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Course Descriptions

The mechanical engineering curriculum is designed to prepare students for productive careers in industry, government, education and private consulting as well as for graduate study. Thus, it is based on the fundamental principles of science and engineering. These provide a strong foundation that enables students to apply what they have learned to the complex technological problems of today and to teach themselves the new technologies of tomorrow.

Professors Adams, Bernal, Bercich, Brackin, Burchett, Cantwell, Chambers, Cloutier, Cornwell, Cunningham, Fisher, Jones, Kawano, Layton, Lui, McCormack, Mayhew, Mech, Mirth, Moorhead, Moseley, Olson, Onyancha, Purdy, Riley, Sanders, Stamper, White and Winck.

Mechanical Engineering - Course Descriptions

ME 123 Computer Programming 4R-0L-4C F,W,S
Prerequisites: ME/PHOE major or permission of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Software tools and engineering processes for mechanical engineers. Topics may include: structured programming (Matlab), simulation of rigid body motion, presentation software, and spreadsheets. Introduction to teaming and creativity.

ME 193 Selected Topics in Design Hours as assigned. Maximum 4 credits per term. F,W,S
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Selected student design projects. May include testing and/or computer aided design.

ME 293 Selected Topics in Design Hours as assigned. Maximum 4 credits per term. F,W,S
Prerequisites: Sophomore class standing
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Selected student design projects. May include testing and/or computer aided design.

ME 301 Applications of Thermodynamics 4R-0L-4C F,W
Prerequisites: ES 201 Conservation & Accounting Principles 4R-0L-4C F,W* or CE 205 Thermodynamics 4R-0L-4C F *With a grade of C or better
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Extend the conservation and accounting framework to examine energy-conversion systems. Topics include thermodynamic properties of pure substances, gas mixtures, exergy analyses, power and refrigeration cycles, psychrometric processes, combustion, and propulsion.

ME 302 Heat Transfer 4R-0L-4C S,F
Prerequisites: MA 211 Differential Equations 4R-0L-4C F,W,S, and ES 202 Fluid Systems 2 2/3R-1L-3C W,S or CHE 301 Fluid Mechanics 4R-0L-4C F,S or EM 301 Fluid Mechanics 4R-0L-4C S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Introduces the basic modes of heat transfer, heat transfer properties, steady and unsteady one-dimensional heat conduction, free and forced convection, radiation and heat exchangers. Other topics may include numerical methods and boiling and condensation.

ME 305 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering 4R-0L-4C S
Prerequisites: ES 202 Fluid Systems 2 2/3R-1L-3C W,S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Application of fundamental engineering concepts to aerospace systems. Aircraft performance and stability. Physical properties of the standard atmosphere. Aerodynamics of the airplane including lift, drag and pitching moment estimation. Introduction to orbital mechanics.

ME 317 Design for Manufacturing 4R-0L-4C W
Prerequisites: EM 104 Graphical Communications 1R-2L-2C F
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

This is an introductory course that examines the interactions between design and manufacturing from the designer's point of view. Common manufacturing processes will be introduced and design guidelines will be developed for each process. The successful student will leave this class with an appreciation that a designer must consider the method of manufacture during the design process to ensure that a product is functional, economically viable, and safe.

ME 318 Material Processing in Manufacturing 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisites: ME 328 Materials Engineering 4R-0L-4C W
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

An introductory course in the control of the properties of materials during manufacturing. Covers the interrelationship between material properties and the principal manufacturing processes like hot and cold working, casting, welding, heat treating and machining. Emphasizes the importance of considering manufacturability when making material selection decisions in design.

ME 321 Measurement Systems 3R-3L-4C W,S
Prerequisites: EM 103 Introduction to Design 1R-3L-2C S, and ES 205 Analysis & Design of Engineering Systems 3R-3L-4C S,F, and MA 223 Engineering Statistics I 4R-0L-4C F,W,S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Fundamentals of measurement systems in mechanical engineering including transducer operation, signal conditioning, data reduction, and presentation of results. Transducer and measurement system characteristics including resolution, sensitivity, loading, time response, and frequency response. Operating principles of basic instrumentation for measurement of mechanical quantities such as force, torque, pressure, temperature, and flow. Topics include uncertainty analysis, data analysis, calibration, data acquisition, presentation of results, and an introduction to experiment design.

ME 323 Numerical Methods in Engineering 1R-3L-2C W,S
Prerequisites: ME 123 Computer Programming 4R-0L-4C F,W,S or CSSE 120 Introduction to Software Development 3R-3L-4C F,W,S, and MA 212 Matrix Algebra & Systems of Differential Equations 4R-0L-4C F,W,S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Engineering problems often lead to analytically intractable equations. This course combines structured programming and applied numerical methods to obtain approximate engineering solutions. Strategies include root finding, numerical integration, finite difference, initial value and boundary value problems. Matlab is used as the programming language for solving iterative problems numerically.

ME 327 Numerical Methods of Engineering Analysis 3R-3L-4C W,S
Prerequisites: ME 123 Computer Programming 4R-0L-4C F,W,S or BE 100 Problem Solving in the Biological Sciences & Engineering 3R-3L-4C S or CSSE 120 Introduction to Software Development 3R-3L-4C F,W,S, MA 212 Matrix Algebra & Systems of Differential Equations 4R-0L-4C F,W,S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

This is an inter-disciplinary course focusing on the generation and interpretation of numerical solutions and the processing of numerical data for engineering problems. Topics include approximate solutions to nonlinear algebraic and differential equations, initial and boundary value problems, numerical integration and differentiation, optimization, data conditioning, and regression analysis. Trade-offs between accuracy and cost are emphasized. Matlab is used as the programming language.

ME 328 Materials Engineering 4R-0L-4C W
Prerequisites: CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 3R-0L-3C F,W,S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Introduces properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Relates material processing to properties through underlying material structure. Overviews the materials available to engineers and discusses applications and material selection.

ME 380 Creative Design 4R-0L-4C W
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Emphasis on the creative process in engineering design. Students will develop their design capability by exploring various conceptual blocks, using creative enhancement techniques and participating in on-the-spot design.

ME 393 Selected Topics in Design As assigned. Maximum 4 credits per term. F,W,S
Prerequisites: Junior class standing
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Selected student design projects. May include testing and/or computer aided design.

ME 397 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Topics of current interest in mechanical engineering at the 300-level.

ME 401 Foundations of Fluid Mechanics 3R-3L-4C
Prerequisites: ES 202 Fluid Systems 2 2/3R-1L-3C W,S or EM 301 Fluid Mechanics 4R-0L-4C S or MA 212 Matrix Algebra & Systems of Differential Equations 4R-0L-4C F,W,S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Covers the fundamental concepts of fluid dynamics with an emphasis on physical understanding. Topics include control-volume and differential analyses of fluid motion, similitude, potential flow, vorticity transport, low Reynolds number flow, boundary-layer physics, turbulent transport, and compressible flow. Numerical and experimental methods for solving fluid engineering problem are introduced in a weekly laboratory including wind tunnel, particle image velocimetry, hot wire anemometry, and optical techniques. Other topics may be added or deleted as needed.

ME 402 Advanced Heat Transfer 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisites: ME 302 Heat Transfer 4R-0L-4C S,F
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

This course covers additional topics in conduction, convection and radiation heat transfer as well as an introduction to mass transfer, phase change and numerical methods.

ME 403 Kinematics of Machinery 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisites: ES 204 Mechanical Systems 2 2/3R-1L-3C W,S, and ME 323 Numerical Methods in Engineering 1R-3L-2C W,S or CSSE 220 Object-Oriented Software Development 3R-3L-4C F,W,S or ECE 230 Introduction to Embedded Systems 3R-3L-4C W,S or MA 332 Introduction to Computational Science 4R-0L-4C F,W
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

This is an introduction to kinematics, the study of the motion of machinery without regard to forces. Students perform both kinematic analysis and kinematic design of planar and spatial mechanisms, cams, and gear trains. Computer programming is used for iterative methods in both analysis and design. A design project is assigned to explore a particular kinematics problem in detail.

ME 405 Theoretical Aerodynamics 4R-0L-4C W
Prerequisites: ES 202 Fluid Systems 2 2/3R-1L-3C W,S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Introduction to aerodynamics theory. Development of equations of conservation of mass and momentum. Vorticity, induced velocity and irrotational flow. Stream function, velocity potential, Laplace's equation and the principle of superposition. Flow about a body, the Kutta-Joukowski Theorem. Concepts of thin airfoil and finite wing theory. Exact solutions to elementary viscous flow problems.

ME 406 Control Systems 3R-3L-4C F
Prerequisites: ES 205 Analysis & Design of Engineering Systems 3R-3L-4C S,F
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Basic principles of feedback control theory. Mathematical modeling and performance analysis of dynamical systems. Includes stability analysis, root locus compensation and design, frequency response analysis. Implementation of control system analysis and design is gained with several laboratory experiences.

ME 407 Power Plants 4R-0L-4C S
Prerequisites: ME 301 Applications of Thermodynamics 4R-0L-4C F,W
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Steam, cogeneration and combined cycles are studied with the aid of property software. Various components of the cycles are studied in detail. A survey of alternative power sources is presented. Tours of power plants are taken when available.

ME 408 Renewable Energy 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisites: ES 202 Fluid Systems 2 2/3R-1L-3C W,S or equivalent
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Covers renewable energy sources such as solar heating and cooling, wind energy, biomass, and photovoltaic energy. Surveys the energy availability of these sources and life cycle cost and present value used to evaluate the system. Students will design a system which utilizes a renewable energy source and economically evaluate the system.

ME 409 Air Conditioning 4R-0L-4C S
Prerequisites: ES 202 Fluid Systems 2 2/3R-1L-3C W,S, and ME 302 Heat Transfer 4R-0L-4C S,F
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Human comfort and the properties of air. Air conditioning in residences, public and industrial buildings using vapor compression and absorption units. Cooling loads, psychrometry, fans, duct sizing and layout, automatic control, and acoustic design considerations.

ME 410 Internal Combustion Engines 4R-0L-4C F
Prerequisites: ES 202 Fluid Systems 2 2/3R-1L-3C W,S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Study of spark ignition and compression ignition engines. Influences of engine design features on performance, economy, and air pollution. Influence of the combustion process, carburetion, fuel injection and ignition characteristics on engine operation.

ME 411 Propulsion Systems 4R-0L-4C S
Prerequisites: ME 301 Applications of Thermodynamics 4R-0L-4C F,W
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Application of basic principles in the study of the performance characteristics of air and space vehicles. Aerodynamics of steady one dimensional isentropic compressible flow. Shock waves, gas turbines, turbojet, turbofan, turboprop, turboshaft, ram jet, rocket, nuclear propulsion and space propulsion systems are discussed and compared.

ME 415 Corrosion & Engineering Materials 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisites: ME 328 Materials Engineering 4R-0L-4C W or CHE 315 Materials Science and Engineering 4R-0L-4C F,S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Presents fundamentals of metallurgy and corrosion mechanisms in engineering metals. Discusses various classes of corrosion and methods of mitigating corrosion with emphasis on practical situations.

ME 416 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, surface and bulk micromachining, thin-film deposition, dry and wet etching, photolithography, process integration, simple actuators. Introduction to microfluidic systems. MEMS applications: capacitive accelerometer, cantilever and pressure sensor. Cross-listed with EP 410, ECE 416, and CHE 405.

ME 417 Advanced Materials Engineering 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisites: ME 328 Materials Engineering 4R-0L-4C W, and EM 203 Mechanics of Materials 4R-0L-4C W or EM 204 Statics & Mechanics of Materials II 4R-0L-4C F, S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Fundamentals of deformation and fracture in metals, polymers, and ceramics with application to design. Emphasis on time-temperature dependence of polymers, brittle behavior of advanced ceramics, and the fracture mechanics approach to design of high strength and critical application materials.

ME 419 Advanced MEMS: Modeling & Packaging 3R-3L-4C F
Prerequisites: EP 410 Introduction to MEMS: Fabrication & Applications 3R-3L-4C S or equivalent
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Design process, modeling; analytical and numerical. Actuators; dynamics and thermal issues. Use of software for layout and simulation. Characterization and reliability of MEMS devices. Electrical interfacing and packaging of MEMS. Microsensors, microfluidic systems, applications in engineering, biology, chemistry, and physics.

ME 420 Consulting Engineering Seminar 2R-0L-2C S
Prerequisites: Junior class standing
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Discusses problems in the field of consulting engineering; seminars presented by practicing consulting engineers. Cross-listed with BE 400, ECE 466, CHE 420, and CE 420.

ME 421 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory 0R-6L-2C F,W
Prerequisites: ME 321 Measurement Systems 3R-3L-4C W,S, and RH 330 Technical & Professional Communication 4R-OL-4C W,S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Introduction to engineering experimentation, centered on an experimental project planned and executed by students. Uncertainty analysis, instrumentation systems, and statistical design of experiments. Emphasis on project on project planning and execution, developing a scope of work, interim deliverables, and reporting engineering results.

ME 422 Finite Elements for Engineering Applications 4R-1L-4C W
Prerequisites: EM 204 Statics & Mechanics of Materials II 4R-0L-4C F, S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Introduces finite element methodology from a strongly theoretical perspective. Emphasizes solving various one-dimensional, transient, non-linear problem statements including heat conduction, beam deflection, convection/diffusion (transport), gas dynamic shocks, and open channel flows. Assesses higher order bases, time stepping procedures, iterative solvers, and finite difference methodologies. Utilizes Matlab for computational experiments.

ME 424 Composite Materials & Mechanics 3R-3L-4C Arranged
Prerequisites: ES 202 Fluid Systems 2 2/3R-1L-3C W,S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Introduces materials and mechanics of composites with emphasis on high performance polymer matrix composites. Topics include material selection, laminate analysis, manufacturing, joining, and testing. A team design-built-test project is required.

ME 425 Aerospace Engineering Laboratory 1R-3L-2C
Prerequisites: ES 202 Fluid Systems 2 2/3R-1L-3C W,S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Introduction to experiment planning and execution. Projects involve wind tunnel testing including measurement of forces and moments and flow visualization. Student organized and executed with direct faculty consultation. Emphasis on written presentation.

ME 426 Turbomachinery 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisites: ES 205 Analysis & Design of Engineering Systems 3R-3L-4C S,F or consent of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Introduces the theory and issues related to the design of axial and radial flow turbines, compressors and pumps. Euler's equation and vector diagrams are used to evaluate energy transfer and efficiency.

ME 427 Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics 3R-3L-4C F
Prerequisites: ES 202 Fluid Systems 2 2/3R-1L-3C W,S, and ME 323 Numerical Methods in Engineering 1R-3L-2C W,S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Covers the key components of a CFD calculation: mesh generation, numerical algorithm and turbulence modeling. Survey of solution strategy includes both the finite volume and the finite difference methods. Issues on formal order of accuracy, dissipation, dispersion, stability and space-time coupling are discussed in detail. Both structured programs and commercial software will be used as vehicles in obtaining a CFD solution.

ME 430 Mechatronic Systems 3R-3L-4C F,W
Prerequisites: ME 323 Numerical Methods in Engineering 1R-3L-2C W,S or CSSE 220 Object-Oriented Software Development 3R-3L-4C F,W,S or ECE 230 Introduction to Embedded Systems 3R-3L-4C W,S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Applications of microprocessors and microcontrollers and digital electronics to the design and utilizations of embedded control systems in smart systems and products. Topics include Boolean logic and algebra, system hardware and software development, and interfacing for mechanical applications.

ME 435 Robotics Engineering 3R-3L-4C S
Prerequisites: ME 430 Mechatronic Systems 3R-3L-4C F,W or ECE 230 Introduction to Embedded Systems 3R-3L-4C W,S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Interdisciplinary course in robotics focusing on communication, software development, kinematics, robot GUI design, sensing, control, and system integration. Labs in the course cover MATLAB GUI development with GUIDE, Denavit-Hartenberg parameters, Arduino programming, Arduino to Android communication, Android app development, and OpenCV4Android image recognition. Students in the course will program an Android + Arduino, 6-wheeled mobile robot with 5 DOF servo arm to participate in an outdoor GPS robotics challenge. Cross-listed with CSSE 435.

ME 447 Visualizing Data 4R‐0L‐4C
Prerequisites: Junior class standing
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

The course is about creating truthful and compelling data visuals. We study elements of statistical analysis, programming in R, human perception, graphic design, and visual rhetoric and ethics. After successfully completing this course, students should be able to design effective and truthful data displays, credibly explain their design rationale, produce publication-quality visuals, and credibly critique a data display. Prior experience with R is not required.

ME 450 Combustion 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisites: ME 301 Applications of Thermodynamics 4R-0L-4C F,W
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Study of the thermodynamics and kinetics of combustion processes and the underlying chemical processes. Topics covered include deflagration and detonation waves, combustion of solid, liquid, and gaseous fuels, and environmental impacts of combustion. Laboratory experience via in-class, hands-on exercises.

ME 461 Aircraft Design 4R-0L-4C F
Prerequisites: ME 305 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering 4R-0L-4C S or consent of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Fundamentals of conceptual aircraft design. Aerodynamic analysis, design constraints based on customer requirements, mission profiles, aircraft sizing, optimization, and presentation of performance capabilities. Oral and written communication emphasized. Design teams.

ME 462 Thermal Design 4R-0L-4C W,S
Prerequisites: ES 202 Fluid Systems 2 2/3R-1L-3C W,S, and ME 302 Heat Transfer 4R-0L-4C S,F
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Applications of the thermodynamic, heat transfer, and fluid flow principles to the modeling and design of thermal systems. These systems include pumps, fans, and heat and mass exchangers. A team project which includes the design, construction and testing of a fluid or thermal device or system provides the focus for the course.

ME 470 Capstone Design I 2R-3L-4C F,S
Prerequisites: ES 205 Analysis & Design of Engineering Systems 3R-3L-4C S,F, and EM 204 Statics & Mechanics of Materials II 4R-0L-4C F, S, and ME 301 Applications of Thermodynamics 4R-0L-4C F,W and Junior standing
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Students work in teams with three to five members on design projects furnished from clients. The emphasis is on creating design solutions, with appropriate analyses, to meet stakeholders' needs. In addition to regular meetings with their faculty advisors, the teams are expected to maintain close and continuous communications with their clients during the quarter. The ten week projects culminate in interim reports which are submitted to the clients.

ME 471 Capstone Design II 1R-4L-4C F,W
Prerequisites: ME 470 Capstone Design I 2R-3L-4C F,S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

This course is a continuation of ME470. Students continue work in teams with three to five members developing the project started in ME470. The emphasis is on detailing design solutions identified in the first quarter. In addition to regular meetings with their faculty advisors, the teams are expected to maintain close and continuous communications with their clients during the quarter. The ten week projects culminate in interim reports which are submitted to the clients. This course is intended to be taken in the quarter immediately following ME470.

ME 472 Capstone Design III 1R-4L-4C W,S
Prerequisites: ME 471 Capstone Design II 1R-4L-4C F,W
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

This course is a continuation of ME 471. The student teams test their prototype solutions and transfer the project results to their client. Continuous and regular communication with the outside clients, as well as with the faculty advisors, is expected. The course culminates with a final report that documents the design process. This course is intended to be taken in the quarter immediately following ME471.

ME 480 Machine Component Design 4R-0L-4C S,F
Prerequisites: EM 204 Statics & Mechanics of Materials II 4R-0L-4C F, S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Applications of fundamentals of engineering mechanics in analysis and synthesis of machine components and systems. Special emphases placed on stress/strength analyses and fatigue failures. Design of mechanical components and systems including threaded fasteners, springs, bearings, gears, shafts, clutches, brakes, belts, chains, and couplings.

ME 490 Directed Research As assigned. Maximum 4 credits per term. F,W,S
Prerequisites: Completion of freshman and sophomore course requirements and approval of adviser and course instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Selected projects for student research.

ME 491 Directed Research As assigned. Maximum 4 credits per term. F,W,S
Prerequisites: Completion of freshman and sophomore course requirements and approval of adviser and course instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Selected projects for student research.

ME 493 Selected Topics in Design Hours as assigned. Maximum 4 credits per term. F,W,S
Prerequisites: Senior class standing
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Selected student design projects. May include testing and/or computer aided design.

ME 497 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering 4R-0L-4C Arranged
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Topics of current interests in mechanical engineering.

ME 501 Advanced Thermodynamics 4R-0L-4C F
Prerequisites: ME 301 Applications of Thermodynamics 4R-0L-4C F,W or equivalent
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Study of advanced thermodynamic topics: modeling of transient systems, exergy (availability) analysis, equations of state and thermodynamics relationships for simple, compressible substances.

ME 502 Topics in Heat Transfer 4R-0L-4C Arranged
Prerequisites: ME 302 Heat Transfer 4R-0L-4C S,F
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Course may be repeated for different heat transfer topics.

ME 503 Viscous Fluid Flow 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisites: ME 401 Foundations of Fluid Mechanics 3R-3L-4C S,F
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Material and spatial descriptions of fluid motion. The Reynolds transport equation. The stress tensor and governing equations for the motion of viscous fluids. Newtonian fluids, the Navier-Stokes equations. Asymptotic solutions including fully developed channel flow, oscillating flat plate, wakes and jets. Introduction to boundary layers and turbulent flow including Reynolds averaging.

ME 505 Modeling & Simulation of Dynamic Systems 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisites: ES 205 Analysis & Design of Engineering Systems 3R-3L-4C S,F, and MA 212 Matrix Algebra & Systems of Differential Equations 4R-0L-4C F,W,S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Modeling and simulation of engineering components and systems. Emphasis on a unified work-energy approach to modeling physical systems, model formulation using a differential-algebraic form of Lagrange's equation, and the numerical solution of the resulting initial-value problem. Applications are explored using modeling and simulation projects.

ME 506 Advanced Control Systems 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisites: ME 406 Control Systems 3R-3L-4C F or equivalent or consent of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Physical models for control; system response, analysis and design. Time domain; system response, analysis and design. Frequency domain; state variable representation/description; stability, controllability, observability; linear quadratic regulator, pole-placement, state estimation/observers.

ME 507 Applied Nonlinear Control Systems 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisites: ME 406 Control Systems 3R-3L-4C F or equivalent or consent of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Analysis and design of controls for inherently nonlinear systems and the use of nonlinear elements in design. Techniques for analysis and design include, stability by Liaqunov, describing functions, phase plane analysis, sliding control, adaptive control and control of multi-input systems.

ME 510 Gas Dynamics 4R-0L-4C F
Prerequisites: ES 202 Fluid Systems 2 2/3R-1L-3C W,S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Introduction to the dynamics of a compressible flow. Equations of motion for subsonic and supersonic flow. Nozzle flow. Normal and oblique shock waves, Prandtl-Meyer flow. Steady and unsteady, one dimensional gas flow with friction and heat transfer.

ME 511 Numerical Methods for Dynamic Systems Analysis 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisites: ES 205 Analysis & Design of Engineering Systems 3R-3L-4C S,F, and ME 323 Numerical Methods in Engineering 1R-3L-2C W,S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Applications of approximate numerical solution techniques, including the finite element method, to the analysis of dynamic, continuous systems. Introduction to variational principles in mechanics for purposes of formulating governing equations of motion.

ME 512 Light Weight Structures 4R-0L-4C S
Prerequisites: MA 212 Matrix Algebra & Systems of Differential Equations 4R-0L-4C F,W,S, and EM 203 Mechanics of Materials 4R-0L-4C W or EM 204 Statics & Mechanics of Materials II 4R-0L-4C F, S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Applies the principles of mechanics to the structural analysis of mechanical and aerospace components. Covers stress tensors, shear flow in open and closed sections, beam columns, unsym-metrical bending. Castigliano's theorem, statically indeterminate structures , thin walled pressure vessels, introduction to elasticity.

ME 513 Environmental Noise 4R-0L-4C F
Prerequisites: Senior class standing
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Introduces noise and its sources as a potential public health hazard. Covers the basics of sound propagation relating to noise measurement and analysis. Emphasizes effects on humans and the environment. Covers methods of noise and vibration control and abatement including absorption, enclosures, vibration isolation, damping, and mufflers. Team projects involving noise measurement and reduction are required.

ME 516 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, surface and bulk micromachining, thin-film deposition, dry and wet etching, photolithography, process integration, simple actuators. Introduction to microfluidic systems. MEMS applications: capacitive accelerometer, cantilever and pressure sensor. Cross-listed with EP 510, ECE 516, CHE 505, and BE 516.

ME 518 Advanced Kinematics 4R-0L-4C S
Prerequisites: ME 403 Kinematics of Machinery 4R-0L-4C F, S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Considers the analysis, design, and simulation of planar and spatial mechanisms. The mechanisms examined are parallel manipulators, serial manipulators, and compliant mechanisms. These mechanisms are analyzed for position, velocity, acceleration, and workspace. The techniques used for the analysis include vector approaches, homogeneous transformations, and dual number techniques.

ME 519 Advanced MEMS: Modeling & Packaging 3R-3L-4C F
Prerequisites: EP 410 Introduction to MEMS: Fabrication & Applications 3R-3L-4C S or equivalent
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Design process, modeling; analytical and numerical. Actuators; dynamics and thermal issues. Use of software for layout and simulation. Characterization and reliability of MEMS devices. Electrical interfacing and packaging of MEMS. Microsensors, microfluidic systems, applications in engineering, biology, chemistry, and physics. Cross-listed with ECE 519, EP 511, and CHE 519.

ME 520 Computer-Aided Design & Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) 4R-0L-4C W
Prerequisites: EM 104 Graphical Communications 1R-2L-2C F and Senior class standing
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Use and management of computer in engineering for drafting, design management, documentation, and manufacturing. Covers drafting methods and standards, design data management, CNC operations and implementation.

ME 522 Advanced Finite Element Analysis 4R-1L-4C S
Prerequisites: ME 422 Finite Elements for Engineering Applications 4R-1L-4C W
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

A continuation of ME 422. Includes multi-dimensional extensions of 2-D theory for transient, nonlinear problem statements in engineering. Utilizes Matlab and Ansys for developing and assessing FEA solutions to real world problems via theory developed in ME 422.

ME 526 Turbomachinery 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisites: ES 205 Analysis & Design of Engineering Systems 3R-3L-4C S,F or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Introduces the theory and issues related to the design of axial and radial flow turbines, compressors and pumps. Euler's equation and vector diagrams are used to evaluate energy transfer and efficiency. Students enrolled in ME 526 must complete a design project including complexities not covered in ME 426. Students may not receive credit for both ME 426 and ME 526

ME 527 Computational Fluid Dynamics 3R-3L-4C
Prerequisites: ES 202 Fluid Systems 2 2/3R-1L-3C W,S, and ME 323 Numerical Methods in Engineering 1R-3L-2C W,S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Covers the key components of a CFD calculation: mesh generation, numerical algorithm and turbulence modeling. Survey of solution strategy includes both the finite volume and the finite difference methods. Issues on formal order of accuracy, dissipation, dispersion, stability and space-time coupling are discussed in detail. Both structured programs and commercial software will be used as vehicles in obtaining a CFD solution. Students enrolled in ME527 must complete a design project not covered in ME 427. Students may not receive credit for both ME 427 and ME 527.

ME 536 Computational Intelligence in Control Engineering 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisites: ME 406 Control Systems 3R-3L-4C F or equivalent, or consent of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Machine learning and adaptation applied to feedback control, guidance and navigation. Neural Networks for pattern recognition, modeling and control. Radial basis function model identification by recursive least squares. Fuzzy logic controllers. Genetic algorithm for optimization and turning of controllers including fuzzy logic control.

ME 547 Visualizing Data 4R‐0L‐4C
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and instructor consent.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Same as ME 447 with the added requirement that the course is open only to graduate students having a graduate project or thesis generating quantitative data that the course instructor has agreed meets the 500-level course objectives.

ME 550 Combustion 4 R-0L-4C
Prerequisites: ME 301 Applications of Thermodynamics 4R-0L-4C F,W
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Study of the thermodynamics and kinetics of combustion processes and the underlying chemical processes. Topics covered include deflagration and detonation waves, combustion of solid, liquid, and gaseous fuels, and environmental impacts of combustion. Laboratory experience via in-class, hands-on exercises. Students enrolled in ME 550 must complete a design project not covered in ME 450. Students may not receive credit for both ME 450 and ME 550.

ME 590 Thesis Research As assigned F,W,S
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Credits as assigned; however, not more than 12 credits will be applied toward the requirements of an M.S. degree.

ME 597 Selected Topics for Graduate Students As assigned. Maximum 4 credits per term. F,W,S
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Topics arranged by instructor.

ME 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.