Engineering at UM-Flint

Engineers require education and experience in a broad range of topics from materials to manufacturing, from facilities to machine element design, and from circuits to dynamics. Problem-solving in engineering is based in fundamental science and mathematics, and it utilizes current technology and industrial practice. 

The Engineering programs are designed to help a student enter the engineering profession as an experienced problem solver. Engineers in industry are expected to manage products, materials and processes. They are expected to be able to cost a product, determine the rate of return on an investment, find the break-even point in manufacturing, and price the marketing of a product. Some engineers do more management than others; however, every engineer needs the fundamental engineering concepts and knowledge that form the basis for the profession.

The programs in Engineering provide coursework experience for students wishing to enter industry as engineers. In addition to technical content, these courses provide practice in forming and working in teams, preparing and presenting oral and written technical reports, and developing advanced computer skills. Engineering design caps the program with students designing and constructing engineering projects.

Programs in Engineering

Engineering goes to Baja SAE Rochester

Advised by Associate Professor Mihai Burzo, students built a vehicle and competed in the SAE Baja competition in Rochester, NY, from June 6-9. The team finished 87th, improving on their first outing by 9 places. 

Engineering Students Create Hovercraft, Compete

Engineering students took part in the IAM3D Hovercraft manufacturing challenge April 5-7. The team was tasked with building an unmanned emergency resupply vehicle. The CAS Opportunity Fund provided assistance to make this experience possible for students. 

What is ABET Accreditation?

The Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET completed an 18-month evaluation of the UM-Flint Mechanical Engineering Program to grant accreditation. According to the commission’s website: ABET accreditation is not a ranking system; rather, it is a form of quality assurance, declaring to the relevant professional community and to the world at large, that a program meets the quality standards set by the technical profession.

Engineering Student Senior Projects

Each year, graduating seniors present their final projects to department and university leaders, underclassmen, and community members. The 2015 seniors presented projects on robotics, industrial clamps, aviation, a solar-powered boat motor, and a CNC mill. Students are responsible for every facet of the project, from design to testing to maintaining the project budget.