MECHANICAL
ENGINEERING (ME) 

Note:
Students must obtain Professional Component Standing
before they can enroll in any 300level engineering
course. 

ME 123 
Introduction
to Design and Ethics 
3 cr 

An introduction to the techniques used in the
design of engineering systems, including problem
identification, brainstorming alternative solutions,
establishing criteria and constraints, implementing
and evaluating solutions, and oral and written
communication of the results. Professional engineering
codes will be used as the starting point to discuss
ethics in engineering design. Teamwork and team roles will be emphasized along with computer skills for computation, writing, graphics, and presentations. One and onehalf
hours of design. Prerequisite: EH 101. Fee. 

ME 135

Engineering
Graphics and Communications 
3 cr 

Graphical representation of objects orthographic,
oblique, and isometric views. Freehand lettering and sketching, computer
aided graphics, presentation of graphics based on numerical data using spreadsheet, word processor and presentation software. Fee. 

ME 312

Mechanical
Engineering Thermodynamics 
3 cr 

Thermodynamic power and refrigeration cycles,
gas mixtures, psychometrics, and combustion. Onehalf
hour of design. Prerequisites: EG 270, ME 123.
Fee. 

ME 314

Machine
Component Design 
3 cr 

Analysis and optimization of machine elements
to accomplish given tasks within limits of stress
and size. One hour of design. Prerequisites: EG
284, EG 315, ME 123. Fee. 

ME 316

Instrumentation
(W) 
3 cr 

Measuring system analysis and design, signal conditioning,
analysis of data, statistical error analysis, digital data collection and analysis, communication of results. This course is a corequisite with ME 319 Instrumentation Laboratory. The same grade will be given in both courses. Prerequisites: EG 220,
MA 238, PH 202. Corequisite: ME 319. Fee. 

ME 317 
Heat Transfer 
3 cr 

Steady and transient multidimensional conduction,
forced and natural convection, radiation and heat
exchangers. Onehalf hour of design.
Prerequisites: EG 270, EG 360, MA 238, ME
328. Fee. 

ME 319 
Instrumentation Lab 
1 cr 

Laboratory component of ME 316 Instrumentation. This course is a corequisite with ME 316 Instrumentation. The same grade will be given in both courses. Prerequisites: EG 220, MA 238, PH 202. Corequisite: ME 316. Fee. 

ME 326 
Materials
Science 
3 cr 

Mechanical, chemical, and physical properties
of materials. Relationship between structure,
processing, and properties of engineering
materials. Onehalf hour of design. Prerequisite:
PH 202. Fee. 

ME 328 
Mechanical
Engineering Analysis 
3 cr 

Numerical solutions of differential equations
with applications to ME simulation and design.
Introduction to Finite Elements. Onehalf hour
of design. Prerequisites: CIS 227, EG 315, MA
227, MA 237, MA 238, ME 123. Fee. 

ME 336

Materials
Science Laboratory (W) 
1 cr 

Experimental study of the effect of thermal and
mechanical processings of properties. Prerequisite:
ME 326. Fee. 

ME 365

Design
of Fluid Power Systems 
3 cr 

Fluid power components are studied in detail.
Design of complete hydraulic systems is stressed.
One hour of design. Prerequisites: EG 284, EG 315,
EG 360, ME 328. Fee. 

ME 411 
Thermal
System Design 
3 cr 

Thermal system design using principles of thermodynamics,
fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and numerical
simulation. Communication of results. Three hours
of design. Prerequisites: EG 360, ME 312, ME 317,
ME 328. Fee. 

ME 412 
Thermal
Science Laboratory 
1 cr 

Experimental study of thermal science principles
and systems. Communication of results. Prerequisites:
EG 360, ME 312, ME 316, ME 317. Fee. 

ME 413 
Capstone Design I 
2 cr 

First capstone design course for mechanical engineering students. Teamoriented projects from industry and faculty. Two hours of design. Prerequisites: EG 230, ME 312, ME 314, ME 317. Fee. 

ME 414 
Capstone Design
II 
2 cr 

Continuation of Capstone Design I course for mechanical engineering students. Teamoriented design projects from industry and faculty. Oral and written design presentation. Two hours of design. Prerequisite: ME 413. Fee. 

ME 417

Dynamics
of Machines 
3 cr 

A study of the effects of external forces and
moments on the motion of machines. Topics include
the study of the position, velocity and acceleration
of machine components during operation and the
determination of forces on the connections and
members. One hour of design. Prerequisites: EG
284, EG 315, ME 328. Fee. 

ME 419 
Computer Aided Design & Manufacturing 
3 cr 

Introduction to computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) principles and their practical applications as fundamental elements of contemporary product design and manufacturing. This course is dual listed with an equivalent 500level mechanical engineering course. One hour of design. Prerequisites: ME 135, ME 314. Fee. 

ME 421 
Mechanical
Systems Design 
3 cr 

A
study of design techniques as applied to mechanical
components and systems. Computer simulation and
numerical techniques. Communication of results.
Three hours of design. Prerequisites: ME 314,
ME 328. Fee. 


Introduction to gas turbines covering thermodynamics,
fluid mechanics, combustion, cycle analysis, compressors,
turbines, and component matching. One hour of
design. Prerequisites: EG 360, ME 312. Fee. 

ME 426 
Dynamic
Systems and Control 
3 cr 

Modeling dynamic systems. Introduction to the
principles of feedback control systems. Analysis
of linear systems. Prerequisites: MA 238, ME 316,
ME 328. Fee. 

ME 429 
Controls
Laboratory 
1 cr 

Design and implementation of analog and digital
feedback control systems. Introduction to Programmable
Logic Controllers. Control applications for microprocessors.
Onehalf hour of design. Prerequisite: ME 426. Fee. 

ME 430

Mechanism
Synthesis 
3 cr 

Kinematic synthesis of planar linkages for function,
path, and motion generation. Topics include: degrees
of freedom; graphical, linear analytical, and
nonlinear analytical methods; and curvature theory.
This course is duallisted with an equivalent
500level mechanical engineering course. One hour
of design. Prerequisites: EG 284, ME 328. Fee. 


Introduction to compressible fluid flow. Conservation
laws, isentropic flow, adiabatic flow, flow with
heat transfer, and normal shock. One hour of design.
Prerequisites: EG 360, ME 312. Fee. 

ME 432

Advanced
Thermodynamics 
3 cr 

Continuation of mechanical engineering thermodynamics
to develop a broader and deeper understanding
of thermal energy transformations. One hour of
design. Prerequisite: ME 312. Fee. 

ME 438

Finite
Element Analysis 
3 cr 

Introduction to the finite element method. Engineering
application to stressstrain analysis is emphasized.
Other field problems are also considered. This
course is duallisted with an equivalent 500level
mechanical engineering course. Prerequisite: ME
328. Fee. 

ME
439 
Boundary
Elements I 
3
cr 

Fundamental
concepts of the boundary element method of numerically
solving partial differential equations. Application
to potential flow problems in heat transfer. This
course is dual listed with an equivalent 500level
mechanical engineering course. Prerequisites:
ME 328 and consent of instructor. Fee. 

ME 441 
Microprocessors
for Mechanical Engineers 
3 cr 

Basic concepts of programming and applying microprocessors
to the control of mechanical systems. Assembly
language programming. Memory decoding and use.
Input and output circuits. Interfacing with the
PIA. Prerequisites: EG 220, ME 316. Fee. 

ME 450 
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

3 cr 

Addresses the heating and cooling of buildings.
Covers related engineering sciences, cooling and
heating loads, systems, and equipment. One hour
of design. Prerequisites: EG 360, ME 312, and
317. Fee. 

ME 451 
Refrigeration Systems

3 cr 

Study of refrigeration systems including solution
of typical engineering design problems. Concepts
from fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and heat
transfer are used. One hour of design. Prerequisites:
EG 360, ME 312, ME 317. Fee. 


Introduction
to the theory of combustion processes, chemical
equilibrium, adiabatic flame temperatures, reaction
kinetics. This course is dual listed with an equivalent
500level mechanical engineering course. Prerequisite:
ME 312. Fee. 


Fuelair cycles. Fuel, air and exhaust flows.
Heat and mass losses. Engine performance. One
hour design. Prerequisites: EG 360, ME 312, ME 317. Fee. 

ME 461 
Turbomachinery 
3 cr 

Energy transfer between fluid and rotor: fluid flow in turbomachines, centrifugal and axial flow pumps and compressors; radial and axial flow turbines. Prerequisites: EG 360 and ME 312. One hour of design. Fee. 

ME 472 
Vibration Analysis and Synthesis

3 cr 

Steady state and transient vibration analysis
of discrete and continuous systems. Vibration
problems as related to design are also included.
One hour of design. Prerequisites: EG 284, EG 315,
MA 238, ME 316, ME 328. Fee. 

ME 474 
Noise and Vibration Control

3 cr 

Principles of acoustics; human response to noise;
control of noise and vibration by means of isolation,
sound barriers, and absorption. One hour of design.
Prerequisite: ME 472. Fee. 

ME 490 
Special Topics

13 cr 

Topics of current mechanical engineering interest.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Fee. 

ME 494

Directed Independent Study

13 cr 

Selected mechanical engineering topics of special
or current interest not available in regularly
scheduled courses. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Fee. 

ME 499 
Honors Senior Project (H)

3 cr 

Under the advice and guidance of a faculty mentor,
honors students will identify and carry out a
research project, relevant to the field of Mechanical
Engineering study, that
will lead to a formal presentation at the Annual
Honors Student Colloquium. The senior project
will be judged and graded by three faculty chaired
by the honors mentor. This course is required
for Honors recognition. A
minimum of 4 credit hours is required, but students
may enroll for a maximum of six (6) credit
hours over two semesters.
Prerequisites: Senior status plus completion of
a project prospectus. Fee. 

ME 518

Advanced Mechanical Engineering Analysis

3 cr 

Application of numerical methods including finite
difference; finite element and boundary element
techniques to the solution of problems in Mechanical
Engineering.
Fee. 

ME 519 
Computer Aided Design & Manufacturing 
3 cr 

Introduction to computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) principles and their practical applications as fundamental elements of contemporary product design and manufacturing. This course is dual listed with an equivalent 400level mechanical engineering course. Fee. 

ME 520 
Advanced Fluid Mechanics

3 cr 

Analysis of steady and unsteady motion of a viscous
fluid. Topics include: conservation equations,
Newtonian fluids and the NavierStokes equations,
vorticity, analytical solutions, boundary layers,
instability of viscous flows. Fee. 

ME 522 
Hydrodynamic Instability

3 cr 

Normal mode analysis; linear stability analysis;
RaleighBenard, Taylor, RaleighTaylor, KevinHelmholtz,
Gortler instability; OrrSommerfield equation
and TS Wave; Bifurcation. Prerequisite: ME 520. Fee. 

ME 525 
Boundary Layer Theory

3 cr 

Development of NavierStokes and boundary layer
equations, perturbation theory application and
boundary layer transition. Fee. 

ME 530

Mechanism Synthesis

3 cr 

Kinematic synthesis of planar linkages for function,
path, and motion generation. Topics include: degrees
of freedom; graphical, linear analytical, and
nonlinear analytical methods; and curvature theory.
This course is duallisted with an equivalent
400level mechanical engineering course. Fee. 

ME 538 
Finite
Element Analysis 
3 cr 

Introduction to the finite element method. Engineering
application to stressstrain analysis is emphasized.
Other field problems are also considered. This
course is duallisted with an equivalent 400level
mechanical engineering course. Fee. 

ME
539 
Boundary
Elements I 
3
cr 

Fundamental
concepts of the boundary element method of numerically
solving partial differential equations. Application
to potential flow problems in heat transfer. This
course is dual listed with an equivalent 400level
mechanical engineering course. 

ME 540 
Advanced
Heat Transfer 
3 cr 

Steady and transient conduction, external and
internal forced convection, natural convection,
radiation with participating media, boiling heat
transfer, Stefan condition. Fee. 

ME 541 
Conduction
Heat Transfer 
3 cr 

Closed form analytical and approximate numerical
solutions of one, two and three dimensional
steady state and transient problems in conduction
heat transfer. Prerequisites: MA 507, consent of instructor. Fee. 

ME 542 
Convection Heat Transfer

3 cr 

Fundamental laws of motion and energy balance
for a viscous fluid, classical solution of the
NavierStokes and energy equations, laminar/turbulent
hydrodynamic and thermal boundary layers, convection
heat transfer in laminar/turbulent internal flows.
Fee. 

ME 543 
Radiation
Heat Transfer 
3 cr 

Blackbody radiation, diffusegray surfaces, radiative
exchange in a multisurface enclosure, gas radiation
in enclosures with participating media, introduction
to available numerical methods. Fee. 

ME 544

Heat Transfer
with Change of Phase 
3 cr 

Boiling heat transfer and critical heat flux,
condensation heat transfer, Stefan problem, freezing
and melting, ablation, introduction to available
numerical techniques. Prerequisite: ME 540 or
ME 542. Fee. 

ME 545

Experimental
Methods in 
3 cr 

Fluid
Mechanics and Heat Transfer 


Uncertainty analysis, system response, sampling
theory and FFT, differential pressure measurement
and multihole probes, thermocouple and RTD,
thermal anemometry, LDV and other nonintrusive
optical methods, flow visualization. Fee. 


Introduction to the theory of combustion processes,
chemical equilibrium, adiabatic flame temperature,
reaction kinetics, flame structure. This course
is duallisted with an equivalent 400level mechanical
engineering course. Fee. 

ME 551

Classical
Thermodynamics 
3 cr 

Postulational treatment of the physical laws of
equilibrium, equations of state, processes, equilibrium,
stability, reactive systems, phase transition.
Fee. 

ME 552 
Statistical
Thermodynamics 
3 cr 

Principles of kinetic theory, quantum mechanics,
and statistical mechanics with particular reference
to thermodynamic systems. Conclusions of classical
thermodynamics are established from the microscopic
viewpoint.
Fee. 

ME 560 
Compressible Fluid Flow

3 cr 

Foundations of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics
of one dimensional flow and heat transfer, isentropic
flow, shock waves and method of characteristics.
Fee. 

ME 561

Turbomachinery

3 cr 

Energy transfer between fluid and rotor; fluid
flow in turbomachines, centrifugal and axialflow
pumps and compressors; radial and axial flow turbines.
Fee. 

ME 562 
Computational
Fluid Dynamics and
Heat Transfer I 
3 cr 

Derivation of conservation equations, numerical
solution of inviscial and viscous incompressible
flow problems, emphasis on finite volume method,
introduction to finite element and spectral method.
Fee. 

ME 563

Computational
Fluid Dynamics and
Heat Transfer II 
3 cr 

Governing equations in general coordinates, differential
geometry for curvilinear coordinates, grid generations,
numerical uncertainties. Prerequisite: ME 562. Fee. 

ME 564

Turbulent
Flow 
3 cr 

Reynolds equations, statistics of turbulence,
analysis of free and wall turbulence, turbulence
models. Prerequisite: ME 520.
Fee. 


Friction of solids and fluids. Lubricants. Theory
of sliding bearings. Multidimensional bearings
with constant forces and velocities. Solid, hydrodynamic
and gas lubrication. Design of bearings. Fee. 

ME 571 
Advanced
Engineering Dynamics 
3 cr 

Threedimensional kinematics and kinetics of particles
and rigid bodies, energy, momentum, and stability;
application of Lagrange's equations to machinery
and gyrodynamics.
Fee. 

ME 572

Advanced
Vibrations 
3 cr 

Free and forced vibrations of mechanical systems
having lumped mass and elasticity; introduction
to vibrations of continuous systems; engineering
applications.
Fee. 

ME 573 
Vibrations of Continuous Systems

3 cr 

Equations of motion for strings, membranes, bars,
and plates with various boundary conditions, steady
state and transient solutions, exact and approximate
methods; wave propagation in elastic media. Prerequisite:
MA 507. Fee. 

ME 574 
Nonlinear
Vibrations 
3 cr 

Vibrations of damped and undamped systems with
nonlinear restoring forces; free and forced oscillations
in selfsustained systems; Hills equation and
its application to the study of the stability
of nonlinear oscillations. Prerequisites: ME 572,
MA 508. Fee. 

ME 575 
Continuum
Mechanics 
3 cr 

Cartesian tensor analysis. Analysis of stress
and strain, fundamental laws of continuum mechanics.
Constitutive equations, application to solid and
fluid mechanics.
Fee. 

ME 582 
Advanced
Materials Science 
3 cr 

Classical and quantum mechanical model of atoms,
bonding, magnetism, superconductivity, high strength
low density materials, corrosion, biomedical materials.
Fee. 

ME 583 
Applied
Elasticity 
3 cr 

Classical problems in elasticity, torsion and
bending theory, plane problems in rectangular
and polar coordinates; axisymmetric problems,
thermoelasticity.
Fee. 

ME 584 
Introductory
Metal Theory 
3 cr 

Theories of metals to explain electrical conductivity
and scattering process, electronic and lattice
heat capacity, magnetic behavior, cohesion and
lattice constant. Prerequisite: MA 507. Fee. 

ME 585 
Theory
of Plates 
3 cr 

Basic equations of rectangular and circular plates
with various boundary conditions; classical solutions
and approximate methods in the theory of thin
plates. Prerequisites: ME 583, MA 507. Fee. 

ME 586

Theory
of Shells 
3 cr 

Introduction to differential geometry; general
equations for arbitrary shells; shallow shell
theory with applications; solutions to membrane
and bending theory for shells of revolution. Prerequisite:
ME 585. Fee. 


Discrete mass and continuum mechanics description
of biological materials; biodynamics of limb and
gross body motions, various models for injury
to head, neck, torso, and extremities. Fee. 

ME 590 
Special
Topics 
13 cr 

Topics of current mechanical engineering interest.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Fee. 

ME
592 
Directed
Independent Study 
13
cr 

Directed
study, under the guidance of a faculty advisor,
of a topic from the field of Mechanical Engineering
not offered in a regularly scheduled course. Prerequisite:
Consent of instructor. 

ME 594 
Projects
in Mechanical Engineering 
13 cr 

May
be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approved
proposal and consent of director of engineering
graduate studies. Fee. 


Thesis
research may be taken more than once. Prerequisite:
Approved prospectus. Fee. 




