Mechanical Engineering

Course Offerings

ENGR–101 Introduction to Engineering (3 credits)
A hands-on introduction to civil, computer, electrical, and/or mechanical engineering. Topics include the use of the computer in engineering and an introduction to the design process. Student teams led by faculty (typically the students' academic advisor) complete design projects in a particular discipline. Fall.
ENGR–212 Statics (3 credits)
Includes resolution and composition of forces, moments, principles of equilibrium and application to trusses and jointed frames, friction, center of gravity, and second moments of areas. Uses vector analysis throughout. Corequisite: Mathematics 221. Fall, spring.
ENGR–213 Dynamics (3 credits)
Covers rectilinear and curvilinear motions, force, mass, acceleration, projectiles, pendulums, inertia forces in machines, work and energy, impulse and momentum, and impact. Prerequisite: Engineering 212 with a grade of C- or better. Fall, spring.
ENGR–230 Materials Science (3 credits)
Introduces properties of materials, discusses bonding, nature of metals, polymers, ceramics, crystals and crystal defects, and structure sensitive and insensitive properties. Prerequisite: Chemistry 118 or permission of instructor. Spring.
ENGR–232 Mechanics of Materials (3 credits)
Covers general principles of stress and strain, including elastic and inelastic behavior, shear, torsion, stresses in beams, and deflection of beams and columns. Prerequisite: Engineering 212 with a grade of C- or better. Fall, spring.
ENGR–366 Fluid Mechanics (3 credits)
Introduces the physical properties of fluids and the mechanics of fluid flow. Covers general properties of fluids, fluid statics and dynamics, and dimensional analysis. Applications studied include pipe systems, aerodynamic drag, open channel flow, and compressible flow. Prerequisite: Engineering 213. Fall, spring.
ENGR–390 Applied Engineering Mathematics (3 credits)
Develops understanding of practical mathematical analysis with applications in various engineering disciplines. Probability and statistical analysis. Practical numerical analysis. Linear algebra and matrices. Applications in civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering. Prerequisite: Mathematics 222. Fall, spring, summer.
ENGR–409 Engineering Economy and Decision Making (3 credits)
Introduction to engineering economy including cash-flow, time value of money, equivalence, annuities, present and future worth, rate of return, break-even analysis, replacement analysis, and benefit cost analysis. Includes industrial cost measurement techniques, risk analysis, and project scheduling and management techniques. Case studies and guests from industry offer realistic perspective.
ME–197 Integrated Design I (2 credits)
Introduces engineering design as a disciplined, creative, problem-solving process using requirements analysis, functional decomposition, system architecture, and test plans. Students work on team-based project. Students learn basic sketching and machine shop a team environment. Prerequisite: Engineering 101 with a grade of C- or better or permission of the instructor. May be repeated.Spring.
ME–197L Integrated Design I Lab
Introduces engineering design as a disciplined, creative, problem-solving process using requirements analysis, functional decomposition, system architecture, and test plans. Students work on team-based project. Students learn basic sketching and machine shop techniques. Prerequisite: Engineering 101 with a grade of C- or better or permission of of the instructor. May be repeated. Spring.
ME–224 Numerical Methods for Engineers (3 credits)
Fundamental mathematical principles and techniques of numerical methods and how to apply them, using high level computer languages, to solve engineering problems. Develop skills in mathematical computer modeling and analysis of engineering problems. Prerequisites: Engineering 212; Physics 210. Corequisites: Electrical Engineering 210 or permission of instructor; Mathematics 324.
ME–297 Integrated Design II (2 credits)
Introduces computer aided manufacturing. Students are provided the opportunity to work on a large scale project in a team environment. Prerequisite: Mechanical Engineering 197 with a grade of C- or permission of instructor. May be repeated. Spring.
ME–318 Manufacturing Methods (3 credits)
Considers manufcaturing processes for metals and non-metals. Included are casting, forming, machining, welding, and techniques for manufactured plastics. Includes tours of manufcaturing facilities. Corequisites: Engineering 230, 232. Spring.
ME–330 Materials Lab (1 credit)
An integrated series of experiments on the physical and mechanical behavior of materials including the effects of various types of loads, time, temperature and environment. Materials studied include ferrous, plastics and other nonferrous materials. Corequisites: Mechanical Engineering 230, 232. Fall.
ME–342 Machine Anaylsis (3 credits)
Graphical, analytical and computer-aided methods of analyzing displacement,velocity, acceleration and dynamic forces and couples found in mechanisms. Synthesis/design of simple mechanisms. Prerequisite: Mechanical Engineering 213 with a grade of C- or better. Fall.
ME–344 Design of Machine Elements (3 credits)
Theories of failure. Design using factor of safety and reliability.Steady and variable loading, straight and curved sections.Design of gears, shafts and bearings. Prerequisite: Mechanical Engineering 332. Corequisite: Engineering 366. Spring.
ME–360 Thermo/Fluid Dynamics Lab (2 credits)
Fundamental principles and experiments in thermal and fluid systems. Flow measurement, calorimetry, psychrometrics and engine performance. Experimental projects in thermo/fluids engineering. Prerequisite: Mechanical Engineering 362. Corequisite: Mechanical Engineering 366. Spring.
ME–362 Thermodynamics (4 credits)
An introduction to thermodynamic principles and the fundamentals of energy analysis. Properties of pure substances. First and second laws of thermodynamics. Availability and irreversibility. Gas mixtures and psychometrics. Simple gas and vapor cycles. Prerequisite: Chemistry 118. Fall.
ME–368 Heat Transfer (3 credits)
One- and two-dimensional steady and transient conduction in isotropic solids.Numerical methods in conduction. Forced and free convection in single phase fluids. Thermal radiation and radiation heat transfer. Prerequisite: Mechanical Engineering 362. Corequisite: Mechanical Engineering 366. Fall.
ME–397 Integrated Deisgn III (3 credits)
Includes the statistical analysis of experimental data, error analysis and uncertainty analysis. Basic electrical and mechanical sensing devices will be covered as part of the complete data acquisition and processing system. Included is measurementof displacement, velocity, acceleration, pressure,flow, temperature, force, torque, strain vibration and other physical phenomena. Corequisites: Mechanical Engineering 362. Corequisite: Engineering 366. Fall.
ME–424 Engineering Biomechanics (3 credits)
This course is designed to give students the abilities to quantitatively analyze kinematics and kinetics of human movement and to evaluate data collection instrumentation options. Students will develop three-dimensional models of human body segments for purposes of evaluating human motion with respect to specific applications. Students will develop programs of their own to compute human kinetic and kinematic parameters from biomechanical data sets. Prerequisites: ENGR-213, BIOL-112, and MATH-323.
ME–428 Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering (3 credits)
An advanced course in biomedical engineering topics. Example topics include mechanics of biomaterials, dynamics of blood flow, cardiovascular physiology, orthopaedics, and variable current topics based on student interest. Prequisites: ENGR-366 and ENGR-232.
ME–432 Advanced Mechanics of Materials (3 credits)
Relations between loads, deformations, stresses and strains;curved beams; beams on elastic supports; thick-walled cylinders; unsymmetrical bending; failure theories;energy methods for statically indeterminate members.Prerequisite: Engineering 232.
ME–434 Fracture Mechanics (3 credits)
Elements of dislocation theory; properties of mono-crystalline, poly-crystalline,amorphous and polymeric materials; relations between solid state defects and mechanical properties;fatigue, creep and fracture of materials. Prerequisite: Engineering 332.
ME–444 Computer Aided Mechanical Design (3 credits)
Design of fasteners, springs, brakes, clutches, chains and belts. Computer optimization. Principles of concurrent engineering. Parametric modeling software for analysis and design. Prerequisite: Mechanical Engineering 344.
ME–446 Finite Elements (3 credits)
Introduces the finite element method for the solution of problems encountered in stress analysis, heat transfer and fluid mechanics. Theoretical concepts are covered as well as the application of popular computer software packages. Prerequisites: Mechanical Engineering 344; Engineering 366.
ME–448 Mechanical Vibrations (3 credits)
Kinematics of vibratory motion, study of single and multi-degree of freedom systems. Dynamic forces in vibrating systems.Computer applications in vibration analysis. Prerequisite:Mathematics 324; Engineering 213.
ME–452 System Modeling & Control (3 credits)
Mathematical and computer modeling of dynamic lumped parameter mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Response of first and second order systems. Introduction to feedback control of linear systems. Prerequisites: Mechanical Engineering 213; Mathematics 324.
ME–453 Mechatronics (3 credits)
Hands-on use of actuators and sensors in the design of electro-mechanical systems. Systems may include electric motors, shape memory alloys, pneumatic and hydraulic actuators, solenoids, position and proximity sensors. Students learn a synergistic design approach incorporating mechanics, electronics,computer programming and controls. Prerequisites:Mechanical Engineering 397, 452.
ME–462 Advanced Thermodynamics (3 credits)
Real gases and gas mixtures, thermodynamics of state relationships.Combustion and thermochemistry. Concepts of statistical thermodynamics. Prerequisite: Mechanical Engineering 362.
ME–463 Principles of Turbomachinery (3 credits)
Turbomachine classification. Performance characteristics of centrifugal pumps and compressors and radial and axial flow turbines. Basic fluid and thermodynamic analysis of turbomachine flow processes. Rudiments of design.Prerequisites: Mechanical Engineering 362, Engineering 366 or permission of instructor.
ME–465 Internal Combustion Engines (3 credits)
Theoretical and actual cylces, production of torque and combustion modeling. Mechanical design of engines, fuel injection and emission systems. Prerequisites: Mechanical engineering 342, 362
ME–466 Advanced Fluid Mechanics (3 credits)
Advanced topics in fluid mechanics including compressible flow, viscous flow and boundary layer theory and potential flow theory. Use of computers to solve flow problems. Prerequisites: Engineering 366; Mathematics 324.
ME–468 Advanced Heat Transfer (3 credits)
Multidimensional heat conduction. Boiling and condensation heat transfer. Computer-assisted analysis of conduction, convection and radiation. Analysis and design of heat exchangers and other heat transfer systems. Prerequisites: Mechanical Engineering 368; Mathematics 324.
ME–470 Combustion (3 credits)
Covers fundamental concepts of non-reactive ideal gas mixtures, thermochemistry, chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics and reactive gas dynamics (deflagrations and detonations). Prerequisite: Mechanical Engineering 362.
ME–472 Energy Systems (3 credits)
Energy sources and energy conversion. Principles of heat pump systems, solar energy, wind power, fuel cells and introduction to nuclear engineering. Prerequisites: Mechanical Engineering 362, 368.
ME–473 Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (3 credits)
Methods of controlling temperature and humidity in buildings. Calculation of heating and cooling loads. Mechanical systems for heating and air conditioning. Prerequisites: Engineering 366, Mechanical Engineering 362. Corequisite: Mechanical Engineering 368.
ME–474 Environmental Engineering I (3 credits)
Introduces environmental engineering topics, including water quality, water treatment processes, air quality, solid and hazardous waste disposal and ground water hydraulics. Includes a study of environmental laws that affect the design and operation of waste treatment, waste disposal and power generation facilities. Prerequisite: Chemistry 118 with lab. Spring.
ME–476 Power Plant Engineering (3 credits)
Modern central station power generating systems. Turbine cycles and performance. Fuels and combustion equipment. Steam generator design and performance. Rudiments of heat transfer equipment and turbomachinery design. Prerequisites: Engineering 366; Mechanical Engineering 362.
ME–495 Professional Practice I (3 credits)
Introduces concepts of a Total Quality approach to projects and deliverables and associated skills such as project and time management, teaming and negotiations. Projects of intermediate scope are assigned to reinforce lecture material. External speakers discuss topics pertinent to engineers in modern society. A formal proposal is written for the Mechanical Engineering 497 project. Prerequisites: Engineering 366; Mechanical Engineering 344. Corequisite: Mechanical Engineering 368 or permission of instructor.
ME–497 Professional Practice II (3 credits)
Complete the semester-long project proposed in Mechanical Engineering 495.All design aspects and testing documented in a formal written report and defended through an oral presentation of the results to peers, faculty and industrial customers. Prerequisite: Mechanical Engineering 495.
ME–497L Professional Practice II Lab
Complete the semester-long project proposed in Mechanical Engineering 495.All design aspects and testing documented in a formal written report and defended through an oral presentation of the results to peers, faculty and industrial customers. Prerequisite: Mechanical Engineering 495.
ME–498 Independent Study/Mechanical Engeneering (1-3 credits)
Independent study of a topic of interest to the student. Requires faculty sponsor and approved detailed study plan.
ME–499 Special Topics/Mechanical Engineering (1-3 credits)
Formal lecture/laboratory study of topics of special interest. Topics announced. May be repeated. Prerequisites announced when scheduled.