Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MEIE)

MEIE 2000. Introduction to Engineering Co-op Education. 1 Hour.

Provides students preparation for the first co-op experience. Focuses on skills that provide a basis for successful co-op engagement including expectations and requirements, an introduction to professional credentials, résumé construction, self-assessment and goal setting, interviewing, professional and co-op ethics, issues of diversity in the workplace community, academic planning and decision making, and an introduction to career portfolios.

MEIE 2949. Introductory Directed Research in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. 4 Hours.

Offers an opportunity to pursue project and other independent inquiry opportunities under faculty supervision for first- and second-year students. The course is initiated with a student-developed proposal, including expected learning outcomes and research products, which is approved by a faculty member in the department. Permission of instructor required.

MEIE 3000. Professional Issues in Engineering. 1 Hour.

Provides students with an opportunity to reflect on both academic and co-op experiences in the context of planning for the senior year and beyond. Issues include professional and ethical issues, resolving ethical conflicts, awareness of engineers as professionals in a diverse world, strengthening decision-making skills, career portfolios, and lifelong learning needs, goals, and strategies. Students reflect upon issues of diversity from their experience in the University and in their cooperative education placements. Explores the role of different work and learning styles and diverse personal characteristics on the workplace and the classroom. Professional issues include impact of the cultural context, both in the United States and around the world, on the client, government relations, and the workplace.

MEIE 4701. Capstone Design 1. 1 Hour.

Offers the first in a two-course sequence that culminates the student’s education and experience with the design process. Students form teams and are assigned their design project and faculty adviser. Projects can be industrially, departmentally, or externally sponsored. Students are expected to communicate with their faculty adviser, course coordinator, and sponsor using the Internet, teleconferencing, and other electronic methods. Topics include project management, ethics, cost analysis, Internet and library research methods, and engineering codes and standards. Students prepare written reports and make oral presentations. Students are expected to complete a thorough state-of-the-art report on their problem and a problem statement with specifications and requirements.

MEIE 4702. Capstone Design 2. 5 Hours.

Continues MEIE 4701. Students are expected to apply engineering principles acquired throughout their undergraduate academic and co-op experiences to the design of a system, component, or process. Each project includes the development and use of design methodology, formulation of design problem statements and specifications, consideration of alternative solutions, feasibility considerations, and detailed system descriptions. Projects include realistic constraints such as economic factors, safety, reliability, maintenance, aesthetics, ethics, and political and social impact. Students make oral presentations on their results in a series of design reviews. Students document their solutions using a written report that includes an executive summary. A working prototype or simulation, as appropriate, of their solution is required to complete the course.

MEIE 6800. Technical Writing. 0 Hours.

Seeks to provide graduate students with guidelines, tools, and strategies for improving their technical writing. Uses short in-class assignments to reinforce class concepts. Homework assignments related to the students’ research offer students an opportunity to practice their skills and receive feedback on their writing. It is hoped that the work students produce is of direct benefit to themselves and their advisors by allowing students to write up their own research to date and have it critiqued in an organized way.

MEIE 6830. Graduate Traineeship 1, Technical Writing and Communications. 2 Hours.

Focuses on technical writing. Covers writing and preparation tips for technical papers. Includes effective communications, such as Ph.D. proposal preparation and presentation, and technical seminar presentation tips.

MEIE 6850. Research Seminar in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. 0 Hours.

Offers a research seminar presenting topics of current interest in a variety of areas in mechanical and industrial engineering. May be repeated without limit.

MEIE 6860. Graduate Traineeship 2, Research Ethics and Professional Development. 2 Hours.

Focuses on responsible conduct of research, research misconduct (plagiarism, falsification, and fabrication), research ethics, and professional and personal development. Offers optional modules on grant proposal preparation, academic career preparation, faculty and professional jobs search, research and teaching statements preparation, how to become an effective teacher, mentorship, entrepreneurship, and industry insights and real-world experiences.