The mission for engineering students is to enable the professional development of their abilities for analysis and design within the context of environment. The Wilkes view emphasizes engineering as a creative, hands-on profession with leadership responsibilities. Teamwork, ethics, and professional communications permeate the educational experience to enhance the graduate’s technical problem solving ability. Wilkes Engineering graduates will possess the vision, confidence, and will to pursue and assume increasing responsibilities in engineering and leadership throughout their careers.

Engineering

Total minimum number of credits required for a major in Applied and Engineering Sciences leading to the B.S. degree – 120
Total minimum number of credits required for a major in Engineering Management leading to the B.S. degree – 130
Total minimum number of credits required for a major in Mechanical Engineering leading to the B.S. degree – 130

Engineering is a creative profession in which technological problems are met within the framework of scientific possibilities, economic constraint, and cultural preference. The Wilkes University engineering programs provide the knowledge and investigative skills, both theoretical and experimental, to responsibly address professional and societal needs through modern curricula, hands-on experience, and a personalized academic environment. Students intending to major in Engineering are encouraged to be well prepared in the sciences and mathematics. Wilkes offers a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Physics, which provides a substantive physics foundation in a two-track program. Engineering students may also elect to complete a minor in Physics.

Wilkes University offers five engineering programs. Three programs—Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering—maintain professional accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET, III Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone: (410) 347-7700).

Two additional engineering programs are configured to provide greater flexibility to pursue depth and breadth in specific areas of interest to the student: Applied and Engineering Sciences and Engineering Management. Mechanical Engineering, Applied and Engineering Sciences, and Engineering Management are housed in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Management, and Electrical Engineering and Physics are housed in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Physics.

Honors in Engineering

Upon the recommendation and approval of the Engineering faculty, the honor student in Engineering will be recognized upon completion of the following requirements:

  • achievement of an overall GPA of 3.25 or better;
  • receipt of grades of 3.00 or better in all engineering courses of his or her field of study;
  • pursuit of independent research or special projects in engineering; and
  • presentation of research results or special project at meetings, conferences, or through the publication of a paper.

The distinction "Honors in Engineering" will be recorded on the student’s transcript upon graduation.

Student Activities

Professional societies in which students participate include the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE), the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and the Engineering Student Council. Students also participate in various on-campus activities and design competitions such as the Mini-Baja Off-Road Design Competition.

Department Transfer Credit Policy 

No credits will be transferred to Wilkes University unless their prerequisites have been satisfied. Transfer credits must follow the proper course sequence as specified in the Wilkes bulletin. For transfer credits to be awarded the required prerequisite(s) must be satisfied during the first year at Wilkes.

Cooperative Education 

An important feature of all engineering programs at Wilkes University is the Cooperative Education experience, a valuable option usually scheduled during the junior year. The co-op option may be continued into the summer preceding the senior year. Participants derive three advantages from a co-op experience: a determination of how they wish to fill their elective courses during the senior year; an enhanced ability to conduct a job search; and a greater recognition that career opportunities may be stimulating and fulfilling as well as financially rewarding. The Cooperative Education opportunity provides a natural extension of the college experience.

  1. The requirements for the 6 credit hours co-op are as follows:
    1. The co-op project should distinctly demonstrate an engineering design & analysis component.
    2. The student, working with his manager, should submit bi-weekly project report to the faculty advisor.
    3. The working hours should not be less than 20 hours per week and the total 300 hours should spread out at least 10 weeks.
    4. The student should make a 20 minutes final oral presentation to a general audience.
    5. The student should submit a final project report of at least 50 pages (double spaced) no later than the last day of classes of the semester. The final report should include at least the background of company, project background, technical work and project reflection.
  2. The requirements for the 3 credit hours co-op are as follows:
    1. The co-op project should distinctly demonstrate an engineering component.
    2. The student, working with his manager, should submit bi-weekly project report to the faculty advisor.
    3. The working hours should not be less than 10 hours per week and the total 150 hours should spread out at least 10 weeks.
    4. The student should make a 10 minutes final oral presentation to a general audience.
    5. The student should submit a final project report of at least 25 pages (double spaced) no later than the last day of classes of the semester. The final report should include at least the background of company, project background, technical work and project reflection.

Student in Major Classification Categories 

Students attain Sophomore standing after successfully completing all Freshman-year required courses.
Students attain Junior standing after successfully completing all Sophomore-year required courses.
Students attain Senior standing after successfully completing all Junior-year required courses.


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