B.S.E. Mechanical Engineering

Selected Courses

Engineering Drawing
This course introduces students to engineering drawing, descriptive geometry, design and problem solving. Engineering drawing is a graphic language that can convey, with exactness and detail, ideas from the design engineer to the fabricator. Thus, the emphasis of the course is on communicating design ideas through engineering drawings.

Introduction to Materials Science
A study of the relationship between structures and properties for common engineering materials, including metals, polymers, ceramics, and composites. Mechanical behavior temperature effects, heat treatment, corrosion, electrical, and other properties are covered.

Design for Manufacturability
This course develops the students to keep DFM as a guiding principle in applying their engineering knowledge to product and process design. The process of design; interaction of materials, processes and design. Economic considerations. Design considerations for machining, casting, forging, extrusion, forming and powder metallurgy. Designing with plastics. Design for assembly; projects and case studies.

Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering
This course will introduce the fundamentals of Electrical Engineering. Students will learn various electrical components, such as: resistors, capacitors, inductors, voltage & current sources, electronic components such as: op amps, filters. The course will focus on various circuit analyses methods based on fundamental laws. Students will learn first order and second order circuit analysis with complete response. This course will focus on DC, AC circuits and frequency analysis. Along with the theoretical understanding, students will learn to build circuits and measure the voltage, current, and calculate power consumed. They will gain hands on experience building basic circuits and complex circuits using various electrical and electronic components.

Machine Design
Introduction to the design and analysis of machine elements. Kinematics and dynamics of machinery, including analytical kinematics and force analysis. Emphasis on materials, loads, stress, strain, deflection, failure theories, and finite element analysis. Applications include design and analysis of shafts, gears, bearings and fasteners.

Fluid Mechanics
The study of Fluid Mechanics is of fundamental importance to most engineering disciplines, deals with the action of forces on liquids. It is one of a series of mechanics courses that includes statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials, in contrast to the solids; it is a study of fluid flow under the action of shear stress. This course will allow students to develop an understanding of principles of fluids, pressure measurement, fluid statics, forces in motion, Reynolds number, friction loss in piping system, lift and drag, open channel flow and flow measurements.

Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
The course is a continuation of MENGR 407. The first part of the course will cover basic thermodynamics principles including refrigeration, heat pump and thermodynamic relations of mixture. The second part will focus on fundamentals of heat transfer including conduction, convection and fundamentals on heat exchanger.

System Dynamics and Control
The study of System Dynamics and Control engineering is of fundamental importance to most engineering disciplines, including Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronic and Aerospace Engineering. This course will allow students to develop an understanding of methods for modeling and controlling linear, time-invariant systems. Techniques used will include the use of differential equations and frequency domain approaches to modeling of systems. The course will examine the response of a system to changing inputs and analyze the system behavior. Students gain an understanding of input output responses of the electrical and mechanical systems and the importance of control systems in a broad range of application. In particular, topics addressed in this course will include: Modeling of physical systems including electromechanical systems, Reduction of block diagrams, Signal flow graphs and Mason’s gain formula, Response of second order systems: natural frequency and damping ratio and how they relate to run-time, peak-time, settling time, and overshoot and Stability analysis, Routh-Hurwitz criterion, Steady-state error and sensitivity, and root locus.

Engineering Vibrations
Engineering vibrations will be a thorough treatment of vibration theory and its engineering applications, from simple degree to multiple degree-of-freedom systems. Topics will include harmonic excitation, forced responses, multiple degree-of-freedom systems, design for vibration suppression, distributed parameter systems, vibration testing and experimental modal analysis, and finite element method.

Integrated Engineering Product Development
The IEPD two-course sequence combines the perspectives of design, engineering and marketing in the product development process in a hands-on, collaborative environment. Through out the course students will be working in groups to design, develop, prototype and analyze economic and marketing aspects of engineered products. Students will be prepared to use modern engineering tools including rapid prototyping, CNC machine tools, CAD based product lifecycle analysis and management, costing and market data analysis.

Numerical Methods for Engineers
Numerical methods are used to solve mathematical problems that are often impossible to solve analytically. Numerical methods enable formulating engineering problems so that they can be solved by arithmetic operations. Problems with large systems of equations, nonlinearities and complicated geometries that are encountered in engineering can be solved by the use of numerical methods and programming using computers. The emphasis of this course is the use of personal computers to solve engineering mathematical problems.

Introduction to Mechatronics
Introduction to Mechatronics course will introduce students to the fundamental principles of the study of Mechatronic Engineering. This course will prepare students in the interdisciplinary field of engineering that comprises the integration of mechanics, electronics and computer technology coordinated by control architecture. Emphasis on computer-integrated electromechanical systems will help the students to understand the design, analysis and practical approach of system integration.

Engineering Senior Design Project
This course enables students apply engineering principles to solve a real-world problem. Each student works as a member of a team assigned to a problem, in product design and development and manufacturing. Opportunities exist to work with Industrial Design and Business major students as team members. This capstone course also considers business, ethics, and social issues relevant to mechanical engineering profession. This course serves as a major writing intensive course and a written and oral report is required during the mid-term and final project presentation.

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