EEME E3601 Classical control systems. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Analysis and design of feedback control systems. Transfer functions; block diagrams; proportional, rate, and integral controllers; hardware, implementation. Routh stability criterion, root locus, Bode and Nyquist plots, compensation techniques.

Fall 2017: EEME E3601
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EEME 3601 001/73356 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Richard Longman 3 53/90

EEME E6601 Introduction to control theory. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

A graduate-level introduction to classical and modern feedback control that does not presume an undergraduate background in control. Scalar and matrix differential equation models and solutions in terms of state transition matrices. Transfer functions and transfer function matrices, block diagram manipulations, closed loop response. Proportional, rate, and integral controllers, and compensators. Design by root locus and frequency response. Controllability and observability. Luenberger observers, pole placement, and linear-quadratic cost controllers.

Fall 2017: EEME E6601
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EEME 6601 001/15439 W 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Room TBA
Richard Longman 3 8/110

EEME E6610 Optimal control theory. 3 points.

Lect: 3.Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: or instructor's permission.

Covers topics in calculus of variations, Pontryagin maximum principle, quadratic cost optimal control, predictive control, dynamic programming for optimal control, Kalman filtering, numerical methods for solution. Some applications discussed include: minimum energy subway operation (our solution saved 11% in tests on the Flushing Line, and the method was adopted by the transit authority, saving many millions of dollars per year), minimum time robot optimal control allowing one to run assembly lines faster for increased productivity.

EEME E8601 Advanced topics in control theory. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: instructor's permission.

This course may be taken more than once, since the content changes from year to year, electing different topics from control theory such as learning and repetitive control, adaptive control, system identification, Kalman filtering, etc.

MEBM E4439 Modeling and identification of dynamic systems. 3 points.

Prerequisites: instructor's permission.
Corequisites: EEME E3601

Generalized dynamic system modeling and simulation. Fluid, thermal, mechanical, diffusive, electrical, and hybrid systems are considered. Nonlinear and high order systems. System identification problem and Linear Least Squares method. State-space and noise representation. Kalman filter. Parameter estimation via prediction-error and subspace approaches. Iterative and bootstrap methods. Fit criteria. Wide applicability: medical, energy, others. MATLAB and Simulink environments.

Fall 2017: MEBM E4439
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MEBM 4439 001/70417 Th 4:10pm - 6:40pm
Room TBA
Nicolas Chbat 3 10/54

MEBM E4702 Advanced musculoskeletal biomechanics. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Advanced analysis and modeling of the musculoskeletal system. Topics include advanced concepts of 3-D segmental kinematics, musculoskeletal dynamics, experimental measurements of joints kinematics and anatomy, modeling of muscles and locomotion, multibody joint modeling, introduction to musculoskeletal surgical simulations.

MEBM E4703 Molecular mechanics in biology. 3 points.

Lect: 3.Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: instructor's permission.

Mechanical understanding of biological structures including proteins, DNA and RNA in cells and tissues. Force response of proteins and DNA, mechanics of membranes, biophysics of molecular motors, mechanics of protein-protein interactions.  Introduction to modeling and simulation techniques, and modern biophysical techniques such as single molecule FRET, optical traps, AFM, and super-resolution imaging, for understanding molecular mechanics and dynamics.

MEBM E6310 Mixture theories for biological tissues, I. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: equivalent.

Development of governing equations for mixtures with solid matrix, interstitial fluid, and ion constituents. Formulation of constitutive models for biological tissues. Linear and nonlinear models of fibrillar and viscoelastic porous matrices. Solutions to special problems, such as confined and unconfined compression, permeation, indentation and contact, and swelling experiments.

MEBM E6311 Mixture theories for biological tissues, II. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: or equivalent.

Development of governing equations for mixtures with solid matrix, interstitial fluid, and ion constituents. Formulation of constitutive models for biological tissues. Linear and nonlinear models of fibrillar and viscoelastic porous matrices. Solutions to special problems, such as confined and unconfined compression, permeation, indentation and contact, and swelling experiments.

MECE E1001 Mechanical engineering: micromachines to jumbo jets. 3 points.

Lect: 3.Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Corequisites: MATH UN1101

This introductory course explores the role of Mechanical Engineering in developing many of the fundamental technological advances on which today's society depends.  Students will be exposed to several mature and emerging technologies through a series of case studies. Topics include: airplanes, automobiles, robots, modern manufacturing methods as well as the emerging fields of micro-electro-mechanical machines (MEMS) and nanotechnology.  The physical concepts that govern the operation of these technologies will be developed from basic principles and then applied in simple design problems.  Students will also be exposed to state-of-the art innovations in each case study.

MECE E1008 Introduction to Machining. 1 point.

Introduction to the manual machine operation, CNC fabrication and usage of basic hand tools, band/hack saws, drill presses, grinders and sanders. 

MECE E1304 Naval Ship Systems, I. 3 points.

Students are strongly advised to consult with the ME Department prior to registering for this course. A study of ship characteristics and types including ship design, hydrodynamic forces, stability, compartmentation, propulsion, electrical and auxiliary systems, interior communications, ship control, and damage control; theory and design of steam, gas turbine, and nuclear propulsion; shipboard safety and firefighting. This course is part of the Naval ROTC program at Columbia but will be taught at SUNY Maritime. Enrollment may be limited; priority is given to students participating in Naval ROTC. This course will not count as a technical elective. Students should see a faculty adviser as well as Columbia NROTC staff (nrotc@ columbia.edu) for more information.

MECE E3018 Mechanical engineering laboratory, I. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Experiments in instrumentation and measurement: optical, pressure, fluid flow, temperature, stress, and electricity; viscometry, cantilever beam, digital data acquisition. Probability theory: distribution, functions of random variables, tests of significance, correlation, ANOVA, linear regression. A lab fee of $50.00 is collected.

Fall 2017: MECE E3018
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 3018 001/23188 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Jeffrey Kysar 3 24/65
MECE 3018 B01/77198 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Jeffrey Kysar 3 0/0

MECE E3028 Mechanical engineering laboratory, II. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Experiments in engineering and physical phenomena: aerofoil lift and drag in wind tunnels, laser Doppler anemometry in immersed fluidic channels, supersonic flow and shock waves, Rankine thermodynamical cycle for power generation, and structural truss mechanics and analysis.. A lab fee of $50.00 is collected.

Spring 2017: MECE E3028
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 3028 001/74501 M W 1:10pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Qiao Lin 3 54/70

MECE E3038 Mechanical engineering laboratory, III. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Mechatronic control of mechanical and electromechanical systems. Control of various thermodynamic cycles, including internal combustion engine (Otto cycle). Reverse engineering of an electromechanical product. A lab fee of $50.00 is collected.

MECE E3100 Introduction to mechanics of fluids. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Basic continuum concepts. Liquids and gases in static equilibrium. Continuity equation. Two-dimensional kinematics. Equation of motion. Bernoulli's equation and applications. Equations of energy and angular momentum. Dimensional analysis. Two-dimensional laminar flow. Pipe flow, laminar,and turbulent. Elements of compressible flow.

Fall 2017: MECE E3100
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 3100 001/11642 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
3 31/65
MECE 3100 R01/10006 F 10:10am - 12:40pm
Room TBA
3 0/0

MECE E3301 Thermodynamics. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Classical thermodynamics. Basic properties and concepts, thermodynamic properties of pure substances, equation of state, work, heat, the first and second laws for flow and nonflow processes, energy equations, entropy, and irreversibility. Introduction to power and refrigeration cycles.

Fall 2017: MECE E3301
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 3301 001/68058 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Sinisa Vukelic 3 25/75
MECE 3301 R01/10399 F 1:10pm - 3:40pm
Room TBA
Sinisa Vukelic 3 0/0

MECE E3311 Heat transfer. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Steady and unsteady heat conduction. Radiative heat transfer. Internal and external forced and free convective heat transfer. Change of phase. Heat exchangers.

Spring 2017: MECE E3311
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 3311 001/18698 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
602 Hamilton Hall
Arvind Narayanaswamy 3 56/75
MECE 3311 R01/27791 F 8:40am - 9:55am
303 Hamilton Hall
3 0/40
MECE 3311 R02/70238 F 10:10am - 11:25am
304 Hamilton Hall
3 0/40

MECE E3401 Mechanics of machines. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Introduction to mechanisms and machines, analytical and graphical synthesis of mechanism, displacement analysis, velocity analysis, acceleration analysis of linkages, dynamics of mechanism, cam design, gear and gear trains, and computer-aided mechanism design.

Spring 2017: MECE E3401
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 3401 001/89539 M 8:40am - 11:25am
214 Pupin Laboratories
Hod Lipson 3 9
Fall 2017: MECE E3401
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 3401 001/12193 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
3 8/25

MECE E3408 Computer graphics and design. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Introduction to drafting, engineering graphics, computer graphics, solid modeling, and mechanical engineering design. Interactive computer graphics and numerical methods applied to the solution of mechanical engineering design problems. A laboratory fee of $175 is collected.

Spring 2017: MECE E3408
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 3408 001/72786 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
252 Engineering Terrace
Kristin Myers 3 17/22
MECE 3408 002/60727 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
252 Engineering Terrace
Kristin Myers 3 20/22

MECE E3409 Machine design. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Computer-aided analysis of general loading states and deformation of machine components using singularity functions and energy methods.Theoretical introduction to static failure theories, fractre mechanics, and fatigue failure theories.  Introduction to conceptual design and design optimization problems.  Design of machine components such as springs, shafts, fasteners, lead screws, rivets, welds.  Modeling, analysis, and testing of machine assemblies for prescribed design problems.  Problems will be drawn from statics, kinematics, dynamics, solid modeling, stress analysis, and design optimization.

Fall 2017: MECE E3409
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 3409 001/61467 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Fred Stolfi 3 53/75

MECE E3411 Fundamentals of engineering. 1 point.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: Senior Standing.

Review of core courses in mechanical engineering, including mechanics, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, materials and processing, control, and mechanical design and analysis.  Review of additional topics, including engineering economics and ethics in engineering.  The course culminates with a comprehensive examination, similar to the Fundamentals of Engineering examination.

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This course meets the first 4.5 weeks only.

Spring 2017: MECE E3411
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 3411 001/23487 W 1:10pm - 3:40pm
644 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Fred Stolfi 1 9/70

MECE E3420 Engineering concept and design. 1 point.

Lect:1

Prerequisites: Senior standing.
Corequisites: MECE E3409

A preliminary design for an original project is a pre-requisite for the capstone design course.  This course will focus on the steps required for generating a preliminary design concept. Included will be a brainstorming concept generation phase, a literature search, and the production of a layout drawing of the proposed capstone design project in a Computer Aided Design (CAD) software package (i.e., ProEngineer)

Fall 2017: MECE E3420
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 3420 001/61887 T Th 1:10pm - 3:40pm
Room TBA
Fred Stolfi 1 47/70

MECE E3430 Engineering Design. 3 points.

Lect: 2 Lab: 4

Building on the preliminary design concept, the detailed elements of the design process are completed: systems synthesis, design analysis optimization, and Computer Aided Design (CAD) component part drawings. Execution of a project involving the design, fabrication, and performance testing of an actual engineering device or system. A laboratory fee of $125 is collected.

Spring 2017: MECE E3430
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 3430 001/68477 T Th 1:10pm - 3:40pm
633 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Fred Stolfi 3 66/75
MECE 3430 R01/16721 F 1:10pm - 3:40pm
Room TBA
Fred Stolfi 3 0/40

MECE E3450 Computer Aided Design. 3 points.

Lect: 3

Introduction to numerical methods and their applications to rigid body mechanics for mechanisms and linkages. Introduction to finite element stress analysis for deformable bodies. Computer-aided mechanical engineering design using established software tools and verifications against analytical and finite difference solutions

Spring 2017: MECE E3450
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 3450 001/23749 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
209 Havemeyer Hall
Gerard Ateshian 3 9

MECE E3610 Materials and Processes in Manufacturing. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: OR EQUIVALENT

Introduction to microstructures and properties of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites; typical manufacturing processes: material removal, shaping, joining, and property alteration; behavior of engineering materials in the manufacturing processes.

Spring 2017: MECE E3610
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 3610 001/76347 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
517 Hamilton Hall
Y. Lawrence Yao 3 58/75

MECE E3900 Honors tutorial in mechanical engineering. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: 3.2 or higher GPA

Individual study; may be selected after the first term of the junior year by students maintaining a 3.2 grade-point average. Normally not to be taken in a student's final semester. Course format may vary from individual tutorial to laboratory work to seminar instruction under faculty supervision. Written application must be made prior to registration outlining proposed study program. Projects requiring machine-shop use must be approved by the laboratory supervisor. Students may count up to 6 points toward degree requirements. Students must submit both a project outline prior to registration and a final project write up at the end of the semester. 

Fall 2017: MECE E3900
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 3900 001/67592  
Sunil Agrawal 3 0
MECE 3900 002/61232  
3 0
MECE 3900 003/16037  
Gerard Ateshian 3 0
MECE 3900 004/66872  
Michael Burke 3 0
MECE 3900 005/18103  
Nicolas Chbat 3 0
MECE 3900 006/69472  
Matei Ciocarlie 3 0
MECE 3900 007/29327  
James Hone 3 0
MECE 3900 008/22892  
Jeffrey Kysar 3 0
MECE 3900 009/76198  
Qiao Lin 3 0
MECE 3900 010/18383  
Richard Longman 3 0
MECE 3900 011/14602  
Michael Massimino 3 0
MECE 3900 012/60626  
Vijay Modi 3 0
MECE 3900 013/63885  
Kristin Myers 3 0
MECE 3900 014/25739  
Arvind Narayanaswamy 3 0
MECE 3900 015/63356  
Fred Stolfi 3 0
MECE 3900 016/60195  
Sinisa Vukelic 3 0
MECE 3900 017/12919  
Y. Lawrence Yao 3 0
MECE 3900 018/25321  
Hod Lipson 3 0
MECE 3900 019/12231  
Karen Kasza 3 0

MECE E3901 Honors tutorial in mechanical engineering. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: 3.2 or higher GPA.

Individual study; may be selected after the first term of the junior year by students maintaining a 3.2 grade-point average. Normally not to be taken in a student's final semester. Course format may vary from individual tutorial to laboratory work to seminar instruction under faculty supervision. Written application must be made prior to registration outlining proposed study program. Projects requiring machine-shop use must be approved by the laboratory supervisor. Students may count up to 6 points toward degree requirements. Students must submit both a project outline prior to registration and a final project write up at the end of the semester. 

Spring 2017: MECE E3901
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 3901 001/16914  
Gerard Ateshian 3 0
MECE 3901 002/18873  
Arvind Narayanaswamy 3 1
MECE 3901 003/19504  
Fred Stolfi 3 0
MECE 3901 004/21419  
James Hone 3 0
MECE 3901 005/73096  
Kristin Myers 3 0
MECE 3901 006/67448  
Richard Longman 3 0
MECE 3901 007/76403  
Jeffrey Kysar 3 0
MECE 3901 008/67090  
Vijay Modi 3 0
MECE 3901 009/29982  
3 0
MECE 3901 010/14673  
Y. Lawrence Yao 3 0
MECE 3901 011/26143  
Qiao Lin 3 1
MECE 3901 012/27197  
Matei Ciocarlie 3 0
MECE 3901 013/18218  
Michael Massimino 3 0
MECE 3901 014/73657  
Joshua Browne 3 2
MECE 3901 015/29130  
Sunil Agrawal 3 1
MECE 3901 016/68497  
Sinisa Vukelic 3 0
MECE 3901 017/28246  
Nicolas Chbat 3 0
MECE 3901 018/29571  
Hod Lipson 3 2
MECE 3901 019/14202  
3 0
MECE 3901 020/20875  
Karen Kasza 3 0

MECE E3998 Projects in mechanical engineering. 1-3 points.

Prerequisites: Approval by faculty member who agrees to supervise the work.

Normally not to be taken in a student's final semester. Independent project involving theoretical, computational, experimental or engineering design work. May be repeated, but no more than 3 points may be counted toward degree requirements. Projects requiring machine-shop use must be approved by the laboratory supervisor. Students must submit both a project outline prior to registration and a final project write-up at the end of the semester. 

Spring 2017: MECE E3998
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 3998 001/27803  
Gerard Ateshian 1-3 0
MECE 3998 002/73932  
Arvind Narayanaswamy 1-3 0
MECE 3998 003/20676  
Fred Stolfi 1-3 0
MECE 3998 004/71356  
James Hone 1-3 1
MECE 3998 005/15654  
Kristin Myers 1-3 1
MECE 3998 006/10629  
Richard Longman 1-3 0
MECE 3998 007/17561  
Jeffrey Kysar 1-3 0
MECE 3998 008/77760  
Vijay Modi 1-3 0
MECE 3998 009/17643  
1-3 0
MECE 3998 010/66856  
Y. Lawrence Yao 1-3 0
MECE 3998 011/23931  
Qiao Lin 1-3 0
MECE 3998 012/60580  
Matei Ciocarlie 1-3 1
MECE 3998 013/13761  
Michael Massimino 1-3 0
MECE 3998 014/22816  
Joshua Browne 1-3 4
MECE 3998 015/72559  
Sunil Agrawal 1-3 1
MECE 3998 016/15576  
Sinisa Vukelic 1-3 3
MECE 3998 017/14621  
Nicolas Chbat 1-3 0
MECE 3998 018/67480  
Hod Lipson 1-3 14
MECE 3998 019/67681  
1-3 0
MECE 3998 020/67260  
Karen Kasza 1-3 0
Fall 2017: MECE E3998
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 3998 001/61966  
Sunil Agrawal 1-3 0
MECE 3998 002/29050  
1-3 0
MECE 3998 003/76375  
Gerard Ateshian 1-3 0
MECE 3998 004/74858  
Michael Burke 1-3 0
MECE 3998 005/64480  
Nicolas Chbat 1-3 0
MECE 3998 006/17809  
Matei Ciocarlie 1-3 0
MECE 3998 007/64268  
James Hone 1-3 0
MECE 3998 008/61869  
Jeffrey Kysar 1-3 0
MECE 3998 009/74156  
Qiao Lin 1-3 0
MECE 3998 010/67925  
Richard Longman 1-3 0
MECE 3998 011/25415  
Michael Massimino 1-3 0
MECE 3998 012/64628  
Vijay Modi 1-3 0
MECE 3998 013/74037  
Kristin Myers 1-3 0
MECE 3998 014/77349  
Arvind Narayanaswamy 1-3 0
MECE 3998 015/64687  
Fred Stolfi 1-3 0/6
MECE 3998 016/10789  
Sinisa Vukelic 1-3 0
MECE 3998 017/26442  
Y. Lawrence Yao 1-3 0
MECE 3998 018/67016  
Hod Lipson 1-3 0
MECE 3998 019/26972  
Karen Kasza 1-3 0

MECE E4058 Mechatronics and embedded microcomputer control. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: RECOMMENDED: ELEN E3000

Enrollment limited to 12 students. Mechatronics is the application of electronics and microcomputers to control mechanical systems. Systems explored include on/off systems, solenoids, stepper motors, DC motors, thermal systems, magnetic levitation. Use of analog and digital electronics and various sensors for control. Programming microcomputers in Assembly and C. A lab fee of $75.00 is collected. Lab required.

Spring 2017: MECE E4058
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 4058 001/64497 Th 4:10pm - 6:40pm
252 Engineering Terrace
Fred Stolfi 3 9/12
MECE 4058 001/64497 T 4:10pm - 6:40pm
825 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Fred Stolfi 3 9/12
MECE 4058 002/25984 W 4:10pm - 6:40pm
252 Engineering Terrace
Fred Stolfi 3 14/12
MECE 4058 002/25984 T 4:10pm - 6:40pm
825 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Fred Stolfi 3 14/12
Fall 2017: MECE E4058
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 4058 001/66259 M W 4:10pm - 6:40pm
Room TBA
Fred Stolfi 3 8/22
MECE 4058 002/77081 M Th 4:10pm - 6:40pm
Room TBA
Fred Stolfi 3 5/22

MECE E4100 Mechanics of fluids. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: OR EQUIVALENT

Fluid dynamics and analyses for mechanical engineering and aerospace applications: boundary layers and lubrication, stability and turbulence, and compressible flow. Turbomachinery as well as additional selected topics.

Spring 2017: MECE E4100
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 4100 001/13851 W 4:10pm - 6:40pm
516 Hamilton Hall
Karen Kasza 3 8/50

MECE E4210 Energy Infrastructure Planning. 3 points.

Lect. 3.

Prerequisites: One year each of college level physics, chemistry, and mathematics

Energy infrastructure planning with specific focus on countries with rapidly growing infrastructure needs. Spatiotemporal characteristics, scale, and environmental footprints of energy resources, power generation and storage, modeling demand growth, technology choices and learning for planning. Computer-assisted decision support and network design/optimization tools. Similarities, differences and interactions among electricity, gas, information, transportation and water distribution networks. Penetration of renewable and/or decentralized technologies into existing or new infrastructure. Special guest lectures on infrastructure finance, regulation and public-private partnerships.

Spring 2017: MECE E4210
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 4210 001/25851 F 8:40am - 11:25am
252 Engineering Terrace
Vijay Modi 3 21/24

MECE E4211 Energy: sources and conversion. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: .

Energy sources such as oil, gas, coal, gas hydrates, hydrogen, solar, and wind.  Energy conversion systems for electrical power generation, automobiles, propulsion and refrigeration. Engines, steam and gas turbines, wind turbines; devices such as fuel cells, thermoelectric converters, and photovoltaic cells. Specialized topics may include carbon-dioxide sequestration, cogeneration, hybrid vehicles and energy storage devices.

Fall 2017: MECE E4211
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 4211 001/11064 M 4:10pm - 6:40pm
Room TBA
Vijay Modi 3 14/70

MECE E4212 Microelectromechanical systems. 3 points.

Lect: 1.5. Lab: 3.

MEMS markets and applications; scaling laws; silicon as a mechanical material; Sensors and actuators; micromechanical analysis and design; substrate (bulk) and surface micromachining; computer aided design; packaging; testing and characterization; microfluidics.

Fall 2017: MECE E4212
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 4212 001/74265 W 4:10pm - 6:40pm
Room TBA
3 10/30

MECE E4213 Bio-microelectromechanical systems (BioMEMS): design, fabrication and analysis. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: A course in transport phenomena, or by instructor's permission

Silicon and polymer micro/nanofabrication techniques; hydrodynamic microfluidic control; electrokinetic microfluidic control; microfluidic separation and detection; sample preparation; micro bioreactors and temperature control; implantable MEMS, including sensors, actuators and drug delivery devices.  

MECE E4302 Advanced thermodynamics. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Advanced classical thermodynamics. Availability, irreversibility, generalized behavior, equations of state for nonideal gases, mixtures and solutions, phase and chemical behavior, combustion. Thermodynamic properties of ideal gases. Applications to automotive and aircraft engines, refrigeration and air conditioning, and biological systems.

Spring 2017: MECE E4302
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 4302 001/64332 Th 4:10pm - 6:40pm
627 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Sinisa Vukelic 3 18/50

MECE E4304 Turbomachinery. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

This course will introduce you to the basics of theory, design, selection and applications of turbomachinery. Turbomachines are widely used in many engineering applications such as energy conversion, power plants, air-conditioning, pumping, refrigeration and vehicle engines, as there are pumps, blowers, compressors, gas turbines, jet engines, wind turbines etc. Applications are drawn from energy conversion technologies, HVAC and propulsion. The course provides a basic understanding of the different kinds of turbomachines.

Fall 2017: MECE E4304
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 4304 001/68991 Th 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Room TBA
3 5/35

MECE E4305 Mechanics and thermodynamics of propulsion. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: instructor approval

Principles of propulsion. Thermodynamic cycles of air breathing propulsion systems including ramjet, scramjet, turbojet, and turbofan engine and rocket propulsion system concepts. Turbine engine and rocket performance characteristics. Component and cycle analysis of jet engines and turbomachinery. Advanced propulsion systems. Columbia Engineering interdisciplinary course.

MECE E4306 Introduction to Aerodynamics. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Principles of flight, imcompressible flows, compressible regimes.  Inviscid compressible aerodynamic in nozzles (wind tunnels, jet engines), around wings (aircraft, space shuttle) and around blunt bodies (rockets, reentry vehicles). Physics of normal shock waves, oblique shock waves, and explosion waves.

Spring 2017: MECE E4306
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 4306 001/11312 M 4:10pm - 6:40pm
627 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Peter LeVoci 3 14/50

MECE E4312 Solar thermal engineering. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Fundamentals of solar energy transport: radiation heat transfer, convention, conduction and phase change processes.  Heat exchangers and solar collectors: basic methods of thermal design, flow arrangements, effects of variable conditions, rating procedures.  Solar energy concentration.  Piping Systems: series and parallel arrangements, fluid movers.  Thermal response and management of photovoltaic energy conversion.  Solar energy storage.  Solar cooling, solar thermal power and cogeneration.  Applications to the design of solar thermal engineering systems. 

Fall 2017: MECE E4312
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 4312 001/24845 M 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Room TBA
Mohammad Naraghi 3 14/45

MECE E4314 Energy dynamics of green buildings. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Introduction to analysis and design of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems. Heating and cooling loads. Humidity control. Solar gain and passive solar design. Global energy implications. Green buildings. Building-integrated photovoltaics. Roof-mounted gardens and greenhouses. Financial assessment tools and case studies. Open to Mechanical Engineering graduate students only

Spring 2017: MECE E4314
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 4314 001/27864 Th 7:00pm - 9:30pm
1024 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Mohammad Naraghi 3 37/50

MECE E4330 Thermofluid Systems Design. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Theoretical and practical considerations, and design principles, for modern thermofluids systems. Topics include boiling, condensation, phase change heat transfer, multimode heat transfer, heat exchangers, and modeling of thermal transport systems. Emphasis on applications of thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics to modeling actual physical systems. Term project on conceptual design and presentation of a thermofluid system that meets specified criteria.

Fall 2017: MECE E4330
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 4330 001/16235 Sa 9:30am - 12:00pm
Room TBA
Sean Bradshaw 3 0/22

MECE E4404 Tribology: Friction, Lubrication and Wear. 3 points.

Lect: 3.Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: permission of the instructor

Friction, lubrication and wear between sliding surfaces. Surface metrology, contact mechanics, and sliding friction.  Deformation, wear, and temperature rise of non-lubricated, liquid lubricated, and solid-lubricated rolling and sliding materials. The theories of boundary, elastohydrodynamic, hydrodynamic, hydrostatic, and solid-phase lubrication.  Lubricant flow and load-carrying capacity in bearings. Special applications such as geartrains, cam/tappets, and micro and nano-scale tribological interfaces.

MECE E4430 Automotive dynamics. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: equivalent

Automobile dynamic behavior is divided into three subjects: vehicle subsystems, ride, and handling. Vehicle subsystems include: tire, steering, mechanisms, suspensions, gearbox, engine, clutch, etc.  Regarding ride, vibrations and ride comfort are analyzed, and suspension optimization of a quarter car model is treated.  Regarding handling, vehicle dynamic behavior on the road is analyzed, with emphasis on numerical simulations using planar as well as roll models.

Fall 2017: MECE E4430
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 4430 001/29759 T 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Room TBA
Joshua Browne 3 19/20

MECE E4431 Space vehicle dynamics and control. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: ENME E4202 recommended

Space vehicle dynamics and control, rocket equations, satellite orbits, initial trajectory designs from earth to other planets, satellite attitude dynamics, gravity gradient stabilization of satellites, spin-stabilized satellites, dual-spin satellites, satellite attitude control, modeling, dynamics, and control of large flexible spacecraft.

Spring 2017: MECE E4431
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 4431 001/14111 T 7:00pm - 9:30pm
545 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Richard Longman 3 23/50

MECE E4501 Geometrical modeling. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Relationship between 3D geometry and CAD/CAM; representations of solids; geometry as the basis of analysis, design, and manufacturing; constructive solid geometry and the CSG tree; octree representation and applications; surface representations and intersections; boundary representation and boundary evaluation; applied computational geometry; analysis of geometrical algorithms and associated data structures; applications of geometrical modeling in vision and robotics.

MECE E4502 Computational geometry for CAD/CAM. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: FORTRAN or PASCAL.

Analysis of geometric problems and the design of efficient methodologies to obtain solutions to these problems. Algorithms to be studied include geometric searching, convex hulls, triangulations, Voronoi diagrams, intersections, hidden surfaces. Emphasis will be on practical aspects of these algorithms, and on applications of the solutions in computer-aided product design and manufacturing.

MECE E4602 Introduction to robotics. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Overview of robot applications and capabilities. Linear algebra, kinematics, statics, and dynamics of robot manipulators. Survey of sensor technology: force, proximity, vision, compliant manipulators. Motion planning and artificial intelligence; manipulator programming requirements and languages.

Fall 2017: MECE E4602
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 4602 001/29558 T 4:10pm - 6:40pm
Room TBA
Sunil Agrawal 3 26/96

MECE E4604 Product design for manufacturability. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: Manufacturing process, computer graphics, engineering design, mechanical design.

General review of product development process; market analysis and product system design; principles of design for manufacturing; strategy for material selection and manufacturing process choice; component design for machining; casting; molding; sheet metal working and inspection; general assembly processes; product design for manual assembly; design for robotic and automatic assembly; case studies of product design and improvement.

Fall 2017: MECE E4604
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 4604 001/26529 W 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Room TBA
Graham Walker 3 29/65

MECE E4606 Digital Manufacturing. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Basic programming experience in any language

Additive manufacturing processes, CNC, Sheet cutting processes, Numerical control, Generative and algorithmic design. Social, economic, legal and business implications. Course involves both theoretical exercises and a hands-on project.

Spring 2017: MECE E4606
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 4606 001/19660 M 1:10pm - 3:40pm
503 Hamilton Hall
Hod Lipson 3 51/50

MECE E4609 Computer-aided manufacturing. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: An introductory course on Manufacturing Processes, and knowledge of Computer Aided Design, and Mechanical Design or the Instructor's permission.

Computer aided design, free-form surface modeling, tooling and fixturing, computer numeric control, rapid prototyping, process engineering, fixed and programmable automation, industrial robotics.

Spring 2017: MECE E4609
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 4609 001/70763 W 7:00pm - 9:30pm
545 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Graham Walker 3 45/50

MECE E4610 Advanced manufacturing processes. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: Introductory course on manufacturing processes, and heat transfer, knowledge of engineering materials, or the Instructor's permission.

Principles of nontraditional manufacturing, nontraditional transport and media.  Emphasis on laser assisted materials processing, laser material interactions with applications to laser material removal, forming, and surface modification.  Introduction to electrochemical machining, electrical discharge machining and abrasive water jet machining.

Fall 2017: MECE E4610
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 4610 001/65814 T 4:10pm - 6:40pm
Room TBA
Y. Lawrence Yao 3 11/35

MECE E4990 Special topics in mechanical engineering. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: Permission of the Instructor

Topics and Instructors change from year to year. For advanced undergraduate students and graduate students in engineering, physical sciences, and other fields.

MECE E4999 Curricular practical training. 1 point.

Prerequisites: Instructor's written approval.

Only for ME graduate students who need relevant off-campus work experience as part of their program of study as determined by the instructor. Written application must be made prior to registration outlining proposed study program. Final reports required. May not be taken for pass/fail credit or audited. International students must consult with the International Students and Scholars Office.

Spring 2017: MECE E4999
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 4999 001/67134  
Jeffrey Kysar 1 0/50
Summer 2017: MECE E4999
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 4999 001/12546  
Jeffrey Kysar 1 2
Fall 2017: MECE E4999
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 4999 001/63241  
Jeffrey Kysar 1 0/0

MECE E6100 Advanced mechanics of fluids. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Eulerian and Lagrangian descriptions of motion. Stress and strain rate tensors, vorticity, integral and differential equations of mass, momentum, and energy conservation. Potential flow.

Fall 2017: MECE E6100
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 6100 001/68597 W 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Room TBA
Gerard Ateshian 3 6/44

MECE E6102 Computational heat transfer and fluid flow. 3 points.

Lect: 3.Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: COMS W1005 FORTRAN.

Mathematical description of pertinent physical phenomena. Basics of finite-difference methods of discretization, explicit and implicit schemes, grid sizes, stability, and convergence. Solution of algebraic equations, relaxation. Heat conduction. Incompressible fluid flow, stream function-vorticity formulation. Forced and natural convection. Use of primitive variables, turbulence modeling, and coordinate transformations.

MECE E6103 Compressible Flow. 3 points.

Lect.: 3Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Fundamental analysis of compressible flows and its applications for various sonic/ supersonic elements including supersonic airfoils/ projectiles, nozzles, and shock tubes. Steady and unsteady shock/expansion waves, oblique shock waves. Shock reflections, methods of characteristic.

MECE E6104 Case studies in computational fluid dynamics. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Corequisites: MECE E4400

Hands-on case studies in computational fluid dynamics, including steady and transient flows, heat and mass transfer, turbulence, compressible flow and multiphase flow. Identifying assumptions, computational domain selection, model creation and setup, boundary conditions, choice of convergence criteria, visualization and interpretation of computed results. Taught in the Mechanical Engineering Computer Laboratory with Computational Fluid Dynamics software.

Spring 2017: MECE E6104
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 6104 001/72308 T 7:00pm - 9:30pm
252 Engineering Terrace
Frank Henry 3 22/24

MECE E6105 Transport phenomena in the presence of interfaces. 3 points.

Lect: 3.Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: MECE E4100 Mechanics of Fluids, or the equivalent or the instructor's permission; CHEE E4252, Introduction to Surface and Colloid Chemistry, or the equivalent, or the instructor's permission.

Surface energy and capillary phenomena. Wetting and spreading of liquids, wetting line pinning and hysteresis, dynamics of wetting. Surfactants. Bubbles: nucleation, stability, dynamics, microstreaming. Jets and Drops: generation, dynamics, stabiligy and impact with surfaces. Measurement of transport phenomena involving interfaces. Interfacial transport phenomena involvng thermal, chemical or electrical gradients. Applications in microfluidic systems.

MECE E6313 Advanced heat transfer. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: MECE E3311.
Corequisites: MECE E6100.

Application of analytical techniques to the solution of multi-dimensional steady and transient problems in heat conduction and convection. Lumped, integral, and differential formulations. Topics include use of sources and sinks, laminar/turbulent forced convection, and natural convection in internal and external geometries.

Spring 2017: MECE E6313
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 6313 001/87699 M 4:10pm - 6:40pm
1024 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Arvind Narayanaswamy 3 15/35

MECE E6400 Advanced machine dynamics. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Review of classical dynamics, including Lagrange's equations. Analysis of dynamic response of high-speed machine elements and systems, including mass-spring systems, cam-follower systems, and gearing; shock isolation; introduction to gyrodynamics.

Spring 2017: MECE E6400
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 6400 001/62723 Th 7:00pm - 9:30pm
413 Kent Hall
Nicolas Chbat 3 44/55

MECE E6422 Introduction to the theory of elasticity, I and II. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Corequisites: APMA E4200

Analysis of stress and strain. Formulation of the problem of elastic equilibrium. Torsion and flexure of prismatic bars. Problems in stress concentration, rotating disks, shrink fits, and curved beams; pressure vessels, contact and impact of elastic bodies, thermal stresses, propagation of elastic waves.

Fall 2017: MECE E6422
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 6422 001/67000 T 1:10pm - 3:40pm
Room TBA
Kristin Myers 3 7/35

MECE E6423 Introduction to the theory of elasticity, I and II. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Corequisites: APMA E4200.

Analysis of stress and strain. Formulation of the problem of elastic equilibrium. Torsion and flexure of prismatic bars. Problems in stress concentration, rotating disks, shrink fits, and curved beams; pressure vessels, contact and impact of elastic bodies, thermal stresses, propagation of elastic waves.

MECE E6424 Vibrations in machines, I. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: MECE E3401

Review of vibration analysis of systems and mechanisms with one degree of freedom. Natural frequencies. Forced vibrations. Effects of dry and vicious friction. Energy methods of Rayleigh and Ritz. Suppression and elimination of vibration. Vibration isolation. Measuring instruments. Critical speeds in machinery. Synchronous whirl. Half-frequency whirl. Influence of bearing characteristics on critical speeds. Effect of gyroscopic moments. Systems with multiple degrees of freedom. Dynamic vibration absorbers. Self-tuning absorbers of pendulum and roller types. Lagrangian equations of motion as applied in vibrating systems. General equations for transverse critical speeds of shafts. Surging of helical springs.

MECE E6614 Advanced topics in robotics and mechanism synthesis. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Corequisites: MECE E3401

Kinematic modeling methods for serial, parallel, redundant, wire-actuated robots and multifingered hands with discussion of open research problems. Introduction to screw theory and line geometry tools for kinematics.  Applications of homotropy continuation methods and symbolic-numerical methods for direct kinematics of parallel robots and synthesis of mechanisms.  Course uses textbook materials as well as a collection of recent research papers.

Spring 2017: MECE E6614
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 6614 001/64890 Th 4:10pm - 6:40pm
511 Hamilton Hall
Sunil Agrawal 3 14/25

MECE E6620 Applied signal recognition and classification. 3 points.

Lect: 3.Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: knowledge of a programming language, or permission of instructor.

Applied recognition and classification of signals using a selection of tools borrowed from different disciplines. Applications include human biometrics, imaging, geophysics, machinery, electronics, networking, languages, communications, and finance. Practical algorithms are covered in signal generation, modeling, feature extraction, metrics for comparison and classification, parameter estimation, supervised, unsupervised and hierarchical clustering and learning, optimization, scaling and alignment, signals as codes emitted from natural sources, information, and extremely large-scale search techniques.

MECE E6700 Carbon nanotube science and technology. 3 points.

Lect: 3.Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of introductory solid state physics or instructor's permission.

Basic science of solid state systems. Crystal structure, electronic and phonon bandstructures of nanotubes. Synthesis of nanotubes and other nanomaterials. Experimental determination of nanotube structures and techniques for nanoscale imaging. Theory and measurement of mechanical, thermal, and electronic properties of nanotubes and nanomaterials. Nanofabrication and nanoelectronic devices. Applications of nanotubes.

MECE E6710 Nanofabrication laboratory. 3 points.

Lect: 3.Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: ELEN E6945 or Instructor's permission.

Laboratory in techniques for fabrication at the nanometer scale.  Electron-beam lithography.  Plasma etching and 3D nanofabrication.  Thin film deposition.  Self-assembly and 'bottom up' nanofabrication.  Fabrication of and testing of complete nanodevices.  A lab fee of $300 is required.  

MECE E6720 Nano/microscale thermal transport process. 3 points.

Lect: 3.Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Nano and microscale origins of thermal transport phenomena by molecules, electrons, phonons, and photons.  Quantum mechanics and statistical physics.  Density of states.  Kinetic theory of  gases.  Boltzmann transport equation (BTE), classical and quantum size effects.  Landauer formalism for transport via nanostructures.  Macroscopic constitutive equations from BTE.  Application to electronics cooling, thermoelectric and thermophotovoltaic decices, and energy conversion.

MECE E8020 Master's thesis.

Research in an area of Mechanical Engineering culminating in a verbal presentation and a written thesis document approved by the thesis advisor. Must  obtain permission from a thesis advisor to enroll.  Recommended enrollment for two terms, one of which can be the summer. A maximum of 6 points of master's thesis may count towards an MS degree , and additional research points cannot be counted. On completion of all master's thesis credits, the thesis advisor will assign a single grade. Students must use a department recommended format for thesis writing. 

Spring 2017: MECE E8020
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 8020 001/61196  
Sunil Agrawal 2
MECE 8020 002/25636  
0
MECE 8020 003/74749  
Gerard Ateshian 0
MECE 8020 004/69234  
Karen Kasza 0
MECE 8020 005/21213  
Nicolas Chbat 0
MECE 8020 006/19372  
Matei Ciocarlie 1
MECE 8020 007/62394  
James Hone 0
MECE 8020 008/73376  
Jeffrey Kysar 0
MECE 8020 009/15999  
Qiao Lin 0
MECE 8020 010/18163  
Richard Longman 0
MECE 8020 011/11732  
Michael Massimino 0
MECE 8020 012/68949  
Vijay Modi 0
MECE 8020 013/22622  
Kristin Myers 0
MECE 8020 014/16104  
Arvind Narayanaswamy 0
MECE 8020 015/27279  
Fred Stolfi 0
MECE 8020 016/20511  
Sinisa Vukelic 0
MECE 8020 017/21091  
Y. Lawrence Yao 0
MECE 8020 018/73237  
Hod Lipson 3
MECE 8020 019/15066  
0
MECE 8020 020/68737  
0
Fall 2017: MECE E8020
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 8020 001/28780  
Sunil Agrawal 0
MECE 8020 002/70238  
0
MECE 8020 003/73476  
Gerard Ateshian 0
MECE 8020 004/60225  
Michael Burke 0
MECE 8020 005/28863  
Nicolas Chbat 0
MECE 8020 006/75145  
Matei Ciocarlie 0
MECE 8020 007/62612  
James Hone 0
MECE 8020 008/27890  
Jeffrey Kysar 0
MECE 8020 009/73630  
Qiao Lin 0
MECE 8020 010/69201  
Richard Longman 0
MECE 8020 011/19056  
Michael Massimino 0
MECE 8020 012/17885  
Vijay Modi 0
MECE 8020 013/72870  
Kristin Myers 0
MECE 8020 014/62450  
Arvind Narayanaswamy 0
MECE 8020 015/16563  
Fred Stolfi 0
MECE 8020 016/17398  
Sinisa Vukelic 0
MECE 8020 017/29129  
Y. Lawrence Yao 0
MECE 8020 018/28142  
Hod Lipson 0
MECE 8020 019/67934  
Karen Kasza 0

MECE E8021 Master's thesis. 3 points.

3-6 pts.

Research in an area of Mechanical Engineering culminating in a verbal presentation and a written thesis document approved by the thesis advisor. A student enrolling in this course must obtain permission from a thesis advisor. Students are recommended to enroll in M.S. thesis for two terms, one of which can be the summer. Students may count a maximum of 6 points of Master's Thesis towards an MS degree and cannot count additional research points. On completion of all Master's Thesis credits, the thesis advisor will assign a single grade. Additional MS Thesis guidelines: • Students must use a department recommended format for thesis writing. A copy of the thesis will be uploaded on an electronic archive accessible through the Mechanical Engineering department website.

MECE E8501 Advanced Continuum Biomechanics. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Instructor Permission

The essentials of finite deformation theory of solids and fluids needed to describe mechanical behavior of biological tissue: kinematics of finite deformations, balance laws, principle of material objectivity, theory of constitutive equations, concept of simple solids and simple fluids, approximate constitutive equations, some boundary-value problems. Topics include one- and two-point tensor components with respect to generalized coordinates; finite deformation tensors, such as right and left Cauchy-Green tensors; rate of deformation tensors, such as Rivlin-Ericksen tensors; various forms of objective time derivatives, such as co-rotational and convected derivatives of tensors; viscometric flows of simple fluids; examples of rate and integral type of constitutive equations.

MECE E8990 Special topics in mechanical engineering. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: Instructor's permission.

This course may be taken for credit more than once. The instructor from the Mechanical Engineering Department and the topics covered in the course will vary from year to year.  This course is intended for students with graduate standing in Mechanical Engineering and other engineering and applied sciences. 

Fall 2017: MECE E8990
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 8990 001/20699  
Jeffrey Kysar 3 0
MECE 8990 002/63697  
Joshua Browne 3 0

MECE E9000 Graduate research and study. 1-3 points.

Theoretical or experimental study or research in graduate areas in mechanical engineering and engineering science.

Fall 2017: MECE E9000
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 9000 001/20830  
Sunil Agrawal 1-3 3
MECE 9000 002/23412  
1-3 0
MECE 9000 003/61919  
Gerard Ateshian 1-3 1
MECE 9000 004/61743  
Michael Burke 1-3 0
MECE 9000 005/18837  
Nicolas Chbat 1-3 0
MECE 9000 006/12804  
Matei Ciocarlie 1-3 0
MECE 9000 007/23515  
James Hone 1-3 0
MECE 9000 008/68757  
Jeffrey Kysar 1-3 0
MECE 9000 009/69879  
Qiao Lin 1-3 0
MECE 9000 010/15671  
Richard Longman 1-3 0
MECE 9000 011/64928  
Michael Massimino 1-3 0
MECE 9000 012/18532  
Vijay Modi 1-3 0
MECE 9000 013/14987  
Kristin Myers 1-3 0
MECE 9000 014/75499  
Arvind Narayanaswamy 1-3 0
MECE 9000 015/25965  
Fred Stolfi 1-3 0
MECE 9000 016/75479  
Sinisa Vukelic 1-3 0
MECE 9000 017/60796  
Y. Lawrence Yao 1-3 0
MECE 9000 018/66181  
Hod Lipson 1-3 0
MECE 9000 019/73851  
Karen Kasza 1-3 0
MECE 9000 020/28424  
1-3 0

MECE E9001 Graduate research and study. 1-3 points.

Theoretical or experimental study or research in graduate areas in mechanical engineering and engineering science.

Spring 2017: MECE E9001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 9001 001/74784  
Gerard Ateshian 1-3 2
MECE 9001 002/61641  
Arvind Narayanaswamy 1-3 4
MECE 9001 003/20180  
Fred Stolfi 1-3 0
MECE 9001 004/66561  
James Hone 1-3 6
MECE 9001 005/29204  
Kristin Myers 1-3 3
MECE 9001 006/65744  
Richard Longman 1-3 1
MECE 9001 007/16330  
Jeffrey Kysar 1-3 3
MECE 9001 008/73254  
Vijay Modi 1-3 4
MECE 9001 009/60486  
Michael Burke 1-3 2
MECE 9001 010/67163  
Y. Lawrence Yao 1-3 3
MECE 9001 011/25188  
Qiao Lin 1-3 1
MECE 9001 012/13231  
Matei Ciocarlie 1-3 6
MECE 9001 013/15436  
Michael Massimino 1-3 0
MECE 9001 014/72486  
1-3 0
MECE 9001 015/15613  
Sunil Agrawal 1-3 7
MECE 9001 016/60737  
Sinisa Vukelic 1-3 3
MECE 9001 017/65725  
Nicolas Chbat 1-3 1
MECE 9001 018/27129  
Hod Lipson 1-3 7
MECE 9001 019/74330  
1-3 0
MECE 9001 020/61565  
Karen Kasza 1-3 1
Summer 2017: MECE E9001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 9001 018/81846  
Hod Lipson 1-3 3

MECE E9500 Graduate seminar. 0 points.

0 pts.

Pass/fail only. All doctoral students are required to successfully complete four semesters of the mechanical engineering seminar MECE E9500.

Spring 2017: MECE E9500
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 9500 001/22428  
Karen Kasza 0 30/35
Fall 2017: MECE E9500
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 9500 001/19981  
Karen Kasza 0 0

MECE E9800 Doctoral research instruction. 0 points.

3, 6, 9 or 12 pts.

A candidate for the Eng.Sc.D. degree in mechanical engineering must register for 12 points of doctoral research instruction. Registration in MECE E9800 may not be used to satisfy the minimum residence requirement for the degree.

Spring 2017: MECE E9800
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 9800 001/62078  
Gerard Ateshian 0 0
MECE 9800 002/28209  
Arvind Narayanaswamy 0 0
MECE 9800 003/73264  
Fred Stolfi 0 0
MECE 9800 004/63720  
James Hone 0 0
MECE 9800 005/69873  
Kristin Myers 0 0
MECE 9800 006/19022  
Richard Longman 0 0
MECE 9800 007/71762  
Jeffrey Kysar 0 0
MECE 9800 008/66166  
Vijay Modi 0 0
MECE 9800 009/21858  
0 0
MECE 9800 010/76521  
Y. Lawrence Yao 0 0
MECE 9800 011/63641  
Qiao Lin 0 0
MECE 9800 012/14220  
Matei Ciocarlie 0 0
MECE 9800 013/65219  
Michael Massimino 0 0
MECE 9800 014/67396  
0 0
MECE 9800 015/63091  
Sunil Agrawal 0 0
MECE 9800 016/70113  
Sinisa Vukelic 0 0
MECE 9800 017/25242  
Nicolas Chbat 0 0
MECE 9800 018/66348  
Hod Lipson 0 0
MECE 9800 019/14347  
0 0

MECE E9900 Doctoral dissertation. 0 points.

0 pts.

A candidate for the doctorate may be required to register for this course every term after his/her course work has been completed and until the dissertation has been accepted.

Spring 2017: MECE E9900
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 9900 001/13461  
Gerard Ateshian 0 0
MECE 9900 002/11739  
Arvind Narayanaswamy 0 0
MECE 9900 003/15398  
Fred Stolfi 0 0
MECE 9900 004/24182  
James Hone 0 0
MECE 9900 005/75942  
Kristin Myers 0 0
MECE 9900 006/69486  
Richard Longman 0 0
MECE 9900 007/72973  
Jeffrey Kysar 0 0
MECE 9900 008/22281  
Vijay Modi 0 0
MECE 9900 009/74558  
0 0
MECE 9900 010/76012  
Y. Lawrence Yao 0 0
MECE 9900 011/71312  
Qiao Lin 0 0
MECE 9900 012/18339  
Matei Ciocarlie 0 0
MECE 9900 013/10681  
Michael Massimino 0 0
MECE 9900 014/61767  
Pejman Akbari 0 0
MECE 9900 015/62356  
Sunil Agrawal 0 0
MECE 9900 016/29073  
Sinisa Vukelic 0 0
MECE 9900 017/63370  
Nicolas Chbat 0 0
MECE 9900 018/65253  
Hod Lipson 0 0
MECE 9900 019/17173  
0 0
MECE 9900 020/14786  
Karen Kasza 0 0
Fall 2017: MECE E9900
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 9900 001/67298  
Sunil Agrawal 0 0
MECE 9900 002/15003  
0 0
MECE 9900 003/24645  
Gerard Ateshian 0 0
MECE 9900 004/24581  
Michael Burke 0 0
MECE 9900 005/61614  
Nicolas Chbat 0 0
MECE 9900 006/18284  
Matei Ciocarlie 0 0
MECE 9900 007/69784  
James Hone 0 0
MECE 9900 008/76374  
Jeffrey Kysar 0 0
MECE 9900 009/24672  
Qiao Lin 0 0
MECE 9900 010/75979  
Richard Longman 0 0
MECE 9900 011/63321  
Michael Massimino 0 0
MECE 9900 012/22624  
Vijay Modi 0 0
MECE 9900 013/65021  
Kristin Myers 0 0
MECE 9900 014/68731  
Arvind Narayanaswamy 0 0
MECE 9900 016/23863  
Hod Lipson 0 0
MECE 9900 019/17446  
Karen Kasza 0 0

MECH E4320 Introduction to Combustion. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: Course in introductory thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer at the undergraduate level or instructor's permission

Thermodynamics and kinetics of reacting flows; chemical kinetic mechanisms for fuel oxidation and pollutant formation; transport phenomena; conservation equations for reacting flows; laminar non-premixed flames (including droplet vaporization and burning); laminar premixed flames; flame stabilization, quenching, ignition, extinction, and other limit phenomena; detonations; flame aerodynamics and turbulent flames.

Fall 2017: MECH E4320
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECH 4320 001/15484 Th 4:10pm - 6:40pm
Room TBA
Michael Burke 3 11/20

MECS E6615 Robotic Manipulation: Sensing, Planning, Design and Execution. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Theory and mechanisms of robotic manipulation, from sensor data,reasoning and planning to implementation and execution. Grasp quality measures andoptimization; planning and execution for manipulation primitives; sensor modalities: vision, touch and proprioception; simulation for manipulation planning; design of robot manipulators. Grading based on a combination of class presentations of novel research results in the field, participation in discussions, and course projects combining simulation, processing of sensor data, planning for manipulation, design and implementation on real robot hands.

MEEM E6432 Small-Scale Mechanical Behavior. 3 points.

Prerequisites: ENME E3113 or equivalent; APMA E4200 or equivalent

Mechanics of small scale materials and structures that require nonlinear kinematics or nonlinear stress vs. strain constitutive relations to predict mechanical behavior. Topics include: variational calculus, deformation and vibration beam, strings, plates, and membranes;fracture, delamination, bulging, buckling of thin films, among others. Thermodynamics of solids will be reviewed to provide the basis for a detailed discussion of nonlinear elastic behavior as well as the study of the equilibrium and stability of surfaces.

MEIE E4810 Introduction to Human Spaceflight. 0 points.

Prerequisites: Department permission and knowledge of MATLAB or equivalent

Introduction to human spaceflight from a systems engineering perspective. Historical and current space programs and spacecraft. Motivation, cost and rationale for human space exploration. Overview of space environment needed to sustain human life and health, including physiological and psychological concerns in space habitat. Astronaut selection and training processes, spacewalking, robotics, mission operations, and future program directions. Systems integration for successful operation of a spacecraft. Highlights from current events and space research, Space Shuttle, Hubble Space Telescope, and International Space Station (ISS). Includes a design project to assist International Space Station astronauts. 

Spring 2017: MEIE E4810
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MEIE 4810 001/10863 W 4:10pm - 6:40pm
413 Kent Hall
Michael Massimino 0 54/70

MEBM E4710 Morphogenesis: Shape and structure in biological materials.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Courses in mechanics, thermodynamics, and ordinary differential equations (for example, ENME E3113, MECE E3301 and MATH UN3027) at the undergraduate level or instructor's permission.

Introduction to how shape and structure are generated in biological materials using an engineering approach that emphasizes the application of fundamental physical concepts to a diverse set of problems. Mechanisms of pattern formation, self-assembly, and self-organization in biological materials, including intracellular structures, cells, tissues, and developing embryos. Structure, mechanical properties, and dynamic behavior of these materials. Discussion of experimental approaches and modeling. Course uses textbook materials as well as a collection of research papers.

MECS E4510 Evolutionary Computation and Design Automation. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Basic programming experience in any language.

This course will cover fundamental and advanced topics in evolutionary algorithms and their application to open-ended optimization and computational design. Covers genetic algorithms, genetic programming, and evolutionary strategies, as well as governing dynamics of co-evolution and symbiosis. Includes discussions of problem representations and applications to design problems in a variety of domains including software, electronics, and mechanics.

Fall 2017: MECS E4510
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECS 4510 001/88549 M 1:10pm - 3:40pm
Room TBA
Hod Lipson 3 11/30

MECE E3999 Fieldwork. 1 point.

Prerequisites: Obtained internship and approval from faculty advisor.

May be repeated for credit, but no more than 3 total points may be used toward the 128-credit degree requirement. Only for MECE undergraduate students who include relevant on-campus and off-campus work experience as part of their approved program of study. Final report and letter of evaluation required. Fieldwork credits may not count toward any major core, technical, elective, and non-technical requirements. May not be taken for pass/fail credit or audited.

Summer 2017: MECE E3999
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MECE 3999 001/76899  
1 0

MECS E4603 Applied Robotics: Algorithms and Software. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Fundamental programming skills (e.g. COMS W1002 or COMS W1004 or COMS W1005 or ENGI E1006 or equivalent).

The science and systems aspects of Robotics taught from an applied perspective, focusing on algorithms and software tools. Spatial reasoning; tools for manipulating and visualizing spatial relationships. Analysis of robotic manipulators; numerical methods for kinematic analysis. Motion planning, search-based and stochastic approaches. Applications for force and impedance control. Grading based on a combination of exams and projects implemented using the Robot Operating System (ROS) software framework and executed on real and simulated robotic manipulators. Note: This course can be taken individually or simultaneously with MECE E4602 (Introduction to Robotics). This course can also be used to satisfy the requirements of the Robotics and Control concentration of the Mechanical Engineering Master of Science program.