Educational Objectives of the SB in Mechanical Engineering
The educational objectives of the program leading to the degree Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering are that:
- in their careers, graduates will bring to bear a solid foundation in basic mathematical and scientific knowledge and a firm understanding of the fundamental principles and disciplines of mechanical engineering;
- graduates will use proper engineering principles when they model, measure, analyze and design mechanical and thermal components and systems;
- graduates will have the professional skills necessary for formulating and executing design projects, for teamwork, and for effective communication; and
- graduates will demonstrate the confidence, awareness of societal context, professional ethics, and motivation for life-long learning that is necessary for them to be leaders in their chosen fields of endeavor.
These objectives have been developed over a period of 150 years by the faculty and students of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of MIT, with input from other constituents, in an attempt to comply with the mission of MIT as an institution. That mission, as stated in the current edition of the MIT Bulletin is:
"The mission of MIT is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.
The Institute is committed to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge, and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world’s great challenges. MIT is dedicated to providing its students with an education that combines rigorous academic study and the excitement of discovery with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community. We seek to develop in each member of the MIT community the ability and passion to work wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind."