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X ENGS 7
 
Sustainability Revolution (ENGS 7.06)

Humanity has previously seen two major resource transitions that have had radical impacts on day-to-day life: the Neolithic revolution (from hunting and gathering to agrarian) and the industrial revolution (from agrarian to pre-sustainable industrial). This writing course will consider the hypothesis that the human enterprise now requires a third such resource revolution - the sustainability revolution (from pre-sustainable industrial to sustainable industrial) - and that future generations will judge those of us alive today by how well we responded to this imperative. Topics addressed include past resource revolutions, resource and environmental metrics, energy, food, water, and climate. Writing assignments will include a personal essay, a critique encompassing one or a few sources, and an integrated analysis. 

Electives Environmental 10A
Lynd
Limit: 16
ENGS 7
X ENGS 20
 
Introduction to Scientific Computing

This course introduces concepts and techniques for creating computational solutions to problems in engineering and science. The essentials of computer programming are developed using the C and Matlab languages, with the goal of enabling the student to use the computer effectively in subsequent courses. Programming topics include problem decomposition, control structures, recursion, arrays and other data structures, file I/O, graphics, and code libraries. Applications will be drawn from numerical solution of ordinary differential equations, root finding, matrix operations, searching and sorting, simulation, and data analysis. Good programming style and computational efficiency are emphasized. Although no previous programming experience is assumed, a significant time commitment is required.

Students planning to pursue the engineering sciences major are advised to take ENGS 20. Students considering the computer science major or majors modified with computer science should take COSC 1 and COSC 10.  Enrollment is limited to 50 students.

Engineering Sciences Prerequisite All Engineering

MATH 3 and prior or concurrent enrollment in MATH 8

10
Shepherd
Limit: 50
10
Shepherd
Limit: 50
11; 12
Bonfert-Taylor
Limit: 50
10
Shepherd
10
Shepherd
11; 12
Bonfert-Taylor
ENGS 20
X ENGS 21
 
Introduction to Engineering

The student is introduced to engineering through participation, as a member of a team, in a complete design project. The synthesis of many fields involving the laws of nature, mathematics, economics, management, and communication is required in the project. Engineering principles of analysis, experimentation, and design are applied to a real problem, from initial concept to final recommendations. The project results are evaluated in terms of technical and economic feasibility and social significance. Lectures are directed toward the problem, with experiments designed by students as the need develops. Enrollment is limited to 64 students. Priority will be given to sophomores.

Common Core Courses All Engineering Project Design Credit

MATH 3 or equivalent

10A
Wegst
Limit: 50
10A
Collier
Limit: 64
10A
May
Limit: 64
10A
Wegst
10A
Collier
10A
May
ENGS 21
X ENGS 22
 
Systems

The student is introduced to the techniques of modeling and analyzing lumped systems of a variety of types, including electrical, mechanical, reacting, fluid, and thermal systems. System input will be related to output through ordinary differential equations, which will be solved by analytical and numerical techniques. Systems concepts such as time constant, natural frequency, and damping factor are introduced. The course includes computer and laboratory exercises to enhance the students’ understanding of the principles of lumped systems. Students will develop the ability to write MATLAB code. Enrollment is limited to 50 students.

Common Core Courses All Engineering Lab

MATH 13, PHYS 14, and ENGS 20

2; Lab
Farid
Limit: 30
9L
Zhang
Limit: 50
9L
Stauth
Limit: 50
10; Lab
Trembly
2; Lab
Farid
9L; Lab
Zhang
9L; Lab
Stauth
ENGS 22
X ENGS 23
 
Distributed Systems and Fields

A study of the fundamental properties of distributed systems and their description in terms of scalar and vector fields. After a summary of vector-field theory, the formulation of conservation laws, source laws, and constitutive equations is discussed. Energy and force relations are developed and the nature of potential fields, wave fields, and diffusion fields is examined. A survey of elementary transport processes is given. Particular attention is given to the relation between the description of systems in terms of discrete and distributed parameters. Applications are chosen primarily from fluid mechanics, electromagnetic theory, and heat transfer. Includes a set of laboratories.

Common Core Courses All Engineering Lab

ENGS 22, or equivalent

2
Sullivan
9L
Hansen
9L
Trembly
2
Sullivan
9L
Hansen
9L
Trembly
ENGS 23
X ENGS 24
 
Science of Materials

An introduction to the structure/property relationships, which govern the mechanical, the thermal, and the electrical behavior of solids (ceramics, metals, and polymers). Topics include atomic, crystalline, and amorphous structures; X-ray diffraction; imperfections in crystals; phase diagrams; phase transformations; elastic and plastic deformation; free electron theory and band theory of solids; electrical conduction in metals and semi-conductors. The laboratory consists of an experimental project selected by the student and approved by the instructor. Enrollment is limited to 60 students.

Distributive Core Courses Electrical, Materials, Mechanical Lab Project

PHYS 14 and CHEM 5

10
Levey, Li
Limit: 50
10
Liu, Levey
Limit: 50
10; Lab
Levey, Li
10; Lab
Levey, Liu
ENGS 24
X ENGS 25
 
Introduction to Thermodynamics

The fundamental concepts and methods of thermodynamics are developed around the first and second laws. The distinctions between heat, work, and energy are emphasized. Common processes for generating work, heat, or refrigeration or changing the physical or chemical state of materials are analyzed. The use of thermodynamic data and auxiliary functions such as entropy, enthalpy, and free energy are integrated into the analysis. The numerous problems show how theoretical energy requirements and the limitations on feasible processes can be estimated. Enrollment is limited to 60 students.

Distributive Core Courses All Engineering Project

MATH 13, PHYS 13, ENGS 20 or COSC 1 and COSC 10

2
Griswold
Limit: 60
10A
Chen
2
Griswold
ENGS 25
X ENGS 26
 
Control Theory

The course treats the design of analog, lumped parameter systems for the regulation or control of a plant or process to meet specified criteria of stability, transient response, and frequency response. The basic theory of control system analysis and design is considered from a general point of view. Mathematical models for electrical, mechanical, chemical, and thermal systems are developed. Feedback-control system design procedures are established, using root-locus and frequency response methods.

Distributive Core Courses All Engineering Lab Project Design Credit

ENGS 22

9L
Phan
9L
Ray
9L
Phan
ENGS 26
X ENGS 27
 
Discrete and Probabilistic Systems

This course is an introduction to probabilistic methods for modeling, analyzing, and designing systems. Mathematical topics include the fundamentals of probability, random variables and common probability distributions, basic queueing theory, and stochastic simulation. Applications, drawn from a variety of engineering settings, may include measurement and noise, information theory and coding, computer networks, diffusion, fatigue and failure, reliability, statistical mechanics, ecology, decision making, and robust design.

Distributive Core Courses All Engineering Project

MATH 8 and either ENGS 20 or COSC 1 and COSC 10. PHYS 13 or CHEM 5 recommended.

10A
Cybenko
10
Cybenko
ENGS 27
X ENGS 30
 
Biological Physics

Introduction to the principles of physics and engineering applied to biological problems. Topics include the architecture of biological cells, molecular motion, entropic forces, enzymes and molecular machines, and nerve impulses. Enrollment is limited to 20 students.

Gateway Courses, Electives

CHEM 5, PHYS 13 and 14 (or equivalent). PHYS 14 (or equivalent) may be taken concurrently. Students with strong quantitative skills who have taken PHYS 3 and PHYS 4 can enroll with permission of the instructor.

11
Hill
Limit: 20
11
Hill
ENGS 30
X ENGS 31
 
Digital Electronics

This course teaches classical switching theory, including Boolean algebra, logic minimization, algorithmic state machine abstractions, and synchronous system design. This theory is then applied to digital electronic design. Techniques of logic implementation, from small scale integration (SSI) through application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), are encountered. There are weekly laboratory exercises for the first part of the course, followed by a digital design project in which the student designs and builds a large system of his or her choice. In the process, computer-aided design (CAD) and construction techniques for digital systems are learned. Enrollment is limited to 60 students.

Gateway Courses Computer, Electrical Lab Project Design Credit

ENGS 20 or COSC 1 and COSC 10

12
Luke, Hansen
Limit: 60
9L; Lab
Hansen
12; Lab
Luke
ENGS 31
X ENGS 32
 
Electronics: Introduction to Linear and Digital Circuits

Principles of operation of semiconductor diodes, bipolar and field-effect transistors, and their application in rectifier, amplifier, waveshaping, and logic circuits. Basic active-circuit theory. Introduction to integrated circuits: the operational amplifier and comparator, to include practical considerations for designing circuits with off-the shelf components. Emphasis on breadth of coverage of low-frequency linear and digital networks, as well as on high order passive and active filter design. Laboratory exercises permit "hands-on" experience in the analysis and design of simple electronic circuits. The course is designed for two populations: a) those desiring a single course in basic electronics, and b) those that need the fundamentals necessary for further study of active circuits and systems.

Gateway Courses Electrical Lab Project Design Credit

ENGS 22, or equivalent background in basic circuit theory

11
Odame
11; Lab
Odame
ENGS 32
X ENGS 33
 
Solid Mechanics

After a brief review of the concepts of rigid body statics, the field equations describing the static behavior of deformable elastic solids are developed. The stress and strain tensors are introduced and utilized in the development. Exact and approximate solutions of the field equations are used in the study of common loading cases, including tension/compression, bending, torsion, pressure, and combinations of these.

In the laboratory phase of the course, various methods of experimental solid mechanics are introduced. Some of these methods are used in a project in which the deformation and stress in an actual load system are determined and compared with theoretical predictions. The course includes a series of computer exercises designed to enhance the student's understanding of the principles of solid mechanics.

Gateway Courses Environmental, Materials, Mechanical Lab Project Design Credit

MATH 13 and PHYS 13

11; Lab
May
12
Van Citters
12; Lab
Frost
11; Lab
May
12; Lab
Van Citters
ENGS 33
X ENGS 34
 
Fluid Mechanics

We interact with fluids every day. From complex systems such as cars, airplanes, and chemical plants, to simple devices like a bike pump, our world is filled with engineering applications that make use of the principles of fluid mechanics. This course surveys the fundamental concepts, phenomena, and methods in fluid mechanics, as well as their application in engineered systems and in nature. Emphasis is placed on the development and use of conservation laws for mass, momentum, and energy, as well as on the empirical knowledge essential to the understanding of many fluid dynamic phenomena. Examples are drawn from mechanical, chemical, civil, environmental, biomedical, and aerospace engineering.

Gateway Courses Chemical/Biochemical, Environmental, Mechanical Lab

ENGS 23 or equivalent

9L
Epps
9L; Lab
Epps
ENGS 34
X ENGS 35
 
Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering

A consideration of the engineering and scientific basis for using cells or their components in engineered systems. Central topics addressed include kinetics and reactor design for enzyme and cellular systems; fundamentals, techniques, and applications of recombinant DNA technology; and bioseparations. Additional lectures will provide an introduction to metabolic modeling as well as special topics. The course is designed to be accessible to students with both engineering and life-science backgrounds. This course has a graduate section, ENGS 160. Enrollment is limited to 20 students.

Gateway Courses Chemical/Biochemical Lab

MATH 3, CHEM 3 or CHEM 5, BIOL 12 or BIOL 13, or permission

9L; Lab
Gerngross
Limit: 26
9L; Lab
Gerngross
ENGS 35
X ENGS 36
 
Chemical Engineering

This course will expose students to the fundamental principles of chemical engineering and the application of these principles to a broad range of systems. In the first part of the course, aspects of chemical thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, and transport phenomena will be addressed. These principles will then be applied to a variety of systems including industrial, environmental, and biological examples.

Gateway Courses Chemical/Biochemical Design Credit

ENGS 22, ENGS 25, and CHEM 5

10A
Laser
10A
Laser
ENGS 36
X ENGS 37
 
Introduction to Environmental Engineering

A survey of the sources, measurement techniques, and treatment technologies relating to environmental pollution resulting from the activities of humans. The course will be technology-focused, but will also touch on topics related to the implementation of technology in the real world such as public perception, policy and legislation, and choosing between technological alternatives. Technological and other issues will be addressed relating to water pollution, air pollution, solid wastes, and the fate and transport of pollutants in the environment. Consideration of each area will include general background and key concepts, detailed design examples of importance in the area, and case studies/current topics. The course will include guest lecturers.

Gateway Courses Environmental Design Credit

MATH 3 and CHEM 5, or equivalent, or permission

10
Polashenski
10 ENGS 37
X ENGS 41
 
Sustainability and Natural Resource Management

Natural resources sustain human productivity. Principles of scientific resource management are developed, and prospects for sustainability are explored. Three generic categories of resource are analyzed: exhaustible, living, and renewable. In the first category we emphasize the lifecycle of exploitation including exhaustion, exploration and substitution. In the living category we explore population dynamics under natural and harvested regimes for fisheries and forests. Finally, the renewable case of water is treated in terms of quantity and quality. Throughout, the intersection of natural, economic, and political behavior is explored in theory via computer simulations; case studies illustrate contemporary management problems and practices.

Electives Environmental

MATH 13

ENGS 41
X ENGS 43
 
Environmental Transport and Fate

Introduction to movement and transformation of substances released into the natural environment. Fundamentals of advection, dispersion, and reaction. Aggregation and parameterization of various mixing processes leading to dispersion at larger spatial and temporal scales. Importance of inhomogeneity, anisotropy, and stratification in natural media. Basic principles are illustrated by application to atmospheric, ground water, river, estuarine, coastal, and oceanic pollution problems. Case studies include urban smog, acid rain, Chernobyl fall-out, and stratospheric ozone depletion.

Electives Chemical/Biochemical, Environmental Project

MATH 13; ENGS 37 or permission

ENGS 43
X ENGS 44
 
Sustainable Design

This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to the principles of design for sustainability, with emphasis on the built environment. Through lectures, readings, discussions, and a major design project, students learn to design buildings and other infrastructure with low to no impact on the environment. Emphasis is on creative thinking, strategies for managing the complexity of the product life cycle of the infrastructure, and the thorough integration of human and economic aspects in the design. Homework and project activities provide practice in relevant engineering analysis. Enrollment is limited to 20 students.

Electives Environmental, Mechanical Project Design Credit

ENGS 21 and ENGS 22 or SART 65

3A
Cushman-Roisin
Limit: 20
10A ENGS 44
X ENGS 46
 
Advanced Hydrology

A survey of advanced methods used to analyze the occurrence and movement of water in the natural environment. The watershed processes controlling the generation of runoff and streamflow are highlighted and used to explore the transport and fate of sediment and contaminants in watersheds. Throughout the course the ideas and concepts are explored through the primary literature, with emphasis given to methods of observation, measurement, data analysis, and prediction.

Electives Environmental

MATH 3 and EARS 16 or 33 or BIO 53 or ENGS 43 or permission of instructor

Arrange
Renshaw
ENGS 46
X ENGS 51
 
Dynamic Modeling of Technological, Social, and Resource Systems

Lumped element dynamic system modeling can be applied to a broad range of systems well beyond the physical systems emphasized in ENGS 22. This course considers examples in technological, social, and resource systems. A mix of interactive lectures, case studies, and projects is used to build skills in conceptualization, formulation, parameter estimation, and analysis for systems with rich feedback structure. The course will examine capabilities and limitations of the resulting models for understanding and analyzing the dynamic interplay among technology, society, and resource systems. For example, technology impacts society in areas such as energy, communication, healthcare, food production, and environmental services. Society, in turn, impacts technology via processes such as consumer demand, public policy, and economic development. Natural, environmental, and human resources support and are impacted by both technology and society. Not open to students who have taken ENGS 18.

Electives Project Design Credit

ENGS 22

Arrange
Farid
ENGS 51
X ENGS 52
 
Introduction to Operations Research

Basic concepts of optimization are introduced as aids in systematic decision making in engineering contexts. Deterministic optimization is developed in the form of linear and integer programming and their extensions. Probabilistic models are introduced in terms of Markov chains, queuing and inventory theory, and stochastic simulation. The course emphasizes the application of these methods to the design, planning, and operation of complex industrial and public systems.

Electives

MATH 8 and MATH 22 or equivalent

10A
Santos
10A
Santos
ENGS 52
X ENGS 56
 
Introduction to Biomedical Engineering

This course will survey applications of engineering principles to medical diagnosis/treatment of disease, monitoring/measurement of physiological function, and rehabilitation/replacement of body dysfunction. Case studies will be used to highlight how engineering has advanced medical practice and understanding. Examples will be drawn from bioinstrumentation, bioelectricity, biotransport, biomaterials, and biomechanics. While investigations will focus primarily on the engineering aspects of related topics, issues surrounding patient safety, public policy and regulation, animal experimentation, etc., will be discussed as appropriate.

Electives Biomedical Lab

PHYS 13 and PHYS 14 (PHYS 14 may be taken concurrently)

2
Zhang, Hoopes
2; Lab
Hoopes, Zhang
ENGS 56
X ENGS 57
 
Intermediate Biomedical Engineering

The basic biomedical engineering concepts introduced in ENGS 56 will serve as the foundation for exploring technology in a clinical environment. The specific clinical setting to be explored will be the operating room (OR). This course will introduce a variety of surgical procedures and technologies from an engineering perspective. Areas of focus will include patient monitoring, biophysical tissue properties, general surgical instrumentation, tissue cutting and binding technologies, and optical visualization technologies. In addition, state-of-the-art procedures employing image-guided, minimally invasive, laparoscopic, and robot-assisted surgical technologies will be discussed. The first half of the term will include weekly seminars presented by surgeons describing a particular surgical procedure, the technologies currently used and a surgeon's "wish-list." During the second half of the term, students will undertake a design project aimed at developing a technology that addresses a specific need within the OR. Enrollment is limited to 18 students.

Electives Biomedical Design Credit

ENGS 23 and ENGS 56 or equivalent

10
(alternate years)
Halter
Limit: 9
ENGS 57
X ENGS 58
 
Introduction to Protein Engineering

Engineered biomolecules are powering an array of innovations in biotechnology, and this course will familiarize students with key developments in the field. An overview of foundational principles will cover concepts such as the central dogma of biology, atomic scale forces in protein structures, and protein structure-function relationships. Strategies for modifying protein structures will be surveyed, with a particular emphasis on genetic techniques. The development of proteins with practical utility will be highlighted using case studies.

Electives, Culminating Experience Biomedical

ENGS 35 or CHEM 41

3B
Ackerman
3B
Griswold
ENGS 58
X ENGS 60
 
Introduction to Solid-State Electronic Devices

In this course the physical and operational principles behind important electronic devices such as the solar cell and transistor are introduced. Semiconductor electron and hole concentrations and carrier transport are discussed. Carrier generation and recombination including optical absorption and light emission are covered. P-N junction operation and its application to diodes, solar cells, LEDs, and photodiodes is developed. The field-effect transistor (FET) and bipolar junction transistor (BJT) are then discussed and their terminal operation developed. Application of transistors to bipolar and CMOS analog and digital circuits is introduced. The course is primarily intended for students interested in electronics, including digital, analog, power and energy, both at component and integrated circuit levels. The course may also be useful to students interested in electronic materials, device microfabrication and communications.

Electives Electrical, Materials Lab Design Credit

ENGS 23

10A
Fossum
10A; Lab
Fossum
ENGS 60
X ENGS 61
 
Intermediate Electrical Circuits

This course will build on ENGS 32, providing a foundation for transistor-level analog and digital circuit design. The course will start with an introduction to the Semiconductor Industry and how it has dramatically altered the modern way of life, resulting in diverse technologies from the iPhone and Facebook to LED lighting and electric transportation. This will lead into basic semiconductor theory and CMOS device models, two-port linearized models, and finally single- and multi-stage amplifiers with applications motivated by wireless communications and biomedical instrumentation. The second half of the class will focus on digital circuits. Topics will include designing and optimizing complex static CMOS in terms of energy, delay, and area for computational blocks and memory arrays (SRAM, DRAM, and FLASH). The class will have weekly labs and a final project that will utilize modern computer-aided design tools (Cadence). The course will prepare the student for advanced study of highly integrated electrical circuits.

Electives, Culminating Experience Computer, Electrical Lab Project Design Credit

ENGS 32

11
Stauth
11
Stauth
ENGS 61
X ENGS 62
 
Microprocessors in Engineered Systems

Microprocessor and microcomputers are central components in ever-increasing numbers of consumer, industrial, and scientific products. This course extends the design framework developed in ENGS 31 to include these high integration parts. Students are introduced to simple and advanced microcomputers, their supporting peripheral hardware, and the hardware and software tools that aid designers in creating embedded system controllers. Laboratory projects will cover basic microprocessor behavior, bus interfaces, peripheral devices, and digital signal processing. Enrollment is limited to 30 students.

Electives, Culminating Experience Computer Lab Project Design Credit

ENGS 20 and ENGS 31

2A
Taylor
Limit: 30
2A; Lab
Taylor
ENGS 62
X ENGS 64
 
Engineering Electromagnetics

Conceptual development, techniques and engineering applications in electrostatics, magnetostatics and magnetic induction; displacement current and Maxwell’s equations; transmission line analysis; propagation, reflection, refraction and dispersion of electromagnetic waves.

Electrical

ENGS 23

2
Shubitidze
ENGS 64
X ENGS 65
 
Engineering Software Design

As a successor to ENGS 20, this course covers intermediate topics in programming and software design with an emphasis on engineering applications. Students will learn software design principles and basic data structures. Topics covered will include object-oriented design, user interface design, lists, stacks, queues, binary trees, hash tables, and simulation. Students will learn techniques for developing maintainable, extensible, and understandable software.

Electives Computer Design Credit

ENGS 20 or COSC 1 and COSC 10

3B
Santos
3B
Santos
ENGS 65
X ENGS 66
 
Discrete Mathematics in Computer Science

This course integrates discrete mathematics with algorithms and data structures, using computer science applications to motivate the mathematics. It covers logic and proof techniques, induction, set theory, counting, asymptotics, discrete probability, graphs, and trees. 

Electives Computer

ENGS 20 or COSC 1 and COSC 10 or advanced placement

11
Jayanti
Limit: 60
10A
Chakrabarti
ENGS 66
X ENGS 67
 
Programming Parallel Systems

Multi-core processors are now ubiquitous in most personal computers. These are the fundamental computer-engineering building blocks for high-performance servers, blade farms, and cloud computing. In order to utilize these devices in large systems they must be interconnected through networking and collectively programmed. This hands-on system-engineering course offers students the opportunity to explore problem-solving techniques on a high-performance multi-computer containing multi-core processors. The course involves weekly programming laboratories that teach POSIX thread, UDP and TCP network, and MPI style programming techniques. These techniques are explored in the context of scalable problem solving methods applied to typical problems in science and engineering ranging from client-server sensing and data repositories, to numerical methods, gaming and decision support. All laboratories will be conducted in the C programming language and proficiency in C is required. Enrollment is limited to 30 students.

Electives, Culminating Experience Computer Lab Project Design Credit

ENGS 20 or COSC 50

2A; Lab
Taylor
Limit: 30
2A; Lab
Taylor
ENGS 67
X ENGS 68
 
Introduction to Communication Systems

This course provides an introduction to communication systems. The focus is on the deterministic aspects of analog and digital systems. The student is introduced to modeling and analyzing signals in the time and frequency domains. Modulation techniques are addressed as well as sampling, multiplexing, line coding, and pulse shaping. Recent developments in communication systems are briefly discussed.

Electives Computer

Prior or concurrent enrollment in ENGS 22, ENGS 27 and ENGS 92 strongly recommended

2
Testorf
2
Testorf
ENGS 68
X ENGS 69
 
Smartphone Programming

This course teaches students how to design, implement, test, debug and publish smartphone applications. Topics include development environment, phone emulator, key programming paradigms, UI design including views and activities, data persistence, messaging and networking, embedded sensors, location based services (e.g., Google Maps), cloud programming, and publishing applications. Concepts are reinforced through a set of weekly programming assignments and group projects. Enrollment is limited to 50 students.

Electives Computer Design Credit

COSC 10

11
Yang
Limit: 45
ENGS 69
X ENGS 71
 
Structural Analysis

An introduction to the behavior of structural systems (including examples of buildings, space structures, and mechanical systems), with an emphasis on modeling and approximating behavior. Classical and computational analysis methods for structural load flow through basic three-dimensional structures; methods of approximating the response of planar structures; methods of determining deformations in planar, statically determinate structure; actions and deformations in statically indeterminate structures, using both flexibility/compatibility methods and stiffness/equilibrium methods (including an introduction to matrix methods). A structural system of choice will be redesigned to improve performance.

Electives, Culminating Experience Environmental, Mechanical Project Design Credit

ENGS 20 or COSC 1 and COSC 10 and ENGS 33

10
May
10
May
ENGS 71
X ENGS 72
 
Applied Mechanics: Dynamics

The fundamentals of dynamics with emphasis on their application to engineering problems. Newtonian mechanics including kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies, work, energy, impulse, and momentum. Intermediate topics will include Lagrange's equations, energy methods, Euler's equations, rigid body dynamics, and the theory of small oscillations.

Electives Mechanical Project

ENGS 22

9L
Van Citters
9L
Van Citters
ENGS 72
X ENGS 73
 
Materials Processing and Selection

In this course the basic concepts of materials science introduced in ENGS 24 are applied to a variety of materials problems and processes. The course will treat processes and principles relevant to both mechanical and electrical engineering applications. Topics include solidification and crystal growth, joining and bonding techniques, deformation processing, surface coatings and thin film deposition, polymer processing, composite materials, magnetic and dielectric materials, powder metallurgy and ceramics processing, materials selection, failure processes, and quality control. The course will involve laboratory exercises and field trips to local industry. Materials applications will be considered on a case study basis, including aerospace and automotive structures, consumer goods, high performance sports equipment, electric components, VLSI circuit fabrication and packaging.

Electives, Culminating Experience Materials, Mechanical Lab Project Design Credit

ENGS 24 and ENGS 33 or equivalent

10A
(alternate years)
Wegst
10A; Lab
(alternate years)
Wegst
ENGS 73
X ENGS 75
 
Product Design

A laboratory course on human-centered product design. A series of design projects form the vehicle for exploring creative strategies for optimizing product design for human use. The course focus includes need-finding, concept development, iterative modeling, prototyping and testing. The goal is synthesis of technical requirements with aesthetic and human concerns. Includes presentations by visiting professional designers. Enrollment is limited to 20 students.

Electives, Culminating Experience All Engineering Lab Project Design Credit

ENGS 21 or ENGS 89

2A
Collier, Robbie
Limit: 20
2A
Collier, Robbie
ENGS 75
X ENGS 76
 
Machine Engineering

An introduction to the analysis and synthesis of mechanical components and systems. Lecture topics focus on design and analysis of mechanical components subject to static and fatigue loading conditions, deformation, and buckling. Power transmission shafting, bearings, and gears will be studied in detail. A survey of design requirements for other components — springs, screws, belts, clutches, brakes, roller chains, and welded and riveted connections — will be provided. The class includes laboratory sessions for developing practical skills in design fabrication. A term project emphasizes the synthesis of a working machine to complete a specified task. The project involves the design or selection of components studied, and includes fabrication and demonstration of the machine. Solid modeling software is used as a design tool. Enrollment is limited to 25 students.

Electives, Culminating Experience Mechanical Lab Project Design Credit

ENGS 21, ENGS 33, and proficiency with solid modeling software

10A
Diamond
Limit: 26
10A
Diamond
ENGS 76
X ENGS 80
 
Ethics and Engineering

An examination of the normative dimensions of professional practice, with a practical focus on engineering. Discussion topics will include common morality; ethical theories (virtue, deontological, utilitarian, contractarian); the definition and role of professions in contemporary societies, including theories of professionalism that seek to justify action or inaction in the workplace; the relations among professionals, clients, employers, professional societies, and the service population; and professional codes of conduct. Case studies will include contemporary accidents and issues in advanced technology (genetic engineering, nanotechnology, the machine-human interface). Goals of achievement for the profession will be examined, as expressed by professional societies, educators, and legislation, in the context of emergent globalization of technology and trade. Enrollment is limited to 20 students.

All Engineering

Senior standing in the Engineering Sciences major, the physical sciences, or Philosophy; or permission of instructor

ENGS 80
X ENGS 84
 
Reading Course

Advanced undergraduates occasionally arrange with a faculty member a reading course in a subject not occurring in the regularly scheduled curriculum. This course can only be elected once and either ENGS 84 or ENGS 85 may be used toward the Engineering Sciences major, but not both.

Electives

Permission of the department chair. (Proposed courses should include a full syllabus, resources and student evaluation methods and must be submitted for approval prior to the end of the term preceding the term in which the course will be taken.)

Arrange
Dept. Chair
Arrange
Schulson
Arrange
Schulson

Dept. Chair

Dept. Chair

Dept. Chair

Dept. Chair

Dept. Chair
ENGS 84
X ENGS 85
 
Hybrid Powertrain System Design (ENGS 85.04)

The course involves a term-long project designing components and subsystems for a hybrid powertrain system. With information sessions and interactive brainstorming meetings, the students will gain practical understanding of the iterative design process, including prototyping and testing. In the second part of the course, this knowledge will be sequentially applied to design components of three specific subsystems of the powertrain, viz. the engine power block, the transmission system, and the engine management system. The design process will incorporate constraints such as cost, manufacturability, and compatibility with other system components (mechanical, electrical, thermal, and fluid interactions).

ENGS 21 (Introduction to Engineering), ENGS 22 (Systems) or ENGS 25 (Thermodynamics) or ENGS 34 (Fluid Mechanics) or permission of instructor


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ENGS 85
X ENGS 86
 
Independent Project

An individual research or design project carried out under the supervision of a member of the staff. Students electing this course will be expected to carry out preliminary reading during the preceding term. This course may be taken in one term, or as a one-third course credit for each of three consecutive terms. A major written report and oral presentation will be submitted at the completion of the course. ENGS 86 may be counted as an elective in the major if ENGS 89 is taken as the culminating experience. Only one of either ENGS 86 or ENGS 88 may be used in satisfaction of the combined A.B. major and B.E. degree requirements.

Electives, Culminating Experience

Senior standing in the Engineering Sciences major or Bachelor of Engineering standing and permission of the department chair is required.  (One-page proposal submission required and must be submitted for approval prior to the end of the term preceding the term in which the course will be taken.)

Arrange
Dept. Chair
Arrange
Schulson
Arrange
Schulson

Dept. Chair

Dept. Chair

Dept. Chair

Dept. Chair

Dept. Chair
ENGS 86
X ENGS 87
 
Undergraduate Investigations

An original investigation in a phase of science or engineering under the supervision of a member of the staff. Students electing the course will be expected to carry out preliminary reading during the preceding term and to meet weekly with the staff member supervising the investigation. The course is open to qualified undergraduates with the consent of the department chair, and it may be elected more than once, or taken as a one-third course credit for each of three consecutive terms. A report describing the details of the investigation must be filed with the department chair and approved at the completion of the course.

Permission of the department chair. (One-page proposal submission required and must be submitted for approval prior to the end of the term preceding the term in which the course will be taken.)

Arrange
Dept. Chair
Arrange
Schulson
Arrange
Schulson

Dept. Chair

Dept. Chair

Dept. Chair

Dept. Chair

Dept. Chair
ENGS 87
X ENGS 88
 
Honors Thesis

Honors version of ENGS 86. A course normally elected by honors students in one term of the senior year. The student will conduct a creative investigation suitable to the major subject under the supervision and guidance of a member of the staff. Students electing this course will be expected to begin the project work at least one term prior to electing ENGS 88 and may choose to conduct the preliminary investigation under ENGS 87. A major written report and oral presentation will be submitted at the completion of the course. Only one of either ENGS 86 or ENGS 88 may be used in satisfaction of the combined A.B. major and B.E. degree requirements.

Electives, Culminating Experience

Permission of the chair of the Honors program

Arrange
Dept. Chair
Arrange
Schulson
Arrange
Schulson

Dept. Chair

Dept. Chair

Dept. Chair

Dept. Chair

Dept. Chair
ENGS 88
X ENGS 89
 
Engineering Design Methodology and Project Initiation

This course explores elements of the engineering design process as a means of enhancing student ability in problem definition, development and evaluation of creative alternatives, application and methods of technical and economic analysis, identification and application of ethical and legal constraints, and effective presentation of technical information. Design projects are developed from specifications submitted by industry and other organizations and are pursued over the course of two quarters as a team project (ENGS 89/90). Written and oral proposals and progress reports are required for the design project during the term. A project advisor is required for each design team to serve as a consultant to the team's efforts. ENGS 89 is the first unit of a two-term course sequence (ENGS 89/90) that must be taken consecutively.

Electives, Culminating Experience All Engineering Project Design Credit

Prior to enrollment in ENGS 89, at least six engineering sciences courses must be completed. These include ENGS 21 plus five additional courses numbered 22 to 76 (excluding 75) and 91 and above.

2A
Halter, Ray
2A
Halter, Ray
ENGS 89
X ENGS 90
 
Engineering Design Methodology and Project Completion

This course is the second unit in the two-course team engineering design sequence ENGS 89/90. The objective of the course is to develop the students' professional abilities by providing a realistic project experience in engineering analysis, design, and development. Students continue with the design teams formed in ENGS 89 to complete their projects. Design teams are responsible for all aspects of their respective projects: science, innovation, analysis, experimentation, economic decisions and business operations, planning of projects, patents, and relationships with clients. Mid-term and final oral presentations and written reports are required. A faculty member is assigned to each design team to serve as consultant to the team's efforts.

Electives, Culminating Experience All Engineering Project Design Credit

ENGS 89

3B
Halter, Ray
3B
Halter, Ray
ENGS 90
X ENGS 91
 
Numerical Methods in Computation

A study and analysis of important numerical and computational methods for solving engineering and scientific problems. The course will include methods for solving linear and nonlinear equations, doing polynomial interpolation, evaluating integrals, solving ordinary differential equations, and determining eigenvalues and eigenvectors of matrices. The student will be required to write and run computer programs. ENGS 91 may not be used by mathematics or computer science majors in partial satisfaction of the distributive requirement.

Electives

ENGS 20 or COSC 1 and COSC 10; ENGS 22 or MATH 23, or equivalent

12
Shepherd
12
Shepherd
ENGS 91
X ENGS 92
 
Fourier Transforms and Complex Variables

Survey of a number of mathematical methods of importance in engineering and physics with particular emphasis on the Fourier transform as a tool for modeling and analysis. Orthogonal function expansions, Fourier series, discrete and continuous Fourier transforms, generalized functions and sampling theory, complex functions and complex integration, Laplace, Z, and Hilbert transforms. Computational Fourier analysis, applications to linear systems, waves, and signal processing.

Electives

MATH 46 or ENGS 22 and ENGS 23 or the equivalent

2
Testorf
2
Testorf
ENGS 92
X ENGS 93
 
Statistical Methods in Engineering (ENGS 93-01)

The application of statistical techniques and concepts to maximize the amount and quality of information resulting from experiments. After a brief introductory summary of fundamental concepts in probability and statistics, topics considered will include probability distributions, sampling distributions, estimation and confidence intervals for parameters of statistical distributions, hypothesis testing, design and analysis of variance for single and multiple-factor experiments, regression analysis, estimation and confidence intervals for parameters of non-statistical models, and statistical quality control.

Electives All Engineering

MATH 13 or equivalent

11
Lasky
11
Vaze
11
Lasky
11; 12
Vaze
ENGS 93
X ENGS 93
 
Statistical Methods in Engineering (ENGS 93-02)

The application of statistical techniques and concepts to maximize the amount and quality of information resulting from experiments. After a brief introductory summary of fundamental concepts in probability and statistics, topics considered will include probability distributions, sampling distributions, estimation and confidence intervals for parameters of statistical distributions, hypothesis testing, design and analysis of variance for single and multiple-factor experiments, regression analysis, estimation and confidence intervals for parameters of non-statistical models, and statistical quality control.

Electives All Engineering

MATH 13 or equivalent

12
Vaze
ENGS 93
X ENGS 100
 
Methods in Applied Mathematics I

Concepts and methods used in the treatment of linear equations with emphasis on matrix operations, differential equations, and eigenvalue problems will be developed following a brief review of analytic function theory. Topics include the Fourier integral, finite and infinite dimensional vector spaces, boundary value problems, eigenfunction expansions, Green's functions, transform techniques for partial differential equations, and series solution of ordinary differential equations. Properties and uses of orthogonal polynomials and special functions such as the hypergeometric, Bessel, Legendre, and gamma functions are included. Applications in engineering and physics are emphasized.

Electives All Engineering

ENGS 92 or MATH 33 or MATH 43, with permission of instructor, or the equivalent

ENGS 100
X ENGG 103
 
Operations Research

This course provides an overview of a broad range of deterministic and probabilistic operations research models with a focus on engineering applications. Emphasis is on developing strong formulations, understanding key solution concepts, developing efficient algorithms, and grasping the advantages and limitations of each approach. After a brief overview of linear and discrete optimization models, the course covers four main types of techniques: network models, queuing theory, discrete events simulation and game theoretic analysis. Various network models and the corresponding solution algorithms are discussed. Key results and applications of queuing models are presented. Uncertainty associated with real-world modeling is captured through simulation techniques with specific emphasis on discrete events simulation. Equilibrium modeling concepts for strategic form games and extensive form games are introduced as extensions of the core optimization concepts. Application examples are drawn from aerospace, biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical, and systems engineering.

All Engineering

ENGS 93 or equivalent

M/Tu 4:45-6:35
Vaze
Arrange
Vaze
ENGG 103
X ENGS 104
 
Optimization Methods for Engineering Applications

An introduction to various methods of optimization and their uses in modern engineering. Students will learn to formulate and analyze optimization problems and apply optimization techniques in addition to learning the basic mathematical principles on which these techniques are based. Topic coverage includes linear programming, nonlinear programming, dynamic programming, combinatorial optimization and Monte Carlo methods.

Electives All Engineering Project Design Credit

MATH 22 and ENGS 27 or equivalents, or permission of instructor

12
Cybenko
ENGS 104
X ENGS 105
 
Computational Methods for Partial Differential Equations I

This course concentrates on the numerical solution of partial differential equations commonly encountered in Engineering Sciences. Finite difference and finite element methods are used to solve problems in heat flow, wave propagation, vibrations, fluid mechanics, hydrology, and solid mechanics. The course materials emphasize the systematic generation of numerical methods for elliptic, parabolic, and hyperbolic problems, and the analysis of their stability, accuracy, and convergence properties. Weekly computer exercises will be required to illustrate the concepts discussed in class.

Electives

MATH 23 and ENGS 91 (COSC 71), or equivalents

2A
(alternate years)
Paulsen
ENGS 105
X ENGS 106
 
Numerical Linear Algebra

The course examines, in the context of modern computational practice, algorithms for solving linear systems Ax = b and Ax = lambdax. Matrix decomposition algorithms, matrix inversion, and eigenvector expansions are studied. Algorithms for special matrix classes are featured, including symmetric positive definite matrices, banded matrices, and sparse matrices. Error analysis and complexity analysis of the algorithms are covered. The algorithms are implemented for selected examples chosen from elimination methods (linear systems), least squares (filters), linear programming, incidence matrices (networks and graphs), diagonalization (convolution), sparse matrices (partial differential equations).

Electives All Engineering

COSC 71 or ENGS 91. Students are to be familiar with approximation theory, error analysis, direct and iterative techniques for solving linear systems, and discretization of continuous problems to the level normally encountered in an undergraduate course in numerical analysis.

ENGS 106
X ENGG 107
 
Bayesian Statistical Modeling and Computation

This course will introduce the Bayesian approach to statistical modeling as well as the computational methods necessary to implement models for research and application. Methods of statistical learning and inference will be covered for a variety of settings. Students will have the opportunity to apply these methods in the context of their own research or area of application in the form of a term project.

All Engineering

ENGS 93 or comparable course in probability and statistics; previous programming experience with MATLAB, C, S, R or similar language. (MATH/COSC 71, ENGS 91, COSC 70/170 are appropriate ways to fulfill the programming requirement.)

ENGG 107
X ENGS 110
 
Signal Processing

Continuous and discrete time signals and systems. The discrete Fourier Transform and the fast Fourier Transform. Linear filtering of signals and noise. Characterization of random signals using correlation functions and power spectral densities. Problems will be assigned which require the use of the computer.

Electives Electrical

ENGS 32 and ENGS 92 or equivalents

10
Hansen
10
Hansen
ENGS 110
X ENGS 111
 
Digital Image Processing

Digital image processing has come into widespread use in many fields, including medicine, industrial process monitoring, military and security applications, as well as satellite observation of the earth. This course will cover many aspects of image processing that students will find valuable in their research or personal interest. Topics will include: image sources, computer representation of images and formats, operations on images, and image analysis. In this course we will stretch the conventional notion of images from 2D pixel arrays to include 3D data sets, and we will explore how one can process such stacks of voxels to produce useful information. This course will also touch on some advanced topics in image processing, which may vary based on students interests. This course will require the completion of a project selected by the student.

Biomedical, Computer, Electrical Project Design Credit

ENGS 92 and ENGS 93 or equivalent

9L
Hartov
9L
Hartov
ENGS 111
X ENGS 112
 
Modern Information Technologies

This course covers current and emerging information technologies, focusing on their engineering design, performance, and application. General topics, such as distributed component and object architectures, wireless networking, web computing, and information security, will be covered. Specific subjects will include Java, CORBA, JINI public key cryptography, web search engine theory and technology, and communications techniques relevant to wireless networking such as Code Division Multiple Access protocols and cellular technology.

Electives, Culminating Experience

ENGS 20, ENGS 93 and ENGS 27 or COSC 60. ENGS 93 can be taken concurrently.

11
Santos
11
Santos
ENGS 112
X ENGS 114
 
Networked Multi-Agent Systems

Design and analysis of networked systems comprised of interacting dynamic agents will be considered. Inspired by the cohesive behavior of flocks of birds, we design self-organizing engineering systems that mimic a sense of coordinated motion and the capability of collaborative information processing similar to flocks of birds. Examples include multi-robot networks, social networks, sensor networks, and swarms. The course combines concepts in control theory, graph theory, and complex systems in a unified framework.

Electives Computer

ENGS 26, MATH 23, or equivalents plus familiarity with MATLAB

ENGS 114
X ENGS 115
 
Parallel Computing

Parallel computation, especially as applied to large scale problems. The three main topics are: parallel architectures, parallel programming techniques, and case studies from specific scientific fields. A major component of the course is laboratory experience using at least two different types of parallel machines. Case studies will come from applications areas such as seismic processing, fluid mechanics, and molecular dynamics.

Electives Computer Lab

ENGS 91 (or COSC 71 or equivalent)

ENGS 115
X ENGS 116
 
Computer Engineering: Computer Architecture

The course provides an introduction to the field of computer architecture. The history of the area will be examined, from the first stored program computer to current research issues. Topics covered will include successful and unsuccessful machine designs, cache memory, virtual memory, pipelining, instruction set design, RISC/CISC issues, and hardware/software tradeoffs. Readings will be from the text and an extensive list of papers. Assignments will include homeworks and a substantial project, intended to acquaint students with open questions in computer architecture.

Electives Computer

ENGS 31 and COSC 51; COSC 57, COSC 58, or equivalent recommended

ENGS 116
X ENGS 120
 
Electromagnetic Waves: Analytical and Modeling Approaches

Conceptual development, analysis, and modeling in electromagnetic wave propagation, including boundary conditions, material properties, polarization, radiation, scattering, and phased arrays; emerging research and applications in the areas of electromagnetics and materials.

Electives Biomedical, Electrical, Materials

ENGS 64 or equivalent

2A
Luke
Arrange
Luke
ENGS 120
X ENGS 122
 
Semiconductor Theory and Devices

Elementary physics (classical and quantum) is applied to create models for the behavior of semiconductor devices. The distribution of electron energy, the gap between energy bands, and the mechanisms of current flow are derived. The pn junction and its variations, bipolar junction transistor, junction field effect transistor, and MOSFET devices are studied. Other devices studied are chosen from among opto-electronic and heterojunction devices.

Electives, Culminating Experience Electrical, Materials

ENGS 24, ENGS 32, and ENGS 60 or equivalents

ENGS 122
X ENGS 123
 
Optics

The physical principles and engineering applications of optics, with an emphasis on optical systems. Geometric optics: ray tracing, first-order analysis, imaging, radiometry. Wave optics: polarization, interference, diffraction, Fourier optics. Sources and detectors. Fiber optic systems.

Electives Biomedical, Electrical, Materials Design Credit

ENGS 23 or PHYS 41, and ENGS 92 or equivalent

ENGS 123
X ENGS 124
 
Optical Devices and Systems

Light has now taken its place beside electricity as a medium for information technology and for engineering and scientific instrumentation. Applications for light include telecommunications and computers, as well as instrumentation for materials science, and biomedical, mechanical, and chemical engineering. The principles and characteristics of lasers, detectors, lenses, fibers, and modulators will be presented, and their application to specific optical systems introduced. The course will be taught in an interdisciplinary way, with applications chosen from each field of engineering. Students will choose design projects in their field of interest.

Electives, Culminating Experience Electrical Design Credit

ENGS 23

ENGS 124
X ENGS 125
 
Power Electronics and Electromechanical Energy Conversion

Controlled use of energy is essential in modern society. As advances in power electronics extend the capability for precise and efficient control of electrical energy to more applications, economic and environmental considerations provide compelling reasons to do so. In this class, the principles of power processing using semiconductor switching are introduced through study of pulse-width-modulated dc-dc converters. High-frequency techniques, such as soft-switching, are analyzed. Magnetic circuit modeling serves as the basis for transformer, inductor, and electric machine design. Electromechanical energy conversion is studied in relation to electrostatic and electromagnetic motor and actuator design. Applications to energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, robotics, and micro-electromechanical systems are discussed. Laboratory exercises lead to a project involving switching converters and/or electric machines.

Electives, Culminating Experience Electrical Design Credit

ENGS 23 and ENGS 32

12
Sullivan, Stauth
11
Stauth
ENGS 125
X ENGS 126
 
Analog Integrated Circuit Design

Design methodologies of very large scale integration (VLSI) analog circuits as practiced in industry will be discussed. Topics considered will include practical design considerations such as size and cost; technology processes; modeling of CMOS, bipolar, and diode devices; advanced circuit simulation techniques; basic building blocks; amplifiers; and analog systems. A design project is also required in which the student will design, analyze, and optimize a small analog or mixed analog/digital integrated circuit. This design and some homework assignments will require the student to perform analog and digital circuit simulations to verify circuit operation and performance. Lectures will be supplemented by guest lecturers from industry.

Electives, Culminating Experience Electrical Lab Project Design Credit

ENGS 32 and ENGS 61, or permission of instructor

2A
Odame
2A
Odame
ENGS 126
X ENGS 128
 
Advanced Digital System Design

Field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) have become a major fabric for implementing digital systems, rivaling application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and microprocessors/microcontrollers, particularly in applications requiring special architectures or high data throughput, such as digital signal processing. Hardware description languages (HDLs) have become the dominant method for digital system design. This course will advance the student's understanding of FPGA design flow and ability to perform HDL-based design and implementation on FPGAs. Topics include: FPGA architectures, digital arithmetic, pipelining and parallelism, efficient design using register transfer level coding and IP cores, computer-aided tools for simulation, synthesis, and debugging. The course is graded on a series of laboratory exercises and a final project.

Electives Computer, Electrical Lab Project Design Credit

ENGS 31 and ENGS 62 or COSC 51

2
(alternate years)
Hansen
Limit: 20
ENGS 128
X ENGS 129
 
Biomedical Circuits and Systems

This course covers the fundamental principles of designing electronic instrumentation and measurement systems, including (i) operation and use of a range of transducers (ii) design of sensor interface circuits (iii) operation and use of different analog-to- digital converters (iv) signal processing algorithms and (v) event-driven microcontroller programming. While these engineering principles will be illustrated in the context of biomedical applications, they are equally relevant to other instrumentation and measurement scenarios. In the first half of the course, there are weekly labs during which students build various biomedical devices, such as an ECG-based heart rate monitor, an electronic stethoscope and an automatic blood pressure monitor. Each of these labs underscores a specific principle of instrumentation and measurement system design. The second half of the course is focused on a group project to build a single, moderately-complex piece of instrumentation, such as a blood oxygenation monitor.
 

Electives, Culminating Experience Biomedical, Electrical Lab Project Design Credit

ENGS 31, ENGS 32 and either ENGS 61, ENGS 62.

11
Odame
11
Odame
ENGS 129
X ENGS 130
 
Mechanical Behavior of Materials

A study of the mechanical properties of engineering materials and the influence of these properties on the design process. Topics include: tensorial description of stress and strain; elasticity; plastic yielding under multiaxial loading; flow rules for large plastic strains; microscopic basis for plasticity; viscoelastic deformation of polymers; creep; fatigue; and fracture.

Electives, Culminating Experience Materials, Mechanical Design Credit

ENGS 24 and ENGS 33, or equivalent

10
Schulson
10
Schulson
ENGS 130
X ENGS 131
 
Science of Solid State Materials

This course provides a background in solid state physics and gives students information about modern directions in research and application of solid state science. The course serves as a foundation for more advanced and specialized courses in the engineering of solid state devices and the properties of materials. The main subjects considered are: crystal structure, elastic waves-phonones, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein statistics, lattice heat capacity and thermal conductivity, electrons in crystals, electron gas heat capacity and thermal conductivity, metals, semiconductors, superconductors, dielectric and magnetic properties, and optical properties. Amorphous solids, recombination, photoconductivity, photoluminescence, injection currents, semiconductor lasers, high temperature superconductors, and elements of semiconductor and superconductor microelectronics are considered as examples.

Electives Electrical, Materials Lab

ENGS 24 or PHYS 24 or CHEM 76 or equivalent

2
Frost
2
Liu
ENGS 131
X ENGS 132
 
Thermodynamics and Kinetics in Condensed Phases

This course discusses the thermodynamics and kinetics of phase changes and transport in condensed matter, with the objective of understanding the microstructure of both natural and engineered materials. Topics include phase equilibria, atomic diffusion, interfacial effects, nucleation and growth, solidification of one-component and two-component systems, solubility, precipitation of gases and solids from supersaturated solutions, grain growth, and particle coarsening. Both diffusion-assisted and diffusionless or martensitic transformations are addressed. The emphasis is on fundamentals. Applications span the breadth of engineering, including topics such as polymer transformations, heat treatment of metals, processing of ceramics and semiconductors. Term paper.

Electives, Culminating Experience Materials

ENGS 24 and ENGS 25, or equivalent

9L
Schulson
9L
Schulson
ENGS 132
X ENGS 133
 
Methods of Materials Characterization

This survey course discusses both the physical principles and practical applications of the more common modern methods of materials characterization. It covers techniques of both microstructural analysis (OM, SEM, TEM, electron diffraction, XRD), and microchemical characterization (EDS, XPS, AES, SIMS, NMR, RBS, and Raman spectroscopy), together with various scanning probe microscopy techniques (AFM, STM, EFM, and MFM). Emphasis is placed on the information that can be obtained together with the limitations of each technique. The course has a substantial laboratory component, including a project involving written and oral reports, and requires a term paper.

Electives, Culminating Experience Materials Lab

ENGS 24 or permission

2A
(alternate years)
Baker
2A
(alternate years)
Baker
ENGS 133
X ENGS 134
 
Nanotechnology

Current papers in the field of nanotechnology will be discussed in the context of the course material. In the second half of the term, students will pick a topic of interest and have either individual or small group meetings to discuss literature and research opportunities in this area. The students will prepare a grant proposal in their area of interest.

Electives, Culminating Experience Electrical, Materials Lab Project

ENGS 24 or PHYS 19 or CHEM 6, or equivalent

10A
Liu
10A
Liu
ENGS 134
X ENGS 135
 
Thin Films and Microfabrication Technology

This course covers the processing aspects of semiconductor and thin film devices. Growth methods, metallization, doping, insulator deposition, patterning, and analysis are covered. There are two major projects associated with the course — an experimental investigation performed in an area related to the student's research or interests, and a written and oral report on an area of thin film technology.

Electives, Culminating Experience All Engineering Lab Project Design Credit

ENGS 24 or equivalent

2
(alternate years)
Levey
ENGS 135
X ENGG 138
 
Corrosion and Degradation of Materials

Application of the thermodynamics and kinetics of electrochemical reactions to the understanding of such corrosion phenomena as oxidation, passivity, stress corrosion cracking, and corrosion fatigue. Discussion of methods of corrosion control and prevention including alloy selection, environmental control, anodic and cathodic protection, and protective coatings. Some treatment of the environmental degradation of non-metals and polymers. Applications to current materials degradation problems in marine environments, petrochemical and metallurgical industries, and energy conversion systems.

Materials

ENGS 24 and CHEM 5

12
Li
Arrange
Li
ENGG 138
X ENGS 142
 
Intermediate Solid Mechanics

Exact and approximate solutions of the equations of elasticity are developed and applied to the study of stress and deformation in structural and mechanical elements. The topics will include energy methods, advanced problems in torsion and bending, stress concentrations, elastic waves and vibrations, and rotating bodies. Although most applications will involve elastic deformation, post-yield behavior of elastic-perfectly plastic bodies will also be studied. The course will also include numerous applications of finite element methods in solid mechanics.

Electives Mechanical

ENGS 71 or ENGS 76 or equivalent

10A
Chen
10
Chen
ENGS 142
X ENGS 145
 
Modern Control Theory

A continuation of ENGS 26, with emphasis on digital control, state-space analysis and design, and optimal control of dynamic systems. Topics include review of classical control theory, discrete-time system theory, discrete modeling of continuous-time systems, transform methods for digital control design, the state-space approach to control system design, optimal control, and effects of quantization and sampling rate on performance of digital control systems. Laboratory exercises reinforce the major concepts; the ability to program a computer in a high-level language is assumed.

Electives, Culminating Experience Design Credit

ENGS 26

10A
Phan
10A
Phan
ENGS 145
X ENGS 146
 
Computer-Aided Mechanical Engineering Design

An investigation of techniques useful in the mechanical design process. Topics include computer graphics, computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing, computer-aided (finite element) analysis, and the influence of manufacturing methods on the design process. Project work will be emphasized. Enrollment is limited to 24 students.

Electives, Culminating Experience Mechanical Lab Project Design Credit

ENGS 76

2A
Diamond
Limit: 24
2A
Diamond
ENGS 146
X ENGS 147
 
Mechatronics

Mechatronics is the systems engineering approach to computer-controlled products. This course will integrate digital control theory, real-time computing, software design, sensing, estimation, and actuation through a series of laboratory assignments, complementary lectures, problem sets, and a final project. Topics covered will include microprocessor based real-time computing, digital control, state estimation, signal conditioning, sensors, autonomous navigation, and control architectures for autonomous systems.

Electives Electrical, Mechanical Lab Project Design Credit

ENGS 26 or ENGS 145 and two of ENGS 31, ENGS 32, ENGS 33, ENGS 76 or equivalent

3A
Ray
ENGS 147
X ENGG 148
 
Structural Mechanics

Development and application of approximate and "exact" analytical and computational methods of analysis to a variety of structural systems, including trusses, two- and three-dimensional frames, plates and/or shells. Modeling of structural systems as one and multi degree of freedom lumped systems permits analysis under a variety of dynamic loads as well as providing an introduction to vibration analysis.

Mechanical

ENGS 33

Mon/Wed 10:10-12:00
(alternate years)
Phan
ENGG 148
X ENGG 149
 
Introduction to Systems Identification

This course provides the fundamentals of system identification theory and its applications to mechanical, electrical, civil, and aerospace systems. Several state-of-the-art identification algorithms in current engineering practice will be studied. The following topics are covered: discrete-time and continuous-time models, state-space and input-output models, Markov parameters, observer Markov parameters, discrete Fourier transform, frequency response functions, singular value decomposition, least-squares parameter estimation, minimal realization theory, observer/Kalman filter identification, closed-loop system identification, nonlinear system identification, recursive system identification, and introduction to adaptive control.

Mechanical

ENGS 22 and ENGS 26, or equivalent

10A
(alternate years)
Phan
ENGG 149
X ENGS 150
 
Intermediate Fluid Mechanics

Following a review of the basic equations of fluid mechanics, the subjects of potential flow, viscous flows, boundary layer theory, turbulence, compressible flow, and wave propagation are considered at the intermediate level. The course provides a basis for subsequent more specialized studies at an advanced level.

Electives Chemical/Biochemical, Environmental, Mechanical Project

ENGS 25, ENGS 34, or permission of the instructor

12
Epps
12
Epps
ENGS 150
X ENGS 151
 
Environmental Fluid Mechanics

Applications of fluid mechanics to natural flows of water and air in environmentally relevant systems. The course begins with a review of fundamental fluid physics with emphasis on mass, momentum, and energy conservation. These concepts are then utilized to study processes that naturally occur in air and water, such as boundary layers, waves, instabilities, turbulence, mixing, convection, plumes, and stratification. The knowledge of these processes is then sequentially applied to the following environmental fluid systems: rivers and streams, wetlands, lakes and reservoirs, estuaries, the coastal ocean, smokestack plumes, urban airsheds, the lower atmospheric boundary layer, and the troposphere. Interactions between air and water systems are also studied in context, e.g., sea breeze in the context of the lower atmospheric boundary layer.

Electives Environmental

ENGS 25, ENGS 34, and ENGS 37, or equivalent

Arrange ENGS 151
X ENGS 152
 
Magnetohydrodynamics

The fluid description of plasmas and electrically conducting fluids including magnetohydrodynamics and two-fluid fluid theory, with applications to laboratory and space plasmas, including magnetostatics, stationary flows, waves, instabilities, and shocks.

Electives

PHYS 68 or equivalent, or permission of the instructor

ENGS 152
X ENGS 153
 
Computational Plasma Dynamics

Theory and computational techniques used in contemporary plasma physics, especially nonlinear plasma dynamics, including fluid, particle and hybrid simulation approaches as well as linear dispersion codes and data analysis. This is a "hands-on" numerical course; students run plasma simulation codes and do a significant amount of new programming (using MATLAB).

Electives

PHYS 68 or equivalent with ENGS 91 or equivalent recommended, or permission of the instructor

2A
(alternate years)
Lyon
ENGS 153
X ENGS 154
 
Aircraft Design

This project-based course immerses students in the clean-sheet design of a remotely- controlled aircraft. Students design and fabricate their aircraft from scratch, self-iden- tify gaps in knowledge, and seek out information from a variety of sources. Class peri- ods involve guided discovery of the physical principles of ight, as well as the devel- opment and use of mathematical models for design calculations. Assignments focus on the information and calculations needed to model and design the aircraft. This course calls upon material across multiple engineering disciplines: systems engineer- ing; aerodynamics; structural analysis; ight stability and control; and propulsion. 

Mechanical Project

ENGS 34 and one of ENGS 26, ENGS 31, ENGS 33. Equivalent courses allowed by permission.

11
Epps
11
Epps
ENGS 154
X ENGS 155
 
Intermediate Thermodynamics

The concepts of work, heat and thermodynamic properties are reviewed. Special consideration is given to derivation of entropy through information theory and statistical mechanics. Chemical and phase equilibria are studied and applied to industrial processes. Many thermodynamic processes are analyzed; the concept of exergy is used to evaluate their performance and identify ways to improve their efficiency.

Electives All Engineering

ENGS 25

2A
Frost
Arrange
Frost
ENGS 155
X ENGS 156
 
Heat, Mass, and Momentum Transfer

Fundamentals of convection, conduction, radiation, mass, and momentum transport. Basic conservation laws and rate equations in laminar and turbulent flows. Exact solutions. Approximate solutions using boundary layer or integral techniques. Empirical methods. Analysis of engineering systems.

Electives Biomedical, Chemical/Biochemical, Environmental, Materials Project

ENGS 25, ENGS 34

9L
Hill
9L
Staff
ENGS 156
X ENGS 157
 
Chemical Process Design

An in-depth exposure to the design of processes featuring chemical and/or biochemical transformations. Topics will feature integration of unit operations, simulation of system performance, sensitivity analysis, and system-level optimization. Process economics and investment return will be emphasized, with extensive use of the computer for simulation and analysis.

Electives, Culminating Experience Chemical/Biochemical Design Credit

ENGS 36

10
Laser
10
Laser
ENGS 157
X ENGS 158
 
Chemical Kinetics and Reactors

The use of reaction kinetics, catalyst formulation, and reactor configuration and control to achieve desired chemical transformations. The concepts and methods of analysis are of general applicability. Applications include combustion, fermentations, electrochemistry, and petrochemical reactions.

Electives, Culminating Experience Chemical/Biochemical Design Credit

ENGS 36

12
Laser
12
Laser
ENGS 158
X ENGS 160
 
Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering

A graduate section of ENGS 35 involving a project and extra class meetings. Not open to students who have taken ENGS 35. Enrollment is limited to 6.

Electives, Culminating Experience Chemical/Biochemical Lab

MATH 3, CHEM 3 or CHEM 5, BIOL 12 or BIOL 13 and permission of the instructor

9L; Lab
Gerngross
9L; Lab
Gerngross
ENGS 160
X ENGS 161
 
Microbial Physiology and Metabolic Engineering

A consideration of cellular metabolism, with an emphasis on microbial metabolism and its manipulation in order to produce products of interest. Quantitative descriptions of energy generation, cell growth, and biosynthesis will be addressed in the context of both unstructured and structured models. General principles of metabolic engineering, including metabolic control theory, will be presented and illustrated using case studies. Students will complete a substantial course project related to goal-directed analysis and manipulation of metabolism.

Electives

ENGS 160 and a non-introductory course in biochemistry or molecular biology, or permission

Arrange
(alternate years)
Lynd
ENGS 161
X ENGS 162
 
Methods in Biotechnology

This is a laboratory-based course designed to provide hands-on experience with modern biotechnological research, high throughput screening, and production tools. The course provides familiarity with processes commonly used in the biotechnology industry. Examples include fermentation systems controlled by programmable logic controllers, down-stream processing equipment such as continuous centrifugation, cross-flow ultra-filtration, and fluidized bed chromatography. The laboratory also demonstrates the substitution of routine molecular biological and biochemical operations by automated liquid handlers and laboratory robots. Students design and develop a bioassay, which is then implemented by laboratory robots for which they have to write their own implementation program. The course has a significant laboratory component. Enrollment is limited to 12 students.

Electives Chemical/Biochemical

One from ENGS 35, ENGS 160, and ENGS 161, OR one from BIOL 61, BIOL 64, and BIOL 65

Arrange
(alternate years)
Ackerman
ENGS 162
X ENGS 163
 
Advanced Protein Engineering

This course will build on molecular engineering fundaments introduced in ENGS 58 and equip students to formulate novel engineered molecules by translating methods into practical design proposals. The three components of any protein engineering effort will be surveyed: host strain, library design, and selective pressure. Both gold standard and novel engineering methodologies will be studied, and tradeoffs among different techniques will be examined through detailed case studies. Data presentation and interpretation skills will be developed by examining current literature focused on proteins with practical utility.

Electives, Culminating Experience Biomedical Design Credit

ENGS 58, or ENGS 160, or BIOCHEM 101. Equivalent courses accepted with instructor’s permission

3B
Ackerman
3B
Ackerman
ENGS 163
X ENGS 165
 
Biomaterials

Consideration of material problems is perhaps one of the most important aspects of prosthetic implant design. The effects of the implant material on the biological system as well as the effect of the biological environment on the implant must be considered. In this regard, biomaterial problems and the bioelectrical control systems regulating tissue responses to cardiovascular and orthopedic implants will be discussed. Examples of prosthetic devices currently being used and new developments of materials appropriate for future use in implantation will be taken from the literature.

Electives, Culminating Experience Biomedical, Materials Design Credit

ENGS 24, or equivalent

Tu/Th, 8:00-9:50
Van Citters
T-Th 8-9:50
Van Citters
ENGS 165
X ENGG 166
 
Quantitative Human Physiology

Introduction to human physiology using the quantitative methods of engineering and physical science. Topical coverage includes cellular membrane ion transport, Hodgkin-Huxley models and action potentials, musculoskeletal system, cardiovascular physiology, respiratory physiology, and nervous system physiology. Laboratory exercises and a final project delve into the measurement of human physiology, data analysis, and model testing.

Biomedical Design Credit

ENGS 22 or equivalent; BIOL 12 or BIOL 14 or ENGS 30; ENGS 23 or MATH 23 or BIOL 35 or PEMM 101

2A
Pogue
ENGG 166
X ENGS 167
 
Medical Imaging

A comprehensive introduction to all major aspects of standard medical imaging systems used today. Topics include radiation, dosimetry, x-ray imaging, computed tomography, nuclear medicine, MRI, ultrasound, and imaging applications in therapy. The fundamental mathematics underlying each imaging modality is reviewed and an engineering picture of the hardware needed to implement each system is examined. The course will incorporate a journal club review of research papers, term tests, and a term project to be completed on an imaging system.

Electives, Culminating Experience Biomedical Lab

ENGS 92 (may be taken concurrently)

9L
(alternate years)
Pogue
ENGS 167
X ENGG 168
 
Biomedical Radiation Transport

This course will provide a general overview of radiation transport mechanisms in matter, beginning with a derivation of the Boltzmann radiation transport equation, and examining the various approximations possible. Focus on the single-energy Diffusion approximation will be examined in detail, as it relates to neutron diffusion nuclear reactors and optical photon diffusion. Review of photon diffusion in tissue will be discussed as it relates to tissue spectroscopy and imaging. Fundamental research papers in this field will be presented and reviewed, covering aspects of multiple scattering, Mie scattering, and scattering phase functions. Stochastic model-based approaches will be covered as well, such as the Monte Carlo model. Numerical approaches to solving these models will be introduced.

Biomedical Project

ENGS 23 or equivalent

10
(alternate years)
Pogue
ENGG 168
X ENGS 169
 
Intermediate Biomedical Engineering

A graduate section of ENGS 57. Students taking the course for graduate credit will be expected to write a research proposal aimed at developing a specific surgical technology. Groups of 2-3 students will work together. The proposal will require an extensive literature review, a detailed proposal of research activities, alternative methods, and timeline, and a detailed budget and budget justification for meeting the research objectives. Weekly meetings will take place between the groups and Professor Halter to discuss progress. By the end of the term the groups are expected to have a complete proposal drafted. Enrollment is limited to 18 students. Not open to students who have taken ENGS 57.

Electives, Culminating Experience Biomedical Design Credit

ENGS 23 and ENGS 56 or equivalent

10
(alternate years)
Halter
Limit: 9
ENGS 169
X ENGS 170
 
Neuroengineering

This course will introduce students to currently available and emerging technologies for interfacing with the human brain. Students will study the fundamental principles, capabilities and limitations of a range of relevant technologies within the scope of noninvasive brain-computer interfaces, neural implants, neurostimulation, sensory substitution and neuroinformatics. The ethical and societal ramifications of these technologies will also be considered. Applications of neuroengineering technology in medicine will be emphasized such as the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases and neural rehabilitation.

Electives Biomedical

ENGS 22 and ENGS 56

2A
Diamond
2A
Diamond
ENGS 170
X ENGS 171
 
Industrial Ecology

By studying the flow of materials and energy through industrial systems, industrial ecology identifies economic ways to lessen negative environmental impacts, chiefly by reducing pollution at the source, minimizing energy consumption, designing for the environment, and promoting sustainability. The objective of this course is to examine to what extent environmental concerns have already affected specific industries, and where additional progress can be made. With the emphasis on technology as a source of both problems and solutions, a broad spectrum of industrial activities is reviewed ranging from low-design high-volume to high-design low-volume products.

Student activities include a critical review of current literature, participation in class discussion, and a term project in design for the environment.

Electives, Culminating Experience Environmental Design Credit

ENGS 21 and ENGS 37

10
Wegst
10
Wegst
ENGS 171
X ENGS 172
 
Climate Change and Engineering

Earth’s climate is result of interplay between continental and moving atmospheric and oceanic systems with multiple forcing mechanisms and internal feedbacks. Fundamental heat, mass, and radiative transfer processes impacting the climate system will be examined to understand the drivers of current and past climate. Published regional and global impact projections and adaptation strategies for the future will be examined. Mitigation and sustainable energy will be investigated, and choices on the international, national and local scales will be discussed. Students will be required to actively participate in class by leading class discussions and actively engaging in small group activities. In addition, students will conduct a research project to design an adaptation and mitigation strategy for a community or business in a region of their choice, and will write a term paper and make an oral presentation of their findings.

Electives, Culminating Experience Environmental Project

ENGS 151 or ENGS 156 or EARS 178, or equivalent.

2A
Albert
ENGS 172
X ENGG 173
 
Energy Utilization

Industrial societies are presently powered primarily by fossil fuels. Continuing to supply energy at the rate it is now used will be problematic, regardless of the mix of fossil fuels and alternatives that is used; yet western consumption patterns spreading through the rest of the world and other trends portend large increases in demand for energy services. Increased energy efficiency will be essential for meeting these challenges, both to reduce fossil-fuel consumption and to make significant reliance on alternatives feasible. Technical issues in efficient systems for energy utilization will be surveyed across major uses, with in-depth technical analysis of critical factors determining possible, practical, and economical efficiency improvements in both present technology and potential future developments. Areas addressed include lighting, motors and drive systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, transportation, appliances and electronics.

Environmental Design Credit

ENGS 22 and at least two of the following: ENGS 25, ENGS 32, ENGS 34, ENGS 44, ENGS 52, ENGS 76, ENGS 104, ENGS 125, ENGS 150, ENGS 155, ENGS 156, and ENGM 184, or permission. ENGS 25 is strongly recommended.

10A
Sullivan
10A
Sullivan
ENGG 173
X ENGG 174
 
Energy Conversion

This course will address the science and technology of converting key primary energy sources — fossil fuels, biomass, solar radiation, wind, and nuclear fission and fusion — into fuels, electricity, and usable heat. Each of these topics will be analyzed in a common framework including underlying fundamentals, constraints on cost and performance, opportunities and obstacles for improvement, and potential scale.

Environmental Design Credit

ENGS 22 and at least two of the following: ENGS 25, ENGS 32, ENGS 34, ENGS 36, ENGS 44, ENGS 52, ENGS 76, ENGS 104, ENGS 125, ENGS 150, ENGS 155, ENGS 156, and ENGM 184, or permission. ENGS 25 is strongly recommended.

11
Laser
11
Laser
ENGG 174
X ENGS 175
 
Energy Systems

A consideration of energy futures and energy service supply chains at a systemic level. Dynamic development of demand and supply of primary energy sources and key energy carriers will be considered first assuming continuation of current trends, and then with changes to current trends in order to satisfy constraints such as limiting carbon emissions and changing resource availability. Integrated analysis of spatially-distributed time-variable energy systems will also be addressed, with examples including generation, storage, and distribution of electricity and production of energy from biomass.

Electives Environmental Project

ENGS 25, ENGS 51, either ENGG 173 or ENGG 174 or permission of the instructor

2A
Farid
2A
Farid
ENGS 175
X ENGG 176
 
Design for Manufacturing

Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is an analysis-supported design approach in which analytical models incorporating manufacturing input are used at the earliest stages of design in order to influence part and product design towards those design choices that can be produced more easily and more economically. DFM analysis addresses any aspect of the developing design of parts in which the issues of manufacturing are involved. The designed object is considered explicitly through its geometries and material selection and their impact on manufacturing costs. This course is intended primarily for students interested in mechanical, industrial, and manufacturing engineering as well as for engineering design practitioners in industry. The course will emphasize those processes most often used in the mass production of consumer products and will include such processes as assembly, injection molding, die casting, stamping and forging.

Mechanical Design Credit

ENGS 73 or permission of instructor

ENGG 176
X ENGG 177
 
Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty

Making decisions under conditions of risk and uncertainty is a fundamental part of every engineer and manager's job, whether the situation involves product design, investment choice, regulatory compliance, or human health and safety. This course will provide students with both qualitative and quantitative tools for structuring problems, describing uncertainty, assessing risks, and reaching decisions, using a variety of case studies that are not always amenable to standard statistical analysis. Bayesian methods will be introduced, emphasizing the natural connections between probability, utility, and decision-making.

All Engineering

ENGS 27, ENGS 93, or comparable background in probabilistic reasoning

W/Th 12:20-1:50
Cybenko
2A
Cybenko
ENGG 177
X ENGM 178
 
Technology Assessment

This project course is grounded in technology-focused areas and provides an opportunity for teams of students to conduct a thorough analysis of prevalent and emerging technologies in fields of critical interest such as health, energy, the environment, and other complex systems and then to recommend and justify actions for its further development. Technology in an assigned application field will be analyzed by each student team, along with emerging, complementary and competing technologies, leading to 1) findings of those impediments and incentives for its further development, 2) identification and quantification of the societal and/or commercial benefits achievable from further development, and 3) recommendations for action in research funding, product and market development, public policy, and the like, that would most rapidly achieve the identified societal and/or commercial benefits.

Project

None

2A
March
Arrange
Staff
ENGM 178
X ENGM 179
 
Accounting

Accounting is the accumulation, reporting, and analysis of a company’s financial data. It is used by both external decision makers, such as creditors and investors, and internal decision makers, from product line managers to the board of directors. This course develops the basic concepts underlying corporate financial statements, such as overhead allocation and product costing. It also introduces tools used by both external and internal decision makers to analyze and use accounting information.

None

M/Tu 8:30-10:00
Black
Arrange
Staff
ENGM 179
X ENGM 180
 
Corporate Finance

Issues of financial management important to the engineering manager. A review of the concepts of engineering economy, including time value of money, net present value, and choosing among investment alternatives. Discussion of global and national economic factors impacting the modern technology-driven corporation — such as exchange rates, competitiveness, cost of capital, money markets, and tax policies. Examination of the role of the financial organization in a corporation and its relationship to the engineering manager. Evaluating a balance sheet and an income statement; understanding the effect of mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and venture capital on R&D organizations. Discussion of the financial aspects of engineering project management, including planning and budgeting, project costing, and cost vs. schedule vs. performance trade-offs. One or several additional topics, such as defense industry economics, impacts of deregulation, intellectual property law, and economic forecasting, will be selected for discussion.

ENGM 179 or permission of instructor

W/Th, 10:15-11:45
Severino
Arrange
Staff
ENGM 180
X ENGM 181
 
Marketing

This course introduces the role of marketing within business firms. Case studies drawn from a wide variety of consumer and industrial products and services provide an opportunity for students to apply concepts and techniques developed in assigned readings. Specific topics include customer analysis, market research, market segmentation, distribution channel policy, product policy and strategy, pricing, advertising, and sales force management. The course stresses oral and written expression and makes use of several computer exercises, spreadsheet analysis, and management simulations.

Permission of instructor

Mon 9-12:00
Sharma
Arrange
Staff
ENGM 181
X ENGM 182
 
Data Analytics

This course provides a hands-on introduction to the concepts, methods and processes of business analytics. Students learn how to obtain and draw business inferences from data by asking the right questions and using the appropriate tools. Topics include data preparation, statistical tools, data mining, visualization, and the overall process of using analytics to solve business problems. Students work with real-world business data and analytics software. Where possible, cases are used to motivate the topic being covered. Students acquire a working knowledge of the “R” language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. Prior experience with “R” is not necessary, but students should have a basic familiarity with statistics, probability, and be comfortable with basic data manipulation in Excel spreadsheets.

ENGS 93 or equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

10A
Parker
W/Th, 8:30-10:00
Parker
Arrange
Parker
ENGM 182
X ENGM 183
 
Operations Management

This course provides an introduction to the concepts and analytic methods that are useful in understanding the management of a firm's operations. We will introduce job shops, assembly lines, and continuous processes. Other topics include operations strategy, aggregate planning, production scheduling, inventory control, and new manufacturing technologies and operating practices.

ENGS 93

F, 12:30-3:30
Debo
Arrange
Staff
ENGM 183
X ENGM 184
 
Introduction to Optimization Methods

An introduction to various methods of optimization and their use in problem solving. Students will learn to formulate and analyze optimization problems and apply optimization techniques in addition to learning the basic mathematical principles on which these techniques are based. Topic coverage includes linear, nonlinear, and dynamic programming, and combinatorial optimization.

None

W/F 10-11:50
Baker
W/F 10-11:50
Baker
ENGM 184
X ENGM 185
 
Topics in Manufacturing Design and Processes

The course will consist of four main topics: 1) technical estimating, 2) design of experiments, 3) design for manufacturability, 4) statistical process control. We will review technical estimating (TE), a vital skill in today's rapidly changing industry. Illustrative and interesting examples will be used to hone TE techniques. Design of experiments (DOE) will be covered in detail using Montgomery's Design and Analysis of Experiments. Analysis of variance, model adequacy checking, factorial designs, blocking and confounding, regression models, nesting, and fractional factorial and Taguchi designs will be taught. Design for manufacturability (DFM) will be covered so that by the end of the course the student will know how to establish a successful DFM program to optimize and continuously improve designs and manufacturing processes. Cost estimating related to manufacturing processes will also be presented, followed by an overview of failure analysis techniques. The course will also introduce the basics of statistical process control, including the Shewhart Rules.

All Engineering

ENGS 93

Wed 2-3:15/Thurs 1:45-3:30
Lasky
ENGM 185
X ENGM 186
 
Technology Project Management

Project management focuses on planning and organizing as well as directing and controlling resources for a relatively short-term project effort which is established to meet specific goals and objectives. Project management is simultaneously behavioral, and quantitative, and systematic. The course covers topics in planning, scheduling and controlling projects such as in new product development, technology installation, and construction. This course is aimed at both business and engineering students and combines reading and case-oriented activities.

ENGM 184 or equivalent

M, 3-4:30; W, 1:15-2:45
March
ENGM 186
X ENGM 187
 
Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Innovation is the process of translating a new invention or discovery into a commercial product. In this course, some of the guiding principles in technology innovation and entrepreneurship are discussed. The principles encompass intellectual property including patents, product definition including minimal viable product and whole product, customer definition and focus, product development, marketing and sales and communication, and manufacturing. Financial modelling and funding sources are addressed. Leadership practices including hiring, team building, employees, outsourcing and working with investors are also discussed. Students will prepare papers on various topics, make presentations, and create a real or hypothetical business plan as part of the coursework. 

None

3B
Fossum
ENGM 187
X ENGM 188
 
Law for Technology and Entrepreneurship

 The solutions to many of the challenges of entrepreneurship in general, and to those of starting up a technologically based business in particular, are provided by the law. A grounding in the law of intellectual property, contractual transactions, business structures, debt and equity finance, and securities regulation, both in the U.S. and in an international context, will help inventors and entrepreneurs to manage this part of the process intelligently and with a high likelihood of success. 

None

T/Th 8:15-10:00
Goodenough
Arrange
Goodenough
ENGM 188
X ENGM 189
 
Medical Device Development (.5 credit)

This course carries .5 credit.

This module of the course is an overview of existing medical devices and discusses methods for development, evaluation, and approval of new medical devices. The course will cover both diagnostic and interventional devices, and cover clinical and pre-clinical testing issues, as well as a discussion of FDA approval processes, funding startups, and cost effectiveness analysis. The course will involve several case studies as examples. For projects, students will work in teams to analyze needs in the medical setting and come up with a plan for a new device, and analyze how best to develop it with a new startup. Two classes per week, 5 weeks total.

Graduate standing in engineering or business administration

M/Tu 1:15-2:45
Paulsen
M/Tu 1:15-2:45
Paulsen
ENGM 189
X ENGG 192
 
Independent or Group Study in Engineering Sciences

An independent study course in lieu of, or supplementary to, a 100-level course, as arranged with a faculty member. To be used in satisfaction of advanced degree requirements, requests for approval must be submitted to the Thayer School graduate program director no later than the end of the first week of classes in the term in which the course is to be taken. No more than one such course should be used in satisfaction of requirements for any degree. Proposed courses should include full syllabus, resources and student evaluation methods.


Staff

Staff

Staff

Staff

Staff

Staff

Staff

Staff
ENGG 192
X ENGG 194
 
Ph.D. Oral Qualifier

The oral qualifying exam, a set of questions put forward by an oral examination committee to the candidate, normally takes place before or during the fifth term of the student's program, or, in exceptional circumstances, early in the sixth term. The exam is open to the faculty, but not to the general public.

The committee tests the candidate's knowledge of principles and methods underlying the field in which advanced work is to be performed. The exam covers material selected by the candidate's advisor in consultation with the examining committee, and includes coverage of mathematical techniques appropriate to the research area. The structure of the preparation for the exam is flexible.

The examination committee consists of 4 members: the chair plus 3 Dartmouth faculty examiners, with at least 2 of the examiners from Thayer School. A Thayer faculty member other than the student's advisor chairs the committee. This chair is assigned by the director of the M.S. and Ph.D. programs.

The examination committee gives the student a pass, fail, or conditional pass result. Students who fail may retake the oral examination — one time only — within the following 3 months. No third attempt is allowed.

Arrange
Dept. Chair
Arrange
Dept. Chair
Arrange
Dept. Chair
Arrange Arrange Arrange Arrange Arrange ENGG 194
X ENGG 195
 
Seminar on Science, Technology, and Society

Presentation and discussion of timely issues in scientific and technological development and its relation to society. Topics vary from year to year. Examples include transition for scientific developments to technological developments and impacts of technological development on various aspects of society; ethics, social issues, environmental concerns, and government policy; entrepreneurship, marketing, labor markets, quality, international competition, and legal liability. The group meets for lunch with the Jones Seminar speaker and later in the day attends the Jones Seminar. The students are expected to read the material submitted by the speaker and to have prepared questions for the lunch meeting. Discussion will be moderated by the instructor. The grade for this seminar will be based on attendance and participation in the discussions. Students are required to attend 5 of the 8 or 9 seminars that take place in a typical term.

All Engineering

Ph.D. student standing

Arrange
Pogue
Arrange
Pogue
ENGG 195
X ENGG 196
 
Seminar on Applied Science and Technology

Weekly seminar on timely topics in science and technology. The fall offering is devoted to issues involving scientific and technological development and its relation to society. Academic residence requirement for Ph.D. students is established by enrollment in ENGG 196 for a minimum of three terms (with three absences allowed).

All Engineering

Ph.D. student standing

Arrange
Pogue
Fridays, 3:30PM
Pogue
3:30
Pogue

Pogue

Pogue

Pogue
ENGG 196
X ENGG 197
 
Ph.D. Professional Workshops

A sequence of workshops on the preparation for professional life after the Ph.D. program, culminating in the completion of a curriculum vitae or resume, outline of possible jobs, and a competitive grant proposal. A major goal is for the student to design and write a grant for a technology startup program or for an academic research grant. Successful research and SBIR proposals are outlined and the processes for evaluating them are offered by research principal investigators, grant administration officials, and corporate representatives. Both academic CVs and industry resumes can be developed. Workshops include job search guides, management skills and research team management. Submitted student proposals and CVs are critiqued for improvement.

All Engineering

Ph.D. student standing

Wed, 11:30-1:55
Pogue
Arrange
Pogue
ENGG 197
X ENGG 198
 
Research-In-Progress Workshop

Annual meeting of all doctoral candidates in residence with each candidate presenting in generally understandable terms his or her research progress over the past year.

All Engineering

Ph.D. student standing

Arrange
Pogue
Arrange
Pogue
ENGG 198
X ENGG 199
 
Introduction to Surgical Innovation (ENGG 199-02)

Introduction to Surgical Innovation (ENGG 325) will engage students in an immersive experience, a cornerstone technique for innovative thinking and creative design. It comprises of three 10-week terms over one academic year (fall/general surgery, winter/surgical elective, and spring/surgical research). Student effort is approximately 20 hours per week (15 hours of activity and 5 hours to prepare assignments, read, think, and write). This unique course provides experiential learning on the life cycle of surgical devices, including: (1) defining a clinical need; (2) consideration of surgical risks and benefits from a patients point of view; (4) steps in the surgical procedure that could benefit from innovation to improve patient outcomes or make the procedure easier to perform; (5) managing surgical implants and instruments from a surgical scrub technologist's point of view; (6) steps in surgical device procurement, processing, packaging, sterilization, and inventory management; (7) post-surgical patient care and device performance surveillance.

The course begins in the fall term with a general surgery rotation. Engineering doctoral TPSI (Training Program in Surgical Innovation) students work alongside 3rd year medical students and surgical residents. Each morning they attend the daily conference (e.g., indications, morbidity & mortality, journal club, tumor board, or grand rounds, 3-5h/wk). TPSI students participate in the weekly medical student case discussion (2h) and also the weekly surgical resident simulation bioskills workshop (2h). Each student is assigned a surgeon proctor to help them navigate the clinical environment and understand context. Each week the student observes at least one outpatient clinic patient encounter (1-2h) and one surgical procedure (3- 5h) with the proctor or another surgeon colleague arranged through the proctor. The outpatient clinic encounters focus on pre- operative patients to observe surgical consent discussions and post-operative patients to highlight surgical outcomes ascertainment and adverse event surveillance. On the day of surgery, the student arrives early to meet the surgical scrub technologist and help prepare for the surgery. The student then meets the patient preoperatively with the proctor and observes the surgical procedure from start to finish. The student follows the surgical scrub tech post-operatively to see instrument processing through central supply processing, sterilization and inventory management. Each week the student produces a 1- page write-up identifying opportunities for innovation to improve patient outcomes or easy of performance for the observed surgical procedure. The write-ups are evaluated and scored by Drs. Paulsen and Mirza. The winter term has a similar schedule with a different proctor (and set of surgeon colleagues) from a surgical subspecialty of the student's choice, such as minimally invasive general surgery, oncologic surgery, otolaryngology, anesthesiology, neurosurgery or orthopedic surgery. The spring term is a research rotation in which students select a clinical mentor and an engineering mentor to guide development of a research proposal. The rotation focuses on medical research methods, including design of clinical trials, evaluation of benefits and harms, and standards for surgical materials/device performance and implant bioeffects. The rotation emphasizes clinical trial design and data analysis from a regulatory perspective. Activities include engaging clinicians, engineers, other scientists, and the medical device industry to understand relevant FDA regulations and legislation, roles and responsibilities of federal advisory committees, types of applications (PMA/IDE/510k), review and consult processes, and role of device companies. Participants learn about the steps required to develop, protect, and finance an idea as a “laboratory” exercise and work to implement a specific idea (project), culminating in the development of a draft IP position and business plan. The focus of the training experience is on innovation and creation of new technology-driven start-up companies (not on business management). The final written assignment for the Surgical Innovation Course is a 6-page research proposal for development and validation of a novel surgical technology, similar in format to an NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant. The student also attends at least one hospital surgical implant purchasing committee meeting during the term and writes a one-page report on the device procurement decision-making process. Both the purchasing process write-up and research proposal are evaluated and scored by the student's mentors and also by Drs. Paulsen and Mirza. 

Arrange
Paulsen
Arrange
Paulsen
Arrange
Paulsen

Staff

Staff

Staff

Staff

Staff
ENGG 199
X ENGG 199
 
Introduction to Data Assimilation (ENGG 199-01)

This course will be a survey of data assimilation methods. Geophysical applications will be highlighted, but the methods covered will be those that are gaining increasing importance for many engineering and scienti c systems. Topics will be organized according to an estimation theory approach to data assimilation. The course will be divided into three parts: 1) fundamental concepts; 2) techniques; and 3) advanced techniques and applications. Techniques will include: nudging, best linear unbiased estimators (BLUE), and the Kalman lter (and optimal interpolation). Advanced techniques will cover state-of-the-art data assimilation techniques, including ensemble Kalman lters and non- linear estimation, and applications.

  • Course in probability/statistics (P43, ENGS 27, ENGS 93, or equivalent).
  • Course in linear algebra (MATH 22 or equivalent).
  • Course in differential calculus (MATH 23 or equivalent).
  • Competency with a high-level numerical computing language (e.g. MATLAB, IDL, or Python) is required. 
10A
Shepherd, McGranaghan
ENGG 199
X ENGS 200
 
Methods in Applied Mathematics II

Continuation of ENGS 100 with emphasis on variational calculus, integral equations, and asymptotic and perturbation methods for integrals and differential equations. Selected topics include functional differentiation, Hamilton's principles, Rayleigh-Ritz method, Fredholm and Volterra equations, integral in transforms, Schmidt-Hilbert theory, asymptotic series, methods of steepest descent and stationary phase, boundary layer theory, WKB methods, and multiple-scale theory.

Electives

ENGS 100, or equivalent

ENGS 200
X ENGS 202
 
Nonlinear Systems

The course provides basic tools for modeling, design, and stability analysis of nonlinear systems that arise in a wide range of engineering and scientific applications including robotics, autonomous vehicles, mechanical and aerospace systems, nonlinear oscillators, chaotic systems, population genetics, learning systems, and networked complex systems. There are fundamental differences between the behavior of linear and nonlinear systems. Lyapunov functions are powerful tools in dealing with design and stability analysis of nonlinear systems. After addressing the basic differences between linear and nonlinear systems, the course will primarily focus on normal forms of nonlinear systems and Lyapunov-based control design methods for a variety of applications with an emphasis on robotics, mechanical control systems, and particle systems in potential fields.

Electives All Engineering

ENGS 100 and ENGS 145 or equivalents and familiarity with MATLAB

ENGS 202
X ENGS 205
 
Computational Methods for Partial Differential Equations II

Boundary element and spectral methods are examined within the numerical analysis framework established in ENGS 105. The boundary element method is introduced in the context of linear elliptic problems arising in heat and mass transfer, solid mechanics, and electricity and magnetism. Coupling with domain integral methods, e.g., finite elements, is achieved through the natural boundary conditions. Extensions to nonlinear and time-dependent problems are explored. Spectral methods are introduced and their distinctive properties explored in the context of orthogonal bases for linear, time-invariant problems. Extension to nonlinear problems is discussed in the context of fluid mechanics applications. Harmonic decomposition of the time-domain is examined for nonlinear Helmholtz-type problems associated with E&M and physical oceanography.

Electives

ENGS 105

ENGS 205
X ENGG 210
 
Spectral Analysis

An advanced treatment of digital signal processing for the analysis of time series. A study is made of parametric and nonparametric methods for spectral analysis. The course includes a review of probability theory, statistical inference, and the discrete Fourier Transform. Techniques are presented for the digital processing of random signals for the estimation of power spectra and coherency. Examples are taken from linear system theory and remote sensing using radar. Laboratory exercises will be assigned requiring the use of the computer.

Electrical

ENGS 110

ENGG 210
X ENGG 212
 
Communications Theory

An advanced treatment of communications system engineering with an emphasis on digital signal transmission. The course includes a review of probability theory, random processes, modulation, and signal detection. Consideration will be given to channel modeling, the design of optimum receivers, and the use of coding.

Electrical

ENGS 110

ENGG 212
X ENGS 220
 
Electromagnetic Wave Theory

Continuation of ENGS 120, with emphasis on fundamentals of propagation and radiation of electromagnetic waves and their interaction with material boundaries. Selected topics include propagation in homogeneous and inhomogeneous media, including anisotropic media; reflection, transmission, guidance and resonance; radiation fields and antennas; diffraction theory; and scattering.

Electives Electrical

ENGS 100 and ENGS 120 or permission of the instructor

ENGS 220
X ENGG 230
 
Fatigue and Fracture

A study of the fracture and fatigue behavior of a wide range of engineering materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, biological materials, and composites). Topics include work of fracture, fracture mechanics (linear elastic, elastic-plastic and plastic), fracture toughness measurements, crack stability, slow crack growth, environmentally assisted cracking, fatigue phenomenology, the Paris Law and derivatives, crack closure, residual stress effects, and random loading effects. These topics will be presented in the context of designing to avoid fracture and fatigue.

Materials, Mechanical

ENGS 130 or permission of instructor

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ENGG 230
X ENGG 240
 
Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery

A study of kinematics, dynamics, and vibrations of mechanical components. Topics will include kinematic analysis and synthesis of mechanisms, with applications to linkages, cams, gears, etc.; dynamics of reciprocating and rotating machinery; and mechanical vibrations. Computer-aided design and analysis of kinematic and kinetic models.

Mechanical Design Credit

ENGS 72

ENGG 240
X ENGS 250
 
Turbulence in Fluids

An introduction to the statistical theory of turbulence for students interested in research in turbulence or geophysical fluid dynamics. Topics to be covered include the statistical properties of turbulence; kinematics of homogeneous turbulence, phenomenological theories of turbulence; waves, instabilities, chaos and the transition to turbulence; analytic theories and the closure problem; diffusion of passive scalars; and convective transport.

Electives Mechanical

ENGS 150 or equivalent

ENGS 250
X ENGG 260
 
Advances in Biotechnology

Biotechnology continues to undergo explosive and transformative growth. Our fundamental knowledge of biological systems, which underlies modern biotechnology, is now being updated and revised on a daily basis. Likewise, instrumentation and biological tools are experiencing a continuous revolution that pushes the boundaries of applied biology. To be competitive within their professions, biotechnologists and biological engineers must therefore maintain broad knowledge of current advances in fields related to their areas of specialization. This course will survey current peer-reviewed literature from a variety of sources and help students develop good reading habits, literature search skills, and the ability to critically assess peer-reviewed literature.

Biomedical, Chemical/Biochemical

Graduate standing and ENGS 160 or ENGS 163

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Ackerman, Griswold
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ENGG 260
X ENGG 261
 
Biomass Energy Systems

Biocommodity engineering is concerned with the biological production of large-scale, low unit value commodity products including fuels, chemicals, and organic materials. Intended primarily for advanced graduate students and drawing extensively from the literature, this course considers the emergence of biocommodity engineering as a coherent field of research and practice. Specific topics include feedstock and resource issues, the unit operations of biocommodity engineering — pretreatment, biological processing, catalytic processing, and separations — and the design of processes for biocommodity products.

ENGS 157 and ENGS 161 and permission of instructor

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Lynd
ENGG 261
X ENGG 296
 
Graduate Research 1

Graduate research (1 credit)

For M.S. and Ph.D. students

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ENGG 296
X ENGG 297
 
Graduate Research 2

Graduate research (2 credits)

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ENGG 297
X ENGG 298
 
Graduate Research 3

Graduate research (3 credits)

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ENGG 298
X ENGG 299
 
Advanced Special Topics in Engineering Sciences

A special topics course in lieu of, or supplementary to, a 200-level course, as arranged by a faculty member, to be used in satisfaction of degree requirements. The course must be approved by the graduate programs committee in advance of the term in which it is offered. No more than one such course may be used in satisfaction of requirements for any degree. Requests for approval must be submitted to the program director no later than the eighth week of the term preceding the term in which the course is to be offered, to permit action prior to the term's end. Proposed courses should include full syllabus, resources and student evaluation methods. Courses that do not have a 100-level prerequisite should use ENGG 199.

ENGG 299
X ENGG 300
 
Enterprise Experience Project

Hands-on experience with existing enterprises can create a valuable training and enrichment experience for students in the Thayer graduate programs. For this course, you will propose and arrange a paid or unpaid internship in an existing enterprise (industry, government or other) in consultation with your faculty advisor prior to enrollment. Enrollment is concurrent with the internship and should be for a period of one quarter. At the end of the internship, you will make a presentation to the Thayer community that addresses the nature of the enterprise you were engaged in, the problem you were assigned, and the results and impact of your project. The purpose of the presentation is to share lessons learned from the experience with the Thayer community. The presentation will be accompanied by a short but complete written report. Neither the presentation nor report should contain confidential information of the enterprise.

An Internship Proposal form is required prior to committing to an internship, and must be signed by your faculty advisor and the instructor. The forms are available in the Thayer School Registrar’s Office. The course is graded on a credit/no credit basis by the instructor after completion of the report. Enrollment is open to M.S. and Ph.D. students that have completed at least three (3) quarters of program residency. Students may enroll in the course more than once, but students holding F-1 visas should consult with the Office of Visa and Immigration Services (OVIS).

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ENGG 300
X ENGG 309
 
Topics in Computational Science

Contemporary theory and practice in advanced scientific computation, organized by physical application area. Course comprises two 5-week modules, selected from the following:

Computational Fluid Dynamics: This module covers four basic contemporary issues: (i) the inherent nonlinearity of fluids; (ii) the mixed hyperbolic/elliptic nature of the differential equations governing fluid motion; (iii) the concomitant algorithmic complexity of their numerical treatment; and (iv) the size, i.e., the large number of degrees of freedom found in most realistic problems. Discussion of advection-dominated flows: physical and numerical properties; temporal and spatial discretization issues; method of characteristics, upwinding, Galerkin and Petrov-Galerkin methods; artificial viscosity. Navier-Stokes and shallow water equations in 2- and 3-D: mixed interpolation; primitive equation and higher-order formulation; staggered meshes; boundary conditions on pressure, transport and stress; radiation conditions. Frequency domain solution of hyperbolic problems: nonlinear generation of harmonics; truncation errors in iterative methods.

Prerequisites: ENGS 34 and ENGS 105, or equivalent
Instructor: Staff

Computational Solid Mechanics: This module will deal with the development and application of finite element methods for solid mechanics problems. After a brief treatment of the theory of elasticity, the finite element equations for elastic solids will be developed using variational techniques. Applications in two- and three-dimensional static elasticity will be considered. Techniques will then be developed to analyze the following classes of problems; nonlinear material behavior, especially plasticity; plates and shells; problems involving contact between two bodies; and dynamic analysis of elastic bodies.

Prerequisites: ENGS 33 and ENGS 105, or equivalent
Instructor: Staff

Computational Electromagnetics: This module focuses on numerical solutions of the Maxwell equations. Emphasis will be placed on problem formulation and implementation issues. Examples will be selected from a broad spectrum of topics such as electromagnetic scattering, waveguides, microwave circuits and strip-lines, bioelectromagnetics. Development of software to solve representative problems will be required. It is anticipated that the student will be capable of reading and understanding the current computational electromagnetics literature upon completion of this course.

Prerequisites: ENGS 105 and ENGS 120
Instructor: Staff

ENGG 309
X ENGG 310
 
Advanced Topics in Signals and Systems

Advanced study in signal processing and system theory. Possible topics include multi-input/multi-output systems, two-dimensional systems (image processing), modeling and identification, optimal filtering, and advanced optics. Readings in current research literature and student presentations.

Electrical

Different for each topic; normally include ENGS 123 and ENGG 210 or equivalent, and permission of instructor

ENGG 310
X ENGG 312
 
Topics in Statistical Communication Theory

Advanced study in any of the following or other topics may be pursued: information theory, coding, noise, random signals, extraction of signals from noise, pattern recognition, and modulation theory. Normally offered in alternate years.

Computer, Electrical Project

ENGS 93, ENGS 110, and permission of instructor

ENGG 312
X ENGG 317
 
Topics in Digital Computer Design

Critical analysis of current literature in an emerging area of digital technology, such as multi-processor architecture, decentralized networks of small computers, bubble memories, ultra-fast arithmetic logic, specialized computers for digital filtering, etc. A term paper will be required.

Computer, Electrical Design Credit

ENGS 116 and permission of instructor

ENGG 317
X ENGG 321
 
Introduction to Innovation

ENGG 321 provides students in the Ph.D. Program in Innovation with experience in the process of commercializing a new technology. During the fall (or winter) term, the students act as faculty assistants for ENGS 21 to provide a learning experience in oversight of various projects. During the winter term, students meet on a weekly basis to discuss a variety of reading assignments in innovation and enterprise building. During the spring term, students choose a technology to commercialize, typically from their own dissertation research efforts. During that term students develop a full enterprise plan for commercialization of the technology, including IP issues and strategy, applications, market forecasting and strategy, product development plans, a full multi-year monthly financial cost plan for all aspects of the enterprise, and a resource plan including personnel and funding. Students meet weekly and make installment presentations to their classmates and instructor for discussion and modification. Ad hoc discussion of related issues to running an enterprise, such as team building and personnel, infrastructure, funding options, whole product, and the “chasm” between invention and product, also takes place. The spring term is an intensive experience and students should reserve sufficient time for the course activity. At the end of the spring term students will present their enterprise plan to a review panel of internal and external seasoned entrepreneurs and an audience of IP Fellows for feedback and discussion.

Project

ENGM 188; ENGM 180 recommended; a proposal for research of a specific new technology must be developed and approved by the course faculty prior to the fall term. ENGG 197, taken in the winter term, is a co-requisite.

Note: Students in the Ph.D. Program in Innovation normally take this course during the third year of the program when their research is sufficiently advanced to have the prerequisite proposal for new technology. Ph.D. students not admitted to the Innovation program may request to enroll in this class in addition to their required courses. Because of the reduced frequency of meeting, credit is given for only one course, one-half for the fall term and one-half for the spring term.

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X ENGG 324
 
Microstrip Lines and Circuits

Analysis of transmission structures and circuit elements at microwave frequencies. Microwave network representation. Characterization and sensitivities of transmission structure. Discontinuities. Two-dimensional planar components. Models for microwave semiconductor devices. Microwave networks.

Electrical Project

ENGS 61, ENGS 105, ENGS 120, and permission of instructor

ENGG 324
X ENGG 332
 
Topics in Plastic Flow and Fracture of Solids

Advanced study may be pursued on topics related to the microscopic aspects of the plastic flow and fracture of solids. The topics extend those introduced in ENGS 130 and ENGS 132 by providing an in-depth examination of the methods of strengthening, brittle and ductile fracture, fatigue, creep, and superplasticity. The emphasis is on the mechanisms underlying the phenomena. Readings in the literature will be assigned, and the student will be required to prepare a detailed term paper.

Materials, Mechanical

ENGS 130, ENGS 132, and permission of instructor

ENGG 332
X ENGG 339
 
Advanced Electron Microscopy

Image formation and contrast are discussed for the transmission electron microscope, using both kinematical and dynamical theory. Image simulation methods are outlined and the information from a variety of diffraction methods, such as CBED, are described. Various analytical techniques such as electron energy loss spectroscopy and x-ray fluorescence, including advanced techniques such as ALCHEMI, are covered. Emphasis is placed on the applications, resolution, and theoretical and practical limitations of each technique. There are several laboratory sessions, each requiring a report.

Materials Lab

ENGS 133 or permission of instructor

ENGG 339
X ENGG 365
 
Advanced Biomaterials

This course will focus on the interface between the host and implant with greater emphasis on the tissue reaction to metals, ceramics, polymers, bioceramics, and biopolymers than on the effect of the host environment on the materials. Ion release concerns, wear particle reactions, and the potential toxic properties of the salts of implant metals will be analyzed. The cells and cellular reactions available to the host will be evaluated in detail.

Biomedical, Materials

ENGS 165 and permission of instructor

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ENGG 365
X ENGG 367
 
Heat Transfer in Hyperthermia

Review of coordinate systems, energy conservation equation, and temperature and heat-flux boundary conditions. Capillary blood perfusion as a distributed heat sink. Summary of distributed heat-flux sources associated with one or more of the following: internal and external radio-frequency, ultrasound, and microwave applicators. Surface cooling. Steady-state analytic and numerical solutions to practical problems in one and two dimensions. One or more of these advanced topics: transient responses, large blood vessels as discrete heat sinks, approximate solutions in three dimensions, lumped approximations to distributed systems.

Biomedical Project

ENGS 23, ENGS 156, and permission of instructor

ENGG 367
X ENGM 387
 
MEM Professional Skills

This course develops professional skills required for professional success during and after the MEM program. Skills acquired provide a basis for success in pursuing, securing, and performing an internship and a post-graduation job. In a series of workshops conducted through the fall term, the course targets career self-assessment, ethics, interpersonal, and communication skills. Homework assignments provide practice and feedback for skills learned. ESL (English as a Second Language) support is offered as needed in the context of written and speaking activities of the course.

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ENGM 387
X ENGG 390
 
MEM Project

An individual engineering project to be completed during any term of the final year of an MEM program. The project should define a practical need and propose a means to satisfy it, display an ability to conceive and evaluate solutions, describe appropriate analytical, experimental, and economic evaluations, and provide recommendations for further action. Projects will normally either have an industrial context or will be related to a specific design objective within a research program at Thayer School.

Project

ENGM 178 or permission of instructor

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