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First-level Graduate Courses

CEN 5012 Steel Analysis and Design
This is an introductory course in the design and analysis of steel structures based upon specifications published by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). The objective of this course is to introduce students to the structural design process and to provide a detailed understanding of the design of steel structures. The course will emphasize the general theory and behavior of structural steel, as well as design practice.

CEN 5016 Concrete Analysis and Design
This is an introductory course in the design and analysis of reinforced concrete structures. An introduction to the ACI-318 building code is given in the context of the course to familiarize students with the main design document in the country. The objective of this course is to introduce students to the structural design process and to provide a detailed understanding of the design of reinforced concrete structures. The course will emphasize the general theory and behavior of reinforced concrete, as well as design practice.

CEN 5020 Geotechnical Design
An introduction to the geotechnical design aspects of foundations. Site investigation techniques and characterization of subsurface conditions. Analysis of lateral earth pressures. Geotechnical design of shallow and deep foundations with emphasis on capacity and movement under vertical and lateral loading.

CEN 5022 Earth Slopes and Retaining Structures
An examination of the geotechnical design aspects of earth retaining structures. Lateral earth pressure and slope stability analyses related to excavations and retaining structures. Analysis and design of retaining walls, sheet-pile walls, and braced and unbraced excavations. Case studies and design problems.

CEN 5030 Environmental Design
This course is structured to emphasize the design method. Design projects are taken from the areas of water and wastewater treatment, solid waste disposal, air pollution control, hydraulics and applied hydrology. Assignments are intended to bring together much of the material covered in previous courses. Oral and written reports, design specifications and preliminary drawings are required for all assignments.

CEN 5032 Applied Hydrology
This course begins with an introduction to hydrologic principles followed by applications to rainfall-runoff analysis, floodplain hydraulics and groundwater hydrology. A strong emphasis is placed on computational methods and computer programs are used for problem solving.

CEN 5042 Traffic Engineering
Development and applications of concepts of geometric design for rural and urban highways. Design controls and criteria; elements of design, including sight distance, horizontal and vertical alignment; cross-section elements; high-way types; intersection design elements; types of interchanges and interchange design elements; grade separations and clearance; development of visual elements.

CEN 5040 Geometric Design of Highways
Development and applications of geometric design tools for rural and urban highways. Topics include: design controls and criteria; elements of design, including sight distance, horizontal and vertical alignment; cross-section elements; highway types; intersection design elements; types of interchanges and interchange design elements; grade separations and clearance; development of visual elements.

CEN 5044 Transportation Planning & Systems Analysis
Review and critique of techniques used to plan transportation facilities and services in urban areas; application of selected techniques to forecast demand and evaluate transportation alternatives.

CEN 5050 Construction Planning and Management
Construction management process and methods; estimating construction cost and bidding, construction activity planning and scheduling, project planning; project cost and cost control; construction organization costs control; computerized project scheduling.

EEN 5145 Discrete Time Signals and Systems
This course parallels a student’s understanding of continuous time signals and systems with a complete treatment of discrete time signals and systems with applications. It introduces the sampling process and develop discrete time signal and system representation and analysis in both time and frequency domains. The Z-Transform will be developed to ease difference equation analysis analogous to the continuous time Laplace transform. Digital Filtering, including both Finite Impulse Response (FIR) and Infinite Impulse Response (IIR) will be used to apply methods.

EEN 5175 Digital Architecture
This advanced elective will introduce students to the Verilog Hardward Description Language as we apply common digital architectures to a range of high level functional design problems. Using lab and project based teaching, we will write behavioral descriptions and synthesize hardware in the form of field programmable gate arrays.

EEN 5265 Engineering Management
An introductory course in the management of technology-based companies combining reading, lecture, case study and project teaching methods. The course presents introductory material from the areas of accounting and financial principles, R&D management, project development, management practices and human factors. Language and effective communication principles will be a recurring theme throughout the course.

EEN 5270 Energy, Generation, Conservation and Technology
This course provides an overview of generation, transmission and distribution of U.S. electrical power systems. While standard fossil fuel generation (oil, gas, nuclear) is covered, a significant portion of the course is devoted to Energy Efficiency and renewable energy (EERE) topics, including wind, hydro and solar. The importance of EERE in light of present environmental, economic and ethical considerations is covered. Cogeneration is covered, and compared to RE technologies in light of ROI. Energy measurement and smart grid technology are discussed. A significant project involving real-world EERE is required and is a significant portion of the course.

MEN 5010 Advanced Mechanics/FEM
This course on the mechanics of solids covers the mathematical basis for stress analysis, models of material behavior, the finite element method and its application, and boundary and initial value problems involving deformable solids.

MEN 5012 Instrumentation/Robotics
This course provides an introduction to the kinematics, statics, dynamics, and control issues involved in the instrumentation and design of robotic systems. Intended as an interdisciplinary course, students will interact with computer science, electrical engineer, and mechanical engineering majors to create and analyze a robotic system.

MEN 5020 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.

MEN 5030 Energy Systems
This course provides an introduction to global energy concerns, fossil and nuclear fuels, energy consumption analysis, energy management and conservation techniques, renewable and alternative energy sources. In addition, the course covers traditional Rankin cycles from traditional power plants multi-stage absorption cycles and vapor compression cycles with pure and mixed working fluids. 

MEN 5032 Solar and Direct Energy Conservation
Review of engineering principles of solar energy conversion including collection techniques, thermal and direct conversion, system performance prediction, and selected topics. 

MEN 5034 Windpower Systems
This course explores the engineering aspects of windpower systems, including aerodynamic analysis, mechanical design, support structure design, wind field analysis, system concepts and analysis, and economics.

MEN 5040 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
This course covers the compressible flow including shock waves, boundary layers, separation, drag, and lift. Course also covers inviscid, irrotational flow, and boundary layer theory. Analytical and numerical solutions for flow over plates are discussed.

Graduate-only Courses

GEN 5001 Introduction to Systems Engineering
Systems Engineering provides an interdisciplinary approach to designing successful systems. It focuses on defining customer needs and required functionality early in the development cycle, documenting requirements, then proceeding with design synthesis and system validation while considering the complete problem including operations, performance, test, manufacturing, cost, and schedule. This subject emphasizes the links of systems engineering to fundamentals of decision theory, statistics, and optimization. It also introduces the most current, commercially successful techniques for systems engineering.

GEN 5002 Numerical Methods
This course will cover modern computational methods used for the solution of engineering problems. We will consider the application of each method to engineering design and optimization. Topics include curve fitting, optimization, numerical solution of systems of equations, numerical integration and differentiation. Students will learn to implement these algorithms in Octave (which has a very similar syntax to Matlab).

GEN 6001 Finite Elements
In industry, engineers rely on finite element methods to solve the complex differential equations obtained during modeling of stresses, fluid flow, and heat transfer in structures. Students will be introduced to the theory of finite element methods and the implementation of these methods using ANSYS.

GEN 6004 Engineering Project Management
Studies the principles, theory, and practice of engineering management, including the management of human resources, entrepreneurial skills, decision making, and mathematical and scientific methods. The use of computer software for project scheduling and resource allocation is required.

GEN 6010 Earthquake Engineering
This course is an introduction to earthquake engineering. Topics in this course include: plate tectonics and seismology; rupture mechanism; measures of magnitude and intensity; probabilistic seismic hazard analysis; Strong earthquake ground motion; site effects on ground motion; soil-structure interaction; dynamic analysis of structures; response spectra; modal analysis; nonlinear time-history analysis; earthquake resistant design; and Seismic detailing.

GEN 6012 Prestressed Concrete Structures
This course covers the analysis and design of prestressed concrete structures. Topics in this course include: time-dependent properties of concrete and reinforcing material; concept and application of prestressed concrete; service and ultimate limit state analysis and design of prestressed concrete structures and components; detailing of components; calculation of deflection; and prestress losses.

GEN 6014 Advanced Structural Analysis
The course emphasizes the principles behind modern nonlinear structural analysis software. This course covers the theory, computer implementation, and applications of methods of material and geometric nonlinear analysis. Emphasis is on modeling of 2D and 3D frame structures using beam-column elements.

GEN 6020 Principles & Applications of Geographic Information Systems
This course introduces students to the use and potential of Geographic Information Systems in their discipline. Topics include the general concepts of GIS use and introduce the material in the exercises that demonstrate the practical application of GIS.

GEN 6022 Pavement Management Systems
This course introduces the systems approach to pavement management; that is, the framework for good pavement design, data requirements, pavement evaluation, structural design and economic evaluation, works programming and prioritization. 

GEN 6024 Building Information Models
This course provides an introduction to BIM from a technology and design and building practice perspective. It consists of a review existing case studies to help students to better understand the impact of BIM; and the development of new case studies, to add to the current literature. These case studies will involve exploration of how BIM affects design processes, how it affects construction, and how it affects building procurement, commissioning and collaboration with engineering consultants.

GEN 6030 Urban Hydrology & Storm Water Management
This course reviews the basic concepts of rainfall and runoff and then applies these to complex urban systems of drainage, stream and river hydraulics and flood prevention. The application of best management practices to control storm water from developed areas is presented within the constraints of current laws and regulations. Current computer software used for project evaluations will be presented and available for use in coursework.

GEN 6032 Sustainable Infrastructure Systems
An evaluation of new or renewed infrastructure systems with respect to sustainability benefits. A comparison of alternatives along with evaluation of long term effects throughout the life cycle of a project will be emphasized. Various ratings systems for the evaluation of green practices required to enhance the economic, environmental and social aspects of infrastructure systems are investigated.

GEN 6034 Life Cycle Analysis
 Students will be exposed to recycling procedures for polymers, papers, glasses, and metals. In addition, students will learn how material properties vary between the original and recycled materials. The course is intended as an overview and provides students with the background required to gain a full appreciation of the recycled materials and their uses in engineering products.

GMGT 5120 World Class Operations & Supply Chain Management (2-credit)
With ever increasing global competition, only world-class firms will be able to compete and prosper. Operations management is a primary business function that is directly responsible for transforming resources into desired goods and services. Supply chain management manages the entire flow of information, materials, and services that is being moved to and from the transformation processes of the firm. This course emphasizes the importance of effectiveness and efficiency in creating value along the supply chain and covers important concepts, techniques, and practices that are often used in managing world-class operations and supply chain. Students will learn that understanding the needs of the customer, aligning and coordinating those needs into the organization, communicating those needs throughout the supply chain, and delivering what the customer wants are the focus of operations and supply chain in general. By the conclusion of the course, students will gain an understanding of key issues and challenges that world-class operations and supply chains face in today’s global economy. 

GMGT 5140 Effective Managerial Communication (2-credit)
This course focuses on developing skills that are essential to leaders: the ability to summarize complex business information and the ability to develop a persuasive argument. Both challenges require leaders to think strategically and integrate various communication skills. Students apply these skills in several contexts: case analyses, business meetings, team plans, and presentations. Being able to understand and communicate key issues, identify the main problem, and delineate important elements of alternatives or recommendations requires a comprehensive understanding of business.  Being able to develop and refine a persuasive argument is essential in pitching new ideas, proposing recommendations, and influencing decision-makers. In this course, students learn how to analyze message, purpose, and audience; develop strategies for structure and style; construct persuasive arguments; create visuals that incorporate data in substantive and influential ways; and make decisions about tone, organizational flow, and quality of evidence. 

GMGT 5150 Financial Measurement, Analysis and Reporting
This course introduces students to the practice of financial management. Through assigned readings, class discussions, and case analyses, students learn standard financial analysis and reporting techniques in a practical and intuitive way. The course initially explores basic concepts in accounting and financial management with an emphasis on the measurement of corporate financial performance. Building on these analytical techniques, we then examine financial planning with a particular emphasis on managing growth. The next part of the course focuses on developing tools for evaluating investments opportunities and measuring risk. We analyze the common criteria used in evaluating investment opportunities and recommend the one that best provides a consistent rule to value creation. We conclude by exploring how the recently acquired practical and analytical tools can be integrated and applied to the art of measuring the value of businesses. 

GMGT 5160 Marketing Analysis and Decision Making
Marketing combines an understanding of strategy, human behavior, creativity, and research skills. This course covers the art and science of marketing. Launching, growing, or sustaining products (i.e., goods or services) demands in-depth knowledge of the competitive landscape, insights into consumers’ needs and responses, and a keen sense of emerging trends. This course both introduces marketing concepts, theories, and models to students and develops an in-depth understanding of specific, key topics: new product development and branding, consumer decision-making and advertising, marketing research design, and corporate marketing strategy. In this course, students apply strategic marketing analysis to identify and address a business challenge or problem. Students use facts, data analysis, projections, and inferences to make managerial decisions and recommendations. By the course conclusion, students have an understanding of marketing’s role in impacting business performance and gain in-depth understanding of specific marketing topics. 

GMGT 6290 Competition, Innovation, & Strategic Advantage
This course examines how managers work to integrate operations, marketing, finance, information systems, and management processes to achieve competitive advantage. Students will examine how to analyze the external environment and assess the capabilities of an organization to craft competitive strategies. Different strategic perspectives will be reviewed to understand the competitive dynamics within a strategic group. Case examples will be reviewed to consider how managers combine analysis with creative problem solving to achieve innovative strategies, to create new markets, and to compete in novel ways.

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