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Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Courses

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All courses carry 3 credits unless otherwise specified.

532 Network Optimization
Introduction to use of network optimization in IE/OR. Algorithm design and analysis, including: shortest path problems, minimum spanning trees, matching, optimal assignment, maximum flow, the traveling salesman problem, the Chinese postman problem, others. Numerous engineering applications stressed throughout. Prerequisite: M&I-ENG 379 or equivalent.

562 Power Systems Design
Energy sources and power systems used by industry and utilities to produce electricity, mechanical power, process heating and cooling examined for energy efficiency and economic feasibility. Analysis and design of thermal systems and specific components considered. Prerequisites: M&I-ENG 340 and 354.

570 Solar Energy Conversion
Review of engineering principles of solar energy conversion including collection techniques, thermal and direct conversion, system performance prediction, and selected topics. Prerequisite: M&I-ENG 354.

573 Engineering of Windpower Systems
Engineering aspects of windpower systems including aerodynamic analysis, mechanical design, support structure design, wind field analysis, system concepts and analysis, and economics. Prerequisites: M&I-ENG 340.

574 Advanced Energy Conservation
An advanced course in building thermal-fluid systems and industrial process energy analysis. Detailed analysis utilizing computer simulation, economic analysis, and energy conservation. Prerequisites: M&I-ENG 340 and 354.

586/SOM 752 Quantitative Decision Making
Survey in operations research. Introduction to models and procedures for quantitative analyses of decision problems. Topics include linear programming and extensions, integer programming, dynamic programming, Markov processes, and queuing models. Required for IE/OR graduate students who lack operations research exposure. Prerequisites: MATH 235 or equivalent and prior or concurrent course in probability and statistics.

587 Industrial Psychology
Lecture, case studies. Problems created by human aspects in the industrial environment from the workplace through management. Topics such as selection, training and evaluation of employees, organizational factors of motivation, job satisfaction, effective leadership, and the structure of the organization, and design of the work environments as it affects productivity, safety, and individual worker satisfaction. Prerequisites: at least one prior course in the behavioral sciences and/or more than a year of management experience.

597B Mechanical Behavior of Polymers
The relation between structure and the mechanical behavior of polymeric materials, including the application of fracture mechanics concepts to failure mechanisms such as wear, fatigue, and environmental degradation.

601 Advanced Thermodynamics I
Review of classical thermodynamics and conventional energy conversion systems. Introduction to kinetic theory of gases, and statistical thermodynamics. Selected topics in chemical thermodynamics.

603 Advanced Numerical Analysis
Numerical methods of solving problems in engineering analysis. Topics include interpolation polynomials, numerical integration and differential equations, multiple regression and correlation, roots of equations and solution of simultaneous equations and numerical solution of partial differential equations. Prerequisites: undergraduate calculus and differential equations.

604 Computational Fluid Dynamics
Topics in solving the Navier-Stokes equations using modern computational methods, such as Marker-in Cell, collocated meshes, boundary fitted meshes with transformation, finite volume methods, and special numerical methods for compressible flow. Numerical techniques of adding numerical viscosity, shock capturing, and adaptive mesh resolution. Prerequisites: M&I-ENG 603 and 607 or equivalent.

605 Finite Element Analysis
The underlying mathematical theory behind the finite element method and its application to the solution of problems from solid mechanics. Includes a term project involving the application of the finite element method to a realistic and sufficiently complex engineering problem selected by the student and approved by the instructor; requires the use of a commercial finite element code. Strong background in linear algebra and calculus recommended.

607 Advanced Fluid Dynamics I
Fundamentals of fluid mechanics including kinematics, the stress tensor, and basic equations. Inviscid flow and wave motion, advanced control volume analysis, including non-inertial reference frames. One-dimensional gas dynamics, shock waves, rarefaction and acoustic waves. Prerequisite: M&I-ENG 340 or equivalent.

609 Mechanical Properties of Materials
Principles of mechanical behavior and failure of metals, polymers, and ceramics. Analysis of problems in design of structural materials that must meet certain strength and performance criteria. Emphasis on the engineering significance and use of various experimentally measured properties such as fatigue life, critical stress intensity factor, relaxation modulus, creep rupture life, and crack growth rate.

616 Engineering Design Optimization
Optimization in design. Methods of optimization; numerical and variational, linear and nonlinear. Advantages, disadvantages, restrictions, and use of various methods.

620 Linear Programming
Theory and application of linear programming. Includes formulation of linear programming models, simplex, revised simplex and dual simplex algorithms, duality, parametric procedures, interpretation of results, and the decomposition principle. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

642 Advanced Design of Feedback Systems
Advanced analysis and design of robust, linear, time-invariant feedback systems. Topics include frequency domain analysis, complex plane and Nichols charts, frequency domain stability criteria, design of classical lead/lag controllers, correlation between time response and frequency response, uncertainty descriptions, single-loop linear continuous-time systems, cascaded-loop linear continuous-time systems, multi-loop linear continuous-time systems, and discrete-time systems. Prerequisites: undergraduate control course and consent of instructor.

643 Mechatronic Systems Design
Mechatronics as the synergistic integration of mechanical design, electronics design, controls, and embedded programming throughout the product and process design, with the aim to optimize the final design output. Mechatronic product design, with a focus on integrating the various engineering disciplines into electromechanical systems. Students work in teams on mechatronic design projects using a microcontroller development system.

644 Applied Data Analysis and Modeling
The basics of data acquisition and analysis, pattern classification, system identification, neural network modeling, and fuzzy systems. Essential to students whose thesis projects involve experimentation and data analysis.

651 Advanced Production Planning and Control
Quantitative approach to modeling and analysis in inventory systems, aggregate planning, flexible manufacturing and flexible assembly, scheduling, sequencing and forecasting. Emphasis on computer-aided production planning techniques. Prerequisites: M&I-ENG 379, 477, and 520.

657 Human Factors Design Engineering
Emphasis on topics from engineering psychology and research in human performance. Lectures and readings from the literature explore current theories and research relevant to human performance. Prerequisite: M&I-ENG 460 or consent of instructor.

684 Stochastic Processes in Industrial Engineering I
Introduction to the theory of stochastic processes with emphasis on Markov chains, Poisson processes, markovian queues and networks, and computational techniques in Jackson networks. Applications include stochastic models of production systems, reliability and maintenance, and inventory control. Prerequisites: M&I-ENG 271, 520, or equivalent.

686 Decision Analysis
Decision problems involving the choice between alternatives when uncertainty is present. Emphasis on practical applications of this method, rather than on the more abstract theory. Topics include the structure of a decision analysis problem, the assessment of the decision-maker’s value structure.

688 Engineering Project
A research, design, or development project. Written preparation and oral defense of project proposal giving objectives, literature survey, and proposed plan. Written preparation and oral defense of final report giving results and conclusions. May be repeated for credit. Credit, 1-10.

697Q Logistics
A variety of issues that arise in the design and management of production/distribution systems, which typically consist of multiple plants, warehouses, and retailers or stores. Focus on the case of a sole owner with complete information whose objective is to minimize system-wide production, inventory, and transportation costs. Brief discussion of the case in which different firms own portions of the supply chain and the subsequent complications.

699 Master’s Thesis
Credit, 6-9.

701 Advanced Thermodynamics II
Theory of advanced, direct, and indirect energy conversion systems. Thermodynamic cycle optimization methods. Irreversible thermodynamics as applied to steady state energy conversion systems. Direct energy conversion systems include MHD, fuel cells, thermoelectric, thermionic, and other current systems. Prerequisite: M&I-ENG 601 or equivalent.

706 Advanced Heat Transfer II
Adanced topics in convective heat and mass transfer. Application to laminar and turbulent, internal and external convective heat and mass transfer problems such as evaporation, boiling, condensation, chemical reactions and radiation heat transfer effects. Prerequisites: M&I-ENG 606 and 607 or equivalent.

707 Advanced Fluid Dynamics II
Exact solutions to Navier-Stokes flow and laminar boundary layer flow. Introduction to transition and turbulent boundary layers, and turbulence modeling. Boundary layer stability analysis using pertubation methods. Prerequisite: M&I-ENG 607 or equivalent.

754 Engineering Economic Decision Making
Integrated treatment of elements of engineering economy, economics, accounting, and finance and operations research to provide a unified background for economic decision making. Prerequisite: background in economics, engineering, elementary probability theory, and undergraduate economics.

760 Advanced Mechanical Engineering System Design
The product realization process. Engineering design problem types. Critical review of the literature in engineering design theory and methodology. The guided iteration problem solving methodology—problem formulation, generation of alternatives, evaluation, and guided redesign—applied to conceptual, configuration, and parametric design problems. Term project to practice guided iteration methods and to introduce mechatronic systems.

794 Seminar
Presentation of current research activities and literature by faculty, graduate students, and outside visitors. Credit, 1 ea sem.

821 Turbulence
A unified development of the conservation laws governing turbulent flow, addressed to mechanical, aerospace, chemical, and civil engineers. Application to internal flows and atmospheric flows.

899 Doctoral Dissertation
Credit, 18.