The 32-credit online MSME was designed to help you gain advanced knowledge for research, analysis, and design in mechanical engineering.
The curriculum offers courses in thermal systems and mechanical systems and includes course work in:
- heat transfer
- foundations of fluid mechanics
- principles of turbomachinery
- automatic control systems
- solid mechanics
- engineering optimization
You must successfully complete 32 course credits; at least 12 of these credits must be 400- or 500-level mechanical engineering courses, and 18 credits must be at the 500 level. A maximum of 3 credits of ME 596: Individual Studies can be counted in this 32-credit total.
As part of the ME 596: Individual Studies course, you will be required to write a paper on a topic that you and your faculty adviser mutually agree is suitable for publication in a professional journal or presentation at a national or international conference, in order to obtain this degree.
Math Requirement: 3 credits of mathematics
- Credits must be chosen from the following courses: ME 512 and ME 550.
- Courses with a specific focus on numerical analysis will not count toward the mathematics requirement.
The online courses are collaborative, allowing you to build strong ties with other students and gain perspectives from other disciplines and industries. The program maintains maximum flexibility in an effort to meet both the professional needs of individual students and quality academic standards.
Course List - Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
You must successfully complete two 1-credit courses of M E 590 Colloquium, preferably in your first two semesters of the program. The MSME has limited formal course requirements; you and your adviser can tailor the program specifically to suit your needs and educational goals by choosing 32 credits from the following list of courses.
|Principles of Turbomachinery||ME 422||Conservation laws pertinent to energy conversion and fluid mechanics are applied to pumps, centrifugal compressors, axial compressors and turbines, hydro turbines and wind turbines.||3 credits|
|Introduction to Combustion||ME 430||Concepts related to laminar and turbulent premixed and nonpremixed combustion with applications to propulsion and stationary systems.||3 credits|
|Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics||ME 504||Pure and applied thermodynamics including its application to advanced engineering problems; collateral reading and discussion of the classical works on the subject.||3 credits|
|Heat Transfer — Conduction||ME 512*||One- and two-dimensional conduction heat transfer for steady state and transient systems with varying boundary conditions.||3 credits|
|Heat Transfer — Convection||ME 513||Laminar and turbulent flow heat transfer in natural and forced convection systems.||3 credits|
|Two-Phase Heat Transfer||ME 515||Heat transfer processes involving evaporation, boiling, and condensation.||3 credits|
|Compressible Flow II||ME 520||Two-dimensional subsonic flow; similarity rules; theory of characteristics; supersonic and hypersonic flows; nonsteady flow; oblique shock waves.||3 credits|
|Foundations of Fluid Mechanics I||ME 521||First semester of core sequence in fluid mechanics; Navier-Stokes equations, potential flow, low Re flow, laminar boundary layers.||3 credits|
|Foundations of Fluid Mechanics II||ME 522||Second semester of core sequence in fluid mechanics; continuation of boundary layers, stability, transition, turbulence, turbulent boundary layers, turbulence models.
Prerequisite: M E 421 or M E 521
|Numerical Solutions Applied to Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics Problems||ME 523||Application of finite difference methods to the study of potential and viscous flows and conduction and convection heat transfer.||3 credits|
|Fundamentals of Combustion||ME 530||Theoretical formulations and methods of solution of engineering problems and physical/chemical processes in various propulsion systems.||3 credits|
|Physics of Gases||ME 535||An introduction to kinetic theory, statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure, chemical thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics of gases.||3 credits|
* Satisfies the math requirement.
|Vehicle Road Dynamics||ME 452||This course conducts investigations of one-dimensional, two-dimensional, and three-dimensional dynamics, kinematics and design integrated into the study of vehicle dynamics.||3 credits|
|Automatic Control Systems||ME 455||Dynamic analysis of systems involving automatic control of position, speed, power, flow, pressure, temperature, and other physical quantities.||3 credits|
|Finite Elements in Engineering||ME 461||Computer modeling and fundamental analysis of solid, fluid, and heat flow problems using existing computer codes.||3 credits|
|Mechanism Design and Analysis||ME 480||Design and analysis of mechanical linkages including kinematic synthesis and dynamic analysis.||3 credits|
|Introduction to Computer-Aided Analysis of Machine Dynamics||ME 481||Techniques and formulations for computer-based kinematic and dynamic analyses of machines.||3 credits|
|Powertrain Systems||ME 497||Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.||3 credits|
|Optimal Control of Energy Systems||ME 552||This course provides an overview of the fundamental principles and methods of optimal control, dynamic programming, and extremum-seeking control, with a focus on the application of these tools to a variety of problems in the energy generation, storage, and management domain.||3 credits|
|Linear System Theory and Control||ME 555||Advanced problems and techniques in the design of automatic control systems with emphasis on stability, controller design, and optimum performance.||3 credits|
|Solid Mechanics||ME 560||Introduction to continuum mechanics, variational methods, and finite element formulations; application to bars, beams, cylinders, disks, and plates.||3 credits|
|Nonlinear Finite Elements||ME 563||Advanced theory of semidiscrete formulations for continua and structures; emphasizes dynamic and nonlinear problems.||3 credits|
|Optimal Design of Mechanical and Structural Systems||ME 565||Application of numerical optimization techniques to design mechanical and structural systems; design sensitivity analysis.||3 credits|
|Simulation of Mechanical Systems||ME 581||Introduces computational fundamentals, including digital logic; programming language, basic numerical analysis and data processing, as applied to mechanical simulation techniques.||3 credits|
|Mechanics of Smart Materials||ME 597||Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently.||3 credits|
|Colloquium||ME 590||Continuing seminars that consist of a series of individual lectures by faculty, students, or outside speakers.||1 credit|
|Individual Studies||ME 596||Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.||1-3 credits|
|Academic Writing||ME 597||Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently.||3 credits|
|Advanced Engineering Mathematics I||ME 597||Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently.||3 credits|
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