Mechanical Engineering Program

The Mechanical Engineering program (hereinafter aslo referred to as ME program) at UM-SJTU Joint Institute is fully supported by the ME Department of the UM and the ME School of the SJTU. It is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

This program is built on a common science and engineering core. In the first 3 semesters all students will receive strict training in math, physics, chemistry, engineering basics and computer programming. These courses have been verified by the UM College of Engineering as equivalent to corresponding UM courses.

The Mechanical Engineering program provides students with an excellent foundation in the core technical competencies of the discipline: thermal and fluid sciences, solid mechanics and materials, and dynamics and control. Built upon these strengths is a very strong focus on application of these technical abilities through our design and manufacturing sequence. In addition, an array of technical electives is offered to enable students to tailor their mechanical engineering education to best suit their career goals.

Throughout the program students work with modern laboratory equipment and computer systems and they are exposed to the most recent analytical techniques and technological developments in their field. Students have many opportunities to associate with outstanding faculty, most of whom will be actively engaged in research and/or professional consulting.

There are numerous programs offered to enrich students’ education such as the Dual Degree program with UM, JI-Sequential Graduate Undergraduate Study program with UM, Enrichment & Study Abroad Programs and independent study opportunities with ME faculty. Our students are encouraged to seek an advanced degree if further specialization and a higher degree of competence in a particular area are desired.

Program Educational Objectives
Within 3 to 5 years after graduation from the ME program, the graduates are expected to:

  • Further their intellectual growth through graduate education or professional development.
  • Apply their creativity and global perspective in their engineering or non-engineering professions.
  • Assume leadership roles in a variety of contexts.
Student Outcomes

Graduates of the ME program should be able to demonstrate:

1) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

2) an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

3) an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

4) an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

5) an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

6) an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7) an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies



Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in ME must satisfactorily complete 136 credit hours required by the JI ME program, including:

  • Engineering Foundation:                        39 credits
  • Program Subjects:                                     50 credits
  • Academic Writing:                                     8 credits
  • Intellectual Breadth:                                    16 credits
  • Electives:
    • Advanced Mathematics:                         3 credits
    • Flexible Technical Electives:             11 credits
    • General Electives:                         9 credits

Additionally, domestic Chinese students are also required to take all Chinese politics courses required by the Ministry of Education of China. International students are required to take 12 credits of Chinese language and culture courses.

Course requirements for each of the credit categories are listed below:


Engineering Foundation (39 credits)

Program Subjects (50 credits)

  • Introduction to Circuits – ECE2150J
  • Machineshop Training – ME0800J or ME0801J
  • Introduction to Solid Mechanics –ME2110J
  • Thermodynamics – ME2350J
  • Introduction to Dynamics and Vibrations – ME2400J
  • Design and Manufacturing I – ME2500J
  • Fluid Mechanics I – ME3200J
  • Heat Transfer – ME3350J
  • Design and Manufacturing II – ME3500J
  • Modeling, Analysis and Control of Dynamic Systems – ME3600J
  • Mechanical Behavior of Materials – ME3820J
  • Laboratory I – ME3950J
  • Design and Manufacturing III – ME4500J or Global MDP – ENGR4500J
  • Laboratory II – ME4950J

Academic Writing (8 credits)

Intellectual Breadth (16 credits)

This category requires:

  • 2 credits of Professional Ethics – ENGR4960J, and
  • 14 credits of courses in humanities, social sciences, professional development, natural sciences, and art.
  • At least 3 credits in humanities and at least 3 credits in social sciences must be completed.
  • Up to 8 credits of language courses can be counted towards this category.


Humanities category includes, but not limited to, Philosophy, English Language and Literature, Asian Languages and Culture, American Culture, Comparative Literature, Film Studies, etc.

Social Sciences category includes, but not limited to, International and Comparative Studies, Political Science, Asian Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, History, etc.

Professional Development category includes, but not limited to, Engineering Ethics, Business Studies, Entrepreneurship Studies, etc.

Natural Sciences includes Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and Earth Sciences.

A complete list of courses is maintained at the JI Undergraduate Education Office.

Advanced Mathematics (3 credits):

The advanced mathematics requirement can be fulfilled by taking ECE4010J, MATH4540J, MATH4710J, or other courses approved by the ME Program Advisor. Any qualified credits in excess of 3 may be applied to the Flexible Technical Elective or General Elective categories.

Flexible Technical Electives (11 credits):

It is the intent of the flexible technical elective requirement that students take a number of core technical electives to develop deeper technical knowledge in specific engineering areas.

The flexible technical electives credits can be satisfied with:
• Any 300-level or higher courses in ME or in other engineering, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics fields, excluding TC3000J and TC4960J.

Up to 3 credits of courses taken from other engineering or science departments of SJTU may be counted in this category but must be 300-level or higher. These courses must be approved by the ME Program Advisor. The JI Undergraduate Education Office keeps a list of pre-approved courses.

Any credits in excess of 11 may be applied to the General Elective category.

The technical elective courses in ME can refer to three disciplinary areas including Design, Manufacturing, and Systems; Solid Mechanics; and Thermal Fluids. The courses JI offers in each ME area in recent semesters are listed as follows. The Undergraduate Education Office maintains a complete list of the courses.

Discipline Areas Required Courses Elective Options



and Systems

ME2400J Intro to Dynamics and Vibrations

ME2500J Design & Manufacturing I

ME3500J Design & Manufacturing II

ME3600J Modeling, Analysis and Control of Dynamic Systems

ME4500J Design & Manufacturing III

ME4550J Intro. to Data Driven Eng. Design

ME4610J Automatic Control

ME4670J Introduction to Robotics

ME4820J Machining Processes

ME6601J Mechatronic Systems Design

ECE6602J Linear Systems

ME6801J Manufacturing Processes and Systems

Solid Mechanics

ME2110J Intro to Solid Mechanics

ME3820J Mechanical Behavior of Materials

ME3110J Strength of Materials

ME4050J Finite Elements in Mechanical Eng.

ME6101J Continuum Mechanics

Thermal and Fluids

ME2350J Thermodynamics I

ME3200J Fluid Mechanics

ME3350J Heat Transfer

ME4210J Thermal-Fluids Systems Design

ME4320J Combustion

ME4330J Advanced Energy Solutions

ME4340J Materials for Energy Conversion

ME4580J Automotive Engineering

ME6202J Computational Fluid Dynamics

General Electives (9 credits):

General electives are intended to allow students to explore any dimension of intellectual endeavor that they elect, in both technical (including engineering) and non-technical fields. This requirement can be met by any course subject to the following restrictions:

  • A maximum of 4 credits of research work (such as PRP, IAP, etc.) can be counted towards graduation.

Students should select general elective classes to explore areas of their cultural interest or professional interest, such as:

  • Management, business, or finance classes in preparation for working in industry.
  • Classes to prepare for further study outside engineering such as medicine, dentistry, law or education.
  • Additional language, literature or culture classes to prepare for a career in the global economy.
  • Additional engineering classes to go into more depth than the limited program of technical electives allows.
  • Engineering classes in other departments in preparation for graduate school outside Mechanical Engineering.