Mechanical Engineering Program

The Mechanical Engineering 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


Course Requirements

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

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)

  • VV116 - Calculus II or VV156 - Applied Calculus II or VV186 - Honors Mathematics II
  • VV215 - Calculus III or VV255 - Applied Calculus III or VV285 - Honors Mathematics III
  • VV216 - Calculus IV or VV256 - Honors Calculus IV or VV286 - Honors Mathematics IV
  • VV214 - Linear Algebra or VV417 - Linear Algebra
  • VC209 - Chemistry or VC210 - Chemistry
  • VC211 - Chemistry Laboratory
  • VP140 - Physics I & VP240 - Physics II or VP160 - Honors Physics I & VP260 - Honors Physics II
  • VP141 - Physics Lab I & VP241 - Physics Lab II
  • VG100 - Introduction to Engineering
  • VG101 - Introduction to Computers and Programming

Program Subjects (50 credits)

  • VE215 - Introduction to Circuits
  • VM020 - Machineshop Training
  • VM211 - Introduction to Solid Mechanics
  • VM235 - Thermodynamics I
  • VM240 - Introduction to Dynamics and Vibrations
  • VM250 - Design and Manufacturing I
  • VM320 - Fluid Mechanics I
  • VM335 - Heat Transfer
  • VM350 - Design and Manufacturing II
  • VM360 - Automatic Control
  • VM382 - Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • VM395 - Mechanical Engineering Laboratory I
  • VM450 - Design and Manufacturing III
  • VM495 - Mechanical Engineering Laboratory II

Academic Writing (8 credits)

  • VY100 - Academic Writing I
  • VY200 - Academic Writing II

Intellectual Breadth (16 credits)

This category requires:

  •  2 credits of VG496 - Professional Ethics, and
  • 14 credits of courses in humanities, social sciences, professional development, and natural sciences.
  • At least 3 credits in humanities and at least 3 credits in social sciences must be completed.

The 14 credits may include courses with code Vr, Vx, Vw, Vf, and Vb. Vz courses are acceptable only for international students. Vy courses are acceptable except VY100 - Academic Writing I and VY200 - Academic Writing II. UM courses that can be used to satisfy the CoE Intellectual Breadth requirements are acceptable. SJTU courses taught in English are acceptable with approval of the JI Undergraduate Committee.

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 VE401 - Probabilistic Methods in Engineering, VV454 - Boundary Value Problems for Partial Differential Equations, VV471 - Introduction to Numerical Methods, VV556 - Methods of Applied Mathematics I, VV557 - Methods of Applied Mathematics II, VV570 - Introduction to Engineering Numerical Analysis, or other courses approved by the ME Program Advisor. Any qualified credits in excess of 3 may be applied to the Flexible Technical Elective (non-ME) 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 a deeper technical knowledge in specific areas of mechanical engineering.

The flexible technical electives credits are broken down into two categories:

  • Two courses (totaling at least 6 credit hours) on 300-level or higher in mechanical engineering. One of the two courses must be 400-level or higher.
  • Any 300-level or higher courses in ME or in other engineering, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics fields, excluding VE300 - Technical Communication for Electrical and Computer Engineering and VE496 - Advanced Technical Communication.

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.

For students in the UM-JI Dual-Degree program, the Flexible Technical Elective requirement can be satisfied by taking any 300-level or higher courses in ME or in other engineering, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics fields, excluding VE300 - Technical Communication for Electrical and Computer Engineering and VE496 - Advanced Technical Communication.

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

Discipline Areas

Required Courses

Elective Options



and Systems

  • VM240 - Introduction to Dynamics and Vibrations
  • VM250 - Design and Manufacturing I
  • VM350 - Design and Manufacturing II
  • VM360 - Automatic Control
  • VM450 - Design and Manufacturing III

  • VM440 - Intermediate Dynamics and Vibration
  • VM461 - Automatic Control
  • VM467 - Introduction to Robotics
  • VM481 - Manufacturing Processes
  • VM482 - Machining Process
  • VM513 - Continuum Mechanics
  • VM552 - Mechatronic System Design
  • VM564 - Linear Systems
  • VM583 - Manufacturing Processes and Systems

Solid Mechanics

  • VM211 - Introduction to Solid Mechanics
  • VM382 - Mechanical Behavior of Materials

  • VM305 - Introduction to Finite Elements in Mechanical Engineering
  • VM311 - Strength of Materials
  • VM412 - Advanced Strength of Materials
  • VM418 - Mechanics of Composite and Microstructured Media
  • VM511 - Foundation of Solid Mechanics

Thermal and Fluids

  • VM421 - Thermal-Fluids Systems Design
  • VM432 - Combustion
  • VM433 - Advanced Energy Solution
  • VM458 - Automotive Engineering
  • VM523 - 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 credit hours of research work (including PRP, IAP, and independent study) can be counted towards graduation.

Students should select their general elective classes either to explore an area of cultural interest or to explore an area of 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 Mechanical 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.