Mechanical engineers require a solid understanding of key concepts including mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, energy and manufacturing. They use these principles in the design and analysis of automobiles, aircraft, heating and cooling systems, buildings and bridges, industrial equipment & machinery, and many more.
The B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering is a comprehensive degree program. The goal of the mechanical engineering curriculum is to create a flexible undergraduate educational experience in design, mathematics, modeling, computing, management, engineering science, humanities, social sciences and fine arts. Principal study topics include fluid mechanics, thermodynamics & heat transfer, solid mechanics, materials engineering, manufacturing, energy systems, dynamics & control Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) and others. This broad and flexible program allows students to customize their programs to meet their objectives and particular career goals. Traditional students can prepare for technological careers in industry, graduate school or management. The more interdisciplinary students can utilize this program as a launching pad for professional careers in business or public service.
Graduate study programs in CAD, CIM and Robotics are available in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. These programs prepare students for design positions that require skillful and imaginative solutions to solve engineering problems in their specializations. Students in all these programs are provided with good computational knowledge and exposed to mechanical engineering software. All these programs are interdisciplinary.
The department has a team of highly qualified and experienced faculty. Research activities at the department are progressing in the areas of feature based design, assembly planning, optimization/analysis of mechanical systems, alternate fuels for IC engines, air pollution modeling, thermal energy storage, circulating fluidized bed technology, sheet metal forming and materials technology. About 50 research papers have been published in various international and national conferences/journals in the last few years. Three books from the department have also been published. A proposal to set up an "Alternative Energy Research Center" in association with Queen's University, Canada is at an advanced stage.
The department conducts national and international conferences to share their knowledge obtained through research with other researchers in India and abroad. The International Conference on "Advances in Mechanical Engineering" (ICAME 2006) attracted active participation of 200 delegates from highly reputed universities in 11 different countries.
The department also conducts many student level National Technical Symposia to enhance the students' technical skills and to update their knowledge in modern developments in engineering and technology. A hands-on design contest is the highlight of these symposia. The Mechanical Engineering Association is a forum for students to develop their professional skills. Students are also encouraged to take part in awareness campaigns that have social relevance. Under the semester abroad program 3 students have been sent to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
The department has to its credit corporate training programs, industrial consultancy, and funded projects from government bodies. These connections served to benefit students in the form of good placements, well-equipped laboratories and industrial exposure. The participation of industries in curriculum designing has helped the department to keep pace with fast-changing industrial needs. The department also benefits from the visiting professor programs of AICTE through which highly experienced senior executives deliver lectures to staff and students.
The program enables the students to take up careers in a broad spectrum of industries. Many of the IT industries also have CAD/CIM divisions, which increases the job potential of mechanical engineers. Around 70% of the students are placed in reputed industries practicing core and allied engineering, through campus recruitment and the remaining 30% prefer higher studies in India and abroad.