The ME degree at CU Boulder includes a variety of design classes, starting with a freshman CAD class and ending with Senior Design. As a graduate of CU's ME department, you will have several opportunities to implement the design process, strengthening your theoretical and hands-on engineering knowledge—increasing your competitive edge after graduation.
First-Year Engineering Projects
First-year engineering projects course is an interdisciplinary hands-on design/build/test course for entry level engineering students. Through this course, students put engineering theory into practice early in their undergraduate years by working in teams to design, build, and test new products and inventions.
Computer-Aided Design and Fabrication
Introduces engineering design graphics. Includes learning a contemporary computer-aided design (CAD) software application and relevant engineering graphics concepts, such as orthographic projection, sections, engineering drawing practices, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and an introduction to manufacturing methods. Entails a final design project using rapid prototyping.
Application of mechanics and materials science to the detailed design of various machine elements including shafts, bearings, gears, brakes, springs, and fasteners. Emphasizes the application of mechanical components in engineering practice and open-ended design problems. Includes a hands-on final design projects.
Senior Design I & II
Two course capstone design experience in mechanical engineering. This team-based course aims to emulate an engineering project that students will encounter as an entry level engineer. Each student project is externally sponsored by industry, government, or another organization, guiding students through the design process: problem definition, determining design requirements, alternative design concepts, engineering analysis, proof-of-concept prototype, CAD drawings, refinement of prototype, design optimization, fabrication, testing, and evaluation. Senior Design also places a strong emphasis on professionalism, with several occasions to acquire critical written and verbal communication skills.
Mechatronics and Robotics [Technical Elective Course]
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.
Optimal Design of Mechanical Components [Technical Elective Course]
Applies linear and nonlinear optimization methods to the design of mechanical components and systems. Examines unconstrained and constrained optimization as well as formulation of objective functions, including cost, weight, response time, and deflection. Applies knowledge to gears, springs, cams, and linkages.
Design for Community [Technical Elective Course]
Design for Community functions as a full-featured engineering design consultancy, simultaneously providing students the experience they need to succeed and helping clients move their product or idea forward. For more information, visit: https://www.colorado.edu/d4c/.