Courses

  • ENG MS 573: Solar Energy Systems
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG EK 408; Graduate standing or permission of the instructor. ENG EC471 is suggested.
    This course is designed for first-year graduate and senior undergraduate students from engineering disciplines and is intended to educate students in the design and application of solar energy technology. It will focus on fundamentals of solar energy conversion, solar cells, optical engineering, photoelectrochemical cells, thermoelectric generators, and energy storage and distribution systems. The course covers solar energy insolation and global energy needs, current trends in photovoltaic energy engineering, solar cell material science, design and installation of solar panels for residential and industrial applications and connections to the national grid and cost analysis of the overall system. In addition, basic manufacturing processes for the production of solar panels, environmental impacts, and the related system engineering aspects will be included to provide a comprehensive state-of-the art approach to solar energy utilization. Meets with ENG EC573; students may not take credit for both. 4 cr.
  • ENG MS 577: Electronic Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 313; or equivalent, ENG EC 574 suggested.
    This course in intended to develop an in depth knowledge of solid state concepts that are important for students in the areas of material science and electrical engineering. Specifically, this course focuses on the study of different apsect of solid state physics necessary to study technologically relevant crytalline and amorphous systems. Particular enphasis is placed on the study of the crystal structure, crystal diffraction and the related techniques used as diagnostic tools; the electronic, thermal, optical and magnetic properties of material systems important for electronics and photonics device applications. Furthermore the course will also consider the theory of superconductivity, the chemistry aspcts of solid state materials and will provide an introduction to solid state biophysics. This course complements EC 574 (Physics of semiconductor material) and EC575 (semiconductor devices) with its focus on technologically relevant structural, optical, thermal and magnetic material properties. Meets with ENG EC 577. Students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG MS 580: Theory of Elasticity
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 309; or equivalent
    An introduction to the general theory of solid deformation; small deformation emphasized. Topics include: Cartesian tensors, indicial notation. Introduction to continuum mechanics: deformation of continuous media, deformation gradient, strain definitions. Stress, Cauchy's postulate, Cauchy and Piola-Kirchhoff stress tensors. Balance laws. Constitutive equations, strain energy and Green's postulate. Linear Elasticity: Two dimensional problems, Airy stress function, in plane loading of strips, St. Venant's principle, complex variable methods, Goursat-Muskhelishvili representation, stress concentrations around holes and cracks. Three dimensional problems, Kelvin's solution, the Boussinesq problem, Hertzian contact, Eshelby's energy-momentum tensor. Meets with ENGME580. Students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG MS 582: Mechanical Behavior of Materials
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 309 and ENG ME 400; or equivalent
    Fundamental concepts of modern materials behavior and materials engineering. Emphasis on analytical and numerical methods for predicting material properties and behavior, as well as some discussion of the relationships between solid structure and material properties. Topics include: constitutive relations, fracture, fatigue, plasticity, creep, damping, impact, and deformation. Elastic, plastic, and viscous behavior. Some discussion of the effects of processing--thermodynamics, kinetics--may be addressed. Specific examples from ceramics, metals, polymers, and composites is given, with the emphasis changing for each offering. Meets with ENGME582. Students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG MS 700: Advanced Special Topics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
    Advanced study of a specific research topic in materials science and engineering. Intended primarily for advanced graduate students. On Demand. Var cr.
  • ENG MS 718: Introduction to Nanotechnology
    Graduate Prerequisites: Undergraduate solid-state physics and quantum mechanics courses or instructor's consent.
    Nanotechnology is emerging as the technology of the 21st century. There is an ever growing effort by scientists and engineers across disciplines to envision, fabricate and integrate nanoscale devices for countless applications. This course will give a rigorous introduction to the basic concepts and experimental techniques in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The course will review relevant quantum mechanics and solid state physics as a basis for understanding the physical phenomena at the nanoscale. Then, basic issues in nanofabrication, Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM), nanoelectronics and nanomechanics will be discussed.
  • ENG MS 726: Fundamentals of Biomaterials
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG EK 301 ; ENG EK 424 ; CAS CH 101 ; CAS CH 102 ; ENG BE 209.
    Provides the chemistry and engineering skills needed to solve challenges in the biomaterials and tissue engineering area, concentrating on the fundamental principles in biomedical engineering, material science, and chemistry. Covers the structure and properties of hard materials (ceramics and metals) and soft materials (polymers and hydro-gels). Same as ENG BE 726 and ME 726. Students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG MS 727: Principles and Applications of Tissue Engineering
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG EK 301 ; ENG EK 424 ; CAS CH 101 ; CAS CH 102 ; ENG BE 209.
    Provides the chemistry and engineering skills needed to solve challenges in the biomaterials and tissue engineering area, concentrating on cell-biomaterial interactions, soft tissue mechanics and specific research topics. Students will write a NIH-style grant proposal on a specific research topic. Note that the laboratory portion is not offered in MS 727. Same as BE 727/ME 727. Students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG MS 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 ENGME736. Students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG MS 742: Bio-Fluids and Structural Mechanics
    Graduate Prerequisites: 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 MS 774: Semiconductor Quantum Structures and Photonic Devices
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG EK 500; or equivalent, knowledge of stochastic processes, or consent of the instructor.
    Optical properties of semiconductors: interband optical transitions; excitons. Low-dimensional structures: quantum wells, superlattices, quantum wires, quantum dots, and their optical properties; intersubband transitions. Lasers: double-heterojunction, quantum-well, quantum-dot, and quantum-cascade lasers; high-speed laser dynamics. Electro-optical properties of bulk and low-dimensional semiconductors; electroabsorption modulators. Detectors: photoconductors and photodiodes; quantum-well infrared photodetectors. Same as ENG MS 774. Students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG MS 778: Micromachined Tranducers
    Graduate Prerequisites: ME 555/MS 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 MS 900: Research
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: By petition only. Limited to MS and pre-candidate PhD students in Materials Science and 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 MS 901: Thesis
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: By petition only.
    Preparation of an original thesis under the guidance of a faculty member.
  • ENG MS 951: Independent Study
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: By petition only
    Graduate students may study, under a faculty member's supervision, subjects not covered in a regularly offered course. Final report and/or written examination normally required.
  • ENG MS 991: Dissertation
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Limited to PhD candidates in Materials Science and Engineering.
    Advisor and hours arranged
  • ENG SE 501: Dynamic Systems Theory
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Familiarity with differential equations and matrices at the level of ENG ME 404 or CAS MA 242, or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to analytical concepts and examples of dynamic systems and control. Mathematical description and state space formation of dynamic systems; modeling, controllability, and observability. Eigenvector and transform analysis of linear systems including canonical forms. Performance specifications. State feedback: pole placement and the linear quadratic regulator. Introduction to MIMO design and system identification using computer tools and laboratory experiments. Meets with ENGEC501 and ENGME501; students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG SE 524: Optimization Theory and Methods
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG EK 102 or CAS MA 142.
    Introduction to optimization problems and algorithms emphasizing problem formulation, basic methodologies, and underlying mathematical structures. Classical optimization theory as well as recent advances in the field. Topics include modeling issues and formulations, simplex method, duality theory, sensitivity analysis, large-scale optimization, integer programming, interior-point methods, non-linear programming optimality conditions, gradient methods, and conjugate direction methods. Applications are considered; case studies included. Extensive paradigms from production planning and scheduling in manufacturing systems. Other illustrative applications include fleet management, air traffic flow management, optimal routing in communication networks, and optimal portfolio selection. Meets with ENGEC524. Students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG SE 543: Sustainable Power Systems: Planning, Operation and Markets
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Graduate/Senior status and consent of instructor.
    Breakthroughs in clean energy generation technologies and the advantage of exploiting efficiently the available work in fossil fuels will render electricity the dominant energy form in a sustainable environment future. We review the key characteristics of Electric Power Transmission and Distribution (T&D) networks and the associated planning and operation requirements that ensure supply adequacy, system security and stability. Capital asset investment and operation cost minimization is discussed in a systems engineering context where the assets as well as the dynamic behavior of generators, T&D networks, and loads interact. Recent developments in the formation of competitive wholesale markets at the High Voltage Transmission system level, the associated market participation and clearing rules and the market clearing optimization algorithms are presented and analyzed in terms of their effectiveness in fostering cost reflective price signals and competitive conditions that encourage optimal distributed/not-centralized investment and operating decisions. Finally, we present T&D congestion and supply-demand imbalance related barriers to the widespread adoption of environmentally friendly and economically efficient technological breakthroughs, and propose a systems engineering and real-time retail-market based coordination of centralized as well as decentralized generation, storage and load management resources that is able to achieve desirable synergies and mitigate these barriers. 4 cr.
  • ENG SE 544: Networking the Physical World
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG EC 312 or ENG EC 450; ENG EC 441 is desirable, C programming experience required.
    Considers the evolution of embedded network sensing systems with the introduction of wireless network connectivity. Key themes are computing optimized for resource constrained (cost, energy, memory and storage space) applications and sensing interfaces to connect to the physical world. Studies current technology for networked embedded network sensors including protocol standards. A laboratory component of the course introduces students to the unique characteristics of distributed sensor motes including programming, reliable communication, sensing modalities, calibration, and application development. Meets with ENGME544. Students may not receive credit for both. 4 cr.