Describe Mechanical Engineering [Mechanical engineering]

Describe Mechanical Engineering

A Talk with

Professor Harry Kountouras

Mechanical engineering students love Professor Harry Kountouras, who has an unbridled passion for mechanical engineering. Kountouras is the adviser for the student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Under his direction, that chapter has won eight of the last 11 national design competitions. He has also advised the student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Every year, a group of mechanical engineering students design and build a car that they later race in a Mini-Baja contest. It’s a challenging project that sparks students’ imaginations and, unsurprisingly, Kountouras has directed the project. He likes robots, too, and he directed the US First Robotics Competition. In 1997, the university recognized Kountouras’s passion and outstanding teaching by giving him an Excellence in Teaching Award. In this interview, he discusses mechanical engineering: How it’s taught, what careers it leads to and what kind of high school students should consider majoring in it.

Since mechanical engineering isn't taught in high school, young students don't know much about it. Can you describe mechanical engineering?
Mechanical engineering is by far the most broad-based branch of engineering. Most high school students associate the field with auto mechanics, but that’s an enormous misconception. Mechanical engineers today are concerned with the design, development and manufacture of a variety of energy conversion and machine systems. Those systems include aerospace, automotive, marine, manufacturing, biomechanics, power generation, heating ventilation, air conditioning and robotics. They also work in emerging industries such as nanotechnology and particle technology. Mechanical engineers work with conventional fuel sources but they are increasingly developing alternative fuel sources such as geothermal, wind, tide, solar and hydroelectric energy.

What kind of high school students should major in mechanical engineering?
Any high school student with an aptitude for mathematics and physics has the basic foundations to be a successful mechanical engineering major. If the student is creative, with a natural curiosity about how things work, coupled with a desire to build tangible devices, mechanical engineering could be in his or her future.



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