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Curriculum

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering combines four-credit foundational courses with electives for a total of 32 credit hours.

Core Courses (8 credits)

GEN 6001G Finite Elements - 4 credits

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.

MEN 5010G Advanced Mechanics/FEM - 4 credits

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.

Electives (24 credits)

A minimum of three electives must be chosen from the courses listed below. Students may take all six electives from this list if they choose. A maximum of eight credits can be chosen from the business curriculum of the Girard School of Business. A maximum of two electives may be transferred in.

GEN 5001G Introduction to Systems Engineering - 4 credits

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 6002G Numerical Methods - 4 credits

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).

MEN 5012G Instrumentation/Robotics - 4 credits

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 5030G Energy Systems - 4 credits

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 5040G Advanced Fluid Mechanics - 4 credits

 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.

MEN 5050G Manufacturing Processes - 4 credits

An introduction to manufacturing processes for metals, polymers and reinforced plastics. Processes discussed include metal-casting, heat treatments, processing of powders, material removal processes, injection molding and rapid prototyping. Attention will also be given to material selection, product design, cost analysis and quality control.

EEN 5555G Power Engineering and Power Quality - 4 credits

Course covers Phasors, real and reactive power in single phase and poly-phase AC circuits; balance three phase circuits; power in three phase circuits analysis; introduction to power quality; power quality problems and solution such as, electrical transients, harmonics, voltage regulation, and power factor including harmonics power filter design. Magnetic circuits and introduction to transformer and its circuit analysis, such as, open and short circuits test are covered. Circuit concepts and analysis for AC/DC motors and generators, building electrical systems, such as, building design and motor circuit design.

GEN 6004G Engineering Project Management - 4 credits

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 6800 Graduate Internship - 4 credits

A graduate internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. This is an opportunity for the student to put into practice technical and/or technical management skills and knowledge learned through their MS program. Graduate internship requires that the student first secure a suitable internship which is approved by the faculty advisor. Subsequently, a learning contract which describes duties, goals, and assessment must be developed and agreed to by faculty advisor, student, and site supervisor. The student must maintain a journal of activities, meet periodically with faculty advisor and site supervisor, and complete post-internship paper or presentation as determined by the faculty advisor. Prerequisites: Completion of at least 8-credits of graduate studies and a 3.0 GPA or consent of the faculty.

GEN 6999 Special Topics - 4 credits

Topics vary.

GEN 6999G Directed Study - 4 credits

Faculty approval required.

PLEASE NOTE - Not all classes are offered every year. Please work with the program director to plan a sequence of courses that best fits your desired graduation timetable.