The School of Mechanical and Energy Engineering (SMEE) was established in April 2006 (from 2001-2005, it was known as the Department of Mechanical Engineering). The School offers four undergraduate major programs: Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation, Mechatronics (Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary area of engineering that combines mechanical and electrical engineering and computer science), Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering, and Packaging Engineering. These programs are run under the auspices of four research institutes: the Institute of Manufacturing Engineering, the Institute of Mechatronics Design and Control, the Institute of Energy and Environmental Engineering, and the Institute of Packaging Engineering, respectively.
The Dean of the School, Ph.D Professor Wang Longshan, together with Ph.D Professor Wang Yiqiang, successfully introduced the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Innovative Research Team in December, 2009. Today, the School has a strong faculty of 62 members with 50 full-time teachers, including 9 professors (two are PhD supervisors) and 23 doctors and associate professors. In addition, 26 specialists from Zhejiang University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, the China Packaging Federation, as well as experts from local industry and provincial- and municipal-level management have been invited to work as part-time professors and researchers at our School.
With a total of 1,596 enrolled undergraduates in 2010, SMEE cooperates with Zhejiang University and other institutions to jointly cultivate well-educated, innovative students in each of our School’s four areas of specialization. Over the last three years, our students have won almost 20 national awards and over 30 provincial and municipal awards, making SMEE a leader among universities in Ningbo and Zhejiang Province offering similar major programs. Each year, almost 98% of our graduates readily find employment in their field of specialization.
The School of Mechanical and Energy Engineering has established two well-equipped experimentation and training centers: the Mechanical and Energy Experiment Center and the Engineering Training Center. With the support of well-known universities, the school has established a national teaching base in mechanical engineering at the Ningbo Center of Zhejiang University and the State Key Laboratory of Die & Mould Technology, Ningbo Center. The School has over 4,000 square meters of laboratory and research space with over 1,118 modern instruments and devices. The total equipment investment of 16.7 million RMB gives the SMEE labs a leading position in Zhejiang Province and nationally. The Mechanical and Energy Experiment Center was approved as a provincial-level experimental teaching demonstration center in December 2010.
SMEE benefits from cooperation and collaboration in research with many advanced supporting industries in the Ningbo area, such as manufacturing, energy engineering, packaging, tool and die, and port logistics. We also participate in a number of industry-related societies. These efforts provide a solid foundation for student internships and future employment as well as scientific cooperation between university and enterprise. In 2009, the School established the Industry-University Research League of the Equipment Manufacturing Industry to promote scientific innovation in the Ningbo area.
In the last three years, the School undertook over 140 cooperative research projects with government and enterprises. Sources of funding include the National Natural Science Fund, the Ministry of Finance, the Natural Science Fund of Zhejiang Province, and Ningbo municipality totaling almost 15 million RMB. In 2010, the School successfully performed research and development for a ground moving simulation system, a core technology of the Ningbo Tengtou Case Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo.
The teachers in our School have published over 150 academic papers, more than half of which have been indexed by SCI (Science Citation Index) and EI (Engineering Index). Several organizational affiliations contribute to research and information exchange, in particular the Chinese Society for Vibration Engineering (field packaging dynamics), the Ningbo Mold Association, and the NIT Energy Testing Center. The School’s focus for continuing research and development projects include the following areas of innovation: CNC equipment and digital manufacturing technology, micro-nano precision manufacturing and detection, advanced robotics, intelligent transmissions, clean energy and energy-saving technologies, commercial logistics, and transportation packaging technology.
Cultural Programs and Exchanges
In accordance with the “warm home” education principle, SMEE strives to promote cultural programs with an emphasis on science, physical education, and social responsibility.
The School actively pursues international exchanges to enhance the international perspective of faculty and students. In recent years, we have successively established close cooperative relationships with prestigious foreign universities such as the University of Wollongong (Australia) and the University of Florida (USA).