Texas A&M University-Kingsville

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Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Message From the Chair

          Larry Peel

Welcome to Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Texas A&M-Kingsville

Welcome to Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is one of six departments within the College of Engineering, having a Fall 2014 enrollment of about 258 undergraduate students (up 7.5% from Fall 2013) and 249 ME & IE graduate students (up about 153% from Fall 2013). The growing department maintains excellent teaching quality, promotes research and scholarly activities, and enhances learning and the learning environment. The department is located in the engineering complex of Dr. Frank H.Dotterweich College  of Engineering and is committed to provide excellent education to its students through high quality teaching, research and scholarly activities in an environment with state  of the art laboratories and computing facilities.  The undergraduate mechanical engineering program at TAMUK is accredited by ABET.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering deals with power and the design of machines and processes used to generate power and to apply it to useful purposes. These machines and system/process designs may be simple or complex, inexpensive or expensive, luxuries or essentials. Items such as kitchen food mixer, the auto-mobile, heating/air-conditioning systems, nuclear power plants, practical autonomous and tele-operated robotics, and interplanetary space vehicles would not be available today were it not for the mechanical engineer. Important areas in which mechanical engineers work at this time also have to do with the use of solar, wind, and tidal energy and of cogeneration from wastes for domestic and industrial uses.

Industrial Engineering

Industrial engineering is a branch of engineering that concerns the development, improvement, implementation and evaluation of integrated systems of people, money, knowledge, information, equipment, energy, material and process. Industrial engineering draws upon the principles and methods of engineering analysis and synthesis, as well as mathematical, physical and social sciences together with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design to specify, predict and evaluate the results to be obtained from such systems. In lean manufacturing systems, Industrial engineers work to eliminate wastes of time, money, materials, energy, and other resources.

Industrial engineering is also known as operations management, systems engineering, production engineering, manufacturing engineering or manufacturing systems engineering; a distinction that seems to depend on the viewpoint or motives of the user. Recruiters or educational establishments use the names to differentiate themselves from others. In healthcare, industrial engineers are more commonly known as management engineers, engineering management, or even health systems engineers.

This page was last updated on: December 13, 2014