Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

The department offers programs leading to the master of science in mechanical engineering degree and the doctor of philosophy in mechanical engineering.

Programs

Two basic plans are available for earning an MS degree, one requiring a thesis (Plan I) and one not requiring a thesis (Plan II).  The Plan II option is also available via distance to off-campus students.  During the first semester, a student enrolled in any graduate program should form a supervisory committee and, in counsel with an adviser, submit a program of courses for the degree. Forms and information for this purpose can be obtained from the departmental office.

Research

The department has active research programs in acoustics, additive manufacturing, additive repair, additive friction stir, in automotive engineering, acoustics, biomedical engineering, combustion, computational modeling and simulation, computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer, internal combustion engines, control systems, dynamic systems and control, IC engines, control systems, energy systems, energy conservation, fatigue and fracture mechanics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, high strain rate mechanics, HVAC, manufacturing, materials processing and characterization, mechatronics, renewable & sustainable energy, robotics, smart manufacturing structural mechanics, sustainable manufacturing, vehicle dynamics, and vibrations. To support research, the department maintains well-equipped laboratories for bio-robotics, controls, combustion, computational mechanics, engines, energy assessment, computer-aided automation, HVAC, manufacturing, numerical modeling, structures, vibro-acoustics and sound quality, metrology and precision engineering, and vehicles.manufacturing, propulsion and space exploration, vibrations, and vehicle dynamics. To support research, the department maintains well-equipped laboratories for engines, computer-aided automation, numerical modeling, vibro-acoustics and sound quality, metrology and precision engineering, combustion, and propulsion and space exploration. The department also maintains a modularized area capable of supporting many separate projects, as well as a student machine shop. Students have easy access to modern computer facilities, including a departmental computer room.

Faculty

Chair
  • K. Clark Midkiff
Professor
  • K. Clark Midkiff

Courses

ME
501
Hours
3
Mech Engr Analysis I

Analysis of mechanical engineering systems; presentations and application of advanced analysis techniques for continuous and discrete dynamic systems.

ME
503
Hours
3
Intermed Gas Dynamics

Basic equations and concepts of compressible flow; shock and expansion waves; and development of the generalized one-dimensional equations and solution of these equations for various types of flow, using computer software.

ME
506
Hours
3
Found Thermal Power Gen

Thermal power systems; components, process analysis and modeling, fuels, combustion, environmental aspects, and availability analysis in steam and gas turbine plants. Examination of recent trends such as cogeneration and combined cycles.

ME
509
Hours
3
Intermed Heat Transfer

Intermediate treatment of conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer.

Prerequisite(s): ME 309 and AEM 311
ME
516
Hours
3
Fnd Energy Conserv & Mgt

Analysis and management of energy use in residential, commercial, and industrial applications, including lighting, heating and cooling, controls, and energy management systems. Topics include economics, auditing, energy management, and alternative energy sources.

ME
518
Hours
3
Princ of Combustion I

Combustion thermodynamics, flame temperature and equilibrium compositions, ignition processes, detonation and deflagration, diffusion flames, and similitude; assigned papers.

ME
522
Hours
3
Reliability Maint & TPM

No description available.

ME
530
Hours
3
Fuzzy Set Theory & Application

No description available.

Prerequisite(s): GES 257
ME
562
Hours
3
Intermediate Dynamics

Dynamics of systems in moving coordinate frames; Lagrangian formulation and Hamilton's principle; stability and perturbation concepts for rigid body motion; motion of systems of rigid bodies in three dimensions.

ME
570
Hours
3
Mechanical Vibrations

Formulation and solution of free and forced vibration problems for undamped and damped systems with single and multiple degrees of freedom. Both modal and frequency response techniques are discussed. An introduction to continuous systems is included.

ME
571
Hours
3
Fundamentl Of Acoustics

Fundamental physical principles underlying wave propagation and resonance in mechanical systems. Introduces applications and provides experience in acoustic and audio measurements and the associated instrumentation.

ME
577
Hours
3
Advanced Linear Control

Modern techniques for the analysis and design of linear control systems. Matrix formulation; multivariable control systems; state-variable concepts; discrete-time systems; optimization; and statistical design methods.

ME
583
Hours
3
Computer-Aided Manufacturing

Introduction and application of several technologies used in computer-aided design/manufacturing, including computer-aided design, solid modeling, rapid prototyping, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, machining process optimization, NC programming CNC machines, software-based product, and process design in machining.

ME
585
Hours
3
Computer-Aided Design

Basics of computer-aided design including solid modeling, model assembly, structural and thermal analysis, mechanism simulation, and parametric/optimization study. Interactive computer programs are used to design and analyze mechanical components/devices.

ME
591
Hours
1-3
Special Problems

Credit awarded is based on the amount of work undertaken.

ME
594
Hours
2-6
Special Project

Planning, executing, and presenting results of an individual project involving a research design, analysis, or similar undertaking.

ME
598
Hours
1-3
Non-Thesis Research

No description available.

ME
599
Hours
1-12
Thesis Research

No description available.

ME
605
Hours
3
Classical Thermodynamics

Classical macroscopic thermodynamic analysis of systems, pure substances, mixtures, and reacting systems.

ME
607
Hours
3
Condution Heat Transfer

Transient, multidimensional heat conduction in various geometries, and the mathematical and numerical means to analyze them.

ME
609
Hours
3
Convection Heat Transfer

Laminar and turbulent internal and external flow, natural convection, and the mathematical and numerical means to analyze them.

ME
618
Hours
3
Princ Of Combustion II

Parameters of confined combustion; evaporation of fuel, velocity of flames, detonation, and chamber design; dynamic effects; and measuring techniques. Assigned papers.

ME
674
Hours
3
Nonlinear Control Systems

Analysis of nonlinear systems. Nonlinear controller design techniques. State variables, phase plane analysis, describing functions, and Lyapunov stability theory.

Prerequisite(s): ME 475 OR ECE 475
ME
691
Hours
1-6
Special Problems

No description available.

ME
694
Hours
2-6
Special Project

Planning, executing, and presenting results of an individual project involving a research design, analysis, or similar undertaking.

ME
698
Hours
1-3
Non-Dissertation Res

No description available.

ME
699
Hours
1-12
Dissertation Research

No description available.