Mechanical Engineering Courses

ME
121
Hours
1
Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

An introduction to the discipline of mechanical engineering and the role of the mechanical engineer, including both mechanical and thermal/fluid stems. Focus is on learning about the discipline through a series of student hands-on activities. Credit will not be given for this course for students who have passed ME 215.

Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: MATH 112 or MATH 113 or MATH 115 or MATH 125 or MATH 126 or MATH 145 or MATH 146 or MATH 227 or MATH 238
ME
215
Hours
3
Thermodynamics I

Properties of matter; processes in fluids; zeroth; first and second laws; irreversibility.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 126 or MATH 146 or MATH 132
ME
216
Hours
3
Thermal Engineering Survey

Survey of thermal engineering topics for engineers outside mechanical engineering. To include an overview of subjects typically covered in courses about fluid mechanics, thermo-dynamics I and II, and heat transfer. An emphasis is placed on qualitative concepts of transport and conservation as they relate to thermal-fluids in order to increase the understanding of thermal engineering applications.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 126 or MATH 146
ME
305
Hours
3
Thermodynamics II

Thermodynamic cycle analysis; thermodynamics of non-reacting and reacting mixtures; and chemical equilibrium.

Prerequisite(s): ME 215
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: MATH 227 or MATH 247
ME
309
Hours
3
Heat Transfer

Steady and unsteady conduction, convection and radiation heat transfer.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 238 and ME 215 and AEM 311
ME
349
C
Hours
3
Engineering Analysis

Elements of statistics, matrix algebra, numerical analysis, and partial differential equations applied to engineering problems; includes extensive computer applications. Computing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 238
Computer Science
ME
350
Hours
4
Static Machine Components

The analysis of stresses of machine elements and the topics of fatigue strength, and failure criteria. Also includes the design of fasteners covering both bolted and welded joints, as well as an introduction to finite element analysis.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 250, AEM 251, and (ENGR 161 or ENGR 171)
ME
360
W
Hours
3
Contrl Instrumnt Components

Introduction to selection and use of electrical, pneumatic, and other components of mechanical system instrumentation and control. Specific components include modern electrical measurement devices, signal conditioning, force and torque measurement, proximity sensors, AC and DC motors, etc. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course. A student who does not write with the skill normally required of an upper-division student will not earn a passing grade, no matter how well the student performs in other areas of the course.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 250; and ECE 320 or ECE 225
Writing
ME
364
Hours
3
Vehicle Dynamics

Dynamics of four-wheeled vehicles, including acceleration and braking performance, road loads, ride comfort, steady-state cornering, suspensions, steering systems, and rollover. Vehicle dynamics system modeling programs are introduced and used for detailed investigations of the effect of system design parameters on performance.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 264
ME
372
C
Hours
3
Dynamic Systems

An introduction to the modeling, analysis and control of dynamic systems. The course takes the student from initial modeling through analysis of the system response and finally into the control of the system. Specific systems include mechanical devices, electrical circuits, and electromechanical systems. Computing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 238 and AEM 264 and ME 349; and ECE 320 or ECE 225
Computer Science
ME
377
Hours
3
Noise Control

Physical properties of noise; hearing and noise criteria measurement techniques; and noise-control fundamentals applied to practical problems.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 238, and PH 106 or PH 126
ME
383
Hours
3
Modern Manufacturg Processes

A survey of classical and modern manufacturing processes. Emphasis is on technical fundamentals and practical applications. Components include geometric and service attributes of manufactured products, metal casting processes, forming processes, machine processes, joining processes, and additive manufacturing.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 250, MTE 271 and (ENGR 161 or ENGR 171)
ME
406
Hours
3
Thermal Power Systems

Study of thermal systems emphasizing large power generation systems. Topics include Rankine and gas turbine cycles, fossil fuels combustion, boiler characteristics, cogeneration, combined cycle plants, environmental effects of power generation, and alternative energy concepts.

Prerequisite(s): ME 305
ME
407
Hours
3
Heatg Ventilat Air-Condg

Fundamentals and practice associated with heating, ventilating and air conditioning; study of heat and moisture flow in structures, energy consumption, human comfort and health; and design of practical systems.

Prerequisite(s): ME 309 and ME 305
ME
416
Hours
3
Energy Conservtn & Manag

Analysis of energy systems, including fossil fuels, steam, cogeneration, waste heat recovery, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, control and energy-management systems. Topics include conservation in electrical load, lighting, building envelope, and insulation; alternative energy sources; economic analysis; energy auditing; and fuel sources and supplies.

Prerequisite(s): ME 309 and ME 305 and ECE 320 or ECE 225
ME
417
Hours
3
Sustainable Energy

Contemporary issues surrounding the challenge of providing energy for societal and economic development are examined. Depletion of fossil fuel resources and the impact of fossil fuel use on the environment and climate are considered. Alternative Sustainable sources of energy production are explored.

Prerequisite(s): ME 305
ME
418
Hours
3
Combustion Engines

Theory, design, and performance of combustion engines; fuels, oxidants, and propellants; and combustion, dissociation, ionization, and engine emissions.

Prerequisite(s): ME 305
ME
421
Hours
3
Reliability and Maintainability Engineering

This course is designed to introduce upper-level undergraduate engineering students to reliability and maintainability measures, models, and prediction methods. The course also covers preventive maintenance techniques and philosophies such as FMEA and Reliability Centered Maintenance.

Prerequisite(s): GES 255 or GES 400 or ME 349
ME
430
Hours
3
Fuzzy Set Theory & Application

The course covers the basic concepts in fuzzy set theory, fuzzy logic, and approximate reasoning. Relation between fuzzy set theory, probability theory, and possibility theory is discussed. Applications of fuzzy set theory in manufacturing systems are outlined.

Prerequisite(s): GES 255 OR GES 400/500 OR ME 349
ME
440
Hours
3
Failure of Engineering Materials

Understand how structural components fail and apply the proper techniques for a failure analysis investigation. Demonstrate the ability to identify and differentiate fractographic features of material failure including overload and progressive failures (ductile, brittle, fatigue, creep, corrosion, wear). Practical failure analysis project experience included.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 250 and AEM 251 and MTE 271 and ME 350 and ME 383
ME
450
Hours
3
Dynamic Machine Components

This course covers the selection and application of machine elements in dynamic systems. Specific components covered include transmission elements (gears and pulleys), mechanisms (linkages and cams), shafting, bearing systems and prime movers.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 264 and ME 350
ME
456
Hours
3
Mechatronics

This is the introductory course to the field of Mechatronics and Robotics. It covers fundamentals of electronics required for mechatronics systems, introduction to microcontroller programming and interfacing, data acquisition, sensing and actuation. The course is a mix of instructional theory and lab, coupled with an independent exploratory project.

Prerequisite(s): ME 360 and ME 372
ME
460
W
Hours
4
Energy Systems: Analysis and Measurement

Selection and use of basic thermal systems measurement instrumentation. Techniques of analysis and design of thermal systems, including piping networks, heat exchangers, and pumping systems. Hands on experience with these systems. Statistical design of experiments. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course. A student who does not write with the skill normally required of an upper-division student will not earn a passing grade, no matter how well the student performs in other areas of the course.

Prerequisite(s): ME 309 & ME 360 - each must have a minimum grade of C-.
Writing
ME
470
Hours
3
Mechanical Vibrations

Free and forced vibrations, both undamped and damped, and systems with many degrees of freedom formulated and analyzed by matrix methods. Experimental techniques of vibration measurement are introduced.

Prerequisite(s): ME 372 and AEM 250
ME
471
Hours
3
Fundamentals 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.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 238, and PH 106 or PH 126, and ECE 225 or ECE 320
ME
472
Hours
3
Introduction to Robotic Kinematics

Teach the fundamental concepts in robot mechanics, planning and control, and enable the students to conduct basic kinematic and dynamic analysis for manipulator-type and mobile robots.

Prerequisite(s): ME 360 and ME 372
ME
475
Hours
3
Control Systems Analysis

Classical and modern feedback-control system analysis; block diagrams, state variables, stability, root locus and computerized analysis. Includes an introduction to modern control techniques.

Prerequisite(s): ME 349 and ME 372
ME
489
Hours
3
Mechanical Engineering Design I

Introduction to concepts and techniques of engineering design with supporting mathematical material. Guest lecturers present professional aspects of engineering. The Capstone Design Project is begun and carried on through ME 490 (ME 489 and ME 490 are taken in consecutive semesters).

Prerequisite(s): ME 305 and ME 309 and ME 350
ME
490
Hours
3
Mechanical Engineering Design II

In this course, student teams serve as consultants to a client. Emphasis is on conducting a professional design study and preparing written and oral presentations of the project.

Prerequisite(s): ME 489
ME
491
Hours
1-6
Special Problems

This is a special topics lecture class or an assigned problem class. Credit is based on the amount of work undertaken.

ME
497
Hours
1-3
Mechanical Engineering Project

An individual analytical, experimental or design project. Research on an assigned problem culminates in a required report.