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Mechanical Engineering (ME) Courses

Lower Division

ME 105 MECHANICAL ENGINEERING GRAPHICS (3-0-3)(F/S). Theory and practice of creating graphical models for engineered products. PREREQ: MATH 170.

ME 112 INTRODUCTION TO BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (1-0-1)(F/S). An introduction to the broad field of biomedical engineering. This course will survey topics related to medical devices, biomaterials, biomechanics, and bioinstrumentation. PREREQ: CHEM 111.

ME 187 GRAPHICAL COMMUNICATIONS (1-2-2)(F,S). Theory and practice of creating graphical models for engineered products. PREREQ: MATH 170.

ME 201 ENGINEERING MECHANICS I (3-0-3)(F,S). Methods and procedures of engineering analysis. Principles of equilibrium applied to engineering systems using forces and moments. Two and three dimensional applications of scalars and vectors. Isolation of appropriate subsystems using free-body diagrams. PREREQ: MATH 170, PHYS 211.

ME 203 ENGINEERING MECHANICS II (3-0-3)(F,S). Apply appropriate governing equations to dynamical systems. Analyze kinetic systems using concepts of force and acceleration, work and energy, and impulse and momentum. Apply appropriate constraints to analyze kinematic systems. PREREQ: ME 201 (or ENGR 210), MATH 175.

ME 215 ENGINEERING COMMUNICATIONS LAB WITH INSPIRE ME SEMINAR (1-0-1)(F,S). Seminars with invited leaders from research and industry. Includes public speaking, using new media to communicate, and the use of journal clubs to practice oral communication.

ME 260 INTRODUCTION TO MACHINING (1-0-1)(F/S). This course is an overview of standard shop practices. Topics include the safe use of precision measuring tools, vertical knee mill, lathe, and other basic metalworking tools. PREREQ: ME 187.

ME 271 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTATION FOR ENGINEERS (0-2-1)(F/S). In this application-based course, students will develop programming skills to solve problems in engineering and science using industry software packages such as Matlab. Numerical methods such as vector analysis, linear algebra, interpolation, root finding, and numerical integration will be introduced and used in real-world examples. PRE/COREQ: PHYS 211 and PREREQ: CS 117.

ME 273 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTATION FOR ENGINEERS (1-2-2)(F,S). Development of programming skills including algorithm implementation, file and keyboard I/O, basic numerical methods and error handling, data types and visualization and good programming practices. Assignments will be engineering-based programming projects. PREREQ: CS 117 or CS 121, PRE/COREQ: PHYS 211.

ME 287 DESIGN I WITH LAB (1-2-2)(F,S). Introduction to engineering design theory, design processes, and codes and standards. Exploration of current manufacturing techniques, engineering ethics, system engineering, and effective teamwork. PREREQ: ME 187 or ME 105.

Upper Division

ME 301 SOLID MECHANICS I (3-0-3)(F,S). Stress, strain, and deflection of machine and structural elements due to combined loading. Basic failure theories, elastic instability. PREREQ: ME 187 (or ME 105), ME 203 (or ENGR 220), ME 273 (or ME 271), MSE 245, MATH 275, MATH 333, ME major status.

ME 301L SOLID MECHANICS LAB (0-2-1)(F,S). Practical experience in testing engineering materials, data acquisition, data analysis, and technical communication. PRE/COREQ: ME 301 and ME major status.

ME 302 THERMODYNAMICS I (3-0-3)(F/S). Thermodynamic properties of fluids, 1-D heat transfer, compression and expansion work, system and process analysis applying the first and second laws of thermodynamics, basic heat engine and heat pump theory, and cycles.  PREREQ: CHEM 111, MATH 175, PHYS 211.

ME 303 SOLID MECHANICS II (3-0-3)(F,S). Systems approach to design and analysis of machines to prevent static and fatigue failure. Stochastic analysis of safety and design factors. PREREQ: ME 301 (or ME 350), MATH 360 (or MATH 361), ME major status.

ME 310 EXPERIMENTAL METHODS LAB (1-2-2)(F/S). Instrumentation, data acquisition, and theory verification in the engineering sciences. Emphasis placed on experimental procedure, uncertainty analysis, and technical communication. PREREQ: MATH 360 (or MATH 361), ME major status.

ME 313 EXPERIMENTAL METHODS LAB I (1-2-2)(F,S). Design, implementation, analysis, and reporting of engineering experiments in a team environment. Use of statistics and modern data-acquisition systems and software. Evaluation and comparison of theoretical and experimental results. Oral and written presentations required. PREREQ: ME 301L, MATH 360 or MATH 361, and ME major status.

ME 315 CURRENT TOPICS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (1-0-1)(F,S). Explores current topics within the broad field of mechanical engineering in a seminar format. Discussion topics range from professional skill development, introductions to relevant industries and nationally recognized research presentations. Students will learn to participate in discussions and communicate with other technical professionals. May be repeated up to three times for credit. PREREQ: Mechanical Engineering major or PERM/INST.

ME 320 HEAT TRANSFER (3-0-3)(F/S). Steady and unsteady heat transfer by conduction, free and forced convection, and radiation. PREREQ: ME 271, ME 302, ME 330, MATH 275, MATH 333, and ME major status.

ME 321 THERMAL/FLUIDS I (3-0-3)(F,S). Introduction to thermal and fluidic systems. Control mass/volume analysis, conservation of mass, energy, and momentum, First and Second Law of Thermodynamics. Constitutive equations. PREREQ:ME 273 (or ME 271), ME 203 (or ENGR 220), MATH 175, ME major status, or PERM/INST.

ME 323 THERMAL/FLUIDS II (3-0-3)(F,S). Thermodynamic cycles. Differential analysis of fluid and heat flows. Fluidic and heat-transfer applications including Navier Stokes and heat equation. Transient and steady-state conduction, convection, and radiation. PREREQ: MATH 275, ME 321 (or ME 302 and ME 320), ME major status.

ME 325 HVAC PRINCIPLES (3-0-3)(F/S). Heating, ventilating and air conditioning applications of thermodynamic and psychrometric principles. Calculation of heating and cooling loads based on thermal comfort and design of processes and equipment that maintain desired indoor air quality. PREREQ: ME 321 or ME 302.

ME 330 FLUID MECHANICS (3-0-3)(F/S). Physical properties of fluids, fluid mechanics, measurements, viscous flow, turbulent flow, momentum, lift, drag, boundary layer effects, pipe flow, and open channel flow. PREREQ: ENGR 210, MATH 275, MATH 333.

ME 331 FLUID MECHANICS LAB (0-3-1)(F/S). Fluid mechanics experiments, measurements, data acquisition, and data analysis. Viscosity, fluid statics, hydraulics, computational fluid dynamics, pipe flow, turbulence, drag, and lift. COREQ: ME 330 or CE 330.

ME 337 (CS 330)(ECE 337)(ENGR 337)(MATH 337) INTRODUCTION TO SECURITY IN CYBER-PHYSICAL SYSTEMS (3-0-3)(F). Overview of systems security: hardware, software, encryption, and physical security. Includes multiple modules: system security, physical issues in security, hardware and firmware security issues, industrial control, and all things connected to the internet. PREREQ: CS 117 or CS 121, PHYS 211, and MATH 189 or MATH 360 or MATH 361.

ME 350 ENGINEERING MECHANICS OF MATERIALS (3-0-3)(F/S). Principles of stress, strain, and deformation applied to the analysis of engineering structures including beams, shafts, and columns. PREREQ: ENGR 210 (or ME 201), MATH 175.

ME 352 MACHINE DESIGN I (3-0-3)(F/S). Stress and deflection analysis of machine parts under loading. Development and application of theories that predict failure of machine parts due to elastic instability, yielding, fracture, crack propagation and fatigue. PREREQ: ME 350 (or ME 301), MATH 360 (or MATH 361), ME 105 (or ME 187), MSE 245, MSE 245L, ME major status.

ME 356 INTRODUCTION TO SOLID BIOMECHANICS (3-0-3)(F/S). Principles of engineering mechanics as applied to the human musculoskeletal system. Topics include functional anatomy, human motion analysis, mechanical properties of biological tissues, and modeling of the human body. PREREQ: ME 201 (or ENGR 210), or PERM/INST.

ME 360 (ECE 360) SYSTEM MODELING AND CONTROL (3-0-3)(F,S). Modeling and simulation of physical systems. Transfer functions, block diagrams, step responses and stability. Design of feedback control systems in the Laplace domain. May be taken for ECE or ME credit, but not both. PREREQ: MATH 333, ENGR 240 or ECE 212.

ME 370 ADVANCED ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS (3-1-3)(On Demand). Application of advanced mathematics to engineering problems. Laplace and Fourier transforms, linear and nonlinear systems of equations, vector calculus, Greens and Stokes theorems, divergence, gradient, and curl. Numerical methods used for modeling and analysis. PREREQ: MATH 275, MATH 333.

ME 380 KINEMATICS AND MACHINE DYNAMICS (3-0-3)(F/S). Analysis, synthesis, and simulation techniques to characterize, analyze, and design mechanisms and machines to meet performance and functional criteria. Design projects reinforce concepts and methodologies. Both student-generated code and commercial program use emphasized. PREREQ: ME 203 (or ENGR 220), ME 273 (or ME 271), MATH 275, MATH 333.

ME 387 DESIGN II WITH LAB (1-2-2)(F,S). Project-based design experience with applications of teamwork, design, and organization from previous and current coursework. Complex projects will require consideration of codes and standards, engineering economics, benchmarking, budgeting, and vendor constraints. Designs will be validated to determine the accomplishment of project goals. PREREQ: ME 287 and ME major status.

ME 401 ENGINEERING SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS (3-0-3)(F,S). Analyze and optimize simple and complex engineering systems using appropriate theories and principles of engineering and science. PREREQ: ME 203 (or ENGR 220), ME 303 (or ME 352), ME 321 (or ME 302), ME 323 (or ME 330 and ME 320), MATH 360 (or MATH 361), ME major status.

ME 402 APPLIED NUMERICAL METHODS FOR ENGINEERS (3-0-3)(On Demand). Approximate and numerical methods for solving systems of linear and nonlinear equations, and ordinary and partial differential equations with engineering applications. Finite difference and finite element techniques; roots, curve fitting, and numerical integration. PREREQ: MATH 333 and, CS 117 or CS 121.

ME 411 SELECTED TOPICS IN INDUSTRIAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY (1-0-1)(F/S/SU). Examines principles of thermodynamics and engineering applied to industrial processes. Topics include industrial refrigeration, process heat, compressors and motors, building envelope and energy management. PREREQ: ME 321 (or ME 302), or PERM/INST.

ME 413 EXPERIMENTAL METHODS LAB II (1-2-2)(F,S). In-depth continuation of ME 313, including signal conditioning and processing, complex measurement systems, Design of Experiments (DOE) and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). Application of full and partial-fraction factorial design to higher-dimension matrices. PREREQ: ME 313 (or ME 310), ME major status.

ME 420 THERMODYNAMICS II (3-0-3)(F/S). Advanced topics and applications of thermodynamics include power and refrigeration cycles, combustion, mixed gas properties, chemical equilibrium, and psychrometric applications. PREREQ: ME 321 (or ME 302), MATH 275.

ME 424 THERMAL AND FLUIDS SYSTEMS DESIGN (3-0-3)(F/S). Applied thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer in design of HVAC systems, thermal power plants and engines, related piping or ducting systems. Design for system optimization, simulation, and economics. PREREQ: ME 323 (or ME 320 and ME 330).

ME 426 RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS (3-0-3)(F/S). A survey of renewable energy systems including solar, wind, biomass, as compared to traditional electric power production and distribution. Technical, economic, and system integration issues are examined. PREREQ: ENGR 240, ME 323 (or ME 320 AND ME 330).

ME 430 FLUID DYNAMICS (3-0-3)(On Demand). Advanced fluid mechanics theory and applications in potential flow, viscous flow, boundary layer theory, turbulent flow and turbulence modeling, compressible flow, turbomachinery, and computational fluid dynamics. PREREQ: ME 323 (or ME 320 and ME 330).

ME 432 ACOUSTICS (3-0-3)(On Demand). Basic theories of acoustics, wave equations, acoustic response, sound generation, transmission, and attenuation. Measurement techniques and nomenclature. PREREQ: ME 321 (or ME 330).

ME 433 DYNAMIC METEOROLOGY (3-1-3)(On Demand). Atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics, planetary boundary layer, jet stream dynamics and global circulation systems, numerical modeling and forecasting, climate change topics, and weather analysis. A weekly one-hour lab includes weather analysis topics and weather-related activities on the WEB. PREREQ: MATH 275, MATH 333.

ME 442 CORROSION ENGINEERING (3-0-3)(Intermittently). Electrochemical principles, thermodynamics, types of corrosion, corrosion measurements, and corrosion prevention with examples from selected industries.

ME 444 FATIGUE AND FRACTURE MECHANICS (3-0-3)(On Demand). Fatigue and fracture of materials. Fatigue nucleation, crack growth, temperature effects, fracture toughness and resistance, and design considerations. PREREQ: ME 301 (or ME 350), MATH 275, MATH 333, or PERM/INST.

ME 450 ADVANCED MECHANICS OF MATERIALS (3-0-3)(On Demand). Extension of stress-strain concepts to three-dimensions, plate and shell analysis, failure theories, and fatigue. Analysis and visualization techniques include Finite Element Analysis and photoelasticity. PREREQ: ME 301 or ME 350.

ME 454 COMPOSITES (3-0-3)(On Demand). Mechanics of composite materials. Solid mechanics principles used to analyze layered composites, long and short fiber composites, and woven composites. Finite Element Analysis reinforces content. PREREQ: ME 301 (or ME 350), MATH 275.

ME 460 COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN (3-0-3)(On Demand). Computer programs used to develop 3-D CAD database for design, analysis, simulation, and manufacturing. Machinery design to meet functional, performance, reliability and manufacturing requirements. Design projects reinforce concepts and methodologies. PREREQ: ME 323 (or ME 302 and ME 330), ME 352 (or ME 303).

ME 461 (ECE 461) CONTROL SYSTEMS (3-0-3)(Offered as Justified). Time and frequency domain analysis and design of feedback systems using classical and state space methods. Observability, controllability, pole placement, and observers. May be taken for ECE or ME credit, but not both. PREREQ: ECE 360 or ME 360.

ME 462 MACHINE DESIGN (3-0-3)(Intermittently). Analysis and design of machines and structures to understand and prevent failure due to elastic instability, yielding, fracture, crack propagation or fatigue. Static, dynamic and cyclic loading will be considered. PREREQ: ME 303 or ME 352.

ME 464 PRODUCTION ENGINEERING (3-0-3)(Intermittently). Engineering design and control of production or manufacturing systems. Concurrent engineering, product design and process planning, facilities layout, quality control, management, inventory systems, scheduling, and information systems. PREREQ: ME 303 (or ME 352) or PERM/INST.

ME 465 ROBUST CONTROL OF INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS (3-0-3)(F/S). Performance and vulnerabilities of continuous-feedback control systems in industrial applications. Theory, simulation, and real-world case studies, building on a basic understanding of dynamical systems. PREREQ: ME 360 or ECE 360, or PERM/INST.

ME 466 COMPUTER INTEGRATED DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING (3-0-3)(On Demand). Integration of computer aided design with manufacturing practices. Geometric modeling, CAD, concurrent engineering, group technology, process planning and control, numerical control, robotics, and automation. PREREQ: ME 301 or ME 350.

ME 470 FINITE ELEMENT METHODS (3-0-3)(F/S). Theoretical development of finite element methods, solution algorithm formulation, and problem solving in stress analysis, heat transfer, and fluid flow. PREREQ: ME 273 (or ME 271), ME 301 (or ME 350).

ME 471 PARALLEL SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING (3-0-3)(Intermittently). Introduction to parallel scientific and technical computing on supercomputers and modern graphics processing units. Finite difference methods to solve partial differential equations governing heat conduction and wave propagation. Scientific visualization of simulation data. Performance optimization of scientific codes. Course projects involve parallel computer programming of prototype problems. PREREQ: MATH 333 and CS 117, or PERM/INST.

ME 472 VIBRATIONS (3-0-3)(Intermittently). Theory and methods for analysis of vibrating physical systems. Natural frequencies, mode shapes, damping, forced vibrations, and frequency-response functions are analyzed by using computer simulation. PREREQ: ME 203 (or ENGR 220), MATH 333.

ME 474 INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS (3-0-3)(Intermittently). Fundamental theories and computational methodologies used in the design and analysis of robotic systems. Analytical formulation kinematic and dynamic equations for robot manipulators, how to synthesize trajectory and force tracking controllers, and how to utilize numerical algorithms to simulate and implement real-time hardware-in-the-loop controllers. PREREQ: MATH 333.

ME 477 (BIOL 477)(MSE 477) BIOMATERIALS (3-0-3)(F/S). Theory of biomaterials science. Medical and biological materials and their applications. Selection, properties, characterization, design and testing of materials used by or in living systems. PREREQ: CHEM 112 or MSE 245.

ME 478 DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF MECHATRONIC SYSTEMS (3-0-3)(F/S). Design and analysis of engineering systems containing mechanical, electro-mechanical and embedded computer elements. The course provides an overview of basic electronics, digital logic, signal processing and electromechanical devices, and fundamentals of event-driven programming. PREREQ: ENGR 240.

ME 481 SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT I (2-3-3)(F/S)(FF). First course for mechanical engineers in capstone design. Integration of previous coursework with modern design theory, methodology, teamwork and project management. Comprehensive group projects include determining customer requirements, developing design specifications, preparing concept and configuration designs, documentation and presentation. PREREQ: ME 310 and ME major status. COREQ: ME 424, ME 462.

ME 482 OPTIMAL DESIGN (3-0-3)(On Demand). Analytical and computer methods used to provide optimal design of products or processes. Formulation, specification, figures of merit, controllable variables, constraints, and relationships among design variables. Single and multi-variable optimization algorithms using linear and nonlinear programming methods to design problems in structures, machine components, and energy systems. PREREQ: MATH 275, PHYS 211, PHYS 211L.

ME 483 SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT II (2-3-3)(F/S). Second course for mechanical engineers in capstone design. Projects started in ME 481 continue with parametric design, prototyping, testing, documentation and presentation. PREREQ: ME 481 and ME major status.

ME 484 ROBUST DESIGN (3-0-3)(On Demand). Statistics and probability applied to the design of products and processes. Stochastic modeling and analysis of mechanical systems. Product reliability, series and parallel systems reliability, structural reliability, Taguchi methods, failure modes and effects analysis, and Monte Carlo simulation. PREREQ: ME 301 (or ME 350), ME 321 (or ME 302).

ME 485 VEHICLE DESIGN (3-0-3)(On Demand). Subsystem design for wheeled vehicles including bicycles, motorcycles, cars, trucks and ATVs. Static and dynamic analyses of traction and reaction forces during acceleration, braking and cornering. Suspension response analysis. Subsystem design including suspension, chassis, steering, transmission, brakes, and tires. PREREQ: ME 187 (or ME 105), ME 203 (or ENGR 220), ME 301 (or ME 350), MSE 245.

ME 486 HUMAN FACTORS DESIGN (3-0-3)(On Demand). Anthropometry, biomechanics, and psychology applied to machinery and systems designs which involve human interaction. Design considerations include efficiency, productivity, environmental factors, human capabilities, comfort, and safety. Design projects demonstrate concepts and methodologies. PREREQ: ME 301 (or ME 350), or PERM/INST.

ME 487 SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT I (1-3-2)(F,S)(FF). First course for mechanical engineers in capstone design. Integration of previous coursework with advanced application of design methodology, teamwork, and project management skills. Comprehensive group projects include determining customer requirements, specification creation, concept design, documentation, and presentation. PREREQ: ME 387. PRE/COREQ: ME 401, ME 413 and ME major status.

ME 488 DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURE AND ASSEMBLY (3-0-3)(Intermittently). Development and application of design methods for cost-effective and timely product manufacture and assembly. Concept, configuration, and parametric product design refinements evaluated with respect to alternative manufacturing and assembly processes. Case studies and design projects. PREREQ: ME 187 (or ME 105), ME 301 (or ME 350).

ME 489 SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT II (1-3-2)(F,S). Second course for mechanical engineers in capstone design. Projects started in ME 487 continue with detail design, prototyping, testing, documentation, and presentation. A familiarization with engineering practice in industry will be provided. PREREQ: ME 487 and ME major status.

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