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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Chair

Alexander J. Smits

Departmental Representative

Michael G. Littman

Director of Graduate Studies

N. Jeremy Kasdin

Professor

Garry L. Brown

Emily A. Carter, also Applied and Computational Mathematics

Edgar Y. Choueiri

Frederick L. Dryer

Philip J. Holmes

N. Jeremy Kasdin

Chung K. Law

Naomi E. Leonard

Michael G. Littman

Richard B. Miles

Alexander J. Smits

Winston O. Soboyejo

Robert H. Socolow

Robert F. Stengel

Howard A. Stone

Szymon Suckewer

Associate Professor

Craig B. Arnold

Yiguang Ju

Luigi Martinelli

Daniel M. Nosenchuck

Clarence W. Rowley

Assistant Professor

Alexander Glaser, also Woodrow Wilson School

Mikko P. Haataja

Michael C. McAlpine

Lecturer with Rank of Professor

Marlan O. Scully

Associated Faculty

Ilhan Aksay, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Nathaniel Fisch, Astrophysical Sciences

Jean-Hervé Prévost, Civil and Environmental Engineering

George W. Scherer, Civil and Environmental Engineering

David N. Spergel, Astrophysical Sciences

Salvatore Torquato, Chemistry


Information and Departmental Plan of Study

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering recognizes that students may have a variety of career objectives. Some may intend to enter industry directly in an engineering capacity or to continue studies in graduate school in engineering or applied science. Others may wish to take an engineering program in preparation for careers in business, law, or medicine. The department offers sufficient flexibility to students planning an undergraduate program that meets any of these objectives and builds a foundation of engineering disciplines and associated problem-solving skills. The disciplines of solid and fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, dynamics, control systems, materials, and applied mathematics, combined with the experience of engineering design, are the core of the department's curriculum. Both the mechanical and aerospace engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone (410) 347-7700.

General Requirements

Requirements for study in the department follow the general requirements for the School of Engineering and Applied Science. In addition, the following four courses and one laboratory are normally completed by departmental students before entry into the junior year.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

206 Introduction to Engineering Dynamics
221 Thermodynamics
222 Mechanics of Fluids
223 Modern Solid Mechanics
224 Integrated Engineering Science Laboratory

All of the above can be satisfied by equivalent courses. For example, students with an interest in structures may take CEE 205 Mechanics of Solids in place of MAE 223; and students with an interest in engineering physics may take PHY 205 Classical Mechanics or PHY 207 Mechanics and Waves in place of MAE 206.

Each departmental student will learn practical electronics in the MAE 224 laboratory. 

Departmental Requirements

In order to qualify for graduation each departmental student must satisfactorily complete the following:

I. Two upper-level courses involving applications of mathematics

A. One of these must be a course in ordinary differential equations: MAE 305 Mathematics in Engineering I

B. The other must be a course in matrix analysis and finite-element methods: MAE 325 Structural Analysis and Introduction to Finite-Element Methods (see CEE 361)

II. Eight upper-level departmental courses

A. Among these are engineering science courses selected from the following list:

Dynamics and Control

331 Aircraft Flight Dynamics
341 Space Flight
433 Automatic Control Systems
434 Modern Control

Fluid Mechanics/Thermal Sciences

328 Energy for a Greenhouse-Constrained World
335 Fluid Dynamics
336-552 Viscous Flows--Viscous Flows and Boundary Layers
423 Heat Transfer
426 Rocket and Air-Breathing Propulsion Technology
427 Energy Conversion and the Environment: Transportation Applications

Materials/Structures

324 Structure and Properties of Materials
334 Materials Selection and Design
MSE 301 Materials Science and Engineering
CEE 362 Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering

B. A minimum of three courses must be in the area of engineering design. At least two of these must be selected from the following list:

321 Engineering Design (required for all students)
322 Mechanical Design (required for mechanical engineering or 412)
332 Aircraft Design (required for aerospace engineering or 342)
342 Space System Design (required for aerospace engineering or 332)
412 Microprocessors for Measurement and Control (required for mechanical engineering or 322)

III. All students are required to participate in a self-directed research or engineering project. (See Independent Work below.) 

The remainder of the 36 courses required for the B.S.E. may be chosen from a wide variety of options. At least seven of these must be in the humanities or social sciences, as required by the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The rest of the courses may be used to pursue a specialty within the department, combine studies with another department, follow one of the topical program curricula, or further expand studies within the humanities or social sciences.

Each student's program is planned individually in consultation with the class adviser. Suggested plans of study for each of the programs in the department are available from the departmental representative.

Program of Study

The department offers two programs of study: mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering. These programs draw on courses in the underlying fundamental sciences and mathematics during the first year, which lead to broad introductory engineering science courses during the second year, where students are introduced to the creative application of this knowledge to the solution of technical problems. Aspects of engineering design, the process of devising a system to meet a need, are introduced to the student through laboratories in the second year and continue through the upperclass years. During the third year all students take a two-semester design sequence as well as further engineering science courses dealing with analysis and application in the areas of energy sources and power systems, structures, aerodynamics and flow systems, and the dynamics of machines and their control. The introduction of design during the third year combined with further depth in engineering science, enables students to undertake realistic design projects during their senior year. The programs are designed to prepare the graduate for an engineering career and give him or her the ability to continue to grow professionally.

Mechanical Engineering. This program deals with the analysis and design of machines, their motion, power sources, and control. The curriculum is based on dynamics, thermodynamics, and the study of the structure and behavior of fluid and solid materials; it is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone (410) 347-7700. Students are exposed to the process of engineering design through 321 Engineering Design, 322 Mechanical Design, or 412 Microprocessors for Measurement and Control, and one additional design elective.

All mechanical engineering students must take:

423 Heat Transfer or 335 Fluid Dynamics and
433 Automatic Control Systems
and a mathematics elective normally selected from the following list:

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

306 Mathematics in Engineering II

Operations Research and Financial Engineering

245 Fundamentals of Engineering Statistics
307 Optimization
309 Probability and Stochastic Systems

Mathematics

304 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
305 Mathematical Programming
306 Introduction to Graph Theory
317 Complex Analysis with Applications

Computer Science

309 Fundamentals of Scientific Computing
340 Reasoning about Computation

The dynamics and design option is recommended for students desiring an emphasis on the study of the motion and control of vehicles and machines. The departmental requirements (II. A. above) are normally satisfied by:

331 Aircraft Flight Dynamics
341 Space Flight
344 Introduction to Bioengineering and Medical Devices
345 Robotics and Intelligent Systems
423 Heat Transfer
434 Modern Control

The energy sciences option is recommended for students desiring an emphasis on power sources. The departmental requirements (II. A. above) are normally satisfied by:

328 Energy for a Greenhouse-Constrained World
423 Heat Transfer
426 Rocket and Air-Breathing Propulsion Technology
427 Energy Conversion and the Environment: Transportation Applications
434 Modern Control

In either case, in order to satisfy the departmental requirement for upper-level courses, at least one is to be selected from each of the three stems (Dynamics and Control; Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences; and Materials/Structures).

Aerospace Engineering. This program deals with the analysis and design of aerospace vehicles. The curriculum is based on the applications of principles from dynamics, control, thermodynamics, and fluid and solid mechanics; it is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone (410) 347-7700. Part of the departmental design requirement (II. B. above) is satisfied by 321 Engineering Design and 332 Aircraft Design or 342 Space System Design.

The departmental requirements (II. A. above) are normally satisfied by:

331 Aircraft Flight Dynamics or 341 Space Flight
335 Fluid Dynamics
427 Energy Conversion and the Environment: Transportation Applications
433 Automatic Control Systems 

Independent Work

At least one semester of independent work as applied science research or an engineering project is required. This may be satisfied by a semester of independent work (339 or 340). If approved by the departmental representative, an independent work project may satisfy a portion of the design requirement II.B. (339D, 340D). 339 and 339D are offered in the fall, and 340 and 340D are offered in the spring. A year-long senior project (440) or senior thesis (442) or senior project with design (440D) or senior thesis with design (442D) also meets this requirement. Students are strongly encouraged to select the year-long project or thesis option. Senior projects are intended for teams or groups while the senior thesis is intended for individuals. For the senior project or thesis, one final grade is issued in the spring.

Preparation for Graduate Study

Students who are considering graduate work in applied science may elect the engineering physics option by combining the engineering courses in the department with the requirements of the interdepartmental engineering physics program.

Program in Sustainable Energy. This program provides an understanding of Earth, global climate, and environmental change from the perspective of engineering, technology, and policy. The future of societies, the global economy, and the global environment depend on collaborative research into renewable energy, alternative fuels, advanced energy conversion and storage systems, technology transfer to developing countries, and prudent judgment on policies to support sustainable energy technology. Innovations and inventions require multidisciplinary approaches and entrepreneurship, as well as grounding in theory and practice, in topics that are not covered by a single department. This certificate program offers an integrated set of core and elective courses, introducing students to fundamental concepts, providing depth in specific fields of interest, gaining laboratory and site visit experiences, and setting the stage for further work in the field. See the Program in Sustainable Energy entry or view program information online.

Program in Engineering Physics. Students with a strong interest in applied science may combine their studies in the department with courses in physics through the interdepartmental Program in Engineering Physics. Many of the requirements of that program may be applied toward the fulfillment of the departmental requirements. For example, PHY 205 or PHY 207 may be substituted for MAE 206 Introduction to Engineering Dynamics. The program's mathematics requirement is identical to that of mechanical engineering. Aerospace engineers will need a second 300- or 400-level mathematics course.

Program in Robotics and Intelligent Systems. Robotics and intelligent systems have become focal points for research and development, and they are central to advances in manufacturing technology. New approaches for analysis, design, and synthesis of systems are being developed using symbolic representation of knowledge, electronic neural networks, and parallel supercomputers. Students have an opportunity to learn the theory and practice of automation and to pursue independent study projects in related areas. The mechanical and aerospace engineering department offers a number of courses in this area and is preparing a new generation of engineers in robotics and intelligent systems. For more information, see the Program in Robotics and Intelligent Systems entry or view program information online.

Program in Materials Science and Engineering. The materials concentration in mechanical engineering is designed to provide a coherent understanding of the structure, properties, and performance of materials from a mechanics and materials perspective. The materials concentration will provide a foundation in basic and applied science, as well as an introduction to the design and applications of materials. Students are given the opportunity to specialize in areas such as structural materials, biological materials, micro- and nanotechnology, and material modeling and simulations. This can be achieved by taking a sequence of electives drawn from different departments, and also by engaging in a materials-related senior thesis topic designed to facilitate the specializations. This course of study will prepare students for graduate education in a wide range of areas, or the beginning of a professional career in materials engineering. Students electing this concentration will receive a degree in mechanical engineering. Students are encouraged to simultaneously participate in the Program in Materials Science and Engineering. All students in this concentration normally take:

MAE 324 Structure and Properties of Materials
MSE 302 Laboratory Techniques in Materials Science
MAE 325 Structural Analysis and Finite-Element Methods
MAE 344 Introduction to Bioengineering and Biomedical Devices

Other Programs. Students in mechanical and aerospace engineering with an interest in applied statistics or operational research, in addition to their departmental studies, may wish to follow the Program in Engineering and Management Systems. Students may also wish to pursue the Program in Engineering Biology or the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics. Some of the program courses may also satisfy departmental requirements.

Energy and Environmental Studies. Students with an interest in energy conversion and the generation and control of environmental pollutants normally take:

328 Energy for a Greenhouse-Constrained World
423 Heat Transfer
427 Energy Conversion and the Environment: Transportation Applications

See also the Program in Environmental Studies.


Courses


MAE 102A Engineering in the Modern World (see CEE 102A)

MAE 102B Engineering in the Modern World (see CEE 102B)

MAE 206 Introduction to Engineering Dynamics   Spring QR

Formulation and solution of equations governing the dynamic behavior of engineering systems. Fundamental principles of Newtonian mechanics. Kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies. Motion relative to moving reference frames. Impulse-momentum and work-energy relations. Free and forced vibrations of mechanical systems. Introduction to dynamic analysis of electromechanical and fluid devices and systems. Two lectures, one laboratory. Prerequisites: MAT 201, PHY 103, and MAE 223 or CEE 205. N. Kasdin

MAE 221 Thermodynamics   Fall ST

Heat and work in physical systems. Concepts of energy conversion and entropy, primarily from a macroscopic viewpoint. Applications to engines, heat pumps, refrigeration, and air-conditioning systems. In the laboratory students will carry out experiments in the fields of analog electronics and thermodynamics. For MAE concentrators only, a combined final laboratory grade will be issued in the spring laboratory course 224, which includes the laboratory work of both 221 and 224. Three lectures, one class, and one three-hour laboratory. Prerequisites: PHY 103 and MAT 201, which may be taken concurrently. R. Miles

MAE 222 Mechanics of Fluids (also CEE 208)   Spring

Introduction to the physical and analytical description of phenomena associated with the flow of fluids. Topics include the principles of conservation of mass, momentum, and energy; lift and drag; open channel flow; dynamic similitude; laminar and turbulent flow. Three lectures, one preceptorial. Prerequisites: MAT 104 and 202; MAT 202 may be taken concurrently. A. Smits

MAE 223 Modern Solid Mechanics (also CEE 323)   Fall

Fundamental principles of solid mechanics: equilibrium equations, reactions, internal forces, stress, strain, Hooke's law, torsion, beam bending and deflection, and deformation in simple structures. Integrates aspects of solid mechanics with applications to mechanical and aerospace structures (engines and wings), and microelectronic and biomedical devices (thin films). Topics include stress concentration, fracture, plasticity, fatigue, visco-elasticity and thermal expansion. The course synthesizes descriptive observations, mathematical theories, and engineering consequences. Two 90-minute lectures. Prerequisites: MAT 104, and PHY 103. M. Haataja

MAE 224 Integrated Engineering Science Laboratory   Spring ST

Core laboratory course for concentrators, who carry out experiments in the fields of digital electronics, fluid mechanics, and dynamics. Students also complete an independent research project. Continuation of the laboratory component of 221; a combined final grade will be issued based upon laboratory work in both 221 and 224. Prerequisite: 221 Typically taken concurrently with 222. One three-hour laboratory, one class. Staff

MAE 228 Energy Solutions for the Next Century (also EGR 228/CBE 228)   Fall

Addresses issues of regional and global energy demands, including sources, carriers, storage, current and future technologies, costs for energy conversion, and their impact on climate and the environment. Also focuses on emissions and regulations for transportation. Students will perform cost-efficiency and environmental impact analyses from source to end-user on both fossil fuels and alternative energy sources. Designed for both engineering and non-engineering concentrators. Two 90-minute lectures, one preceptorial. Y. Ju, J. Benziger

MAE 305 Mathematics in Engineering I (also MAT 301/EGR 305)   Fall, Spring QR

An introduction to ordinary differential equations. Use of numerical methods. Equations of a single variable and systems of linear equations. Method of undermined coefficients and method of variation of parameters. Series solutions. Use of eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Laplace transforms. Nonlinear equations and stability; phase portraits. Partial differential equations via separation of variables. Sturm-Liouville theory. Three lectures. Prerequisites: MAT 201 or 203, and MAT 202 or 204, or MAE 303. M. Kostin, H. Stone

MAE 306 Mathematics in Engineering II (also MAT 302)   Spring

Solution of partial differential equations. Complex variable methods. Characteristics, orthogonal functions, and integral transforms. Cauchy-Riemann conditions and analytic functions, mapping, the Cauchy integral theorem, and the method of residues with application to inversion of transforms. Applications to diffusion, wave and Laplace equations in fluid mechanics and electrostatics. Three lectures, one preceptorial. Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent. M. McAlpine

MAE 321 Engineering Design   Fall

Focus on design processes and procedures using modern engineering tools. Parametric design techniques are introduced in the computer-design laboratory along with simulation tools. Instruction in basic and computer-based manufacturing methods is given in the manufacturing laboratory. Teams of students conduct projects that involve the complete design cycle from concept and first principles through optimization, prototype, and test. Two lectures, one laboratory. Prerequisites: 206, 221, 222, and 223 or CEE 205, or instructor's permission. W. Soboyejo

MAE 322 Mechanical Design   Spring

This course builds on the technical foundation established in 321, and extends the scope to include a range of advanced mechanical design. Teams of students will design and fabricate a wheeled robotic system that will draw upon multidisciplinary engineering elements. The robot will facilitate common daily tasks which vary each year. CAD, CAE, and CAM will be utilized in the design/simulation/prototype process. Labs are designed to reinforce and expand CAD and CAE skills. Two 90-minute lectures, one laboratory. Prerequisites: 321 or instructor's permission. D. Nosenchuck

MAE 324 Structure and Properties of Materials   Fall

An introduction to the properties of engineering materials that emphasizes the correlation between atomic and microscopic structure and the macroscopic properties of the materials. Topics include structural, mechanical, thermodynamic, and design-related issues important to engineering applications. Three lectures, one preceptorial. C. Arnold

MAE 325 Matrix Structural Analysis and Introduction to Finite-Element Methods (see CEE 361)

MAE 328 Energy for a Greenhouse-Constrained World (also EGR 328/ENV 328)   Spring

This course addresses, in technical detail, the challenge of changing the future global energy system to accommodate constraints on the atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration. Energy production strategies are emphasized, including renewable energy, nuclear fission and fusion, the capture and storage of fossil-fuel carbon, and hydrogen and low-carbon fuels. Efficient energy use is also considered, as well as intersections of energy with economic development, international security, local environmental quality, and human behavior and values. Two 90-minute lectures. R. Socolow

MAE 331 Aircraft Flight Dynamics   Fall

Introduction to the performance, stability, and control of aircraft. Fundamentals of configuration aerodynamics. Methods for analyzing the dynamics of physical systems. Characterization of modes of motion and desirable flying qualities. Two 90-minute lectures. Prerequisites: 206 and 222. R. Stengel

MAE 332 Aircraft Design   Spring

Building on strength of materials and calculus, this course integrates physical laws to analyze stress and displacement fields in structures. The course introduces basic concepts and equations in three dimensions and then applies them to aircraft structures. Phenomena to be discussed include elastic anisotropy, bending, buckling, fracture, and fatigue. The course is important for anyone interested in structured design. Two 90-minute lectures. Prerequisites: 335 or instructor's permission. L. Martinelli

MAE 334 Materials Selection and Design   Not offered this year

Introduction to the basic principles involved in the selection and design of engineering materials and structures. Review of the role of materials in the design process, engineering materials, and relevant mechanics. Materials selection and design involving considerations of shape, weight, processing, cost, and aesthetics. Framework for failure analysis, design of balanced properties, and performance. Prerequisite: 223 or CEE 205, or instructor's permission. Three lectures. W. Soboyejo

MAE 335 Fluid Dynamics   Fall

Low-speed incompressible potential flow theory and high speed compressible flows. Low-speed topics include circulation, vorticity, d'Alembert's paradox, potential flows, and finite wing theory. High-speed topics include speed of sound, nozzles, shock waves, expansion waves, and effects of heat addition and friction. Three lectures, one preceptorial. Prerequisites: 221, 222 or instructor's permission. L. Martinelli

MAE 336 Viscous Flows   Not offered this year

Viscous flow with main emphasis on boundary layer theory and CFD methods. Derivation of Navier-Stokes equations, the boundary layer approximations and boundary conditions. Introduction to computational methods for fluid flow. Studies of typical laminar boundary layers, the transition problem, semi-empirical analysis of turbulent boundary layers, and convective heat transfer. Three lectures. Prerequisites: 221, 222 or instructor's permission. Staff

MAE 339 Independent Work   Fall

Independent work is intended for juniors or seniors doing only a one-term project. Students develop a topic of their own or select from a list of topics prepared by the faculty. They develop a work plan and select an adviser and are assigned a second reader. At the end of the term, students submit a written report and make a presentation to faculty, staff, fellow students, and guests. Enroll in either 339 for fall or 340 for spring. L. Martinelli

MAE 339D Independent Work with Design   Fall

Independent work with design is intended for juniors or seniors doing only a one-term project. Similar to 339, with the principal difference that the project must incorporate aspects and principles of design in a system, product, vehicle, device, apparatus, or other design element. At the end of the term, students submit a written report and make a presentation to faculty, staff, fellow students, and guests. Enroll in 339D for fall, or 340D for spring. L. Martinelli

MAE 340 Independent Work   Spring

Independent work is intended for juniors or seniors doing only a one-term project. Students develop a topic of their own or select from a list of topics prepared by the faculty. They develop a work plan and select an adviser and are assigned a second reader. At the end of the term, students submit a written report and make a presentation to faculty, staff, fellow students, and guests. Enroll in either 339 for fall or 340 for spring. L. Martinelli

MAE 340D Independent Work with Design   Spring

Independent work with design is intended for juniors or seniors doing only a one-term project. Similar to 340, with the principal difference that the project must incorporate aspects and principles of design in a system, product, vehicle, device, apparatus, or other design element. At the end of the term, students submit a written report and make a presentation to faculty, staff, fellow students, and guests. Enroll in 339D for fall, or 340D for spring. L. Martinelli

MAE 341 Space Flight   Not offered this year

This course addresses the various concepts that form the basis of modern space flight and astronautics. The focus is on space flight analysis and planning and not hardware or spacecraft design. The topics include space flight history, orbital mechanics, orbit perturbations, near-Earth and interplanetary mission analysis, orbit determination and satellite tracking, spacecraft maneuvers and attitude control, launch, and entry dynamics. Use of advanced software for the planning and analysis of space missions. Two 90-minute lectures. Prerequisite: 305 or instructor's permission. E. Choueiri

MAE 342 Space System Design   Not offered this year

This course examines the design of a modern spacecraft or complex space system, including the space environment and its impact on design. The principles and design aspects of the structure, propulsion, power, thermal, communication, and attitude subsystems are studied. The course also introduces systems engineering, project management, manufacturing and test, mission operations, mission design, and space policy. Acting as a single project team, students will design a satellite or space system from conception to critical design review. Two 90-minute lectures. Prerequisite: 305; 341 recommended, or instructor's permission. N. Kasdin, E. Choueiri

MAE 344 Introduction to Bioengineering and Medical Devices   Spring

The fundamental concepts required for the design and function of implantable medical devices, including basic applications of materials, solid mechanics and fluid mechanics to bone/implant systems. The course examines the interfaces between cells and the surfaces of synthetic biomaterials that are used in orthopedic and dental applications. Prerequisites: MAT 103 and 104, and PHY 103 and 104. Two 90-minute lectures. W. Soboyejo

MAE 345 Robotics and Intelligent Systems   Not offered this year

This course provides students with a working knowledge of methods for design and analysis of robotic and intelligent systems. Particular attention is given to modeling dynamic systems, measuring and controlling their behavior, and making decisions about future courses of action. Topics include system modeling and control, principles of decisionmaking, Monte Carlo evaluation, genetic algorithms, simulated annealing, neural networks, and expert systems. Prerequisites: MAT 202 or 204, and COS 111 or COS 126 or ORF 201. A.B. students must have met ST requirement; B.S.E. students must have met freshman science requirement. Two 90-minute lectures. R. Stengel

MAE 412 Microprocessors for Measurement and Control   Fall

Introduction to microcontroller applications. A laboratory course dealing with the design and construction of self-contained computer-based electronics projects. Major topics include a review of digital and linear electronics, an introduction to microcomputer architecture and assembly language programming, device interfacing, and system design. Two lectures, two two-hour laboratories. Prerequisite: 221 and 224, or equivalent. M. Littman

MAE 423 Heat Transfer   Fall

Covers the fundamentals of heat transfer and applications to practical problems in energy conversion and conservation, electronics, and biological systems. Emphasis will be on developing a physical and analytical understanding of conductive, convective, and radiative heat transfer, as well as design of heat exchangers and heat transfer systems involving phase change in process and energy applications. Students will develop an ability to apply governing principles and physical intuition to solve multi-mode heat transfer problems. Three lectures, one preceptorial. F. Dryer

MAE 425 Introduction to Physical Oceanography (see GEO 425)

MAE 426 Rocket and Air-Breathing Propulsion Technology   Spring

The study of principles, flight envelopes, and engine designs of rocket and ram/scramjet propulsion systems. Topics include jet propulsion theory, space mission maneuver, combustion control, and system components of chemical and non-chemical rockets (nuclear and electrical propulsion), gas turbine, ramjet, and scramjet engines. Characteristics, optimal flight envelopes, and technical challenges of combined propulsion systems will be analyzed. Prerequisites: 221 and 222. Three lectures. Y. Ju

MAE 427 Energy Conversion and the Environment: Transportation Applications   Spring

An overview of energy utilization in, and environmental impacts of, current and future propulsion systems for ground, air, and space propulsion applications. Introduces students to principles of advanced internal combustion, electric hybrid, and fuel cell energy conversion systems for ground transportation.Relevant thermodynamics, chemistry, fluid mechanics, and combustion fundamentals will be stressed. Performance properties of power plants, control of air pollutant emissions, and minimization of resource-to application carbon emissions will be explored.Three lectures, one preceptorial. Prerequisites: 221, 222, or instructor's permission. F. Dryer

MAE 433B Automatic Control Systems   Spring

Introduction to the analysis and design of automatic control systems. Mathematical models of mechanical and electrical feedback systems. Block diagram algebra. Accuracy, speed of response, and stability. Root locus, Bode, and Nyquist techniques. Introduction to digital control. Regulation, tracking, and compensation. Effects of nonlinearity, disturbance, and noise. Prerequisite: 305 or instructor's permission. Two 90-minute lectures. Laboratory mini-project. C. Rowley, M. Littman

MAE 434 Modern Control   Fall

Introduction to modern state-space methods for control system design and analysis. Application to multiple-input, multiple-output dynamical systems, including robotic systems and flexible structures. State-space representation of systems. Stability. Controllability and observability. State feedback control. Observers and output feedback control. Optimal control design methods. Three lectures. N. Leonard

MAE 435 Special Topics in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering   Not offered this year

Presentation of timely and advanced topics in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Subject matter will vary depending upon the interest of the faculty and students. Possible topics could include acoustics and noise, biomechanics, lasers, space propulsion, solar energy conversion. Three lectures. Staff

MAE 436 Special Topics in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering   Spring

Presentation of timely and advanced topics in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Subject matter will vary depending upon the interest of the faculty and students. Possible topics could include acoustics and noise, biomechanics, lasers, space propulsion, solar energy conversion. Staff

MAE 440 Senior Project   Spring

The senior project is a year-long independent study intended for students who choose to work in teams of two or more. Work begins in the fall, but enrollment is only in the spring term when a double grade is awarded. Groups develop their own topic or select a topic from a list of topics prepared by the faculty. Groups develop a work plan and select an adviser and are assigned a second reader for their work. A written progress report is expected at the end of the fall term. Groups submit a written final report and make an oral presentation to faculty, staff, fellow students, and guests at the end of the spring term. L. Martinelli

MAE 440D Senior Project with Design   Spring

Similar to 440 with the principal difference that the team or group project must incorporate aspects and principals of design, whether for a system, product, vehicle, device, software, or apparatus. The year-long senior project with design may be used to satisfy a portion of the department's design requirement. L. Martinelli

MAE 442 Senior Thesis   Spring

The senior thesis is an independent study for individual students. Work begins in the fall, but enrollment is only in the spring term when a double grade is awarded. Students develop their own topic or select one from a list prepared by the faculty. Students develop a work plan and select an adviser and are assigned a second reader for their work. A written progress report is expected at the end of the fall term. Students submit a written final report and make an oral presentation to faculty, staff, fellow students, and guests at the end of the spring term. L. Martinelli

MAE 442D Senior Thesis with Design   Spring

Similar to 442 with the principal difference that the thesis must incorporate aspects and principals of design, whether for a system, product, vehicle, device, software, or apparatus. The year-long senior thesis with design may be used to satisfy a portion of the department's design requirement. L. Martinelli

MAE 445 Entrepreneurial Engineering (also EGR 445)   Fall

Addresses the business, financial, and marketing components that lead to successful entrepreneurial ventures. Students engage directly in the process of identifying, creating, and exploiting entrepreneurial opportunities. Entrepreneurial design is introduced and developed. Working in small multidisciplinary teams, students identify, design, and prototype a highly marketable, consumer product. Classic and modern market analysis, manufacture and distribution are introduced along with business planning and finance. Open to AB and BSE students. Two 90-minute lectures D. Nosenchuck

MAE 456 Global Technology   Spring

An introduction to key ideas in science, technology, humanities, and social sciences relevant to global development. Highlights essential needs in the rural environment and considers how to develop environmentally friendly scientific and technological solutions to satisfy these needs. Also examines the potential role of global technology in the development of rural and urban areas within the developing world. Morning lectures will be followed by field activities and group projects. Enrollment is restricted to students participating in the Tropical Biology Program in Kenya. W. Soboyejo