Courses

Mechanical Engineering Courses

 

ME 151 - Practicum in Engineering

Credits: 2
This course provides students with experiences in alorithmic thinking, visualization and communications. An essential component of this course is preparation of students for the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program.

ME 211 - Statics

Credits: 3
An initial course in applied vector mechanics with emphasis on static equilibrium. Topics include forces, moments, couples, equivalent force-couple systems, centroids, distributed forces, and Coulomb friction. The application of the free body diagram in the analysis of static equilibrium of frames, machines and trusses is stressed.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 160 and PHYS 161. 

ME 212 - Solid Mechanics

Credits: 3 
A first course in mechanics of deformable bodies with emphasis on the engineering approach to the responses of these bodies to various types of loadings. Topics include stress-strain relationships, stress-strain analysis, stress and strain transformation (Mohr's circle), load-deflection, bending, torsion, buckling, and thermal effects.

Prerequisite(s): ME 211. Prerequisite enforced by registration system.
Corequisite(s): MATH 214.

ME 221 - Thermodynamics

Credits: 3
A basic thermodynamics course in which the first and second laws of thermodynamics are studied primarily from the classical macroscopic viewpoint and applied to both closed and open systems. Working substances include perfect gases, real gases and vapors in addition to solids and liquids.

Equivalent to ENGR 307 (2013-2014 Catalog).

Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MATH 113 and sophomore standing. Prerequisite(s) enforced by registration system.

ME 231 - Dynamics

Credits: 3
A course in classical vector dynamics. Topics include vector algebra and calculus, kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies, as well as energy and momentum methods. Extensive problem solving involving particle and rigid body motion is required.

Prerequisite(s): ME 211. Prerequisite enforced by registration system.
Corequisite(s): MATH 214.

ME 311 - Mechanical Experimentation I

Credits: 1

Experimental measurements in solid mechanics and materials science. Involves technical report writing.

Prerequisite(s): ME 212. Prerequisite enforced by registration system.
Corequisite(s): ME 313.

ME 313 - Material Science

Credits: 3
An introductory course in physical and mechanical properties of engineering design materials, ceramics and plastics, their structures, use in engineering applications and failure phenomena. 

Prerequisite(s): C or better in CHEM 211/213 or CHEM 251. Prerequisite enforced by registration system.

ME 321 - Mechanical Experimentation II

Credits: 1
Experimental measurements in fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Involves technical report writing.

Prerequisite(s): C or better in ME 322. Prerequisite enforced by registration system.
Corequisite(s): ME 323.

ME 322 - Fluid Mechanics

Credits: 3
An introductory course in fluid dynamics stressing both the integral and differential forms of the conservation laws of fluid flow. Engineering applications are made to hydrostatics and to ideal and real fluid flows. Laboratory experiments and problems sessions complement the lectures.

Prerequisite(s): ME 221. Prerequisite enforced by registration system.

ME 323 - Heat Transfer

Credits: 3 
Study of thermal radiation, steady and transient conduction, laminar and turbulent convection, internal and external flow, boundary layers and empirical correlations. Applications address fins, nuclear reactor cooling, heat exchangers and interactive computing.

Prerequisite(s): ME 322. Prerequisite enforced by registration system.

ME 331 - Mechatronics

Credits: 3 
Study of electromechanical systems, utilizing the fundamentals of circuit theory to design, build, and control mechanical devices. Topics include electrical devices, sensors, microcontrollers, data acquisition, instrumentation and interfaces.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 330. Prerequisite enforced by registration system.

ME 341 - Design of Mechanical Elements 

Credits: 3
Fundamentals of mechanical design.  Introduction to the fundamentals of static and fatigue failure theories, design of basic machine elements such as fasteners, bearings, gearing and shafts. Builds on the fundamentals of design introduced in earlier courses by introducing the concepts of customer requirements, specification development, reverse engineering, functional decomposition, and design for  manufacturing.

Prerequisite(s): ME 212. Prerequisite enforced by registration system.

ME 342 - Design of Thermal Systems

Credits: 3
A study of equipment which operates on principles of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics is used to reinforce analyses and design of gas and vapor power cycles, refrigeration and air conditioning, propulsion systems, combustion, energy conversion and compressible flow.

Prerequisite(s): ME 221. Prerequisite enforced by registration system.

ME 351 - Analytical Methods in Engineering

Credits: 3
Survey of advanced mathematics topics needed in the study of engineering. Topics include vector differential and integral calculus, matrix analysis, partial differential equations, complex variables, numerical methods, data analysis using statistics, and probability theory

Prerequisite(s): MATH 214. Prerequisite enforced by registration system.

ME 352 - Entrepreneurship in Engineering

Credits: 3
Basic methods and reasons for conducting an engineering economic study are presented. Economic criteria are developed. Procedures for selecting from among a set of technically feasible alternatives are studied. Assumptions and implications associated with these decision-making procedures are discussed.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of at least 15 credits hours in major courses. 

ME 432 - Control Engineering

Credits: 4
Introduces fundamentals of feedback and modern control theory. Topics include analysis of mechanical and thermal systems by root locus and frequency response techniques. Use of sensors and transducers in control systems, data acquisition and analysis.

Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in ME 351. Prerequisite enforced by registration system.

ME 443 - Mechanical Design I

Credits: 3
The first course in a two-semester capstone design sequence. Topics include the engineering design process, project management, codes and standards, engineering ethics, and computer-aided design. Students form design teams, select a capstone design project and progress through the proposal and preliminary design stages of the project. The capstone design project continues in ME 444.

Equivalent to ME 360 (2013-2014 Catalog)
Prerequisite(s): ME 323. Prerequisite enforced by registration system.

ME 444 - Mechanical Engineering Design II

Credits: 3
The second of the two-semester capstone design course sequence. Students continue with concept selection, detail design, prototyping and evaluation of their major design projects. Formal presentations and reports are prepared to review and document the designs.

Prerequisite(s): ME 443. Prerequisite enforced by registration system.

ME 453 - Developing the Societal Engineer

Credits: 2
A course which highlights, through speakers, discussions and workshops, the professional responsibility of a being mechanical engineer. Additional topics that will be covered include ethical issues, current events and trends in the profession. Engineering case studies will be explored.

Corequisite(s): ME 443.


Technical Electives

ME 431 - Systems Dynamics

Credits: 3
A first course which deals with the mathematical modeling of dynamic systems and response analysis of these systems. Topics include state variable and transfer functions, mathematical analysis of systems response, and the use of computational tools for modeling, design, and simulation.

Equivalent to ME 380 (2013-2014 Catalog)
Prerequisite(s): ME 231, PHYS 260/261. Prerequisite enforced by registration system.

ME 454 - Project Management for Engineers

Credits: 3
An introduction to the fundamentals of project management. The overall objective of the course is for students to understand and manage their project by employing the sound engineering practices used in industry.  Another important objective is for the student-engineer to work well on large projects requiring a team environment, and to effectively communicate technical matters in both written documents and oral presentations. Topics include planning projects, schedules and budgets, data analysis, implementation, execution, performance measurement, and closeout.

ME 471- Introduction to Astronautics

Credits: 3
Introduction to principles and opportunities of space travel.  Fundamental topics include space missions including orbits, spacecraft systems, launch vehicles, re-entry, operations and mission management. An understanding the underlying physical principles and the system engineering process used to select orbits, plan maneuvers, and accomplish preliminary design of spacecraft payloads/subsystems to meet mission requirements is stressed.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 231 or equivalent.

ME 499 - Mechanics of Composite Structures

Credits: 3
Mechanics of Composite Structures exposes students to the analysis and design of both composite lamina and laminates.  The mechanical response of composite structures such as rods, beams, plates, and shells is considered.  Computational tools such as finite element analysis are incorporated to analyze structures of any geometry.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 212 or equivalent.

ME 499 003: Fatigue Analysis

This course is designed to help students learn the underlying mechanisms of failure and specific methodologies for predicting component failure. The course objective is to provide students with basic analysis techniques to predict failure, including: plastic yielding, macroscopic fatigue failure, linear elastic fracture mechanics, elastic-plastic fracture mechanics, and fatigue crack growth.

ME 499 004: Project Management for Engineers

An introduction to the fundamentals of project management. The overall objective of the course is for students to understand and manage their project by employing the sound engineering practices used in industry. Another important objective is for the student-engineer to work well on large projects requiring a team environment, and to effectively communicate technical matters in both written documents and oral presentations. Topics include planning projects, schedules and budgets, data analysis, implementation, execution, performance measurement, and closeout.

ME 499 005: Finite Element Analysis

Introduce the basic fundamentals of the finite element methods. Beginning with simple one-dimensional problem, continuing to two- and three-dimensional elements, and ending with some applications in heat transfer, solid mechanics and fluid mechanics. Covers modeling, mathematical formulation, and computer implementation.

ME 499 006: Computer Design

This is an introductory course to tools used in computer-aided design. Students will explore the role of CAD in mechanical component and system design by creating geometric models and engineering drawings. will understand the basic mathematics fundamental to CAD software. The software also includes engineering simulation capabilities for the finite element analysis (FEA) of stress analysis, thermal analysis and vibration analysis of solid bodies. A final design project and presentation are required.

ME 499 DL1: Energetic Materials

Course will elaborate on the basic science of energetic materials. Basic properties of explosives, propellants, and pyrotechnics will be discussed; as well as basics systems and safety engineering using energetic materials. Application of energetic materials in different industries (i.e. automotive air bags as well as oil/gas industries) will be discussed. Also instrumentation used to evaluate the performance and effects of energetic materials will be introduced.

Additional descriptions will be listed as new courses are offered.


Mason Core Classes

ENGH 101 - English Composition

Credits: 3
Intensive practice in drafting, revising, and editing expository essays of some length and complexity. Studies logical, rhetorical, and linguistic structure of expository prose. Methods and conventions of preparing research papers.
Fulfills Mason Core requirement in written communication (lower level).

Equivalent to ENGH 122; ENGL 122 and ENGL 101 (2010-2011 Catalog).
Note: Students must attain minimum grade of C to fulfill degree requirements.

ENGH 302 - Advanced Composition

Credits: 3
Intensive practice in writing and analyzing expository forms such as essay, article, proposal, and technical or scientific reports with emphasis on research related to student's major field.
Fulfills Mason Core requirement in written communication (upper level).

Equivalent to ENGL 302 (2010-2011 Catalog)
Prerequisite(s): Completion of 45 credits including the Mason core composition and literature requirements, requires a grade of C or better.
Note: Schedule of Classes designates particular sections of ENGH 302 in business, humanities, natural sciences and technology, and social sciences.

COMM 100 - Public Speaking

Credits: 3
Presents principles to develop effective presentations for public and professional settings while integrating appropriate technologies. Emphasizes analyzing audience; composing meaningful, coherent messages; conducting responsible research; developing effective arguments; and improving delivery skills to strengthen confidence and credibility.
Fulfills Mason Core requirement in oral communication.

COMM 101 - Interpersonal and Group Interaction

Credits: 3
Presents principles to develop appropriate and effective communication strategies in one-to-one and small group communication settings. Emphasizes analyzing and assessingcommunication skills to create and sustain effective communication in personal and professional relationships.
Fulfills Mason Core requirement in oral communication.

ECON 103 - Contemporary Microeconomic Principles

Credits: 3
Introduces microeconomics in the context of current problems. Explores how market mechanism allocates scarce resources among competing uses; uses supply, demand, production, and distribution theory to analyze problems.
Fulfills Mason Core requirement in social and behavioral science.

HIST 100 - History of Western Civilization

Credits: 3
History of Western civilization from ancient Mediterranean origins through medieval and modern development of Europe to contemporary world.
Fulfills Mason Core requirement in western civilization/world history.
Note: Students who take HIST 100 may not receive credit for HIST 101 or HIST 102.

HIST 125 - Introduction to World History

Credits: 3
Analytical approach to world history overview that surveys major features of principal existing civilizations of world, as originally formed and as altered by key global processes including forces of modernity.
Fulfills Mason Core requirement in western civilization/world history.