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UTPA Mechanical Engineering Department

Undergraduate Student Newsletter

Undergraduate Student Advisement
Mandatory advisement will take place from March 19, 2012 to April 5, 2012. After April 5, there will be only one day of delinquent advising on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Faculty is assigned based on the last digit of your SID. Graduating seniors see Dr. Fuentes. First semester (only) transfer students see Dr. Freeman. Registration begins April 2 by classification. Please sign up online at least one day in advance at Fill out and bring Advisement information form. Go online and fill out electronic degree plan. Think about your goals and ways we might assist you with hem.

Volume 1, Issue 1 Spring 2012

Advisor Freeman Fuentes

SID Transfer Graduating Seniors

Tarawneh Park Crown Kypuros Caruntu Jones Lozano Mihut Choutapalli Vasquez

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New ME Department GPA Rule

Good advice costs nothing, and its worth the price. - Allan Sherman

Spring Break No Classes Academic Advising Good Friday Delinquent Advisement Study Days No Classes Final Exams Commencement

3/11-3/16 3/19 4/5 4/6 4/18 5/3-5/4 5/5-5/11 5/12

In order to help students secure internships, jobs, and placement in graduate school, the following GPA rule has been approved by the ME Faculty and will be implemented for incoming freshmen as soon as it is approved by the UG Curriculum Committee: To remain in good standing with the Mechanical Engineering department, you need to have a minimum 2.4 GPA. If you fall below that minimum, you will be on departmental probation for one semester. If after that semester you do not raise your GPA to 2.4 or above, you will be suspended from taking MECE courses.
For suggestions, please use the box located outside the Mechanical Engineering Dept. For more information please visit:

Student Academic Integrity In addition to technical expertise and professionalism, you are expected to maintain high standards of ethical conduct in your academic life. Handbook of Operating Procedures Section 5.2.2 describes important consequences for cheating, plagiarism, and collusion. The ME department is adopting a zerotolerance stance with regard to scholastic dishonesty. Penalties could include the expulsion of the student from the University. The university policy is two strikes and youre out. Students will be suspended from UTPA upon the second offense.

I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating. - Sophocles

Student Use of Engineering Labs

All students require permission to use engineering labs and equipment. Powered hand tools, machine tools, high voltage circuits and similar equipment, which could cause injury or death, may be used by students only under the direct supervision of lab staff or faculty.

Student Professional Apprenticeship

Your education here is a professional apprenticeship. Becoming a True Engineer requires Mindset you are a problem solver Skillset you can use the tools Personality you are Inquisitive, inventive Sociability you can work well with others Ethics People can trust you implicitly

Student Academic and Professional Opportunities Please take advantage of recitation and review sessions that are available for some of your courses. Significant resources including faculty/staff time and funds are being invested for your academic success. Please take ownership of your education. There are opportunities that you may seek that will significantly complement your academic education including undergraduate research, internships, student design competitions, and student professional organization chapters.

Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard at it.

The Mechanical Engineering Faculty and Staff wish you SUCCESS!!!

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