Mechanical engineering prepares students for careers in a variety of industrial sectors including transportation, energy, manufacturing, aerospace, biomedical and environmental. Career opportunities include work in basic and applied research and development, design, manufacturing, project management, consulting and teaching. Mechanical engineers are employed by a wide variety of industrial, governmental and educational organizations. A mechanical engineering background also provides a firm foundation for other professional careers such as engineering management, law and medicine.

A mechanical engineering education from CU Boulder will prepare students for a future in a broad range of fields in science and technology. Students receive a hands-on education that breaks out of the classroom to give them real experience in industry. They learn from and work with a diverse faculty conducting groundbreaking research that is shaping the future of our world.

Course code for this program is MCEN.

Faculty

While many faculty teach both undergraduate and graduate students, some instruct students at the undergraduate level only. For more information, contact the faculty member's home department.

Affrunti, Andrew J.
Instructor; MSEE, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Ahmed, Alaa A.
Associate Professor; PhD, University of Michigan

Ban, Chunmei
Associate Professor; PhD, SUNY at Binghamton

Barthelat, Francois
Professor; PhD, Northwestern University

Blacklock, Jenifer L.
Faculty Director, Senior Instructor, Visiting Instructor; PhD, Wayne State University

Borden, Mark A.
Professor; PhD, University of California, Davis

Branch, Melvyn C.
Professor Emeritus

Bright, Victor Mark
Professor; PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology

Brower, Timothy L.
Senior Instructor; PhD, Colorado State University

Bruns, Carson J.
Assistant Professor; PhD, Northwestern University

Calve, Sarah
Associate Professor; PhD, University of Michigan

Carlson, Lawrence E.
Professor Emeritus

Castro, Francisco
Senior Instructor; PhD, University of Colorado Boulder

Cui, Longji
Assistant Professor; ME, Beihang University (China)

Daily, John W.
Research Professor; PhD, Stanford University

Datta, Subhendu K.
Professor Emeritus

Ding, Xiaoyun
Professor; PhD, Pennsylvania State University

Ding, Yifu
Associate Professor; PhD, University of Akron

Ferguson, Virginia L.
Associate Professor; PhD, University of Colorado Boulder

Geers, Thomas L.
Professor Emeritus

Greenberg, Alan R.
Professor Emeritus

Gupta, Mohit
Instructor Adjunct

Hamlington, Peter Edward
Associate Professor, Associate Chair, Faculty Fellow; PhD, University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Hannigan, Michael P.
Professor, Chair, Endowed Chair; PhD, California Institute of Technology

Henze, Daven K.
Professor, Associate Chair; PhD, California Institute of Technology

Hertzberg, Jean R.
Associate Professor; PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Humbert, J. Sean
Professor, Associate Chair; PhD, California Institute of Technology

Jayaram, Kaushik
Assistant Professor; PhD, University of California-Berkeley

Kassoy, David R.
Professor Emeritus

Knappe, Svenja A.
Associate Research Professor; PhD, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität (Germany)

Knutsen, Jeffrey S.
Senior Instructor, Lecturer; PhD, University of Colorado Boulder

Kotys-Schwartz, Daria
Senior Instructor; PhD, University of Colorado Boulder

Labbe, Nicole J.
Assistant Professor; PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Lee, Sehee
Professor; PhD, Seoul National University (South Korea)

Lee, Yung-Cheng
Professor; PhD, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Li, Baowen
Professor; PhD, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg (Germany)

Long, Rong
Associate Professor; PhD, Cornell University

Lynch, Maureen Ellen
Assistant Professor; PhD, Cornell University

MacCurdy, Robert B.
Assistant Professor; PhD, Cornell University

McNeill, Nathan John
Senior Instructor; PhD, Purdue University

Michelsen, Hope
Associate Professor; PhD, Stanford University

Milford, Jana B.
Professor; PhD, Carnegie Mellon University

Miller, Shelly L.
Professor; PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Mitrano, Peter P.
Instructor; PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder

Mukherjee, Debanjan
Assistant Professor; PhD, University of California-Berkeley

Murray, Todd W.
Professor, Associate Chair; PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Neu, Corey P.
Professor; PhD, University of California, Davis

Norris, Jan Adam
Instructor Adjunct; PhD, University of Colorado Boulder

Pacheco-Borden, Carmen Consuelo
Lecturer, Instructor Adjunct

Pellegrino, John
Research Professor; PhD, University of Colorado Boulder

Raj, Rishi
Professor; PhD, Harvard University

Reamon, Derek T.
Senior Instructor, Lecturer, Associate Chair; PhD, Stanford University

Regner, Keith T.
Instructor; PhD, Carnegie Mellon University

Rentschler, Mark E.
Professor; PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Rieker, Gregory Brian
Associate Professor, Faculty Fellow; PhD, Stanford University

Riffell, Daniel J.
Scholar in Residence, Lecturer; MS, University of Colorado Boulder

Ruben, Shalom D.
Teaching Associate Professor; PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Ruzzene, Massimo
Professor; PhD, Politecnico Di Torino (Italy)

Segil, Jacob Lionel
Assistant Research Professor; PhD, University of Colorado Boulder

Steinbrenner, Julie E.
Senior Instructor, Lecturer, Faculty Fellow; PhD, Stanford University

Stoldt, Conrad R.
Professor, Associate Chair; PhD, Iowa State University

Tan, Wei
Associate Professor; PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Tsai, Janet Yi-Jen
Instructor, Lecturer, Associate Chair; PhD, University of Colorado Boulder

Vance, Marina E.
Assistant Professor; PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Vernerey, Franck J.
Professor; PhD, Northwestern University

Vriend, Nathalie Maria
Associate Professor, Visiting Associate Professor, Associate Professor Adjunct; PhD, California Institute of Technology

Walker, Michael Edward
Senior Instructor; PhD, Illinois Institute of Technology

Weidman, Patrick D.
Professor Emeritus

Whiting, Gregory L.
Associate Professor; PhD, University of Cambridge (England)

Xiao, Jianliang
Associate Professor; PhD, Northwestern University

Yin, Xiaobo
Associate Professor; PhD, Stanford University

Zable, Jack L.
Professor Emeritus

Courses

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MCEN 1024 (3) Chemistry for Energy and Materials Science

Covers the basic physical and chemical fundamentals underlying the disciplines of energy and materials, with a focus on topics relevant to your mechanical engineering education. These fundamentals include atomic structure, stoichiometry, the periodic table, chemical bonding, states of matter, thermochemistry and chemical reactions.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: CHEN 1201, CHEN 1211, or CHEM 1113
Requisites: Restricted to Mechanical Engineering (MCEN) or Engineering Plus (GEEN-BS) students with a sub-plan of Mechanical (MEC).
Recommended: Prerequisite one year of high school chemistry.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Materials

MCEN 1025 (4) Computer-Aided Design and Fabrication

Introduces CAD software and relevant concepts, including orthographic projection, sections, engineering drawing, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and an introduction to manufacturing methods. Final design project involves rapid prototyping.

Requisites: Restricted to Mechanical Engineering (MCEN) or Engineering Physics (EPEN) majors only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Design

MCEN 1208 (1-4) Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Subject matter to be selected from topics of current interest. Credit to be arranged.

Requisites: Restricted to students with 0-26 units (Freshmen) Mechanical Engineering (MCEN) majors only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Special Topics

MCEN 2000 (1) Mechanical Engineering as a Profession

Provides an introduction to the profession of mechanical engineering Specific topics addressed include career opportunities in mechanical engineering, internship search skills, expectations for professional behavior in the classroom and in industry, and current events/ethics topics relevant to the field. Course format may include additional evening/weekend activities.

Requisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors) Mechanical Engineering (MCEN) majors only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Miscellaneous

MCEN 2023 (3) Statics and Structures

Covers statics of particles, equivalent force systems, rigid bodies, equilibrium of rigid bodies in two and three dimensions, analysis of truss and frame structures, uniaxially-loaded members, distributed force systems and friction.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: CVEN 2121 or GEEN 2851
Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of (APPM 1360 or MATH 2300) and PHYS 1110 (all minimum grade C). Restricted to Mechanical (MCEN) or Environmental (EVEN) or Biomedical (BMEN) or Engineering Plus (GEEN-BS) students with a sub-plan of Mechanical (MEC).
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Solids

MCEN 2024 (3) Materials Science

Provides an overview of the structure, properties and processing of metallic, polymeric and ceramic materials. Specific topics include perfect and imperfect solids, phase equilibria, transformation kinetics, mechanical behavior and material degradation. Approach incorporates both materials science and materials engineering components.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: GEEN 3024
Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of (MCEN 1024 or CHEN 1211 or CHEM 1113 or CHEN 1201) and PHYS 1110 (all minimum grade C). Restricted to Mechanical (MCEN) or Engineering Plus (GEEN-BS) students with a sub-plan of Mechanical (MEC).
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Materials

MCEN 2043 (3) Dynamics

Covers dynamic behavior of particle systems and rigid bodies; 2-D and 3-D kinematics and kinetics; impulse, momentum, potential, and kinetic energy; and work, collision, and vibration.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: CVEN 3111
Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of (MCEN 2023 or CVEN 2121 or GEEN 2851) and (APPM 1360 or MATH 2300) (all minimum grade C). Restricted to Mechanical (MCEN) or Engineering Plus (GEEN-BS) students with a sub-plan of Mechanical (MEC).
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Solids

MCEN 2063 (3) Mechanics of Solids

Covers shear force and bending moment, torsion, stresses in beams, deflection of beams, matrix analysis of frame structures, analysis of stress and strain in 2-D and 3-D (field equations, transformations), energy methods, stress concentrations and columns.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: CVEN 3161
Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of (MCEN 2023 or CVEN 2121 or GEEN 2851 or ASEN 2001) and (APPM 1360 or MATH 2300) (all minimum grade C). Restricted to Mechanical (MCEN) or Biomed (BMEN) or Engineering Plus (GEEN-BS) students with a sub-plan of MEC.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Solids

MCEN 3012 (3) Thermodynamics

Explores fundamental concepts and basic theory, including first and second laws of thermodynamics, properties, states, thermodynamic functions and cycles.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: GEEN 3852
Requisites: Requires prereq course of APPM 2350 or MATH 2400 (minimum grade C). Restricted to Mechanical (MCEN) or Environmental (EVEN) or Engineering Plus (GEEN-BS) students, with a sub-plan of Mechanical (MEC).
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Thermal

MCEN 3017 (3) Circuits and Electronics

Introductory course covers analysis of electric circuits by use of Ohm's law, network reduction, node and loop analysis, Thevenin's and Norton's theorems, DC and AC signals, transient response of simple circuits, transfer functions, basic diode and transistor circuits and operational amplifiers.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: ECEN 3010
Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of APPM 2360 and PHYS 1140 (all minimum grade C).
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Miscellaneous

MCEN 3021 (3) Fluid Mechanics

Examines fundamentals of fluid flow with application to engineering problems. Topics covered include fluid statics and kinematics, Bernoulli equations, laminar and turbulent viscous boundary layers, laminar and turbulent pipe flow, and conservation equations for mass, momentum and energy.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: CHEN 3200 and CVEN 3313
Requisites: Requires prereqs (MCEN 2023 or CVEN 2121 or GEEN 2851 or ASEN 2001 or CHEN 2120) (APPM 2350 or MATH 2400) (all min grade C). Restricted to Mechanical (MCEN) or Environmental (EVEN) or Engineering Plus (GEEN-BS) students w/ sub-plan of Mechanical (MEC)
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Fluids

MCEN 3022 (3) Heat Transfer

Studies fundamentals of heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation. Emphasizes problem formulation and selection of appropriate solution techniques. Provides applications to modern engineering systems, which may include energy, biological, environmental, and materials engineering problems.

Requisites: Requires prereq (MCEN 3021 or CVEN 3313), (MCEN 3012 or AREN 2110 or GEEN 3852 or EVEN 3012), (APPM 2360 or MATH 3130 or 3135 or APPM 3310) (all min grade C). Restricted to Mech Engineering or Enviro Engineering or Engineering Plus w/sub-plan of MEC.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Thermal

MCEN 3025 (3) Component Design

Application of mechanics and materials science to the detailed design of various machine elements including shafts, bearings, gears, brakes, springs, and fasteners. Emphasizes application and open-ended design problems.

Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of MCEN 1025 and (MCEN 2024 or GEEN 3024 or ASEN 1022), and (MCEN 2063 or CVEN 3161) (all minimum grade C). Restricted to Mechanical (MCEN) or Engineering Plus (GEEN-BS) students with a sub-plan of Mechanical (MEC).
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Design

MCEN 3030 (3) Computational Methods

Studies fundamental numerical techniques for the solution of commonly encountered engineering problems. Includes methods for linear and nonlinear algebraic equations, data analysis, numerical differentiation and integration, ordinary and partial differential equations.

Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of (APPM 2360 or MATH 3130 or MATH 3135 or APPM 3310) and (CSCI 1300 or CSCI 1310 or CSCI 1320 or ECEN 1310 or ASEN 1320) (all min grade C). Restricted to Mechanical Engineering (MCEN) majors only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Math

MCEN 3032 (3) Thermodynamics 2

Offers advanced topics and applications for thermal system design and analysis. Topics include thermodynamics of state, entropy, thermodynamic cycles and reacting and nonreacting mixtures. Provides application to power generation, refrigeration and HVAC with conventional and advanced technologies. Most assignments are design oriented.

Requisites: Requires prereq of (MCEN 3021 or CHEN 3200 or CVEN 3313) (MCEN 3012 or GEEN 3852 or AREN 2110 or EVEN 3012 or CHEN 2120) (APPM 2360 or MATH 3130 or 3135 or APPM 3310) (all min grade C). Restricted to Mech Engineering or Enviro Engineering majors.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Thermal

MCEN 3047 (4) Data Analysis and Experimental Methods

Learn to plan and carry out experiments and analyze the results. Topics covered include measurement fundamentals, design of experiments, elementary statistics and uncertainty analysis. Topics in statistics include probability, error propagation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear regression, one- and two-factor ANOVA and time series analysis. Formerly MCEN 3037.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: GEEN 3853
Requisites: Prereqs PHYS 1140,(MCEN 2063 or CVEN 3161)min grade C. Coreqs 1 of:(WRTG 3030,3035,ENES 1010,3100,PHYS 3050,COEN 3050,ENLP 3100), 1 of:(ECEN 3010,2270,GEEN 3010,MCEN 3017), 1of:(MCEN 3030,APPM 4650,CSCI 3656).Restricted to MCEN or GEEN-BS w/ sub-plan ME
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Miscellaneous

MCEN 3208 (1-4) Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Subject matter to be selected from topics of current interest.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 15.00 total credit hours.
Requisites: Requires prereq courses of APPM 2360 PHYS 1140 and prereq or coreq courses of ECEN 3010 and WRTG 3030 or WRTG 3035 or HUEN 1010 or 3100 (all min grade C). Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Jrs/Srs) Mechanical Engineering (MCEN) majors only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Special Topics

MCEN 3930 (6) Mechanical Engineering Cooperative Education

Students enrolled in this course participate in a previously arranged, department-sponsored education program with a university, government agency, or industry. This course is offered only through Continuing Education.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 6.00 total credit hours.
Requisites: At least a 2.75 cumulative GPA is required. Restricted to Mechanical Engineering or students with a plan of Mechanical Engineering Concurrent Degree or General Engineering Plus students with a MCEN subplan.
Recommended: Prerequisite 3.00 GPA or higher.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Math

MCEN 4010 (3) Microsystems Integration

A microsystem consists of microelectronic, optoelectronic, microwave, microelectromechanical and energy components interconnected. Thermal, electrical, fabrication and assembly issues for microsystems represented by iPhone series will be studied. The packaging and interconnection technologies used to establish the design and manufacturing infrastructure of microsystems will be reviewed. Other optoelectronic, MEMS and batter components for microsystems will also be studied.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: MCEN 5010
Requisites: Restricted to students with 87-180 credits (Senior, Fifth Year Senior) Mechanical Engineering (MCEN) majors only.

MCEN 4026 (3) Manufacturing Processes and Systems

Examines manufacturing processes for metals, polymers, and composites as well as manufacturing systems that integrate these processes. Lecture topics include forming, machining, joining, assembling, process integration, computer-aided manufacturing, and manufacturing system engineering.

Requisites: Requires prerequisite course of MCEN 2024 or GEEN 3024 or ASEN 1022 (minimum grade C). Restricted to Mechanical Engineering (MCEN) majors only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Manufacturing and Systems

MCEN 4032 (3) Sustainable Energy

Examines sustainability of our current energy systems, including transportation, using environmental and economic indicators. Uses systems analysis that addresses energy supply and demand. Explores the science and technology as well as environmental and economic feasibility of efficiency measures and renewable energy technologies. Additional emphasis is given to the global nature of the challenges and the potential for locally optimal solutions.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: MCEN 5032
Requisites: Requires prerequisite course of (MCEN 3012 or GEEN 3852 or AREN 2110 or EVEN 3012) and (MCEN 3022 or CHEN 3210) (minimum grade C).
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Thermal

MCEN 4043 (3) System Dynamics

Covers linear dynamic systems and mathematical tools for understanding them, input-output relationships, modeling templates, complex variables, Laplace transform, time-harmonic forcing and response, Fourier series and discrete Fourier transform, and coupled systems.

Requisites: Requires prereqs (MCEN 2043 or CVEN 3111), (ECEN 3010 or 2270 or GEEN 3010 or MCEN 3017), coreq (MCEN 3030 or APPM 4650 or CSCI 3656) all min grade C. Restricted to Mechanical (MCEN) or Engineering Plus (GEEN-BS) stdnts w/ sub-plan of Mechanical (MEC
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Solids

MCEN 4045 (3) Mechanical Engineering Design Project 1

First part of a two-course capstone design experience in mechanical engineering. Covers problem definition, determining design requirements, alternative design concepts, engineering analysis, proof-of-concept prototype and CAD drawings. Students make several oral design reviews, a final design presentation, and prepare a written report. GEEN-BS and GEEN-BSGE students are not required to complete MCEN 2000, MCEN 3022, MCEN 3030 or MCEN 4026 but have additional prerequisites of GEEN 1400, 2400 and 3400.

Requisites: Prereqs ECEN3010/CSCI1320/GEEN1400/APPM1350/1360/2350/2360/PHYS1110/1120/1140 MCEN2000/2024/2043/2063/3012/3021/3025/3030 min grd C. Pre or coreqs MCEN3022/3047/4026/4043/WRTG3030. Restricted to stdnts w 87-180 units, MCEN or GEEN stdnts w sub-plan ME
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Design

MCEN 4057 (3) Environmental Modeling

Enables students to develop and evaluate pollutant transport, fate, exposure, and risk models for air, water, and multi-media systems, with a special emphasis on air. Emphasizes the fundamental physics and chemistry that govern contaminant fate and transport and the basic mathematical equations and numerical approaches for describing these processes.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: MCEN 5057
Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of CHEN 1211 or CHEM 1113 or MCEN 1024 and CSCI 1300 or CSCI 1320 (all minimum grade C).
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Miscellaneous

MCEN 4064 (3) Soft Machines

Introduces soft machines as a new paradigm of engineering that starts to impact healthcare, consumer electronics, renewable energy and collaborative robotics. Prepares students to participate in research on soft machines by starting with fundamentals of soft materials and by covering soft robotics, stretchable electronics, energy harvesting and functional polymers. Includes guest lectures, a literature review and a hands-on lab project.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: MCEN 5046 and MSEN 5046
Requisites: Restricted to students with 87-180 credits (Senior, Fifth Year Senior) Mechanical Engineering (MCEN) majors only.

MCEN 4085 (3) Mechanical Engineering Design Project 2

Second part of a two-course capstone design experience in mechanical engineering. Includes refinement of prototype, design optimization, fabrication, testing, and evaluation. Students orally present the final design and prepare a written report and operation manual for the product. GEEN-BS and GEEN-BSEPL students are not required to complete MCEN 4026.

Requisites: Requires prerequisite course of MCEN 4045 (minimum grade C).
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Design

MCEN 4086 (1) Writing for Design Projects

Communicate professionally in writing to the technical and nontechnical audience. Develop skills to analyze rhetorical situations and compose documents, such as reports, technical manuals and user guides, that achieve a specific purpose and meet the needs of a particular audience. Writing with clarity, conciseness and correctness will be emphasized.

Requisites: Requires enrollment in corequisite course of MCEN 4085.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Manufacturing and Systems

MCEN 4115 (3-4) Mechatronics and Robotics I

Focuses on design and construction of microprocessor-controlled electro-mechanical systems. Lectures review critical circuit topics, introduce microprocessor architecture and programming, discuss sensor and actuator component selection, robotic systems and design strategies for complex, multi-system devices. Lab work reinforces lectures and allows hands-on experience with robotic design. Students must design and build an autonomous robotic device. Project expenses may be incurred ($50 maximum).

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: MCEN 5115
Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of (ECEN 3010 or 2250 or GEEN 3010) and (ECEN 1310 or CSCI 1300 or CSCI 1320 or ASEN 1320) (all min grade C). Restricted to Mechanical Engineering majors only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Design

MCEN 4117 (3) Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers

Explores human physiological function from an engineering, specifically mechanical engineering, viewpoint. Provides an introduction to human anatomy and physiology with a focus on learning fundamental concepts and applying engineering (mass transfer, fluid dynamics, mechanics, modeling) analysis.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: MCEN 5117
Requisites: Restricted to Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering majors with 57+ credits only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Miscellaneous

MCEN 4123 (3) Vibration Analysis

Highlights free and forced vibration of discrete and continuous systems. Examines Lagrange's equation, Fourier series, Laplace transforms, and matrix and computational methods. Applies knowledge to practical engineering problems.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: ASEN 4123
Requisites: Requires prerequisite course of MCEN 3030 or ASEN 3112 (minimum grade C). Restricted to students with 87-180 credits (Senior, Fifth Year Senior) Mechanical Engineering majors only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Solids

MCEN 4124 (3) Mechanical Behavior of Materials

Addresses the relationship between material structure and the fundamental processes of deformation, yield, and fracture. Examines elements of elasticity theory, introduction to plasticity, and formulation of failure criteria. Studies basic deformation processes in terms of dislocation mechanics and macroscopic mechanical behavior. Takes into consideration the influence of compositional and processing strengthening mechanisms on mechanical properties.

Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of MCEN 2024 and MCEN 2063 (all minimum grade C). Restricted to students with 87-180 credits (Senior, Fifth Year Senior) Mechanical Engineering majors only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Materials

MCEN 4125 (3) Optimal Design

Focuses on linear optimization and will introduce non-linear optimization. Formulating Engineering applications as optimization problems that can be solved using industry known solvers will be learned. Some of these applications will include minimum cost mechanical design, wind farm power maximization, minimum energy control, production control, and more. Previous programming experience required.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: MCEN 5125
Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of MCEN 3030 (all minimum grade C). Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior, Senior, Fifth Year Senior) Mechanical Engineering majors only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Design

MCEN 4127 (3) Biomedical Ultrasound

Covers the design of ultrasound systems for medical imaging and therapy, including the physics of wave propagation, transducers, pulse-echo imaging, flow and tissue characterization, and microbubble contrast, with an emphasis on current topics in biomedical ultrasound. Includes lectures on theory, practice and special topics; a laboratory on wave propagation; oral presentations on current literature; programming exercises for data processing; and a team design project.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: MCEN 5127
Requisites: Restricted to Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering majors with 87+ credits only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Miscellaneous

MCEN 4131 (3) Air Pollution Control Engineering

Introduces air quality regulations, meteorology and modeling. Examines methods for controlling major classes of air pollutants, including particulate matter and oxides of sulfur and nitrogen, as well as control technology for industrial sources and motor vehicles. Requires interdisciplinary design projects.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: MCEN 5131
Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of (MCEN 3021 or CHEN 3200 or CVEN 3313) and (MCEN 3012 or GEEN 3852 or AREN 2110) (all minimum grade C). Restricted to Mechanical Engineering (MCEN) or Environmental Engineering (EVEN) majors only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Fluids

MCEN 4133 (3) Intro to Tissue Biomechanics

Focuses on developing an understanding of the fundamental mechanical principles that govern the response of hard and soft biological tissue to mechanical loading. Specifically, covers mechanical behavior of biological materials/tissues, classical biomechanics problems in various tissues, the relationship between molecular, cellular and physiological processes and tissue biomechanics and critical analysis of related journal articles.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: MCEN 5133
Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of [BMEN 2010 or MCEN 2024] and [BMEN 3010 or (MCEN 2063 and MCEN 3021)] (all minimum grade C). Restricted to students with 87+ credits (Senior, Fifth Year Senior) Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering majors
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Materials

MCEN 4135 (3) Wind Energy and Wind Turbine Design

Focuses on understanding and applying principles related to current wind energy technology. Students will apply technical coursework from throughout the ME curriculum (fluids, dynamics, circuits, economics) to the process of designing a wind turning and determining whether their proposal is feasible from an economic standpoint.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: MCEN 5135
Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of MCEN 3021 and ECEN 3010 (all minimum grade C). Restricted to students with 87-180 credits (Senior, Fifth Year Senior) Mechanical or Environmental Engineering majors only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Design

MCEN 4137 (3) Anatomy and Physiology 2

Provides in-depth understandings of anatomy and physiology as well as introductions to transport phenomena, flow mechanics and solid mechanics in several organ systems: the cardiovascular, pulmonary, kidney, endocrine and digestive systems. Introduces artificial physiological systems to replace or assist physiological functions and introduce the concepts of physiological barriers that prevent diagnosis or effective therapeutics.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: MCEN 5137
Requisites: Requires prerequisite course of MCEN 4117 (minimum grade C). Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (juniors/seniors).
Grading Basis: Letter Grade
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Miscellaneous

MCEN 4141 (3) Indoor Air Pollution

Describes the impact of indoor air pollutants on human health, including an introduction to key pollutants and their sources. Students will estimate emission factors, calculate generation/ventilation rates, quantify the impact of deposition and chemical reactions and explore relevant control technology. Current issues will also be addressed, including climate change, green building design, economic concerns and relevance to the developing world.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: MCEN 5141
Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of (MCEN 3022 or CHEN 3210) (minimum grade C). Restricted to Mechanical and Environmental Engineering majors with 57+ credits only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Fluids

MCEN 4151 (3) Flow Visualization

Explores techniques for the visualization of the physics of fluid flows including seeding with dyes, particles and bubbles, and shadowgraphy and schlieren. Reviews optics and fluid physics, especially atmospheric clouds. Assignments are student-driven, to individuals and mixed teams of graduates, undergraduates, engineering majors and photography/video majors.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: ARTF 5200, CINE 4200, MCEN 5151, ATLS 4151 and ATLS 5151
Requisites: Requires prerequisite course of MCEN 3021 (minimum grade C). Restricted to students with 87-180 credits (Senior, Fifth Year Senior) Mechanical Engineering majors only.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Arts Humanities
Departmental Category: Fluids

MCEN 4152 (3) Introduction to Combustion

Focuses on the mechanisms by which fuel and oxidizers are converted into combustion products. Application to practical combustion devices such as Otto, Diesel, gas turbine and power plant combustion systems. Consideration of combustion-generated air pollution, fire safety and combustion efficiency.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: MCEN 5152
Requisites: Requires prerequisite course of MCEN 3012 (minimum grade C). Restricted to students with 87-180 credits (Senior, Fifth Year Senior) Mechanical Engineering majors only.
Recommended: Prerequisites MCEN 3021 and MCEN 3022.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Thermal

MCEN 4154 (3) Biocolloids and Biomembranes

Covers the thermodynamics and mechanics of biological membranes and biomedical colloids. Considers intermolecular and surface forces, self-assembly and colloidal stability. Addresses structure-property relationships and design principles for biomedical applications. Focuses on monolayers, bilayers, micelles, filomicelles, liposomes, polymersomes, emulsions, microbubbles, polyplexes and polyelectrolyte multilayer capsules.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: MCEN 5154
Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of APPM 2360 and PHYS 1120 (all minimum grade C). Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (juniors/seniors).
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Materials

MCEN 4162 (3) Energy Conversion

Examines common energy-conversion methods and devices. Topics include power-cycle thermodynamics, turbocompressor and expander processes, combustion systems, and applications and limitations of direct energy-conversion systems.

Requisites: Requires prerequisite course of MCEN 3012 (minimum grade C). Restricted to students with 87-180 credits (Senior, Fifth Year Senior) Mechanical Engineering majors only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Thermal

MCEN 4173 (3) Finite Element Analysis

Introduces the theory behind and applications of the finite element method as a general and powerful tool to model a variety of phenomena in mechanical engineering. Applications include structural mechanics, mechanics of elastic continua and heat conduction.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: MCEN 5173
Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of MCEN 2023 and MCEN 2063 (all minimum grade C). Restricted to students with 87-180 credits (Senior, Fifth Year Senior) Mechanical Engineering majors only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Solids

MCEN 4174 (3) Failure of Engineering Materials

Examines the fundamental concepts regarding the failure of engineering materials. Case studies are used to integrate a basic understanding of material failure mechanisms with analysis techniques and tools. Topics include the elastic properties (isotropic and anisotropic materials) and the origin of elastic behavior, viscoelasticity, plasticity (dislocation mechanisms, yielding criteria, strengthening mechanisms), creep, fracture and fatigue.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: MCEN 5174
Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of (MCEN 2024 or GEEN 3024 or ASEN 1022) and (MCEN 2063 or CVEN 3161) (all minimum grade C). Restricted to Mechanical Engineering majors with 57+ credits only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Materials

MCEN 4183 (3) Mechanics of Composite Materials

Introduces various kinds of composite materials, composite fabrication techniques, the physical and mechanical behavior of composites, and analytical and experimental methodologies.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: MCEN 5183
Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of (MCEN 2024 or GEEN 3024 or ASEN 1022) and (MCEN 2063 or CVEN 3161) (all minimum grade C). Restricted to Mechanical Engineering majors with 57+ credits only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Solids

MCEN 4194 (3) Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage

Presents the fundamentals, principles and experimental techniques of electrochemistry, the background of ionic or electronic conduction of metal, semiconductor, inorganic and polymer materials and applications in the areas of batteries, fuel cells, electrochemical double layer capacitors, electrochemical photonics, sensors and semiconductor electrochemistry.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: MCEN 5194
Requisites: Requires prereq course of (MCEN 2024 or GEEN 3024 or ASEN 1022) and coreq course of MCEN 3032 (all min grade C). Restricted to Mechanical Engineering majors only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Materials

MCEN 4228 (1-4) Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Subject matter to be selected from topics of current interest.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: MCEN 5228
Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 15.00 total credit hours. Allows multiple enrollment in term.
Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Jrs/Srs) Mechanical Engineering (MCEN) majors only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Miscellaneous

MCEN 4238 (3) Design for Community

Design for Community (D4C) will provide engineering students with practical experience in consulting while offering valuable engineering services to University and industry clients. Focuses on preparing students for the practice of engineering by acting as a consultancy for clients' engineering-related design and fabrication needs. Students may be expected to work in teams or individually under the supervision of project directors, depending on project scope. Each student or team will assist several clients during the semester. The D4C will pursue the following goals for its students: provide a practical just-in-time learning experience for students interested in engineering consulting; prepare students for the practice of engineering design with underspecified real-world problem sets; prepare students for the professionalism needed to interact with clients; provide outreach that connects communities outside the Department of Mechanical Engineering and serves clients that would not have access to engineering

Requisites: Restricted to students with 87-180 credits (Senior, Fifth Year Senior) Mechanical Engineering majors only.

MCEN 4279 (3) Aesthetics in Design

Focuses on aesthetic aspects of design via hands-on design-build experiences. Students individually create dynamic artifacts of their own choice with the assistance of teammates. Content includes major design movements since 1900, constructive critique practice, hand sketching techniques and other selected industrial design topics. Students publish their design work on an archival public blog which provides a professional portfolio element.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: ATLS 4279 and MCEN 5279 and ATLS 5279
Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Jrs/Srs) Mechanical Engineering (MCEN) majors only.

MCEN 4292 (3) Materials and Devices in Medicine

The main objective of this multidisciplinary course is to provide students with a broad survey of biomaterials and their use in medical devices for restoring or replacing the functions of injured, diseased, or aged human tissues and organs. The topics to be covered include: evolution in the medical device industry, a broad introduction to the materials used in medicine and their chemical, physical, and biological properties, discovery of medical problems, potential impacts of treatment innovations, existing devices and design considerations for several major physiological systems (cardiovascular, neuromuscular, skeletal, pulmonary, renal, dermal), materials interaction with the human body, basic mechanisms of wound healing, biocompatibility issues, testing methods and techniques in accordance with standards and relevant regulations, biofunctionalities required for specific applications, as well as state-of-the-art approaches for the development of new regenerative materials targeting cellular mechanisms. Sam

Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of MCEN 2024 and MCEN 4117 or MCEN 5117 (all minimum grade C). Restricted to students with 87-180 credits (Senior, Fifth Year Senior) Mechanical Engineering majors only.

MCEN 4293 (3) Mechanics of Soft Matter

Provides a general overview of fundamental concepts behind the mechanical behavior of soft matter. The term soft matter (which includes polymers, colloids, liquid crystals and surfactants, to name a few) is typically used to describe classes of materials whose structural unit is much larger than atoms, making their response more complex and often richer that of traditional solids. The objective of this class is to understand how chemical and mechanical forces between these small units yield macroscopic behaviors that one can observe in everyday life. Key engineering applications will also be discussed.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: MCEN 5293
Requisites: Requires prerequisite course of MCEN 2063 or CVEN 3161 (minimum grade C). Restricted to students with 87-180 credits (Senior, Fifth Year Senior) Mechanical Engineering majors only.

MCEN 4298 (3) Introduction to Polymers

Polymers represent a major class of engineering materials that are used by mechanical engineers. In this class, we will discuss the most fundamental concepts regarding polymeric materials. Topics include synthesis/manufacturing and chemical properties of polymers, statistical properties of polymer chains, multiphase polymers including polymer solutions and polymer blends, crystallization and glass transition of polymers, and viscoelastic properties of polymers.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: MCEN 5298
Requisites: Requires prerequisite course of MCEN 2024 (minimum grade C). Restricted to students with 57+ credits (Junior, Senior) Mechanical Engineering majors only.

MCEN 4299 (3) Household Energy Systems

Cooking, heating and lighting in the developing world often involves inefficient and incomplete combustion of solid or liquid fuels. The Global Burden of Disease Study in 2010, ranked this combustion as the 4th largest risk factor, causing 4 million premature deaths per year. There is a strong societal need to tackle this problem. Students leaving this course will be able to meet this need as they will have the skills to assess existing and new technology used in the developing world for cooking, heating and lighting. The course will cover (1) food conversion chemistry with the focus on increasing useable calories, (2) combustion and heat transfer as related to cooking, heating and lighting, and (3) combustion emissions and stove use assessment. There will be case studies interlaced throughout the content and the bulk of the workload will be homeworks and projects.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: MCEN 5299
Requisites: Requires prerequisite or corequisite course of MCEN 3022 (minimum grade C). Restricted to students with 57+ credits (Junior, Senior) Mechanical Engineering or Environmental Engineering majors only.

MCEN 4700 (3) Quantum Forge I

Provides junior- and senior-level engineering and physical science students an opportunity to gain professional and technical quantum science skills and experience through participation in real-world projects in collaboration with industry leaders and academic investigators. Alongside project activity, students will engage in skill- and concept-focused modules to ensure proficiency in the skills necessary to participate in the quantum workforce. This capstone experience is intended for students who do not intend to continue on to graduate study in physics or engineering, but rather to enter the workforce directly.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: PHYS 4700
Requisites: Requires prerequisite course of PHYS 3330 (minimum grade C-).
Recommended: Prerequisite or corequisite PHYS 4410.

MCEN 4710 (3) Quantum Forge II

Continuation of PHYS 4700, Quantum Forge I. The Quantum Forge provides junior- and senior-level engineering and physical science students an opportunity to gain professional and technical quantum science skills and experience through participation in real-world projects in collaboration with industry leaders and academic investigators. In the second semester, students will expand upon the knowledge and skills gained through the first-semester to bring projects to a point of completion and readiness for deployment in the industry context. As with Quantum Forge I, this capstone experience is intended for students who do not intend to continue on to graduate study in physics or engineering, but rather to enter the workforce directly.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: PHYS 4710
Requisites: Requires prerequisite course of PHYS 4700 or MCEN 4700 (minimum grade C-).

MCEN 4848 (1-6) Independent Study

Subjects arranged in consultation with instructor and undergraduate advisor. Department consent required.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 6.00 total credit hours. Allows multiple enrollment in term.
Requisites: Restricted to students with 87-180 credits (Senior, Fifth Year Senior) Mechanical Engineering majors only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Miscellaneous