University of Michigan - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute


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.

1. Program Educational Objectives

Within three to five years after graduation from the ME program, the graduates are expected to:

  • Further their intellectual growth through graduate education or professional development courses.
  • Apply their technical and professional creativity in careers in engineering or non-engineering professions.
  • Embrace leadership roles in a variety of careers.

2. Student Outcomes

Graduates from the ME program of UM-SJTU Joint Institute should be able to demonstrate:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • 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
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

 3. Course Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering must satisfactorily complete 128 credit hours required by the JI programs and 22 credit hours required by the Ministry of Education of China and SJTU. The credit requirements include:

  • Subjects Required by All Programs: 39 credits
  • Humanity & Social Sciences: 16 credits
  • Program Subjects: 50 credits
  • Electives:
    • Advanced Mathematics: 3 credits
    • Flexible Technical Electives: 11 credits
    • General Electives: 9 credits
  • Subjects Required by MODE and SJTU:
    • English: 8 credits
    • Chinese Humanity & Social Science: 10 credits
    • Physical Education: 4 credits


Subjects required by all programs (39 credits)

Program Subjects (50 credits)

  • Introduction to Circuits – Ve 215
  • Engineering Practice Training – Vm 020
  • Introduction to Solid Mechanics -Vm 211
  • Thermodynamics - Vm 235
  • Introduction to Dynamics and Vibrations – Vm 240
  • Design and Manufacturing I - Vm 250
  • Fluid Mechanics I – Vm 320
  • Heat Transfer – Vm 335
  • Design and Manufacturing II – Vm 350
  • Modeling, Analysis and Control of Dynamic Systems – Vm 360
  • Mechanical Behavior of Materials – Vm 382
  • Laboratory I – Vm 395
  • Design and Manufacturing III – Vm 450
  • Laboratory II – Vm 495

Humanities and Social Sciences (16 credits)

This category of requirement includes 2 credit hours of Vg 496 Professional Ethics and 14 credit hours of other humanity and social science courses. The 14 credit hour requirements may be fulfilled by taking courses in humanities and social sciences offered in English at JI or UM.

Advanced Mathematics (3 credits)

The advanced mathematics requirement can be fulfilled by taking Vv 371, Vv 450, Vv 454, Vv 471, Ve 401, 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) must be 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 Ve 300 and Ve 496.

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 Ve 300 and Ve 496.

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 3 credit hours of performance courses in sports, music, and arts.
  • 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.

4. Sample Schedule for ME program

The following  sample schedule is a detailed example that explains how the above categories may be satisfied and lead to graduation in four years. The ME curriculum flowchart is shown as follows:

ME Flowchart