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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

College of Engineering

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering - MAE Undergraduate Courses


101A. Introduction to Aerospace Engineering (1)

Role of various types of engineering specialties in the development of an actual aerospace vehicle product. Current social, ethical and environmental issues in Aerospace Engineering solutions. Life-long learning skills using resources from professional societies and Internet are also emphasized.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-problem 1 hour)

101B. Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (1)

Prerequisite: Freshman standing or consent of instructor.
Introduction to mechanical engineering as a profession. Past, present, and future trends and related professional opportunities and challenges. Introduction to mechanical engineering curriculum studies. Social, economical, cultural, legal and ethical issues related to mechanical engineering and its applications.
Letter grade only (A-F)

172. Engineering Design Graphics (3)

Graphics concepts and visualization. Graphic expressions using CAD software, emphasis on industrial practice involving part and assembly drawings for actual products, standards, tolerances, surface finishes, and other attributes on drawings, production drawings, projects involving complete design of systems and subsystems.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-problems 2 hrs., design laboratory 3 hrs)

205. Computer Methods in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (2)

Prerequisites: MATH 122 and PHYS 151.
Application of computer programming to engineering problem solving. Structured approach to problems. Input-output concepts for both numerical and graphical results.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-problems 1 hour, laboratory 3 hours)

272. Introduction to Manufacturing Processes (2)

Prerequisite: MAE 172.
Manufacturing processes, properties of materials; metals production; foundry, casting, heat treatment; welding, powder metallurgy, plastics, metrology; working metals, press work; machine tool elements, numerical control; metal cutting/turning; drilling, boring, milling; shaping planning, sawing broaching; grinding, sanding; gears, gear-cutting, threads, thread-cutting.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-problems 1 hour, laboratory 3 hours)


300. Engineering Instrumentation and Measurement (2)

Prerequisites: MATH 224, PHYS 151, 152.
Statistical analysis of experimental data, uncertainty analysis, various statistical distributions and test of goodness of fit, correlation coefficient and multivariable regression. Engineering instrumentation include types of passive/active transducers, electronics for instrumentation, computer-based data acquisition, and experiments on pressure, temperature, force measurements.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-problems 1 hour, Laboratory 3 hours)

305. Numerical Methods in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (3)

Prerequisites: MAE 205 and MATH 370A.
Roots of linear and nonlinear algebraic equations. Solutions of simultaneous linear algebraic equations. Parametric notation of analytical curves and surfaces. Numerical interpolation and splines. Numerical integration and differentiation. Numerical solution of differential equations, initial-value and boundary-value problems. Individual and/or group projects.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-problems 3 hours)

310. Safety and Reliability in Systems Design I (3)

Prerequisites: MAE 205; MATH 370A, or consent of instructor.
Intro probabilistic design analysis; safety and reliability, tools to assess adequacy of designs; identification of critical elements and practical design guidance; compliance with the requirements. Coherent use of concepts, tools, and programs to produce reliable, safe system designs. Group projects.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-problems 3 hours) Not open for credit to students with credit in ME 390.

322. Engineering Materials and Materials Processes (3)

Prerequisites: CHEM 111A, MATH 123, MAE 172.
Structure and properties of engineering materials. Phase and transformation diagrams. Heat treatments and mechanical processing. Manufacturing methods of metals. alloys, polymers, composites, ceramics, and semiconductors.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-problems 3 hours)

330. Engineering Thermodynamics I (3)

Prerequisites: MATH 224, PHYS 151 or equivalent, and CHEM 111A or consent of instructor.
Laws of thermodynamics. Properties of liquids, gases and vapors. Sources of energy and conversion to work. Introduction to heat transfer and psychrometry.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-problems 3 hours)

333. Engineering Fluid Dynamics (3)

Prerequisites: CE 205, MATH 370A.
Fluid statics. Formulation of the conservation of mass, momentum and energy using finite control volume analysis and differential analysis. Dimensional analysis. Viscous flow in pipes.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-problems 3 hours)

334. Aerodynamics I (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 333.
The Bernoulli equation. Incompressible inviscid flow. Flow around circular cylinder, flow around thin airfoils. Panel method. Incompressible flow about wings of finite span. Vortex lattice method.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-problems 3 hours).

336. Power Plant Design (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 330.
Design of power production systems, including steam power plants, gas turbines and auxiliary power units. Survey of alternate power sources including wind, solar, geothermal, ocean thermal and biomass. Group and/or individual design projects.
(Lecture-problems 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

337. Thermal Engineering Laboratory (2)

Prerequisite: MAE 336.
Thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid flow property measurements, measurement of heating value of fuels, energy and performance analysis of thermal systems, including internal combustion engines, power and heat generating systems, refrigeration and air-conditioning systems, and heat exchangers.
(Lecture-problems 1 hour, Laboratory 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

350. Flight Mechanics (3)

Prerequisite: CE 205.
Turbojets: level and other flights in the vertical plane, turning flight in the horizontal plane. Piston props: level and other flights in the vertical plane, turning flight in the horizontal plane. Performance analysis and design examples.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours). Letter grade only (A-F).

361. Materials and Properties Laboratory (1)

Prerequisites: ENGL 100 or equivalent, MAE 300, 322, 373.
Study of the effects of thermal processing and mechanical processing on the properties and microstructures of metals, alloys, and other materials. Determination of material properties using tensile test, torsion test, and beam test. Study of the statistical nature and reliability of test results.
(Laboratory 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

365. Aerospace Structures I (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 373.
Mechanical behavior of aerospace materials. Torsion of thin walled section beams. Bending and torsion of advanced beams. Analysis of stiffened box beams. Load transfer in stiffened panel structures. Failure criteria of aerospace materials.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

371. Analytical Mechanics II (Dynamics) (3)

Prerequisites: CE 205, MAE 205 or CE 206.
Newton’s Laws and the principles of work and energy and impulse and momentum applied to the study of particle and rigid body motion. Engineering application with emphasis on plane motion problems. Individual and/or group projects involving in-depth numerical analysis.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

373. Mechanics of Deformable Bodies (3)

Prerequisite: CE 205.
Application of the principles of mechanics to the design of structural and machine members and connections; stress analysis of beams and columns. Properties and strength of engineering materials. Design projects.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

374. Mechanical Properties of Materials Laboratory (1)

Prerequisites: MAE 300, 373, ENGL 100 or equivalent.
Physical and mechanical properties of engineering materials and their relationship to structural elements; accuracy of measurements; statistical analysis of experimental data; professional laboratory reports.
(Laboratory 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

375. Kinematics and Dynamics of Mechanisms (3)

Prerequisites: MAE 272, 371.
Fundamentals of linkages, cams, gears and gear trains. Velocity and acceleration analysis of machines leading to dynamic loading of machine parts; dynamic analysis and balancing of rotating machines; internal combustion engine balancing. Individual design projects.
(Lecture-problems 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

376. Modeling and Analysis of Dynamic Systems (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 371; MATH 370A.
Modeling and analysis of dynamic systems including mechanical, electrical, electro–mechanical, and hydraulic systems. Use of complex algebra and Laplace transforms. Mathematical modeling of dynamic systems in state–space. Linear systems analysis in time and frequency domains. Introduction to feedback control systems.
(Lecture–problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

381. Fundamentals of Spacecraft Dynamics (3)

Prerequisites: PHYS 152, MATH 370A, and MAE 371.
Space environments and their impact on spacecraft design. Space mission engineering. Spacecraft propulsion. Attitude dynamics and kinematics. Controls. Spacecraft attitude determination and control.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours). Letter grade only (A-F).

390. Aerospace Engineering Seminar (1)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing.
Introducion to effective communication techniques and oral presentations. Guest speakers from industry cover topics such as an engineer’s professional practice, social responsibilities, ethical and legal issues, as well as latest developments in Aerospace Engineering. Students write reports regarding these presentations.
(Seminar 1 hour) Letter grade only (A-F).

408./508. Systems Engineering and Integration (3)

Prerequisite: Senior standing or consent of instructor.
Introduction to tools and methods employed by systems engineers in aerospace industry. Development of system functions, requirements, verification and validation, and interfaces in the context of integrated product teams and the product life cycle. Trade studies and risk management.
(Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

409. Modern Computational Aspects in Mechanical Engineering (3)

Prerequisites: Senior standing in engineering and consent of instructor.
Computational aspects of Mechanical Engineering. Subjects include finite element analysis of structures, fluids, or heat transfer; boundary element analysis.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with consent of department. (Lecture-problems 3 hours.) Letter grade only (A-F).

A. Finite Element Methods I

Finite element methods for beam and truss elements. Systems of ordinary differential equations in a finite element formulation. Static and dynamic analysis of complex structures. Rigid elements in an elastic environment. Solid modeling for 1D, 2D, 3D structures using IDEAS.

422./522. Composite Materials (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 373.
Stress-strain relations for anisotropic materials. Classical lamination theory. Strength and failure theories for laminae and laminates. Micromechanics. Applications of composite structures. Additional projects will be required for MAE 522.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

431. Heat Transfer Systems Design (3)

Prerequisites: MAE 305, 330; CE 335.
Analysis of heat transfer by conduction, convection and radiation. Investigation of steady state and transient heat transfer systems. Computer methods. Individual-group design projects problems in heat transfer such as electronic packaging, heat exchangers, heat engines, refrigerators, and thermal systems analysis.
(Lecture-problems 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

434. Aerodynamics II (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 334.
Compressible flows. Subsonic and supersonic flows around airfoils and wings. Two-dimensional, incompressible boundary layers. Introduction to computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Aerodynamic design considerations. Projects are assigned and written reports are required.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours). Letter grade only (A-F).

435./535. Computational Fluid Dynamics I (3)

Prerequisites: MATH 370A, MAE 333.
Numerical methods for elliptic, parabolic, and hyperbolic equations, finite difference and volume methods, analysis of consistency, stability, and convergence, panel method, modeling and computation of boundary layer flows, full potential equation, grid generation, application to inviscid and viscous subsonic, transonic/supersonic flows.
(Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

438./538. Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (3)

Prerequisites: MAE 330, CE 335.
Basic HVAC system calculations. Thermodynamics and psychometrics, design conditions and load estimating, residential and non-residential heating and cooling load calculations, energy estimating methods, duct and pipe siding, and life cycle costs.
(Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

440. Aerodynamics Laboratory (1)

Prerequisites: MAE 300 and 334.
Experimental techniques in aerodynamics, wind tunnel measurements, use of Pitot tube, hot wire and Laser Doppler Velocimetry systems, flow visualization techniques, calbration of transducers. Computer controlled data acquisition and analysis. Projects are assigned and written reports and oral presentations are required.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Laboratory 3 hours)

451./551. Aircraft Preliminary Design and Performance (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Complete aircraft preliminary design, including mission definition, specifications, and regulations. Preliminary takeoff weight and weight empty for a mission. Aircraft geometric characteristics are developed. Detailed aerodynamic data are estimated and used to calculate aircraft performance. Individual projects required for MAE 551.
The design project is conducted in teams for MAE 451 and individually for MAE 551. (Lecture-Design Project 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

452. Propulsion (3)

Prerequisites: MAE 330, 434.
Simple gas turbine cycle. Heat exchange and reheat gas turbine cycles. Gas turbine components. Ideal and actual thrust development in gas turbines. Principles of rocket engines. Solid, liquid and hybrid fuel rockets. Thrust and control in rockets.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

453./553. Stability and Control of Aerospace Vehicles (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 350 or equivalent.
Physical dependence of airplane stability/control characteristics on airplane configuration and flight condition. Equations for static longitudinal, lateral and directional stability of airplanes. Neutral points, control effectiveness, trim in maneuvering flight. Configuration determinants. Transient modes. Additional Projects for MAE 553..
Additional Projects required for MAE 553. (Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

454./554. Avionics Systems (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 453.
Avionics systems requirements definition and design. Systems used for guidance and navigation. Components of avionics systems (software, integrated circuits, devices, etc.). Integration of optics and electronics. Testing and certification.
(Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

455. Aerospace Manufacturing Laboratory (1)

Prerequisite: Senior standing.
A design project is given and students are required to complete the design taking into account the manufacturing equipment, control and systems available.
(Laboratory 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

456. Production Methods for Aerospace Manufacturing (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Survey of production processes, sequence of operations, equipment and facilities, methods, tools, plans and requirement of various aerospace products. Observation of an actual aerospace manufacturing activity.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

457. Lean Manufacturing (3)

Prerequisite: Senior standing.
Fundamentals of Lean Enterprise. Study of ties to customers and relationship both internal and external to the company. Study of the mechanism of continuous process improvement. Case studies to accomplish value stream analysis and develop a Lean Enterprise improvement plan for student’s own respective operations.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

458. World Class Manufacturing Engineering Concepts (3)

Prerequisites: Senior standing in engineering and consent of instructor.
Modern manufacturing management concepts deployed in industry today. Processes for successful deployment of Self-Directed Work Teams, Ergonomics, Process-Based Management (PBM), Quality Management System, ISO 9001:2000, and Lean Manufacturing.
(Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

459. Professional Practice Seminar (1)

Prerequisite: Senior standing or consent of instructor.
Professional, social and moral responsibilities of engineers. Examination of ethical and legal issues, including intellectual property rights and regulatory codes and practices. Students are encouraged to participate in professional societies and attend professional seminars. Licensure is emphasized.
(Lecture-Problems 1 hour) Letter grade only (A-F).

465. Aerospace Structures II (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 365.
Fracture mechanics. Fatigue failure. Structural stability. Elementary aeroelasticity. Energy principles. Finite element methods of aerospace structural analysis. Application of finite element computer programs. Projects are assigned and written reports are required.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours). Letter grade only (A-F).

471. Analysis and Design of Machine Components (3)

Prerequisites: MAE 375 and 361 (or MAE 374).
Application of the principles of mechanics and physical properties of materials to the proportioning of machine elements, including consideration of function, safety, production and economic factors. Group and/or individual design projects of mechanical systems and/or subsystems.
(Lecture-problems 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

472. Design of Mechanical Engineering Systems (3)

Prerequisites: MAE 330, 373, 375; CE 335. Corequisite: CE 406.
Capstone design course. Design experience includes conceptual design, literature review and analysis. Final design includes: drawings, manufacturing and assembly of prototype. Emphasis placed on identifying realistic constraints simulating industrial situations which affect design choices. Teamwork and interaction is encouraged.
(Lecture-Problems 2 hours, Design Laboratory 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

474./574. Computer–Aided Manufacturing (3)

Prerequisites: MAE 322, 490A.
Fundamental concepts in automation. High volume discrete parts production systems. Numerical control manufacturing systems. Computer process monitoring. Direct digital control. Group techniques. Flexible manufacturing systems.
(Lecture–problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

476. Mechanical Control Systems I (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 376.
Feedback control systems in mechanical engineering. Modeling, analysis, and design. System performance and design criteria: stability, transient response, frequency response and compensation, root locus. Introduction to nonlinear control systems, state space analysis and design.
(Lecture-problems 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

478. Aerospace System Design I (3)

Prerequisites: MAE 334, 365, and 381; corequisite: MAE 434, 465, or 481.
A capstone design experience which integrates aspects of aerospace systems design. Student teams complete a design during the two-semester course sequence. In the first semester course, the teams define the requirements and then work through the complete design in the second semester (MAE 479).
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Design Project 2 hours, Laboratory 3 hours)

479. Aerospace Systems Design II (2)

Prerequisite: MAE 478.
Continuation of Aerospace Systems Design I (MAE 478). The projects assigned in teams in MAE 478 are completed. Manufacturing is included when appropriate. Regular design reviews (oral presentations and written reports) are essential components in grading.
(Lecture-Design Project 1 hour, Laboratory 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

481. Space Systems Engineering (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 381.
Systems engineering approach to spacecraft design. Spacecraft systems engineering and spacecraft and power subsystem. Radiative and conductive heat transfer. Thermal control subsystem. Telecommunications. Command and data handling. Team projects including spacecraft subsystem design are assigned. Written reports and oral presentations are required.
(Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

483. Space Flight and Orbital Mechanics (3)

Prerequisites: MATH 370A, MAE 371.
Two-body problem. Predicting orbital positions. Kepler’s equation. Orbital elements. Lambert’s problem. Rocket dynamics. Rocket payloads and staging. Impulsive orbital transfer. Interplanetary mission analysis. Projects are assigned and written reports are required.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours). Letter grade only (A-F).

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).


Funamentals 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).

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).

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 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

491. Special Problems (1-3)

Prerequisite: Senior standing.
Assigned topics in technical literature or laboratory projects and reports on same.
Letter grade only (A-F).

495./595. Rapid Product Development (3)

Prerequisites: MAE 490A, 409A.
Rapid product development using solid modeling. Simplified finite element analysis and optimization of different design proposals. Quality control process via a 3–D scanner and data acquisition software. Product readiness for casting, mold flow analysis or machining via CAM.
(Lecture–problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).