CALCE Educational Philosophy

Engineers that develop or use electronic systems technologies must be able to synthesize interdisciplinary knowledge from many diverse sources: electrical, mechanical, thermal, materials, manufacturing, and business. In addition, they must be able to effectively communicate (verbally and in writing), as well as be adept at working on teams. Rapid advances in electronic products and systems require special efforts to educate the technical workforce. These special efforts include the use of systematic just-in-time transfer of state-of-the-art knowledge derived from the latest research results. The CALCE educational strategy is to pioneer a multi-faceted approach for the transfer of ideas and knowledge to all levels of students, through test-bed-development learning projects, courses, and multimedia, including video, web and text. In addition, unique exchange programs between industries and the Center are in place to promote collaborative research, education, and technology transfer.

Undergraduate Program in Electronic Products and Systems

A number of far reaching changes in the undergraduate engineering curriculum have been made in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, including a unique approach to introduce manufacturing education across the undergraduate curriculum. These initiatives have resulted in a significant restructuring of the college-wide undergraduate curriculum, whereby advanced instructional tools, including engineering and mathematics software and multimedia materials, have replaced several traditional courses. These sweeping changes have enabled a new educational structure with ample room for incorporation of material based on recently completed and ongoing research, using the most effective instructional delivery methods.

Undergraduate students at the University of Maryland who want to be involved in CALCE Research, please contact Prof. Michael G. Pecht and Dr. Diganta Das. Students who are already eligible for the combined B.S./M.S. are particularly encouraged to apply. Oppurtunities are available in performing experiments, data analysis, industry internships and presentations. You can use your research at CALCE towards Senior Project and also as a begining for your graduate research.
For more research on CALCE research topics, please refer the EPSC Consortium and PHM Consortium Pages. For information on where CALCE Graduate Students are working, please check the Alumni Page.

Degree Requirements

An undergraduate major in Mechanical Engineering begins with a solid background in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and basic engineering science courses. This strong foundation in the first two years prepares students for advanced classes and makes it easier to understand the applications of engineering betters. The use of technology and elimination of redundancy allows students to complete all their degree requirements with only 123 credits, enabling most of them to graduate within four years. Motivated students can get involved with special projects as early as their junior year, including working on group projects to develop one of the most important aspects of mechanical engineering: teamwork

Course Requirements

Core Program Requirements  (For more information click here )

Basic Science Requirements 29 Credits

CHEM 135 General Chemistry for Engineers
PHYS 161 General Physics: Mechanics and Particle Dynamics
PHYS 260/1 General Physics: Vibration, Waves, Heat, Elect. & Mag
PHYS 270/1 General Physics: Electrodynamics, Light, Relativity
MATH 140 Calculus I
MATH 141 Calculus II
MATH 241 Calculus III
MATH 246 Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers

Engineering Science Requirements 12 Credits

ENES 100 Introduction to Engineering Design
ENES 102 Mechanics I
ENES 220 Mechanics II
ENES 221 Dynamics

Major Requirements 54 Credits

ENES 232 Thermodynamics
ENME 271 Introduction to MATLAB
ENME 331 Fluid Mechanics
ENME 332 Transfer Processes
ENME 350 Electronics & Instrumentation I
ENME 351 Electronics & Instrumentation II
ENME 361 Vibrations, Controls, & Optimization I
ENME 371 Product Engineering & Manufacturing
ENME 382 Engineering Materials & Manufacturing Processes
ENME 392 Statistical Methods for Product & Process Development
ENME 462 Vibrations, Controls, & Optimization II
ENME 472 Integrated Product & Process Development
ENME 4XX Technical Elective
ENME 4XX Technical Elective
ENME 4XX Technical Elective
ENME 4XX Technical Elective
ENME 4XX Technical Elective
ENME 4XX Technical Elective

For the schedule of classes, click here. This link will take you to Testudo, the University of Maryland's comprehensive listing of course schedules by departments.

For the list of all undergraduate and graduate courses offered within the electronic products and systems area of specialization in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, click here

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Honors Programs

Exceptional undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in the Mechanical Engineering Honors Program and in the Combined BS/MS for Excellence Program.

Honors Program: The Clark School of Engineering offers its outstanding students the opportunity to participate in the College of Engineering Honors Program. Students completing the College Honors Program will have the Engineering Honors Program designated on their diplomas and transcripts. This program is available to students who meet the following criteria:

  • 3.5 overall GPA

  • 3.5 engineering GPA

  • Junior standing or 65 applicable credits

The requirements for completing the program are:

  • An Honors Research Project necessitating a written paper and oral presentation worth three hours of credit

  • Successful completion of two semesters of the Engineering Honors Seminar (ENES 388, one credit hour each)

  • Maintenance of a 3.3 GPA to remain in the program

Combined Bachelor's and Master's (BS/MS) for Excellence Program: Outstanding University of Maryland undergraduates whose GPA is 3.70 or higher in their junior year, qualify for the Combined Bachelor's and Master's program. This program provides an opportunity to earn both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree following five years of study. Students accepted to this program begin their graduate experience in their senior year and are thereby presented with the challenges and rewards of advanced learning and research activities not normally available at that stage. Financial support during the senior year and throughout the graduate studies is provided to all students accepted to this program.

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Contact Information

For more information on our program, contact:

  • Dr. Ken Kiger
    Director of Undergraduate Studies
    3129 Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088
    University of Maryland
    College Park, MD 20742
    Tel: 301-405-5245
  • Terry Island
    Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies
    2186 Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088
    College Park, MD 20742
    Tel: 301-405-2199

Undergraduate students are also encouraged to contact individual faculty advisors in the area of electronic products and systems. For a list and contact information click here

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