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Mechanical Engineering (ME) Course Descriptions

ME 5013  Topics in Mechanical Engineering
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Current topics in mechanical engineering, such as advanced fracture mechanics, lean manufacturing, and advanced manufacturing engineering. May be repeated for credit with consent of Graduate Committee as topics vary.

ME 5113  Advanced Systems Dynamics and Control
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Dynamic modeling of mechanical and multi-energy domain systems; state-space and frequency-domain analysis of dynamic systems; feedback control systems; multivariable state-feedback control; principles of controllability, observability, stability; computer-based simulation system dynamics. (Formerly titled “Advanced Controls.”)

ME 5143  Advanced Dynamics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Review of Newtonian mechanics, 3-D particle kinematics, dynamics of a system of particles, analytical mechanics, Lagrange’s equations, kinematics and rigid-body dynamics, Eulerian angles, computational analysis using a symbolic language.

ME 5153  Structural Dynamics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Matrix methods for analysis of dynamics of complex structures, computer solutions, systems identifications, and experimental modal analysis.

ME 5183  Advanced Mechanical Vibration
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Free and forced vibration of single and multi-degree-of-freedom systems; response to harmonic, periodic, and nonperiodic excitations; continuous systems; computational techniques for the response.

ME 5243  Advanced Thermodynamics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Concepts and postulates of macroscopic thermodynamics; formulation of thermodynamic principles; exergy stability of thermodynamic systems, principles of irreversible thermodynamics, chemical equilibria.

ME 5263  Combustion
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Thermochemistry and transport theory applied to combustion; gas phase equilibrium; energy balances; reaction kinetics; flame temperatures, speed, ignition, and extinction; premixed and diffusion flames; combustion aerodynamics; mechanisms of air pollution.

ME 5273  Alternative Energy Sources
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Solar, nuclear, wind, hydrogen, and geothermal energy sources. Resources, production, utilization, economics, sustainability, and environmental considerations. (Same as CE 5643. Credit cannot be earned for both ME 5273 and CE 5643.)

ME 5283  Power Plant System Design
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Application of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics to the design of vapor and gas-turbine power plant systems including boilers, condensers, turbines, pumps, compressors, cooling towers, and alternative energy power plants.

ME 5293  Energy Efficiency in Building HVAC Design
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Psychrometrics, comfort, ventilation, envelope, heating and cooling load calculations, equipment, economics, and design for efficiency.

ME 5303  Advanced Heat and Mass Transfer
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Derivation of energy and mass conservation equations with constitutive laws for conduction, convection, radiation, and mass diffusion. Dimensional analysis, heat exchangers, boiling and condensation, steady and transient solutions.

ME 5343  Convection
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Derivation of equations of convection of mass, momentum, and energy; scale analysis; boundary layer solutions; classical, laminar convection problems; turbulent convection; natural convection.

ME 5353  Radiation
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Thermal radiation laws, geometric factors, black bodies, gray enclosures, nongray systems, combined conduction, convection, and radiation.

ME 5413  Elasticity
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Variational mechanics, energy methods, elementary viscoelastic/plastic problems, and wave propagation. (Formerly titled “Advanced Solid Mechanics.”)

ME 5453  Advanced Strength of Materials
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Failure theories, energy methods, advanced topics in bending, torsion, and elastic stability.

ME 5463  Fracture Mechanics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Fundamentals of linear elastic and elastoplastic fracture mechanics, including Westergaard solutions of K factors, Griffith’s energy balance, strain energy release rate (G), fracture toughness (Kc and Gc), crack tip plasticity, J integrals, and fatigue crack growth.

ME 5473  Viscoelasticity
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Principle of fading memory, integro-differential constitutive laws, mechanical models, time and temperature superposition, and linear and nonlinear methods. Applications to polymers, composites, and adhesives.

ME 5483  Finite Element Methods
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Derivation and computer implementation of the finite element method for the solution of boundary value problems. (Same as CE 5023. Credit cannot be earned for both ME 5483 and CE 5023.)

ME 5493  Fundamentals of Robotics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Theoretical and analytic developments, Denavit-Hartenberg parameters, quaternions, state-space, linear and nonlinear analysis, classical and modern methods of mechanics, serial manipulators, parallel manipulators, and controls.

ME 5503  Lean Manufacturing and Lean Enterprises
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Methodologies for transforming an enterprise into a lean enterprise. Topics include Lean Manufacturing basics and tools; Lean Implementation Guidelines; Lean Metrics and Performance Measures; Lean Extended Enterprise; Six-Sigma; and Lean Supply Chain Design and Management. Hands-on applications include lean simulation games and various Web-based applications.

ME 5513  Advanced Mechanism Design
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Advanced topics in kinematic synthesis of linkage, static and dynamic force analyses, and computer-aided design of mechanisms.

ME 5533  Advanced Machine Design
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: ME 3823 or an equivalent.
Advanced problems in machine design, including bearings, brakes, clutches, gears, shafts, springs, and advanced stress analysis.

ME 5543  Probabilistic Engineering Design
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: STA 2303 or an equivalent.
Development and application of probabilistic methods in engineering: random variable definitions, probability distributions, distribution selection, functions of random variables, numerical methods including Monte Carlo sampling, First Order Reliability Methods, and component and systems reliability.

ME 5553  Advanced Design of Cams and Gears
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: ME 3823 and ME 4543, or their equivalents.
Advanced problems in design of cam follower systems, gear trains and spur, helical, bevel, and worm gears.

ME 5563  Computer Integrated Manufacturing
(3-1) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Advanced concepts and models related to computer-aided design, computer-aided process planning, computer-aided manufacturing, production planning and scheduling, and manufacturing execution systems. Laboratory work includes computer-aided applications and programming of automated production equipment.

ME 5573  Facilities Planning and Design
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Advanced concepts and fundamentals essential to understand, analyze, and solve problems related to manufacturing plant layout and material handling system selection. Topics include Product, Process, and Schedule Design; Flow, Space, and Activity Relationships; Material Handling; Layout Planning Models and Design Algorithms; and Warehouse Operations. The subjects included in this course are organized around integrated product, process, and manufacturing system design principles.

ME 5583  Advanced Enterprise Process Engineering
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Advanced concepts, methodologies, and tools for modeling, analysis, and improvement of manufacturing operations and enterprise processes. Topics include Six Sigma methodology and statistical tools for process improvement, Lean principles, and other contemporary approaches.

ME 5593  Advanced Topics in Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Current topics in the manufacturing engineering area. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

ME 5603  Advanced Manufacturing Systems Engineering
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Design, planning, scheduling, and control of manufacturing systems with emphasis on information flow and decision-making. Analytical models and discrete event simulation are introduced to analyze and evaluate system performance under different production planning and control policies. Contemporary manufacturing topics and research areas are emphasized.

ME 5613  Advanced Fluid Mechanics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Dynamics of incompressible fluid mechanics viscous flow, Navier-Stokes equations, boundary layer theory, and numerical operations for incompressible fluid flow.

ME 5633  Gas Dynamics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Integral and differential forms of the conservation equations, one-dimensional flow, oblique shock and expansion waves, and supersonic, transonic, and hypersonic flows.

ME 5653  Computational Fluid Dynamics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: ME 3663 or an equivalent.
The mathematical models for fluid-flow simulations at various levels of approximation, basic description techniques, and the nature of flow equations and their boundary conditions.

ME 5703  Advanced Enterprise Systems Engineering
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Theory and applications of lean manufacturing and six-sigma to enterprise functions beyond production shop floor, with focus on lean product and process development, lean costing, and integration of IT and ERP systems to sustain continuous improvement. (Credit cannot be earned for both ME 5703 and ME 5583 taken prior to Fall 2011.)

ME 5713  Mechanical Behavior of Materials
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Mechanical behavior of engineering materials (metal alloys, ceramics, polymers, and composites), including elasticity, viscoelasticity, dislocation theory and plasticity, strengthening mechanism, brittle and ductile failures, fatigue, high temperature deformation and fractures.

ME 5743  Composite Materials
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Introduction to mechanics of composites, micromechanics, macromechanics, lamination theory, design, and applications of fiber-reinforced composites and particulate composites. (Formerly EGR 5413. Credit cannot be earned for both ME 5743 and EGR 5413.)

ME 5803  Principles of Microfabrication
(1-6) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: EGR 3323 or consent of instructor.
Photolithography, thin film deposition, doping, wet patterning, plasma etching, thin film characterization. Students will fabricate simple microstructures such as coplanar waveguides, micro-fluidic devices and nano-powder silica films. (Same as EE 5413. Credit cannot be earned for both ME 5803 and EE 5413.)

ME 5883  Introduction to Micro and Nanotechnology
(2-3) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or completion of or concurrent enrollment in EE 3323.
Survey of micro-fabrication techniques, scaling laws, mechanical, optical and thermal transducers, micro-fluidic applications, and nanostructures. (Same as EE 5503. Credit cannot be earned for both ME 5883 and EE 5503.)

ME 5963  Topics in Bioengineering
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Topics may include: biomechanics, biological systems, biosolid and biofluid, transport phenomena, biomaterials, medical devices, and medical imaging. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

ME 5973  Special Project
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor and the Graduate Advisor of Record.
The directed research course is offered only for nonthesis option students and may involve either a laboratory or a theoretical problem. The course requires an oral presentation of the work done at the end of the semester. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master’s degree.

ME 6113  Experimental Techniques in Engineering
(2-3) 3 hours credit.
Theory and practice of instrumentation, advanced instruments used for solid mechanics and fluid mechanics research, measurement uncertainty and error, propagation of uncertainty/error.

ME 6133  Advanced Control of Mechanical Systems
(2-3) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering.
Input-output and state space representation of discrete time mechanical systems; controllability, observability, and stability; design and analysis of digital control systems in transform and time domain; state observer; linear quadratic optimal control, stochastic state estimation, linear quadratic Gaussian problem, loop transfer recovery, adaptive control and model reference adaptive systems, self-tuning regulators, repetitive control, application to mechanical systems including hard disk drives, intelligent vehicle, motor drives, etc.

ME 6253  Bioheat Transfer
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Principles and applications of heat transfer in soft tissue. Topics may include fundamental conservation laws and governing equations of heat transfer, coupling of fluid and mass transport, and thermal activated nanoparticle transvascular transport. (Same as BME 6253. Credit can be earned for both ME 6253 and BME 6253.)

ME 6483  Intermediate Mechanical Vibrations
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering.
Review of systems with one degree of freedom; Lagrange’s equations of motion for multiple degree of freedom systems; introduction to matrix methods; transfer functions for harmonic response, impulse response, and step response; convolution integrals for response to arbitrary inputs; principle frequencies and modes; applications to critical speeds, measuring instruments, isolation, torsional systems; and introduction to nonlinear problems.

ME 6523  Advanced Mechanical Systems Design
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering.
Advanced design concepts (e.g., application of optimization techniques) and analytical approaches (e.g., 3-D homogeneous matrix method) for mechanical systems (mechanisms and robots) will be introduced. Structural dynamics and control strategy for both rigid and flexible manipulators will be studied.

ME 6563  Flexible Automation and Manufacturing Systems
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
This course focuses on major integration issues related with flexible manufacturing systems and their components. Introduces mathematical models related to design, planning, scheduling, and control of flexible manufacturing systems. Contemporary manufacturing topics and research areas are emphasized.

ME 6573  Robotics Design and Analysis
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: ME 5113 and ME 5143.
Serial manipulator design and controls; electromechanical issues at the actuator level; analytic modeling and synthesis techniques with emphasis on the influence of sensors, machine vision, and control at the actuator-level and robot system designs. 

ME 6693  Multiphase Flow
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering.
Single particle, multiparticle and two-phase fluid flow phenomena (gas-solid, liquid-solid and gas-liquid mixtures); particle interactions, transport phenomena, wall effects; bubbles, equations of multiphase flow. Dense phase (fluidized and packed beds) and ducted flows; momentum, heat and mass transfer; and computer solutions.

ME 6813  Biomaterials
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Fundamentals in applications of material science and engineering principles and concepts to repairing, replacing, and protecting human tissues and organs. (Formerly ME 5813 and ME 6013. Same as BME 6903. Credit can be earned for only one of the following: ME 6813, ME 6013, ME 5813 or BME 6903.)

ME 6833  Biomechanics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Fundamentals in applications of engineering mechanics to modeling structures and functions of tissues, organs, joints, and human body. (Formerly ME 5833 and ME 6033. Same as BME 6803. Credit can be earned for only one of the following: ME 6833, ME 6033, ME 5833 or BME 6803.)

ME 6873  Computational Engineering and Visualization
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.
Numerical techniques for simulating and visualizing engineering systems. Topics may include basic methods and algorithms in numerical analysis with focus on engineering applications, and visualization techniques for large-scale simulation with multiple sensory feedback such as haptic-enabled visualization. (Same as BME 6313. Credit can be earned for both ME 6873 and BME 6313.)

ME 6893  Topics in Biomechanics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: ME 6833 or BME 6803 or an equivalent.
The biomechanics of biological tissues and organs. Topics may include constitutive equations, stress, and adaptation of hard and soft tissues. (Formerly ME 6023. Same as BME 6893. Credit cannot be earned for both ME 6893 and ME 6023. Credit cannot be earned for both ME 6893 and BME 6893 when the topic is the same.)

ME 6951-3  Independent Study
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission in writing (form available) of the instructor, the student’s advisor, and the Graduate Advisor of Record.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. For students needing specialized work not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master’s degree.

ME 6961  Comprehensive Examination
1 hour credit. Prerequisite: Approval of the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program Committee to take the Comprehensive Examination.
Independent study for the purpose of taking the Comprehensive Examination. May be repeated for credit as many times as approved by the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program Committee. Enrollment is required each term in which the Comprehensive Examination is taken if no other courses are being taken that term. The grade report for the course is either “CR” (satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination) or “NC” (unsatisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination).

ME 6971-3  Special Problems
(1-0, 2-0, 3-0) 1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized studies not normally available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Problems courses may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, may be applied to the Master’s degree.

ME 6981-3  Master’s Thesis
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Consent of the Graduate Advisor of Record and primary thesis advisor.
Thesis research and preparation. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours will apply to the Master’s degree. Credit will be awarded upon completion of the thesis. Enrollment is required each term in which the thesis is in progress.

ME 7941-3 Independent Doctoral Study
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering program and permission in writing (form available) of the student’s advisor.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. For Ph.D. students needing specialized work not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Doctoral degree.

ME 7951-3 Doctoral Research
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Consent of the Dissertation Committee and Supervising Professor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 18 credit hours.

ME 7981-3 Doctoral Dissertation
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Consent of the Dissertation Committee and Supervising Professor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credit hours. (Formerly ME 7993-8.)

ME 7991 Research Seminar
(1-0) 1 hour credit.
Required for all Ph.D. students to satisfy three semesters of research seminar. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 3 hours will apply to the Doctoral degree.

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