Areas of Concentration

Effective for students entering in Fall 2020 or after, students may select an optional concentration.  Concentrations are intended to give students a more in-depth perspective into a particular area of focus within mechanical engineering and applied mechanics.  Students must formally declare their concentration by submitting a MEAM concentration declaration form (form link coming spring 2021).  Students may only select one concentration. 

*Courses appearing with an asterisk require permission of the instructor.

 

Courses Required if No Concentration Declared

Students who not formally declare one of the three optional concentrations must take a series of four prescribed foundational courses:

  • MEAM 302 Fluid Mechanics (1 CU) – Fall
  • MEAM 321 Dynamic Systems and Control (1 CU) – Spring
  • MEAM 333 Heat & Mass Transfer (1 CU) – Spring
  • MEAM 354 Mechanics of Solids (1 CU) – Fall

Dynamics, Controls, and Robotics Concentration

Medical micro-robots, self-driving cars, interplanetary spacecraft, and hydrofoil catamarans critically rely on aspects of mechanical engineering. This concentration focuses on developing a practical and theoretical understanding of motion (dynamics), algorithms for achieving desired motion (controls), along with the design and creation of just about anything that moves.

The Dynamics, Controls, and Robotics Concentration requires the completion of the following 4 CUs:

  • MEAM 320 Intro to Mechanical and Mechatronic Systems (1 CU) – Fall
  • MEAM 321 Dynamic Systems and Control (1 CU) – Spring
  • MEAM 300-level breadth elective (choose any MEAM 300-level course beyond MEAM 320 and MEAM 321)
  • Concentration-approved MEAM Upper-Level depth requirement (choose from the following list)
    • MEAM 510 Design of Mechatronic Systems
    • MEAM 513 Feedback Control Design and Analysis
    • MEAM 517 Control and Optimization with Applications in Robotics
    • MEAM 520 Introduction to Robotics
    • MEAM 535 Advanced Dynamics*
    • MEAM 543 Performance, Stability and Control of UAVs

Mechanics of Materials, Structures and Design Concentration

Engineering materials, including metals, plastics, composites and biological tissues, are the building blocks of all engineered products. This concentration focuses on the experimental and mathematical characterization of the mechanical properties of these materials, as well as of the computation of internal forces (stresses) and deformations (strains) that develop on structures and mechanical devices made of these materials, either for design, manufacturing or performance evaluation including failure.

The Mechanics of Materials, Structures and Design Concentration requires the completion of the following 4 CUs:

  • MEAM 321 Dynamic Systems and Control (1 CU) – Spring
  • MEAM 354 Mechanics of Solids (1 CU) – Fall
  • MEAM 300-level breadth elective (choose any MEAM 300-level course beyond MEAM 321 and MEAM 354)
  • Concentration-approved MEAM Upper-Level depth requirement (choose from the following list)
    • MEAM 505 Mechanical Properties of Macro/Nanoscale Materials
    • MEAM 506 Failure Analysis of Engineering Materials
    • MEAM 507 Fundamentals of Materials
    • MEAM 508 Materials and Manufacturing
    • MEAM 519 Elasticity and Micromechanics of Materials*
    • MEAM 527 Finite Element Analysis

Energy, Fluids, and Thermal Systems Concentration

Energy conversion and power generation, aerospace engineering, materials fabrication and manufacturing, cooling of microelectronic equipment, and thermal control and treatment of living organisms are critically important in today’s economy. The MEAM Energy, Fluids, and Thermal Systems concentration is designed to provide the basic tools for dealing with these and other problems of current and future technological interest.

The Energy, Fluids, and Thermal Systems Concentration requires the completion of the following 4 CUs:

  • MEAM 302 Fluid Mechanics (1 CU) – Fall
  • MEAM 333 Heat & Mass Transfer (1 CU) – Spring
  • MEAM 300-level breadth elective (choose any MEAM 300-level course beyond MEAM 302 and MEAM 333)
  • Concentration-approved MEAM Upper-Level depth requirement (choose from the following list)
    • MEAM 502 Energy Engineering
    • MEAM 503 Direct Energy Conversion
    • MEAM 527 Finite Element Analysis
    • MEAM 536 Viscous Fluid Flow
    • MEAM 545 Aerodynamics
    • MEAM 561 Thermodynamics
    • MEAM 580 Electrochemistry
    • MEAM 570 Transport*
    • MEAM 575 Micro and Nano Fluidics