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Mechanical Engineering (M.S.E.)
The three major areas comprising mechanical engineering are mechanics, thermal sciences, and materials. Solutions to problems in each of these areas and to more complex problems involving all of these areas require intensive application of mathematics and computational tools. The M.S.E. program in mechanical engineering provides qualified students the opportunity to pursue advanced study in these three areas.
The academic program requires a total of 30 semester credit hours of graduate coursework. In order to provide appropriate depth within the field of study, six courses in mechanical engineering subjects are also required. The elective 12 hours required for graduation should be taken from the Engineering or Engineering Management master’s degree programs offered within the School of Engineering.
The program can be arranged with either a thesis option or an all coursework option.
 
For both options:
 
Approved MAE graduate coursework (cannot include MAE 699)
18 hours
Sub-total
18 hours
 
For the thesis option:
 
MAE 699. Thesis Research
6 hours
approved 500 or 600 level electives (cannot include MAE 699)
6 hours
TOTAL hours for thesis option
30 hours
 
For the all coursework option:
 
approved 500 or 600 level electives (cannot include MAE 699)
12 hours
TOTAL hours for all coursework option
30 hours
 
A minimum of 18 hours (excluding research and independent study hours) of 600 level courses is required for either option.
 
Mechanical Engineering Minor
Students desiring a minor in mechanical engineering must arrange to take a minimum of nine semester hours of MAE prefixed 600 level courses. All minor programs of study must be approved by the mechanical engineering department chair.
MAE Courses
MAE 508. Mechanical Engineering Applications of Partial Differential Equations (3 hours)
Prerequisites: MAE graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Characteristics and classification of second order equations. Wave equation; boundary value problems with Laplace’s equation; Green’s function; initial value problems of the wave and heat equations. (Occasionally)
MAE 522. Intermediate Dynamics (3 hours)
Prerequisites: MAE graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Three dimensional kinematics of rigid bodies. Three dimensional kinetics of rigid bodies: force and acceleration. Vibrations. Design of systems to produce different types of motion. This course is available only to students enrolled in a graduate program and contains learning activities consistent with a graduate level engineering course. (Occasionally)
MAE 525. Vibrations (3 hours)
Prerequisites: MAE graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Elements of vibrating systems. One degree of freedom systems: free and forced, and damped and undamped. Multi-degree of freedom systems: free and forced, and damped and undamped. Vibration of continuous systems. Design of vibration systems. This course is available only to students enrolled in a graduate program and contains learning activities consistent with a graduate level engineering course. (Occasionally)
MAE 527. Solid Mechanics III (3 hours)
Prerequisites: MAE graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Three dimensional stress at a point, compatibility equations, strain energy, plane stress, plane strain, mechanical behavior of materials, beam bending, torsion of prismatic bars, elastic foundations, elastic stability, energy methods. (Occasionally)
MAE 544 Flight Structures (3 hours)
Prerequisite: MAE graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Loads, fatigue, minimum weight design, stress analysis of semi-monocoque structures, and design of members in tension, bending, and torsion. (Occasionally)
 
SPECIAL COURSES: MAE 591, 592, 593. May be repeated for credit with permission of advisor. (Occasionally)
MAE 591, 592, 593. Special Topics—Lecture Based Courses (3 hours)
Graduate level courses composed of a chosen senior level undergraduate technical elective and additional requirements beyond those specified for the undergraduate students.
MAE 610. Numerical Methods for Engineers (3 hours)
Prerequisites: MAE graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Numerical methods applied to engineering problems. Solution of linear systems, eigenvalue problems, nonlinear systems, initial- and boundary-value problems for ordinary differential equations. Differentiation, optimization, and integration techniques. Finite difference methods for partial differential equations. Error and computational stability analyses. (Occasionally)
MAE 621. Advanced Solid Mechanics (3 hours)
Prerequisite: MAE graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Torsion of non-circular shafts, bending of curved beams, membrane stresses in shells, bending of flat plates, bending of beams on elastic foundations, inelastic deformation of members in axial loading, torsion and bending. (Occasionally)
MAE 623. Advanced Dynamics (3 hours)
Prerequisite: MAE graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Topics include three-dimensional kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies and systems of rigid bodies; momentum and energy; elementary calculus of variations; Lagrange’s equations of motion; Hamilton’s Principle; the principle of virtual work; stability; applications to spacecraft dynamics, mechanism design, and vibration problems. (Occasionally)
MAE 626. Theory of Plates and Shells (3 hours)
Prerequisites: MAE graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Laterally loaded plates with various boundary conditions; elastic stability of plates; differential geometry of surfaces; equilibrium and strain equations; membrane theory of shells; shells of revolution with emphasis on cylindrical and spherical shells. (Occasionally)
MAE 628. Applied Elasticity (3 hours)
Prerequisites: MAE graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Analysis of stress, analysis of strain, and development of the governing field equations of linear elasticity: equilibrium, kinematic, constitutive, and compatibility equations. Formulation of elastic boundary value problems. Application to two-and three-dimensional problems. (Occasionally)
MAE 629. Continuum Mechanics (3 hours)
Prerequisites: MAE graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Material and spatial descriptions of motion of a continuous medium. Kinematics of finite deformation. Definitions of stress. Balance principles: mass, momentum, and energy. General theory of constitutive equations. Application to elastic, hyperelastic, viscoelastic, and fluid continua. (Occasionally)
MAE 630. Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics (3 hours)
Prerequisite: MAE graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Theories of thermodynamics and their application to problems in engineering practice and design. Equilibrium, Gibb’s function, non-ideal gases, and second law analysis. (Occasionally)
MAE 632. Intermediate Fluid Mechanics (3 hours)
Prerequisite: MAE graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Study of incompressible viscous flows. Fundamental equations and solutions using both analytical and numerical techniques. Laminar flow, transition, and turbulent flow. (Occasionally)
MAE 634. Intermediate Heat Transfer (3 hours)
Prerequisites: MAE graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Application of basic laws to the analysis of heat transfer. Exact and approximate solutions to conduction, convection and radiation problems. Separation of variables in rectangular and cylindrical coordinates. Radiation in non-participating media. Selected convection solutions involving the Navier-Stokes equations. (Occasionally)
MAE 635. Conduction Heat Transfer (3 hours)
Prerequisite: MAE graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Mathematical theory of steady state and transient heat conduction: solution of the governing differential equations by analytical and/or numerical methods. (Occasionally)
MAE 636. Convection Heat Transfer (3 hours)
Prerequisite: MAE graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Study of convective energy transport in internal and external flows under both laminar and turbulent conditions. Analytical, numerical, empirical solution techniques for governing equations. Heat exchanger analysis and design. (Occasionally)
MAE 637. Radiation Heat Transfer (3 hours)
Prerequisite: MAE graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Mathematical theory of thermal radiation with design applications. Ideal and non-ideal surfaces, participating media, and radiation in enclosures. Analytical and numerical methods stressed in problem solving. (Occasionally)
MAE 640. Aircraft Structural Analysis (3 hours)
Prerequisite: MAE graduate standing or consent of instructor.
General loads on aircraft: bending, shear, and torsion in sheet-stiffener structures: shear flow in open and closed thin sheet: bending and membrane stresses in thin sheet. (Occasionally)
MAE 642. Aircraft Structures Design (3 hours)
Prerequisite: MAE graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Design of non-buckling beams: design of semi-tension field beams: sandwich panel construction and design: bolted and riveted fittings and connections: welded connections: details in structural design. (Occasionally)
MAE 650. Finite Elements (3 hours)
Prerequisites: MAE graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Variational principles. Method of weighted residuals. Elements and interpolation functions. Finite element applications in elasticity, heat transfer, and fluids. (Occasionally)
MAE 660. Materials in Mechanical Engineering (3 hours)
Prerequisites: MAE graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Analysis of the relationships between the structure of polymeric materials and metals and their mechanical properties. The primary emphasis is on the mechanisms for obtaining strength and ductility in higher strength metals. Materials selection, matching materials and processing with service conditions is considered. (Occasionally)
MAE 661. Laminated Composite Materials (3 hours)
Prerequisites: MAE graduate standing or consent of instructor.
The structure and mechanical properties of composite laminates. (Occasionally)
MAE 662. Fatigue and Fracture (3 hours)
Prerequisites: MAE graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Stationary crack under static loading, energy balance, crack initiation and growth, dynamic crack growth, and fatigue of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. (Occasionally)
 
SPECIAL COURSES: MAE 691, 692, 693, 697, 698, 699 for variable credit. May be repeated for credit with permission of advisor. (Occasionally)
MAE 691, 692, 693. Special Topics—Lecture Based Courses (1-6 hours)
Special topics courses delivered in a traditional classroom/classroom-laboratory setting.
MAE 697. Special Topics—Independent Study/Non-thesis Research (1-3 hours)
A maximum of 3 hours of independent study/non-theses research may be counted toward the degree.
MAE 698. Professional Seminar (1-6 hours)
MAE 699. Thesis Research (1-6 hours)
A maximum of 6 hours of thesis research may be counted toward the degree. Only grades of satisfactory or unsatisfactory will be assigned.