MCEN4032/5032: Sustainable Energy - Jana Milford
Read about Prof. Milford’s work in energy modeling and policy
Career areas: energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmental policy
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. Prerequisites: MCEN3012, MCEN3021. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MCEN3022.
MCEN 4115/5115: Mechatronics & Robotics I – Derek Reamon
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Career areas: automated systems, robotics, controls, integrated systems
Focuses on design and construction of microprocessor-controlled electro-mechanical systems. Lectures review critical circuit topics, discuss sensor and actuator component selection, microprocessor selection and programming, robotic systems, systems integration, and design strategies for complex, multi-system devices. Lab work reinforces lectures and allows hands-on experience with mechatronic design. Students must design and build an autonomous robotic device. Prerequisites: [ECEN3010 or GEEN3010] and [CSCI1320, CSCI1300, COEN1300, or ECEN1310].
MCEN4117/5117: Anatomy & Physiology – Jessica Fitzgerald
Career areas: biomedical engineering, medical devices, prosthetics
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.
MCEN4127/5127: Biomedical Ultrasound - Nick Bottenus
Learn how the Bottenus Lab is using beamforming to improve ultrasound technology
Career areas: imaging technology, biomedical engineering
Covers the design of ultrasound systems for medical imaging and therapy, including the physics of wave propagation, transducers, acoustic lenses, pulse-echo imaging and cavitation dynamics, 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; and a design project. Prerequisite: MCEN3021.
MCEN4151/5151: Flow Visualization - Jean Hertzberg
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Explores techniques for visualizing 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. MCEN students who enroll in the ATLS, ARTS, or ARTF sections of this course will be dropped at the instructor’s discretion. Prerequisite: MCEN3021.
MCEN4152/5152 Introduction to Combustion- Nicole Labbe
Read about how the Labbe Lab is making combustion processes more efficient
Career areas: energy efficiency, renewable energy, oil and gas, air quality
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. Prerequisite: MCEN3012, Recommended prerequisites: MCEN3021, MCEN3022.
MCEN4174/5174: Failure of Engineering Materials – Todd Murray
Learn about Prof. Murray’s research on materials characterization and imaging
Career areas: materials engineering, failure analysis, materials selection for defense, aerospace, biomedical, and electronics applications, design of high temperature components
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. Prerequisites: MCEN2024, MCEN2063.
MCEN4228/5228: Lean/Six Sigma Manufacturing - Jeni Blacklock
Learn more about Lean and Six Sigma certification
Career areas: manufacturing, quality control, management
This course focuses on Lean principles and Six-sigma methodologies for defining, measuring, analyzing, improving and controlling (DMAIC) processes in order to create more efficient processes. Skillsets that will be learned include; value stream maps, SIPOCS, statistical process control, GR&R studies, statistics, graphical representation, and Minitab. This course has shown to be successful in training your brain to think differently about processes through identifying wastes and improving processes to be more efficient. By the end of the class, you will have practiced these skillsets several times and should feel comfortable with implementing them in an industry setting. Students will be prepared to take the Lean Bronze certification and at least the Six-Sigma white-belt certification, depending on work experience, at the completion of this course.
MCEN4228/5228: Design of Coffee - Carmen Pacheco-Borden
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Career areas: food engineering, sustainable agriculture
This class will serve as an introduction to how engineers use their disciplinary training to approach and solve problems outside of the traditional confines of their discipline, as illustrated by the roasting and brewing of coffee. In addition to focusing on the science and craftsmanship of making a cup of coffee from bean to cup, we will also study the global sourcing of coffee beans. We will examine farming practices to grow fair-trade and organic beans. The course will offer weekly hands-on experimental laboratories to demonstrate key engineering principles in subject areas such as heat transfer, mass transfer, thermodynamics, materials science, sustainability, water quality, biomedical engineering and device design evaluation. This class culminates in an engineering design competition where students design to make the best tasting coffee using the least amount of energy.
MCEN4228/5228: Ceramics – Rishi Raj
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This class is driven by projects which are defined by scientific, technological and aesthetic applications of ceramics. Examples are The Hubble Telescope, Corning Ware, Atomic Force Microscope, Fine Arts, Lighting, Ceramic Gas Turbines, Solid Oxide Fuel Cell, Volcanoes, Lasers, Jewels and Petrified Wood. The plan is for small groups to focus on one topic and advance it through the semester through collective discussions, and where possible, developing a touch-and-feel demonstration. The grade will consider fundamental understanding of ceramics developed through project experience, and project performance.
MCEN4228/5228: Intro to Microfluidics - Xiaoyun Ding
Read about Prof. Ding’s work on microtechnology for health applications
Career areas: lab on a chip, biomedical microdevices, micro/nanotechnology
Microfluidics deals with the behavior of fluids in small scale. It is a highly multidisciplinary field at the intersection of engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, nanotechnology, and biotechnology. This course is designed for a wide audience in Engineering and Science. It covers the fundamentals and fabrication of microfluidic devices, and their applications, particularly in Lab on a Chip. It includes lectures, team presentations, and possibly one laboratory on microfluidic devices. Mastery will enhance your understanding of Microfluidic technologies and their broad applications.
Recommended Prerequisite: MCEN3021.
MCEN4228/5228: Feedback Control - Shalom Ruben
Learn about Prof. Ruben’s teaching and projects
Career areas: robotics, automation, guidance navigation and control
Introduction to fundamental principles and techniques for analysis and synthesis of feedback control systems in the time and frequency domains. Linearization, review of linear system response, frequency response, transfer functions and Bode diagrams. Closed loop system analysis including root locus, Nyquist criterion, gain and phase margins. Compensation design with lead, lag and PID controllers. Translation of closed loop performance requirements into open loop constraints. Model uncertainty and robustness. Introduction to state space representations and state feedback control. Prerequisite: MCEN4043.
MCEN4228/5228: Modeling of Human Movement - Alaa Ahmed
Learn how the Neuromechanics Laboratory is reverse engineering movement
Career areas: biomechanics, movement rehabilitation, robotics, computational neuroscience
Human movement analysis is used in a wide range of applications, from physical rehabilitation to sport training, human-robot interaction and animation. The course will provide a systematic overview of human movement on multiple levels of analysis, with an emphasis on the phenomenology amenable to computational modeling. Topics will include muscle physiology, movement-related brain areas, musculoskeletal mechanics, forward and inverse dynamics, optimal control and Bayesian inference, learning and adaptation. The focus will be on reaching and locomotion as representative human movements. Prerequisite: MCEN2043 and [APPM2360, MATH2130, or MATH3130].
MCEN4228/5228: Mechanics of Soft Matter - Franck Vernerey
Learn how nature inspires science at the Soft Matter Mechanics Lab
Career areas: biomaterials, biomedical engineering, smart materials
This class will provide 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. Prerequisite: MCEN2063.
MCEN4228/5228: PBL in Rural Schools - Daniel Knight
Learn how the AQIQ project is bringing air quality experiments to rural Colorado
Career areas: education, environmental monitoring
Focuses on the use of low cost air quality monitoring tools, dubbed Pods, to implement PBL curriculum in high school environmental science classes in rural communities in Colorado. Each student will be paired with a high school class and will serve as curriculum and technology advisors as well as science experts. During the fall semester, students will be trained to effectively work in those roles and will also travel to their schools to be introduced. During the spring semester, students will support high school teachers in implementing an existing PBL air quality curriculum with the Pods. This will include monthly visits to schools in the spring and reporting back to the class. Note: This is a full-year course. Interested students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request enrollment access.
MCEN5020: Methods of Engineering Analysis - Peter Hamlington
Studies selected topics from linear algebra, ordinary differential equations, and Fourier series. Assigns computer exercises. Correlates with analysis topics in other mechanical engineering graduate courses, and emphasizes applications.
MCEN5021: Introduction to Fluid Dynamics - TBD
Focuses on physical properties of gases and liquids, and kinematics of flow fields. Analyzes stress; viscous, heat-conducting Newtonian fluids; and capillary effects and surface-tension-driven flow. Other topics include vorticity and circulation, ideal fluid flow theory in two and three dimensions, Schwartz-Christoffel transformations, free streamline theory, and internal and free-surface waves. Prerequisite: MCEN3021. Corequisite: MCEN5020.
MCEN5023: Solid Mechanics - Francois Barthelat
Introduces stress, strain and motion of a continuous system. Discusses material derivative; fundamental laws of mass, momentum, energy and entropy; constitutive equations and applications to elastic and plastic materials. Prerequisite: MCEN2063. Corequisite: MCEN5020.
MCEN5055: Advanced Product Design - Janet Tsai
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Career areas: product design
Introduces the processes and methods for designing products. Course content includes: need finding and need specification, ideation and idea selection, design thinking, user-centered design, human factors, sketching, prototyping, user feedback, design communication, design for manufacturing, materials selection, and intellectual property. Teams of 3-4 students will design and build a novel product throughout the semester. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MCEN4045. Note: Professional MS students in the Design Track have priority enrollment for this course. Students outside of that program can apply to participate by filling out this form.
MCEN5065: Graduate Design I - Greg Whiting
First part of a two-course graduate product design experience in mechanical engineering. Covers problem definition and specifications, determining design requirements, user feedback, alternative design concepts, engineering analysis, concept prototypes and CAD drawings. Students make several oral design reviews, a final design presentation and prepare a written report. Entails a team product design, fabrication and testing cycle of sponsored project. Prerequisites: MCEN5055 and instructor permission.
MCEN5228: Fracture Mechanics - Rong Long
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Career areas: product design, failure analysis
This course will introduce fundamental concepts, analytical approaches, and experimental methods to characterize the fracture of solid materials. Topics to be discussed include: linear elastic analysis of 2D cracks, energy flows and criteria for elastic fracture, experimental methods for elastic fracture, application of fracture mechanics in adhesion, introduction to elastic plastic fracture, and nonlinear fracture mechanics of soft materials.
MCEN5228: Intro to Nanoscale Transport - Longji Cui
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Career areas: research, modeling, design, system test/diagnosis, and manufacturing for the nanotech industry (microelectronics, heat transfer, nano-optics, MEMS/NEMS, quantum)
This course covers the basic concepts and methods to understand nanoscale transport phenomena that are ubiquitous in microelectronics, nano-enabled renewable energy technology, heat transfer, nano-optics, Micro/Nano-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS/NEMS), as well as emerging quantum technologies. Relevant laboratory and real-world applications and examples will be discussed. Topics include basics of solid-state physics and quantum mechanics, nano-electronic transport, nanoscale heat transfer, experimental techniques and instrumentations for characterizing/testing nanoscale materials and devices.
MCEN5228: Linear Systems - Xudong Chen
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Career areas: robotics, controls, modeling of dynamic systems
Introduces the theory of linear systems, including vector spaces, linear mappings, structure of linear operators, state space descriptions of dynamic systems, stability, controllability, observability, state variable estimation and feedback control methods. Prerequisite: APPM 2360 or equivalent. This is a challenging, graduate level course. Undergraduates should contact the course instructor prior to enrolling.
MCEN5228: Advanced Dynamics - Sean Humbert
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Career areas: robotics, controls, modeling of dynamic systems
This course covers advanced theory for formulating and analyzing dynamical systems, including Newtonian, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods. Additional topics include equilibria, stability, Lyapunov functions, limit cycles, conservation laws and basic bifurcation theory. Note: This is a new course and the title is still pending. Interested students should register for MCEN5228-025.
MCEN5636: Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems - Victor Bright
Learn about the Multi-Disciplinary Engineering Microsystems Group
Career areas: software development, design engineering, electronics manufacturing, R&D
Addresses micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) modeling, design, and fabrication. Focus is on MEMS sensors and actuators due to significance of these devices in optics, medical instruments, navigation components, communications, and robotics. Prerequisites: ECEN3010, MCEN4043.
MCEN6228: Wetting, Adhesion & Friction - Rong Long & Yifu Ding
Read about the Nonlinear Mechanics Lab and Nanostructured Polymer Lab
Career areas: surface engineering, thin-film processing, manufacturing
This course aims to discuss fundamentals of liquid wetting of a solid surface, adhesion and friction between two contacting surfaces. These interfacial interactions are critical across a broad spectrum of applications from traditional field of rubber tire to emerging areas of designing anti-icing surfaces. The course will examine theories and findings for both conventional materials such as metal and ceramics and more complex soft materials.
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