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See the "Department of Mechanical Engineering" section of this bulletin for additional information on the department, and its programs and faculty.

The department offers a B.S. as well as a minor in Mechanical Engineering.

Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Completion of the undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering leads to the conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Mechanical Engineering

The mission of the undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering is to provide students with a balance of theoretical and practical experiences that enable them to address a variety of societal needs. The curriculum encompasses elements from a wide range of disciplines built around the themes of biomedicine, computational engineering, design, energy, and multiscale engineering. Course work may include mechatronics, computational simulation, solid and fluid dynamics, microelectromechanical systems, biomechanical engineering, energy science and technology, propulsion, sensing and control, nano- and micro- mechanics, and design. The program prepares students for entry-level work as mechanical engineers and for graduate studies in either an engineering discipline or other fields where a broad engineering background is useful.

Core Requirements

Units
Mathematics
24 units minimum; see Basic Requirement 1 1
CME 102/ENGR 155AOrdinary Differential Equations for Engineers5
or MATH 53 Ordinary Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
Select one of the following: 3-5
Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Engineers
Statistical Methods in Engineering and the Physical Sciences
Theory of Probability
Plus additional courses to total min. 24
Science
20 units minimum; see Basic Requirement 2 1
CHEM 31XChemical Principles Accelerated5
Plus addtional required courses 1
Technology in Society
One course required; TIS courses should be selected from AA 252, BIOE 131, CS 181, ENGR 131 or ME 2673-5
Engineering Fundamentals
Two courses minimum; see Basic Requirement 3
ENGR 14Intro to Solid Mechanics3
ENGR 70AProgramming Methodology (same as CS 106A)5
Engineering Core
Minimum of 68 Engineering Science and Design ABET units; see Basic Requirement 5
ME 1Introduction to Mechanical Engineering3
ENGR 15Dynamics3
ME 80Mechanics of Materials3
ME 30Engineering Thermodynamics3
ME 70Introductory Fluids Engineering3
ME 131AHeat Transfer3
ME 102Foundations of Product Realization3
ME 103Product Realization: Design and Making3
ME 112Mechanical Systems Design 23
ME 123Computational Engineering4
ME 170AMechanical Engineering Design- Integrating Context with Engineering 34
ME 170BMechanical Engineering Design: Integrating Context with Engineering 34

 Core Concentrations and Concentration Electives

In addition to completing core requirements, students must choose one of the concentrations paths below. In addition to their concentration specific 3-courses, students select 2-3 additional courses such that the combination adds up to a minimum of 18 units. One of these additional courses must be from technical electives associated with the student’s selected concentration. The other 1-2 courses could come from either technical electives from the student’s selected concentration or any other concentration and its associated technical electives.

Units
Dynamic Systems and Controls Concentration
ME 161Dynamic Systems, Vibrations and Control3
ENGR 105Feedback Control Design3
Pick one of:
ME 227Vehicle Dynamics and Control3
ME 327Design and Control of Haptic Systems3
Dynamic Systems and Controls Electives
ME 171EAerial Robot Design4
ENGR 205Introduction to Control Design Techniques3
ME 210Introduction to Mechatronics4
ME 220Introduction to Sensors3-4
ME 331AAdvanced Dynamics & Computation3
ME 485Modeling and Simulation of Human Movement3
Pick one, if not used in concentration already:
ME 227Vehicle Dynamics and Control3
ME 327Design and Control of Haptic Systems3
Units
Materials and Structures Concentration
ME 149Mechanical Measurements3
ME 151Introduction to Computational Mechanics3
ME 152Material Behaviors and Failure Prediction3
Materials and Structures Electives
ME 234Introduction to Neuromechanics3
ME 241Mechanical Behavior of Nanomaterials3
ME 281Biomechanics of Movement3
ME 283Introduction to Biomechanics and Mechanobiology3
ME 287Mechanics of Biological Tissues4
ME 331AAdvanced Dynamics & Computation3
ME 335AFinite Element Analysis3
ME 338Continuum Mechanics3
ME 339Introduction to parallel computing using MPI, openMP, and CUDA3
ME 345Fatigue Design and Analysis3
ME 348Experimental Stress Analysis3
Units
Product Realization Concentration
ME 127Design for Additive Manufacturing3
ME 128Computer-Aided Product Realization3
ME 129 (offered AY 19-20)
Product Realization Electives
ENGR 110Perspectives in Assistive Technology (ENGR 110)3
ENGR 240Introduction to Micro and Nano Electromechanical Systems3
ME 181Deliverables: A Mechanical Engineering Design Practicum3
CME 106Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Engineers4
ME 210Introduction to Mechatronics4
ME 263The Chair3-4
or ME 298 Silversmithing and Design
ME 309Finite Element Analysis in Mechanical Design3
ME 324Precision Engineering4
Units
Thermo, Fluids, and Heat Transfer Concentration
ME 132Intermediate Thermodynamics4
ME 133Intermediate Fluid Mechanics3
ME 149Mechanical Measurements3
Thermo, Fluids, and Heat Transfer Electives
ME 250Internal Combustion Engines1-5
ME 257Gas-Turbine Design Analysis3
ME 351AFluid Mechanics3
ME 351BFluid Mechanics3
ME 352ARadiative Heat Transfer3
ME 352BFundamentals of Heat Conduction3
ME 352CConvective Heat Transfer3
ME 362APhysical Gas Dynamics3
ME 370AEnergy Systems I: Thermodynamics3
ME 370BEnergy Systems II: Modeling and Advanced Concepts4
ME 371Combustion Fundamentals3
AA 283Aircraft and Rocket Propulsion3

For additional information and sample programs see the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs (UGHB).

BSME 1.0 Student Notes

Those students (primarily juniors and seniors) who are completing BSME 1.0 from prior years should refer to bulletins from the academic year that corresponds with their program sheet.

The following exception will be made for BSME 1.0 students in the AY 2018-19 year:

  • ME 131B or ME 133 may be taken to fulfill that course requirement

Honors Program in Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a program leading to a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with honors. This program offers a unique opportunity for qualified undergraduate engineering majors to conduct independent study and research at an advanced level with a faculty mentor.

Mechanical Engineering majors who have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher in the major may apply for the honors program. Students who meet the eligibility requirement and wish to be considered for the honors program must submit a written application to the Mechanical Engineering student services office no later than the second week of Autumn Quarter in the senior year. The application to enter the program can be obtained from the ME student services office, and must contain a one-page statement describing the research topic and include an unofficial Stanford transcript. In addition, the application must be approved by a Mechanical Engineering faculty member who agrees to serve as the thesis adviser for the project. Thesis advisers must be members of Stanford’s Academic Council.

In order to receive departmental honors, students admitted to the program must:

  1. Maintain the 3.5 GPA required for admission to the honors program.
  2. Submit a completed thesis draft to the adviser by the 3rd week of the quarter the they intend to confer. Further revisions and final endorsement by the adviser are to be finished by week 6, when two bound copies are to be submitted to the Mechanical Engineering student services office. 
  3. Present the thesis at the Mechanical Engineering Poster Session held in mid-April. If the poster session is not offered or the student does not confer in the spring, an alternative presentation will be approved on a case by case basis with advisor and UGCC chair approval. 

Note: Students may not use work completed towards an honors degree to satisfy the B.S. in ME course requirements.

Mechanical Engineering (ME) Minor

The following courses fulfill the minor requirements:

Units
General Minor *
ENGR 14Intro to Solid Mechanics3
ENGR 15Dynamics3
ME 1Introduction to Mechanical Engineering3
ME 30Engineering Thermodynamics3
ME 70Introductory Fluids Engineering3
Plus two of the following:
ME 80Mechanics of Materials3
ME 103Product Realization: Design and Making3
ME 131AHeat Transfer3
ME 161Dynamic Systems, Vibrations and Control3
Total Units: 21
Thermosciences Minor **
ENGR 14Intro to Solid Mechanics3
ME 30Engineering Thermodynamics3
ME 70Introductory Fluids Engineering3
ME 131AHeat Transfer3
ME 149Mechanical Measurements3
ME 132Intermediate Thermodynamics4
ME 133Intermediate Fluid Mechanics (offered SPR 18-19; more information to come)3
Total units: 22
Mechanical Design Minor ***
ENGR 14Intro to Solid Mechanics3
ENGR 15Dynamics3
ME 80Mechanics of Materials3
ME 1Introduction to Mechanical Engineering3
ME 102Foundations of Product Realization3
ME 103Product Realization: Design and Making3
ME 112Mechanical Systems Design3
Plus one of the following:
ME 113Mechanical Engineering Design4
ME 210Introduction to Mechatronics4
ME 220Introduction to Sensors3-4
Total units: 24-25