College of Engineering


AERO 533 - Combustion Processes

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This course covers the fundamentals of combustion systems, and fire and explosion phenomena. Topics covered include thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, laminar flame propagation, detonations and explosions, flammability and ignition, spray combustion, and the use of computer techniques in combustion problems.

AERO 535 - Rocket Propulsion

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Analysis of liquid and solid propellant rocket powerplants; propellant thermochemistry, heat transfer, system considerations. Low-thrust rockets, multi-stage rockets, trajectories in powered flight, electric propulsion.

AERO 536 - Electric Propulsion

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Introduction to electric propulsion with an overview of electricity and magnetism, atomic physics, non-equilibrium flows and electrothermal, electromagnetic, and electrostatic electric propulsion systems.

AERO 633 - Advanced Combustion

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Thermodynamics of gas mixtures, chemical kinetics, conservation equations for multi-component reacting gas mixtures, deflagration and detonation waves. Nozzle flows and boundary layers with reaction and diffusion.

Chemical Engineering

Chem 444 - Applied Chemical Kinetics

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Fundamentals of chemical and engineering kinetics from a molecular perspective. Relationship between kinetics and mechanism. Kinetics of elementary steps in gas, liquid, and supercritical fluid reaction media. Gas-solid and surface reactions. Heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis. Kinetics and mechanisms of chemical processes such as polymerization, combustion, and enzymatic reactions.

Chem 528 - Chemical Reactor Engineering

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Analysis of kinetic, thermal, diffusive, and flow factors on reactor performance. Topics include batch, plug flow, backmix reactors, empirical rate expressions, residence time analysis, catalytic reactions, stability, and optimization.

Chem 538 - Statistical and Irreversible Thermodynamics

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The laws of probability and statistics are applied to microscopic matter to yield properties of macroscopic systems. Relations between classical and statistical thermodynamics are developed. Coupling of irreversible processes is treated through the entropy balance and microscopic reversibility. 

Chem 567 - Chemical Kinetics

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Chemical Kinetics is the study of the rates and mechanisms of systems undergoing chemical change. The extraction of rate data from reacting systems and the utilization of such data in other reacting systems is central to chemistry in the laboratory and in the practical worlds of combustion science, atmospheric science, and chemical synthesis. This course introduces the treatment of complex chemical systems and fundamental ideas about chemical reaction rates in gases and in solutions. Computer software is utilized to treat complex reaction systems.

Chem 628 - Industrial Catalysis

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Theoretical and experimental aspects of heterogeneous catalysis and surface science. Design, preparation, and characterization of catalysts. Kinetics of heterogeneous catalytic reactions, thermal and diffusional effects in catalytic reactors. Case studies of important industrial catalytic processes.

Short Courses

Design and Control of Hybrid Vehicles - Promising Solutions for Fuel Efficient Vehicles

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Learn the working principles and dynamic models of hybrid vehicles and master the use of analytical tools to maximize their fuel economy potential. This short course’s hands-on approach, case study examples and simulation exercise help you grasp and apply concepts more quickly and effectively.

Available through InterPro Professional Education

Mechanical Engineering

ME 401 - Engineering Statistics for Manufacturing Systems

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Fundamentals of statistics. Independent t-test and paired t-test. Two-level factorial design. Fractional factorial designs. Matrix algebra and canonical analysis. Regression analysis (Least Squares Method). Response Surface methodology. Probability. Binomial and Poisson distributions. Single sampling plan. Statistical process control (SPC). Taguchi methods. Introductory time series analysis and Defect Preventive Quality Control.

ME 432 - Introduction to Combustion

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Introduction to combustion processes; combustion thermodynamics, reaction kinetics and combustion transport. Chain reactions, ignition, quenching, and flammability limits, detonations, deflagrations, and flame stability. Introduction to turbulent premixed combustion. Applications in IC engines, furnaces, gas turbines, and rocket engines.

ME 437 - Applied Energy Conversion

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Quantitative treatment of energy resources, conversion processes, and energy economics. Consideration of fuel supplies, thermodynamics, environmental impact, capital and operating costs. Emphasis is placed on issues of climate change and the role of energy usage. In-depth analysis of automobiles to examine the potential of efficiency improvement and fuel change.

ME 438 - Internal Combustion Engines

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Analytical approach to the engineering problem and performance analysis of internal combustion engines. Study of thermodynamics, combustion, heat transfer, friction and other factors affecting engine power, efficiency, and emissions. Design and operating characteristics of different types of engines. Computer assignments. Engine laboratories.

ME 452 - Design for Manufacturability

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Conceptual design. Design for economical production, Taguchi methods, design for assembly; case studies. Product design using advanced polymeric materials and composites; part consolidation, snap fit assemblies; novel applications.

ME 499 - Advanced Energy Solutions

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This course provides an introduction to the challenges of power generation for a global society.  The course starts with an overview of the current and future demands for energy; the various methods of power generation including solar, thermal, wind, nuclear and fossil fuel; and the detrimental byproducts associated with these methods. 

Advanced strategies to improve power densities, reduce pollutant emissions and improve thermal efficiencies, such as fuel cells for stationary and mobile power generation; synthetic and bio-renewable fuels; and reconfiguring coal-fired power plants to utilize integrated-gasification combined cycle approaches are the primary focus of the course.  The material includes the advantages and technical difficulties associated with a hydrogen economy including production, transport, storage and application.  Emphasis is on the application of thermodynamic analysis to understand the basic operating principles and the inherent limitations of the technologies considered. 

The course material is targeted for upper-level undergraduate students and new graduate students.  Course progress is monitored using weekly homework assignments, a midterm and a final project.  A prerequisite of undergraduate thermodynamics is required.  

Instructor: Prof. Margaret S. Wooldridge
Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
2156 G.G. Brown Bldg.
phone: 936-0349


ME 499/599-006 and 499/599-007 - Vehicle Electrification – Winter 2010

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ME 499-006/599-006 Vehicle Electrification (Part A): Battery Systems and Control
This course covers battery modeling, control and diagnostic methodologies associated to battery electric and battery hybrid electric vehicle. Details here.

Instructors: Profs. Hosam Fath and Anna Stefanopoulou

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Mechanical Engineering

ME 499-007/599-007 Vehicle Electrification (Part B): Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

This course covers essential aspects of fuel cell vehicle technology, hydrogen fueling infrastructure, and potential benefits and barriers to the use of hydrogen as a vehicular fuel. Course details here.

Instructors: Profs. Don Siegel and Anna Stefanopoulou
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Mechanical Engineering 

ME 537 - Advanced Combustion

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Advanced treatment of fundamental combustion processes. Conservation equations for reacting gas mixtures. The structure of one-dimensional diffusion and premixed flames; introduction to activation energy asymptotics. Two-dimensional Burke-Schumann flames and boundary layer combustion. Flame instabilities and flame stretch; turbulent combustion.

Prof. Hong Im

ME 559 - Smart Materials and Structures

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This course will cover theoretical aspects of smart materials, sensors and actuator technologies. It will also cover design, modeling and manufacturing issues involved in integrating smart materials and components with control capabilities to engineering smart structures.

ME 589 - Ecological Sustainability in Design and Manufacturing

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A scientific basis for understanding and reducing the environmental impact of engineering design and manufacturing decision for a life cycle perspective. Environmental impact principles: air/water pollution, ozone depetion, global warming, resource sustainability. Life cycle assessment and environmentally conscious manufacturing of metals, plastics, and electronics products. Systems design metrics, disassembly, remanufacturing, recycling, policy considerations. Case studies include sustainable mobility, alternative energy sources, tooling and machining, refrigeration, electronics remanufacturing.

Prof. Skerlos

ME 599–001 - Energy Processes for Novel Fuels

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This class deals with the energy processes for the production of fuels. After an overview of the broader aspects of energy use from viewpoints of sustainability resource availability, environmental effects and economics, a review of the fundamentals for the combustion chemistry of novel fuels will be presented. The material covered in this class is intended to provide the students with the tools and understanding to handle basic problems involving chemical systems and rates of simple chemical reactions. This course deals with the theoretical aspects of chemical reaction kinetics, including transitionstate theories, estimation of rate constants, modeling complex reacting mixtures, and uncertainty/sensitivity analysis. Reactions in the gas phase are discussed with examples drawn from combustion chemistry. The students will be introduced to the CHEMKIN software and if time allows, to the Gaussian package to compute the energetics of reactions. Various fuels will be considered, including oxygenated. Kinetic mechanisms for fossil fuels and biodiesels will be studied. This course will also examine state of the art technologies aiming at cost effective biomass conversion along with economics, environmental impact, and policy issues.

Guest lectures are brought in to cover environmental and societal issues.

Grading will be largely based on a term‐long project, proposed by the students themselves.

Prerequisites: Thermodynamics I

Instructor: Prof. Angela Violi
Mechanical Engineering
3112 G G Brown Laboratory

phone: 615-6448

ME 599–004 - Seminars on Energy Systems Technology and Policy

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Leaders in policy and energy systems engineering discuss cutting-edge technologies, and critical barriers in their disciplines. Speakers range from research leaders, to business leaders, to policy makers. The aim of the seminar series is to provide a view at multiple scales, of challenges in developing and implementing new energy technologies. Industrial, governmental, and research perspectives will be given, on the most promising technologies and policies which will shape our energy portfolio and its environmental consequences, in the decades to come. The need to create sustainable energy systems is a common theme, and the speakers will offer their own perspectives on how policy and technology can be effective in doing so.

The course will be offered both in person, and via distance learning. A portion of each lecture will be devoted to discussion.


The topic areas are as follows, with approximate numbers of lectures devoted to each subject:

  1. The energy landscape: policy, technology and economic drivers for sustainable, global energy systems. (3 lectures)
  2. Key technologies: novel fuels, storage, generation and device technologies, from portables, to automobiles, to grid sources. (6 lectures)
  3. Creating successful businesses in energy technologies: lessons learned, and future directions, in mature and new industries. (3 lectures)
  4. Changing the way we think: sustainable systems, flexible grids, and the path ahead in energy systems. (3 lectures)

Instructor: Prof. Ann Marie Sastry
Mechanical Engineering
2140 G G Brown Laboratory
phone: 764-3061

ME 631 - Statistical Thermodynamics

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Introduction to statistical methods for evaluating thermodynamic and transport properties. Elements of quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and kinetic theory, as applied to engineering thermodynamics.

Prof. Kevin Pipe

Civil and Environmental Engineering

CEE 490 - Sustainable Energy Development in South America

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NOTE: For a full listing of energy related courses within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department visit

This Winter 2009 project, offered through the Graham Institutes Scholar Program, will focus on the pressing need of the Chilean government to ensure adequate future energy supplies, specifically examining currently proposed hydropower projects in Patagonia. Students will consider the geographical, cultural, political, and economic settings in Chile relevant to hydropower and the Patagonian region. General concepts on energy production through hydroelectricity will be presented, along with a consideration of impacts of hydropower development, specifically the potential for collapse of native fish populations, loss of biodiversity, reduced tourism, and displacement of local communities. Alternative energy development and sustainability principles will be emphasized throughout the course, with comparisons made to historical projects in the Pacific Northwest. It will likely also involve a group of University of Concepcion students, who will be taking a similar course.

Applications for this course are due October 10, 2008.

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Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

EECS 411 - Microwave Circuits

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Transmission-line theory, microstrip and coplanar lines, S-parameters, signal-flow graphs, matching networks, directional couplers, low-pass and band-pass filters, diode detectors. Design, fabrication, and measurements (1-10GHz) of microwave-integrated circuits using CAD tools and network analyzers.

EECS 414 - Introduction to Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)

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Micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS), devices, and technologies. Micromachining and microfabrication techniques, including planar thin-film processing, silicon etching, wafer bonding, photolithography, deposition, and etching. Transduction mechanisms and modeling in different energy domains. Analysis of micromachined capacitive, piezoresistive, and thermal sensors/actuators and applications. Computer-aided design for MEMS layout, fabrication, and analysis.

EECS 423 - Sold-State Device Laboratory

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Semiconductor material and device fabrication and evaluation: diodes, bipolar and field-effect transistors, passive components. Semiconductor processing techniques: oxidation, diffusion, deposition, etching, photolithography. Lecture and laboratory. Projects to design and simulate device fabrication sequence.

EECS 425 - Integrated Microsystems Laboratory

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Integrated circuit fabrication; mask design, photographic reduction; photoresist application, exposure, development, and etching; oxidation; diffusion; metal film deposition by evaporation and sputtering; die bonding, wire bonding, and encapsulation; testing of completed integrated circuits.

EECS 427 - VLSI Design 1

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Design techniques for rapid implementations of very large-scale integrated (VLSI) circuits, MOS technology and logic. Structured design. Design rules, layout procedures. Design aids: layout, design rule checking, logic, and circuit simulation. Timing. Testability. Architectures for VLSI. Projects to develop and lay out circuits.

EECS 498 - Electic Machinery and Drives – Winter 2010

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This course will cover fundamental electromechanical, power electronic, and control theory in the context of electric drive systems. Course details here.

Instructor: Prof. Heath Hofmann
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department 

EECS 498 - Grid Integration of Alternative Energy Sources – Winter 2010

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This course will present a variety of alternative energy sources, along with energy processing technologies required for power system connection. System integration issues will be addressed, with consideration given to impacts on current design philosophies and operating procedures. Course details here.

Instructor: Ian Hiskens
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department 

EECS 514 - Advanced MEMS Devices and Technologies

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Advanced micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) devices and technologies. Transduction techniques, including piezoelectric, electrothermal, and resonant techniques. Chemical, gas, and biological sensors, microfluidic and biomedical devices. Micromachining technologies such as laser machining and microdrilling, EDM, materials such as SiC and diamond. Sensor and actuator analysis and design through CAD.

EECS 515 - Integrated Microsystems

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Review of interface electronics for sensors and drive and their influence on device performance, interface standards, MEMS and circuit noise sources, packaging and assembly techniques, testing and calibration approaches, and communication in integrated microsystems. Applications, including RF MEMS, optical MEMS, bioMEMS, and microfluidics. Design project using CAD and report preparation.

EECS 528 - Principles of Microelectronics Process Technology

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Theoretical analysis of the chemistry and physics of process technologies used in micro-electronics fabrication. Topics include: semiconductor growth, material characterization, lithography tools, photo-resist models, thin film deposition, chemical etching, plasma etching, electrical contact formation, micro-structure processing, and process modeling.

EECS 529 - Semiconductor Lasers and LEDs

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Optical processes in semiconductors, spontaneous emission, absorption gain, stimulated emission. Principles of light-emitting diodes, including transient effects, spectral and spatial radiation fields. Principles of semiconducting lasers; gain-current relationships, radiation fields, optical confinement and transient effects. 

EECS 598-005 - Solid State Lighting and Solar Cells Using Compound Semi-Conductors

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Do you know that we can reduce 25% of the electricity consumption and 10% of the total energy need by replacing the old-fashioned light bulbs with highly efficient solid-state devices? Do you know solar cells with efficiency as high as 87% can be achieved if we properly engineer the compound semiconductor materials? Come and join us in discovering new applications of compound semiconductor materials in the saving and generation of energy. In this course, we will discuss the science and technology behind these increasingly important research fields. We will give an in-depth overview of the physics, materials engineering, device structures, fabrication, and circuit integration. We will put special emphasis on the design and optimization of the technology. We will focus primarily on solid-state lighting and solar cells technologies using compound semiconductor materials such as GaN, InGaP, GaAs and etc. We will mention very little on the organic materials but students who are interested in organic devices will probably still find part of this course interesting. Students who have taken EECS 529 are welcome to enroll in this class too as the overlap will be minimal. This will be the first dedicated entry-level graduate course focusing on optoelectronic technologies in energy applications. Motivated undergraduate students are highly encouraged to join us too. This course will be targeted for senior undergraduate students and graduate students. We will review relevant basics at the beginning of the class but prior background in the level of EECS 429 or equivalent is highly recommended.

Instructor Email: Ku,Pei-Cheng

Engineering Division

ENG 599 - CleanTech Entrepreneurship

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In 2006, CleanTech became the third-largest sector for venture investment ($2.9 Bn), indicating the potential for economic growth in this technology innovation space. The growth in this area is primarily driven by investments in Energy, with lesser investment in Water, Transportation, Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Agriculture. Clean technologies have the opportunity to deliver dramatic improvements in resource efficiency and productivity, creating more economic value with less energy and materials, or less waste and toxicity.

The economic impact potential is huge: 1,500 CleanTech start-ups operate worldwide; 4,093 U.S. patents focused on CleanTech were issued; IPO value was up 156% in 2006, driven by solar and biofuels. CleanTech Entrepreneurship will focus on value creation in this space, with emphasis on how strategic business drivers (e.g. regulation, subsidy, and market valuation) influence innovation and investment, and how this may impact research hypotheses and needs.

CleanTech Entrepreneurship is a 3-credit, semester-long, graduate-level elective. The class format is highly interactive and will vary from session to session. You should expect to encounter:

  • Content-specific presentations by a variety of instructors, including those from the Ross School of Business, and entrepreneurs/VCs in the CleanTech space
  • Full-class application discussions based on case-studies: both written cases and guest speaker provided presentations/experiences.
  • A semester-long project focused on applying and integrating tools to assess entrepreneurial business opportunities from CleanTech inventions

The perspective provided in this course will be valuable for students that are both looking to form or join startup companies as well as for those that are looking to create corporate value via industrial research.

This course will be offered Fall ’07 and Winter ’08. In Fall, the course will capped to 20 students; in Winter, the cap will be increased based on interest. Both graduate students from the College of Engineering, and seniors will be considered. This course is part of a broader curriculum in the COE on entrepreneurship, and will prepare you for many other entrepreneurial studies courses offered at the Ross School of Business. Interested students should contact the instructor (

Peter Adriaens, Ph.D., P.E.
Dr. Adriaens is a professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering – Program of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering. He currently is appointed in educational and research program development at the Zell-Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Ross School of Business. His research on ‘flask-to-field’ multidisciplinary technology development projects and consulting experience emphasizes industrial sustainability issues, including site remediation, emissions management, and corporate value creation along the water-energy nexus. He was one of the original participants in the first Kauffmann-sponsored Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy in 2007.

Materials Science and Engineering

MSE 250 - Principles of Engineering Materials

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Introductory course to engineering materials. Properties (mechanical, thermal and electrical) of metals, polymers, ceramics, and electronic materials. Correlations of these properties with: (1) their internal structures (atomic, molecular, crystalline, micro-and macro); (2) service conditions (mechanical, thermal, chemical, electrical, magnetic and radiation); and (3) processing.

Course topics include: atomic bonding, crystallography, defects;
diffusion; Mechanical properties, strengthening mechanisms; failure of materials and engineering components; phase diagrams; microstructural design of materials; polymers; corrosion; electrical, magnetic, optical properties; and case studies.

MSE 250 also features a "Materials in Energy" satellite speaker series.