Why You Should Study Mechanical Engineering at Illinois Tech?
Mechanical engineering is an essential part of most industries and modern technologies, and includes the analysis, design and development of machines and structures that involve motion.
Mechanical engineers are employed in areas such as the design and control of machinery; the development of means of transportation including automobiles, aircraft, space and marine vehicles, and railroads; computer-aided design and manufacture of products, consumer goods, devices and industrial equipment; medical technology utilizing mechanical and electromechanical devices; the generation of energy from fossil and nuclear fuels; and the utilization, storage and distribution of alternative energy sources.
This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Program Objectives -
- Graduates will meet the expectations of employers of mechanical engineers
- Qualified graduates will pursue advanced study if they so desire
- Graduates will assume/undertake leadership roles in their communities and/or professions.
The MMAE department is dedicated to supporting both faculty and student research in a number of key areas, including:
Design & Manufacturing: The research activities in the design and manufacturing area include computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing, solid freeform fabrication and multi-sensor coordinate metrology. The research facilities include the state-of-the-art CNC machine, laser scanner, and computer workstations. The design and manufacturing faculty and research team also has access to various commercial CAD/CAM/CAE software and the state-of-the-art laser deposition process.
Dynamics & Control Systems: Research activities of dynamics and control faculty are centered on navigation, guidance, and control of aerospace and terrestrial systems. Work in the IIT NavLab is focused on the development of modern satellite navigation systems. Current areas of activity include Differential Global Positioning System navigation for aircraft precision landing in zero-visibility conditions, navigation of autonomous Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles, and navigation system integrity. Research activities have been sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, Northrop-Grumman, and Boeing.
Fluid Dynamics: The Fluid Dynamics Research Center conducts experimental, analytical and numerical research over a wide range of topics involving flowing fluids. The FDRC has particular expertise in the areas of Flow Control, Navier-Stokes Simulations and Low-Dimensional Modeling, Aeroacoustics, and Contaminant Dispersion simulations. Fluid Dynamics faculty includes four experimentalists and two experts in computations and analysis. Six laboratories in the John T. Rettaliata Engineering Center house a variety of high-quality low speed and high speed wind tunnels, anechoic facilities, jet facilities and an axial flow compressor research facility. Our current research is supported by AFOSR, NSF, Boeing, Honeywell, DARPA, and ONR.
Materials Science & Engineering: Research in Materials Science and Engineering is focused on materials processing, mechanical properties and alloy development. Experimental research studies benefit from very well equipped laboratories with some unique capabilities. Modeling and simulation of materials processing and alloy thermodynamics forms a second thrust of activities. Many of the research programs are sponsored by the Thermal Processing Technology Center, which undertakes research to support the needs of the materials processing and manufacturing industries. The center performs high quality basic and applied research in thermal processing technology of interest to the primary metals and manufacturing industry. Multi-disciplinary research teams are used to provide innovative, crosscutting technological solutions to industrial materials processing problems.
Solid Mechanics & Structures: The solids and structures group employs experimental, analytical, and computational techniques to study the behavior of conventional and advanced materials (including biological) at the nano-, micro-, and macroscales. Experimental facilities include a new dynamic testing lab equipped with state-of-the-art data acquisition systems. Current research focuses on topology and rate effects in cellular solids, thermomechanical coupling in high-rate deformation processes, micromechanics of composites, modeling of nanoscale composite structures subjected to thermal cycling, and biomechanics.
Thermal Sciences: The research facilities of Thermal Sciences group comprise the Heat Transfer Enhancement and Two – Phase Flow Laboratory, Advanced Thermal & Environmental Systems Research Laboratory, and Combustion Laboratory. The research is sponsored by NSF, NASA, and other organizations such as Gas Technology Institute. The experimental and theoretical studies include both, macro and micro scales.
Formula Hybrid Team – The WISER Formula Hybrid project at Illinois Tech gives students hands-on experience designing and fabricating electrical and mechanical automotive systems. The team consists of students from undergraduate to graduate levels who come from a variety of majors including mechanical, aerospace, electrical, computer, chemical, and environmental, as well as civil and architectural. Each year, the team competes at the Formula Hybrid International Competition and has won numerous awards.