Undergraduate Course Offerings

The follow is a sample of the undergraduate course offerings in Mechanical Engineering. See official course listings in the University Bulletin or register for classes through BU Brain.

ME 211, INTRODUCTION TO SOLID MECHANICS

Basic principles of stress and strain of members subject to axial, shearing, bending, torsion and combined loads. Mechanical properties of engineering materials. Shear and moment diagrams. Deflection of beams. Prerequisite: ME 273. 3 cr.

ME 212, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING PROGRAMMING

Introduction to structured programming in MATLAB for mechanical engineers. MATLAB will be used to solve typical mechanical engineering problems. Prerequisite: WTSN 112 or a beginning programming course. 2 cr.

ME 273, STATICS

Engineering statics; equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies, equivalent force system, free-body diagrams, centroid of areas, mass moment of inertia, truss analysis, friction. Prerequisite: PHYS 131. 3 cr.

ME 274, DYNAMICS

Kinematics and kinetics of particles; kinematics and kinetics of rigid bodies (plane motion). Energy and momentum methods. Prerequisite: ME 273. 3 cr.

ME 302, ENGINEERING ANALYSIS

Methods employed in engineering problem solving. Series solution of ODEs, method of Frobenius, special functions, Sturm-Liouville theory, Fourier series, differential and integral vector calculus, solution of linear partial differential equations: 1-D unsteady heat equation, 2-D Laplace equation. Case studies drawn from engineering disciplines used to apply the mathematical techniques. Prerequisites: MATH 323 and MATH 371. 3 cr.

ME 331, THERMODYNAMICS

Properties of pure substances. Concepts of work and heat, fundamental laws of thermodynamics; closed and open systems. Entropy and entropy production. Basic gas and vapor cycles, basic refrigeration cycles. Prerequisites: MATH 323, MATH 371 and PHYS 131. 3 cr.

ME 351, FLUID MECHANICS

Properties of fluids, hydrostatics, kinematics, control volume analysis, dimensional analysis, ideal fluid flow, Bernoulli's equation. Field equations for mass and momentum conservation, elementary exact solutions, major and minor losses in conduits for laminar and turbulent flows. Prerequisites: ME 331 and ME 302. 3 cr.

ME 362, SCIENCE OF ENGINEERING MATERIALS

Introduction to processing, structures and structure-related properties of engineering materials; mechanical behavior of materials; metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, and electronic materials; materials design and selection, contemporary subjects in materials science. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: CHEM 111 and PHYS 132. 4 cr.

ME 372, ENGINEERING PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Introduction to project selection and project control. Topics include basic engineering economics (present worth, discounted cash flow, etc.), feasibility studies, cost estimating, risk analysis, project planning, scheduling and control. Open-ended projects with multiple alternatives strongly emphasized. Professional practice factors in management of projects. Prerequisite: WTSN 112 and junior standing. 3 cr.

ME 381, COMPUTER-AIDED ENGINEERING

Fundamentals of computer graphics, interactive graphics, introduction to CAD, modeling, analysis and optimization. Introduction to finite element method and use of standard packages for design problems. Mechanism simulation. Includes laboratory section. Prerequisites: ME 274 and 211. 3 cr.

ME 391, MEASURMENT AND INSTRUMENTATION LABORATORY

Modular laboratory course in which the topics of thermodynamics, fluids, heat transfer, vibrations, and solid mechanics are the subjects for the experimental modules. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: MATH 371 and EECE 260. 3 cr.

ME 392, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN

Application of fundamental principles of mechanics and strength of materials to mechanical engineering design problems. Topics include fatigue, stress concentrations, failure theories, application to design of bolts, springs and other types of component design. Decision making and engineering judgment for open-ended problems are emphasized. Prerequisites: ME 211, ME 362, and ME 381. 4 cr.

ME 403, ENGINEERING COMPUTATIONAL METHODS

Application of computational methods to solve engineering and scientific problems. Topics covered include programming in MATLAB, numerical methods (curve fitting, solution of linear and nonlinear equations, integration, ordinary and partial differential equations), graphical visualization and statistical analysis using MATLAB. Prerequisites: ME 212 and ME 302. 3 cr.

ME 406 (BE 306), ENGINEERING SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

A systems approach to the application of fundamental principles of thermodynamics, energy conversion, economics, and statistical risk analysis to problems associated with technology for sustainable energy. Topics include systems engineering modeling approach, quantifying energy technologies and risk, thermodynamic analysis of energy conversion cycles, appropriate technologies, and the use of energy resources. (Technical elective.) Prerequisites: CHEM 111 and PHYS 132. 3 cr.

ME 412, STRUCTURAL MECHANICS

A bridge between elementary mechanics of deformable bodies and advanced courses in elasticity. Topics covered include fundamental concepts of structural mechanics, analysis of beams, columns, trusses, frames, plates and cables, elastic stability of structures, energy method, principle of virtual work, and other topics from structural and solid mechanics. (Technical elective.) Prerequisite: ME 211. 3 cr.

ME 417, INTRODUCTION TO THE FINITE ELEMENT METHOD

Review of linear elasticity, introduction to calculus of variations and variational principles of elasticity. These techniques are used in developing the finite element theory and analysis of plane stress/strain, plates, trusses and beams, as well as problems from other areas of mechanical engineering, such as heat transfer and vibration. (Technical elective.) Prerequisites: ME 211 and ME 302. 3 cr.

ME 421, MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS

Free vibration of mechanical systems, damping, forced harmonic vibration, support motion, vibration isolation, response due to arbitrary excitation, systems with multiple degrees of freedom, normal modes, free and forced vibrations, vibration absorber, application of matrix methods, numerical techniques, computer applications. Prerequisites: ME 274 and ME 302. 3 cr.

ME 422, 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. (Technical elective.) Prerequisite: ME 421 or, for non-majors, a course in partial differential equations and permission of instructor. 3 cr.

ME 424, CONTROL SYSTEMS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Introduction to classical and modern control systems as they relate to mechanical engineering. Modeling, analysis and design of control systems. State space techniques are introduced. Prerequisite: ME 403 and ME 421. 3 cr.

ME 425, INTERMEDIATE DYNAMICS

Review of the basic principles of the kinematics and kinetics of particles and planar rigid bodies. Topics include: 3D kinematics and 3D rotations, Lagrange's approach for both particles and rigid bodies, Euler Angles and Euler Equations. Prerequisite: ME 274. 3 cr.

ME 428, ROBOTICS

This course focuses on the design and building of an autonomous microcomputer-controlled robot using Lego Mindstorm Robotic kit and electro-mechanical actuators and sensors. Students will work in teams and robots will compete at the end of the semester. (Technical elective.) Prerequisites: ME 212 and senior standing in engineering. 3 cr.

ME 435, APPLIED AERODYNAMICS

Application of basic principles of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics to the aerodynamics of flight. Deals with concepts of lift, drag, aerodynamic moments, dynamics of flow fields about bodies, including theory of airfoils and wings. Analytical techniques for predicting aircraft performance are presented. (Technical elective.) Prerequisites: ME 331 and ME 351. 3 cr.

ME 437, ENERGY ENGINEERING

Principles of thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid flow and materials science in describing the operation of energy production and conversion facilities. Current power production methods and promising future technologies will be examined. Environmental impacts and energy policy will also be discussed. (Technical elective.) Prerequisites: ME 331 and ME 351. 3 cr.

ME 441, HEAT TRANSFER

Introduction to fundamentals of heat transfer. Topics in conduction, forced and free convection, mixed modes (e.g., extended surfaces), heat exchangers, radiation. Development and use of analytic and empirical expressions in terms of dimensionless parameters. Prerequisites: ME 331 and ME 351. 3 cr.

ME 443, ANALYSIS AND DESIGN OF HVAC SYSTEMS

Application of principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer to the analysis and design of heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Use materials of construction data in conjunction with internal gains to calculate heating and cooling loads. Use of psychometric data with ventilation requirements to select and integrate HVAC components into systems. Students will be required to generate a presentation on a relevant HVAC topic(s). (Technical elective.) Corequisite: ME 441. 3 cr.

ME 452, FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Study of the basic mechanical and electrical properties of the human body, including the dynamics of the cardiovascular system, the dynamics of limbs in locomotion and other activities; measurement of physiological parameters. Anatomy and physiology of these biological systems. Design of prosthetic devices. (Technical elective.) Prerequisite: senior standing in engineering. 3 cr.

ME 482, ADVANCED COMPUTER-AIDED ENGINEERING

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 team, concurrent, distributed design project. (Technical elective.) Prerequisite: ME 381. 3 cr.

ME 493, SENIOR PROJECT I

Group project emphasizing definition and planning for solution of an industrial problem. Achievement of prototype or interim design in preparation for final design or product/process realization in ME 494. Prerequisites: ME 351, ME 372, ME 391, and ME 392. Corequisites: ME 441 and ME 424. Fall, 4 cr.
 

ME 494, SENIOR PROJECT II

Coordination of group project with unique industrial problem. Analysis, design, experimentation may be brought to bear on solution. Realization of results from final design of product or process with critical evaluation by judging panel. Prerequisite: ME 493. Spring, 4 cr.
 

ME 496/396, INDUSTRIAL INTERNSHIP

Engineering professional experience. Record of engineering experience obtained and a formal final report required.Prerequisites: consent of faculty adviser. Pass/Fail only. Various cr.

Last Updated: 11/27/13