Mechanical Engineering at rit open House for Parents Dr. Ed Hensel, Dept. Head

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Mechanical Engineering at RIT Open House for Parents

  • Dr. Ed Hensel, Dept. Head

Parent’s Open House Presentation

  • Welcome

  • Summary of Student Presentation

  • RIT Mechanical Engineering Program

    • Academic Programs & Options
    • Program Structure (Quarters, etc)
    • Assistance Resources
    • Co-operative Education
  • Tips for families

Student Presentation Summary

  • Mechanical Engineering Careers

  • High School Preparation

  • First Year Program in ME at RIT

  • Co-curricular Activities

    • Aero Design Team (AIAA)
    • Formula Race Team (SAE)
    • Moon Buggy Team (ASME)
    • Robotics Club
    • Pi Tau Sigma (Mech Eng Honorary)

Core Philosophies

  • Engineering Education is our primary goal – and we do it well.

  • Students learn Engineering by Practicing Engineering – Learn by Doing, Hands-on

  • Co-op is an integral aspect of our program, and is mandatory

  • Offer sufficient options and electives to allow students to customize their education

Academic Assistance Resources

BS Degree

Aerospace Option

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering

  • Curricular Changes

    • Substitute Aerodynamics for Transport Phenomena
  • Technical Electives such as

    • Aerospace Structures
    • Propulsion
    • Flight Dynamics
    • Composites
    • Fracture and Fatigue
  • Free Elective

    • Intro to Aerospace Engineering
  • Sr. Design Project in Aerospace Field

Automotive Option

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering

  • Technical Electives such as

    • Vehicle Dynamics
    • Internal Combustion Engines
    • Fuel Cell Technology
    • High Performance Vehicle Engineering
  • Free Elective

    • Intro To Automotive Design and Manufacturing
  • Sr. Design Project in Automotive Field

Bioengineering Option

  • BS in Mech. Engineering

  • Technical Electives such as

  • Free Elective

    • Intro To Bioengineering
  • Science Electives

    • Biological Sciences
    • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Sr. Design Project in Bioengineering

Energy & The Environment Option

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering

  • Technical Electives such as

    • Fuel Cell Technology
    • Direct Energy Conversion
    • Thermodynamics II
    • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
  • Free Elective

    • Energy & The Environment
  • Liberal Arts Electives

    • Energy & Public Policy
  • Sr. Design Project in Energy Systems Engineering

ME Co-Op Placement History

Retention in Mech. Eng. at RIT

  • Retention Objectives:

    • Mechanical Engrg
    • Other Engineering
    • Other Programs (Eng.Technology)
    • Other Colleges

Mechanical Engineering Retention

Tips for Parents

  • Review the Student Design Posters

  • Encourage Discussion with your sons and daughters

  • Discuss both the parent and student handout booklets


  • RIT Mechanical Engineering is

    • Exciting
    • Challenging
    • Rewarding
  • We’re pleased to have you visiting here at RIT.

  • I hope you enjoyed your tours

  • Feel free to contact us for follow-up questions!

  • If this sounds like the right program for your son or daughter, please encourage them to apply for admission.

  • You can meet your families in the Erdle Commons on the first floor following your tours

Typical Five-Year Program

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