Mechanical Engineering 6800 3 credits
Finite Element Method

Introduces the finite element method. Emphasizes beam and frame analysis, plane stress, plane strain, axisymmetric and three-dimensional stress analysis. Includes field problems, such as heat transfer. Utilizes readily available finite element computer programs to solve stress analysis, heat transfer, and other engineering related problems. P: ME3330

Mechanical Engineering 7300 3 credits
Design of Experiments

Strategy of experimentation. Some typical applications of experimental design. Basic principles of designing experiments. Guidelines for designing engineering experiments. Brief history of statistical design of experiments (DOE). Basic statistical concepts and simple comparative experiments. Experiments with a single factor and the analysis of variance (ANOVA). Checking model adequacy. The randomized complete block design (RCBD) and Latin square. Introduction to two-factor factorial designs and general factorial designs. Fractional factorial designs and confounding present in these designs. Methods of improving the resolution of the design through blocking and folding over of experiments. Response surface methods and designs. Random factors in factorial experiments, mixed models, nested designs, and split-plot designs. Taguchi approach to the design of experiments. Minitab, Design-Ease, and Qualitek-4 software will be used for solving typical problems in various industries.

Mechanical Engineering 7330 3 credits
Modern Controls

The course is divided into four modules. The first module is a review of classical design techniques for cascade compensators using the root locus and Bode plots. The second module introduces the state space, covering stability, controllability and observability. The third module illustrates the technique for designing compensators in state space, including pole placement techniques, optimal control, and state observers. The fourth module introduces digital control analysis and stability.

Mechanical Engineering 7550 3 credits
Product Design and Development

This course examines the front end of the product development process. Topics include: organization and management issues associated with the product development process; the identification of customer needs and the translation of these needs into product performance specifications; methodologies for the generation and selection of concepts; developing the product architecture with emphasis on creating interfaces, prototyping and design for manufacturing.
Mechanical Engineering 7730 3 credits
Design for Manufacturability

Introduction - Motivation for Design for Manufacturability, Product Development Realities, Designing Products for Manufacturability, Importance of Concept Architecture Optimization, Benefits of DFM; Design Philosophy - Design Considerations and Implementation, DFM Vs Design Freedom and Design Time; Concurrent Engineering - Teams, Organizational Structures, QFD, Product Architecture; Flexibility - Lean Production, Build-to-Order, Mass customization, Designing Flexible Products and Designing for Flexible Operations; Standardization - vis-a-vis parts, materials, processes; Cost Minimization - Minimizing Costs in Functions That Lead to Efficient Manufacturing; Total Cost - Measurement, Drivers, Accounting, Activity Based Costing; DFM Strategies for Product Design - Guidelines for Assembly, Fastening, Assembly Motion, Test, Standardization; Guidelines for Part Design - Part Design Guidelines, Tolerancing and Automation Guidelines; Design for Quality - Effects of Design on Quality, Quality Design Guidelines, Cumulative Effects of Product Quality, Reliability Design Guidelines and Measurement; Design for Repair and Maintenance - Guidelines, Measurement, Design for Maintenance.

Mechanical Engineering 7830 3 credits
Systems Engineering Management

Introduction - Definition and the Need for Systems Engineering, Classifications or Categories, System Engineering Concepts; The System Design Process - System Design Requirements - Development of Specifications and Design Criteria, the Design Process and Design Objectives, Selected Design Engineering Disciplines; Engineering Design Methods and Tools - CAD, CAM, CALS; Systems Architecting - Builder-Architected Systems, Other Systems - Architecting Design Review and Evaluation; System Engineering Program Planning - System Engineering Program Requirements, System Engineering Management Plan, Integration of Design Special Plans, Interfaces with Other Program Planning Activities, Management Methods / Tools, Risk Management Plan, Program Evaluation Factors; Organization for System Engineering - Developing the Organization Structure, Consumer-Product-Supplier Relationships, Organizations, and Functions, Human Resource Requirements; Supplier Evaluation, Selection, and Control - Program Requirements, Proposals and Supplier Selection, Contract Negotiations, Supplier Monitoring and Control, System Integration.