Introduction to Engineering: Fall 2016

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.

Course Dates

EK 131 begins on September 7 and ends on October 19

  • The last day to add an EK 131 module is Wednesday, September 14
  • The last day to drop EK 131, without a W, is Monday, September 19
  • The last day to drop EK 131, with a W, is Wednesday, October 5

EK 132 begins on October 24 and ends on December 7

  • The last day to add an EK 132 module is Monday, October 31
  • The last day to drop EK 132, without a W, is Monday, November 7
  • The last day to drop EK 131, with a W, is Tuesday, November 22

Course Offerings

Professor Vajda
Enroll Limit: 20
Location: PRB 146

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)

Professor Vaina
MW 3-5 pm
Enroll Limit:20
Location: PSY 212


The focus of this course is on the localization in the human brain of visual, motor and language functions and of their deficits resulting from stroke, schizophrenia, autism, and epilepsy. This will be accomplished by using theories and examples from human neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurology cases and behavioral studies.

The major emphasis of the class will be on structural and functional magnetic imaging as it applies to contemporary studies of human neuroanatomy, neurology, psychiatry and of normal behavior. We will briefly discuss the principles of MRI/fMRI, structural brain imaging in health and disease, bold physiology and haemodynamics, fMRi experiments and spatio-temporal characteristics. We will emphasize the ethical aspects of the research and clinical applications of functional neuroimaging and of other modern methods of functional brain mapping (MEG, presurgical planning), the difference between these methods and their specific advantages for various aspects of clinical practice.

The course consists of lectures, class discussions, writing a scientific essay on applications of functional neuroimaging, and presentations of scientific articles on the use of fMRI for clinical applications. There will be a take home ethics exam. (2.0 credits)

Professor Swan
MW 3-5pm
Enroll Limit: 30
Location: PSY B37


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)

Professor Konrad
MW 3pm – 5pm
Enroll Limit: 20
Location: PSY B53

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)

Professor Sarin
MW 3-5pm
Enroll Limit: 20
Location: EPC 206


Materials processing used to manufacture products is a very broad activity, encompassing everything from control theory to accountancy. The word manufacture is several centuries old, and was derived from two Latin words manus (hand) and factus (make); the combination implying made by hand. Although it accurately described manual methods used when the word was coined, today manufacturing is accomplished by automated and computer-controlled machinery. The course will concentrate on basic material processing techniques (i.e. casting, machining, and joining) that have been used throughout the centuries to convert materials into products. The scientific base and fundamental nature of these processes will be developed in lectures and their pragmatic application will be demonstrated and taught in the laboratory. Based on this knowledge and experience each student will fabricate a prototype of a specific product and try and market it (to the class) to appraise its commercialization potential. (2.0 credits)

Professor de Winter
TR 2-4pm
Enroll Limit: 25
Location: PHO 202


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)