Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Learning Center

The ME Learning Center is a tutoring and mentoring center to assist ME undergraduate students in targeted courses – namely ME 201: Thermodynamics, ME 222: Mechanics of Deformable Solids and ME 361: Dynamics.

The Center’s goal is to strengthen students’ understanding of key concepts, assist with challenging homework problems, and prepare students for exams.

Convenient drop-in hours are scheduled as follows (sheduled hours).

1239 Engineering Building - Just north of the Industrial Projects Lab in the 1200 wing.


Dear ME Students:

I hope that your semester is off to a good start. I’m writing to make you aware of a few exciting updates to the ME Learning Center and other departmental activities.

ME Learning Center Location and Availability:

The ME Learning Center has been relocated to a larger space in EB 1237. Most nights from 6pm-10pm, this area is reserved for tutoring services for ME 201, ME 222 and ME 361.

During the day (8am-6pm), the ME Learning Center space is available for use by design teams, study groups or individuals looking for a place to study between classes.

ME Learning Center Renovation Plans and Contest:

As soon as the fall semester ends, we intend to start renovating the ME Learning Center space to make it even more usable and more attractive.

To help us plan these renovations, we are holding a design contest to uncover as many great ideas as possible. What design elements (furniture, electronics, white boards, work spaces, layouts, etc.) would make this space the most useful and the most conducive to meetings and studying? Design proposals should include as many details as possible and lots of figures. The contest first prize winner will receive $300 and the second place winner will receive $200 (into your student account). Design proposals (hardcopies) are due in the ME main office (2555 EB) no later than 5pm on Friday, October 14, 2016. The final ME Learning Center design may contain elements of several different design proposals.

Other News:

You may have also noticed that the ME Shop has moved from the basement to the first floor of the EB, across from the ME Learning Center. This area is newly named the Manufacturing Teaching Laboratory (MTL). The design project assembly area is now in the basement, where the shop was located previously.

On October 2-4 ABET visitors will be on campus to review our program’s accreditation. This will be a busy and important time for most people in the department, and some of you may be asked to participate in meetings with these visitors. Thank you for your support of our ABET related activities thus far.


Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about these or other topics. Here’s to another great semester.

Ron Averill