American Univesity of Beirut

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Chairperson:
​Lakkis, Issam
Professors:​Darwish, Marwan; Ghali, Kamel; Ghaddar, Nesreen; Hamade, Ramsey; Moukalled, Fadl; Shihadeh, Alan
Professor Emeritus:​Sakkal, Fateh
Associate Professors:​Asmar, Daniel; Lakkis, Issam; Mustapha, Samir; Oweis, Ghanem; Shammas, Elie; Shehadeh, Mutasem
Assistant Professors:​Abou Jaoude, Dany; Aryanfar, Asghar; Awartani, Omar; Harb, Mohammad
Assistant Research Professor:​Talih, Soha
Instructors:​​Al Saidi, Abdul-Kader; Babikian, Sevag; Balhas, Zainab; Fayad, Rami; Kassis, Lina; Kfoury, Elie


The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers one undergraduate degree program that leads to a Bachelor of Engineering with a major in Mechanical Engineering (BE in ME) and a minor in Applied Energy.

Bachelor of Engineering (BE)

Major: Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering Program extends over a four-year period and is offered exclusively on a daytime, on-campus basis. The program is offered in 11 terms whereby eight terms are 16-week Fall/Spring terms given over four years, and three terms are eight-week summer terms taken during the first three years of the program. In the summer term of the third year (Term IX), students are required to participate in a practical training program with a local, regional or international organization. The entire program is equivalent to five academic years but is completed in four calendar years with three summer terms.

The undergraduate program also provides students with options to pursue minors in the following:

  • Applied Energy Minor
  • Other minors offered by the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business

Program Mission

The Mechanical Engineering faculty has agreed that the undergraduate program mission is as follows:

The undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering seeks to empower students to pursue successful careers and to create a learning environment in which they can develop their creative and critical thinking skills, grow into lifelong learners in light of ever-increasing challenges of modern technology, and commit to the ethical and professional responsibilities required in their calling at the global level while focusing on the needs of Lebanon and the region.

Program Educational Objectives

The program is based on the following educational objectives that were approved by the Mechanical Engineering faculty members on May 27, 2010:

Our graduates will be able to advance successfully in their careers as reflected in continued employment, job satisfaction, leadership responsibilities and professional recognition.

Our graduates will be able to succeed in graduate studies as reflected in admission to highly ranked programs, timely completion of degree requirements and recognition by competitive fellowships and other awards.

Program Requirements

The undergraduate curriculum for the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (BE), major: Mechanical Engineering is a five-year program. It consists of 173 term credit hours of coursework of which 30 credits are completed in the freshman year while the student is enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and 143 credits are completed in four years while the student is enrolled in the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. Students admitted at the sophomore level will be required to complete 143 credits in four years to earn the degree as outlined here:

  • General Engineering: FEAA 200, CIVE 210, EECE 210, EECE 231, EECE 312, EECE 312L, INDE 301
  • Mathematics: MATH 201, MATH 202, MATH 212, MATH 218, MATH 251, STAT 230
  • Sciences: PHYS 211, PHYS 211L, CHEM 202, and one biology elective (BIOL 201 level or above, except BIOL 209)
  • General Education: Arabic course, ENGL 203 and ENGL 206, two social sciences courses, three humanities courses and a course on ethics approved for the GE program
  • ME Core Courses: MECH 201, MECH 230, MECH 310, MECH 314, MECH 320, MECH 332, MECH 340, MECH 341, MECH 410L, MECH 412, MECH 414, MECH 420, MECH 421, MECH 430, MECH 432, MECH 436, MECH 510 and MECH 525
  • Technical Electives: Five courses with at least three from the selected ME track. One elective can be from outside the major and one free elective (such as engineering, math, economics, business or science)
  • Approved Experience: MECH 500
  • Final Year Project: MECH 501 and MECH 502

Curriculum

​Term I (Fall)
Credits
MATH 201​Calculus and Analytic Geometry III
3​
FEAA 200Introduction to Engineering and Architecture​3
EECE 231Introduction to Programming using C++ and MATLAB​3
CIVE 210Statics​3
PHYS 211Electricity and Magnetism​3
PHYS 211LElectricity and Magnetism Laboratory​1
​ ​​Total 16
​ ​ ​
​Term II (Spring)
Credits
EECE 210​Electric Circuits
​3
MECH 201Computer Aided Drawing and Design (CADD)​3
MATH 202Differential Equations​3
MECH 230Dynamics​3
ENGL 203Academic English​3
​ ​​Total 16
​ ​ ​
Term III (Summer)
Credits
STAT 230​Introduction to Probability and Random Variables
​3
CHEM 202Introduction to Environmental Chemistry​3
ENGL 206Technical English​3
​ ​​Total 9
​ ​ ​
​Term IV (Fall)
​Credits
EECE 312​Electronics
​3
EECE 312LCircuits and Electronics Lab​1
MATH 212Introductory Partial Differential Equations​3
MECH 310Thermodynamics I​3
MECH 340Engineering Materials​3
​Humanities Elective ​3
​ ​Total 16​
​ ​ ​
​Term V (Spring)
Credits
MATH 218​Elementary Linear Algebra with Applications
3​
MECH 314Introduction to Fluid Mechanics​3
MECH 320Mechanics of Materials​3
MECH 332Mechanics of Machines​3
MECH 341Materials Lab​1
MECH 430Process Instrumentation and Measurements​3
​ ​​Total 16
​ ​ ​
​Term VI (Summer)
Credits
MECH 432​Dynamics System Analysis​2
Biology Elective​3
Arabic Elective​3
​ ​​Total 8
​ ​ ​
​Term VII (Fall)
Credits
MATH 251​3
MECH 410L1
MECH 414​3
MECH 420​3
MECH 421​3
​Social Sciences Elective ​​3
​ ​​Total 16
​ ​ ​
​Term VIII (Spring)
Credits
INDE 301​Engineering Economy
​3
MECH 412Heat Transfer​3
MECH 436Control Systems​3
MECH 525Product Design and Development​3
​Social Sciences Elective ​​3
​ ​​Total 15
​ ​ ​
​Term IX (Summer)
Credits
MECH 500​Approved Experience​0
​ ​​Total 0
​ ​
​Term X (Fall)
Credits
MECH 501​Final Year Project
1​
MECH 510Design of Thermal Systems​3
​Approved Ethics Course
​3
Technical Elective I​3
Technical Elective II​3
Humanities Elective​3
​Total 16
​ ​ ​
​Term XI (Spring)
​Credits
MECH 502​Final Year Project II4​
​Technical Elective III
​3
Technical Elective IV​3
Technical Elective V​3
Humanities Elective​3
​ ​Total 16

List of Pre-Approved Technical Electives

  • Engineering Electives: BMEN: 600, 602, 604, 605, 606, 609, 610, 611. CHEN: 531, 611, 614, 615, 619, 672, 673, 675, 798A. CIVE: 421, 451, 460, 552, 555, 602, 603, 610, 648, 655, 658, 659, 670. FEAA: 502. IEM: 412, 513, 533.
  • Science Electives: BIOL: 201, 202, 210, 223, 244, 246, 250, 260, 268. CHEM: 206, 208, 211, 212, 217, 218, 228, 233, 234. MATH: 210, 219, 223, 224, 225, 227, 233, 241, 261, 271, 303, 304, 305, 306, 314, 341, 350, 351, 358. PHYS: 216, 217, 220, 222, 223, 225, 226, 228, 235, 236, 237, 249, 301, 302, 303, 305, 306, 307.
  • Other Electives: CMPS: 257, 272, 274, 277, 281, 285, 286, 287, 288, 350, 368, 372, 373. DCSN: 200, 210. ECON: 214, 215, 217, 218, 222, 223, 226, 227, 228, 230, 232, 235, 236, 237, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243. ENMT: 225, 235. GEOL: 202, 205, 211, 226, 227. ENST: 320, 396. MNGT: 215, 218, 220, 226, 229, 230. STAT: Any course with a number equal to or greater than 234.

Mechanical Engineering Optional Tracks

The core courses in the Mechanical Engineering Program are offered in the following track areas:

  • Thermal and Fluid Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Design, Materials and Manufacturing

The student may opt for any track (Thermal and Fluid Engineering; Mechatronics; or Design, Materials and Manufacturing) by taking at least three technical electives in the selected track. Normally one technical elective is allowed from outside the mechanical engineering major.

The ME focus area in Control and Robotics provides a coherent academic framework between the ECE and ME departments in the areas of control, instrumentation and robotics. This track is open to all undergraduate ME and ECE students.

​Track I: Thermal and Fluid Engineering ​​Credits
​MECH 310
​Thermodynamics I
3​
MECH 314/
CHEN 311
Introduction to Fluids Engineering​3
MECH 414Thermodynamics II​3
MECH 410LThermal/Fluid Systems Laboratory​1
MECH 412Heat Transfer​3
MECH 501Final Year Project I and​1
MECH 502Final Year Project II​4
MECH 510Design of Thermal Systems​3
​ ​ ​
Technical Elective Courses
(at least three technical electives are selected)
Credits
​MECH 511
​Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
​3
​MECH 512Internal Combustion Engines​3
MECH 513Air Conditioning​3
MECH 514Gas Turbines​3
MECH 515Steam Turbines​3
MECH 516Aerodynamics​3
MECH 603Solar Energy​3
MECH 604Refrigeration​3
MECH 606Aerosol Dynamics​3
MECH 607Micro Flows Fundamentals and Applications​3
​ ​ ​
Track II: Design, Materials and ManufacturingCredits
​CIVE 210
​Statics
​3
MECH 201Computer Aided Drawing and Design (CADD)​3
MECH 320Mechanics of Materials​3
MECH 332Mechanics of Machines​3
MECH 340Engineering Materials​3
MECH 341LMaterials Lab​1
MECH 420Mechanical Design I​3
MECH 421Manufacturing Processes I​3
​MECH 501
​Final Year Project I
1​
MECH 502Final Year Project II​4
MECH 525Product Design and Development​3
​ ​ ​
Technical Elective Courses
(at least three technical electives are selected)
Credits
​MECH 520
​Mechanical Design II
​3
MECH 521Manufacturing Processes II​3
MECH 522Mechanical CAD/CAE/CAM​3
MECH 540Selection of Properties of Materials​3
MECH 550Computer Applications in Mechanical Engineering​3
MECH 615Continuum Mechanics​3
MECH 617Smart Materials and Structures​3
MECH 622Modeling of Machining Processes and Machines​3
MECH 624Mechanics of Composite Materials​3
MECH 625Fatigue of Materials​3
MECH 626Metals and Their Properties​3
MECH 627Polymers and Their Properties​3
MECH 628Design of Mechanisms​3
MECH 630Finite Element Methods in Mechanical Engineering​3
MECH 633Biomechanics​3
MECH 634Biomaterials and Medical Devices​3
​ ​ ​
​Track III: Mechatronics ​Credits
​MECH 230
​Dynamics
​3
EECE 210Electric Circuits​3
EECE 312Electronics (for Mechanical Engineering students)​3
EECE 312LCircuits and Electronics Lab​1
MECH 430Instrumentation and Measurements​3
MECH 436Control Systems​3
MECH 501Final Year Project I and​1
MECH 502Final Year Project II​4
​ ​ ​
Technical Elective Courses
(at least three technical electives are selected)
Credits​
​MECH 530
​Mechatronics System Design
​3
MECH 531Mechanical Vibrations​3
MECH 628Design of Mechanisms​3
MECH 631Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems [MEMS]​3
MECH 634Biomaterials and Medical Devices​3
MECH 641Robotics​3
MECH 642Computer Vision​3
MECH 643Mechatronics and Intelligent Machines Eng. II​3
MECH 644​Modal Analysis​3
MECH 645​Noise and Vibration Control​3
MECH 653​Systems Analysis and Design​3
​MECH 654​Adaptive Control​3

ME Focus Area in Control and Robotics

Students choosing to enroll in the Control and Robotics Focus (CRF) area should satisfy the following course requirements:

Two core courses and one laboratory in their respective departments (listed in the table below)

​Core Courses
​Credits
MECH 430​Process Instrumentation and Measurements
​3
MECH 432Dynamic System Analysis​2
MECH 436Control Systems​3


Three elective courses from either department (ECE/ME) (listed in the tables below) provided they obtain the necessary prerequisites for any given course. At least one course from each of lists A (Control Theory) and B (Robotics) must be chosen, and one elective from either list A, B or C.

​Technical Elective Courses (List A: Control) ​Credits
​MECH 648/
EECE 669
​Nonlinear Systems: Analysis, Stability and Control
​3
MECH 653/
EECE 660
System Analysis and Design​3
MECH 655/
EECE 662
Optimal Control​3
MECH 656/
EECE 663
System Identification​3
MECH 654Adaptive Control​3
MECH 657Vehicle Dynamics and Control​3
​ ​ ​
​Technical Elective Courses (List B: Robotics) ​Credits
​MECH 530/
EECE 530
​Mechatronics
​3
MECH 641/
EECE 661
Robotics​3
MECH 646/
EECE 697
Wheeled Mobile Robotics​3
MECH 650/
EECE 698
Autonomous Mobile Robotics​3
​ ​
Technical Elective Courses (List C)Credits
​MECH 555/
EECE 463
​Artificial Intelligence for Control Systems

​3
MECH 642/
EECE 692
Computer Vision​3
MECH 647/
EECE 699
Hydraulic Servo Systems​3

Minor in Applied Energy

The minor in Applied Energy is open to all MSFEA students who are interested in the energy domain and in renewable energy applications. Students seeking professional careers that will focus on energy, the environment, sustainable applications in buildings and energy systems may find this minor attractive. The minor in applied energy is administered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Students who have completed at least 60 credits at the sophomore level and higher and who have a cumulative average of 70 (GPA:2.2) or more may apply by completing a minor application. The minor will be indicated on the transcript of the student who completes all the requirements described below. A minimum grade of 70 (C+) is required for a course to count toward the fulfillment of the minor.

Applied Energy Minor Program Structure

A student wishing to complete the minor is required to complete a minimum of 18 credits: 6 credits from the list of core courses and 12 credits from the list of elective courses.

The first are two core courses (6 credits) that provide a foundation for the understanding of energy science and technology and its economy.

The second component is a number of elective courses (12 credits), selected by the student in close consultation with her/his academic advisor for the applied energy minor.

Required Courses (6 credits)

  • MECH 671 Renewable Energy Potential, Technology and Utilization in Buildings 3 cr., or EECE 675 Renewable Energy Systems 3 cr. or ENST 300 The Science and Technology of Energy 3 cr.
  • ECON 333 Energy Economics and Policy 3 cr.

Elective Courses (Minimum of 12 credits)

​CHEN 417
​Reactor Engineering and Reactor Design
​3 cr.
CHEN 470Chemical Process Design​3 cr.
CHEN 471Chemical Product Design​3 cr.
CHEN 541Biochemical and Bioprocess Engineering​3 cr.
CHEN 570Process Synthesis and Optimization​3 cr.
CHEN 612Desalination​3 cr.
EECE 670​Power System Planning
​3 cr.
EECE 671Environmental Aspects of Energy Systems​3 cr.
EECE 672Energy Planning and Policy​3 cr.
EECE 675Renewable Energy Systems​3 cr.
ENST 320Energy Laws and Case Studies​3 cr.
MECH 513Air Conditioning​3 cr.
MECH 603Solar Energy​3 cr.
MECH 631Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems​3 cr.
MECH 670
​Laboratory for Renewable Energy in Buildings
​3 cr.
MECH 672Modeling Energy Systems​3 cr.
MECH 673Energy Efficient Building with Good Indoor Air Quality​3 cr.
MECH 676Passive Building Design​3 cr.
MECH 677Heat Pumps​3 cr.
MECH 679Energy Audit Lab​3 cr.
MECH 681Green Building Basics and LEED Practices​3 cr.

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