Mechanical Engineering

  • ENG EK 505: Introduction to Robotics and Autonomous Systems
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Ordinary differential equations. Linear algebra. Experience with programming
    This course will provide the foundation for the study of robotics and autonomous systems. Topics to be covered include modeling techniques (kinematics and dynamics) for a variety of robotic systems, ranging from manipulator arms and car-like vehicles to soft robots, an introduction to control and motion planning for such systems, and concepts of sensing and perception. The course will also discuss the basics of machine learning techniques in robotics and the ethical implications of the field as robotics and automation continue their progression into commonplace tools.
  • ENG ME 302: Engineering Mechanics II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG EK 301 and CAS MA 226.
    Fundamentals of engineering dynamics. Linear and angular momentum principles. Kinematics and kinetics of particles. Kinematics and kinetics of rigid bodies in two dimensions. Energy methods. Introduction to mechanical vibrations.
  • ENG ME 303: Fluid Mechanics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG EK 301 and CAS MA 226.
    Properties of fluids. Fluid statics. Dimensional analysis. Control volume approach to conservation of mass, momentum, and energy, leading to the Bernoulli equation. Differential analysis approach to conservation of mass and momentum, leading to potential flow and the Navier-Stokes equations. Applications to pipe flow, boundary layers analysis, and methods for estimating drag, and lift forces. Includes labs.
  • ENG ME 304: Energy and Thermodynamics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 211.
    Undergraduate Corequisites: CAS MA 225.
    Graduate Prerequisites: ( (METPY212 OR CASPY252) & METMA124)
    Macroscopic treatment of the fundamental concepts of thermodynamic systems. Zeroth, first, and second laws; properties of simple compressible substances; entropy; energy availability; ideal gas mixtures and psychometrics; and thermodynamic cycles. Application to engines, refrigeration systems, and energy conversion. Includes lab.
  • ENG ME 305: Mechanics of Materials
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG EK 301 ; ENG EK 103 ; CAS MA 226.
    Introduction to stress and strain. Axial and shear loading. Torsion of shafts and thin-walled tubes. Stress within and deflection of bending beams. Combined loadings. Stress and strain transformations. Generalized Hooke's law. Material failure theories. Column buckling. Includes lab and project.
  • ENG ME 306: Introduction to Materials Science
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 212 and CAS CH 131.
    Structure and properties of solids; crystalline structure; defect structures; atom movement and diffusion; nucleation and growth; deformation; phase diagrams; strengthening mechanisms; heat treatment; ferrous/nonferrous alloys; ceramics; polymers; composites. Includes lab. Meets with ENGMS306. Students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG ME 309: Structural Mechanics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 305 and CAS MA 226.
    Application of solid mechanics to structures and machine elements. Elementary elasticity. Energy principles. Matrix and finite element methods. Stability phenomena. Modes of structural failure. Introduction to finite element method. Includes design project.
  • ENG ME 310: Instrumentation
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 303 ; ENG EK 307 ; ENG EK 381; First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120)
    Designing, assembling, and operating experiments involving mechanical measurements; analyzing experimental data. Safety considerations in the laboratory. Mechanical and electrical transducers for flow, pressure, temperature, velocity, strain, and force. Electric circuits for static and dynamic analog signal conditioning. Computer use for digital data acquisition and analysis; instrument control. Introduction to frequency domain analysis. Professional standards for documenting experiments and preparing reports, including formal uncertainty analysis involving elementary stat Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Writing-Intensive Course.
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  • ENG ME 345: Automation and Manufacturing Methods
    Undergraduate Corequisites: ENG ME 358.
    An introduction to the major concepts and practices of modern manufacturing, including production system dynamics, process development, and computer-aided design and manufacturing techniques. Topics include numerically controlled machines, robotic control, real-time process control, computer vision, statistical process control, programmable logic control, production system design, discrete event system models, and computer simulation. Strong emphasis is given on hands-on laboratory experience, with a lecture component covering fundamental concepts and supporting the laboratory exercises and projects. Includes lab.
  • ENG ME 357: Introduction to CAD and Machine Components
    Technical drawing in two and three dimensions will be covered in detail using advanced computer aided design CAD tools. Geometrical dimensioning and tolerancing methods and specifications will be taught and applied to a variety of tasks and projects. Topics will include initial aspects of machine components and design, computer numerical control (CNC), computer aided manufacturing (CAM), and relation to machining and various manufacturing processes.
  • ENG ME 358: Manufacturing Processes
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG EK 210 and ENG ME 357; ENG EK 210 and ENG ME 357
    This courses introduces you to modern manufacturing and materials processing methods. The course includes a wide range of manufacturing processes including machining, injection molding, and 3D printing; and explains the fundamental principles and practices of manufacturing at scale. We will understand the underlying physical principles and how material properties impact and are impacted by various methods. Labs and projects will enable students to experiment with various processes and understand how the theory applies to the physical world.
  • ENG ME 360: Product Design
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 357.
    Undergraduate Corequisites: ENG ME 358.
    Focuses on the use of engineering principles, simulation and physical models in product design. Hands-on exercises allow students to propose solutions to practical problems and to develop their ideas through the construction and testing of physical prototypes. Topics include Arduino sensing and control, mechanical metrology, principles of efficient mechanical design, manufacturing techniques, CAE tutorials for product simulation and prototype testing.
  • ENG ME 366: Probability and Statistics for Mechanical Engineers
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG EK 127 and CAS MA 225.
    Principles of probability and statistics including events, Bayes' theorem, random variables, joint and marginal distributions, random sequences and series, reliability theory, estimation, and quality control. Examples drawn from engineering applications. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS MA 381, ENG BE 200, or ENG EK 381.
  • ENG ME 400: Undergraduate Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 226.
    Coverage of a specific topic in mechanical engineering at the undergraduate level. Subject matter varies from semester to semester; not offered every semester.
  • ENG ME 403: Atmospheric Flight Mechanics and Control
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 302 and ENG ME 421; or consent of instructor
    Introduction to stability and control of atmospheric flight vehicles. Forces and moments on aircraft. Static and dynamic stability. Equations of motion. Feedback design using root locus. Flying quality standards. Longitudinal and lateral autopilots. Includes design project and lab. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to ENG ME 404, ENG EC 402, or ENG BE 404.
  • ENG ME 404: Dynamics and Control of Mechanical Systems
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 302; or consent of instructor.
    Modeling of mechanical systems. Introduction to theory of feedback and control. Performance and stability of linear systems. Design of feedback control systems. Practical applications. Includes lab. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to ENG ME 403, ENG EC 402, or ENG BE 404.
  • ENG ME 406: Dynamics of Space Vehicles
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 302.
    Orbital mechanics of particles, earth satellite trajectories. Rocket propulsion and atmospheric reentry dynamics. Gravitational and electromagnetic fields of the earth. Effects of the space environment on vehicle performance. Rigid body dynamics and vehicle attitude control. Interplanetary trajectories and mission planning.
  • ENG ME 408: Aircraft Performance and Design
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 302 ; ENG ME 303 ; ENG ME 305.
    This course covers the fundamental elements of designing and analyzing fixed wing aircraft, including general aviation aircraft, commercial transports and selected military products. Student teams get to design an airplane from start to finish during the semester as well as compete with other teams for Best-in-Class design. Topics covered include Initial Sizing, Wing, Fuselage and Empennage Design, Propulsion Selection, Takeoff & Landing Performance, Structural Design, Stability & Control and Cost Assessment. Emphasis is put on modeling existing competitor aircraft in tandem with the students' design, which helps substantiate design choices. The use of spreadsheets is a key learning tool for this course.
  • ENG ME 416: Introduction to Robotics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 225 ; ENG EK 125 ; ENG EK 301.
    The term robot was first used by a Czech playwriter in 1920, but the fascination of humans with machines that can sense, process and act in their physical environment was there since ancient civilization. Today the convergence of relatively cheap but powerful hardware with many years of research makes possible to (almost) build robots in different shapes and for a variety of applications: industrial robots, vacuum cleaners, delivery drones, self-driving cars, etc. While this is an active field of research, the basic building blocks for a robot (modeling, control, perception, mapping and planning) are well understood. Through both theory and practice, in this class you will learn these basics, and build a simple but complete system that will compete with the creations of your peers.
  • ENG ME 419: Heat Transfer
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 303 and ENG ME 304.
    Fundamentals of heat exchange processes and applications to heat exchanger design. Principles of steady and unsteady conduction. Introduction to numerical analysis. Natural and forced convection heat transfer in internal and external flows. Radiant heat exchange. Introduction to boiling and condensation heat transfer. Includes lab and design project.