Welcome from the Department Chair

Sankha BhowmickWelcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering.  I am Professor Sankha Bhowmick, Chairperson of the Department.

Our department offers a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering.  We also participate in three interdisciplinary Ph. D programs.   We have 10 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 more than 300 undergraduate and graduate students.

The four year undergraduate mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The program is designed to prepare students to immediately join the engineering work force or go on to graduate studies.  We have a newly designed undergraduate curriculum that addresses fundamentals of problem solving and design as well as offers flexibility in choosing specialization courses to address the ever evolving needs of the industry and society.  We allow students the flexibility to pick technical electives that suit their needs.  The department has technical elective concentration in Energy and Manufacturing.  Our students often participate in internship at the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center (ATMC) at the University or in local companies in the greater Boston area.

The MS in Mechanical Engineering 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.

Professional student chapters including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers(SME) 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.

Our faculty participate in world-class research that are funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Energy (DOE) and several other agencies, foundations and private companies.  Their research forms the backbone of our graduate and undergraduate education.  The close interaction between faculty and students in the department allows faculty to mentor students to their full potential.

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.

Sankha Bhowmick, Ph. D
Chairperson, Mechanical Engineering Department
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
North Dartmouth, MA 02747