Courses

  • ENG ME 732: Combinatorial Optimization and Graph Algorithms
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 411 or CAS CS 330; or equivalent course on optimization or algorithms.
    Design data structures and efficient algorithms for priority queues, minimum spanning trees, searching in graphs, strongly connected components, shortest paths, maximum matching, and maximum network flow. Some discussion of intractable problems and distributed network algorithms.
  • ENG ME 733: Discrete Event and Hybrid Systems
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG EK 500; or equivalent or consent of instructor.
    Review of system theory fundamentals distinguishing between time-driven and event-driven dynamics. Modeling of Discrete Event and Hybrid Systems; Automata, Hybrid Automata, Petri Nets, basic queueing models, and stochastic flow models. Monte Carlo computer simulation: basic structure and output analysis. Analysis, control, and optimization techniques based on Markov Decision Process theory with applications to scheduling, resource allocation, and games of chance. Perturbation Analysis and Rapid Learning methods with applications to communication networks, manufacturing systems, and command-control. Meets with ENGEC733 and ENGSE733. Students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG ME 734: Hybrid Systems
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG SE 501 or ENG EC 501 or ENG ME 501; or consent of instructor.
    The course offers a detailed introduction to hybrid systems, which are dynamical systems combining continuous dynamics (modeled by differential equations) with discrete dynamics (modeled by automata). The covered topics include modeling, simulation, stability analysis, verification, and control of such systems. The course contains several applications from both natural and manmade environments, ranging from gene networks in biology, to networked embedded systems in avionics and automotive controls, and to motion planning and control in robotics. Same as ENG ME 734 and ENG SE 734. Students may receive credit for one. 4 cr. 1st sem.
  • ENG ME 736: Biomedical Transport Phenomena
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG BE 436.
    Students are introduced to the analysis and characterization of physiological systems and biomedical devices in which chemical reaction and the transport of mass and momentum play predominant roles. Fundamental scientific issues and analytical techniques are introduced and applied to case studies of specific engineering problems. Some knowledge of a high-level computer programming language is essential. A two-hour computer lab is required. Meets with ENGBE736 and ENGMS736. Students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG ME 740: Vision, Robotics, and Planning
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
    Methodologies required for constructing and operating intelligent mechanisms. Comprehensive introduction to robot kinematics for motion planning. Dynamics and control of mechanical systems. Formal treatment of differential relationships for understanding the control of forces and torques at the end effector. Discussion of robot vision and sensing and advanced topics in robot mechanics, including elastic effects and kinematic redundancy. Meets with ENGSE740. Students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG ME 741: Fluid-Structure Interaction
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Understanding of fluid mechanics and dynamics at a level that is commensurate with an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering.
    Discussion of basic phenomena occurring when the response of a solid structure immersed in or bounding a flow has a significant influence on the flow. Methods are developed and applied to a general range of vibration problems that arise in diverse situations involving the interaction of laminar and turbulent flows with rigid and elastic structures.
  • ENG ME 742: Bio-Fluids and Structural Mechanics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 305 and ENG ME 542.
    Mechanics of biological systems, with emphasis on biological application of fluid mechanics. Topics will be chosen from the following: cardiovascular dynamics--pulsatile flow, vessel elasticity, non-Newtonian behavior, flow in bifurcations, thermodilution; pulmonary dynamics--oscillatory flow, convection-diffusion interactions, surface tension effects, high frequency ventilation, turbulence; clinical applications--urodynamics, bone fracture, dental mechanics, male impotency; mechanics of propulsion--microorganisms in viscous liquids, swimming, flying.
  • ENG ME 760: Control of Sound and Vibration
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 501 or ENG ME 520; and ENGME515
    Physical principles and multivariable control techniques involved in the active control of sound and vibration. Topics in sound control include reduction of noise in ducts, structural control to reduce acoustic radiation, and sound field control in enclosures. Vibration control for both lumped and distributed parameter systems, with examples from space structure control and active vibration isolation. Control techniques include feedback and feed forward approaches, LMS adaptive algorithms, linear quadratic regulators, and modern robust control techniques. Effects of system modeling errors and simplifications (i.e., modal truncation) are studied. Laboratory experience implementing a vibration-control scheme for a cantilever beam.
  • ENG ME 761: Experimental Modal Analysis and System Identification
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 515; or equivalent
    Fundamental concepts of modal testing; analysis of multi-degree-of-freedom systems; viscous and hysteretic damping models; proportional and non-proportional damping; receptance, mobility and inertance frequency response functions; random and transient vibrations; practical issues concerning mobility measurement techniques; modal parameter extraction in frequency domain and time domain; structural modification; effects of non-linearities on modal analysis; engineering applications.
  • ENG ME 762: Nonlinear Systems and Control
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 501; or ENGEC501 or consent of instructor
    Introduction to the theory and design methods of non-linear control systems. Application to robotics, vibration and noise control, fluid control, manufacturing processes, and biomedical systems. Mathematical methods based on the theory of differentiable manifolds; non-linear control techniques include feedback linearization, back-stepping, forwarding, and sliding mode control. Additional course topics will include controllability and observability, Lyapunov stability and its applications, limit cycles, input-output stability, zero dynamics, center manifold theory, perturbation theory, and averaging.
  • ENG ME 765: Production Systems Design
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 510; or ENGME501/ENGEC501
    Theory and applications related to the design of complex production systems. Simulation theory, stochastic modeling and control, and mathematical decomposition techniques are developed and applied hierarchically to combine production statistics estimation, operations protocol design, and capacity selections in an integrated design of complex manufacturing systems. Meets with ENGSE765. Students may nor receive credit for both.
  • ENG ME 766: Advanced Scheduling Models and Methods
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG EK 500 and ENG ME 510.
    Emphasizes basic methodological tools and recent advances for the solution of scheduling problems in both deterministic and stochastic settings. Models considered include classical scheduling models, DEDS, neural nets, queueing models, flow control models, and linear programming models. Methods of control and analysis include optimal control, dynamic programming, fuzzy control, adaptive control, hierarchical control, genetic algorithms, simulated annealing, Lagrangian relaxation, and heavy traffic approximations. Examples and case studies focus on applications from manufacturing systems, computer and communication networks, and transportation systems. Meets with ENGSE766. Students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG ME 778: Micromachined Tranducers
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 555; or consent of instructor.
    The field of micro-electromechanical devices and systems (MEMS) has been growing at an exciting pace in recent years. The interdisciplinary nature of both micro-machining techniques and their applications can and does lead to exciting synergies. This course will explore the world of mostly silicon-based micro-machined transducers, i.e., micro-sensors and micro-actuators. This requires an awareness of material properties, fabrication technologies, basic structural mechanics, sensing and actuation principles, circuit and system issues, packaging, calibration, and testing. The material will be covered through a combination of lectures, case studies, individual homework assignments, and design projects carried out in teams.
  • ENG ME 780: Perturbation Methods in Mechanics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 512.
    Regular and singular perturbation theory. Topics taught through examples related to solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, and dynamics, and include: matched asymptotic expansions, method of multiple scales, WKB, strained coordinates, asymptotic expansion of integrals, method of averaging, exponential asymptotics, asymptotic summation, perturbation of dimension.
  • ENG ME 781: Electroceramics
  • ENG ME 785: Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 585; and consent of instructor.
    Elements of CAD/CAM systems examined with an emphasis on system integration tools, graphical programming of spatially oriented tasks, as well as automatic code generation necessary to provide the voluminous code needed to drive a factory floor. Students gain insight into the interplay between system components, interfaces, and the overall system. (Formerly ENGMN785)
  • ENG ME 788: Soft Tissue Biomechanics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG BE 420 and ENG ME 521; or ENG BE521 or equivalent with consent of instructor.
    This course will introduce students to the mechanics of soft biological tissue. In particular, the response of the heart, vasculature, and tissue scaffolds to mechanical loads from the perspective of nonlinear solid mechanics will be studied. Constitutive models for hyperelastic materials will be adapted to biomaterials to handle mechanical characteristics such as nonlinearity, viscoelasticity, and orthotropy. Basic experimental methods, and anatomy and physiology of particular tissue types will also be introduced. Emphasis is placed on integrating the basic analytical, experimental, and computational methods for a more complete understanding of the underlying mechanobiology. Meets with ENG BE788. Students may not receive credit for both. 4 cr.
  • ENG ME 900: Research
    Graduate Prerequisites: By petition only. Limited to MS and pre-candidate PhD students in Mechanical Engineering.
    Participation in a research project under the direction of a faculty advisor. If not leading to an MS thesis or PhD dissertation, a final report is normally required.
  • ENG ME 901: Thesis
    Graduate Prerequisites: By petition only.
    Preparation of an original thesis under the guidance of a faculty member.
  • ENG ME 925: Graduate Project
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: By petition only.
    A practical mechanical design, analysis, fabrication, or production project. Written report required.