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    University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Aug 09, 2022  
2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering

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William R. Hamel, Head

Antar, B.N. (UTSI), PhD - Texas
Arimilli, R.V., PhD - Virginia Tech
Baker, A.J., PhD, PE - New York
Dareing, D.W., PhD, PE - Illinois
Flandro, G.A. (UTSI), PhD - California Institute of Technology
Frankel, J.I., PhD - Virginia Tech
Majdalani, J.C. (UTSI), PhD - Utah
Hamel, W.R., PhD - Tennessee
Keyhani, M., PhD - Ohio State
Kihm, K.D., PhD - Stanford
Komistek, R.D., PhD - Memphis
Landes, J.D., PhD, PE - Lehigh
Parang, M. (Associate Dean), PhD, PE - Oklahoma
Parsons, J.R., PhD, PE - North Carolina State
Smith, G.V., PhD, PE - Penn State
Soliman, O., PhD, PE - Tennessee
Steinhoff, J.S. (UTSI), PhD - Chicago
Vakili, A. (UTSI), PhD - Tennessee
Associate Professors
Boulet, J.A.M., PhD - Stanford
Chellaboina, V.S., PhD - Georgia Tech
Lin, C.X., PhD - Chongqing (People’s Republic of China)
Lyne, J.E., MD, PhD - North Carolina State
Madhukar, M.S., PhD - Drexel
Mahfouz, M.R., PhD - Colorado School of Mines
Moulden, T.H. (UTSI), PhD - Tennessee
Nguyen, K., PhD - Colorado
Pionke, C.D., PhD, PE - Georgia Tech
Zhang, M., PhD - Washington (St. Louis)
Assistant Professors
DeSmidt, H.A., PhD - Penn State
Ekici, K., PhD - Purdue
He, W., Phd - Connecticut
Lee, D., PhD - Minnesota
Moeller, T. (UTSI), PhD - Tennessee
Zhang, Z., PhD - Princeton
Zhao, X., PhD - Virginia Tech
Emeriti Faculty
Carley, T.G., PhD, PE - Illinois
Caruthers, J. (UTSI), PhD - Georgia Tech
Collins, F. (UTSI), PhD - UC Berkeley
Crawford, R. (UTSI), PhD - Tennessee
Engels, R. (UTSI), PhD - Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Forrester, J.H., PhD, PE - Iowa State
Hodgson, J., PhD, PE - Georgia Tech
Johnson, W.S., PhD, PE - Clemson
Keefer, D. (UTSI), PhD - Florida
Mathews, A., PhD, PE - Illinois
Milligan, M.W., PhD, PE - Tennessee
Peters, C. (UTSI), PhD - University of Brussels
Schulz, R.J. (UTSI), PhD - Tennessee
Shannon, T.E., PhD, PE - Tennessee
Snyder, W.T., PhD - Northwestern
Wasserman, J.F., PhD, PE - Cincinnati
Wu, J-M (UTSI), PhD - California Institute of Technology
Wu, S. (UTSI), PhD - California Institute of Technology

The department offers a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering. The mission of the department is to provide a broad base integration of courses and experiences that prepare graduates to practice their profession successfully, to apply their skills to solve current engineering problems collaboratively, and to help advance the knowledge and engineering practice in their fields.


The first two years of the curriculum are considered to be lower-division and the two remaining years upper-division. Students must apply for progression to departmental upper division courses, which depends on academic performance. Factors considered include overall grade point average, performance in selected lower division courses and evidence of orderly progression through the prescribed curriculum.

Full Status

A lower-division student may apply for progression to upper division after completing CHEM 120 , EF 202 , MATH 231 , ME 231  and ME 321 , and PHYS 231 , with a grade of C or better in each, and an overall GPA of at least 2.4.

Provisional Status

Students who have completed CHEM 120 , ME 202 , MATH 231 , ME 231  and ME 321 , and PHYS 231  with a grade of C or better and have an overall GPA between 2.0 and 2.4 may apply for provisional status. The granting of provisional status is based on the availability of space in departmental programs after full status students have been accommodated. Provisional status students are required to demonstrate their ability to perform satisfactorily in upper-division by attaining a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the first 12 hours of 300-level required engineering courses. Award of upper-division full status is dependent upon this performance. Students with an overall GPA less than 2.0 will not be admitted to upper-division. Students who have not progressed to upper-division will be dropped from departmental class rolls.

Transfer Students

Students transferring more than 26 hours from another institution are considered transfer students. Transfer students must meet the same criteria as non-transfer students, using transfer grades for acceptable substitutions.

Departmental Academic Standing

The Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering expects all students who enter to make progress toward graduation. To graduate from the department, a student must earn a minimum cumulative departmental grade point average of 2.0. Students not meeting the required departmental GPA may be dropped from their major in the department.

In addition, the University Academic Good Standing Policies  apply to all students.

Graduation Requirements

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all departmental courses taken at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is required for graduation. No more than two departmental courses in which a C- or lower is the highest grade earned may be counted toward graduation. This is in addition to the university’s graduation requirements.


The department offers a 5-year BS-MS program for qualified students. The primary component of the program is that qualified students may take up to 9 hours of approved graduate courses for their senior undergraduate electives and have them count toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Significant components of the program are:

  • Students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.4 to be admitted to the program. Conditional admission may be granted after completing 64 hours of required course work while full admission is granted after completing 96 hours of required course work with a minimum overall GPA of 3.4 in required course work.
  • Students must at least have conditional admission before taking graduate courses for both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. All courses taken for graduate credit must be approved by the chair of the program and the Graduate School.
  • Admission of students into this program must be approved by the department, the College of Engineering, and the Graduate School.
  • Students will not be eligible for assistantships until they complete their bachelor’s degree.

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