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Welcome from the Department Chair

Professor Peter FriedmanWelcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. I am Professor Peter Friedman, Chairman of the department.

Our department offers Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering. We have 11 highly qualified faculty members, a curriculum with both depth and breadth and state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratory as well as computer facilities. We currently have about 300 undergraduate and graduate students.

The Department offers a wide range of classes with relatively small class sizes. Faculty advisors in the department help each student develop course and/or research plan that best fits the individual student's needs.

The four-year undergraduate Mechanical Engineering program is fully accredited by the Accrediting Board for Engineering Technology (ABET). The program is designed to prepare students to immediately join the engineering work force or go on to graduate studies. Students are enrolled in a highly innovative integrated program called IMPULSE (Integrated Math, Physics, Undergraduate Laboratory, Science and Engineering) during their freshman year. IMPULSE integrates Mathematics, Physics and Engineering and trains students to work in teams to solve engineering problems. Basic engineering courses form the bulk of the sophomore year and more specialized required as well as elective courses are offered in the junior and senior years.

The Master of Science program builds on our strong undergraduate program with close linkage to regional industry. The program offers carefully chosen core courses and a wide range of electives. Students may elect to pursue one of three options: a course work option, a thesis option, or a project option. State-of-the-art facilities provide excellent research and learning experience. Almost all of our graduate courses are offered during late afternoon or early evening hours, so working students can take classes without major disruption to their work schedule. Many of our full-time graduate students get financial assistance in the form of teaching or research assistantships.

The close proximity of the campus to many manufacturing companies in the area makes it possible for our undergraduate students to participate in a Co-op program. Students in the program earn money while gaining real world engineering experience that greatly enhances their chances of obtaining full-time positions after graduation. Students also have the opportunity to work on industrial projects as interns in the University's Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center.

Professional student chapters including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and the Society of Automotive Engineers provide excellent opportunity for our students to gain leadership skills and professional contacts with leaders in the field. The student chapters organize various activities including professional seminars and allow our students to participate in international and national design competitions, such as the International Solar Boat competition and the Mini-Baja competition.

In summary, our department offers an exciting and rewarding career path. Please explore our web page for more information or contact me at the following coordinates. Thank you for your interest in our department.

Peter D. Friedman, Ph.D., P.E
Chairman, Mechanical Engineering Department
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
North Dartmouth, MA 02747

Office Location: Violete 219
Phone:  508.999.9280
Fax:      508.999.8881
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