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06-422 Chemical Reaction Engineering (L.T. Biegler)

In this course you will learn to apply the principles of chemical kinetics to the design of reactors.  By the end of the semester, you should be able to:

  • Choose a reactor and determine its size for a given application.
  • Analyze kinetic data and obtain rate laws.
  • Work with mass and energy balances in the design of non-isothermal reactors.
  • Appreciate the importance of both external and internal transport effects in gas/solid and liquid/solid systems

12-712 Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering Design (Cliff Davidson)

The student successfully completing this course should have a solid understanding of the emerging discipline of sustainable engineering.  The student should be able to list the historical factors that led to the birth of this discipline, list the most important fundamental principles behind it, and discuss alternative viewpoints about the discipline by several authors.  He or she should also be able to solve several types of problems estimating the human impact on global systems.

12-713 Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering Design (Cliff Davidson)

As a follow-up to the course Introduction to Sustainable Engineering, which examined human impacts on global systems and the need for change, this course focuses on solutions to the problems.  The student successfully completing this course should understand some of the ways in which human development can be altered to be in harmony with natural earth systems.  Specifically, he or she should be able to solve problems in engineering design that can help development while minimizing long-term damage to the environment.  The student should also be able to discuss trade-offs in considering different types of solutions.

24-101 Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering (Philip LeDuc)

These projects will span the full semester and will be completed in the department’s computer cluster and machine shop. This project emphasizes the modern practice of seamless engineering design, analysis, and manufacture.  You will be using industry-grade engineering software and equipment.

Design. You will design a wrench using a software package call ProEngineer Wildfire.  This is a commercial-grade computer-aided engineering tool developed by Parametric Technologies Corporation ( that is used widely in industry, for products ranging from running shoes to missiles.  The three-dimensional computer model will be used subsequently when you analyze stresses and deformation, and finally when you machine the wrench.

Analysis. You will calculate stresses and deflections in the wrench when forces are applied to it using a technique called finite element analysis.  You will be able to estimate the force level at which the wrench will break.

Manufacture. You will manufacture your wrench by transferring the software model to the Haas numerically-controlled milling machine in the department’s machine shop.  You will program the machine tool to cut your wrench from aluminum.  You will keep the wrench that you designed, analyzed, and manufactured without using a single sheet of paper. 

24-401 Engineering Analysis (Kenji Shimada)

After taking this course, students should be able to:

  • Engineering
    • Describe the four stages of an engineering process
    • Explain what concurrent engineering is
    • List key skills to be developed continually in life
  • Concept Design
    • Communicate effectively with sketches
    • Explain how function, form and fabrication inter-relate
    • Consider human factors and ergonomics
  • Detail Design
    • Read and write engineering drawings
    • Describe the function and usage of machine elements
    • Model with CAD tools components and assemblies
  • Analysis
    • Explain how CAE tools work
    • Analyze with CAE tools product performance
    • Describe the limitations of CAE tools
  • Manufacturing
    • Describe the properties & usage of engineering materials
    • Describe different manufacturing methods
    • Select manufacturing methods
  • Business
    • Read and write financial statements
    • Apply basic formulas of engineering economics
    • Write a project plan

24-451 Feedback Control Systems (William Messner)

By the end of the course, students should be able to do the following:

  • Draw the pole-zero diagram and the root loci, and use root locus techniques to design controllers.
  • Use frequency domain techniques to design controllers.
  • Estimate time response of systems to impulse, step, ramp, and sinusoidal inputs from the transfer function.
  • Use MATLAB with facility to aid in the analysis and design of control systems.
  • Design controllers for discrete-time control systems using root locus and frequency response techniques.