Chairperson’s Message

On behalf of our students, staff and faculty members, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Mechanical Engineering. An integral part of our mission is to prepare our graduates for a rapidly changing world and to instill in them the value of lifelong learning. We also pride ourselves on having dedicated faculty members with very diverse experiences spanning many industries, and on fostering a family atmosphere where students and faculty can work together in a collaborative and inclusive environment to find innovative solutions to engineering problems relevant to our country and to our region.

We offer BS, BE and MS degree programs. One unique feature of our program is the aeronautical engineering specialty at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The MS program offers possible concentration tracks in thermo-fluids, manufacturing, solid mechanics and management.

Whether you want to learn about our faculty members and their research interests or familiarize yourself with admissions requirements for our undergraduate and graduate programs, we hope you will find the answers you need here.

I invite you to contact me at haissam.haidar@balamand.edu.lb with questions and inquiries. I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

Haissam Haidar, PhD
Chairperson

Program Educational Objectives

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
The BS Program in Mechanical Engineering is designed to prepare students for the professional job market through the pursuit of comprehensive studies in the field. It aims at equipping students with a solid knowledge of the engineering sciences and appropriate general and specialized skills, enabling them to develop into well-rounded mechanical engineers. More specifically, the Program Educational Objectives are to prepare graduates who are:

  • - Open-minded, creative and socially-conscious problem solvers.

  • - Technically and scientifically prepared to pursue postgraduate studies or a successful career in engineering.

  • - Potential leaders who appreciate the virtues of team-work and exhibit professionalism in all their endeavours.
    Responsible citizens who are eager to develop themselves and advance society, whether as individuals or through membership of a team.

  • - Well informed about contemporary issues, both local and global, and able to make morally-sound professional judgments.



BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
The BE Program in Mechanical Engineering augments the BS Program through imparting to students in-depth knowledge in specific areas, thus adding to their practical and general skills. Students are exposed to applied-learning experiences in synergy, which meet the requirements for registration in the Lebanese Order of Engineers. More specifically, and in addition to those at the BS level, the Program Educational Objectives are preparing graduates who are:

  • - Technically and scientifically prepared to pursue a successful career in engineering or other fields.

  • - Confident and innovative and thus ready to solve advanced engineering problems and analyze and resolve complex situations.

  • - Exposed to professional mechanical engineering practice and appreciative of its professional challenges and requirements.


MASTER OF SCIENCE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
The MS Program in Mechanical Engineering builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired at the BS level, and aims to expand the horizons of the students and enable them to become leading engineers capable of meeting the demands of modern-day industry. More specifically, and in addition to those at the BS level, the Program Educational Objectives are to prepare graduates who are:

  • - Broadly competent yet possess specialized knowledge and skills in an area of the mechanical engineering domain.

  • - Exposed to research methodologies and capable of exploring to advance and develop mechanical engineering know-how.

  • - Technically and scientifically prepared to pursue a successful career in engineering or other fields or to conduct PhD research.

  • - Technically and scientifically prepared to pursue a successful career in engineering or other fields or to conduct PhD research.

  • - Professional leaders who can face challenges and motivate and manage teams towards fruitful outcomes.

  • - Confident and innovative and thus ready to solve advanced engineering problems and analyze and resolve complex situations.

  • - Exposed to professional mechanical engineering practice and appreciative of its professional challenges and requirements.




Student Outcomes

The Program in Mechanical Engineering provides graduated students with a solid educational base that allows them to pursue successful careers or move on to graduate studies and learn how to ensure sustainable development in the field of civil engineering or related fields. Assuming the Program Educational Objectives have been achieved, the Faculty of Engineering in general, and the Mechanical Engineering Department expect that these ABET “a” through “k” student outcomes will follow:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.

  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.

  4. An ability to function in multidisciplinary teams.

  5. An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.

  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

  7. An ability to communicate effectively.

  8. The insight, stemming from a broad educational background, to gauge the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, lifelong learning.

  10. An awareness and understanding of contemporary issues.

  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Undergraduate Programs

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
The Program of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering is designed to prepare students for the professional job market through the pursuit of comprehensive studies in the field. It aims at equipping students with a solid knowledge of the engineering sciences and appropriate general and specialized skills, enabling them to develop into well-rounded mechanical engineers. Our BS program includes 109 credits.






BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
The Program of the Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering augments the BS Program through imparting to students in-depth knowledge in specific areas, thus adding to their practical and general skills. Students are exposed to applied-learning experiences in synergy, which meet the requirements for registration in the Lebanese Order of Engineers. Our BE program includes 146 credits.





Graduate Programs

Graduates may apply to pursue advanced study leading to a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, provided he/she has obtained the required averages in the undergraduate programs of studies, either immediately following the BS degree or after completing the BE degree. The Faculty Admissions Committee makes the final decision on acceptance to the Master of Science program.


Facilities

Over the last twenty years, the Department has managed to establish an advanced and well-equipped mechanical workshop which it uses for both teaching and technical support of activities connected with academic programs. The workshop is led by very experienced personnel with extensive industrial experience and has equipment ranging from original hand- and bench-tools to more sophisticated power tools and manufacturing facilities, including computer-controlled equipment. Moreover, the Department has also set up several specialized laboratories intended to consolidate and support classroom learning. The workshop and labs make use of modern equipment in the mechanical engineering areas of Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Aerodynamics, Heat Transfer, I.C. Engines, Mechanics, Materials and Manufacturing. Students conduct experiments in these labs at each level and stage of their progression through the Department for different laboratory courses.


 


 







 
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