Mechanical Engineering Technical Electives

Mechanical Engineering technical electives are courses intended to deepen your understanding of specific topics related specifically to mechanical engineering.  In choosing your ME technical electives, consider the following:

  1. What are the pre-requisites for the courses in which I am interested?
  2. When are the electives offered? (Spring, Fall, Alternating Falls, Alternating Springs?)
  3. Does the elective have a lab?  If so, can I can schedule the lab without conflicts?
  4. Are there similar courses in other departments?  If so, what are the pre-requisites?

Note: asterisked (*) entries can be used for Technical or Design Electives.

M E 388. Sustainable Engineering and International Development.

(Cross-listed with A E, E E, C E, MAT E, BSE). (2-2) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Junior classification in engineering
Multi-disciplinary approach to sustainable engineering and international development, sustainable development, appropriate design and engineering, feasibility analysis, international aid, business development, philosophy and politics of technology, and ethics in engineering. Engineering-based projects from problem formulation through implementation. Interactions with partner community organizations or international partners such as nongovernment organizations (NGOs). Course readings, final project/design report.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

M E 389. Applied Methods in Sustainable Engineering.

(Cross-listed with MAT E). (3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable, maximum of 2 times. SS.
Learning how to work in a cross disciplinary engineering team to develop and implement appropriate solutions for cooking, lighting, farming, and sanitation in a rural village in Mali. Engineering principles necessary for the projects to be worked on including lighting solutions in a village without electricity, new construction materials, water, etc. Application of engineering principles from core courses. Design conception, feasibility, production, and implementation within context of local cultures and needs. Emphasis on creating real solutions that can be implemented with the constraints imposed by cost, time, manufacturing capability, and culture.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

M E 410. Mechanical Engineering Applications of Mechatronics.

(2-2) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: E E 442, E E 448, credit or enrollment in M E 421
Fundamentals of sensor characterization, signal conditioning and motion control, coupled with concepts of embedded computer control. Digital and analog components used for interfacing with computer controlled systems. Mechanical system analysis combined with various control approaches. Focus on automation of hydraulic actuation processes. Laboratory experiences provide hands-on development of mechanical systems. Nonmajor graduate credit.

M E 411. Automatic Controls.

(2-2) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: M E 421
Methods and principles of automatic control. Pneumatic, hydraulic, and electrical systems. Representative applications of automatic control systems. Mathematical analysis of control systems. Nonmajor graduate credit.

M E 412. Ethical Responsibilities of a Practicing Engineer.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in M E 325
The study of ethics in engineering design and the engineering profession. A comprehensive look at when ethical decisions must be made and an approach to make them. The approach takes into account moral, legal, technical, experiential, and standards to aid in ethical decision making. Each area will be studied through lectures, debates, guest speakers, class discussion, and case studies. Nonmajor graduate credit.

M E 413. Fluid Power Engineering.

(Cross-listed with A E). (2-2) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in E M 378 or M E 335, A E 216 or M E 270
Properties of hydraulic fluids. Performance parameters of fixed and variable displacement pumps and motors. Hydraulic circuits and systems. Hydrostatic transmissions. Characteristics of control valves. Analysis and design of hydraulic systems for power and control functions. Nonmajor graduate credit.

*M E 415. Mechanical Systems Design.

(0-6) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: M E 324, M E 325
Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design course. Team approach to solving design problems involving mechanical systems. Teams will use current design practices they will encounter in industry. Document decisions concerning form and function, material specification, manufacturing methods, safety, cost, and conformance with codes and standards. Solution description includes oral and written reports. Projects often worked with industry sponsors. Nonmajor graduate credit.

M E 417. Advanced Machine Design.

(Dual-listed with M E 517). (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: M E 325, MAT E 273
Stress life, strain life, and fracture mechanics approaches to fatigue life and design with metals, polymers and ceramics. Introduction to material selection in design of machine components. Thermal and structural considerations in design of machine components and hybrid materials. Course project and relevant literature review required for graduate credit. Nonmajor graduate credit.

M E 418. Mechanical Considerations in Robotics.

(Dual-listed with M E 518). (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in M E 421
Three dimensional kinematics, dynamics, and control of robot manipulators, hardware elements and sensors. Laboratory experiments using industrial robots. Nonmajor graduate credit.

M E 419. Computer-Aided Design.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: M E 325
Theory and applications of computer- aided design. Computer graphics programming, solid modeling, assembly modeling, and finite element modeling. Mechanical simulation, process engineering, rapid prototyping and manufacturing integration. Nonmajor graduate credit.

M E 423. Creativity and Imagination for Engineering and Design.

(Dual-listed with M E 523). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.
Improve ability to think creatively and be innovative in designs. Understand and discuss creativity from different perspectives, learn to control your voice of judgment, identify personality traits that encourage and hinder creativity. Assignments include individual and team design projects; weekly readings; and, for graduate students, a semester-long research project on creativity and the development of a related teaching module.

M E 425. Optimization Methods for Complex Designs.

(Dual-listed with M E 525). (Cross-listed with HCI). (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: M E 160, MATH 265
Optimization involves finding the ‘best’ according to specified criteria. Review of a range of optimization methods from traditional nonlinear to modern evolutionary methods such as Genetic algorithms. Examination of how these methods can be used to solve a wide variety of design problems across disciplines, including mechanical systems design, biomedical device design, biomedical imaging, and interaction with digital medical data. Students will gain knowledge of numerical optimization algorithms and sufficient understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of these algorithms to apply them appropriately in engineering design. Experience includes code writing and off-the-shelf routines. Numerous case-studies of real-world situations in which problems were modeled and solved using advanced optimization techniques. Nonmajor graduate credit.

M E 433. Alternative Energy.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: PHYS 221/PHYS 222 and CHEM 167
Basic principles, performance, and cost analysis of alternative energy systems including biofuels, bioenergy, wind, solar, fuel cells, storage and other alternative energy systems. Performance analysis and operating principles of systems and components, and economic analysis for system design and operation will be taught. Emphasis is on alternative energy technologies needed to meet our future energy needs at various scales ranging from household to city to national levels. Nonmajor graduate credit.

M E 437. Introduction to Combustion Engineering.

(3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Credit in M E 332 or equivalent and credit or enrollment in M E 335 or equivalent
Introduction to the fundamentals of combustion and the analysis of combustion systems for gaseous, liquid, and solid fuels-including biomass fuels. Combustion fundamentals are applied to the analysis of engines; turbines, biomass cookstoves; suspension, fixed-bed, and fluidized-bed furnaces; and other combustion devices.

M E 441. Fundamentals of Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in M E 436
Space conditioning and moist air processes. Application of thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid flow principles to the analysis of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning components and systems. Performance and specification of components and systems. Nonmajor graduate credit.

*M E 442. Heating and Air Conditioning Design.

(1-5) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: M E 441
Design criteria and assessment of building environment and energy requirements. Design of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems. System control and economic analysis. Oral and written reports required. Nonmajor graduate credit.

M E 444. Elements and Performance of Power Plants.

(3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: M E 332, credit or enrollment in M E 335
Basic principles, thermodynamics, engineering analysis of power plant systems. Topics include existing power plant technologies, the advanced energyplex systems of the future, societal impacts of power production, and environmental and regulatory concerns. Nonmajor graduate credit.

M E 448. Fluid Dynamics of Turbomachinery.

(Cross-listed with AER E). (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: M E 335 or equivalent
Applications of principles of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics in performance analysis and design of turbomachines. Conceptual and preliminary design of axial and radial flow compressors and turbines using velocity triangles and through-flow approaches. Nonmajor graduate credit.

M E 449. Internal Combustion Engines.

(3-1) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: M E 335
Basic principles, thermodynamics, combustion, and exhaust emissions of spark-ignition and compression-ignition engines. Laboratory determination of fuel properties and engine performance. Effects of engine components and operating conditions on performance. Written reports required. Nonmajor graduate credit.

M E 451. Engineering Acoustics.

(Cross-listed with E M). (2-2) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2012. Prereq: PHYS 221 and MATH 266 or MATH 267
Properties of sounds waves and noise metrics (pressure, power levels, etc). Sound sources and propagation. Principles of wave propagation in one-, two-, and three-dimensions. Wave reflection and transmission. Wave propagation in rectangular, cylindrical, and annular ducts. Acoustics fields for model noise sources. Introduction to aerodynamic noise sources in aircraft, aircraft engines, and wind turbines. Selected laboratory experiments. Nonmajor graduate credit.

*M E 467. Multidisciplinary Engineering Design II.

(Cross-listed with AER E, CPR E, E E, I E, MAT E, ENGR). (1-4) Cr. 3. Repeatable, maximum of 2 times. F.S. Prereq: Student must be within two semesters of graduation or receive permission of instructor.
Build and test of a conceptual design. Detail design, manufacturability, test criteria and procedures. Application of design tools such as CAD and CAM and manufacturing techniques such as rapid prototyping. Development and testing of a full-scale prototype with appropriate documentation in the form of design journals, written reports, oral presentations and computer models and engineering drawings.

M E 467. Multidisciplinary Engineering Design II.

(Cross-listed with AER E, CPR E, E E, I E, MAT E, ENGR). (1-4) Cr. 3. Repeatable, maximum of 2 times. F.S. Prereq: Student must be within two semesters of graduation or receive permission of instructor.
Build and test of a conceptual design. Detail design, manufacturability, test criteria and procedures. Application of design tools such as CAD and CAM and manufacturing techniques such as rapid prototyping. Development and testing of a full-scale prototype with appropriate documentation in the form of design journals, written reports, oral presentations and computer models and engineering drawings.

M E 475. Modeling and Simulation.

(3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: M E 421, credit or enrollment in M E 436
Introduction to computer solution techniques required to simulate flow, thermal, and mechanical systems. Methods of solving ordinary and partial differential equations and systems of algebraic equations; interpolation, numerical integration; finite difference and finite element methods. Nonmajor graduate credit.

M E 479. Sustainability Science for Engineering Design.

(3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Any engineering design course
Scientific principles and quantitative methods concerning sustainability. Analysis of environmental issues associated with engineering design and product manufacturing in an economic and social context. Heuristic and analytical methods for assessing the sustainability of existing or potential product/service designs. Application to a design problem in teams. Nonmajor graduate credit.

M E 484. Technology, Globalization and Culture.

(Dual-listed with M E 584). (Cross-listed with WLC). (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: senior classification for M E 484; graduate classification forM E 584
Cross-disciplinary examination of the present and future impact of globalization with a focus on preparing students for leadership roles in diverse professional, social, and cultural contexts. Facilitate an understanding of the threats and opportunities inherent in the globalization process as they are perceived by practicing professionals and articulated in debates on globalization. Use of a digital forum for presenting and analyzing globalization issues by on-campus and off-campus specialists.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

M E 490. Independent Study.

Cr. 1-6. Repeatable. Prereq: Senior classification
Investigation of topics holding special interest of students and faculty. Election of course and topic must be approved in advance by supervising faculty. Election of course and topic must be approved in advance by supervising faculty.
C. Engineering Measurements and Instrumentation
D. Heat Transfer
E. Fluid Power and Controls
F. Machines and Systems
G. Materials and Manufacturing Processes
H. Honors
J. Thermodynamics and Energy Utilization
K. Fluid Mechanics
L. Turbomachinery
M. Nuclear Engineering