Degree Objectives

Educational Objectives of the B.S. Program in Mechanical Engineering

Cornell University is a learning community that seeks to develop students’ talents and capabilities, to extend the frontiers of knowledge, and to serve society. The faculty and staff of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, as members of this community, seek to graduate mechanical engineers who:

  • innovate and lead in diverse roles in industry, government, and academia;
  • invent, design, and manufacture useful products, systems, and services, with mindful integration of economic, environmental, cultural, and ethical concerns;
  • discover and apply new knowledge, and develop new tools for the practice of engineering;
  • continue to learn and improve their knowledge and skills throughout their lives;
  • are valued in their careers, whether for their ability to apply their engineering knowledge, or for the more general analytical, creative, and collaborative abilities developed in their education;
  • engage with their communities and the world to help others and to improve the human condition.

These Program Educational Objectives describe long-term accomplishments for which we seek to prepare our graduates. Progress toward these objectives is expected to be measurable within three to five years of graduation.

Student Outcomes in Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering curriculum is designed to facilitate the following student outcomes, which collectively prepare graduates to attain the educational objectives of the mechanical engineering program:

Upon completion of their B.S. degree, Mechanical Engineering students will be able to demonstrate:

(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 multidisciplinary 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 knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.