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Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE)

*490. Special Topics (3)

  • Prerequisites: Senior standing in engineering and consent of instructor.
  • Selected topics from recent advances in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Content may vary from semester to semester.
  • May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. (Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).


  • Fundamentals of computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM). Creating, reading, and understanding databases for solid models. Assemblies and sub-assemblies. Design and analysis of mechanisms with linkages, gears, springs, dampers. Finite Element Modeling of parts, assemblies, and mechanisms. CAM, 3-axis milling, APT. Design optimization.
  • Not open for credit to students with credit in ME 405A. Letter grade only (A-F).

B. Robotics Principles

  • Major components of a robot and robotic applications. Translational, rotational motion and motion conversions. Modeling of mechanical systems and kinematic chains. Physical control elements, forces encountered, and sensors. Software and hardware consideratons, including robot programming. Robot design examples.
  • Not open for credit to students with credit in ME 405B. Letter grade only (A-F).

C. Environmental Engineering and Atmospheric Science

  • History, technology, control programs, and regulatory developments relating to combustion generated air pollution. Topics include: thermodynamics and kinetics of combustion, flame structures, particulate, unburned hydrocarbons, oxides of nitrogen and carbon, control technologies, atmospheric processes, ozone layers, and air pollutant dispersion models.
  • Not open for credit to students with credit in ME 405C. Letter grade only (A-F).

D. Hybrid Electrical Vehicles System Design

  • History, technology, and future of hybrid vehicles. Topics discussed include: advanced transportation and electric/hybrid vehicles. Group projects involve testing, manufacturing, and modeling of various components for hybrid vehicles. Effects of aerodynamic forces, ergonomics and economics on overall design of the vehicles are investigated.
  • Not open for credit to students with credit in ME 405D. Letter grade only (A-F).

E. HVAC Systems Design and Equipment

  • Prerequisites: MAE 330, CE 335.
  • Design of air conditioning systems, the design process, occupant comfort, load calculations, components and control, all air systems, air and water systems, and all water systems.
  • Not open for credit to students with credit in ME 405E. Letter grade only (A-F).

F. Petroleum Engineering

  • Prerequisites: Senior standing in engineering or science.
  • Overview of petroleum engineering operations, properties of petroleum reservoir rocks, single-phase and multiphase fluid-flow through porous media. Properties of reservoir fluids. Field trips.
  • (Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

G. Mechatronics

  • Prerequisites: EE 211, MATH 370A, and MAE 300; Upper-Division standing or consent of instructor.
  • This lab-based course introduces students to the basic elements of modern mechatronic systems which integrate mechanism, electronics, and computer control to achieve a functional system. Topics covered include: basic electronic components, motors, microcontrollers, D/A and A/D conversion, and motor control.
  • (Lecture-problems 2 hours, Laboratory 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).
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MAE Upper Division