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Mechanical Engineering Courses

MEE211 Engineering Graphics

[0–2, 1 cr.]

An introduction in the basics of 2D drafting, sketching and pictorial views, orthographic multiviews, auxiliary and section views, dimensions, drawing layouts and presentations. Basic use of a computer aided drafting software (such as AutoCAD).

MEE212 Computer Applications in IME

[1–2, 2 cr.]

This course is designed to introduce students to powerful computational software such as MATLAB and MATHMATICA and to database systems. Students will learn how to write MATLAB and MATHEMATICA programs for Industrial and Mechanical engineering applications. Array definitions and manipulations, user-defined functions, solution of differential equations, plotting, and several built in functions will be covered.

Pre-requisites: COE212 Engineering Programming and GNE333 Engineering Analysis.

MEE241 Dynamics

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers kinematics, and kinetics of particles, systems of particles, and kinetics of rigid bodies.

Pre-requisites: MTH201 Calculus III and CIE200 Statics.

MEE301 Thermodynamics

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the basic concepts of work and heat, systems and control volumes, pure substances, equation of state, first law for systems, steady flow energy equation, second law for systems and control volume, and entropy.

Pre-requisite: Second-year standing.

MEE302 Energy Conversion

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the performance and design considerations of energy conversion systems, the design and performance problems involving steam, gas turbine, and combined cycle power plants, and the reciprocating and rotary engines.

Pre-requisite: MEE301 Thermodynamics.

MEE311 Fluid Mechanics

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers fluid statics, analysis of fluid motion using the continuity, momentum, and energy, relationship, and the introduction to viscous flow.

Pre-requisite: MEE241 Dynamics.

MEE312 Fluid Mechanics Lab

[0–3, 1 cr.]

This course entails laboratory experiments in fluid mechanics.

Co-requisite: MEE311 Fluid Mechanics.

MEE320 Strength of Materials

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers mechanical properties and behavior of stressed materials, stress analysis of beams, columns and shafts, statically indeterminate structures, plane stress and strain, and principal stresses.

Pre-requisite: CIE200 Statics.

MEE321 Material Properties and Processes

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the mechanical and physical properties of engineering materials (metals, ceramics and polymers), which are explained through their structures. Topics include strength and ductility, crystal structures and defects, phases, heat treatment. The course includes a revision of theories and principles of atomic structure and chemical bonding.

Pre-requisite: Second-year standing.

MEE332 Manufacturing Processes

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course offers a balanced quantitative and qualitative coverage of manufacturing processes: Casting, Material Removal, Deformation, Welding and Assembly. Course presents an overview of engineering materials, primary-manufacturing processes and includes projects tailored towards using manufacturing processes for obtaining functional products.

Pre-requisite: MEE321 Material Properties and Processes.

MEE333 Manufacturing Lab

[0–3, 1 cr.]

Lab provides students with hands-on experience in the use of traditional mechanical workshop equipment and software for manufacturing drawings generation. Students are also introduced to CNC Programming.

Co-requisite: MEE332 Manufacturing Processes.

MEE341 Kinematics and Dynamics of Linkages

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers kinematics of mechanical devices, displacement, velocity and acceleration of linkages, cams and gear trains, and an introduction to synthesis, design, and computer problems.

Pre-requisites: MEE241 Dynamics, MEE351 Computer Aided Design

MEE351 Computer Aided Design

[2–2, 3 cr.]

This course covers the numerical design chain encompassing conceptual design techniques & methodologies, sketching, geometrical modeling, design specifications and product assembly. Course includes projects tailored towards using CAD software for designing mechanical engineering products.

Pre-requisites: MEE211 Engineering Graphics.

MEE391 Instrumentation and Measurements

[2–3, 3 cr.]

Data acquisition; design of experiments and laboratory safety; selection of instruments for experiments; informal and formal report writing; statistics of large samples applied to fixed and dynamic response of instruments; use of instrumentation software.

Pre-requisites: ELE305 Introduction to Electrical Engineering; GNE331 Probability and Statistics.

MEE392 Machine Shop

[0–3, 1 cr.]

This course provides students with hands-on experience in the use of workshop equipment using modern machine tools, precision measuring tools, and hand tools.

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing


MEE401 Energy Systems

[2–0, 2 cr.]

This course introduces students to the concept of sustainability in the context of energy use. It stresses on the different aspects involved in our daily-life use of energy: environmental, societal, political, financial, etc. It covers technologies and means used in improving the sustainability of current fossil-fuel (coal, oil and gas) based energy systems, electric and nuclear systems by reducing their environmental and societal impacts. Finally, it introduces different renewable (‘clean’) energy technologies that can be used as alternatives to traditional (‘dirty’) energy systems.

Prerequisite: Third year standing

MEE403 Heat Transfer

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the transfer of heat by conduction, radiation and convection, and the analysis of steady state, and simple transient heat processes, and the evaporation, boiling, and condensing, heat transfer.

Pre-requisites: MTH304 Differential Equations, MEE311 Fluid Mechanics.

MEE404 Heat Transfer Lab

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course entails laboratory experiments in heat transfer.

Pre-requisites: GNE 331 Probability and Statistics. Concurrent with MEE403 Heat Transfer.

MEE407 Internal Combustion Engines

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the principles, practice, and characteristics, of internal combustion engines, with laboratory demonstrations in engine testing and performance. The laboratory entails experiments in internal combustion engines.

Pre-requisite: MEE302 Energy Conversion.

MEE414 Thermal Systems Design

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course coves the analysis and design of thermal systems using the principles developed in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. Students develop computer programs to solve open-ended thermal design problem.

Pre-requisites: MEE403 Heat Transfer.

MEE421 Finite Element Methods

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course introduces a numerical technique used in the solution of PDE governed problems. Applications cover solid mechanics, fluid dynamics and heat transfer problems in 1D. The course provides an insight on the extension to 2D and 3D problems. Bar, truss, beam and frame elements are covered in solid mechanics applications. Computer program development for the solution of 1D problems. Use of state of the art commercial finite element software (COMSOL Multiphysics).

Pre-requisites: GNE333 Engineering Analysis I, and MEE320 Strength of Materials.

MEE422 Mechanical Engineering Design

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers application of engineering design process to the design of mechanical components, subsystems and machines, problem-solving techniques, ethics, and patents.

Prerequisite: MEE320 Strength of Materials.

MEE442 Mechanical Vibrations

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers kinematics and force analysis of machine and machine elements, balancing, critical speed, flywheel design and dynamic measurement, and design and computer problems.

Pre-requisites: MEE341 Kinematics and Dynamics of Linkages, and MTH304 Differential Equations.

MEE443 Mechanical Vibrations Lab

[0–3, 1 cr.]

This course entails laboratory experiments in machine dynamics.

Pre-requisites: GNE331 Probability and Statistics; Concurrent with MEE442 Mechanical Vibrations.

MEE445 Control Systems

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers control system design of mechanical systems, emphasis on thermal, fluid, and motion, systems under feedback control, and classical control topics, including laplace transforms, system modeling, stability theory, and practical applications to professional practice. 

Pre-requisites: GNE333 Engineering Analysis I. Concurrent with MEE442 Mechanical Vibrations.

MEE446 Control Systems Lab

[0–3, 1 cr.]

The Control Systems lab provides experiential training of the methods used in modeling, analysis, simulation, and control of engineering systems. Students will design and implement controllers using modern Instruments and software.

Pre-requisites: MEE391 Instrumentations and Measurements Concurrent with MEE445 Control Systems.

MEE491 Seminar on Contemporary Issues in MEE

[2–0, 2 cr.]

This is a seminar course covering contemporary issues in Mechanical Engineering. Students are asked to research contemporary subjects in the field and present findings to the class.

Pre-requisites: Third year standing.

MEE498 Professional Experience

[0–6, 6 cr.]

This course covers professional experience through training in the execution of real-life engineering projects.

Pre-requisites: Fifth-year standing and the consent of the instructor.

MEE505 Solar Systems

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the solar energy resources, collector models, active DHW, and space heating systems, passive heating, utilizability, and design-chart method, and photovoltaic and wind systems.

Prerequisite: MEE403 Heat Transfer.

Note: This course has been unavailable since 2016–2017.

MEE515 Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers principles of vapor compression and absorption refrigeration, heat pumps, psychometrics, principles of thermal comfort, and environmental aspects, determination of heating and cooling loads, and air conditioning system design and analysis.

Prerequisites: MEE403 Heat Transfer and MEE301 Thermodynamics.

MEE533 Advanced CAD/CAM

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the application of the design process to design and manufacture engineering products throughout the different steps of specification, behavioral modeling, design analysis, material selection, prototyping, manufacturing and testing. The course requires extensive usage of PLM software packages to the design and manufacturing of a mechanical design problem.

Pre-requisite: MEE332 Manufacturing Processes, MEE351 Computer Aided Design; 5th year standing.

MEE543 Acoustics and Vibration Control

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the acoustic momentum, energy and intensity, propagation, reflection and absorption, effects of the physical properties, transmission of sound in real media, forced and free vibration systems, with one or more degrees of freedom, vibration isolation, and transmission applied to problems of rotating, and reciprocating, machinery, and design problems on vibration isolation systems, and absorbers.

Pre-requisite: MEE442 Mechanical Vibrations.

MEE590 Energy Audit

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the survey of energy sources, cost analysis, alternatives, environmental issue, audit techniques, and technical reporting.

Pre-requisite: MEE403 Heat Transfer.

MEE591 Project I

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers selected engineering project using acquired technical knowledge, formal report, and presentation.

Pre-requisites: Fifth year standing and MEE332 Manufacturing Processes.

Co-requisites: MEE414 Thermal Design Systems, INE428 Project Management, MEE422 Mechanical Engineering Design and MEE593 Capstone Engineering Design.

MEE592 Project II

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers advanced engineering project, using acquired technical knowledge, formal report, and presentation.

Pre-requisites: Fifth year standing and MEE591 Project I

MEE593 Capstone Engineering Design

[1–0, 1 cr.]

Course reinforces and integrates topics covered in other courses in the curriculum and used in engineering design. Topics covered include need identification and problem definition, managing the design process, team behavior and group dynamics, design research and information gathering, concept generation and evaluation, risk, reliability, and safety, legal and ethical issues in design, communicating the design.

Co-requisites: Project I

MEE594 Undergraduate Research Project

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers advanced engineering undergraduate research project, using acquired technical knowledge, formal report, and Presentation.

Pre-requisites: Final year standing and the consent of the instructor.

MEE599 Topics in Mechanical Engineering

[1–3, 3 cr.]

This course covers the treatment of new development in various areas of mechanical engineering.

Pre-requisites: Fifth-year standing