Department Chair: David N. Kunz
Office: 040 Ottensman Hall
Phone: 608.342.1721
Fax: 608.342.1566
E-mail: kunzd@uwplatt.edu

Mechanical Engineering Program Coordinator: Jeff Hoerning
Office: 036 Ottensman Hall
Phone: 608.342.1437
E-mail: hoerninj@uwplatt.edu

Majors

Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

About the Department and Majors

The UW-Platteville Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering offers two Bachelor of Science degrees: mechanical engineering and industrial engineering. The two disciplines have complementary aspects and provide opportunities for close cooperation between them. The department’s mission is to provide an open, student-friendly environment with frequent student-faculty interaction that results in a high quality undergraduate mechanical or industrial engineering education and enables graduates to practice their profession with proficiency and integrity.

Industrial Engineering

www.uwplatt.edu/ie

Contact: Jill Clough
Office: 214 Engineering Hall
Phone: 608.342.1651

University of Wisconsin Platteville’s Industrial Engineering program is accredited under the General Criteria by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Industrial engineering is concerned with the design, improvement and installation of integrated systems of people, materials and technology. Industrial engineers combine a knowledge of mathematics, physical science and social science with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design. At one time, industrial engineers were employed mainly in manufacturing. Today, however, they are employed by both manufacturing and service industries, which has increased the demand for industrial engineers.

Industrial engineers are generalists rather than specialists. Therefore, the industrial engineering curriculum at UW-Platteville covers a broad range of topics related to engineering practice. It includes study in engineering science topics as well as in the major areas within industrial engineering.  These areas include ergonomics, work design, facility design, inventory and production planning, quality, engineering management, and continuous improvement.  In addition, students are required to fulfill general university requirements in the humanities, physical sciences, social sciences and other areas. The main purpose of the industrial engineering curriculum is to prepare new engineers to practice at the frontiers of engineering knowledge and professional practice immediately after graduation.

Educational Objectives and Outcomes

Objectives

The educational objectives of the industrial engineering program, as measured within five years of graduation, are listed below.

  1. Industrial Engineers that successfully apply technical knowledge to solve industrial engineering problems
  2. Industrial Engineers that communicate effectively orally and in writing
  3. Industrial Engineers that pursue professional growth

Outcomes

At the time of graduation, students have achieved the following outcomes of the industrial engineering program:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. An ability to design a system or process to meet specified requirements
  4. An ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  5. An ability to identify, formulate and solve industrial engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. An ability to effectively and accurately present information orally, and effectively and accurately communicate in writing
  8. An understanding of the impact of industrial engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
  9. An ability to pursue professional growth through lifelong learning activities, a knowledge of contemporary issues and ability to use techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Academic Standards

A 2.00/4.00 G.P.A. must be maintained in all professional engineering courses.

General Requirements Bachelor of Science Degree

Total for graduation123-125
Major studies98-99

Mechanical Engineering

www.uwplatt.edu/meie

Contact: David N. Kunz
Office: 40 Ottensman Hall
Phone: 608.342.1431
Fax: 608.342.1566
E-mail: kunzd@uwplatt.edu

University of Wisconsin Platteville’s Mechancial Engineering program is accredited under the General Criteria by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org

Mechanical engineers meet the needs of society in many important ways including the creative planning, development and operation of mechanical systems for using energy, machines and resources; use and commercial conversion of energy to provide heat, cooling, transportation and power; design and production of labor-saving machines; and processing materials into useful products. Mechanical engineers serve such diverse areas as energy, mechanical systems, robotics, automation, environment, transportation, heating and cooling systems, bioengineering, manufacturing systems and electronics. Mechanical engineering is an exciting and challenging profession for women and men.

The main purpose of the mechanical engineering curriculum is to develop in each student a thorough understanding of fundamental theory, augmented and illustrated by practical application. It provides a balance between engineering science and engineering design, complemented with a strong liberal arts education. Faculty members are dedicated to providing students with the personal attention needed for maximum development of skills.

UW-Platteville has partnered with the thirteen UW Colleges campuses to provide electrical engineering and mechanical engineering bachelor’s degrees that are ABET accredited to individuals throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Because an associate degree earned through UW Colleges automatically satisfies all of UW-Platteville’s general education requirements, most students work on the general education courses, as well as the pre-engineering courses (e.g., math, physics, chemistry) at one of the two-year campuses. When students are ready to begin the professional engineering courses, they apply to UW-Platteville.

UW-Platteville delivers the professional engineering courses to students at a distance in two ways. Students near the UW-Fox Valley and UW-Washington County campuses may take the professional engineering courses taught by UW-Platteville personnel through a combination of face-to-face instruction and distance learning technology. Students anywhere in the state of Wisconsin may take the professional engineering courses via distance learning technology. Lab managers regularly visit selected UW Colleges campuses to facilitate the required lab work for courses that include a lab component.

Educational Objectives and Outcomes

Mechanical Engineering Program Educational Objectives evaluated 2 to 5 years after graduation:

  1. Graduates are effective team members, aware of cultural diversity, who conduct themselves ethically and professionally.
  2. Graduates use effective communication and technical skills.
  3. Graduates build upon and adapt knowledge of science, mathematics, and engineering to take on more expansive tasks that require an increased level of self-reliance, technical expertise, and leadership.

Mechanical Engineering Program Student Outcomes:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions to a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Academic Standards

Program Core Entry Courses:

GENENG 1030Introduction to Engineering Projects1
GENENG 2030Engineering Modeling and Design3
MATH 2640Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
MATH 2740Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4
ENGLISH 1130College Writing I3
CHEMSTRY 1450Chemistry for Engineers5
PHYSICS 2240General Physics I4

Minimum G.P.A. in Core Entry Courses: 2.7/4.0, subject to change at any time. Any student who achieves this minimum core G.P.A. qualifies for admission into the mechanical engineering program. Students with a lower core G.P.A. may be admitted to mechanical engineering at the discretion of the mechanical engineering chair.

Requirements to Graduate:

  1. Completion of all university and general education requirements
  2. Enrolled and in good standing in the mechanical engineering program
  3. Successful completion of all required courses for the mechanical engineering major. Successful completion means earning a “D” or better in every course with the exceptions of MATH 2640, MATH 2740, MATH 2840, PHYSICS 2240, GENENG 2030, GENENG 2130, GENENG 2230, GENENG 2340 and GENENG 2930. In these courses a grade of “C-” or better must be earned
  4. A grade point average of 2.0/4.0 in required courses for the mechanical engineering major and approved mechanical engineering technical electives. The method for computing this grade point average is identical to the method used to calculate the university grade point average.

Course Repeat Policy

Required general engineering and mechanical engineering courses may be repeated once.

General Requirements Bachelor of Science Degree

Total for graduation125
Major studies100

Subjects in this department include: Industrial Engineering (INDUSTENG) and Mechanical Engineering (MECHENG)

Industrial Engineering (INDUSTENG)

INDSTENG 2130 Fundamentals of Industrial and Systems Engineering 3 Credits

Introduction to industrial and systems engineering and associated specialties. Basic principles including techniques in work measurement, facility design, management, and quality. Professional ethics. Techniques are demonstrated through the use of general applications packages.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: sophomore standing
Typically Offered: Fall

INDSTENG 3130 Industrial Engineering Computer Applications 3 Credits

Spreadsheets, databases, Statistical Analysis Software, and computer programming. Emphasis on using the computer and computer software as a tool to solve Industrial Engineering problems and to facilitate Industrial Engineering activities.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: INDSTENG 2130
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

INDSTENG 3430 Human Factors Engineering 3 Credits

Application of human factors (ergonomics) principles to the design of industrial and office systems. Consideration of human capabilities and limitations, effects of the work environment, and design for the handicapped. Application of bio-mechanical and energy consumption models, the human factors design guide, and MQPro software for virtual ergonomics analyses and evaluations. Current standards and OSHA guidelines. At least 8 laboratory projects will enhance the application of human factors principles to real world problems. Safety aspects of human factors engineering will be discussed.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MATH 2740 and BIOLOGY 2340
Typically Offered: Fall

INDSTENG 3530 Operations Research I 3 Credits

Basic methodology and techniques of operations research. Emphasis on application and problem solving models; linear programming, sensitivity analysis, nonlinear/classical optimization, queuing theory; Markov processes; dynamic programming.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MATH 4030
Typically Offered: Fall

INDSTENG 3630 Work Measurement and Design 3 Credits

Principles and techniques of work design, operation analysis and job design. Work methods and analysis; predetermined time systems; stopwatch time studies; work sampling; standards development. Weekly lab/project exercises allow hands-on practice with techniques. Safety and ergonomic considerations in work design will be emphasized. (Spring)
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MATH 4030 and INDSTENG 3430
Typically Offered: Spring

INDSTENG 3780 System Safety Engineering 3 Credits

Principles of safety and safety management with an emphasis on OSHA standards. Common hazard situations are presented for anticipation, identification, and evaluation. Ethical and legal responsibilities of engineers are explored. Safety management, plans, and programs are discussed with an emphasis on development and implementation. Risk assessment concepts are introduced. Emphasis on communication between the engineer and personnel at all levels with an organization.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: junior standing or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: SpringRNG-EVEN

INDSTENG 3950 Industrial Engineering Cooperative Education 4 Credits

Work experience in industry under the direction of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Cooperative Education and Internship Program. During co-op the student is expected to be away from his/her studies at UW-Platteville and work for an industry for a semester and summer. Credits do not fulfill graduation requirements.
Components: Field Studies
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

INDSTENG 3970 Industrial Engineering Internship 1 Credit

Work experience in industry under the direction of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Cooperative Education and Internship Program. NOTE: This program is separate and distinct from the cooperative education program and is principally designed to cover the summer work experience. Internship is designed to provide experiential learning experience to the student during the summer period. Credits do not fulfill graduation requirements.
Components: Field Studies
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: junior standing
Typically Offered: Summer

INDSTENG 4030 Production and Operations Analysis 3 Credits

Analysis and design of production control procedures including inventory and scheduling. Operations management techniques including forecasting and aggregate planning. Project planning using CPM/PERT.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: INDSTENG 3130 and INDSTENG 3530
Typically Offered: Fall

INDSTENG 4130 System Simulation and Analysis 3 Credits

Applications of computer simulation of discrete systems with emphasis on model formulation; instruction in at least one simulation language. Emphasis on input data analysis, model development, model validation, statistical analysis of output, and experimental design.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: INDSTENG 2130 and INDSTENG 3530
Typically Offered: Fall-EVEN

INDSTENG 4230 Facilities Design 3 Credits

Design principles and analytical procedures for facility location, development of an overall functional relationship plan, materials receipt accounting, processing and storage areas. Discussion of manufacturing and service-oriented facilities. Application of IE principles to optimization of site selection and facility design. Facilities covered include automated manufacturing systems, flexible manufacturing systems, modular design and office space design. Application of computerized layout techniques is emphasized. Weekly lab/project sessions allow application exercises to enhance theory.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: C: INDSTENG 3630
Typically Offered: Fall

INDSTENG 4330 Material Handling and Warehousing 3 Credits

Procedures and techniques for analysis of material handling and warehousing problems. Principles of materials handling; systematic handling analysis; productivity analysis; unit load design; automatic identification techniques; selection/use of common and state-of-the-art equipment and techniques; design of materials handling systems; safety procedures in materials handling. Weekly lab/project sessions allow application exercises to enhance theory.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: INDSTENG 3530 and GENENG 2820
Typically Offered: Fall-ODD

INDSTENG 4430 Quality Engineering 3 Credits

Emphasis on modern Total Quality Management philosophies, Statistical Process Control methods and tools for problem solving and ongoing process improvement. Acceptance sampling procedures and standards, experimental design including Taguchi techniques, quality audits. Economic aspects of quality decisions, basic concepts in reliability analysis. Basics of ISO 9000.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MATH 4030 with "C-" or better
Typically Offered: Spring

INDSTENG 4540 Human Performance and System Design 3 Credits

Design of the interface between human and elements of a complex system. Concentration on perception and cognitive aspects of work including sensory perception, learning, and judgment. Characteristics of complex systems and necessary support for human operators. Error minimization. Application of human-system performance considerations in product design.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: junior standing or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Spring-ODD

INDSTENG 4630 Manufacturing Systems Design 3 Credits

Principles and procedures related to the design, implementation, documentation and control of manufacturing systems. Consideration of transfer line, numerical control systems, flexible automation, robotics, and manufacturing support activities such as cost, quality, and materials control. Introduction to CAD/CAM and CIM.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MECHENG 3040; C: INDSTENG 3130 and MECHENG 3230
Typically Offered: Spring

INDSTENG 4730 Engineering Management 3 Credits

Fundamental concepts of management including management skills, functions, roles and theories; project management techniques; transition from engineer to manager; ethics in engineering; industrial safety management; and product liability.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: junior standing
Typically Offered: Spring

INDSTENG 4750 Principles and Applications of Project Management 3 Credits

Systems perspective of scope definition, and management of scope, time human resources, communications, and risk, as it applies to industrial engineering projects. (Spring)
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: INDSTENG 4730
Typically Offered: Spring

INDSTENG 4830 Engineering Continuous Improvement 3 Credits

Introduction to value engineering and lean techniques. Applications of engineering valuation. Basic principles of function analysis. Discussion of lean tools including value stream mapping.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: junior standing
Typically Offered: Spring

INDSTENG 4930 Industrial Systems Design 3 Credits

This is the capstone design course, the culmination of the IE program; requires knowledge and application of all the IE principles to comprehensive industrial project design and development. The project will involve the application of more than one of the following methodologies to case studies or industrial projects: facilities location and design; production planning and control; materials handling; evaluation of alternatives; economic analysis; quantitative models; cost, inventory and budgeting controls, system specifications, safety considerations.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: C: INDSTENG 4230
Typically Offered: Fall

INDSTENG 4980 Current Topics in Engineering 1-3 Credits

In-depth study of a current topic of interest to the engineering profession. The topic will be identified in the course title.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: senior standing
Typically Offered:

INDSTENG 4990 Independent Study 1-3 Credits

Advanced study in the area of specialization.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: senior standing
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

Mechanical Engineering (MECHENG)

MECHENG 2630 Thermodynamics 3 Credits

Basic concepts and definitions, properties of ideal gases and real substances. Conservation of mass. First law of thermodynamics and entropy. Vapor power cycles.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CHEMSTRY 1450 or CHEMSTRY 1240 and MATH 2740
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

MECHENG 3030 Dynamical Systems 3 Credits

Mathematical modeling and response analysis of various dynamic systems. Formulation of system governing equations by Newtonian and Lagrangian approaches. Laplace transform and numerical techniques of solution. Transfer function and state-space approaches to modeling dynamic systems. Time and frequency response of dynamic systems. Computer solutions of system responses.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MATH 3630 and MECHENG 3430 and a grade of C- or better in GENENG 2230
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

MECHENG 3040 Engineering Materials 3 Credits

A study of metals and polymers. Crystal structures, microstructures, molecular structures and imperfections. Relationship between structures and observed mechanical properties. Material failure.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CHEMSTRY 1450 or 1240; C: GENENG 2340
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

MECHENG 3230 Manufacturing Processes 3 Credits

Overview of materials such as metals, alloys, composites and ceramics. Primary manufacturing processes such as casting, forging, rolling and extrusion. Secondary processes such as forming, bending, drawing and swaging. Mechanics and economics of metal cutting. Economics of process planning. Special processes such as powder metallurgy. Design and manufacturing. Manufacturing systems, CAD/CAM/CNC/CIM.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MECHENG 3040 and a grade of C- or better in GENENG 2340
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

MECHENG 3300 Fluid Dynamics 3 Credits

Fluid properties, fluid statics, fundamental equations of fluid motion, dimensional analysis, external flow and boundary layers, viscous flow in pipes, compressible flow.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: GENENG 2230 with a C- or better or ENGRPHYS 3240; and MATH 2840 and MECHENG 2630
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

MECHENG 3330 Design of Machine Elements 3 Credits

Nonstandard loading, deflection analysis, failure theories for static and cyclic loading followed by safety considerations. Design and selection of a wide range of machine elements such as fasteners, springs, shafts, bearings, and gears. Dimensioning, fits and tolerances and design communication. Open-ended design project.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MECHENG 3040 and a minimum grade of "C-" in GENENG 2030 and GENENG 2340
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

MECHENG 3430 Introduction to Computational Methods 3 Credits

An introduction to structured programming with engineering applications. Fundamental programming concepts, algorithm development, and debugging. Introduce and apply concepts in linear algebra to engineering problems in statics, dynamics and other professional engineering courses. Problems include solving systems of linear equations, root finding, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and regression.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: C: MATH 3630 and student must be in a degree granting engineering program
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

MECHENG 3640 Heat Transfer 3 Credits

One and two-dimensional steady state heat conduction, transient heat conduction, numerical methods in conduction transfer. Forced and free convection. Heat exchangers. Radiation heat exchange, shape factors and shielding. Introduction to mass transfer.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MECHENG 3430 (or COMPUTER 1430 and MATH 3630); C: MECHENG 3300
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

MECHENG 3720 Mechanical Systems Laboratory 3 Credits

Introduction to engineering laboratory equipment, experimental procedures, report writing, automated data acquisition, including computer programming and statistical analysis. Emphasis is on the experimental analysis of mechanical systems, including topics such as vibrations, strain gauges, and DC motors, along with the electronics used to instrument and measure these systems.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MATH 4030 and "C-" or better in GENENG 2930; C: MECHENG 3030 or ELECTENG 2220
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

MECHENG 3830 Mechanisms and Machines 3 Credits

Design and analysis of mechanisms and machines. A study of simple machines such as linkages, geared systems, and cam-follower systems. Topics include mechanism motion and performance (position, velocity, acceleration, force transmission, etc.), actuators, and design considerations to improve machine performance. The use of a customer-based, systematic design process to design and develop a working mechanism.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: A grade of "C-" or better in GENENG 2230 or ENGRPHYS 3240 and GENENG 2030
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

MECHENG 3950 Mechanical Engineering Cooperative Education 4 Credits

Work experience in industry under the direction of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Cooperative Education and Internship Program. During co-op the student is expected to be away from his/her studies at UW-Platteville and work for an industry for a semester and summer. Credits do not fulfill graduation requirements.
Components: Field Studies
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

MECHENG 3970 Mechanical Engineering Internship 1 Credit

Work experience in industry under the direction of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Cooperative Education and Internship Program. NOTE: This program is separate and distinct from the cooperative education program and is principally designed to cover the summer work experience. Internship is designed to provide experiential learning experience to the student during the summer period. Credits do not fulfill graduation requirements.
Components: Field Studies
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: junior standing (Note: credits do not fulfill any graduation requirements
Typically Offered: Summer

MECHENG 4330 Automatic Controls 3 Credits

The design and analysis of feedback control systems using root locus, frequency response and state space methods. The specification, analysis, and compensation of feedback systems. Laboratory demonstrates the practical application of theoretical concepts.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MECHENG 3030 and GENENG 2930, or ENGRPHYS 3240 and ELECTENG 2220
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

MECHENG 4430 Advanced Materials 3 Credits

Discussion of specialty materials in engineering design and design for manufacture. Stainless steels, light alloys, and corrosion. Composite Materials. Current topcs and advances.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MECHENG 3040
Typically Offered: Occasional

MECHENG 4440 Failure of Materials 3 Credits

Fatigue and fracture of materials are covered. Included are stress-life and strain-life analysis, fracture mechanics, stress concentration influences and variable amplitude loading. The design component of the course is done using CAD, FEA simulation, and fatigue life prediction software. Using commercially available software gives the students experience designing realistic components subjected to variable fluctuating load histories. Mechanical testing principles and principles for recognition of fatigue failure from fracture surfaces are also introduced in the course.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MECHENG 3040
Typically Offered: Occasional

MECHENG 4500 Biomedical Engineering 3 Credits

An overview of the human physical system as a context for engineering design. Introduction to the functional basis of physiologic systems. Instrumentation, biomechanics, and design of medical devices. Principles of accessibility, and universal design.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: senior standing in engineering or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Occasional

MECHENG 4520 Power Plant Design 3 Credits

Analysis and design of steam power systems. Combustion turbines. Renewable energy. Environmental aspects and economics of power generation. Recent developments, future trends, and societal issues in power industry.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MECHENG 2630
Typically Offered: Occasional

MECHENG 4550 Heat Transfer Applications 3 Credits

Review of conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer. Extension to variable properties and more complex geometries. Current heat transfer problems and applications such as electronic cooling, heat pipes, capillary pumped loops, and cryogenic heat transfer. Survey of currently used correlations and numerical techniques. Application of current state-of-the-art to design problems.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MECHENG 3640
Typically Offered: Occasional

MECHENG 4560 Computational Fluid Dynamics 3 Credits

Introduction to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) with emphasis on using a commercial software package. Concepts of consistency, stability, convergence, scheme order, and turbulence modeling from the practitioners viewpoint are covered. Simulations of steady and unsteady flows, compressible and incompressible flows, forced and natural convection heat transfer, and conduction in solids are performed.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MECHENG 3300 and MECHENG 3430 (or COMPUTER 1430 and MATH 3630)
Typically Offered: Occasional

MECHENG 4600 Energy Systems Design 3 Credits

Design and analysis of energy conversion systems with emphasis on solar energy. Flat plate and concentrating collectors for air and liquids, storage flow and control systems requirements, solar electric power generation. Wind energy conversion, biomass.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MECHENG 3640
Typically Offered: Occasional

MECHENG 4630 Internal Combustion Engine Design 3 Credits

Design of internal combustion engines for various applications. Gasoline engines, diesel engines, 4 stroke cycles and 2 stroke cycles.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MECHENG 3640
Typically Offered: Occasional

MECHENG 4640 Mechanical Design of Internal Combustion Engines 3 Credits

Mechanical design and experimental development of internal combustion engines to meet comprehensive design criteria: marketability, thermodynamic performance, dynamic issues, efficiency, lubrication, emissions, economy, drivability, design for manufacture.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MECHENG 4730; C: MECHENG 4630
Typically Offered: Occasional

MECHENG 4650 Environmental Control Design 3 Credits

Theory and design of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration units. Heating and cooling loads for air conditioning, heat pump, psychrometry.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MECHENG 3640 and MECHENG 4730
Typically Offered: Occasional

MECHENG 4720 Thermal Systems Laboratory 2 Credits

Instrumentation and measurement techniques in thermal systems; verification of basic principles; laboratory tests on components of thermal systems; experimental approach for solving engineering problems; application of computer to data acquisition and data processing.
Components: Laboratory
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MECHENG 3300 and MECHENG 3640. C: MECHENG 3720
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

MECHENG 4730 Thermo-Fluid Systems Design 3 Credits

A course treating the concepts of Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, and mechanics in a unified presentation. Particular emphasis will be directed towards applications to actual physical systems including the gas power cycles, refrigeration cycles, heat exchangers, ideal gas mixtures, psychrometrics and 1st law combustion. Some design of devices involved in these applications will also be included.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MECHENG 3300 and MECHENG 3640
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

MECHENG 4740 Mechanical Systems Design 3 Credits

Advanced topics in the design of machines and mechanical systems. Selection of machine elements implementing the design process and considering factors such as: the environment, manufacturability, assembly, ergonomics, aesthetics, safety, societal impact, reliability and maintainability. Also, economic factors, fits and tolerances, design communication and ethics. Application of fundamental concepts via a project.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MECHENG 3330
Typically Offered: Occasional

MECHENG 4750 Computational Methods in Engineering 3 Credits

Use of digital computers to solve equations encountered in mechanical engineering problems. Numerical integration and differentiation, solution of linear and nonlinear equations, ordinary and partial differential equations (finite element and finite difference methods), systems of equations (matrix equations). Programming using MATLAB. How to choose the proper numerical method, and pitfalls that lead to bad solutions.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MATH 3630 and [(MECHENG 3430) or (COMPUTER 1430 and ENGRPHYS 3240)]
Typically Offered: Occasional

MECHENG 4800 Finite Element Method 3 Credits

Introduction to the finite element method. Emphasis on truss, beam and frame analysis, plane stress, plane strain, axisymmetric and three-dimensional stress analysis. Dynamic analysis and field problems, such as heat transfer. Readily available finite element computer programs utilized to solve stress analysis, heat transfer and other engineering related problems.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MATH 3630 and MECHENG 3330 and (MECHENG 3430 or COMPUTER 1430)
Typically Offered: Occasional

MECHENG 4820 Advanced Manufacturing Processes 3 Credits

The course covers non-traditional manufacturing processes. Additive manufacturing for polymers, metals, ceramics and composite materials. Laser material processes such as laser welding, forming and surface modification. Friction stir welding, electro-chemical machining, and electric discharge machining and wire cutting.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MECHENG 3230
Typically Offered: Occasional

MECHENG 4830 Mechatronics 3 Credits

Study of electro-mechanical systems and their interfaces. Programming of microcontrollers, fractional-horsepower motors, sensors, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and control electronics. Binary number systems and logic are introduced. Application of control theory. Project.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: C: MECHENG 4330
Typically Offered: Occasional

MECHENG 4840 Vibration Systems Design 3 Credits

Modeling and analysis of single and multiple-degree of freedom systems. Free and forced vibrations. Vibrations applications such as balancing, whirling, vibration instruments, vibration isolation, and suspension. Computer applications involving matrices, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, and differential equations. Design of mechanical systems involving vibrations.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MECHENG 3030, or ENGRPHYS 3240 and ELECTENG 2220
Typically Offered: Occasional

MECHENG 4850 Computer-Aided Engineering 3 Credits

Use of current tools in the design and simulation of mechanical systems. Generation of a paperless project, including solid modeling and computer assembly of mechanical systems, system dynamic analysis, and system optimization. Interfaces between various computer software packages and the creation of computer routines to extend built in software modeling capabilities.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MECHENG 3830
Typically Offered: Occasional

MECHENG 4930 Senior Design Project 3 Credits

Team based projects, primarily from industry. Rigorous application of design processes and methods. Consideration of real-life technical, economic, social, aesthetic, environmental and other constraints. Consideration of several related topics such as creativity, analysis, synthesis, project management, scheduling, time management, engineering ethics, communication, personality types, product safety and liability, copyrights and patents, design for manufacture, economics, and robust engineering. Integration of technical and management knowledge in an open-ended design environment. Oral and written reports. Open to graduating seniors only.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MECHENG 3230 and MECHENG 3330 and MECHENG 3830 and MECHENG 4730
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

MECHENG 4940 Undergraduate Research 2-3 Credits

Introduction to research methods in mechanical engineering, literature review, data analysis, and design. A written report will be submitted to the sponsoring faculty member. A student may register for two to three credits in a given semester for a maximum of three credits.
Components: Research
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: Junior standing and permission of department chair
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

MECHENG 4980 Current Topics in Engineering 1-3 Credits

In-depth study of a current topic of interest to the engineering profession. The topic to be covered will be identified in the course title.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

MECHENG 4990 Independent Study 1-3 Credits

Advanced study in the area of specialization.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: senior standing and consent of department chair
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

Faculty and lecturers

Additional information about the Faculty and Lecturers below may be found in the Faculty and Academic Staff section of this catalog.

Campbell, Guy R.

Clough, Jill M.

Cummings, Antonette

Ghafoorianfar, Nima

Hoerning, Jeff M.

Hussein, Mazen

Jinkins, Patricia A.

Kunz, David N.

Lerner, Anne-Marie

McLanahan, Aric L.

Meulbroek Fick, Jessica P.

Momot, Michael E.

Noor-A-Alam, Mohammad

Obielodan, John O.

Ravikumar, Prathivadi B.

Rolle, Kurt C.

Schlager, Lynn M.

Zampaloni, Michael A.

Zolper, Thomas J.