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Undergraduate Program - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

MEE 101 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

Introduces first-year and transfer students to the Mechanical Engineering Department. Topics include the curriculum, the faculty, the department’s resources and the profession in general. Students will be introduced to typical problems in Mechanical Engineering whose solution may require experimental, analytical or numerical techniques. A teamwork approach will be emphasized. (Pass/Fail Grade Only.) Fall only.

Prerequisite(s):MEE major or permission.

Required:Lec (1)

Credits: 1


MEE 150 Applied Mechanics: Statics

A study of force systems and equilibrium, structural models, friction, distributed forces. Designed to develop the ability to analyze and solve engineering problems. Fall & Spring.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 126

Required: Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 230 Thermodynamics I

Covers energy and energy transformations, the First and Second Laws applied to systems and to control volumes, thermodynamic properties of systems, availability of energy. Fall & Spring.

Prerequisite(s):MAT 127

Required:Rec(3)

Credits: 3


MEE 231 Thermodynamics II

A continuation of MEE 230 and includes thermodynamics of mixtures, chemical thermodynamics, thermodynamics of fluid flow, vapor and gas cycles, applicable to compressors, internal combustion engines and turbines. Computers used. Spring only.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 230, COS 215 or equivalent.

Required:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 251Strength of Materials

The principles of solid mechanics and their applications to practical problems, stresses and deflections in axial loading, torsion, beams, columns, combined stresses. Fall & Spring.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 150, MAT 127

Required:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 252 Statics and Strength of Materials

The basic principles of statics and their applications in strength of materials. Emphasis on equilibrium of various systems, stresses and deformations of axially loaded members, connections, circular shafts, beams and columns. Fall and Summer.

Prerequisite(s):MAT 127

Not for MEE majors:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 270 Applied Mechanics: Dynamics

Motion of particles and rigid bodies, impulse and momentum, work and energy and simple harmonic motion, force, mass and acceleration. Fall & Spring.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 150 or MEE 252.MAT 228 corequisite.

Required:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 320 Materials Engineering and Science

The principles of material science with emphasis on the relationship between structure and properties and their control through composition, mechanical working and thermal treatment. Spring only.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 230, MEE 251

Required:Recitation (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 341 Mechanical Laboratory I

An introduction to experiment design, data analysis, laboratory techniques, instrumentation, and calibration of equipment. Application to thermodynamics, mechanics of materials, fluid mechanics and metallurgy. (Satisfies the General Education Demonstrated Writing Competency Requirement). Spring only.

Prerequisite(s):MAT 258, MEE 251, MEE 360

Required:Rec (1), Lab (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 360 Fluid Mechanics

Includes fluid statics, kinematics, Bernoulli equation, free-surface flow, viscosity, friction, dimensional analysis and similitude, and an introduction to compressible flow. Fall only.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 230, MEE 270. MAT 258 corequisite.

Required:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 370 Modeling, Analysis and Control of Mechanical Systems

This course introduces the students to a unified approach to abstracting real mechanical, thermal and hydraulic systems into proper models to meet design and control system objectives. Topics include modeling of lumped mechanical, thermal and fluid systems, Laplace transforms and transfer function representation, free and forced response of second order linear time-invariant systems, frequency response, actuators and sensors, compensation and design of feedback control systems with emphasis on mechanical engineering applications. Includes laboratory experimentation. Fall only.

Prerequisite(s):ECE 209, MEE 270, MAT 258

Required:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 380 Design I

Kinematical Design of Machines. Fall only. This course teaches the motions of machines, mechanisms and linkages in order to design machineries. The skeleton of the machine, which is the key to its motion, is called “mechanisms and linkages”. We focus our attention on three types of mechanisms – gears, cam-follower mechanisms, and linkages. More specifically, in this course, you will develop skills in understanding how machines, mechanisms and linkages work, how to determine motion properties like mobility, displacement, velocity, and acceleration, and designing linkages for specified motion, how to specify motions for followers and designing cam-follower mechanisms that generate these motions, and understand how various types of gears and gear trains function and how they can be designed for desired transmission ratios.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 270

Required:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 381 Design II

Advanced concepts in mechanics of materials, stress concentration. Design of mechanical components subject to static and fatigue loads. Synthesis and selection of various machine components including shafts, bearings, gears and gear trains, screws, fasteners and springs. Exposure to computer-aided design. Topics include solid modeling of machine components, creation of assemblies and engineering drawings, application of the finite element method as a design tool. Design project. Spring only.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 251

Required:Rec (3), Lab (1)

Credits: 4


MEE 394 Mechanical Engineering Practice
Design of mechanical engineering systems components, including problem definition, analysis, synthesis and optimization. (Pass/Fail Grade Only). Fall, Spring & Summer.

Prerequisite(s):none

Co-op Students only:

Credits: 3


MEE 432 Heat Transfer

The fundamental laws of heat transfer by conduction, convection and radiation, applied to the study of engineering problems via analytical, numerical and graphical techniques. Fall only.

Prerequisite(s):MAT 258, MEE 360

Required:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 433 Solar-Thermal Engineering

Introduces solar energy collection and use as process thermal energy. Includes performance analysis of solar collectors and thermal energy storage devices both separately and as a combined system.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 230

Design Elective:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 434 Thermodynamic Design of Engines

An introduction to combustion, with applications to the design of propulsion systems, such as gas turbines, I-C engines, rocket engines. (Sunset)

Prerequisite(s):MEE 231

Design Elective:Rec(3)

Credits: 3


MEE 442 Mechanical Laboratory II

A continuation of MEE 341. Mechanical Engineering problems in a laboratory setting. Fall only.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 231, MEE 341 or permission

Required:Lab (3)

Credits: 2


MEE 443 Mechanical Laboratory III

A continuation of MEE 442. Mechanical Engineering problems in a laboratory setting. Spring only.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 231, MEE 341, MEE 442 or permission

Required:Lab (3)

Credits: 2


MEE 444 Robot Dynamics and Control

Kinematics, dynamics, design and control of robotic manipulators, position and speed control of robots, Newton-Euler dynamic modeling, Lagrangian dynamic modeling, Bond-graph dynamic modeling, dynamic equations for some manipulators, Prerequisite(s): MEE 270 (dynamics), MEE380 (kinematics of mechanisms)

Credits: 3,  EngnSci/Design Elective


MEE 445 Aeronautics

This course provides an introduction to the dynamics and performance of aircraft flight. Topics will include basic aerodynamics and wing design theory, the primary in-flight aerodynamic forces and torques, stability and trim concepts, aircraft control surfaces, actuation and propulsion basics. Also, an introduction to flight dynamics and control will be provided. Course material will be discussed in the context of several key examples including fixed-wing aircraft, steerable parachutes, the reentry (atmospheric) phase of a reusable launch vehicle (RLV) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), a critical, state-of-the-art technology in the modern-day aerospace and defense industry. Modeling and simulation of a selected UAV system will provide an exciting and comprehensive application of the skills developed in the course., Prerequisite(s): MEE 270, MAT 258, COS 215 or 220

Credits: 3,  EngnSci/Design Elective


MEE 446 Astronautics

This course provides an introduction to the design and operation of spacecraft systems. Topics will include kinematics and relative orientations of different coordinate systems as well as fundamental orbital mechanics – orbit design, maneuvers and transfers. Rigid-body dynamics, torque-free and forced motions due to external disturbances acting on the spacecraft, will be discussed in addition to basic propulsion concepts related to orbital design. Course material will be integrated into the development of a spacecraft simulation project, demonstrating a critical method of satellite system design and analysis. Specific examples, including the Global Positioning System (GPS) and the NASA Space Shuttle, will be described as applications in the context of the course material., Prerequisite(s): MEE 270, MAT 258, COS 215 or 220

Credits: 3,  EngnSci/Design Elective


MEE 447  Flight Dynamics, Modeling and Control of Aircraft and Space Vehicles

This course provides an introduction to the flight dynamics, modeling and fundamental control aspects of aerospace vehicles. The course is divided into two “halves” – a spacecraft flight vehicle component and an atmospheric flight vehicle component. The first half of the course includes rigid-body attitude dynamics, attitude determination and attitude control concepts for spacecraft systems. The second half deals with dynamics, stability and control of aircraft. This course is intended as the “capstone” to the Aerospace Engineering Minor/Concentration and will provide the student with a thorough and robust skill set necessary for a wide range of engineering and aerospace applications., Prerequisite(s): MEE 270, MAT 258, COS 215 or 220

Credits: 3,  EngnSci/Design Elective


MEE 450 Introduction to the Mechanics of Composite Materials

Covers polymer matrix composites from the applied mechanics, design, and manufacturing aspects. Includes recent developments in modeling and analysis techniques and fabrication methods.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 251

Engineering Science Elective:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 453 Experimental Mechanics

Experimental methods and techniques for analysis of stress and displacement. Also covers electric strain gages, brittle lacquers, mechanical and optical strain gages, and introduction to photoelasticity.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 251

Design Elective:Rec (2), Lab (2)

Credits: 3


MEE 455 Advanced Strength of Materials

Considers limitations of elementary stress formulas, theories of failure, unsymmetrical bending, beams, plates, torsion of non-circular bars, thick-walled cylinders, stress concentrations, energy methods. Introduces theory of elasticity.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 251

Engineering Science Elective:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 456 Introduction to the Finite Element Method

An introduction to the finite element methods including matrix operations, interpolation functions, basic element types, and implementation to problems in mechanical engineering including simple structures, plane stress, heat transfer and fluid mechanics. Spring only.

Prerequisite(s):MAT 258, MEE 251

Required:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 461 Compressible Fluid Flow I

Fundamental equations and concepts considered in isentropic flow, normal shock waves, flows in constant area ducts, and generalized one-dimensional continuous flow. (Sunset)

Prerequisite(s):MEE 230, MEE 360

Engineering Science Elective:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 462 Fluid Mechanics II

A continuation of MEE 360 including boundary-layer flows, inviscid incompressible flows, compressible flows and selected topics.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 360

Engineering Science Elective:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 471 Mechanical Vibrations

Examines free and forced vibrations with viscous damping for discrete and continuous mass systems as well as derivation and application of energy methods. Spring only.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 270, MAT 258

Required:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 472 Advanced Dynamics

Covers particle dynamics, planetary motion, projectiles, variable mass motion, angular momentum, impact; generalized constraints, coordinates and forces; Hamilton’s principles, Lagrange’s equations; gyroscopes. (Sunset)

Prerequisite(s):MEE 270, MAT 258

Engineering Science Elective:Rec (3)

Credits : 3


MEE 475 Fuel cell Science and Technology

Covers Science and technology of basic operating principles and fundamentals of fuel cells, the different types of fuel cells, fuel reforming and power conditioning and the efficiency, performance and applications of fuel cell systems, Lec. 2, Lab/Rec 2, Credit 3.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 230 and CHY 121/123 or permission

Engineering Science and Design Elective: Rec (3)

Credits : 3


MEE 483 Turbomachine Design

Topics include: the theory and design of turbomachinery flow passages, control and performance of turbomachinery, gas-turbine engine processes.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 230, MEE 360

Design Elective:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 484 Power Plant Design & Engineering

A study of power station engineering and economy, including design, construction and operating theory of steam, internal-combustion, and hydroelectric power plants. Introduction to nuclear power plants, solar energy, fuel cells, and associated problems.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 230, MEE 231

Design Elective:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 485 Heating & Ventilating System Design

Topics include: the determination of heating and ventilating requirements for buildings and industrial processes, analysis of heat transfer devices and their applications, heating and ventilating systems designs, layout and control.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 230

Design Elective:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 486 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning System Design

Examines methods of producing artificial low temperatures including refrigeration for controlled-temperature applications in comfort air conditioning and for industrial manufacturing processes.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 230

Design Elective:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 487 Design III

Design of mechanical engineering systems components, including problem definition, analysis, synthesis and optimization. Fall only.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 231, MEE 381, MEE432 concurrently or permission

Required:Rec (4)

Credits: 4


MEE 488 Design IV

Design of mechanical engineering systems components, including problem definition, analysis, synthesis and optimization. Spring only.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 231, MEE 381, MEE432

Required:Rec (4)

Credits: 4


MEE 498 Selected Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Topics in mechanical engineering not regularly covered in other courses. Content varies to suit needs. May be repeated for credit, with departmental permission.

Prerequisite(s):Permission

Credits: 1 – 3


MEE 500 Research Methods

This course will focus on the development of critical research skills that are broadly applicable to mechanical engineering research. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of peer review on original research. The development of a research proposal will be overseen by the course instructor and student’s research advisor. Summer.

Prerequisite(s):Graduate Standing

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 501 Macroscopic Thermodynamics

Concepts of energy transfer, internal energy and entropy are used to formulate the first and second laws of thermodynamics for a system. The equivalent entropy maximum and energy minimum principles are introduced. Emphasis on mechanical engineering problems including air conditioning applications, steam and gas turbine power plants, solar power and thermoelectric phenomena.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 231, MAT 258 or permission

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 536 Advanced Heat Transfer I

A study of transfer of heat by conduction including use of approximate, exact analytical, and numerical techniques for the prediction of temperature distributions in both the steady and unsteady state.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 432

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 546 Finite Elements in Solid Mechanics

Basics of the finite element method with emphasis placed on applications. Fundamentals of matrix algebra and computer solution techniques. Derivation of relatively simple spring and beam elements which uses the direct approach and truss, frame, plane strain, plate bending, and axisymmetric elements which uses the variational approach. Isoparametric formulation introduced.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 456

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 550 Mechanics of Laminated Composite Structures

3-D anisotropic constitutive relations. Classical lamination theory and boundary conditions for composite beams, plates, and shells. Boundary value problems and solutions for static loads, buckling, and vibrations. Higher order theories incorporating shearing deformation and layerwise theories. Interlaminar stresses and edge effects.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 450 or permission.

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 554 Theory of Elasticity

Includes plane stress and plane strain, stress functions; problems in Cartesian and polar coordinates; photoelasticity, strain energy; three-dimensional problems.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 251, MAT 258

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 555 Smart Materials

This course presents a general coverage of all existing smart/active materials and biomaterials, their characteristics, properties, functions, modeling and simulations and engineering, scientific and medical applications.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in science and/or engineering or Permission

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 557 Introduction to Continuum Mechanics

Includes general formulation of classical field theories; fundamental concepts of motion, stress, and energy for a continuum; general nature of constitutive equations for a continuum.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 251, MEE 360

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 562 Advanced Fluid Mechanics

Development of the differential and integral equations of mass, momentum, and energy conservation for viscous fluids and application of these to internal, external, and boundary layer flows of incompressible, viscous fluids.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 360

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 573 Advanced Vibrations I

Advanced vibration theory and applications including multi-degree of freedom systems, transient and random vibrations, Lagrange’s equation, Laplace transformation and matrix iteration, computer techniques.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 471

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 574 Advanced Vibrations II

Covers theory of vibrations with continuously varying mass and stiffness; solutions of wave equations for strings, longitudinal and torsional systems, vibrations of beams, methods of Rayleigh, Ritz and Stodola. Introduction to nonlinear vibrations.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 471, MEE 573 or permission

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 588 Advanced Thermodynamics II

A continuation of MEE 434, including the study of chemical equilibrium in systems of reacting gases, with applications to the design of propulsion systems, particularly rockets.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 231, MEE 432 or permission

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 638 Advanced Heat Transfer II

A study of transfer heat by convection including solution for velocity and temperature fields in convection problems by integral methods and similarity transforms.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 432 or permission

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 644 Mechanical Engineering Analysis I

Formulation and study of mathematical models applicable to mechanical engineering. Problems in heat transfer, thermodynamics, solid and fluid mechanics.

Prerequisite(s):MAT 258 or permission

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 658 Theory of Plates and Shells

A study of small deflection theory of plates including Navier and Levy solutions, approximate methods including point matching, large deflection problems, introduction to the theory of shells.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 251

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 696 Mechanical Engineering Graduate Seminar

Recent developments in mechanical engineering and related fields based on the literature or current investigations. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite(s):none

Graduate:

Credits: 1


MEE 697 Mechanical Engineering Projects

A special topics course.

Prerequisite(s):none

Graduate:

Credits: Arranged


MEE 699 Graduate Thesis

Independent research.

Prerequisite(s):none

Graduate:

Credits: Arranged

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