Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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Hanchen Huang, PhD
Professor and Chair

Andrew Gouldstone, PhD
Associate Professor, Associate Chair, and Director of Mechanical Engineering
Emanuel S. Melachrinoudis, PhD
Associate Professor, Associate Chair, and Director of Industrial Engineering
Nader Jalili, PhD
Professor and Associate Chair of Graduate Studies and Research

334 Snell Engineering Center
617.373.2740
617.373.2921 (fax)

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering offers two accredited programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Five-year Bachelor of Science/Master of Science dual-degree programs in the above two disciplines are also available. In addition, the department offers the following minors:

  • Minor in industrial engineering
  • Minor in mechanical engineering
  • Minor in biomechanical engineering

Our mission is to educate persons for professional and technical excellence; to perform research to advance the science and practice of engineering; to engage in service activities that advance the department, the university, and the profession; and to instill in ourselves and our students habits and attitudes that promote ethical behavior, professional responsibility, and careers that advance the well-being of society.

The program educational objectives for the mechanical engineering and industrial engineering programs are as follows. Graduates from our undergraduate programs will demonstrate technical excellence in their chosen fields, anticipate and respond to societal changes and develop careers with depth and flexibility, while retaining a professional and intellectual thrust throughout. Specifically:

  1. Graduates will contribute to the advancement of the mechanical or industrial engineering field, while satisfying the expectations of their employers and displaying leadership in the larger community.
  2. Graduates will engage in activities that promote professional development and personal growth.

Industrial Engineering

Industrial engineering involves the design and analysis of systems that include people, equipment, and materials and their interactions and performance in the workplace. An industrial engineer collects this information and evaluates alternatives to make decisions that best advance the goals of the enterprise.

The program in industrial engineering offers students a base of traditional engineering courses, such as work design, human-machine systems, probability, statistics, and engineering economy, while emphasizing such contemporary areas as simulation modeling, engineering database systems, quality assurance, logistics and supply chain management, operations research, and facilities planning. Students integrate the knowledge acquired in these courses in a two-semester capstone design project.

Industrial engineers work in manufacturing firms, hospitals, banks, public utilities, transportation, government agencies, insurance companies, and construction firms. Among the projects they undertake are design and implementation of a computer-integrated manufacturing system, facilities planning for a variety of industries, design of a robotics system in a manufacturing environment, long-range corporate planning, development and implementation of a quality-control system, simulation analyses to improve processes and make operational decisions, design of workstations to enhance worker safety and productivity, and development of computer systems for information control.

More than 90 percent of department undergraduate students take advantage of the cooperative education program. Cooperative education assignments generally increase in level of responsibility as students gain theoretical and technical knowledge through their academic work. A sophomore might begin as a computer analyst evaluating the performance of a manufacturing system and progress to designing manufacturing engineering workstations by the senior year.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering involves the design, development, and manufacture of machinery and devices to transmit power or to convert energy from thermal to mechanical form in order to power the modern world and its machines. Its current practice has been heavily influenced by recent advances in computer hardware and software.

Mechanical engineers use computers to formulate preliminary and final designs of systems or devices, to perform calculations that predict the behavior of the design, and to collect and analyze performance data from system testing or operation.

Traditionally, mechanical engineers have designed and tested devices, such as heating and air-conditioning systems, machine tools, internal-combustion engines, and steam power plants. Today they also play primary roles in the development of new technologies in a variety of fields—energy conversion, solar energy utilization, environmental control, prosthetics, transportation, manufacturing, and new-materials development.

The curriculum in mechanical engineering focuses on four areas: applied mechanics, thermofluids engineering, materials science, and controls. Applied mechanics is the study of the motion and deformation of structural elements acted on by forces in devices that range from rotating industrial dynamos to dentists’ drills. Thermofluids engineering deals with the motion of fluids and the transfer of energy, as in the cooling of electronic components or the design of gas turbine engines. Materials science is concerned with the relationship between the structure and properties of materials and with the control of structure, through processing, to achieve desired properties. Practical applications are in the development of composite materials, metallurgical process industries, and advanced functional materials. Controls are critical to any engineered system in which sensors and actuators of several types communicate and function.

Courses in each area form the foundation for advanced analytical and creative design courses that culminate in a two-semester capstone design project. Faculty encourages students throughout the curriculum to use computer-aided design tools and high-performance computer workstations.

More than 90 percent of department undergraduate students take advantage of the cooperative education program. Cooperative education assignments increase in responsibility and technical challenge as students progress through the program. Initial positions may involve computer-intensive CAD/CAM assignments or programming tasks, while more advanced jobs will place students in charge of design, quality-control systems, and performance testing of equipment.

Engineering Management Courses

EMGT 5220. Engineering Project Management. 4 Hours.

Examines the theory and practice of managing projects. Explores human, mathematical, entrepreneurial, managerial, and engineering aspects of project management. The systems development life cycle is the framework for the course. Addresses needs analysis, requirements definition, design, and implementation in the context of project management. Introduces mathematical and software tools for planning, monitoring, and controlling projects. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing; restricted to students in the College of Engineering and in the College of Science.

EMGT 5300. Engineering/Organizational Psychology. 4 Hours.

Offers an analysis of the purpose and functioning of organizations as the basic networks for achieving goals through coordination of effort, communication, and responsibility. Studies the role and function of engineering organizations based on modern behavioral science concepts as well as the application of psychology to industry relative to human relations, group dynamics, tests and measurements, personnel practices, training, and motivation. Examines the evolution of the learning organization and its role in the management of R&D and technology, the influence of the rapid changes in technology, and the globalization of the marketplace through group-oriented case studies.

EMGT 5374. Special Topics in Engineering Management. 4 Hours.

Offers topics of current interest in engineering management. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing; engineering students only.

Industrial Engineering Courses

IE 1990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

IE 2310. Introduction to Industrial Engineering. 4 Hours.

Provides an overview of the history of industrial engineering and of the most common methods that industrial engineers use to solve problems and design efficient processes. The emphasis is on how these methods are used to study, improve, and/or optimize a product or process. Topics include work design, ergonomic design, engineering statistics, quality engineering, engineering economics, project management, and process optimization. Also discusses the design of the production processes, facilities, and material handling systems. Studies applications in manufacturing, product design, and service industries. Laboratory experiments and written reports are required. Prereq. MATH 1341. Coreq. IE 2311.

IE 2311. Recitation for IE 2310. 0 Hours.

Provides small group demonstration and hands-on labs for IE 2310. Coreq. IE 2310.

IE 2990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

IE 3412. Engineering Probability and Statistics. 4 Hours.

Presents probability theory axiomatically, with emphasis on sample space presentation of continuous and discrete random variables. Covers descriptive statistics, expected value of random variables, covariance and correlation, sampling distribution, and point and interval estimations. Introduces hypothesis testing including tests for means, variances, and proportions. Prereq. MATH 2321.

IE 3420. Computers and Information Systems. 4 Hours.

Examines the design and implementation of computer-based information systems. Presents the techniques of the development life cycle of these systems. Introduces the students to available Web tools that are relevant to the use, design, development, and implementation of information systems in the context of the Internet and World Wide Web. Emphasizes the use and applications of information systems in engineering including design and manufacturing. Topics include the value of information, information and decision making, tools of system analysis and design, basic and advanced HTML, and JavaScript. Prereq. GE 1111.

IE 3425. Engineering Database Systems. 4 Hours.

Examines the representation of data and its creation and management in engineering enterprises. Discusses the client/server model of database access. Presents the fundamentals of data modeling and management, data mining and warehousing, multitier applications, and the use of the SQL query language. Emphasizes the use and applications of database systems in engineering including design and manufacturing. Topics include design schema of tables, records and fields of databases, SQL statements, security issues, and the use of a scripting language such as Perl or Visual Basic. Prereq. GE 1502. Coreq. IE 3426.

IE 3426. Recitation for IE 3425. 0 Hours.

Provides small group demonstration and problem solving for IE 3425. Coreq. IE 3425.

IE 3430. Object Oriented Engineering Applications. 4 Hours.

Examines the object-oriented programming (OOP) paradigm and its use in engineering applications, computations, and problem solving. Presents object-oriented concepts that are used to build these applications. Covers the basics of Java and how to use it in object-oriented engineering programming. Topics include objects, Java programs, GUIs, client/server engineering applications, database access, and problem solving. Prereq. GE 1111.

IE 3990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

IE 4510. Simulation Modeling and Analysis. 4 Hours.

Covers process model design and development, validation, and experimentation for discrete-event simulation models. Topics include problem formulation, data collection and analysis, random-variable generation, model development, scenario experimentation, statistical analysis of output, and resultant decision management. Utilizes a major industry-standard simulation software application with animation capabilities. Prereq. (a) GE 1111 or GE 1502 and (b) IE 3412, MATH 3081, or equivalent.

IE 4512. Engineering Economy. 4 Hours.

Introduces students to economic modeling and analysis techniques for selecting alternatives from potential solutions to an engineering problem. Presents basic methods of economic comparison such as present worth, annual worth, rate of return, and benefit/cost techniques. Studies effects of taxes on investment analysis. Also covers decision tree analysis and statistical decision techniques. Prereq. Sophomore standing or above.

IE 4515. Operations Research. 4 Hours.

Introduces deterministic models including linear programming; duality and postoptimality analysis; transportation and assignment problems; and network flow problems such as the shortest path, minimum spanning tree, and maximum flow. Prereq. MATH 2341.

IE 4516. Quality Assurance. 4 Hours.

Reviews the distributions and statistical approximations commonly applied in statistical quality control methods. Introduces analysis of variance and simple linear regression. Covers basic principles to state-of-the-art concepts and application of statistical process control and design. Applies principles to a variety of products. Topics include product quality measures and controls, Shewhart control charts, quality cost, Pareto analysis, discrete and variable sampling, and military standards in quality control. Prereq. IE 3412 or MATH 3081.

IE 4520. Stochastic Modeling. 4 Hours.

Covers the analytical development and solution to stochastic models in operations research. Topics include Markov chains, queuing theory, and dynamic programming. Prereq. IE 3412 or MATH 3081.

IE 4522. Human Machine Systems. 4 Hours.

Emphasizes human sensory/motor performance, information processing capabilities, learning, memory, and skilled-task performance. Topics include an introduction to the experiment as a source of knowledge of human performance characteristics; vision, visual performance, visual display design; audition, noise, hearing damage, auditory signals; principles of somesthesis; information processing; signal detection; aging effects; and system development. Environments and equipment are subjected to usability tests that take into account principles of human-computer interaction and human anthropometric characteristics. Laboratory experiences include experimental design, data collection and analysis, and laboratory reports generation. Prereq. (a) IE 3412 or MATH 3081 and (b) ENGW 1111, ENGW 1102, ENGL 1111, or ENGL 1102. Coreq. IE 4523.

IE 4523. Lab for IE 4522. 1 Hour.

Accompanies IE 4522. Covers topics from the course through various activities. Coreq. IE 4522.

IE 4525. Logistics and Supply Chain Management. 4 Hours.

Introduces the analysis, design, control, and operation of logistics and supply chain management systems. Includes the integration of supply chain components, logistics information systems, forecasting, production scheduling, inventory management, transportation and warehousing, and facility location planning. Prereq. (a) IE 3412 or MATH 3081 and (b) IE 4515.

IE 4530. Manufacturing Systems and Techniques. 4 Hours.

Focuses on manufacturing and design and their impact on each other. Covers the basics of design-manufacturing integration, manufacturing systems, manufacturing processes and techniques, manufacturing automation, and production planning and control. Topics include concurrent engineering, design for assembly, design for manufacturability, rapid prototyping, mechanical tolerancing, bill of materials, group technology, computer-aided process planning, NC part programming, programmable logic controllers, flexible manufacturing systems, computer-integrated manufacturing, and just-in-time philosophy. Topics also include traditional manufacturing processes such as casting, forming, machining, welding, molding, and particulate processing, and nontraditional manufacturing processes such as electrical discharge machining, laser machining, and water-jet machining. Students are required to conduct manufacturing-related experiments in the manufacturing lab to gain hands-on experience. Prereq. Sophomore standing or above. Coreq. IE 4531.

IE 4531. Lab for IE 4530. 1 Hour.

Accompanies IE 4530. Covers topics from the course through various activities. Prereq. Sophomore standing or above. Coreq. IE 4530.

IE 4600. Systems Design for Sustainability. 4 Hours.

Covers the fundamental process of designing and building systems, from systems identification to the entire systems life cycle. Discusses sustainability, functionality, and capability of systems with respect to systems’ objectives. Presents factors affecting systems design, operation, and sustainability. Focusing on design of sustainable systems and improvement of systems, encompasses communications, defense, logistics, manufacturing, transportation, and others. Discusses concept and preliminary design phases to detail, production, and operation phases of design. Seeks to provide the concepts, methodologies, models, and tools needed to understand and implement a total life-cycle approach to systems analysis. Includes different categories of systems, various applications of analytical methods, and related problems and cases. Prereq. (a) IE 3412, MATH 3081, or permission of instructor and (b) junior standing or above; engineering students only.

IE 4615. Expert Systems and Neural Networks. 4 Hours.

Covers the theory and applications of expert systems and neural networks in engineering. Topics include knowledge representation (semantic networks, frames, production rules, and logic systems), problem-solving methods (heuristic search algorithms, forward and backward chaining, constraint handling, truth, and maintenance), approximate reasoning methods (Bayesian, Dempster-Shafer, fuzzy logic, and certainty factors), and expert system shells. Reviews background material on important neural network architectures such as feed-forward neural networks, Kohonen’s feature maps, radial basis function networks, and adaptive resonance theory networks. Discusses neural network applications in several areas including group technology; part family formation; manufacturing systems design, process, and machine tool monitoring and diagnosis; system identification and control; and product inspection. Prereq. IE 3412 and GE 1111.

IE 4625. Facilities Planning and Material Handling. 4 Hours.

Explores engineering tools, techniques, and concepts for the design of facilities. The term facility is defined broadly. Industrial plants, schools, hospitals, or places in which things are produced or services are provided to a customer are all considered facilities. Provide students with a broad but practical understanding of the facilities planning and design process. The critical nature of material handling is discussed and approaches to designing optimal handling systems are examined. The tools of operations, research, statistical methods, and software applications are the focus of the problem-solving activities. Prereq. IE 3412 or MATH 3081.

IE 4699. Special Topics in Industrial Engineering. 4 Hours.

Focuses on advanced industrial engineering project agreed upon between the student and instructor.

IE 4710. Industrial Engineering Research 1. 4 Hours.

Focuses on scientific research in industrial engineering agreed upon between the student and instructor.

IE 4711. Industrial Engineering Research 2. 4 Hours.

Focuses on in-depth scientific research in industrial engineering agreed upon between the student and instructor. Prereq. IE 4710.

IE 4970. Junior/Senior Honors Project 1. 4 Hours.

Focuses on in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field. Combined with Junior/Senior Project 2 or college-defined equivalent for 8-credit honors project.

IE 4971. Junior/Senior Honors Project 2. 4 Hours.

Focuses on second semester of in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field. Prereq. IE 4970.

IE 4990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

IE 4991. Research. 4 Hours.

Offers an opportunity to conduct research under faculty supervision.

IE 4992. Directed Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers theoretical or experimental work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. Course content depends on instructor.

IE 4993. Independent Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers theoretical or experimental work under individual faculty supervision.

IE 4994. Internship. 4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity for internship work.

IE 4996. Experiential Education Directed Study. 4 Hours.

Draws upon the student’s approved experiential activity and integrates it with study in the academic major. Restricted to those students who are using the course to fulfill their experiential education requirement.

IE 5374. Special Topics in Industrial Engineering. 4 Hours.

Offers topics of current interest in industrial engineering. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing; engineering students only.

IE 5400. Healthcare Systems Modeling and Analysis. 4 Hours.

Discusses the key functions of healthcare operations management, such as patient and process flow, process improvement, facility layout, staffing and scheduling, capacity planning, and resource allocation. Focuses on analysis, design, management, and control of health systems and processes that are necessary to provide clinical care. The applications of systems engineering methods, such as optimization, simulation, and queuing models, are discussed through papers and case studies in different care settings (e.g., hospitals, emergency departments, surgery departments, and outpatient clinics) for different diseases (e.g. diabetes, cancer, mental health, cardiovascular disease). Uses spreadsheet tools to model and solve simulation and optimization problems. Prereq. IE 4515, OR 6205, or equivalent and junior, senior, or graduate standing.

IE 5500. Systems Engineering in Public Programs. 4 Hours.

Introduces the design, development, analysis, and application of mathematical modeling for addressing public programs and societal needs. Systems engineering and mathematical models form the basis for decision making in both public and private applications. Focusing on societal applications, offers students an opportunity to discover how to incorporate public objectives and characteristics of large systems in the development of models and policies. Examines applications in the operation of public programs (e.g., public health systems, government programs) and public safety (e.g., security, emergency preparedness, and disaster response). Modeling techniques include game theory, data envelopment analysis, cost-benefit analysis, simulation, differential equations, and stochastic optimization. Prereq. (a) IE 4515, OR 6205, or equivalent and (b) IE 3412, IE 6200, or equivalent and (c) junior, senior, or graduate standing.

IE 5617. Lean Concepts and Applications. 4 Hours.

Designed to give students an understanding of the fundamentals of lean thinking and train them in applying this knowledge to practical problems. Uses case studies from different disciplines to help students learn lean principles and develop skills to implement them in practice. Covers theory and applications of lean six sigma, in which lean focuses on waste reduction while six sigma strives to eliminate defects. A knowledge-driven and customer-focused approach to creating value, lean thinking calls for process changes to eliminate waste, shorten product delivery time, improve product quality, and curtail costs. Key tenants of lean thinking are value, value stream, flow, pull, and perfection. Lean thinking is imperative for organizations aspiring to stay competitive by creating and delivering products in less time while improving customer satisfaction. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.

IE 5620. Mass Customization. 4 Hours.

Provides students with conceptual understanding and implementation strategies of mass customization (MC). MC is both a business and production paradigm where a company provides the customers with goods and services that suit their individual needs but does so with the efficiency and costs of mass production. MC is important in many sectors including computers, automotive, healthcare, banking, insurance, and tourism. It is based on principles of industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, management science, and marketing. Topics include typology of mass-customized production systems, manufacturing processes for MC, information needs of MC, customer focus, marketing issues, technology enablers, implementation methods, and case studies. Methodology includes lectures, case discussions, plant visits, guest lectures, and a term project. Cross-disciplinary activities, particularly between engineering and business students, are encouraged wherever possible. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.

IE 5630. Biosensor and Human Behavior Measurement. 4 Hours.

Emphasizes the measurement of human behavior in complex human-machine interaction. Topics include introduction of complex human-machine interactions; research methods in complex human-machine interactions; various kinds of human psychophysiological signals/cues, including physiological cues, facial expressions, eye-gaze movement, head movement, contextual cues; human cues and behavior relationship; transducers and measurement for these human cues/signals; basic principles of biosensors; general classification of biosensors; current technologies for building biosensors; conventional transducers and new technologies including micro-/nanotechnology; general systematic design process for biosensors; application of biosensors to understand human behavior in human-machine interactions. Also introduces the latest relevant research advancements in sensor fusion, affective computing, and emotion recognition. Prereq. Junior standing or above; engineering students only.

IE 5640. Data Mining for Engineering Applications. 4 Hours.

Introduces data mining concepts and statistics/machine learning techniques for analyzing and discovering knowledge from large data sets that occur in engineering domains such as manufacturing, healthcare, sustainability, and energy. Topics include data reduction, data exploration, data visualization, concept description, mining association rules, classification, prediction, and clustering. Discusses data mining case studies that are drawn from manufacturing, retail, healthcare, biomedical, telecommunication, and other sectors. Prereq. (a) IE 3412, MATH 3081, or IE 6200 and (b) junior, senior, or graduate standing.

IE 5976. Directed Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers theoretical or experimental work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. Course content depends on instructor. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.

IE 5978. Independent Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers theoretical or experimental work under individual faculty supervision. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.

IE 5984. Research. 1-4 Hours.

Offers an opportunity to conduct research under faculty supervision. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.

Materials Engineering Courses

MATL 5375. Corrosion of Materials. 4 Hours.

Studies the thermodynamics and rate of corrosion both in aqueous and nonaqueous environments. Topics include different forms of corrosion, mixed potential theory, corrosion testing, corrosion prevention, environmental effects, dependence on materials structure, and high-temperature metal-gas reactions. Emphasis is on metals, alloys, and engineering plastics. Prereq. ME 2340 with a grade of B or graduate standing.

MATL 5380. Particulate Materials Processing. 4 Hours.

Covers the processing of metallic and ceramic materials from particulate form. Includes particulate fabrication, characterization, handling, and consolidation for alloys, ceramics, and composites. Other topics include the principles of sintering in the absence and presence of liquid, advanced materials processing by rapid-solidification powder metallurgy, and the processing and structures of advanced ceramics. Prereq. ME 2340 with a grade of B or graduate standing.

Mechanical Engineering Courses

ME 1990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

ME 2315. Statistical and Economical Analyses in Engineering. 4 Hours.

Introduces engineering probability and statistics, as well as engineering economic analysis for project or design evaluation. Case studies are used to illustrate the integration of these areas in the design/system analysis process. Topics in engineering probability and statistics include descriptive statistics, expected value of random variables, and hypotheses testing. Introduces statistical process control and sampling methods as well as reliability methods for the analysis and improvement of system/design performance. Also covers fundamental concepts of time value of money and economic valuation of system designs. Effect of depreciation and taxes on comparing different alternatives are studied. Project management topics and optimization software applications are introduced. Provides students with evaluation tools for analyzing the design/manufacturing process. Prereq. MATH 1342.

ME 2340. Introduction to Material Science. 4 Hours.

Introduces the materials science field, which emphasizes the structure-processing property-performance relationships for various classes of materials including metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic materials, and magnetic materials. Topics include crystallography, structure of solids, imperfections in crystals, mechanical properties, dislocation theory, slip, strengthening mechanisms, phase equilibrium, phase transformations, diffusion, thermal and optical physical properties, and electrical and magnetic properties. Issues associated with materials selection, including economic and environmental consequences of materials choices, are also addressed. Laboratory experiments, with written memo and report submissions, are required. Includes individual and team-based projects. Prereq. (a) CHEM 1151 or CHEM 1211 and (b) ENGW 1111, ENGW 1102, ENGL 1111, or ENGL 1102. Coreq. ME 2341.

ME 2341. Lab for ME 2340. 1 Hour.

Accompanies ME 2340. Covers topics from the course through various activities. Coreq. ME 2340.

ME 2342. Recitation for ME 2340. 0 Hours.

Offers small group discussion and problem solving for ME 2340.

ME 2350. Engineering Mechanics and Design. 4 Hours.

Introduces the vector representation of force and moment, the equivalent force systems, free body diagrams, and equations of equilibrium. Discusses centroids and center of gravity of rigid bodies. Applications to beams, trusses, and pin-connected frames and elementary concepts of friction are examined. The kinematics of particles and kinetics of particles are treated using force mass and acceleration. Energy and momentum methods for particles are also covered. Includes a design project that demonstrates the fundamental concepts of equilibrium. Prereq. (a) PHYS 1151 or PHYS 1161 and (b) MATH 1342.

ME 2355. Mechanics of Materials. 4 Hours.

Discusses concepts of stress and strain; transformation of stress and strain at a point; stress-strain relations material properties; second moments of cross-sectional areas; stresses and deformations in simple structural members due to axial torsional, and flexural loading for statically determinate and indeterminate cases; design of beams under combined loading; and stability of structures and buckling of columns with various supports. Laboratory experiments and written reports are required. Prereq. ME 2350 or CIVE 2221. Coreq. ME 2356.

ME 2356. Lab for ME 2355. 1 Hour.

Accompanies ME 2355. Covers topics from the course through various activities. Coreq. ME 2355.

ME 2380. Thermodynamics. 4 Hours.

Defines and calculates thermodynamic properties such as energy, entropy, temperature, and pressure. Work and heat interactions are defined. The first and second laws of thermodynamics and concepts of thermodynamic equilibrium are introduced. Conservation of energy and mass and the entropy balance relation are discussed for open and closed systems. Irreversibility, energy, and the energy balance relation are introduced and applied in analyzing thermodynamic systems. Fundamentals of thermodynamics are used to model power generation and refrigeration systems. Covers thermodynamics of nonreacting gas mixtures with applications to air-water vapor mixtures for air-conditioning systems. Prereq. (a) MATH 2321 and (b) PHYS 1151 or PHYS 1161.

ME 2990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

ME 3455. Dynamics and Vibrations. 4 Hours.

Covers kinematics of rigid bodies in general plane motion and mass moments of inertia. Examines kinetics of rigid bodies using force-mass-acceleration, work and energy, and impulse and momentum. Explores continued development of problem-solving ability in dynamics, free and forced vibration of undamped and damped on-degree-of-freedom systems. Topics includes viscous and non-viscous damping, support motion, rotational unbalance, vibration isolation, vibration measuring instruments, general periodic excitation, and general excitation using numerical methods. Laboratory experiments and written reports are required. Prereq. ME 2350 or CIVE 2221. Coreq. ME 3456.

ME 3456. Lab for ME 3455. 1 Hour.

Accompanies ME 3455. Covers topics from the course through various activities. Coreq. ME 3455.

ME 3475. Fluid Mechanics. 4 Hours.

Studies fundamental principles in fluid mechanics. Topics include hydrostatics (pressure distribution, forces on submerged surfaces and buoyancy); Newton’s law of viscosity; dimensional analysis; integral forms of basic laws (conservation of mass, momentum, and energy); pipe flow analysis; differential formulation of basic laws including Navier-Stokes equations; and the concept of boundary layer and drag coefficient. Includes a team-based independent project. Prereq. MATH 2321 and ME 2350.

ME 3480. International Applications of Fluid Mechanics. 4 Hours.

Studies fundamental principles in fluid mechanics in an international setting. Students have an opportunity to travel to a foreign locale to develop theoretical understanding while experiencing the issues that affect applications of fluids engineering in a culture and environment different from their own. Topics include hydrostatics (pressure distribution, forces on submerged surfaces, and buoyancy); Newton’s law of viscosity; dimensional analysis; integral forms of basic laws (conservation of mass, momentum, and energy); pipe flow analysis; differential formulation of basic laws including Navier-Stokes equations; and the concept of boundary layer and drag coefficient. Includes a team-based independent project that focuses on applications that allow students to delve into issues that affect engineering and technology development in their host country. Prereq. MATH 2321 and ME 2350.

ME 3990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

ME 4505. Measurement and Analysis with Thermal Science Application. 4 Hours.

Introduces basic measurements and data analysis techniques. Offers students an opportunity to become familiar with various types of measurement systems and to set up and perform experiments according to a given procedure. Covers basic measurement methods of rotational frequency; temperature, pressure, and power; and analog-to-digital conversion techniques and data acquisition. Data analysis topics include statistical analysis of data, probability and inherent uncertainty, basic measurement techniques, primary and secondary standards, system response characteristics, and computerized data acquisition methods. Includes experiments in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. Topics include cycle performance, flow discharge coefficient and heat transfer coefficient measurements, and psychometric applications in the air-conditioning field. Prereq. ME 2380. Coreq. ME 4506.

ME 4506. Lab for ME 4505. 1 Hour.

Accompanies ME 4505. Covers topics from the course through various activities. Coreq. ME 4505.

ME 4508. Mechanical Engineering Computation and Design. 4 Hours.

Highlights the role of finite element analysis in product development. Introduces the theory of finite elements in elastic/plastic, static, and transient problems. Emphasis is on solid modeling in design using available commercial finite element software. Also covers other numerical techniques such as finite difference schemes in the solution of systems of partial differential equations, and numerical solution to systems of linear and nonlinear equations. Prereq. ME 2355 and MATH 2341.

ME 4550. Mechanical Engineering Design. 4 Hours.

Explores development of the mechanical design process and its open-ended nature. Reviews fundamentals of stress and theories of failure including fatigue considerations in the analysis of various machine components. Treatment is given to shafts, springs, screws, connections, lubrications, bearings, gears, and tolerances. Includes team-based design projects that involve modeling and the design process. Prereq. ME 2355.

ME 4555. System Analysis and Control. 4 Hours.

Presents the theoretical backgrounds for the analysis and design of simple feedback control systems, differential equations, and Laplace transforms. Treats system modeling, linear approximations, transfer functions, and block diagrams; and transient and frequency response and stability-frequency domain and root locus methods. Other topics may include linear systems with time lag and relay servomechanisms with small nonlinearities. Prereq. (a) ME 3455 or (b) BIOE 2350 and GE 2361.

ME 4565. Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics. 4 Hours.

Introduces numerical methods applied to solve fluid flow problems. Includes basic mathematics and physics related to computational fluid dynamics (CFD), together with practical assignments that use commercial CFD packages. Emphasizes finite difference and finite volume methods. Other topics include mathematical properties of partial differential equations, accuracy and stability analysis of numerical solution, CFD verification and validation, application to variety of fluid dynamics problems, grid generation, and turbulence modeling. Prereq. GE 1111 or GE 1502; engineering students only.

ME 4570. Thermal Systems Analysis and Design. 4 Hours.

Introduces theories of thermal energy transport, including conduction, convection, and thermal radiation, and the design of thermal systems. Solution methods are developed for steady-state and transient conduction problems including thermal circuit analogies, internal energy sources and extended surfaces. Convective heat transfer mechanisms are introduced and correlations to evaluate the heat transfer coefficient are discussed. Methodologies for calculating the thermal radiation heat transfer between surfaces are introduced. These theories are integrated with thermodynamics and fluid mechanics in the design of thermal systems, including heat exchangers. Includes an open-ended design project and students are expected to use computational methods throughout the course. Prereq. (a) ME 2380 and (b) ME 3475 or ME 3480.

ME 4640. Mechanical Behavior and Processing of Materials. 4 Hours.

Continues studies of the physical basis for the mechanical behavior of solid materials including elasticity, plasticity, viscoelasticity, fracture, fatigue, and creep properties. Also covers materials processing and includes casting, forming, joining, and machining. Prereq. ME 2340 and ME 2355.

ME 4660. Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems. 4 Hours.

Introduces the design and manufacture of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), including principles of MEMS sensing and actuation, microfabrication, and packaging. Covers electrical, thermal, and mechanical behavior of microsystems, the design of electromechanical and thermal sensors and actuators, MEMS microfabrication, and MEMS packaging techniques. Studies a variety of microscale sensors and actuators (e.g., electrical switches, pressure sensors, inertial sensors, and optical MEMS). Devotes the last third of the course largely to design projects, involving design of MEMS devices to specifications in a realistic fabrication process. Prereq. Junior or senior standing; engineering students only or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with EECE 4660.

ME 4670. Internal Combustion Engine. 4 Hours.

Presents the concepts and theories of operation of internal combustion engines based upon the fundamental engineering sciences of thermodynamics, gas dynamics, heat transfer, and mechanics. Discusses the design and operating characteristics of conventional spark-ignition, compression-ignition, Wankel, and stratified charge. Explores the relationship between vehicle load and engine load through differential and transmission gear-ratio selections. Includes laboratory experiments. Prereq. ME 2380 and ME 3475.

ME 4680. Energy Systems. 4 Hours.

Focuses on the design and operating characteristics of thermal energy systems such as steam power plants, gas turbines, fuel cells or heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems. Reviews selected topics in thermofluids as needed, and introduces new topics such as reacting mixtures and combustion, chemical energy and chemical equilibrium, one-dimensional internal compressible flow through nozzles and diffusers, and normal shock waves. These topics are then applied to the energy systems under study. Prereq. ME 2380.

ME 4699. Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering. 4 Hours.

Focuses on an advanced mechanical engineering project agreed upon between the student and instructor.

ME 4710. Mechanical Engineering Research 1. 4 Hours.

Focuses on scientific research in mechanical engineering agreed upon between the student and instructor.

ME 4711. Mechanical Engineering Research 2. 4 Hours.

Focuses on in-depth scientific research in mechanical engineering agreed upon between the student and instructor. Prereq. ME 4710.

ME 4970. Junior/Senior Honors Project 1. 4 Hours.

Focuses on in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field. Combined with Junior/Senior Project 2 or college-defined equivalent for 8-credit honors project.

ME 4971. Junior/Senior Honors Project 2. 4 Hours.

Focuses on second semester of in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field. Prereq. ME 4970.

ME 4990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

ME 4991. Research. 4 Hours.

Offers an opportunity to conduct research under faculty supervision.

ME 4992. Directed Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers theoretical or experimental work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. Course content depends on instructor.

ME 4993. Independent Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers theoretical or experimental work under individual faculty supervision.

ME 4994. Internship. 4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity for internship work.

ME 4996. Experiential Education Directed Study. 4 Hours.

Draws upon the student’s approved experiential activity and integrates it with study in the academic major. Restricted to those students who are using the course to fulfill their experiential education requirement.

ME 5240. Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing. 4 Hours.

Covers basic aspects of computer graphics and CAD/CAM. Topics include hardware and software concepts, generic structure of CAD/CAM software and its modules, and CAD/CAM database structure. Also covers the parametric representations of curves, surfaces, solids, and features that are widely used in existing commercial CAD/CAM systems. Discusses geometrical transformations, CAD/CAM data exchange formats, prototyping techniques, and PDM. Presents applications such as mass properties calculations, assemblies, mechanical tolerancing, simulation, finite element mesh generation, process planning and CAPP, CNC part programming, and Web-based CAD/CAM. Prereq. (a) GE 1110 with a grade of B, GE 1501 with a grade of B, or graduate standing and (b) junior, senior, or graduate standing; engineering students only.

ME 5245. Mechatronic Systems. 4 Hours.

Covers integration of electronic/electrical engineering, computer technology, and control engineering with mechanical engineering to provide a self-contained, modern treatment of mixed systems along with their computer simulation and applications. Topics include mixed-systems integration; sensors, actuation systems; brief overview of dynamic systems modeling, response characterization, and closed-loop controllers; interfacing; data presentation systems and processes; microprocessors; real-time monitoring and control; and applications of mechatronic systems. The course also offers numerous MATLAB/Simulink examples of select mechatronic systems and devices along with open-ended design projects and assignments. Prereq. (a) ME 4555 or ME 5659 and (b) senior or graduate standing; engineering students only.

ME 5250. Robot Mechanics and Control. 4 Hours.

Covers kinematics and dynamics of robot manipulators, including the development of kinematics equations of manipulators, the inverse kinematics problem, and motion trajectories. Employs Lagrangian mechanics to cover dynamics of manipulators for the purpose of control. Covers control and programming of robots, steady state errors, calculations of servoparameters, robot vision systems and algorithms, as well as imaging techniques and the concept of mobile robots. Prereq. ME 4555 or graduate standing.

ME 5374. Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering. 4 Hours.

Offers topics of current interest in mechanical engineering. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing; engineering students only.

ME 5600. Materials Processing and Process Selection. 4 Hours.

Covers the fundamentals and usage of processes and techniques for bulk, thick film, thin film, and patterned structures. Covers techniques for improvement of mechanical or functional properties, for reliability, or for operation in harsh environments. Includes case studies for which processes are selected based on efficacy, material input, and cost. Systems studied include biocompatible implants and materials for the telecommunication, semiconductor, energy, and aerospace industries. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing; engineering students only.

ME 5645. Environmental Issues in Manufacturing and Product Use. 4 Hours.

Explores environmental and economic aspects of different materials used in products throughout the product life cycle. Introduces concepts of industrial ecology, life cycle analysis, and sustainable development. Students work in teams to analyze case studies of specific products fabricated using metals, ceramics, polymers, or paper. These case studies compare cost, energy, and resources used and emissions generated through the mining, refining, manufacture, use, and disposal stages of the product life cycle. Debates issues in legislation (extended product responsibility, recycling mandates, and ecolabeling) and in disposal strategies (landfill, incineration, reuse, and recycling). Discusses difficulties associated with environmental impact assessments and the development of decision analysis tools to weigh the tradeoffs in technical, economic, and environmental performance, and analyzes specific case studies. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.

ME 5650. Advanced Mechanics of Materials. 4 Hours.

Covers stress, strain, and deformation analysis of simple structures including beams, plates, and shells. Topics include classical theory of circular and rectangular plates; combined effects of bending and in-plane forces; buckling of plates; effects of shear deformation and of large deflections; membrane theory of shells; analysis of cylindrical shells; introduction to energy methods with applications to beams, frames, and rings; Ritz method; and the concept of stability as applied to one and two degree-of-freedom systems buckling of bars, frames, and rings. Prereq. Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

ME 5655. Dynamics and Mechanical Vibration. 4 Hours.

Covers dynamic response of discrete and continuous media. Topics include work and energy, impulse and momentum, Lagrangian dynamics, free and forced response to periodic and transient excitations, vibration absorber, free and forced response of multiple degree-of-freedom systems with and without damping, method of modal analysis, vibrations of continuous media such as extensional, torsional, and bending vibrations of bars, and approximate methods of analysis. Prereq. Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

ME 5657. Finite Element Method. 4 Hours.

Focuses on numerical techniques for solving engineering problems. Topics include introduction to the finite element method; methods of approximations and variational methods; Rayleigh-Ritz method and Galerkin formulation; interpolation functions; truss, beam, plate, shell, and solid elements; stiffness matrix and assembly of element equations; application of finite element method in fluid and heat transfer problems; linear, nonlinear, and transient problems; numerical integration and methods of solving systems of equations for static and dynamic problems; and use of a finite element general-purpose commercial package. Prereq. Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

ME 5659. Control Systems Engineering. 4 Hours.

Covers concepts in design and control of dynamical systems. Topics include review of continuous-time system modeling and dynamic response; principles of feedback, classical and modern control analyses, and design techniques such as root locus, frequency response (e.g., Bode plots and Nyquist Criteria), and state-space feedback; dynamic analysis, design, and control of electromechanical systems; block diagram algebra or signal-flow graphs, effects of poles and zeros on system response characteristics; principles of controllability, observability, observer designs, and pole placement techniques; introduction to adaptive and learning control and digital implementation of control algorithms. Prereq. Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

ME 5665. Musculoskeletal Biomechanics. 4 Hours.

Using a three-part format, emphasizes the quantitative analysis of human musculoskeletal system statics and dynamics, including, in part I, gait analysis and estimation of the complex loads on human joint systems. Investigates how the form of connective tissue and bone is derived from function in part II, including a quantitative analysis of the material properties of bone, ligament, tendon, and cartilage. Working in groups in part III, students select and investigate a relevant, current topic in musculoskeletal biomechanics and present their findings to the class. Prereq. Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

ME 5667. Solid Mechanics of Cells and Tissues. 4 Hours.

Focuses on the multiscale mechanical behavior of biological tissues. The mechanical integrity of a single cell depends on the mechanical properties and geometrical arrangements of the fiber network in the extracellular matrix. Introduces the statistical concept of persistent length and entanglement of long-chain polymer molecules, linear elasticity and viscoelasticity, membrane undulations, stability of vesicles. Discusses the intersurface forces that cause cells to adhere and to form microscopic, mesoscopic, and macroscopic two-dimensional membranes and three-dimensional structures. Introduces experimental techniques and measurements involving atomic force microscope, surface force apparatus, optical tweezers, micropipette aspiration. Examples are given for specific physiological and path-physiological phenomena related to mechanical and adhesion behavior of cells and membranes. Prereq. Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

ME 5685. Solar Thermal Engineering. 4 Hours.

Develops a model for the hourly direct and diffuse radiation under a cover of scattered clouds and the transmission and absorption of this radiation by passive and active systems. Considers the design of air heating systems and the storage of the collected energy by a pebble bed, and considers elements of heater exchanger design. Makes a study of the economics of a domestic water and/or space heating system using f-chart analysis. Prereq. (a) ME 4570 or equivalent and (b) junior, senior, or graduate standing; engineering students only.

ME 5690. Gas Turbine Combustion. 4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to obtain an understanding of the basic physical, chemical, and aerodynamic processes associated with combustion in gas turbine engines and their relevance to combustor design and performance in applications ranging from aeronautical to power generation. Topics include the history and evolution of gas turbine engines, thermodynamic cycles, conventional and alternative aviation fuels, combustion fundamentals, fuel injection and atomization, advanced wall cooling techniques, mechanisms of combustion noise and approaches to noise control, and design and performance for ultra-low emissions. Prereq. (a) ME 4570 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing; engineering students only.

ME 5695. Aerodynamics. 4 Hours.

Focuses on topics of practical importance in applications of fluid mechanics to external flows over bodies. Covers compressible flow analysis in order to use the concepts of sound speed and Mach number and to design subsonic and supersonic nozzles, diffusers, and airfoils. Introduces normal and oblique shock waves and the Prandtl-Meyer expansion applied to supersonic flows over bodies and surfaces. Discusses Rayleigh and Fanno flows. Studies and applies the Bernoulli equation and potential flow theory to external flow analyses and the theory of lift generation on airfoils. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.

ME 5976. Directed Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers theoretical or experimental work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. Course content depends on instructor. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.

ME 5978. Independent Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers theoretical or experimental work under individual faculty supervision. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.

ME 5984. Research. 1-4 Hours.

Offers an opportunity to conduct research under faculty supervision. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.

Operations Research Courses

OR 5374. Special Topics in Operations Research. 4 Hours.

Offers topics of current interest in operations research. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing; restricted to students in the College of Engineering and the College of Science.