Mechanical Engineering (MEE)

Courses

MEE 5110. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MEE 5117. Finite Element Analysis. 3 Credit Hours.

Concepts and techniques of finite element and finite difference methods; mesh generation techniques; computer graphics presentation methods. Application to solids, liquids, and gases in the areas of stress, strain, deflection elasticity, heat transfer, fluid flow, and combustion.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEE 5201. Thermodynamics of Materials. 3 Credit Hours.

An introductory master's level course that explores materials from a thermodynamic perspective: Includes the laws of thermodynamics, free energy, chemical potential, stability, etc. A detailed analysis of phase diagrams is presented in the second half of the course.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEE 5203. Advanced Materials Science. 3 Credit Hours.

Chemical bonding, crystallography, defects and their effects on material properties, nucleation, growth, and microstructure development.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEE 5205. Microscopy and Microanalysis of Materials. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will cover various Microsopy and Microanalysis techniques which are widely used in research labs and in industries to characterize micro and nano structure and chemical composition of solid matter. Among them are visual light, scanning probe and electron beam microscopy and associated spectroscopy. The primary focus will be on fundamental aspects and experimental methods of Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and associated spectroscopy. The SEM facility will be used for individual student projects. Particular attention will be given to the selection criteria used for choosing the appropriate technique for materials characterization.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEE 5211. Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering. 3 Credit Hours.

This is a survey course designed to introduce graduate students to cutting-edge research in the mechanical-engineering sciences. Topics will be taken from active research areas in the Mechanical Engineering Department, including (but not limited to) biomechanics, multifunctional materials, materials processing and/or manufacturing, acoustic sensors, nano/micro-technologies, and robotics. The course will have a coordinator, but the lectures will be given by a variety of mechanical-engineering faculty selected for their research expertise.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Engineering, Science & Technology.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEE 5212. Tribology and Surface Engineering. 3 Credit Hours.

Tribology encompasses the interdisciplinary science and engineering of interacting surfaces in relative motion. Tribology is in every aspect of our lives and has a tremendous impact on manufacturing, energy production and use, transportation vehicles, health care, mining safety and reliability, and space exploration. This course introduces the nature of engineering surfaces, methods of surface characterization, modes of friction and wear, theories of contacts, and lubrication.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEE 5312. Mechanics of Composite Materials. 3 Credit Hours.

Introduction to the behavior of composite materials and their use in engineering structures: behavior and properties of the constituent fibers and matrices, micromechanical predictions of composite properties, anisotropic elasticity, behavior of composite laminae, classical lamination theory; fracture mechanisms, failure theories; behavior of composite plates and beams.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEE 5314. Impact and Crashworthiness. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is an advanced course on impact mechanics, impact biomechanics, as well as vehicle crashworthiness standards and accident data analysis. Students will learn about FMVSS and NCAP crash tests, FARS and NASS real world accident databases, and methods to analyze crash and accident data.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEE 5411. Introduction to Mobile Robotics. 3 Credit Hours.

Introduction to Mobile Robotics will teach you, through the use of project-based learning, fundamental concepts in mapping, planning, control, and dynamics that are used in mobile robotics. By the end of this course you will be able to program both a ground and aerial robot to autonomously and safely navigate through an obstacle-filled environment. You will work with both simulated and real robots and use both off-the-shelf software and write code from scratch using ROS.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

Pre-requisites:
MEE 4412|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
OR MEE 5412|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently.

MEE 5412. Modern Dynamics for Robotics. 3 Credit Hours.

This course focuses on the algebraic and differential equations governing the static and dynamic 3D motion of rigid bodies, including vectors, vector differentiation, and dyads. The equations of motion for multibody systems will be derived using Newton-Euler, Lagrange, and Kane's methods. Computational tools for 3D force and motion analysis will be used to simulate physical systems.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEE 5413. Robotic Manipulation. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is an introduction to the design, modeling and control of robot manipulators, using modern dynamic formulations for multi-degree of freedom, 3D rigid body systems. This course covers 3D spatial transformations, forward and inverse kinematics, Jacobians, joint space and operational space control, and force control. This course also introduces ROS for communication and control of 2 6 axis robotic arms.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

Pre-requisites:
MEE 5412|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
OR ENGR 5334|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently.

MEE 5414. Optimization and Control of Mechanical Systems. 3 Credit Hours.

This course focuses on designing optimal controllers for constrained and unconstrained dynamical systems. Topics include optimization, calculus of variations, dynamic programming, linear optimal control, trajectory optimization, optimal estimation, and model predictive control. Applications of the course concepts in classical problems as well as in modern systems will be discussed through several examples.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEE 5423. Engineering Acoustics. 3 Credit Hours.

This graduate level course introduces the fundamentals of engineering acoustics and will help students establish a deep understanding of the physics of acoustic-wave propagation. Students will also be able to acquire knowledge on computational tools used to study acoustic systems, and explore emerging areas in acoustics including acoustic metamaterial and bio-inspired acoustic sensors.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

Pre-requisites:
ENGR 5012|Minimum Grade of C|May be taken concurrently.

MEE 5511. Thermodynamic Properties. 3 Credit Hours.

Review of quantum mechanics and introduction to statistical mechanics. Statistical thermodynamics and various models of matter. Accuracy and trends of the predicted properties of various materials.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEE 5512. Compressible Fluid Dynamics. 3 Credit Hours.

This course introduces students to the subject of high speed gas dynamics. Compressible flows exhibit fundamentally different behavior from those in low speed, constant density fluids. Such flows are found in aerodynamics, combustors, turbines, jets, gas pipelines, and wind tunnel facilities. Students study phenomena associated with supersonic flows, including normal and oblique shocks, expansion fans, and compressible flows with friction and/or heat transfer. An introduction to high temperature and rarified gas dynamics is also included.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEE 5575. Renewable and Alternative Energy. 3 Credit Hours.

This survey course considers current technologies for renewable and alternative energy, including: different scenarios of producing energy; mechanical heat engines; ocean thermal energy converters; thermoelectricity; solar radiation; biomass; photovoltaic converters; wind energy; and ocean engines. The course will also consider the design of hydrogen-powered systems and of polymer electrolyte-membrane fuel cells.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEE 5577. Power Generation and Storage Technologies. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will give an overview of electric power generation technologies including coal, gas, and nuclear power plants, as well as some emerging technologies such as photovoltaic. This course will also discuss technologies used in power transmission and distribution such as overhead power line conductors. Power storage technologies will also be introduced including compressed air, flywheel, hydrogen, and batteries.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEE 5578. Fundamentals of Combustion. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is focused on concepts and applications of chemically reacting systems. Topics include heat of reaction, chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics, chemical mechanisms, coupling chemical and thermal analyses of reacting systems, laminar premixed and diffusion flames, turbulent flames and pollutant emissions.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEE 5643. Manufacturing Engineering. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will provide an overview of existing and emerging manufacturing technologies in the modern society. Topics include state-of-the-art processing methods for metals and alloys, ceramics and powder metallurgy, polymers and composites, additive manufacturing of a wide range of solid materials, as well as micro- and nano- fabrications.

Field of Study Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Fields of study: Mechanical Engineering.
Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEE 5731. Cardiovascular Fluid Dynamics. 3 Credit Hours.

Mechanics of blood circulation, fluid mechanics of the heart, blood flow in arteries, unsteady flow in veins, current concepts in circulatory assist devices, biofluidics, and other selected topics.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEE 5732. Tissue Biomechanics. 3 Credit Hours.

Tissue Biomechanics course is an introductory course about the mechanical properties of living tissues. The emphasis of the course is on the meaning of constitutive models for bio-solids and bio-fluids. Topics include a review of elastic, viscous, and viscoelastic constitutive models; biovisoelastic solids; mechanical properties of blood vessels; mechanics of skeletal and heart muscles.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEE 5733. Viscoelasticity. 3 Credit Hours.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEE 8110. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MEE 8315. Fracture Mechanics. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will cover essential topics of fracture mechanics such as elastic stress intensity factor and Griffith energy balance, determination of the elastic field at a sharp crack tip via eigenfunction expansion methods, elastic-plastic crack tip fields, J integrals analysis, fatigue crack growth, and experimental determination of fracture toughness. Emphasis will be given to calculation of stress intensity factors using modern numerical methods, determination of critical crack sizes, and prediction of fatigue crack propagation rate.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

Pre-requisites:
(ENGR 5314|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (MEE 5203|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently)

MEE 9182. Independent Study I. 3 Credit Hours.

Special study in a particular aspect of engineering under the direct supervision of a graduate faculty member. May be taken once by MS/MSE students and once by Ph.D. students.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MEE 9282. Independent Study II. 3 Credit Hours.

Special study in a particular aspect of engineering under the direct supervision of a graduate faculty member. May be taken once by Ph.D. students.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MEE 9991. Directed Research. 1 to 6 Credit Hour.

Under the guidance of a faculty member, the student will conduct independent research on a selected topic in engineering.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MEE 9994. Preliminary Examination Preparation. 1 to 6 Credit Hour.

This course is intended for Ph.D. students who have completed their coursework but who have not yet passed both the Ph.D. Preliminary Examination.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MEE 9995. Project. 1 to 3 Credit Hour.

A project assigned with the approval of the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Committee and conducted under the supervision of a graduate faculty advisor. An oral presentation in an open seminar and a written report are required to complete the independent project. Projects related to industrial applications are encouraged. For non-thesis students only.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MEE 9996. Thesis. 1 to 3 Credit Hour.

Master's thesis. May be taken twice.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MEE 9998. Pre-Dissertation Research. 1 to 6 Credit Hour.

This course is intended for Ph.D. students who have passed both the Preliminary and Qualifying Examinations but who have not been elevated to candidacy.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MEE 9999. Dissertation Research. 1 to 6 Credit Hour.

This course is intended only for those students who have achieved Ph.D. Candidacy status. A minimum of 6 semester hours is required for graduation.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
Student Attribute Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Student Attributes: Dissertation Writing Student.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.