MEE101: Introduction to Mechanical Engineering


Introduces first-year and transfer students to the Mechanical Engineering Department. Topics include the curriculum, the faculty, the department’s resources and the profession in general. Students will be introduced to typical problems in Mechanical Engineering whose solution may require experimental, analytical or numerical techniques. A teamwork approach will be emphasized. Lec 1. (Fall.)


If you have a disability for which you may be requesting an accommodation, please contact either your instructor or Ann Smith, Director of Disability Services in East Annex, 581-2319, as early as possible in the term.

Please discuss your concerns with me in general, this is a different style of class which may result in social challenges and anxiety, I am happy to work with you on resolving these issues.

Financial: this class has no text book although you are encouraged to set aside the money normally spent on a text book for incidental expenses related to the class project.  Each team will typically incur at least the cost of a text book in small parts that are difficult to reimburse and should be considered a part of the educational expenses of the class. 







To develop an understanding of the profession and to introduce students to the theory and practice of mechanical engineering..


None, limited to mechanical engineering students or by permission.


Every student will during the term have an opportunity to make use of calculus and physics as a part of understanding the analysis of a simple heat transfer problem.

b. Ability to design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data.

Data will be provided for the student to plot and analyze with their team for the final project

c. Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.

Some familiarity with complex mechanisms will be introduced as a part of the class.

d. Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.

Teams, albeit mechanical engineering freshmen, will work on the final project

e. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

Basic concepts in engineering ethics will be introduced

f. Ability to communicate effectively.

All types of engineering communication will be introduced and used

g.  The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.

Evaluation of the projects in the context of cost and emissions will be considered

j. Knowledge of contemporary issues.

Basic understanding of carbon and fossil fuel use will be introduced

k. Ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Basic tools such as Solid Works, Word and Excel


To accomplish the above objectives, the student teams will actively participate in all of the class activities.

Project and assignments must be completed and handed in on a timely basis.  Notification of inadequate progress will be made mid term.

If in the opinion of team members, an individual has not adequately contributed to the team efforts, appropriate adjustments will be made. All team peer evaluations will be documented.


Engineering Design - 100% (1 cr. hrs)


Assignment of letter grades are a necessary university requirement that leaves much to be desired. Grades are interpreted in many different ways. In an ideal world students and faculty would worry far less about letter grades and much more about the quality of the learning experience. However, we don't live in an ideal world. This class is purely introductory so the class is graded on a pass-fail scale.


This is a performance and attendance based class.


Policy statements required for every syllabus at the University of Maine.

1. Academic Honesty Statement

Academic honesty is very important. It is dishonest to cheat on exams, to copy term papers, to submit papers written by another person, to fake experimental results, or to copy or reword parts of books or articles into your own papers without appropriately citing the source. Students committing or aiding in any of these violations may be given failing grades for an assignment or for an entire course, at the discretion of the instructor. In addition to any academic action taken by an instructor, these violations are also subject to action under the University of Maine Student Conduct Code.  The maximum possible sanction under the student conduct code is dismissal from the University.

2. Students with disabilities statement

If you have a disability for which you may be requesting an accommodation, please contact Disabilities Services, 121 East Annex, 581-2319, as early as possible in the term.

3. Course Schedule Disclaimer (Disruption Clause)

In the event of an extended disruption of normal classroom activities, the format for this course may be modified to enable its completion within its programmed time frame. In that event, you will be provided an addendum to the syllabus that will supersede this version.

Please note in your course schedule:

4. Sexual Violence Policy

Sexual Discrimination Reporting

The University of Maine is committed to making campus a safe place for students. Because of this commitment, if you tell any of your teachers about sexual discrimination involving members of the campus, your teacher is required to report this information to the campus Office of Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention or the Office of Equal Opportunity.

Behaviors that can be “sexual discrimination” include sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, relationship abuse (dating violence and domestic violence), sexual misconduct, and gender discrimination.  Therefore, all of these behaviors must be reported.

Why do teachers have to report sexual discrimination?

The university can better support students in trouble if we know about what is happening. Reporting also helps us to identify patterns that might arise – for example, if more than one victim reports having been assaulted or harassed by the same individual.

What will happen to a student if a teacher reports?

An employee from the Office of Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention or the Office of Equal Opportunity will reach out to you and offer support, resources, and information.  You will be invited to meet with the employee to discuss the situation and the various options available to you.

If you have requested confidentiality, the University will weigh your request that no action be taken against the institution’s obligation to provide a safe, nondiscriminatory environment for all students.  If the University determines that it can maintain confidentiality, you must understand that the institution’s ability to meaningfully investigate the incident and pursue disciplinary action, if warranted, may be limited.  There are times when the University may not be able to honor a request for confidentiality because doing so would pose a risk to its ability to provide a safe, nondiscriminatory environment for everyone.  If the University determines that it cannot maintain confidentiality, the University will advise you, prior to starting an investigation and, to the extent possible, will share information only with those responsible for handling the institution’s response

The University is committed to the well-being of all students and will take steps to protect all involved from retaliation or harm.

 If you want to talk in confidence to someone about an experience of sexual discrimination, please contact these resources:

For confidential resources on campus: Counseling Center: 207-581-1392 or Cutler Health Center: at 207-581-4000.

For confidential resources off campus Rape Response Services: 1-800-310-0000 or Spruce Run: 1-800-863-9909.

Other resources:  The resources listed below can offer support but may have to report the incident to others who can help:

For support services on campus: Office of Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention: 207-581-1406, Office of Community Standards: 207-581-1409, University of Maine Police: 207-581-4040 or 911. Or see the OSAVP website for a complete list of services at