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Course Descriptions

Engineering Physics at Rose-Hulman will provide students with a unique opportunity to learn the foundation concepts of physics and make a concentrated study in micro and nano technology. Engineering physicist will be able to apply both scientific and engineering approaches to a wide variety of problems which otherwise is not possible with any traditional engineering or science degree.

Professors Bunch, Ditteon, Duree, Granieri, Joenathan, E. Kirkpatrick, S. Kirkpatrick, Kirtley, Leisher,Letfullin, Liptak, McInerney, Moloney, Siahmakoun, Syed, and Wagner.

NOTE: In courses which include a laboratory, satisfactory completion of the laboratory work is required in order to pass the course.

EP Electives:
Courses from any science or engineering department which are of relevant level to the area concentration. If not in the area concentration, courses should be 300 level or above. It is recommended that students take a sequence of classes from the area concentration. This will fulfill engineering science elective in their engineering curriculum.

Engineering Physics - Course Descriptions

EP 180 Engineering at Nanoscale 2R-0L-2C
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Introduction to nanoscience and engineering: properties and behavior of materials, devices, and systems (natural and artificial) at nanoscale, applications of nanoscience. Characterization techniques: Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), and thin film measurements. Basic cleanroom safety and experience, microfabrication processing techniques: photolithography, thin film deposition. Intro to design and data analysis software.

EP 280 Introduction to Nano-engineering 3.5R-1.5L-4C
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Scaling laws in small systems; electronics and photonics devices and systems, basics of quantum and statistical mechanics, nanomaterials and fabrication: examples of zero, one, two, and three dimensional nanostructures, carbon nanotubes, Nanoelectronics: basics of solid state physics; electron energy band, semiconductors, tunneling and quantum structures, molecular electronics, Nanophotonics in metals and semiconductors, surface plasmon resonance and applications, photonic bandgap crystals.

EP 290 Directed Study arranged
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Research for freshmen and sophomore students under the direction of a physics or optical engineering faculty member. May earn up to a maximum of 2 credits for meeting the graduation requirements. The student must make arrangements with a faculty member for the research project prior to registering for this course.

EP 330 Material Failure 3R-3L-4C
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Principles of material failure; appearance, physical cause and mathematical description with emphasis on the materials used for micro-scale devices and assemblies. Failure types considered include Rupture, Fatigue, Creep, Corrosion, Electromigration, Electrical Overstress, Electrical Discharge and Thermal. Experiments illustrate the failure type and the machines used to study them. These include Electron, Optical and X-ray microscopes, Spectroscopy and Tension machines. A brief description of the working of each machine will be given.

EP 380 Nanotechnology, Entrepreneurship & Ethics 3.5R-1.5L-4C S
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Scaling laws in small systems; mechanical, biological, fluidics, and thermal systems. Nanomaterials and nanofabrication. Nanomechanics: cantilever oscillation, atomic-force microscopy (AFM) and its applications, nano-biotechnology, machinery of cell, and molecular motors. Nanoscale optics, Nanoscale heat: conduction, convection, and blackbody radiation. Basics of fluidics, nanoscale fluidics and applications, entrepreneurship and ethics, concepts and tools in innovation and social impacts of nanotechnology.

EP 406 Semiconductor Devices & Fabrication 3R-3L-4C W
Prerequisites: PH 405 Semiconductor Materials & Applications 3R-3L-4C F or ECE 250 Electronic Device Modeling 3R-3L-4C F
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Metal-semiconductor interfaces; photoresist and photolithography; thin film deposition; design and fabrication of semiconductor diodes; characterization of process diodes and transistors; MOSFETS; optoelectronic devises and lasers. Laboratory is a design project, the production and characterization of a diode and bipolar transistor. The project is a team exercise. Cross-listed with EP 506.

EP 407 Semiconductor Fabrication & Characterization 2R-6L-4C F
Prerequisites: PH 405 Semiconductor Materials & Applications 3R-3L-4C F or Junior/Senior standing & consent of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Fabrication and characterization of micro/nanoelectronic devices; Semiconductor devices; Oxidation, ion implantation, etching, deposition, lithography, and back-end processing; Process integration of various technologies, including CMOS, double poly bipolar junction transistor, and GaAs MESFET. Process and device simulators illustrate concepts introduced in class. Modern tools/techniques for both bulk- and thin-film characterization; Laboratory is an integral component of this class. Students work in teams to fabricate a multi-junction semiconductor device, using various techniques which include photolithography, diffusion, oxidation, and etching. In-process measurement results are compared with final electrical test results. Circuits are used to carry out performance evaluation.

EP 408 Microsensors 3R-3L-4C S
Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing, and consent of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Introduction to solid state materials and conventional silicon processing. Measurement of signals from resistance- and capacitance-based transducers; sensor characteristics, calibration and reliability. Examples of microsensors: thermal, radiation, mechanical, chemical, optical fibers, and biological. Cross-listed with EP 508.

EP 410 Introduction to MEMS: Fabrication & Applications 3R-3L-4C S
Prerequisites: Junior or Senior class standing
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Properties of silicon wafers, wafer-level processes, vacuum systems, thin-film deposition via PVD, dry and wet etching, photolithography, surface and bulk micromachining, process integration, MEMS applications: heat actuators, capacitive accelerometer, DLP, bio-sensor, and pressure sensor. Cross-listed with ME 416, ECE 416, and CHE405.

EP 411 Advanced topics in MEMS 3R-3L-4C F
Prerequisites: EP 410 Introduction to MEMS: Fabrication & Applications 3R-3L-4C S or equivalent course
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Topics such as: Microlithography, design process, modeling; analytical and numerical. Use of software for layout design and device simulation. Characterization and reliability of MEMS devices. MEMS and microelectronic packaging. Introduction to microfluidic systems. Applications in engineering, biomedicine, and chemistry. Cross-listed with ECE 419, and CHE 419.

EP 415 Engineering Physics Design I 2R-6L-4C S
Prerequisites: OE 280 Geometrical Optics 3.5R-1.5L-4C W or EP 280 Introduction to Nano-engineering 3.5R-1.5L-4C W and Junior/Senior standing
Corequisites: RH 330 Technical & Professional Communication 4R-OL-4C

Principles of design. Codes of ethics appropriate to engineers. Case studies related to optical engineering and engineering physics professional practice, teamwork, contemporary issues, patents and intellectual property. Team-oriented design project work on selected topics in optical engineering and engineering physics. Introduction to product development practices, product research, planning and project management. Preliminary design of a product and product specifications. Deliver a design document specific to customer needs and constraints. Cross-listed with OE 415.

EP 416 Engineering Physics Design II 2R-6L-4C F
Prerequisites: EP 415 Engineering Physics Design I 2R-6L-4C S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Team-based capstone design project following structured design processes and utilizing knowledge gained from prior coursework. Project planning and budgeting, development of product/process specifications, application of engineering standards, system design and prototyping subject to multiple realistic constraints (cost, schedule, and performance). Formal midterm design review. Deliver initial statement of work and interim technical report. Laboratory activities supporting the formal design process. Cross-listed with OE 416.

EP 417 Engineering Physics Design III 2R-6L-4C W
Prerequisites: EP 416 Engineering Physics Design II 2R-6L-4C F
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Continuation of EP 416. System design and prototyping, performance testing, and data analysis. Formal midterm design review. Demonstration of a functional prototype. Deliver oral presentation and final technical report. Cross-listed with OE 417.

EP 450 Nanomedicine 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisites: PH 113 Physics III 3.5R-1.5L-4C S,F,W or Junior/Senior standing and consent of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Material presented includes the functions and properties of medical nanodevices, the design and fabrication of nanorobots and nanoparticles, the current and potential applications of nanomedicine. Introduction to cancer cell biology and techniques for selective targeting of cancer cells, simulations of the optical and thermal properties of normal and cancerous cell organelles. Nanoplasmonics: Lorentz-Mie simulations of optical properties of nanoparticles, the use of plasmonic nanoparticles in diagnosis and therapy. Introduction to the nanophotodynamic therapies and the new dynamic modes in selective nanophotothermolysis of cancer, the design and methods of activation of nanodrugs. Time and space evolutions of thermal fields in and around the nano- bio-particles and nanoclusters. Ablation of the soft and hard biological tissues by activated nanoparticles.

EP 470 Special Topics in Engineering Physics 2-4C
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Lectures on special topics in engineering physics.

EP 490 Directed Study As arranged
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Research for junior and senior students under the direction of a physics and optical engineering faculty member. May earn up to a maximum of 2 credits for meeting the graduation requirements. The student must make arrangements with a faculty member for the research project prior to registering for this course.

EP 506 Semiconductor Devices & Fabrication 3R-3L-4C W
Prerequisites: PH 405 Semiconductor Materials & Applications 3R-3L-4C F or ECE 250 Electronic Device Modeling 3R-3L-4C F
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Metal-semiconductor interfaces; photoresist and photolithography; thin film deposition; design and fabrication of semiconductor diodes; characterization of process diodes and transistors; MOSFETS; optoelectronic devises and lasers. Laboratory is a design project, the production and characterization of a diode, bipolar transistor and MOSFET. The project is a team exercise. Students must do additional project work on a topic selected by the instructor. Cross-listed with EP 406.

EP 507 Semiconductor Fabrication & Characterization 2R-6L-4C F
Prerequisites: PH 405 Semiconductor Materials & Applications 3R-3L-4C F or consent of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Fabrication and characterization of micro/nanoelectronic devices; Semiconductor devices; Oxidation, ion implantation, etching, deposition, lithography, and back-end processing; Process integration of various technologies, including CMOS, double poly bipolar junction transistor, and GaAs MESFET. Process and device simulators illustrate concepts introduced in class. Modern tools/techniques for both bulk- and thin-film characterization; Laboratory is an integral component of this class. Students work in teams to fabricate a multi-junction semiconductor device, using various techniques which include photolithography, diffusion, oxidation, and etching. In-process measurement results are compared with final electrical test results. Circuits are used to carry out performance evaluation. Students must do additional project work on a topic selected by the instructor. Students may not receive credit for both EP 407 and EP 507.

EP 508 Microsensors 3R-3L-4C S
Prerequisites: Junior or Senior class standing and consent of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Introduction to solid state materials and conventional silicon processing. Measurement of signals from resistance- and capacitance-based transducers; sensor characteristics, calibration and reliability. Examples of microsensors: thermal, radiation, mechanical, chemical, optical fibers, and biological. Students must do additional project work on a topic selected by the instructor. Cross-listed with EP 408.

EP 510 Introduction to MEMS: Fabrication & Applications 3R-3L-4C S
Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Properties of silicon wafers, wafer-level processes, vacuum systems, thin-film deposition via PVD, dry and wet etching, photolithography, surface and bulk micromachining, process integration, MEMS applications: heat actuators, capacitive accelerometer, DLP, bio-sensor, and pressure sensor. Students must do additional project work on a topic selected by the instructor. Cross-listed with BE 516, CHE 505, ECE 516, and ME 516.

EP 511 Advanced topics in MEMS 3R-3L-4C F
Prerequisites: EP 410 Introduction to MEMS: Fabrication & Applications 3R-3L-4C S or EP 510 Introduction to MEMS: Fabrication & Applications 3R-3L-4C S or consent of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Topics such as: Microlithography. Design process, modeling; analytical and numerical. Use of software for layout design and device simulation. Characterization and reliability of MEMS devices. MEMS and microelectronic packaging. Introduction to microfluidic systems. Applications in engineering, biomedicine, and chemistry. Students must do additional project work on a topic selected by the instructor. Cross-listed with ME 519, ECE 519, and CHE 519.

EP CPT Curricular Practical Training 1R-0L-1C
Prerequisites: Consent of department head
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Any international student with an F-1 Visa employed by any company in the form of an internship, co-op, or practicum must enroll in a CPT course. The CPT experience is to be complimentary training to the student's curriculum and should contribute substantially to his/her learning experience. Students must have an offer of employment from a company prior to registering for this course. The CPT must be approved by the Department Head, Director of International Student Services, and the student's advisor. Students are required to submit a report at the conclusion of the employment to his/her instructor to receive a grade for the CPT experience.