Department of Mechanical and
Materials Engineering (MME)
What is MME ?
• MME uses principles of graphics, mathematics,
materials, physics and economics to design,
manufacture, operate and maintain processes and
• MME is the broadest of the engineering disciplines, and
is present in every sector (industry, transportation,
education, health care, government).
Is MME for you?
• Are you interested in how things work?
• Are you interested in how things are made?
• Would you like to invent something?
• Would you like to run your own company or consulting
firm one day?
• Would you like to have an impact on how the world
produces and uses energy to do useful things?
• Would you like to help make the world a better place for
Where do you want to work?
• MME’s are in…
– Energy (Fossil Fuel, Nuclear, Solar, Geothermal, Wind ….)
– Environment (bio-fuels, bio-resources, bio-remediation)
– Design and Manufacturing (toys to rocket engines)
– Construction (building systems, tunnels, …)
– Transportation (land, sea, air and space)
– Health and Medicine (biomechanical)
– Military (from jet pilots to ships engineers)
– Chemical process, Oil and gas exploration and production,
– Consulting (all of the above …)
Other Careers ?
• MME Degree can be foundation for just about
– Medicine, Dentistry …
– whatever you want to do, MME can get you there.
• Designed to give you a solid foundation in MME
• Designed to be flexible if you are not yet
committed to a specialty.
• Can Choose from three options
– General MME
• Common 2nd and mostly in 3rd year, electives and team
design project in 4th year
• General Option ME1, concentrations in:
Energy and Fluid Systems
• Materials Option ME2 in years 3 and 4
• Biomechanical Option ME3 in years 3 and 4
• Theory + practice
• Technical + communication
• Hands on
• Lab and project based
• Work in teams, just like in the real world
ME1 General Option
• Gives you the basics and then some…
– Math and numerical methods, computing
– Thermodynamics, fluids and heat transfer
– Solid mechanics and dynamics
– Graphical, written and verbal communication
– Material Properties
– Electronics, Mechatronics
– Design and Manufacturing
– Project Management
• Wide range of technical electives so you can try
out some specialty fields
Materials Option ME2
(2 courses in 3rd year, 3 from 6 courses in 4th year)
• Development of improved after
and new materials
• Production, use and before
• Investigate fractures,
fatigue failures, corrosion
and radiation damage
• Metallic, plastic and
• No device without
materials! dramatic dimensional change in stainless steel due
to exposure in a nuclear reactor (MECH 483) 23
Biomechanical Option ME3
(first offering in Fall of 2008 with new 3rd year courses)
• Get a degree in
engineering option” stated
on the transcript
• Four new courses added
to courses already offered
• Human Mobility Research
• Model follows that of ME2
materials option (2 courses
in 3rd year, 3 from 6
courses in 4th year)
commercial hip implant
Advice for choosing a Discipline ?
• Select the discipline that will hold your
interest for the next 3 years
• Choice of discipline influences the first job
placement – after that you can pick your
path. – to management, technical
specialty, … your own business.
Want to be a specialist?
• Start thinking about graduate school.
– You get paid to be a grad student.
– MSc degree is the entry level degree for some
– May need an MSc soon to be a P.Eng.
• Talk to Professors.
• Look into scholarships.
• Main building is McLaughlin Hall
• Materials in Nicol Hall (recently
• Biomechanical in Hospital (HMRC)
• Undergrad labs in Jackson Hall and the
• New building for MME to be
constructed behind the ILC by 2012
Queen’s mechanical has 450 students (150/year). But
class size of less than 50 students in technical
electives and the ME2 and ME3 options.
Hands-on facilities and activities in Queen’s MME
Machine shop in MECH 213 Servomotors in MECH 350
Windtunnel in MECH 399 Design and Build MECH 460/462
Student Led Design Team Projects in Queen’s MME
Formula SAE Mini Baja
Questions ?? 32