Graduate Courses

  • ME397, Optical Engineering (Offered every Spring): This course provides an introduction to optics, with a focus on engineering applications. The course will cover topics in geometrical optics: ray-tracing, reflection, refraction, lens design, imaging optical systems, as well as topics in wave optics: basic electrodynamics, scalar wave theory, interference, Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction, image formation, Fourier optics, and 4F systems. Commonly observed optical systems, such as the human eye, microscopes/telescopes, and solar concentrators will be examined. The role of optics in advanced nano/microscale manufacturing will be highlighted, as well as applications in more efficient solar energy systems, engineered materials, and nanotechnology.


Undergraduate Courses

  • ME338: Machine Elements: Analysis and design of mechanical components based on deflection, material, static strength and fatigue requirements. Typical components include beams, shafts, pressure vessels and bolted and welded joints. Classical and modern analysis and design techniques. Computer analysis using the finite element method. Material and manufacturing considerations in design.
  • MAE 435, Principles of Automated Controls: Study of linear feedback control systems using transfer functions. Transient and steady state responses. Stability and dynamic analyses using time response and frequency response techniques. Compensation methods. Classical control theory techniques for determination and modification of the dynamic response of a system. Synthesis and design applications to typical mechanical engineering control systems. Introduction to modern control theory.
  • MAE 314, Solid Mechanics: Concepts and theories of internal force, stress, strain, and strength of structural element under static loading conditions. Constitutive behavior for linear elastic structures. Deflection and stress analysis procedures for bars, beams, and shafts.Introduction to matrix analysis of structures.