Course Offerings

Winter 2018

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Introduction to Engineering

ENGN 178 - D'Alessandro, Kacie C.

This course introduces students to basic skills useful to engineers, the engineering design process, and the engineering profession. Students learn various topics of engineering, including engineering disciplines, the role of an engineer in the engineering design process, and engineering ethics. Skills learned in this course include programming and the preparation of engineering drawings. Programming skills are developed using flowcharting and MATLAB. Autodesk Inventor is used to create three-dimensional solid models and engineering drawings. The course culminates in a collaborative design project, allowing students to use their new skills

Mechanics II: Dynamics

ENGN 204 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)

A study of kinetics of particles and rigid bodies including force, mass, acceleration, work, energy, momentum. A student may not receive degree credit for both ENGN 204 and PHYS 230.

Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering

ENGN 225 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)

Study of a collection of mathematical techniques particularly useful in upper-level courses in physics and engineering: vector differential operators such as gradient, divergence, and curl; functions of complex variables; Fourier analysis; orthogonal functions; matrix algebra and the matrix eigenvalue problem; ordinary and partial differential equations.

Materials Science

ENGN 260 - D'Alessandro, Kacie C.

An introduction to solid state materials. A study of the relation between microstructure and the corresponding physical properties for metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites.

Bioengineering and Bioinspired Design

ENGN 267 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)

Interdisciplinary study of the physical principles of animal navigation and sensory mechanisms. This course integrates biology, physics, engineering, and quantitative methods to study how an animal's physiology is optimized to perform a critical function, as well as how these biological systems inspire new technologies. Topics include: long-distance navigation; locomotion; optical, thermal, and auditory sensing; bioelectricity; biomaterials; and swarm synchronicity. Some examples of questions addressed are: How does a loggerhead turtle navigate during a 9,000 mile open-ocean swim to return to the beach where it was born? How does a blowfly hover and outmaneuver an F-16? How is the mantis shrimp eye guiding the next revolution in DVD technology? This course is intended for students interested in working on problems at the boundary of biology and physics/engineering, and is appropriate for those who have more experience in one field than the other. Lectures, reading and discussion of research literature, and hands-on investigation/field-work, where appropriate.

Fluid Mechanics

ENGN 311 - Kuehner, Joel P.

Fluid statics; application of the integral mass, momentum, and energy equations using control volume concepts; introduction to viscous flow, boundary layer theory, and differential analysis.

Fluid Mechanics Laboratory

ENGN 361 - Kuehner, Joel P.

Experimental investigation of fluid mechanics under static and dynamic conditions. Correlation of experimental results with theoretical models of fluid behavior. Experiments examine concepts such as hydrostatic force, fluid kinematics, kinetics, and energy. Laboratory course.

Capstone Design

ENGN 379 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)

Second term of the year-long capstone design project in which student teams solve open-ended engineering problems by integrating and synthesizing engineering design and analysis learned in previous courses. Project topics vary year-to-year and are driven by student interest. The winter term is dedicated to implementation -- building, testing, analyzing, and revising the design, culminating with a public presentation and proof-of-concept demonstration. Laboratory course with fee.

Directed Individual Research

ENGN 421 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)

Directed research in engineering. May be repeated for degree credit.

Fall 2017

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Mechanics I: Statics

ENGN 203 - D'Alessandro, Kacie C.

The science of mechanics is used to study bodies in equilibrium under the action of external forces. Emphasis is on problem solving: trusses, frames and machines, centroids, area moments of inertia, beams, cables, and friction.

Electrical Circuits

ENGN 207 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)

A detailed study of electrical circuits and the methods used in their analysis. Basic circuit components, as well as devices such as operational amplifiers, are investigated. The laboratory acquaints the student both with fundamental electronic diagnostic equipment and with the design and behavior of useful circuits. Laboratory course.

Thermodynamics

ENGN 240 - Kuehner, Joel P.

A study of the fundamental concepts of thermodynamics, thermodynamic properties of matter, and applications to engineering processes.

Solid Mechanics

ENGN 301 - D'Alessandro, Kacie C.

Internal equilibrium of members; introduction to mechanics of continuous media; concepts of stress, material properties, principal moments of inertia; deformation caused by axial loads, shear, torsion, bending and combined loading.

Solid Mechanics Laboratory

ENGN 351 - D'Alessandro, Kacie C.

Experimental observation and correlation with theoretical predictions of elastic behavior of structures under static loading; statically determinate loading of beams; tension of metals; compression of mortar; torsion; and computer models for stress analysis. Laboratory course.

Capstone Design

ENGN 378 - Kuehner, Joel P.

First term of the year-long capstone design project in which student teams solve open-ended engineering problems by integrating and synthesizing engineering design and analysis learned in previous courses. Project topics vary year-to-year and are driven by student interest. The fall term is dedicated to the design and planning phases. This includes project topic selection; comprehensive study of necessary background material; and identification of design objectives, conceptual models, and materials and equipment needed. This course culminates with submission of a full design proposal. Laboratory course with fee.

Directed Individual Research

ENGN 421 - Kuehner, Joel P.

Directed research in engineering. May be repeated for degree credit.

Directed Individual Research

ENGN 421 - D'Alessandro, Kacie C.

Directed research in engineering. May be repeated for degree credit.

Directed Individual Research

ENGN 421 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)

Directed research in engineering. May be repeated for degree credit.

Spring 2017

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Engineering Marvels

ENGN 125 - D'Alessandro, Kacie C.

A Spring Term Abroad course. Engineering has evolved over the years as technology and society has advanced. This course investigates technical engineering concepts, the evolution of engineering, and the historical and cultural significance of engineering through the study of ancient and modern engineering marvels around the world. A framework of basic engineering analysis and historical context are explored for the marvels before travel. Site visits and tours take place abroad to explore these marvels firsthand. Specific topics vary depending on location.