Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mechanical Engineering

  1. HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM

Mechanical Engineering is an engineering discipline that involves the application of principles of physics for analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. It requires a solid understanding of key concepts including mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics and energy. Practitioners of mechanical engineering, known as mechanical engineers, use these principles and others in the design and analysis of automobiles, aircraft, heating & cooling systems, manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery, medical devices and more others.

The process of mechanical engineering is optimization: engineers strive to optimize cost, increase productivity, durability, safety, and overall usefulness of objects. This process can be as simple as the design of a chair for comfort or as complex as the optimization of a turbocharger engine for many criteria, such as fuel consumption and power output. It can be as small as the cutting of a Nano sized gear or as large as the assembly of a supertanker used to carry oil around the world.

Mechanical engineers must have the ability to work methodically and logically to solve problems. It is also important that they view their work objectively.

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2.      BACKGROUND OF THE DEPARTMENT

Mechanical Engineering Department of Aksum University has been established in July 2008, with the objective of responding to the need for rapid industrialization and the changing societal needs of the country for sustainable development. It has graduated one batch of engineers. The department believes in cultivating the full potential of students, and the advancement of all forms of knowledge keeping in pace with international standards of academic quality, including the high skilled employment needs presented by a growing economy operating in global environment.

Axum University, Mechanical Engineering Department graduated the first batch of 27 mechanical engineers with a B.Sc. degree in 2012/13.

3.      OBJECTIVES

The objective of the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program is to provide broad-based educational training in mechanical engineering and its applications leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree. Its goal is to enable graduates to meet the challenges of the engineering profession in a rapidly changing environment that exists in a developing country like Ethiopia. These challenges require the ability to apply existing knowledge in new ways thereby creating new systems and opportunities as well as adapting existing technology to local production conditions. These require the ability to manage service, maintain and improve upon existing systems.

4.     Vision and Mission

       i.   Vision

The vision of the Mechanical Engineering Department under the College of Engineering and Technology at Aksum University is to be the leading center of Mechanical Engineering Education and research in the country.

     ii.   Mission

The mission of Mechanical Engineering Department is to offer an outstanding, professionally oriented undergraduate engineering education and conduct applied research and consultancy service that will bring qualitative change in manufacturing industry and technical services in Ethiopia. 

5.    Staff and graduate profile

a.        Staff profile

The Department has Fifty Five permanent staff members with one PhD, Twenty one M.Sc, and Seven Bsc holders under working and 27 Staff under Masters Education Leave. In addition to these, five expatriates are teaching in the department.

Department Head: Mr Mengasa Wudu

Program Coordinator: Mr Hari Prasadarao Pydi

Department Quality Focal: Mr Kibrom Mekonnen

Department Research Focal: Mr Mehary Kashay

b.         Graduate profile

PROGRAMS

UNDERGRADUATE

  • Sc. Program in Mechanical Engineering
  • Duration 9 Semester study and one semester practice
  • Requirement 300 – 310 credit points (ECTS)

Program Statistics

Undergraduate

 

Year

Male

Female

Total

5 th Year

70

26

96

4 th Year

144

24

168

3 rd Year

247

38

285

2 nd Year

104

19

123

Total Students

672

 

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Office: B-60 R-03