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2000 Level Courses

2115. Introduction to Programming Lab (1). Prerequisites: ENGR 1315, MATH 1352, PHYS 1408. Introduction to programming fundamentals needed for basic engineering analyses through laboratory exercises; focuses on text-based programming.

2301. Statics (3). Prerequisites: MATH 1452, PHYS 1408. Analyses of particles, rigid bodies, trusses, frames, and machines in static equilibrium with applied forces and couples.

2302. Dynamics (3). Prerequisites: MATH 2450 and ME 2301 with a grade of C or higher. Kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies.

2315. Computer-Aided Analysis (3). Prerequisites: ME 1315, PHYS 1408, MATH 1452. Introduces numerical methods used in solution of typical engineering problems. Includes design activity.

2322. Engineering Thermodynamics I (3). Prerequisites: PHYS 1408, MATH 1452. Properties of pure substances, ideal gas behavior, first and second law analysis, and applications to energy conversion and power cycles. Fulfills core Technology and Applied Science requirement.Back to Top

 

3000 Level Courses

3164. Finite Element Analysis (FEA) (1). Prerequisite: ME 3403 (may be taken concurrently). Introduces students to the use of finite element analysis software to perform load and stress analyses on mechanical components.

3165. Computational Fluid Dynamics (1). Prerequisite: ME 3370. Introduces students to computer-based analysis and design of fluid/thermal systems.

3215. Numerical Methods (2). Prerequisites: ME 2115, MATH 3350. Introduction to numerical methods used in the solution of engineering problems.

3228. Materials and Mechanics Laboratory (2). Prerequisites: ME 2301 and 3311, PHYS 2401. Evaluating and reporting the characteristics of materials and mechanical systems.

3311. Materials Science (3). Prerequisites: CHEM 1307, 1107 and ME 2301. Fundamental and applied knowledge of the structure and properties of materials.

3322. Engineering Thermodynamics II (3). Prerequisite: ME 2322. Principles of thermodynamics for general systems, cycle analysis, availability and irreversibility, thermodynamics of state, thermodynamics of nonreacting and reacting mixtures. Includes design activity.

3333. Dynamic Systems and Vibrations (3). Prerequisites: MATH 3350, ME 2302 and 3215, PHYS 2401, and either ECE 3301 or 3302. Modeling and analysis of dynamic systems, equilibrium, stability and linear systems theory, introduction to mechanical vibrations.

3365. Introduction to Design (3). Prerequisites: ME 3403. Analysis, design, and evaluation of mechanical elements.

3370. Fluid Mechanics (3). Prerequisites: ME 2301 and 2322 or CE 2301. Basic principles of fluid statics, fluid dynamics, ideal and viscous flows, and turbo-machinery. Includes design activity.

3371. Heat Transfer (3). Prerequisites: ME 3215 and 3370. Introduction to heat transfer by the mechanisms of conduction, convection, and radiation. Includes design activity.

3403. Mechanics of Solids (4). Prerequisites: ME 2301 or CE 2301. Analysis of structures to determine stresses, strains, and deformations.Back to Top

 

4000 Level Courses

4000. Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (V1-6). Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Individual studies of special topics in mechanical engineering. May be repeated for credit.

4234. Control of Dynamic Systems Laboratory (2). Corequisite: ME 4334. Hands-on experience in the modeling and control of dynamic systems.

4251. Thermal-Fluid Systems Laboratory (2). Prerequisites: ME 3370, 3322, 3371. Measurements, testing, performance evaluation, and documentation of thermal-fluid systems.

4330. Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering (3). Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Advanced topics in mechanical engineering. May be repeated for credit. Approved departmental elective.

4331. Individual Study in Mechanical Engineering (3). Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Individual study in advanced mechanical engineering areas. Approved departmental elective. May be repeated for credit.

4334. Control of Dynamic Systems (3). Prerequisite: ME 3333. Introduction to analysis and design of control systems, including applications to electromechanical systems.

4335. Robot and Machine Dynamics (3). Prerequisite: ME 4334 (may be taken concurrently). An overview of planar mechanism (cams and linkages) and set analysis and synthesis. Introduction to spatial mechanisms and robotics kinematic and dynamic analysis and control. Approved departmental elective.

4342. Failure Analysis/Forensic Engineering (3). Prerequisite: ME 3311. Applies engineering and scientific principles to root-cause failure analysis and to the understanding of how engineering materials and components fail. Discusses failure modes and mechanism, design and manufacturing integrity, materials selection, legal problems, and product liability issues. Approved departmental elective.

4345. Probabilistic Mechanical Design (3). Prerequisite: ME 3365. Application of probabilistic approaches in mechanical design. Techniques for the quantification of uncertainty and risk inherent in mechanical systems. Mechanical reliability methods. Approved departmental elective.

4354. Sustainable Transportation Design (3). Prerequisite: ME 3371. Application of engineering processes to design creative, innovative, and economically viable fuels, powertrains, vehicles, and transportation systems that promise to significantly reduce the use of fossil fuels and the production of greenhouse gasses. Approved departmental elective.

4356. Aerodynamics (3). Prerequisite: ME 3370. An introduction to aerodynamics, including wing and airfoil theory, aircraft performance, and aircraft stability and control. Approved departmental elective.

4358. Combustion (3). Prerequisite: ME 3322 and 3371. Introduction to combustion kinetics; the theory of premixed flames and diffusion flames; turbulent combustion; dynamics of detonations and deflagrations. Approved departmental elective.

4360. Sustainable Energy (3). Prerequisites: ME 2322, MATH 3350. Exploration of the global energy demand and its environmental impact for continued human development. Alternative and petroleum-based fuels will be examined for near-term and long-term solutions. Includes researching, developing presentations, and participating at a high level of activity. Approved departmental elective.

4370. Engineering Design I (3). Prerequisites: ME 2302, 3311, 3365; prerequisite or corequisite: ME 3371. Design problems characteristic of mechanical engineering, including consideration of cost, design optimization, codes and standards, and ethics. (Writing Intensive)

4371. Engineering Design II (3). Prerequisite: ME 4370. Design projects characteristic of mechanical engineering, including consideration of cost, design optimization, codes and standards, and ethics. (Writing Intensive)

4375. HVAC System Design (3). Prerequisites: ME 3322 and 3371. The determination of loads and the design of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems. Approved departmental elective.

4385. Introduction to Microsystems I (3). For majors only or with departmental consent. Fundamentals of microelectro-mechanical (MEMS) and microfluidic systems. Project-based course introduces microsystem design, analysis, simulation, and manufacturing through several case studies using representative devices. Approved departmental elective.

4386. Introduction to Microsystems II (3). Prerequisite: ME 4385. For majors only or with departmental consent. Application of microfabrication to create microsensor systems. Integration of optics, optoelectronics, and microfluids. Includes other MEMS projects. Approved departmental elective.

4390. Foundations of Nuclear Engineering (3). Prerequisites: PHYS 2401, MATH 2450. Survey of nuclear engineering concepts and applications, including nuclear reactions; radioactivity; and radiation interaction with matter and reactor physics with applications in medicine, industry, and research. Approved departmental elective.Back to Top

 

5000 Level Courses

5120. Graduate Seminar (1). Discusses mechanical engineering research topics. Teaches written and oral communication techniques for professional engineers. Required first semester for all ME graduate students.

5301. Analysis of Engineering Systems (3). Prerequisite: MATH 3350 or consent of instructor. Analytical techniques for solving ordinary and partial differential equations frequently occurring in advanced mechanical engineering.

5302. Numerical Analysis of Engineering Systems (3). Prerequisite: ME 3215, MATH 3350, or consent of instructor. Numerical analysis of ordinary and partial differential equations and other advanced topics as applied to mechanical engineering problems.

5311. Advanced Dynamics (3). Prerequisite: ME 3302, 3333, or consent of instructor. Newtonian dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, rotating coordinate systems, coordinate and inertia property transformations, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, Gibbs-Appell equations, and gyroscopic mechanics.

5312. Control Theory I (3). Prerequisite: MATH 2360, 3354, 4351, or consent of instructor. Linear dynamical systems, stability, frequency response and Laplace transform, feedback, state space description, and geometric theory of linear systems. (MATH 5312)

5313. Control Theory II (3). Prerequisite: MATH 5312, 5316, 5318, or consent of instructor. Quadratic regulator for linear systems, Kalman filtering, nonlinear systems, stability, local controllability, and geometric theory of nonlinear systems. (MATH 5313)

5314. Nonlinear Dynamics (3). Prerequisite: ME 5311 or 5316. Nonlinear oscillations and perturbation methods for periodic response; bifurcations and chaotic dynamics in engineering and other systems.

5316. Advanced Vibrations (3). Prerequisite: ME 3302, 3333, or consent of instructor. Vibration of single and multiple-degree of freedom systems, continuous systems, FE formulation, computer aided modal analysis, random vibrations.

5317. Robot and Machine Dynamics (3). An overview of planar mechanism (cams and linkages) and set analysis and synthesis. Introduction to spatial mechanisms and robotics kinematic and dynamic analysis and control. An extended and in-depth project is required.

5321. Thermodynamics (3). Prerequisite: ME 3322 or consent of instructor. Classical macroscopic theory with an emphasis on availability concepts in nonreacting, reacting, single phase, and multicomponent systems.

5322. Conduction Heat Transfer (3). Prerequisite: ME 3371 or consent of instructor. Fundamental principles of heat transmission by conduction. Multidimensional steady and transient analysis using various analytical and computational methods.

5325. Convection Heat Transfer (3). Prerequisite: ME 3371 or consent of instructor. Fundamental principles of heat transmission by convection; theoretical, numerical, and empirical methods of analysis for internal and external flows.

5326. Combustion (3). Prerequisites: ME 3322 and 3371. Introduction to combustion kinetics; the theory of premixed flames; diffusion combustion; formation of products in combustion systems; examples of combustion devices which include internal combustion engines, gas turbines, furnaces and waste incinerators; alternative fuel sources.

5327. Advanced Heat Transfer (3). Advanced topics in conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer.

5330. Boundary Layer Theory (3). Prerequisite: ME 3370 or consent of instructor. Fundamental laws of motion for Newtonian viscous fluids in steady laminar and turbulent boundary layers. Utilization of analytical and approximate methods to obtain solutions for viscous flows.

5334. Gas Dynamics (3). Prerequisite: ME 3370 or consent of instructor. Development of basic equations for compressible flow, normal and oblique shocks, flow-through nozzles and ducts, external flows.

5335. Mathematical Models of Turbulence (3). Prerequisite: ME 5330. Nature of turbulence, the Reynold’s equations, and the transport equations for Reynold’s stresses. Different kinds of closure models and their application to boundary layer flows.

5336. Computational Fluid Dynamics (3). Prerequisite: ME 5302 or equivalent. Simultaneous solution of momentum, heat, and mass transfer problems by applying various computational techniques.

5338. Advanced Fluid Mechanics (3). Basic laws, fundamental theories, and engineering applications in fluid mechanics, including Stokesian dynamics, lubrication theory potential flow, vortex dynamics, boundary layers and turbulence.

5339. Transmission Electron Microscopy (3). Prerequisite: ME 3311. Introductory course in theory and practical use of the transmission electron microscope (TEM) as a research tool. Provides background information for designing research protocols and using instrumentation for recording and analyzing images.

5340. Elasticity (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Stress, deformation, and strain; basic equations; analytical solution; energy principles and principles of virtual displacements; finite element method; and solutions of problems with elements of design.

5342. Fracture and Failure Analysis (3). Corequisite: ME 5340. Engineering aspects of failure. Failure mechanisms and related environmental factors. Principles of fracture mechanics and fractography. Techniques for failure analysis and prevention.

5343. Contact Mechanics of Engineering Materials (3). Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Knowledge of material science, engineering mechanics, and MATLAB programming. Introduction and advanced knowledge of surface interactive forces and interface contact mechanics of engineering materials.

5344. Introduction to High Pressure Science and Technology (3). Prerequisite: ME 3311. Behavior of materials under high pressure. Material synthesis, equation of state, phase diagram, phase transformations. Design and application of high pressure apparatus.

5345. Computational Mechanics I (3). Prerequisite: One or more of the following courses ME 5311, 5340, 5341, 5343. Finite element method for elastic problems, Galerkin weighted residual and variational approaches to numerical solutions of mechanical problems, error estimates and adaptive FE refinement, iterative algorithms for nonlinear problems, static elastoplastic and elastoviscoplastic problems, general purpose finite element codes.

5346. Computational Mechanics II (3). Prerequisite: One or more of the following courses ME 5311, 5340, 5341, 5343. Finite element method for dynamic elastic problems, time integration schemes for dynamic problems, iterative algorithms for nonlinear dynamic problems, heat transfer analysis, coupled thermomechanical problems, accuracy analysis, general purpose finite element codes.

5347. Phase Transformation I (3). Prerequisites: ME 3311 and 5340. Shape memory effect, psuedoelasticity, psuedoplasticity. Crystallography, continuum thermodynamics, and kinetics of phase transformations. Constitutive equations for phase transformations in elastic materials.

5351. Advanced Engineering Design (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Design analysis and synthesis of multicomponent systems. Application of fatigue, fracture mechanics, random vibration, acoustic and anisotropic materials to component design.

5352. Probabilistic Design (3). Application of probabilistic approaches in engineering design. Techniques for the quantification of uncertainty and risk inherent in mechanical systems.

5353. Fundamental of Transdisciplinary Design and Process (3). The fundamental aspects of design and process which cut across the boundaries of all disciplines and provide a means for solving complex problems.

5354. Systems Engineering Principles (3). An overview of the systems engineering design process focusing on defining both the business and the technical needs and required functionality early in the development cycle, documenting requirements with design synthesis and system validation is presented.

5355. Complexity Theory for Design and Process (3). Prerequisites: ME 5353. Fundamentals of complexity theory to apply to engineering designs, processes, and systems to improve control and reliability.

5356. Digital Human Modeling for Human-Centric Design (3). Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Knowledge of kinematics and dynamics, vector and matrix algebra, C programming. Introduction to human anatomy, skeletal model, anthropometry, human modeling packages, kinematics of human multibody system, posture prediction and dynamics motion prediction.

5357. Transdisciplinary Discovery and Innovation (3). Process of scientific discovery and technology development, integrated tools and processes for engineering innovation, and theoretical foundations and current topics in transdisciplinary engineering and science.

5360. Bio-Fluid Mechanics (3). Prerequisite: Knowledge of basic fluid mechanics. Teaches fundamentals of blood flow mechanics, blood rheology, blood vessel issue mechanics, blood flow measurements, cardiovascular disease and therapeutic techniques related to blood flow, hemodynamics in main organs, and airflow in the airway.

5385. Introduction to Microsystems (MEMS) I (3). Fundamentals of microelectromechanical (MEMS) and microfluidic systems. Project-based course introduces basic microsystem design, analysis, simulation, and manufacture through several case studies using representative devices.

5386. Introduction to Microsystems (MEMS) II (3). Prerequisite: ME 5385. Application of microfabrication to create microsensor systems. Integration of optics, optoelectronics and microfluids. Includes other MEMS projects.

5387. Introduction to Microsystems (MEMS) III (3). Prerequisite: ME 5386 or consent of instructor. Leadership of a design team in an interdisciplinary environment. Simulation and computer-aided MEMS design and analysis.Back to Top

 

6000 Level Courses

6000. Master’s Thesis (V1-6).

6301. Master’s Report (3).

6330. Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering (3). Expose students to new and advanced technology pertaining to topics in the mechanical engineering field with the most current research information available.

6331. Theoretical Studies (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Theoretical study of advanced topics selected on the basis of the departmental advisor’s recommendation. May be repeated for credit in different areas.Back to Top

 

7000 Level Course

7000. Research (V1-12). Back to Top

 

8000 Level Course

8000. Doctor's Dissertation (V1-12).Back to Top