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Introduction to Engineering – Fall 2014

All College of Engineering students must earn 2.0 credits of Introduction to Engineering. The Introduction to Engineering course is scheduled for completion in the freshman year and is intended to provide an introduction to engineering analysis and/or design.

ENG EK 131 and ENG EK 132 are 2.0 credit half-semester courses. ENG EK 131 meets during the first six weeks of the semester. ENG EK 132 meets during the second six weeks of the semester. You must complete either ENG EK 131 or ENG EK 132.

EK 131 begins on September 3 and ends on October 15

The last day to add an EK 131 module is September 10
The last day to drop EK 131, without a W is September 16
The last day to drop EK 131, with a W is October 1

EK 132 begins on October 20and ends on December 3

The last day to add an EK 132 module is October 28
The last day to drop EK 132, without a W is November 3
The last day to drop EK 131, with a W is November 19

ENG EK 131/132 B1: Biomedical Engineering Environments

Professor Jackson
MW 3-5pm
Enroll Limit: 15
Location: SOC B61


Biomedical engineers perform a wide variety of functions in a wide variety of environments including laboratories or clinics in hospitals, product (hardware or software) design and development in private industry, biotech/pharmaceutical research and development. This module will provide an introduction to some of these functions and environments through lectures as well as tours. The scientific basis of instrumentation/equipment/processes will be presented in lectures as well as on, or off campus tours. As examples, tours may include facilities for medical imaging including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computer tomography (CT) imaging, the physiology/surgery simulation lab at Children's Hospital, and BU's NeuroMuscular Research Center. 2.0 credits

ENG EK 131/132 BA: Intro to Protein Engineering and Drug Discovery

Professor Vajda
MW 3-5pm
Enroll Limit: 20
Location: LSE B03


Proteins are the molecular machines that perform some of the most important functions of the cell such as metabolism, signal transduction, gene regulation, cell-cell adhesion, and muscle contraction. Proteins are also the targets of almost all drugs. At present biotechnology is capable of expressing virtually any protein, but the design principles are only partially understood. Similarly, computational methods of drug design are important but far from perfect, and hence are intensively studied. In this course we introduce some tools of protein engineering and drug design. These will include searches in sequence databases, protein sequence alignment, the analysis and modification of protein structures to alter function, and studying molecular interactions. The molecular origin of a few diseases and their potential drugs will also be discussed. Classes will be held in a computer lab setting, mostly using on-line tutorials and programs. 2.0 credits

ENG EK 131/132 BC: Technology-Based Brain Extension and Mind Reading

Professor Vaina
MW 3-5pm
Enroll Limit: 15
Location: PSY B42


The course will present examples of cutting edge science and technology applied to brain extension and mind reading, their health related implications and ethical concerns for medical practice and for the potential uses to implement mind control. "Brain extension", involves scientific and neurotechnology approaches aimed to turning thought into action. We will discuss how signals in the brain's planning circuits may be used to drive neural prostheses, and how these approaches may be used to restore mobility and independence in people with neurological disease or limb loss. The second part of the course will explore technologies that may allow "mind reading", from the polygraph to thermal imagine, to electroencephalogram (EEG) and fMRI when used to read people's emotions and thoughts. We will examine the ethical and moral issues of using these technologies. 2.0 credits

ENG EK 131/132 BX: Putting Technology to Work

Professor Rosen
MW 3-5pm
Enroll Limit: 20
Location: PSY B53


Engineering is not just about solving problems. It is also about having good ideas, working together to find breakthroughs, making important contributions that improve our world, and it is about taking responsibility for the impact new technologies have on our communities. This module will give you a head start on understanding where good ideas come from and how you can have more of them. We will use hands-on exercises, case studies, and simulations to learn how each member of a team can help make the team a success. We will introduce you to some organizational tools that will help you better plan and execute your projects, meet deadlines, and achieve your objectives. Finally, we will analyze both the positive and negative impact of innovative new engineering technologies. Putting Technologies to Work will challenge you, surprise you, and make you think! 2.0 credits

ENG EK 131/132 EA: Photonics - Engineering with Light

Professor Swan
MW 3-5pm
Enroll Limit: 20
Location: PSY B47


Curious about photonics? This module offers a brief introduction to the physical principles of light and how light is used in many different engineering applications- from familiar consumer products, optical communication to novel bio-sensing methods. Lectures will be supplemented with visits to Photonics Center facilities and laboratories, and by hands-on projects where you will design and build a photonics device. 2.0 credits

EK 131/132 E5: "From heart monitoring to Kinect gaming: Seeing the invisible"

Professor Konrad
MW 3 - 5pm
Enroll Limit: 20
Location: PHO 111


Did you ever wonder how a physician measures your heartbeat or other vital signs, a submarine identifies underwater obstacles or your Xbox and Kinect seem to recognize you and your every move? Your beating heart, a rock 300m underwater and your skeleton are not visible to a naked eye, so how can these invisible signals be measured? This course will explain how this is accomplished and, in the process, will introduce you to the world of signals, their processing and some exciting applications. This is a hands-on course; lectures will be combined with team exercises involving a variety of sensors. For example, you will experiment with a heart monitor app on your smartphone, you will build your own sonar to measure distance to objects using sound, and you will design an interface to control your computer with gestures instead of mouse/keyboard. The course will culminate with an exciting team project involving Microsoft Kinect.2.0 credits

ENG EK 131/132 M1: Mechanical Design for Manufacture

Professor de Winter
TR 2-4pm
Enroll Limit: 25
Location: PHO 201


Engineering design requires that thorough analysis precede detailed drawings and the manufacture of prototypes and products. This module serves as an introduction to stress analysis, micro and macro behavior of engineering materials and basic mechanics. Topics covered include analyses of stress and strain, transmission of power, torque, friction, and efficiency. An introduction to Computer Aided Design will include an assignment on SolidWorks, which is state-of-the-art software used in industry. A simple design project is included in the module. 2.0 credits

ENG EK 131/132 M8: Clean Energy

Prof Srikanth Gopalan
MW, 3-5 pm
Enroll Limit: 20
Location: PSY B55


Energy is an essential part of modern society. The world depends on a constant and reliable supply of energy – for homes, businesses and transport, and the consequences of our energy use have measurable global effects. There are many ways we can produce energy, and many factors determine which methods and sources are appropriate for different applications. In this course we will discover how different clean energy technologies work, learn the physical principles and engineering challenges involved, explore the pros and cons of those different technologies, and design solutions to real world problems. Topics will include batteries, biofuels, biomass, combined heat and power, fuel cells, geothermal, landfill gas, photovoltaics, small hydroelectric, solar cooking, solar thermal, waste-to-energy, wave and tidal, wind and more. A hands-on laboratory project will include design, manufacture, and use of simple clean energy systems to power small loads. 2.0 credits