As a student in our undergraduate and graduate programs you join an inclusive, collaborative, and growing department... Welcome Letter from the Chair
The Mechanical Engineering Department faculty and staff have done an outstanding job transitioning to virtual learning. Before the outbreak, the department was already at the forefront of engineering education with flipped classrooms, experimental design, incorporating technology, and other innovative teaching practices. The $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (RED) recently awarded to the Department of Mechanical Engineering is a result of such forward thinking.
While transitioning to virtual learning, we also introduced four new courses this spring (from the RED-driven curriculum change). In the three new vertically integrated project courses, students attend mandatory weekly mentoring by industry professionals and work on design projects aimed at solving problems related to COVID-19. Innovations in the new Instrumentation and Data Acquisition courses this spring include remote labs: lab platforms are sent to students’ residences and students are expected to complete weekly assignments in frequent consultation with faculty. And, in Advanced Control Systems this spring, students remotely program a robot and the faculty tests the program on the robot via an interactive Zoom class.
We are confident that we will continue to deliver the highest quality education in the 2020/2021 school year and beyond.
Here are a few noteworthy faculty innovations in the three new vertically integrated project courses:
Innovations in the new Instrumentation and Data Acquisition courses:
Innovations in Advanced Control Systems:
In the urban center of one of the nation’s fastest growing technology and engineering hubs, you will find the Mechanical Engineering Department known for its commitment to student learning and professional formation. Our technically rigorous design-focused education is situated in a collaborative environment that emphasizes individual attention and connections to industry, while preparing students to help create a more just and humane world.
Seattle University’s Mechanical Engineering department provides undergraduates with strong foundations in areas of mathematics, basic sciences, engineering theory and practice and the humanities and social sciences, while our Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program develops skills for advanced and leadership positions. Both programs work closely with our Advisory Board of industry professionals from Amazon, Boeing, Kenworth, K2 Sports, Microsoft, FSi consulting engineers, Seattle City Light and Uptake Technologies to identify the skillsets required for professional success.
Seattle University’s commitment to lifelong learning provides you with programs that build practical engineering skills and develop your social, economic and environmentally responsible professionalism.
Titled “Revolutionizing Engineering Education through Industry Immersion and a Focus on Identity,” this National Science Foundation RED grant will allow the College of Science and Engineering to implement a new approach to teaching mechanical engineering, bringing engineering practice to students and students to engineering practice. The college will be able to study how students’ identities change along the way in the hopes that the grant will have a positive impact on all students, including women and underrepresented minorities.
Steve Brooks, ’98, ’19, vice president of business development at UMC, is driving an innovative solution to help at-risk communities stay healthy while keeping employees in the workforce. “The change in the world comes from business,” says Brooks, "and it’s upon the business leaders in our community to really come up and create the social justice solutions that the community needs.”
UMC is a mechanical contracting company that plans, builds and manages buildings, facilities and construction projects. When the COVID-19 devastated typical operations at UMC, causing furloughs and revenue loss, Brooks and the leadership team decided to modify their business offerings.
You can read the full article at the SU Voice Alumni Blog.
Your Mechanical Engineering Staff is looking forward to making the 2019-20 academic year your best yet!