Undergraduate Course Offerings

The following is a sample of the undergraduate course offerings in Mechanical Engineering. See official course listings in the Official Catalog Year Course Descriptions via University Bulletin.

ME 211 - Intro to Solid Mechanics

Basic principles of stress and strain of members subject to axial, shearing, bending, torsion and combined loads. Mechanical properties of engineering materials. Shear and moment diagrams. Deflection of beams. Must be completed with a grade of C- or better to satisfy ME program requirements. Prerequisite: ME 273 with a grade of C- or better. Offered in the Spring semester. 3 credits 

ME 212 - ME Programming

Structured programming for mechanical engineers. Engineering programming with MATLAB. Prerequisite: WTSN 112 or a beginning programming course. Offered in the Fall semester. 2 credits 

ME 273 - Statics

Equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies, equivalent force system, free-body diagrams, centroid of areas, mass moment of inertia, truss analysis, friction. Must be completed with a grade of C- or better to satisfy ME program requirements. Prerequisite: PHYS 131. Offered in the Fall semester. 3 credits 

ME 274 - Dynamics

Kinematics and kinetics of particles; kinematics and kinetics of rigid bodies (plane motion). Energy and momentum methods. Must be completed with a grade of C- or better to satisfy ME program requirements. Prerequisite: ME 273 with a grade of C- or better. Offered in the Spring semester. 3 credits 

ME 302 - Engineering Analysis

Methods employed in engineering problem solving. Case studies drawn from engineering disciplines used to apply the mathematical techniques. Prerequisites: MATH 323 and MATH 324. Offered in the Fall semester. 3 credits 

ME 331 - Thermodynamics

Properties of pure substances. Concepts of work and heat, fundamental laws of thermodynamics; closed and open systems. Entropy and entropy production. Basic gas and vapor cycles, basic refrigeration cycles. Prerequisites: MATH 323, MATH 324 and PHYS 131. Offered in the Fall semester. 3 credits 

ME 351 - Fluid Mechanics

Hydrostatics, kinematics, potential flow, momentum and energy relations. Bernoulli equation. Real fluid phenomena, laminar and turbulent motion, boundary layer, lift and drag. Prerequisites: ME 331 and ME 302. Offered in the Spring semester. 3 credits 

ME 362 - Science of Engr. Materials

Introduction to the structures and structure-related properties of engineering materials: metals, ceramics, and polymers. Physical properties of matter. Prerequisites: CHEM 111 and PHYS 132. Offered in the Fall semester. 3 credits 

ME 363 - Engineering Materials Lab

Laboratory course to accompany ME 362, Science of Engineering Materials. Co-requisite: ME 362. Offered in the Fall semester. 1 credit  

ME 381 - Computer Aided Engineering

Fundamentals of computer-aided design, modeling, analysis and optimization. Introduction to finite element method and use of standard packages for design problems. Mechanism simulation. Includes laboratory section. Co-requisites: ME 212, Prerequisite: ME 211 with a grade of C- or better. Offered in the Fall semester. 3 credits  

ME 391 - Measurement & Instrumentation

Modular laboratory course in which the topics of thermodynamics, fluids, heat transfer, vibrations, and solid mechanics are the subjects for the experimental modules. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: MATH 324 and EECE 260. Offered in the Spring semester. 3 credits 

ME 392 - Mechanical Engineering Design

Application of fundamental principles of mechanics and strength of materials to mechanical engineering design problems. Topics include fatigue, stress concentrations, and failure theories. Decision making and engineering judgment for open-ended problems are emphasized. Prerequisites: ME 211, ME 362, and ME 381. Offered in the Spring semester. 4 credits 

ME 397 - Independent Study

Independent study supervised by a mechanical engineering faculty member. Student must obtain consent of instructor, who then determines description of program, number of credits (variable), frequency of meeting and location. Appropriate paperwork must be submitted to the department office in order to complete registration. 

ME 403 - Engr. Computational Methods

Application of computational methods to solve engineering and scientific problems. Topics covered include advanced MATLAB programming, numerical methods (curve fitting, solution of linear and nonlinear equations, integration, ordinary and partial differential equations), graphical visualization and statistical analysis using MATLAB. Prerequisites: ME 212 and ME 302. Offered in the Fall semester. 3 credits 

ME 412 - Structural Mechanics

A bridge between elementary mechanics of deformable bodies and advanced courses in elasticity. Topics covered include fundamental concepts of structural mechanics, analysis of beams, columns, trusses, frames, plates and cables, elastic stability of structures, energy method, principle of virtual work, and other topics from structural and solid mechanics. (Technical elective.) Prerequisite: ME 211. Term offered varies. 3 credits 

ME 417 - Intro To Finite Element Method

Review of linear elasticity, introduction to calculus of variations and variational principles of elasticity. These techniques are used in developing the finite element theory and analysis of plane stress/strain, plates, trusses and beams, as well as problems from other areas of mechanical engineering, such as heat transfer and vibration. (Technical elective.) Prerequisites: ME 211 and ME 302. Term offered varies. 3 credits 

ME 421 - Mechanical Vibrations

Free vibration of mechanical systems, damping, forced harmonic vibration, support motion, vibration isolation, response due to arbitrary excitation, systems with multiple degrees of freedom, normal modes, free and forced vibrations, vibration absorber, application of matrix methods, numerical techniques, computer applications. Prerequisites: ME 274 with a grade of C- or better and ME 302. Offered in the Fall semester. 3 credits 

ME 424 - Control Sys in Mechanical Engr

Introduction to classical and modern control systems as they relate to mechanical engineering. Modeling, analysis and design of control systems. State space techniques are introduced. Prerequisite: ME 303 and ME 421. Offered in the Spring semester. 3 credits 

ME 425 - Intermediate Dynamics

Review of the basic principles of kinematics and kinetics of particles and planar rigid bodies. Topics include: 3D kinematics and 3D rotations, Lagranges's approach for both particles and rigid bodies, Euler Angles and Euler Equaitons. (Technical Elective.) Prerequisite: ME 274 and ME 302. Term offered varies. 3 credits 

ME 428 - Robotics

This course focuses on the design and building of an autonomous microcomputer-controlled robot using Lego Mindstorm Robotic kit and electro-mechanical actuators and sensors. Students will work in teams and robots will compete at the end of the semester. (Technical elective.) Prerequisites: ME 212 and senior standing in engineering. Term offered varies. 3 credits 

ME 435 - Applied Aerodynamics

Application of basic principles of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics to the aerodynamics of flight. Deals with concepts of lift, drag, aerodynamic moments, dynamics of flow fields about bodies, including theory of airfoils and wings. Analytical techniques for predicting aircraft performance are presented. (Technical elective.) Prerequisites: ME 331 and ME 351. Term offered varies. 3 credits 

ME 437 - Energy Engineering

Principles of thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid flow and materials science in describing the operation of energy production and conversion. (Technical elective.) Prerequisites: ME 331 and ME 351. 3 credits 

ME 441 - Heat Transfer

Introduction to fundamentals of heat transfer. Topics in conduction, forced and free convection, mixed modes (e.g., extended surfaces), heat exchangers, radiation. Development and use of analytic and empirical expressions in terms of dimensionless parameters. Prerequisites: ME 331 and ME 351. Offered in the Fall semester. 3 credits 

ME 443 - HVAC

Application of principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer to the analysis and design of heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Use materials of construction data in conjunction with internal gains to calculate heating and cooling loads. Use of psychometric data with ventilation requirements to select and integrate HVAC components into systems. Students will be required to generate a presentation on a relevant HVAC topic(s). (Technical elective.) Corequisite: ME 441. Term offered varies. 3 credits 

ME 452 - Fundamentals Of Bio. Engr.

Study of the basic mechanical and electrical properties of the human body, including the dynamics of the cardiovascular system, the dynamics of limbs in locomotion and other activities; measurement of physiological parameters. Anatomy and physiology of these biological systems. Design of prosthetic devices. (Technical elective.) Prerequisite: senior standing in engineering. Term offered varies. 3 credits 

ME 464 - Matls Selection for Mech Desgn

This course covers the methodology and procedures for selecting materials and processes at various stages of the design process for mechanical engineering applications as well as mechanics and materials knowledge used in solving practical problems. (Technical elective) Prerequisite: Upper division standing. Term offered varies. 3 credits 

ME 480A - Special Topics

Special Topics. Topics vary by semester. 3 credits 

ME 480B - Special Topics

Special Topics. Topics vary by semester. 3 credits 

ME 480C - Special Topics

Special Topics. Topics vary by semester. 3 credits 

ME 480D - Special Topics

Special Topics. Topics vary by semester. 3 credits 

ME 480E - Special Topics

Special Topics. Topics vary by semester. 3 credits 

ME 482 - Adv Computer Aided Engineering

Theory and principles of CAD modeling and configuration management. Projects and laboratory assignments will include solid modeling, structural and thermal finite element analysis, optimization, and manufacturing file output (CAM). Weekly laboratory. Final project will be team, concurrent, distributed design project. (Technical elective.) Prerequisite: ME 381. Term offered varies. 3 credits 

ME 484 - Design of Mechanical Elements

This is a second course in mechanical component and systems design. Design and analysis of fasteners, welds, bearings, gears, and power transmission elements will be covered. Software packages will be used: Creo (solid modeling and computer-aided design), Creo Structure or ANSYS (finite element analysis). Prerequisites: ME 381 and ME 392. 

ME 489 - Research Internship

A student will work in a research lab under the supervision of a professor in the ME Department. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements with the professor who will supervise this course. Prior to enrolling in the course a Research Internship Course Proposal (RICP) form must be completed and signed by (1) the student, (2) the professor supervising the research, and (3) the Director of Undergraduate Studies. (Technical Elective) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Offered any semester. Variable credit. 

ME 493 - Senior Project I

Group project emphasizing definition and planning for solution of an industrial problem. Achievement of prototype or interim design in preparation for final design or product/process realization in ME 494. Prerequisites: ME 351, ME 391, and ME 392. Corequisite: ME 498, ME 421, ME 441. Offered in the Fall semester. 2 credits 

ME 494 - Senior Project II

Coordination of group project with unique industrial problem. Analysis, design, experimentation may be brought to bear on solution. Realization of results from final design of product or process with critical evaluation by judging panel. Prerequisite: ME 493. Corequisite: ME 499, ME 424. Offered in the Spring semester. 2 credits 

ME 496 - Industrial Internship

Engineering professional experience. Record of engineering experience required. Student must obtain an industrial advisor and approval of a faculty advisor. Appropriate paperwork must be submitted to the department. Pass/Fail only. Variable credit. 

ME 497 - Independent Study

Individual study under direct supervision of a faculty member. Student must obtain permission of instuctor, who them determines description of program and number of credits. Appropriate paperwork must be submitted to the department. Variable credit. 

ME 498 - Senior Project I lab

Project work with ME 493. 

ME 499 - Senior Project II lab

Project work with ME 494. 

Last Updated: 6/13/16