Technical Electives Course Descriptions

ENME 400: Machine Design
Uses and limitations of finite element analysis, analysis of machine components: straight and curved beams, gears, shafts, plates, shells, bolts, screws, and flanges. 3 credits.

ENME 408: Selected Topics in Engineering Design: Automotive Design
Prerequisite: An ability/desire to analyze and solve open ended engineering design problems. No prior automotive experience is required, but it is helpful. 3 credits.

ENME 410: Design Optimization
Introduction to design optimization. Step by step design optimization techniques. Design optimization concepts and solution techniques . Solution evaluation and tradeoff exploration. 3 credits.

ENME 414: Computer Aided Design
Prerequisite: MATH 241 or equivalent. Introduction to computer graphics. Plotting and drawing with computer software. Principles of writing interactive software. The applications of computer graphics in computer aided design. Computer aided design projects. 3 credits.

ENME 423: Modern Climate Control and Building Energy Design/Analysis
Prerequisite: ENME 232. Corequisite: ENME 332. Fundamentals and design calculations of heat and moisture transfer in buildings; evaluation of cooling, heating and power requirements of buildings.; building energy consumption simulations, use of alternative energy and energy conservation measures in buildings; fundamentals of fans/pumps and air/water distribution in buildings; introduction to refrigeration and energy systems for data centers and other mission-critical facilities. 3 credits.

ENME 426: Production Management
Manufacturing system design and control problems. Manufacturing strategy. Just-in-time manufacturing. Facility layout and location, production planning, capacity planning, material requirements planning, inventory control, shop floor control, project scheduling. 3 credits.

ENME 430: Fundamentals of Nuclear Reactor Engineering
Prerequisites: MATH 246 and permission of department. Fundamental aspects of nuclear physics and nuclear engineering, including nuclear interactions; various types of radiation and their effects on materials and humans; and basic reactor physics topics, including simplified theory of reactor critically. 3 credits.

ENME 431: Nuclear Reactor Systems and Safety
Prerequisites: ENME 430 & MATH 246; and permission of department. This course covers engineering, material and thermal aspects of light water reactors, fast reactors, high temperature gas reactors, heavy water moderated reactors, breeder reactors, advanced reactors including GEN IV designs.  The course also reviews the evolution of light water reactor safety and regulation in the United States that has culminated in the current body of regulations.  It will discuss concepts such as the defense-in-depth, reasonable assurance, single failure criterion, safety margins, safety goals, and risk-informed and performance-based regulatory paradigms. 3 credits.

ENME 432: Nuclear Technology Laboratory
This course will have students do actual experiments in nuclear interactions, dosimetry, shielding, activation, and measurement of nuclear material properties.  The course includes some practical hands-on use of the University's 250 kW TRIGA nuclear reactor. 3 credits.

ENME 442: Information Security
The materials presented are divided into three major components: overview, detailed concepts and implementation techniques. The topics to be covered are: general security concerns and concepts from both a technical and management point of view, principles of security, architectures, access control and multi-level security, trojan horses, covert channels, trap doors, hardware security mechanism, security models, security kernels, formal specifications and verification, networks and distribution systems and risk analysis.

ENME 454: Vehicle Dynamics
Prerequisite: A passionate desire to understand why your vehicle handles the way it does. Corequisite: ENME 361. This course will cover basic handling and performance issues for light duty vehicles and trucks. 3 credits.

ENME 461: Control Systems Laboratory
Prerequisites: ENME 351 & ENME 361.This laboratory course gives students a hands-on introduction to the control of networked and distributed systems. The course is designed to bring students in contact with aspects of feedback control, control over networks and distributed control. Students will build, test and use computer-controlled and distributed systems. 2 credits.

ENME 464: Cost of Analysis for Engineers
Prerequisite: ENME392; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Mechanical Engineering department.
An introduction to the financial and cost analysis aspects of product engineering. Introduces key elements of traditional engineering economics including interest, present worth, depreciation, taxes, inflation, financial statement analysis, and return on investment. Provides an introduction to cost modeling as it applies to product manufacturing and support. Cost modeling topics will include: manufacturing cost analysis, life-cycle cost modeling (reliability and warranty), and cost of ownership.

ENME 465: Fracture Mechanics
An examination of the concept of failure in members with pre-existing flaws. Primary emphasis will be placed on acquiring a physical understanding of linear elastic and elastic-plastic fracture mechanics, and the application of those concepts to design and assessment of structures. Failure of structural components will be examined from both the mechanics and microstructural points of view. 3 credits.

ENME 466: Lean Six Sigma
Prerequisites: BMGT 230, ENME 392, STAT 400 or equivalent.This course intends to provide in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and its Define - Measure - Analyze - Improve - Control (DMAIC) Breakthrough Improvement Strategy. The emphasis is placed on the DMAIC process which is reinforced via application of semester long corporate projects and case study analysis. 3 credits.

ENME467: Engineering for Social Change
Critical analysis of issues at the intersection of engineering, philanthropy and social change. How engineering design, products and processes have impacted social change in the past and will do so in the future. Topics covered include energy, sustainability and climate change, autonomy, the digital future, low cost engineering, manufacturing, ethics and the impact of electronics on society. Faculty and external experts will engage with students on these topics. Students will award a significant amount of grant money to an organization involved in technology for social change. Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Mechanical Engineering department; and junior standing or higher. 3 credits.

ENME 470: Finite Element Analysis
Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of the department. Basic concepts of the theory of the finite element method. Applications in solid mechanics and heat transfer. 3 credits.

ENME 473: Mechanical Design of Electronic Systems
Prerequisites: ENME 310, ENME360, and ENME 321. Design considerations in the packaging of electronic systems. Production of circuit boards and design of electronic assemblies. Vibration, shock, fatigue and thermal considerations. Delivered via ITV. 3 credits.

ENME 474: Design in Electronic Product Development
Prerequisite: ENME 473. Merges technology, analysis, and design concepts into a single focused activity that results in the completed design of an electronic product. A set of product requirements are obtained from an industry partner, the the students create a specification for the product, iterate the specifications with the industry partner, then design and analyze the product. 3 credits.

ENME 476: Mircoelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) I
Prerequisite: Senior standing. Fundamentals of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Introduction to transducers and markets. MEMS fabrication processes and materials, including bulk micromachining, wet etching, dry etching, surface micromachining, sacrificial layers, film deposition, bonding, and non-traditional micromachining. Introduction to the relevant solid state physics, including crystal lattices, band structure, semiconductors, and doping. The laboratory covers safety, photolithography, profilometry, wet etching. 3 credits.

ENME 477: Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) II
Prerequisite: ENME 476/808K. This is part 2 of 476. The 2-semester course covers the fundamental basis of MEMS and microsystems technology. This is a broad course that provides a classroom overview as well as a laboratory component. 3 credits.

ENME 482 - Lab On-a-chip Microsystems
Restriction: Senior standing; and permission of ENGR-Mechanical Engineering department. Credit only granted for: ENME489E, ENME808E. Formerly: ENME489E.
Fundamentals and application of lab-on-a-chip and microfluidic technologies. A broad view of the field of microfluidics, knowledge of relevant fabrication methods and analysis techniques, and an understanding of the coupled multi-domain phenomena that dominate the physics in these systems.

ENME 488: Special Problems
Prerequisite: Permission of department chairman. Advanced problems in mechanical engineering with special emphasis on mathematical and experimental methods. 3 credits.

ENME 489A: Air Pollution
Prerequisites: ENME 232 and ENME 331. The course is intended to give students an understanding of air pollution, its sources (internal combustion engines, power generation and industrial emissions) and how it can be controlled. 3 credits.

ENME 489C: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Medical Robots
3 credits.

ENME 489E: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Design for Sustainability
3 credits.

ENME 489G Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Proceesing of Materials in Manufacturing
3 credits.

ENME 489I: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Computational Dynamics
Prerequisites: ENES221, ENME271, ENME331, and permission of department. 3 credits.

ENME 489K: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Renewable Energy
Prerequisites: ENES232 and ENME331. This course will provide students with the fundamentals, design tools, and state-of-the-art alternative energy technologies. 3 credits.

ENME 489L: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Biologically Inspired Robots
This course will consist of 3 main parts: Fundamentals of traditional robotic manipulators, fundamentals of biologically inspired robotics, and design and fabrication of biologically inspired robots. 3 credits.

ENME 489M: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Manufacturing Automation
3 credits.

ENME489N: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Residential and Industrial Energy Audit
Prerequisite: ENES232, ENME331, and permission of department. Trends in energy resources and technologies, followed by energy audit/analysis of both residential and commercial facilities. Energy accounting procedures for electrical, mechanical and HVAC systems and respective life-cycle cost analysis. Students will gain hands on experience conducting energy audit, as well get introduced to annual energy consumption/ analysis simulation tools. 3 Credits.

ENME 489P: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Internal Combustion Engines
Prerequisites: ENES 232, ENME 331, and permission of department. Co-requisite: ENME332. 3 credits.

ENME 489Q: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Managing for Innovation and Quality
Prerequisites: ENES 371. Product development and total quality management. 3 credits.

ENME 489R: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Fiber Optics
This course will serve as an introduction to basic concepts pertinent to the field of fiber optics and development of fiber optic sensor systems. The course will be structured in two parts, with the first part addressing the fundamentals of fiber optics and the second part addressing construction of fiber optic sensor systems. 3 credits.

ENME 489T: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Nuclear Reactor Design
Prerequisites: ENME 430 and MATH 246.
The major objective of ENME 489T is to have the student understand the fundamental concepts of nuclear reactor design in addition to the fundamental nuclear reactor physics concepts learned in ENME 430. 3 credits.

ENME 489W: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Pollution and Waste Technology
This course is designed to give students an understanding of thermal destruction, incineration, and combustion of solid wastes and the associated problem of air pollution from these sources. Emphasis is on solid wastes, current practice for the design of thermal destruction systems and future challenges for the design of advanced thermal destruction systems as well as the associated problem of environmental pollution. 3 credits.

ENME 489Y: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Deformable Bodies
Failure mechanisms for solids made of metals, ceramics, and polymers are considered with their mathematical and design models. Plasticity models describe the load induced permanent deformation of metals. The indentation hardness tests are related to plasticity. The fracture, fatigue, and creep modes of failure analysis seeks to explain the mechanism, the use in design and their interrelation. 3 credits.

ENME 489Z: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Advanced Strength of Materials
Prerequisite: permission of department. Develops the concepts of stress and strain in three dimensions for design analysis. Material behavior is accounted for in the constitutive modeling of solids including metals, ceramics, and composites by generalized Hooke's law, nonlinear elastomers such as rubber or soft biological tissue by nonlinear elasticity and polymers by viscoelasticity. Linear elasticity is developed and applied to curved beams, torsion of a rod, pressurized thick-walled cylinders, etc. Equilibrium deformation analysis by energy methods (the foundation of the finite element method) is developed and applied to plates, etc. 3 credits.

ENRE 447: Reliability of Materials: Fundamentals of Failure Mechanisms
Advanced failure mechanisms in reliability engineering will be taught from a basic materials and defects point of view.  The methods of predicting the physics of failure of devices, materials, components and systems are reviewed.  The main emphasis will be given to basic degradation mechanisms through understanding the physics, chemistry, and mechanics of such mechanisms.  Mechanical failures are introduced through understanding fatigue, creep and yielding in materials, devices and components.  The principles of cumulative damage and mechanical yielding theory are taught.  The concepts of reliability growth, accelerated life testing, environmental testing are introduced.