Mechanical Engineering Master of engineering degree

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Overview

In this mechanical engineering master's degree, you'll apply mechanical engineering principles and theories to enhance your skills through formal education and training, and independent inquiry.


The mechanical engineering masters prepares graduates to support the design of engineered systems through the application of the fundamental knowledge, skills, and tools of mechanical engineering. Students will work independently as well as collaboratively with leaders in industry, while demonstrating the professional and ethical responsibilities of the engineering profession. Ultimately, graduates will enhance their skills through formal education and training, independent inquiry, and professional development.

The ME in mechanical engineering is intended to be a terminal degree program designed for those who do not expect to pursue a doctoral degree, but who wish to become a leader within the mechanical engineering field. This program is particularly well-suited for students who wish to study part time, for those interested in updating their technical skills, or for those who are not focused on a research-oriented master of science degree, which requires a thesis. A conventional thesis is not required for the program. In its place, students complete a capstone experience, which may be a design project leadership course or a well-organized and carefully chosen industrial internship. A research methods course may also fulfill the capstone experience; however, this option is primarily intended for students who are considering transitioning to the MS program in mechanical engineering. (Courses taken within the ME program are transferrable to the mechanical engineering MS program.)

Educational objectives

The ME in mechanical engineering program has outlined the following educational objectives to prepare graduates to:

  • practice mechanical engineering in support of the design of engineered systems through the application of the fundamental knowledge, skills, and tools of mechanical engineering.
  • enhance their skills through formal education and training, independent inquiry, and professional development.
  • work independently as well as collaboratively with others, while demonstrating the professional and ethical responsibilities of the engineering profession.

Plan of study

In addition to the two required courses, students choose three courses from nine different focus areas and four elective courses. Focus areas include automotive systems, business, controls, manufacturing, mechanics-design/materials, product development, sustainability, thermo/fluids engineering, and vibrations engineering.

All full-time equivalent students are required to attend graduate seminar weekly for each semester they are on campus. Up to three courses may be taken outside the mechanical engineering department. Students may complete the program's requirements within one calendar year with summer study. Students may also augment their education through cooperative education employment opportunities. Although co-op is not a requirement of the program, it provides students an opportunity to gain valuable employment experience within the field.

Industries


  • Automotive

  • Defense

  • Electronic and Computer Hardware

  • Health Care

  • Medical Devices

  • Scientific and Technical Consulting

  • Transportation and Logistics

  • Utilities and Renewable Energy

94%

outcome rate of graduates

$75K

median first-year salary of graduates

Curriculum for Mechanical Engineering ME

Mechanical Engineering, ME degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MECE-707
Engineering Analysis
This course trains students to utilize mathematical techniques from an engineering perspective, and provides essential background for success in graduate level studies. An intensive review of linear and nonlinear ordinary differential equations and Laplace transforms is provided. Laplace transform methods are extended to boundary-value problems and applications to control theory are discussed. Problem solving efficiency is stressed, and to this end, the utility of various available techniques are contrasted. The frequency response of ordinary differential equations is discussed extensively. Applications of linear algebra are examined, including the use of eigenvalue analysis in the solution of linear systems and in multivariate optimization. An introduction to Fourier analysis is also provided. (Prerequisites: (MATH-241 and MATH-326) or graduate student standing in the MECE-MS or MECE-ME programs.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
MECE-709
Advanced Engineering Mathematics
Advanced Engineering Mathematics provides the foundations for complex functions, vector calculus and advanced linear algebra and its applications in analyzing and solving a variety of mechanical engineering problems especially in the areas of mechanics, continuum mechanics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and vibrations. Topics include: vector algebra, vector calculus, functions of complex variables, ordinary differential equations and local stability, advanced matrix algebra, and partial differential equations. Mechanical engineering applications will be discussed throughout the course. (Prerequisites: MECE-707 or equivalent course or graduate student standing in MECE-MS or MECE-ME.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
MECE-795
Graduate Seminar
This seminar course presents topics of contemporary interest to graduate students enrolled in the program. Presentations include off campus speakers, and assistance with progressing on your research. Selected students and faculty may make presentations on current research under way in the department. All graduate students enrolled full time (whether dual degree or single degree) are required to attend a designated number of seminars. (This course is restricted to MECEMS-U or MECE-MS or MECE-ME or MECEME-U Major students.) Seminar 1 (Fall, Spring).
0
 
Graduate Focus Courses
6
 
Graduate Electives
6
Second Year
Choose one of the following:
3
   MECE-730
   Design Project Leadership*
This course focuses on preparing students to take on a leadership role in design project teams. Topics include product development processes, management of design project teams, developing a business case for design projects, understanding customer needs and translating them into engineering specifications, tools for developing design concepts, tools for assessing the feasibility of design concepts, conducting engineering tradeoffs and analysis to synthesize a preliminary design. Students use the concepts and tools discussed throughout the course in a team-based environment to develop project packages. (This course is restricted to students in an MECE-BS/MS program or MECE-MS or MECE-ME.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
 
    MECE-777
   Graduate Internship†
This course number is used by students in the master of engineering degree program for earning internship credits. Students must submit a proposal for the internship, to be approved by an employing supervisor and the department prior to enrolling. Students are required to submit an evaluation report at the conclusion of the internship. (Enrollment in this course requires permission from the department offering the course.) Internship (Fall, Spring, Summer).
 
    MECE-792
   Project with Paper‡
This course is used by students in the master of engineering degree program for conducting an independent project. The student must demonstrate an acquired competence in an appropriate topic within mechanical engineering. The topic is chosen in conference with a faculty adviser. The work may involve an independent research and/or a design project and/or literature search with a demonstration of acquired skill. A written paper, approved by the advisor and the department, and an oral presentation of the work are required. (Enrollment in this course requires permission from the department offering the course.) Ind Study (Fall, Spring, Summer).
 
MECE-795
Graduate Seminar
This seminar course presents topics of contemporary interest to graduate students enrolled in the program. Presentations include off campus speakers, and assistance with progressing on your research. Selected students and faculty may make presentations on current research under way in the department. All graduate students enrolled full time (whether dual degree or single degree) are required to attend a designated number of seminars. (This course is restricted to MECEMS-U or MECE-MS or MECE-ME or MECEME-U Major students.) Seminar 1 (Fall, Spring).
0
 
Graduate Focus Course
3
 
Graduate Electives
6
Total Semester Credit Hours
30

Graduate Seminar (MECE-795) is a 0 credit course required for all full-time and full-time equivalent students.

* Design Project Leadership (MECE-730) is reserved only for students enrolled in the accelerated MECE-BS/ME program.

† Graduate Internship (MECE-777) is an option for all MECE-ME students and student enrolled in the accelerated MECE-BS/ME program.

‡ Project with Paper (MECE-792) is an option for all MECE-ME students and students enrolled in the MECE-BS/ME program.

 

Focus areas

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
Automotive systems
Choose three of the following:
   ISEE-740
   Design for Manufacture and Assembly
Course reviews operating principles of prevalent processes such as casting, molding, and machining. Students will use this knowledge to select appropriate production processes for a given component. For each process covered, guidelines governing proper design for manufacturability practices will be discussed and applied. (Prerequisites: ISEE-140 or MECE-104 orequivalent course or graduate standing in ISEE-MS, ISEE-ME, SUSTAIN-MS, SUSTAIN-ME, ENGMGT-ME, MECE-MS or MECE-ME program.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
   MECE-623
   Powertrain Systems and Design
This course will introduce the analysis and design of power transmission systems. Topics covered include spur, helical, bevel, and worm gears, gear trains, planetary gear systems, power transmission shafts, belt and chain drives. The transmission of power at the required speed and torque is the primary function of most power transmission systems, and is the focus of this course. Students will use this foundation to complete a case study project whereby they review and analyse how power is transmitted from the primary source to the remainder of the driveline by means such as manual transmissions, automatic transmissions, continuously variable transmissions, and direct drive systems. (Prerequisites: MECE-350 or graduate standing in MECE-ME or MECE-MS program.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
   MECE-624
   Vehicle Dynamics
The course focuses on the fundamentals of ground vehicle motion, control, and stability. The structure, stiffnes, and mechanisms by which tires generate longitudinal and lateral forces and self-aligning moments are discussed. Steering geometry and steady-state and transient steering response for bicycle and four-wheel vehicle models are analyzed. The effect of suspension geometry and stiffness on stability and ride are discussed. Transmission system design to match engine characteristics and achieve required vehicle performance is discussed. (Co-requisites:MECE-320 or equivalent course or graduate standing in the MECE-MS or MECE-ME program.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
   MECE-643
   Classical Controls
This course introduces students to the study of linear control systems, their behavior and their design and use in augmenting engineering system performance. Topics include control system behavior characterization in time and frequency domains, stability, error and design. This is accomplished through classical feedback control methods that employ the use of Laplace transforms, block diagrams, root locus, and Bode diagrams. An integrated laboratory will provide students with significant hands-on analysis and design-build-test experience. (Prerequisites: MECE-320 or equivalent course or graduate standing in the MECE-ME or MECE-MS program.) Lec/Lab 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
   MECE-650
   Sustainable Energy Use in Transportation
The transportation sector represents nominally a third of the total energy consumption in the US, and presently, over 90% of this comes from petroleum sources. Transportation is responsible for about a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions and is a major source for several criteria pollutants. This course will introduce students to engineering practices used to evaluate transportation technologies from the standpoint of sustainability with an emphasis on light duty vehicles. Several emerging technologies including battery and hybrid electric vehicles, fuel cell vehicles, and bio-fuels will be considered. Particular attention will be devoted to the energy efficiency and emissions of the technology at the both vehicle and the fuel source levels. Additionally, the economic and social impacts will be examined. No text book will be assigned, and instead we will rely on open-access publications, journal articles, and electronic text available through the library. (Co-requisites: MECE-305 or equivalent course or graduate standing in MECE-MS or MECE-ME.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
   MECE-658
   Introduction to Engineering Vibrations
Is concerned with analytically finding the dynamic characteristics (natural frequencies and mode shapes) of vibratory mechanical systems (single-degree and multi-degrees of freedom systems), and the response of the systems to external excitations (transient, harmonic, and periodic). Application to vibration damping techniques (Dynamic Vibration Absorbers) is also covered. In addition, laboratory exercises are performed, and an independent design project is assigned. (Prerequisites: MECE-320 or equivalent course or graduate standing in the MECE-ME or MECE-MS program.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
   MECE-670
   Manufacturing Processes and Engineering
The overall objective of this course is to provide students the exposure of traditional and non-traditional manufacturing processes which include casting, thermoforming, sheet metal forming, machining, polymer processing, joining, additive manufacturing, and more. Students will learn how to apply the basic properties of materials to manufacturing analysis and product design within an economic framework from lectures and projects. (Prerequisites: MECE-104 and MECE-203 and MECE-305 or equivalent courses or graduate standing in MECE-MS or MECE-ME programs. Co-requisites: MECE-350 or equivalent course or graduate standing in MECE-MS or MECE-ME programs.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
   MECE-689
   Grad. Lower Level Special Topic #4: Computational Gear Design
Topics and subject areas that are not regularly offered are provided under this course. Such courses are offered in a normal format; that is, regularly scheduled class sessions with an instructor. Lecture 3 (Fall, Summer).
3
   MECE-739
   Alternative Fuels and Energy Efficiency
This course provides an overview of the potential alternative fuels and energy efficiency technologies for powering current and future vehicles. Alternative fuel production technologies and utilization of fuels such as biodiesel, ethanol, and hydrogen will be covered. The primary technical and environmental issues associated with these alternative fuels will be discussed. Approaches to improving vehicle efficiency will also be explored. Students will be responsible for a final design or research project. (Prerequisites: MECE-352 or equivalent course or graduate standing in the MECE-MS or MECE-ME program.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
   MECE-752
   Tribology Fundamentals
This course provides an overview of the role of fluid-film lubrication in mechanical design, with strong emphasis on applications. Various forms of the Reynolds equation governing the behavior of lubricant films for planar, cylindrical, and spherical geometry are derived. Mobility and impedance concepts as solution methods of the Reynolds equation are introduced for the performance assessment of lubricated journal bearings under static and dynamic loading. Short, long, and finite bearing assumptions are discussed. Finite element methods for the analysis of fluid-film bearings of arbitrary geometry will be introduced. (Prerequisites: MECE-203 and MECE-210 and MECE-317 or equivalent courses or graduate standing in the MECE-MS or MECE-ME program.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
   MECE-756
   Boiling and Condensation
The course covers selected topics in boiling and condensation. The fundamental aspects will be introduced in the class. Fundamentals of phase change process will be emphasized. Several design examples will be covered to make students proficient in applying the theory to practical situations. The course has a design-oriented project that counts for majority of the grade. The projects are based on exciting new topics of current interest such as – visualization of boiling characteristics on enhanced surfaces, investigating different enhancement techniques, characterizing of nucleation behavior, effect of substrate on boiling, etc. Some of the topics covered include: Boiling curve, nucleation, bubble growth, critical heat flux, mechanisms of heat transfer, and enhancement techniques. (Prerequisites: MECE-210 and MECE-310 or equivalent course or graduate standing in MECE-ME or MECE-MS or ENGR-PhD or MCSE-PHD programs.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
Business
ACCT-603
Accounting for Decision Makers
A graduate-level introduction to the use of accounting information by decision makers. The focus of the course is on two subject areas: (1) financial reporting concepts/issues and the use of general-purpose financial statements by internal and external decision makers and (2) the development and use of special-purpose financial information intended to assist managers in planning and controlling an organization's activities. Generally accepted accounting principles and issues related to International Financial Reporting Standards are considered while studying the first subject area and ethical issues impacting accounting are considered throughout. (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
3
MGMT-740
Leading Teams in Organizations
This course examines why people behave as they do in organizations and what managers can do to improve organizational performance by influencing people's behavior. Students will learn a number of frameworks for diagnosing and dealing with managerial challenges dynamics at the individual, group and organizational level. Topics include leadership, motivation, team building, conflict, organizational change, cultures, decision making, and ethical leadership. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
3
Choose one of the following:
 
   ACCT-706
   Cost Management
The development and use of cost data for external reporting and internal cost management (planning and control). Topics include job costing, process costing, joint product costing, cost reassignments, standard costs, activity-based costing, decentralization and transfer pricing, and cost variances. Consideration is given to manufacturing, service and retail organizations. (Prerequisites: ACCT-603 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
   HRDE-742
   Leading Change
Major change initiatives within organizations fail because of lack of understanding of the process of change and the lack of deliberate and focused attention to the change process. This course teaches students the change process and the alterations required in structures, processes, and activities to effectively implement change initiatives within organizations. The components of this course include applied approaches and tools to help analyze barriers for change, leverage power and influence, and provide frameworks to plan and implement change. Lecture 3 (Summer).
3
   INTB-730
   Cross-Cultural Management
An analysis of comparative global business behavior and organization with particular emphasis on values, authority, individual and group relations, labor-management ties, risk tolerance, and motivational techniques. The course will prepare students to recognize different values and cultural factors in the global business community and how these shape and determine appropriate management behavior. The problems and opportunities of transferring management practices from one culture to another will also be examined. Lecture .
3
   MGMT-735
   Management of Innovation in Products and Services
This course addresses the management of innovation, sustainable technology, and the importance of technology-based innovation for the growth of the global products and services industries. The course integrates three major themes: (1) leading-edge concepts in innovation, (2) the role of technology in creating global competitive advance in both product-based and services-based industries, and (3) the responsibility of businesses related to sustainability. The importance of digital technology as an enabler of innovative services is covered throughout the course. (completion of four graduate business courses) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
Controls
MECE-643
Classical Controls
This course introduces students to the study of linear control systems, their behavior and their design and use in augmenting engineering system performance. Topics include control system behavior characterization in time and frequency domains, stability, error and design. This is accomplished through classical feedback control methods that employ the use of Laplace transforms, block diagrams, root locus, and Bode diagrams. An integrated laboratory will provide students with significant hands-on analysis and design-build-test experience. (Prerequisites: MECE-320 or equivalent course or graduate standing in the MECE-ME or MECE-MS program.) Lec/Lab 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
Choose two of the following:
   EEEE-661
   Modern Control Theory
This course deals with a complete description of physical systems its analysis and design of controllers to achieve desired performance. The emphasis in the course will be on continuous linear systems. Major topics are: state space representation of physical systems, similarities/differences between input-output representation (transfer function) and state spate representations, conversion of one form to the other, minimal realization, solution of state equations, controllability, observability, design of control systems for desired performance, state feedback, observers and their realizations. (Co-requisites: EEEE-707 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
   EEEE-733
   Robust Control
This course will provide an introduction to the analysis and design of robust feedback control systems. Topics covered: overview of linear algebra and linear systems, H2 and H( spaces, modeling and paradigms for robust control; internal stability; nominal performance (asymptotic tracking); balanced model reduction; uncertainty and robustness; H2 optimal control; H( control; H( loop shaping; controller reduction; and design for robust stability and performance. (Prerequisites: EEEE-661 or equivalent course.) Lecture 4 (Spring).
3
   EEEE-765
   Optimal Control
The course covers different optimization techniques, as applied to feedback control systems. The main emphasis will be on the design of optimal controllers for digital control systems. The major topics are: Different performance indices, formulation of optimization problem with equality constraints, Lagrange multipliers, Hamiltonian and solution of discrete optimization problem. Discrete Linear Quadratic Regulators (LQR), optimal and suboptimal feedback gains, Riccati equation and its solution, linear quadratic tracking problem. Dynamic Programming - Bellman's principle of optimality - Optimal controllers for discrete and continuous systems - Systems with magnitude constraints on inputs and states. (Prerequisites: EEEE-661 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
   MECE-606
   Systems Modeling
This course is designed to introduce the student to advanced systems modeling techniques and response characterization. Mechanical, electrical, fluid, and mixed type systems will be considered. Energy-based modeling methods such as Lagrange’s methods will be used extensively for developing systems models. System performance will be assessed through numerical solution using MATLAB/Simulink. Computer projects using Matlab/Simulink will be assigned and graded in this course including concepts of data analysis and how it performs to parmeter estimation. Linearization of nonlinear system models and verification methods are also discussed. (Prerequisites: MECE-320 or equivalent course or graduate standing in the MECE-ME or MECE-MS program.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
   MECE-743
   Digital Controls
This course builds on the fundamentals of continuous feedback control to introduce the student to computer (digital) regulation of systems in closed-loop. Discrete-time modeling and stability of signals and systems are discussed. Analog and digital control schemes are compared using s domain to z-domain conversion, and time-domain response characterization. Closed-loop system design objective specification and evaluation is conducted through numerical simulation and experimental observation. Various discrete-time controller designs are implemented and evaluated using Matlab/Simulink. A series of experimental excercises included using concepts throughout the course on an embedded controller. (Prerequisites: MECE-643 or equivalent course or graduate student standing in MECE-MS or MECE-ME.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
   MECE-744
   Nonlinear Controls
This course introduces the student to methods used to design advanced nonlinear control systems. Topics of this course include: Phase-State Plane Analysis, Existence of Limit Cycles, Lyapunov Stability (Direct and Indirect methods), nonlinear control design using Feedback Linearization, the Sliding Mode Control method, Numerical Optimization of PID laws, and Adaptive Control strategies. Students are expected to complete computer projects using Matlab/Simulink. (Prerequisites: MECE-643 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
Manufacturing
Choose three of the following
   ISEE-626
   Contemporary Production Systems
The focus of this course is Lean. Lean is about doing more with less - less human effort, less equipment, less time, less space. In other words, lean is about the application of industrial engineering principles and tools to the entire supply chain or value stream. The focus of this course will be learning and applying the principles and tools of lean such as value, value stream mapping, takt, flow, pull, kaizen, standard work, line design, and others, all in the context of continuous process improvement. By the end of this course, the student will possess the essential tools and skills to apply lean in their production system from either a line (supervisor or manager) or staff role. (This course is restricted to students in the ISEE BS/MS, ISEE BS/ME, ISEE-MS, ISEE-ME, SUSTAIN-MS, SUSTAIN-ME or ENGMGT-ME programs or those with 5th year standing in ISEE-BS or ISEEDU-BS.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
   ISEE-682
   Lean Six Sigma Fundamentals
This course presents the philosophy and methods that enable participants to develop quality strategies and drive process improvements. The fundamental elements of Lean Six Sigma are covered along with many problem solving and statistical tools that are valuable in driving process improvements in a broad range of business environments and industries. Successful completion of this course is accompanied by “yellow belt” certification and provides a solid foundation for those who also wish to pursue a “green belt.” (Green belt certification requires completion of an approved project which is beyond the scope of this course). (This course is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students and dual degree BS/MS or BS/ME students in KGCOE.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
3
   ISEE-720
   Production Control
This course will cover the role, the steps and the analysis methods to produce goods and services in support of the production and operations management functions. Topics include: forecasting, inventory policies and models, production systems and philosophies (e.g. JIT/Lean), job shop scheduling, aggregate production planning, and Material Requirement Planning (MRP). Students will understand the importance of production control and its relationship to other functions within the organization. Case studies and the design of actual production systems will be emphasized. (Prerequisites: ISEE-601or (ISEE-301and (CQAS-251 or MATH-251)) or equivalent courses.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
   ISEE-740
   Design for Manufacture and Assembly
Course reviews operating principles of prevalent processes such as casting, molding, and machining. Students will use this knowledge to select appropriate production processes for a given component. For each process covered, guidelines governing proper design for manufacturability practices will be discussed and applied. (Prerequisites: ISEE-140 or MECE-104 orequivalent course or graduate standing in ISEE-MS, ISEE-ME, SUSTAIN-MS, SUSTAIN-ME, ENGMGT-ME, MECE-MS or MECE-ME program.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
   ISEE-741
   3D Printing
This course begins with an introduction to commercial rapid prototyping processes, the materials involved, and the physics behind how they work. The course then transitions to research topics involving novel processes, applications, and materials. Class activities include a mix of lecture, lab, and project work. (Prerequisites: ISEE-140 or MECE-104 or MECE-304 or MECE-305 or equivalent course or graduate standing in ISEE-MS, ISEE-ME, SUSTAIN-MS, SUSTAIN-ME, ENGMGT-ME, MECE-MS or MECE-ME program.) Lab 2, Lecture 2 (Fall, Spring).
3
   ISEE-745
   Manufacturing Systems
This course will provide an introduction to concepts and techniques in the design and analysis of production systems. A blend of traditional and modern approaches is brought into the classroom. At the end of the term, the student will be able to assess and analyze the performance of a given manufacturing system as well as to provide a framework for system redesign and improvement. Modern aspects such as lean manufacturing and setup time reduction are included in the context of the course. (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
   MECE-643
   Classical Controls
This course introduces students to the study of linear control systems, their behavior and their design and use in augmenting engineering system performance. Topics include control system behavior characterization in time and frequency domains, stability, error and design. This is accomplished through classical feedback control methods that employ the use of Laplace transforms, block diagrams, root locus, and Bode diagrams. An integrated laboratory will provide students with significant hands-on analysis and design-build-test experience. (Prerequisites: MECE-320 or equivalent course or graduate standing in the MECE-ME or MECE-MS program.) Lec/Lab 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
   MECE-670
   Manufacturing Processes and Engineering
The overall objective of this course is to provide students the exposure of traditional and non-traditional manufacturing processes which include casting, thermoforming, sheet metal forming, machining, polymer processing, joining, additive manufacturing, and more. Students will learn how to apply the basic properties of materials to manufacturing analysis and product design within an economic framework from lectures and projects. (Prerequisites: MECE-104 and MECE-203 and MECE-305 or equivalent courses or graduate standing in MECE-MS or MECE-ME programs. Co-requisites: MECE-350 or equivalent course or graduate standing in MECE-MS or MECE-ME programs.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
   MECE-689
   Grad. Lower Level Special Topic #4: Computational Gear Design
Topics and subject areas that are not regularly offered are provided under this course. Such courses are offered in a normal format; that is, regularly scheduled class sessions with an instructor. Lecture 3 (Fall, Summer).
3
Mechanics-Design/Materials
Choose three of the following:
   MECE-605
   Finite Elements
This course focuses upon theoretical and applied concepts pertaining to the finite element method. Direct and weighted residual formulation methods are derived and applied to problems in the area of structural analysis, fluid flow, and heat transfer. Foundational topics include shape functions, element formulation, element assembly, boundary conditions, matrix solution methods, mesh refinement, and convergence. The use of a standard commercial finite element software package is introduced. (Prerequisites: MECE-350 or equivalent course or graduate standing in MECE-MS or MECE-ME program. Co-requisite: MECE-707 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
   MECE-620
   Introduction to Optimal Design
This course is an introduction to basic optimization techniques for engineering design synthesis. Topics covered include: techmiques, the general problem statement, necessary conditions of optimization, numerical techniques for unconstrained optimization, constrained optimization through unconstrained optimization, and direct methods. Numerical solutions are obtained using MATLAB.software. A design project is required. (Prerequisites: MECE-317 or graduate standing in the MECE-MS or MECE-ME program.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
   MECE-623
   Powertrain Systems and Design
This course will introduce the analysis and design of power transmission systems. Topics covered include spur, helical, bevel, and worm gears, gear trains, planetary gear systems, power transmission shafts, belt and chain drives. The transmission of power at the required speed and torque is the primary function of most power transmission systems, and is the focus of this course. Students will use this foundation to complete a case study project whereby they review and analyse how power is transmitted from the primary source to the remainder of the driveline by means such as manual transmissions, automatic transmissions, continuously variable transmissions, and direct drive systems. (Prerequisites: MECE-350 or graduate standing in MECE-ME or MECE-MS program.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
   MECE-644
   Introduction to Composite Materials
This course is an introductory course to the fundamentals and applications of composite materials. Topics covered include constituents of composite materials, fabrication techniques, micromechanical analysis, macromechanical analysis, and the use of composites in design. Some laboratory work is to be performed, and a design project is required. (Prerequisites: MECE-203 and MECE-305 or equivalent courses or graduate student standing in MECE-MS or MECE-ME.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
   MECE-657
   Applied Biomaterials
This course provides an overview of materials used in biomedical applications. Topics covered include structure and properties of hard and soft biomaterials, material selection for medical applications, material performance and degradation in hostile environments, and typical and abnormal physiological responses to biomaterials/environments. Some experiments will be performed in class and a major project is required. (Prerequisite: MECE-305 or BIME-370 and MECE-210 or BIME-320 or equivalent course and restricted to MECE-BS or BIME-BS Major students.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
   MECE-670
   Manufacturing Processes and Engineering
The overall objective of this course is to provide students the exposure of traditional and non-traditional manufacturing processes which include casting, thermoforming, sheet metal forming, machining, polymer processing, joining, additive manufacturing, and more. Students will learn how to apply the basic properties of materials to manufacturing analysis and product design within an economic framework from lectures and projects. (Prerequisites: MECE-104 and MECE-203 and MECE-305 or equivalent courses or graduate standing in MECE-MS or MECE-ME programs. Co-requisites: MECE-350 or equivalent course or graduate standing in MECE-MS or MECE-ME programs.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
   MECE-689
   Grad. Lower Level Special Topic #4: Computational Gear Design
Topics and subject areas that are not regularly offered are provided under this course. Such courses are offered in a normal format; that is, regularly scheduled class sessions with an instructor. Lecture 3 (Fall, Summer).
3
   MECE-751
   Convective Phenomena
This course introduces the student to the flow of real incompressible fluids. The differential approach is used to develop and solve the equations governing the phenomena of mass, momentum, and heat transfer. The material in the course provides the necessary background for a study of computational fluid dynamics. (Prerequisites: MECE-210 or equivalent courses or graduate standing in MECE-MS or MECE-ME.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
 
   MECE-752
   Tribology Fundamentals
This course provides an overview of the role of fluid-film lubrication in mechanical design, with strong emphasis on applications. Various forms of the Reynolds equation governing the behavior of lubricant films for planar, cylindrical, and spherical geometry are derived. Mobility and impedance concepts as solution methods of the Reynolds equation are introduced for the performance assessment of lubricated journal bearings under static and dynamic loading. Short, long, and finite bearing assumptions are discussed. Finite element methods for the analysis of fluid-film bearings of arbitrary geometry will be introduced. (Prerequisites: MECE-203 and MECE-210 and MECE-317 or equivalent courses or graduate standing in the MECE-MS or MECE-ME program.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
   MECE-785
   Mechanics of Solids
This course provides a more advanced treatment of stress and strain concepts pertaining to the mechanics of deformable media and provides a theoretical foundation for a concurrent or follow-on course in finite elements. Topics include stress and strain transformations, two-dimensional theory of elasticity, stress functions, torsion, plate bending, and energy methods. (Prerequisites: MECE-350 or graduate standing in MECE-ME or MECE-MS program.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
Product development
Choose three of the following:
   BUSI-710
   Project Management*
This course addresses project management from a multidisciplinary perspective, covering the fundamental nature of and techniques for managing a broad range of projects. Topics cover the Project Management Life Cycle from Planning to Termination. It also addresses the behavioral and quantitative facets of project management, as well as the use of methods, tools and techniques for the initiation, planning, and execution of projects. Introduces the standard framework, processes and knowledge areas of the Project Management Institute. *Note: Bachelors degree or minimum of 5 years of work experience in a project related business environment. Recommended education or work experience in organizational behavior, mathematics and basic accounting. *Note: BUSI-510 may not be substituted for BUSI-710 in a graduate concentration or the advanced certificate in project management. Additionally, a student may not register for and receive credit for both BUSI-510 and BUSI-710, whether taken as an undergraduate or graduate student. (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
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   DECS-744
   Project Management*
A study in the principles of project management and the application of various tools and techniques for project planning and control. This course focuses on the leadership role of the project manager, and the roles and responsibilities of the team members. Considerable emphasis is placed on statements of work and work breakdown structures. The course uses a combination of lecture/discussion, group exercises, and case studies. (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
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   ISEE-741
   3D Printing
This course begins with an introduction to commercial rapid prototyping processes, the materials involved, and the physics behind how they work. The course then transitions to research topics involving novel processes, applications, and materials. Class activities include a mix of lecture, lab, and project work. (Prerequisites: ISEE-140 or MECE-104 or MECE-304 or MECE-305 or equivalent course or graduate standing in ISEE-MS, ISEE-ME, SUSTAIN-MS, SUSTAIN-ME, ENGMGT-ME, MECE-MS or MECE-ME program.) Lab 2, Lecture 2 (Fall, Spring).
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   ISEE-750
   Systems and Project Management*
Systems and Project Management ensures progress toward objectives, proper deployment and conservation of human and financial resources, and achievement of cost and schedule targets. The focus of the course is on the utilization of a diverse set of project management methods and tools. Topics include strategic project management, project and organization learning, cost, schedule planning and control, structuring of performance measures and metrics, technical teams and project management, information technology support of teams, risk management, and process control. Course delivery consists of lectures, speakers, case studies, and experience sharing, and reinforces collaborative project-based learning and continuous improvement. (Prerequisites: ISEE-350 or equivalent course or graduate standing in ISEE BS/MS, ISEE BS/ME, ISEE-MS, ISEE-ME, SUSTAIN-MS, SUSTAIN-ME, ENGMGT-ME, PRODDEV-MS or MFLEAD-MS programs.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
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   ISEE-751
   Decision and Risk Benefit Analysis
This course addresses decision making in the face of risk and uncertainty. Various methodologies will be introduced that are useful in describing and making decisions about risks, with particular emphasis on those associated with the design of products. Students will be exposed to issues related to balancing risks and benefits in situations involving human safety, product liability, environmental impact, and financial uncertainty. Presentations will be made of risk assessment studies, public decision processes, and methods for describing and making decisions about the societal risks associated with engineering projects. Topics include probabilistic risk assessment, cost-benefit analysis, reliability and hazard analysis, decision analysis, portfolio analysis, and project risk management. (This course is restricted to students in MFLEAD-MS and PRODDEV-MS .) Lecture 3 (Spring).
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   ISEE-771
   Engineering of Systems I
The engineering of a system is focused on the identification of value and the value chain, requirements management and engineering, understanding the limitations of current systems, the development of the overall concept, and continually improving the robustness of the defined solution. EOS I & II is a 2-semester course sequence focused on the creation of systems that generate value for both the customer and the enterprise. Through systematic analysis and synthesis methods, novel solutions to problems are proposed and selected. This first course in the sequence focuses on the definition of the system requirements by systematic analysis of the existing problems, issues and solutions, to create an improved vision for a new system. Based on this new vision, new high-level solutions will be identified and selected for (hypothetical) further development. The focus is to learn systems engineering through a focus on an actual artifact (This course is restricted to students in the ISEE BS/MS, ISEE BS/ME, ISEE-MS, ISEE-ME, SUSTAIN-MS, SUSTAIN-ME, PRODEV-MS, MFLEAD-MS or ENGMGT-ME programs or those with 5th year standing in ISEE-BS or ISEEDU-BS.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
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   ISEE-772
   Engineering of Systems II
The engineering of a system is focused on the identification of value and the value chain, requirements management and engineering, understanding the limitations of current systems, the development of the overall concept, and continually improving the robustness of the defined solution. EOS I & II is a 2-semester course sequence focused on the creation of systems that create value for both the customer and the enterprise. Through systematic analysis and synthesis methods, novel solutions to problems are proposed and selected. This second course in the sequence revisits the first sequence and views the engineering of a system through a lean perspective, as such the emphasis is on the system development process itself. (Prerequisites: ISEE-771 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
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Sustainability
Choose three of the following:
   ISEE-785
   Fundamentals of Sustainable Engineering
This is a high level survey course that reviews the product lifecycle from various perspectives and highlights the leverage over material, process, and environmental impacts available at the design phase. Tools and strategies for reducing the environmental impacts associated with the sourcing, manufacture, use, and retirement of products will be reviewed and evaluated. (This course is restricted to students in ISEE-MS, ISEE-ME, SUSTAIN-MS, SUSTAIN-ME, ENGMGT-ME, MECE-MS, MECE-ME, SUSPRD-MN or those with at least 4th year standing in ISEE-BS or ISEEDU-BS.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
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   ISEE-786
   Lifecycle Assessment
This course introduces students to the challenges posed when trying to determine the total lifecycle impacts associated with a product or a process design. Various costing models and their inherent assumptions will be reviewed and critiqued. The inability of traditional costing models to account for important environmental and social externalities will be highlighted. The Lifecycle Assessment approach for quantifying environmental and social externalities will be reviewed and specific LCA techniques (Streamlined Lifecycle Assessment, SimaPro) will be covered. (This course is restricted to students in ISEE-MS, ISEE-ME, SUSTAIN-MS, SUSTAIN-ME, ENGMGT-ME, MECE-MS, MECE-ME, SUSPRD-MN or those with at least 4th year standing in ISEE-BS.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
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   ISEE-787
   Design for the Environment
This course will provide the student with systematic approaches for designing and developing environmentally responsible products. In particular, design trade-offs will be explored. (Prerequisites: ISEE-140 or MECE-304 or MECE-305 or students in SUSPRD-MN or ISEE-MS or ISEE-ME or SUSTAIN-MS or SUSTAIN-ME or ENGMGT-ME or MECE-MS or MECE-ME programs.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
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   MECE-629
   Renewable Energy Systems
This course provides an overview of renewable energy system design. Energy resource assessment, system components, and feasibility analysis will be covered. Possible topics to be covered include photovoltaics, wind turbines, solar thermal, hydropower, biomass, and geothermal. Students will be responsible for a final design project. (Prerequisites: MECE-310 or equivalent course or graduate standing in MECE-MS or MECE-ME or SUSTAIN-MS or SUSTAIN-ME.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
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   MECE-650
   Sustainable Energy Use in Transportation
The transportation sector represents nominally a third of the total energy consumption in the US, and presently, over 90% of this comes from petroleum sources. Transportation is responsible for about a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions and is a major source for several criteria pollutants. This course will introduce students to engineering practices used to evaluate transportation technologies from the standpoint of sustainability with an emphasis on light duty vehicles. Several emerging technologies including battery and hybrid electric vehicles, fuel cell vehicles, and bio-fuels will be considered. Particular attention will be devoted to the energy efficiency and emissions of the technology at the both vehicle and the fuel source levels. Additionally, the economic and social impacts will be examined. No text book will be assigned, and instead we will rely on open-access publications, journal articles, and electronic text available through the library. (Co-requisites: MECE-305 or equivalent course or graduate standing in MECE-MS or MECE-ME.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
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   MECE-739
   Alternative Fuels and Energy Efficiency
This course provides an overview of the potential alternative fuels and energy efficiency technologies for powering current and future vehicles. Alternative fuel production technologies and utilization of fuels such as biodiesel, ethanol, and hydrogen will be covered. The primary technical and environmental issues associated with these alternative fuels will be discussed. Approaches to improving vehicle efficiency will also be explored. Students will be responsible for a final design or research project. (Prerequisites: MECE-352 or equivalent course or graduate standing in the MECE-MS or MECE-ME program.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
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Thermo/Fluids Engineering
Choose three of the following:
   MCSE-610
   Applied Biofluid Mechanics and Microcirculation
This is a one-semester introductory graduate course that introduces and develops fundamental understanding of the flow dynamics of blood. The course includes a discussion of basic fluid mechanics, blood rheology, and biological regulation of blood flow. Emphasis will be placed on developing a physical understanding of each of the fundamental ideas and how it is applied to microcirculation and cutting-edge biomedical research. Applications of state-of-art micro/nanotechnologies such as microfluidics in the study of microcirculation, tissue engineering, and blood diagnostic will be also discussed in the class. The course is also open to undergraduate students who have taken courses in fluid dynamics, e.g., MECE (210)-Fluid Mechanics I, BIME (320)- Fluid Mechanics or equivalent, and are interested in blood flow and related biomedical engineering technologies. Lecture 3 (Fall).
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   MECE-725 3
   MECE-731
   Computational Fluid Dynamics
This course covers the basics of introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) n fluid mechanics and heat transfer. CFD methods of flow modeling are introduced with emphasis of in-class use of CFD software for modeling and problem solution. Course work involves tutorials and design examples. This course also  introduces the students to some of the commercial CFD codes being used for solving thermal-fluid problems. Students complete an individual CFD study project including a written report and a presentation of the results. (Prerequisites: MECE-210 and MECE-317 or equivalent courses or graduate standing in MECE-MS or MECE-ME.) Lecture 3 (Fall Or Spring).
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   MECE-738
   Ideal Flows
This course covers the fundamental topics in the theory of aerodynamics and high speed flows. The course discusses modern aerodynamic applications in the areas of wing and airfoil design, wind tunnel testing and compressible flows. (Prerequisites: MECE-210 or equivalent course or graduate standing in the MECE-MS or MECE-ME program.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
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   MECE-751
   Convective Phenomena
This course introduces the student to the flow of real incompressible fluids. The differential approach is used to develop and solve the equations governing the phenomena of mass, momentum, and heat transfer. The material in the course provides the necessary background for a study of computational fluid dynamics. (Prerequisites: MECE-210 or equivalent courses or graduate standing in MECE-MS or MECE-ME.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
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   MECE-755
   Microfluidics
Applications areas of microfluidics, Fluid flow and heat transfer governing equations, continuum hypothesis, analytical solutions for laminar liquid flow at different Reynolds numbers, creeping flows, laminar flows, identification of forces - surface, body, inertia – and their importance in specific applications, surface tension effects, pressure drop and heat transfer calculations, slip flow in gas flows, single-phase liquid flow and flow boiling in microchannels, roughness effects, mixing, T-junction, bubble generators, diffusion effects, introduction to microfluidic devices and controls - Bubble generators, micro-reactors, lab-on-chip devices, microscale sensing, control and measurement. (Prerequisites: MECE-210 or equivalent course or graduate standing in MECE-ME or MECE-MS or ENGR-PHD or MCSE-PHD programs.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
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   MECE-756
   Boiling and Condensation
The course covers selected topics in boiling and condensation. The fundamental aspects will be introduced in the class. Fundamentals of phase change process will be emphasized. Several design examples will be covered to make students proficient in applying the theory to practical situations. The course has a design-oriented project that counts for majority of the grade. The projects are based on exciting new topics of current interest such as – visualization of boiling characteristics on enhanced surfaces, investigating different enhancement techniques, characterizing of nucleation behavior, effect of substrate on boiling, etc. Some of the topics covered include: Boiling curve, nucleation, bubble growth, critical heat flux, mechanisms of heat transfer, and enhancement techniques. (Prerequisites: MECE-210 and MECE-310 or equivalent course or graduate standing in MECE-ME or MECE-MS or ENGR-PhD or MCSE-PHD programs.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
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Vibrations Engineering
MECE-658
Introduction to Engineering Vibrations
Is concerned with analytically finding the dynamic characteristics (natural frequencies and mode shapes) of vibratory mechanical systems (single-degree and multi-degrees of freedom systems), and the response of the systems to external excitations (transient, harmonic, and periodic). Application to vibration damping techniques (Dynamic Vibration Absorbers) is also covered. In addition, laboratory exercises are performed, and an independent design project is assigned. (Prerequisites: MECE-320 or equivalent course or graduate standing in the MECE-ME or MECE-MS program.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
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MECE-758
Intermediate Engineering Vibrations
Is concerned with analytically finding the dynamic characteristics (natural frequencies and mode shapes) of continuous mechanical vibratory systems (strings, rods, and beams), and the response of the systems to external excitations (transient and harmonic). Solutions using the finite element method is also introduced. (Prerequisites: MECE-658 or equivalent course or graduate student standing in MECE-MS or MECE-ME.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
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Choose one of the following:
   EEEE-602
   Random Signals and Noise
In this course the student is introduced to random variables and stochastic processes. Topics covered are probability theory, conditional probability and Bayes theorem, discrete and continuous random variables, distribution and density functions, moments and characteristic functions, functions of one and several random variables, Gaussian random variables and the central limit theorem, estimation theory , random processes, stationarity and ergodicity, auto correlation, cross-correlation and power spectrum density, response of linear prediction, Wiener filtering, elements of detection, matched filters. (Prerequisites: This course is restricted to graduate students in the EEEE-MS, EEEE-BS/MS program.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
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   EEEE-678
   Digital Signal Processing
In this course, the student is introduced to the concept of multi rate signal processing, Poly phase Decomposition, Transform Analysis, Filter Design with emphasis on Linear Phase Response, and Discrete Fourier Transforms. Topics covered are: Z- Transforms, Sampling, Transform Analysis of Linear Time Invariant Systems, Filter Design Techniques, Discrete Fourier Transforms (DFT), Fast Algorithms for implementing the DFT including Radix 2, Radix 4 and Mixed Radix Algorithms, Quantization Effects in Discrete Systems and Fourier Analysis of Signals. (Prerequisites: EEEE-707 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Summer).
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   MECE-606
   System Modeling
This course is designed to introduce the student to advanced systems modeling techniques and response characterization. Mechanical, electrical, fluid, and mixed type systems will be considered. Energy-based modeling methods such as Lagrange’s methods will be used extensively for developing systems models. System performance will be assessed through numerical solution using MATLAB/Simulink. Computer projects using Matlab/Simulink will be assigned and graded in this course including concepts of data analysis and how it performs to parmeter estimation. Linearization of nonlinear system models and verification methods are also discussed. (Prerequisites: MECE-320 or equivalent course or graduate standing in the MECE-ME or MECE-MS program.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
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* Only one of these classes may be used toward the focus area.

Students with a specific career interest may develop an individually customized focus area based on mutual agreement between the student and the department.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the ME program in mechanical engineering, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college in mechanical engineering, physics, or a related field.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) from all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Submit scores from the GRE.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • International students are required to submit scores from the GRE. Minimum scores of 302 (V&Q) and 3.0 (writing) and required.

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