Engineering Science Interdisciplinary
Cat. I This course is for first year students with an interest in engineering. The course focuses on the design process. Students are introduced to engineering through case studies and reverse engineering activities. Students will learn the steps in the design process and how engineers use this process to create new devices. Teams of students are then assigned a design project that culminates in building and evaluating a prototype in their design. Results of the design project are presented in both oral and written reports. This course does not require any prior engineering background. Note: This course can be used towards the Engineering Science and Design distribution requirement in IE, ME, and MFE.
Cat.I This basic course in engineering graphical communications provides a background for all engineering disciplines. The ability to create and interpret standard, well-integrated detail and assembly drawings is a necessity for engineers to communicate ideas. Computer Aided Design software will be used as a tool for creating these engineering design drawings. Multiview and pictorial graphics techniques are integrated with standards for dimensioning, sectioning, and generating detailed engineering drawings. Emphasis is placed on relating drawings to the required manufacturing processes. The design process and aids to creativity are combined with graphics procedures to incorporate functional design requirements in the geometric model. No prior engineering graphics or software knowledge is assumed.
Cat. I A beginning course in understanding the structures and properties of metals, ceramics and plastics, in the selection and in the working and heat treating of materials. A course of interest to any engineer, scientist or person involved with materials. The underlying fundamental theme of materials science is structure-property relationship. Structures covered range from the subatomic, or nuclear level, through the microscopic world to the macroscopic, or gross point of view. Properties investigated may be chemical, mechanical, thermal, nuclear, electrical or optical. The selection, working and thermal treatments of materials are also related to structural changes and thus property alterations. No formal laboratory, but ample opportunity exists for the student to experiment with the fundamentals presented on a voluntary basis. Recommended background: prior knowledge of college-level chemistry.
Cat. I This is an introductory course in the engineering mechanics sequence that serves as a foundation for other courses in mechanical engineering. In this course, students will learn to solve for forces and couples in systems that are not accelerating and which are statically determinate. They will also learn to draw shear and bending moment diagrams for beams and how to calculate the centroid and the moment of inertia for areas. This course qualifies as one of the three courses that mechanical engineering students must complete in the mechanical systems stem. Topics normally covered include: forces, moments of forces and couples; free body diagrams; equilibrium; friction; distributed loadings; pin trusses; beams and beam loading; suspended cables; first and second moment of area. Force analysis of submerged bodies is addressed in this course. Recommended background: Differential and Integral Calculus (MA 1022) and elementary vector algebra.
Cat. I The first course in engineering mechanics that addresses stress analysis of mechanical and structural elements. Topics covered include: stresses, strains and deformations in bars, beams, and torsional elements; principal stresses, transverse shear stresses, buckling. Recommended background: Statics (ES 2501) and elementary vector algebra.
Cat. I Engineers should be able to formulate and solve problems that involve forces that act on bodies which are moving. This course deals with the kinematics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies which move in a plane. Topics covered will include: kinematics of particles and rigid bodies, equations of motion, work-energy methods, and impulse and momentum. In this course a basic introduction to mechanical vibration is also discussed. Basic equations will be developed with respect to translating and rotating coordinate systems. Recommended background: Statics (ES 2501 or CE 2000).
Cat II Engineering decisions can affect the environment on local and global scales. This course will introduce students to concepts that will make them aware of the ramifications of their engineering decisions, and is intended for engineering students of all disciplines. Specific topics the course will cover include: environmental issues, waste minimization, energy conservation, water conservation and reuse, regulations (OSHA, TSCA, RCRA, etc.), life cycle assessment, risk assessment, sustainability, design for the environment, and environmental impact statements. Energy and mass balances will be applied to activities that impact the environment. Instruction will be provided through lectures, practitioner seminars, and a term project. Intended audience: all engineering majors desiring a general knowledge of the environmental impacts of engineering decisions. Recommended background: elementary college chemistry; second year students. This course will be offered in 2014-15, and in alternating years thereafter.
Cat. I This course emphasizes system and control volume modeling using the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics. Topics include: properties of simple substances, an introduction to availability, cycle analysis.
Cat. I This course introduces the student to the phenomena of diffusion and mass transfer. These occur in processes during which a change in chemical composition of one or more phases occurs. Diffusion and mass transfer can take place in living systems, in the environment, and in chemical processes. This course will show how to handle quantitative calculations involving diffusion and/or mass transfer, including design of process equipment. Topics may include: fundamentals of diffusional transport, diffusion in thin films; unsteady diffusion; diffusion in solids; convective mass transfer; dispersion; transport in membranes; diffusion with chemical reaction; simultaneous heat and mass transfer; selected mass transfer operations such as absorption, drying, humidification, extraction, crystallization, adsorption, etc. Recommended background: fundamentals of chemical thermodynamics, fluid flow and heat transfer; ordinary differential equations (MA 2051 or equivalent).
Cat. I To provide an understanding of fundamental concepts of heat fluxes, to develop understanding of the coupling of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, and to provide experience in modeling engineering systems and predicting their behavior. Topics covered include: steady-state and transient conduction exemplified by heat transfer to and from buried pipes, heat losses through furnace walls, response of thermocouple devices, and the effect of adding fins to increase heat transfer rates. Contact resistance. Natural and forced convection. Heat exchanger analysis and design. Convection accompanied by boiling and condensation. Blackbody radiation. Thermal radiation within an enclosure including diffuse and gray surfaces. Radiation accompanied by conduction and with motion. Recommended background: Ordinary Differential Equations (MA 2051).
Cat. I A study of the fundamental laws of statics, kinematics and dynamics applied to fluid mechanics. The course will include fluid properties, conservation of mass, momentum and energy as applied to real and ideal fluids. Laminar and turbulent flows, fluid resistance and basic boundary layer theory will also be considered. Recommended background: basic physics, basic differential equations and vectors.
Cat. I Radiation Heat Transfer Applications will develop the student?s knowledge of radiation heat transfer. Fundamentals of radiation will be covered. The primary focus of the course will be on applications of radiation heat transfer in the built environment. Two key areas will be solving radiation problems related to building fires (infrared) and building environmental heating (solar). Recommended background: MA 2051. This course will be offered in 2012-13.
Cat. I Characteristics of control systems. Mathematical representation of control components and systems. Laplace transforms, transfer functions, block and signal flow diagrams. Transient response analysis. Introduction to the root-locus method and stability analysis. Frequency response techniques including Bode, polar, and Nichols plots. This sequence of courses in the field of control engineering (ES 3011) is generally available to all juniors and seniors regardless of department. A good background in mathematics is required; familiarity with Laplace transforms, complex variables and matrices is desirable but not mandatory. All students taking Control Engineering I should have an understanding of ordinary differential equations (MA 2051 or equivalent) and basic physics through electricity and magnetism (PH 1120/1121). Control Engineering I may be considered a terminal course, or it may be the first course for those students wishing to do extensive work in this field. Students taking the sequence of two courses will be prepared for graduate work in the field. Recommended background: Ordinary Differential Equations (MA 2051) and Electricity and Magnestism (PH 1120, PH 1121).
Cat. I This course exposes the student to computer aided engineering design and geometric modeling using Unix based graphic workstations. The use of geometric models for applications in computer aided mechanical design, engineering analysis and manufacturing is emphasized. Topics may include mechanical design, solid and feature based modeling, variational and parametric design, physical properties, assembly modeling, numerical control, mechanisms, and other analytical methods in engineering design. Recommended background: familiarity with drafting standards (ES 1310), mechanical systems (ES 2501 or CE 2000, ES 2503) and kinematics (ME 3310) is assumed. Additional background in strength of materials (ES 2502 or CE 2001), machine design (ME 2300, ME 3320), machining and manufacturing methods (ME 1800) and higher level programming capability (CS 1101 or CS 1102) is helpful.