Mechanical Engineering

  • ENG ME 762: Nonlinear Systems and Control
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 501; or ENGEC501 or consent of instructor
    Graduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 501; or ENG EC 501 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
    Graduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 510; or ENG ME 501/ENG EC 501
    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.
    Graduate 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.
    Graduate 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.
    Graduate 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
    This course will explore the structure property relationships and phenomena in ceramic materials used in electronic, dielectric, ferroelectric, magnetic, and electrochemical applications. In particular we will discover how to functionalize a component for a particular application - a capacitor, a thermistor, actuator, or a fuel cell. Such a discovery process demands an in- depth understanding of the roles and interrelationships between the crystal structure, defect chemistry, microstructure, and texture in such materials. Statistical thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, and solid mechanics principles will be used as and when necessary in the course. The course is intended to fit in the space and act as a bridge between solid state theory where the emphasis is largely on theory and a ceramic materials course where the emphasis is largely on processing. 4 cr
  • ENG ME 785: Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 585; and consent of instructor.
    Graduate 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.
    Graduate Prerequisites: By petition only.
    A practical mechanical design, analysis, fabrication, or production project. Written report required.
  • ENG ME 951: Independent Study
    Graduate 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 ME 991: Dissertation
    Graduate Prerequisites: Limited to PhD candidates in Mechanical Engineering.
    Advisor and hours arranged.