Mechanical Engineering

  • ENG ME 441: Mechanical Vibration
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 302.
    One- and multi-degree-of-freedom systems. Natural frequencies and modes of vibrations, resonance, beat phenomenon, effect of damping, applications to practical problems, and methods to avoid excessive vibrations. Lagrange's equations.
  • ENG ME 452: Directed Study in Mechanical Engineering
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: (By petition only.)
    Under faculty supervision, students may study a subject that is relevant to mechanical engineering and is not covered in a regularly offered course. Term paper and/or written examination required at end of semester.
  • ENG ME 457: Engineering Projects in Mechanical Engineering
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: (By petition only.)
    Project for seniors in mechanical engineering. Students select, develop, and complete a project and prepare a report.
  • ENG ME 460: Electro-Mechanical Systems Design
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 302 ; ENG ME 305 ; ENG ME 360.
    This course melds traditional machine component design with the design, instrumentation, and control of high precision, computer-controlled automation systems, using concrete examples drawn from the photonics, biotech, and semi-conductor industries. Topics covered include design strategy, high-precision mechanical components, sensors and measurement, servo control, design for controllability, control software development, controller hardware, as well as automated error detection and recovery. Students will work in teams, both in classroom and out-of-classroom, to integrate and apply the material covered in class to a term-long multi-part design project, using modern CAD tools, culminating in a group presentation at the end of the semester.
  • ENG ME 461: Mechanical Engineering Capstone Experience
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 460; Senior standing
    The main activity in this course is the planning, and execution of a capstone project that represents a culmination of the Mechanical Engineering program. Students work in teams on either a research or design problem in some area of Mechanical Engineering that builds upon previous coursework. Class time will be focused on weekly project meetings with faculty. The course includes lectures on ethics, entrepreneurship, project management and other professional topics. Oral and written communications will be emphasized.
  • ENG ME 500: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
    Seminar course on a topic of current interest in aerospace and mechanical engineering.
  • ENG ME 501: Dynamic System 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 ENG EC 501 and ENG SE 501; students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG ME 502: Invention: Technology Creation, Protection, and Commercialization
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: (Senior or graduate standing in an engineering or science discipline or consent of instructor)
    This course provides students with the knowledge and tools necessary to create, protect, and commercialize engineering and scientific intellectual assets. Students will first make use of creativity tools to attack posed engineering problems, then turn to means for protecting their solutions. Rapidly growing areas that are affecting nearly all businesses (e.g., software and the internet) as well as "high-tech" areas including microelectronics, communications, and bioengineering will be emphasized. Extensive patent searches and analysis will be carried out to develop skills for quickly ascertaining the protected technical content of patents, and for recognizing what intellectual property (IP) should be and can be protected. Legal aspects for protecting creative ideas will be studied at a level appropriate for engineers to interact easily and smoothly during their technical careers with IP lawyers. Various business models for the commercialization of intellectual assets will be analyzed. Extensive class exercises and projects will explore in depth all three of these important areas of IP, with emphasis on key contributions during engineering and scientific research and development activities.
  • ENG ME 503: Kinetic Processes in Materials
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Undergraduate course in materials science and engineering.
    Kinetics of mass transport, continuum and atomistic approaches, chemical diffusion; kinetics of chemical reactions, kinetics of adsorption and evaporation; nucleation and growth; solidification; spinodal decomposition; coarsening; martensitic transformations; order-disorder reactions; point defects and their relation to transport kinetics. Meets with ENGMS503; students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG ME 505: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Undergraduate course in Thermodynamics.
    The laws of thermodynamics; general formulation and applications to mechanical, electromagnetic and electromechanical systems; thermodynamics of solutions, phase diagrams; thermodynamics of interfaces, adsorption; defect equilibrium in crystals; statistical thermodynamics, including ensembles, gases, crystal lattices, and phase transitions. Same as ENGME505; students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG ME 507: Process Modeling and Control
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG EK 307 or CAS MA 226; or equivalent coursework and permission of the instructor. Senior or graduate standing in engineering.
    An introduction to modeling and control as applied to industrial unit processes providing the basis for process development and improvement. Major themes include an integrated treatment of modeling multi-domain physical systems (electrical, mechanical, fluid, thermal), application of classical control techniques, and system design. Topics include modeling techniques, analysis of linear dynamics, control fundamentals in the time and frequency domain, and actuator selection and control structure design. Examples drawn from a variety of manufacturing processes and case studies. Meets with ENGMS507. Students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG ME 508: Computational Methods in Materials Science
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: or ENG MS 503 and ENG MS 505
    Introduction to computational materials science. Multi-scale simulation methods; electronic structure, atomistic, micro-structure, continuum, and mathematical analysis methods; rate processes and rare events. Materials defect theory; modeling of crystal defects, solid micro-structures, fluids, polymers, and bio-polymers. Materials scaling theory: phase transition, dimensionality, and localization. Perspectives on predictive materials design. Same as ENGMS508; students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG ME 510: Production Systems Analysis
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 345; or consent of instructor
    Operations research and dynamic systems methods applied in modeling, analysis, and control of production systems. Inventory analysis and control for single and multi-item systems based on deterministic and stochastic demand models. Demand forecasting. Supply chain management. Machine, flow shop and job shop scheduling, project scheduling with PERT and CPM. Production control methods: MRP, MRP-II, Just-in-Time, and Kanban.
  • ENG ME 514: Simulation
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 308 or CAS MA 381; ENG EK127 or knowledge of general programming language.
    Modeling of discrete event systems and their analysis through simulation. Systems considered include, but are not limited to, manufacturing systems, computer-communication networks and computer systems. Simulating random environments and output analysis in such contexts. A simulation language is introduced and is the main tool for simulation experimentation. Meets with ENG EC 514; students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG ME 515: Vibration of Complex Mechanical Systems
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 226 ; CAS PY 313 ; ENG ME 302; and ENGEK307; ENGME309
    Introductory course in mechanical vibrations for graduate students and for undergraduate students with substantial mastery of core undergraduate subjects in mechanics and mathematics. Course includes an elementary introduction to applicable concepts in linear algebra. Potential and kinetic energy functions of single- and multi-degree-of-freedom systems. Matrix formulations of forced vibrations of linear systems. Natural frequencies, resonance, and forced vibration response. Natural modes and mode shapes. Rayleigh's principle. Rayleigh's dissipation function, transient and forced responses of damped vibrations. Random excitation of vibrations. Impedance matrix. O'Hara-Cunniff theorem, modal masses, modal analysis. Vibrations of simple continuous systems such as strings, beams, rods, and torsional shafts. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to ENG ME 441.
  • ENG ME 516: Statistical Mechanical Concepts in Engineering
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 303 ; ENG ME 304 ; ENG ME 419.
    Statistical mechanics uses probability theory to establish a connection between the microscopic properties of individual molecules and macroscopic properties of matter, such as temperature, pressure, entropy, heat capacity and viscosity. Review of thermodynamics. Fundamentals of probability theory. Phase space dynamics. Ensembles and averages. Statistical formulation of photons (Light), phonons (lattice vibrations in solids), electrons in a metals and classical gases. Classical transport. Introduction to non- equilibrium phenomena.
  • ENG ME 517: Product Development
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Senior or graduate standing in an engineering discipline
    Dynamics of converting ideas into marketable products. Choosing products and defining their specifications to achieve competitive advantage. The product development process is decomposed and its elements are examined critically in the context of actual case studies; risk evaluation, concurrent engineering, and impact of new product decisions on the factory. A step-by-step methodology for new product development is derived.
  • ENG ME 518: Product Quality
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 308; or consent of instructor
    Introduction to statistical methods for design, control and improvement of quality. Includes Statistical Process and Quality Control (SPC & SQC) and Acceptance Sampling. Extensive coverage of Design of Experiments (DOE) with applications to designing quality into products and to process and product performance improvement. Also covers Robust Design and Taguchi's method. Introduction to modern approaches to management of quality (TQM, Six Sigma).
  • ENG ME 519: Theory of Heat Transfer
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 419 and ENG ME 421; or ENGME422
    Analytical, numerical, and physical aspects of heat transfer phenomena, with emphasis on nondimensionalization and scaling. Mathematical treatment of steady and unsteady conduction, including finite difference methods. Forced and natural convection in internal and external flows. Thermal radiation and multimode heat transfer. Melting and solidification. Applications to aerospace heat transfer, energy systems, manufacturing, and biological heat transfer.
  • ENG ME 520: Acoustics I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 302 ; ENG ME 303 ; ENG ME 304.
    Introduction to wave propagation and sound. Derivation of the linear wave equation with emphasis on its origins in the conservation equations of fluid media and fluid equations of state. Plane wave and spherical wave propagation. Initial value and boundary value problems, including normal modes and waveguides. General concepts such as acoustic impedance and intensity. Lumped elements. The wave equation in horns and stratified media. Other topics may include biomedical ultrasound, acoustic levitation, etc... as time permits.