Graduate Course Offerings

The following is a sample of the graduate course offerings in mechanical engineering arranged by Area of Concentration. See official course listings in the Official Catalog Year Course Descriptions via University Bulletin.

 

Mechanical Engineering Areas of Concentration (AoC):

Applied Mechanics and Design; Dynamic Systems and Acoustics; Energy; Materials; Transport Phenomena

There are also groups below for Required Courses and Independent Study Type Courses

 

REQUIRED COURSES

ME 535 - Analytical Methods I

A survey of important analytical and numerical methods for mathematical modeling of engineering and scientific problems. Solution of partial differential equations, including methods for linear equations, separation of variables and eigenfunction expansions ; review of multi-variable calculus, including vector analysis; selected topics in linear algebra, integral transforms and numerical approximation techniques. The analysis methods are introduced in the context of typical engineering applications. Prerequisites: ordinary differential equations, ME 302. Offered in the Fall. 3 credits

ME 635 - Analytical Methods II

Complex variables, complex integrtion, integral transforms, generalized functions, boundary integral methods, functional analysis. Required course for ME PhD students. Prerequisite: ME 535. Offered in the Spring. 3 credits

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APPLIED MECHANICS AND DESIGN

ME 511 - Elasticity

Topics covered include three-dimensional analysis and representation of stress and strain, development of governing equations of elastic media, applications of these equations to two- and three-dimensional problems. Prerequisite: mechanics of materials or consent of instructor. Prerequisite: ME 211 or equivalent. Offered in the Fall. 3 credits

ME 514 - Plasticity

Fundamentals of deformation and strength concepts of isotropic materials. Plastic stress-strain relations, criteria for yielding under multiaxial stress and properties of the yield surface under loading and unloading schemes. Hardness tests and forging problems. Elasto-plastic deformation of torsional and flexural members, hollow spheres and thick-walled tubes. Slip-line analysis for indentation problems, and limit analysis for frame structures and plates. Finite element theory with applications and practical programming experience in a convenient FEM code. Dynamic plasticity experimental methods are discussed. Prerequisites: ME 511 or consent of instructor. Term varies. 3 credits

ME 517 - Finite Element Analysis I

An introductory course in the finite element (FE) method dealing with the fundamental principles. Problems solved in the areas of solid mechanics, structures, fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Use of standard FE software such as ANSYS. Prerequisite: mechanics of materials or consent of instructor. Term varies. 3 credits

ME 518 - Adv. Mechanics Of Materials

Review of equilibrium, compatibility and constitutive laws. Bending and torsion problems. Energy methods. Variational formulations. Stability of elastic systems. Prerequisites: ME 211 or equivalent. Term varies. 3 credits

ME 520/MSE 520 - Mechanics of Composite Mtls

Course introduces the concepts and advantages of composite materials to the graduate student and advanced senior students. It covers the nature of composites and mechanics of composites for analytical approaches to model the behavior of material. Prerequisite: ME 211, ME 562 or equivalent. Term varies. 3 credits

ME 524 - Adv. Mech. Vibrations

Fundamentals of dynamics as applied to mechanically vibrating systems. Equations of motion for systems with multiple degrees of freedom are developed to determine natural modes of vibration of discrete systems. Approximate methods of solution, e.g., Rayleigh-Ritz, Galerkin's method, etc., are discussed. Vibration of continuous systems, e.g., free and forced vibration of strings, bars, beams and plates are considered. Numerical approaches, including the finite element method, are applied to continuous systems. Prerequisite: ME 421 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Offered in the Fall. 3 credits

ME 532 - Principles Biomechanical Engin

Study of the basic mechanical properties of the human body, including the biomechanics of locomotion and measurement of physiological parameters. Anatomy and physiology of these biological systems. Design of prosthetic devices. Projects will be included that will stress mathematical and computational modeling and analysis of the mechanics of tissues, limbs, joints, and prosthetics. Prerequisite: BS in engineering or physics. Offered in the Spring. 3 credits

ME 562/MSE 562 - Mechanical Behav of Engr Mtls

A study of the response of materials to applied stresses, especially stress-induced failures. Relationship between structure and properties, with emphasis on microstructural changes and failure. Macroscopic and microscopic concepts of fracture mechanics, fatigue, creep and their interactions. Emphasis on design applications and failure analysis. Prerequisites: undergraduate courses in mechanics of materials and materials science, or consent of instructor. Term varies. 3 credits

ME 570/MSE 570 - Transmis'n Electron Microscopy

Basic functions of the various components of a transmission electron microscopy (TEM) instrument; the physics and theory of electron scattering and electron diffraction; the physics of the interactions between fast electrons and specimens; TEM imaging and contrast mechanisms; high resolution TEM; the analytical techniques of energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS); operational modes and various types of TEM techniques to probe the structure, composition and chemistry of materials. Prerequisite: graduate status, senior standing or consent of instructor. 3 credits

ME 580A - Design Optimization

This course is an introduction to structural design optimization, with practical hand-on experience through weekly labs and a final project. In this course, students will use commercially available finite element analysis software to create three-dimensional parametric models used for design optimization. Students will be introduced to various optimization techniques, and will use optimization algorithms to perform structural optimization of real components. Bottom-up modeling techniques for shape optimization will be introduced, as well as topology optimization. This course also introduces additive manufacturing and rapid-prototyping technologies which enable manufacture of optimized designs. Prerequisites: WTSN 112 and ME 381 or basic experience in CAD; ME 211 (Mechanics of Solids) or equivalent; ME 212 (ME Programming) or previous Matlab experience; or consent of the instructor. Linear Algebra is recommended.

ME 580C - Mechanics in Energy Applicatns

In the last a few years, rapid advances have been witnessed in modeling, simulations and characterizations of mechanical behavior of advanced energy materials and systems, and tremendous opportunities arise for further understanding of mechanics in energy materials for superior performance. This project-based course will address the importance of mechanics in all aspects of energy conversion, energy storage and energy harvesting.

ME 581 - Computer-Aided Engineering

Fundamentals of computer graphics, interactive graphics, introduction to CAD, modeling, analysis and optimization. Introduction of finite element method and use of standard packages for design problems. Dynamic simulation. Cannot be taken in addition to ME 381 or equivalent. Term varies. 3 credits

ME 582 - Adv Computer Aided Engineering

Parametric design will be stressed. GD&T, integration of CAD with FEA and CAM. Theory and principles of CAD modeling and configuration management. Projects and laboratory assignments will include solid modeling, structural and thermal finite element analysis, optimization, and manufacturing file output (CAM). Weekly laboratory. Final project will be a team, concurrent, distributed design project. Prerequisites: ME 381 or ME 581 or equivalent. Term varies. 3 credits

ME 584 - Design of Mechanical Elements

This is a second course in mechanical component and systems design. Design and analysis of fasteners, welds, bearings, gears, and power transmission elements will be covered. Software packages will be used: Creo (solid modeling and computer-aided design), Creo Structure or ANSYS (finite element analysis). Prerequisites: ME 581 and ME 392. 3 credit

ME 590 - Introduction to Nanotechnology

Basic concepts in nanoscience and nanotachnology will be introduced. The course will cover nanostructured materials and devices, nanofabrication techniques, nanoscale materials and devices characterization, applications of nanotechnology in electronics and biomedical applications 3 credit

ME 610 - Fracture Mechanics

Application of the methods of analytical solid mechanics to calculate the driving forces of crack propagation in materials and those of experimental solid mechanics to characterize the resistance to fracture. Concepts of linear elastic and elastic-plastic fracture mechanics. Prerequisite: ME535. Offered in the Fall. 3 credits

ME 618 - Finite Elem Analysis II

Second-level course in the understanding of finite element method. Covers variational formulations, non-linear static and dynamic analysis, transient problems and other specialized features of applying the finite element method to solve engineering problems. The FE code ANSYS and/or CAEDS is used to solve the projects assigned in the course. Prerequisite: ME 517 or equivalent or consent of instructor. Offered in the Spring. 3 credits

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DYNAMIC SYSTEMS AND ACOUSTICS

ME 506 - Vehicle Control & Simulation

Concepts of modeling and simulation of vehicle dynamics are developed with particular emphasis on real-time simulation. The digital simulation of the continuous system is developed as a discrete dynamic system that may be filtered, tuned, stabilized, controlled, analyzed and synthesized. Also included are coordinate transformation techniques for multi-degree of freedom systems and numerical integration techniques in the context of real-time applications. Term project involves the simulation of the dynamics of a vehicle such as an aircraft or a land vehicle. Prerequisite: BS degree in engineering or physics or consent of instructor. Term varies. 3 credits

ME 521 - Dynamics Of Mems & Microsys

Modeling and characterization of MEMS structures. Topics include: static analysis, free undamped vibration, free damped vibration in coupled fields (structural, electrostatic, fluidic, thermoelastic); forced vibration, reduced-order modeling. Introduction to perturbation approaches and nonlinear dynamics. Prerequisite: undergraduate course in vibrations. Term varies. 3 credits

ME 522 - Acoustics

Propagation of sound. Acoustic wave motion. Reflection of sound waves from boundaries. Sound transmission through walls. Sound generation and radiation. Sound propagation in ducts. Acoustic transducers: loudspeakers and microphones. Auditory systems, bioacoustics. Prerequisite: graduate standing in engineering or physics. Offered in the Spring. 3 credits

ME 523 - Advanced Dynamics

Fundamentals of mechanics for students in engineering practice and students contemplating further in-depth study in mechanics. Topics included are: kinematics of particles and rigid bodies; dynamics of articles and rigid bodies (Newton-Euler equations, impulse momentum and work-energy principles); analytical mechanics (virtual displacements and virtual work, Hamilton's principle, Lagrange's equations). Prerequisite: undergraduate course in dynamics. 3 credits

ME 524 - Adv. Mech. Vibrations

Fundamentals of dynamics as applied to mechanically vibrating systems. Equations of motion for systems with multiple degrees of freedom are developed to determine natural modes of vibration of discrete systems. Approximate methods of solution, e.g., Rayleigh-Ritz, Galerkin's method, etc., are discussed. Vibration of continuous systems, e.g., free and forced vibration of strings, bars, beams and plates are considered. Numerical approaches, including the finite element method, are applied to continuous systems. Prerequisite: ME 421 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Offered in the Fall. 3 credits

ME 527 - Mechatronics

Methods for analysis and design of electromechanical and piezoelectric systems.  Review of fundamentals in electronics, mechanics, and controls.  Application of Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics to mechanical and electrical systems.  Signal conditioning. Sensors and actuators.  Vibration control.  Prerequisite: graduate standing in electrical or mechanical engineering or physics, or consent of instructor.  3 credits

ME 530 - Man-Machine Systems

Presents a systems-engineering characterization of the human operator and his or her interaction with simple and complex machines, such as airplanes and ground vehicles. Topics include human perception, information measurement, manual control and mathematical modeling of the human operator. Modern control theory is employed to characterize the man-machine system. Prerequisite: BS in engineering or consent of instructor. fall, even-numbered years, 3 credits

ME 534 - Analy &Control Of Mech Systems

Presents the fundamentals of control theory applied to mechanical and industrial engineering problems. Emphasizes the mathematical modeling and analysis of the dynamics of mechanical systems such as aircraft, large space structures, robots, etc. Assignments model these systems, analyze their dynamics and define the requirements for their control. Concentration is on analysis as opposed to design. Digital simulations are a major tool for analysis, which employs both classical and stale space techniques. Prerequisite: BS in mechanical or industrial engineering or consent of instructor. Term varies. 3 credits

ME 622 - Advanced Acoustics

Physics of sound propagation. Acoustics wave motion. Reflection of sound waves from boundaries. Sound transmission through walls. Sound generation and radiation from vibrating structures. Sound propagation in ducts. Coupled acoustical systems: interaction of sound with structures. Scattering of sound. Acoustics of small-scale systems; viscous effects. Prerequisite: graduate standing in engineering or physics. Offered in the Fall. 3 credits

ME 627 - Random Vibrations

Methods for analyzing the response of vibrating systems with random inputs. Correlation and spectral methods for discrete and continuous vibrating structures. Analysis of non-linear systems using equivalent linearization, Gaussian closure and the Fokker-Plank equation. Applications include flow-induced vibrations, response of distributed systems to spatially random fields, reliability analysis and high-cycle fatigue life predictions. Prerequisites: graduate course in mechanical vibration and a course in ordinary differential equations, or consent of instructor. Offered in the Spring. 3 credits

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ENERGY

MSE 560 - Thermodynamics of Materials

Examines basic thermodynamic principles including energy, entropy and free energy, and describes the concepts of equilibrium states, phases and phase transformations. The thermodynamic treatment of ideal, regular and real solutions is reviewed. Other topics include the application of phase diagrams, the thermodynamic description of interfaces and the statistical interpretation of thermodynamics on the atomistic level. 3 credits

ME 580B - Nanoscale Energy Transport

This course will explore how energy is transported and converted via molecules, electrons, phonons, and photons. The science of these carriers has critical energy applications, including thermoelectrics, thermal batteries, light emitting diodes, and photovoltaics. Covered topics include kinetic theory, quantization of energy levels, statistical distributions, Boltzmann transport relations, and nanoscale size effects. Applications, recent advancement in the field, and experimental techniques will be discussed. 3 credits

ME 580C - Mechanics in Energy Applicatns

In the last a few years, rapid advances have been witnessed in modeling, simulations and characterizations of mechanical behavior of advanced energy materials and systems, and tremendous opportunities arise for further understanding of mechanics in energy materials for superior performance. This project-based course will address the importance of mechanics in all aspects of energy conversion, energy storage and energy harvesting.

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MATERIALS

ME 520/MSE 520 - Mechanics of Composite Mtls 

Course introduces the concepts and advantages of composite materials to the graduate student and advanced senior students. It covers the nature of composites and mechanics of composites for analytical approaches to model the behavior of material. Prerequisite: ME 211, ME 562 or equivalent. Term varies. 3 credits

MSE 560 - Thermodynamics of Materials

Examines basic thermodynamic principles including energy, entropy and free energy, and describes the concepts of equilibrium states, phases and phase transformations. The thermodynamic treatment of ideal, regular and real solutions is reviewed. Other topics include the application of phase diagrams, the thermodynamic description of interfaces and the statistical interpretation of thermodynamics on the atomistic level. 3 credits

ME 562/MSE 562 - Mechanical Behav of Engr Mtls

A study of the response of materials to applied stresses, especially stress-induced failures. Relationship between structure and properties, with emphasis on microstructural changes and failure. Macroscopic and microscopic concepts of fracture mechanics, fatigue, creep and their interactions. Emphasis on design applications and failure analysis. Prerequisites: undergraduate courses in mechanics of materials and materials science, or consent of instructor. Term varies. 3 credits

MSE 565 - Crystallography & Diffraction

Fundamentals of bonding in solids; basic crystallography of materials; point groups and space groups; tensor properties of crystals; symmetry and physical properties; atomic packing and structures; glassy state; polycrystalline aggregates; grain boundaries and interfaces; textures; multiphase materials; reciprocal space and its application to structure analysis; basic diffraction theory and diffraction methods; crystal structure determination by powder and single crystal techniques. Prerequisites: undergraduate course in introductory materials science or consent of instructor.

MSE 566 - Reactivity of Materials

Understanding the synthesis and reactivity of solids, phase and defect equilibria. Use of phase diagrams. Overview of atomistic mechanisms and mathematics of diffusion, phase transformations and microstructural evolution. Consideration of surfaces and interfaces, including adsorption and wetting behavior.

MSE 569 - Scanning Electron Microscopy

Basic principles of electron microscopes (scanning electron microscope and electron microprobe) and their applications are discussed. Connects fundamental theories of electron optics and electron-specimen interaction to optimize the instruments so that the microstructure and microanalyses of materials are better understood. Topics include image formation, x-ray spectral measurements, various detectors, imaging artifacts and specimen preparation. Prerequisites: undergraduate courses in introduction to materials science or consent of instructor.

ME 570/MSE 570 - Transmis'n Electron Microscopy

Basic functions of the various components of a transmission electron microscopy (TEM) instrument; the physics and theory of electron scattering and electron diffraction; the physics of the interactions between fast electrons and specimens; TEM imaging and contrast mechanisms; high resolution TEM; the analytical techniques of energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS); operational modes and various types of TEM techniques to probe the structure, composition and chemistry of materials. Prerequisite: graduate status, senior standing or consent of instructor. 3 credits

MSE 573 - Nanotech in Small Scale System

A survey of the basic concepts and typical examples of nanotechnology in small scale systems, those include electronic and optical devices, sensors, micro/nanoelectromechanical systems, materials systems for nanomedicine, etc.

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TRANSPORT PHENOMENA

ME 540 - Transport Phenomena I

A foundation for transport analysis is developed in terms of the physical modes of heat and mass transfer and the formulation of mathematical models. Theory of diffusion, conduction, single-phase forced and natural convection, phase-change convection, and modern applications including microscale processes are addressed. Prerequisite: BSME or equivalent or consent of instructor. Term varies. 3 credits

ME 541 - Computational Heat Transfer

Fundamentals of computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer as they relate to incompressible flow, conduction and convection. The course involves both MATLAB implementations and the use of commercial software. Prerequisites: undergraduate heat transfer, fluid mechanics and differential equations, or consent of instructor. Offered in the Spring. 3 credits

ME 550 - Intro To Fluid Dynamics

A foundation for the analysis of inviscid and viscous incompressible flow is developed. Foundation topics include Eulerian description, material derivative, relative motion (strain-rate tensor), vorticity, Newtonian fluid model. Equations of motion are formulated, leading to Euler and Navier-Stokes equations. Potential flow solutions are discussed. Viscous flow is studied using Stokes, lubrication and boundary layer approximations. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Term varies. 3 credits

ME 552 - Transport Phenomena II

Multiphase flows and complex fluids are treated from a mathematical and physical perspective. Fundamental and applied research topics are covered, including volume-averaged governing equations, particle-fluid and particle-particle interactions, complex fluids and colloidal dispersions, dynamics of droplets and bubbles, interfacial conditions, stability, atomization and sprays, and experimental methods. Prerequisites: ME 550 and MSE560 (or equivalents). 3 credits

ME 554 - Viscous Flow

Various topics in viscous incompressible fluid flow. Navier-Stokes equations, classical solutions, boundary layers, vorticity, Stokes flow, lubrication approximation, Hele-Shaw flow, capillarity, thin films, interfacial stability. Prerequisites: undergraduate fluid mechanics, ME 535, or consent of instructor. Offered in the Fall. 3 credits

ME 580B - Nanoscale Energy Transport

This course will explore how energy is transported and converted via molecules, electrons, phonons, and photons. The science of these carriers has critical energy applications, including thermoelectrics, thermal batteries, light emitting diodes, and photovoltaics. Covered topics include kinetic theory, quantization of energy levels, statistical distributions, Boltzmann transport relations, and nanoscale size effects. Applications, recent advancement in the field, and experimental techniques will be discussed. 3 credits

ME 580E - Advanced Transportation Techno

This is a course in mechanical component and systems design. The course will cover design and analysis of certain subsystems of vehicles, including structural analysis, basic computational fluid dynamics analysis, dynamic system modeling and simulation. Prerequisites: Undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering or permission of instructor(s). Offered in the Fall. 3 credits.

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INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSES

ME 594 - Industrial Internship

Various credits

ME 597 - Independent Study

Independent study supervised by a mechanical engineering faculty member. Student must obtain consent of instructor, who then determines description of program, number of credits (variable), frequency of meeting and location. Appropriate paperwork must be submitted to the department office in order to complete registration. Various credits

ME 598 - ME Projects

Literature review, mechanical engineering development or other projects as defined by the project committee. Formal bound report for department library. Various credits

ME 599 - Thesis

Training in the methods of research. Varied computer modeling, hardware development and experimentation as determined by the MSME thesis committee. Oral examination required. Bound thesis goes in University Libraries. Various credits

ME 697 - Adv Independent Study

Independent study supervised by a mechanical engineering faculty member. Student must obtain consent of instructor, who then determines description of program, number of credits (variable), frequency of meeting and location. Appropriate paperwork must be submitted to the department office in order to complete registration. For PhD students. Various credits

ME 698 - Pre Dissertation Research

Exploratory research oriented toward PhD dissertation. Various credits

ME 699 - Dissertation

Research for and preparation of PhD dissertation. Various credits

ME 700 - Continuous Registration

Required to maintain matriculation through any spring or fall semester when no other courses are taken. If the minimal one-credit registration is not maintained, student must reapply for admission. 1 credit

ME 701 - Pract/Teaching &Research Asst

Required for all funded graduate assistants. Research or teaching supervised by faculty advisor. Various credits

ME 707 - Research Skills

Development of research skills required within graduate programs. May not be applied toward course credits for any graduate degree. Prerequisite: approval of graduate program director. Various credits

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Last Updated: 7/14/16