Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

The Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering department offers the following courses:

AME 60630 Microparticle Dynamics

Prerequisites: None
A first-year graduate level course that introduces the subject of aerosol dynamics with emphasis on the fundamental laws that govern microparticle transport deposition and suspension in gases and vacuum.

AME 60632 Physical Gas Dynamics

An introduction to quantum mechanics, internal structure, and quantum energy states of monatomic and diatomic gases. Application to chemical reactions, dissociating gases, and ionized gases. High temperature properties of air. (Alternate spring semesters)

AME 60637 Ionization and Ion Transport

Prerequisites: None
This course will cover the fundamentals of gaseous ionization and gas discharges including basic ionization phenomena from breakdown to plasma formation and basic plasma properties. The course will focus on low-temperature, non-equilibrium plasma generation (glow discharges, corona discharges, dielectric barrier discharges) and discuss new applications and directions including microplasma generation.

AME 60642 Manufacturing Systems

Prerequisites: AME 50542
A graduate course dealing with the application of engineering analysis to manufacturing systems and advanced manufacturing topics such as MEMS manufacture and computer integrated manufacturing.

AME 60645 Mechanical Behavior of Materials

Prerequisites: None
The materials science and engineering of the mechanics of solids. Description of the relationships between the macrosopic deformation of engineering materials and the meso-, micro- and atomic-level structural mechanisms.

AME 60646 Failure of Materials

Prerequisites: AME 20241 and CBE 30631
The materials science and engineering of failure, including fracture and fatigue. Description of the relationships between the failure of engineering materials and the meso-, micro-, and atomic-level structural mechanisms.

AME 60649 Molecular Level Modeling for Engineering Applications

Prerequisites: None
This graduate level course is intended for engineering graduate students with interests in the simulation of materials and studying their properties at the molecular level using different atomistic simulations techniques. This course will introduce basics of statistical thermodynamics and classical Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations. With the fundamentals, students will learn how to use the knowledge and techniques to study engineering problems such as mass diffusion and heat transfer. It will also emphasize hands-on exercises in which students will use these techniques to model different materials including gas, liquid, solid, the phase transition among these different phases. Structural, flow and thermal properties of materials will also be studied. Students will be required to program their own code for small projects and will be using open source software, such as LAMMPS, for larger projects.

AME 60662 Topology Optimization

Prerequisites: None
This course is designed to teach advance computational methods for design optimization of structures, material microstructures and compliant mechanisms.

AME 60672 Cell Mechanics

Prerequisites: None
The effects of mechanical loading on cells are examined. Mechanical properties and material structure of cell materials are reviewed. Filaments, filament networks and membranes are examined. Mechanics of flow induced effects, adhesion cell-substrate interactions, and signal transduction are examined. Experimental techniques are reviewed.

AME 60677 Biomimetic Tissue Engineering: Challenges & Applications for Microfabricated Cell Biomaterial Constructs

Prerequisites: None
The focus of this course is the growing field of tissue engineering, with highlights from the current challenges in the filed and the emerging applications of engineered tissues. In this course we will first discuss the native tissue formation and maintenance process, and summarize the basic properties of the cells and the natural extracellular matrix that compose the natural tissues. Then, materials and fabrication approaches that have been used to mimic the natural tissue formation and organization for engineering biomimetic tissues will be highlighted. We will emphasize on specific applications of tissue engineering to regenerative medicine as well as new endeavors for engineered tissues such as organs-on-chip, biorobotics, tissue engineered meat and leather.

AME 60690 Wave Propogation in Solid Media

Prerequisites: AME 30314 and AME 30315
Analysis of theoretical and numerical aspects related to the propagation of waves in elastic media. The course will cover topics such as propagation in infinite and half spaces, layered materials, Lamb guided waves and wave guides, wave scattering and diffraction, basic concepts of nonlinear waves.

AME 77108 Tissue Engineering Lab

Corequisites: 71108
This course will cover topics related to the design and evaluation of bioengineered tissue substitutes, with a focus on orthopaedic tissues. The lecture material will cover cells, cell and tissue culture, biomaterials, control of tissue development in vitro, transplantation and immunomodulatioin, quantitative aspects of tissue engineering, and applications. Research described in current journal articles will be studied.

AME 77103 Geometric and Physical Optics

Prerequisites: None
Introductory course studies wave equation; presents Huygen's principle, ray tracing, matrix propagation and phyical optics.

AME 90941 Advanced Topics in Solid Mechanics

Topics in solid mechanics normally not covered in elementary graduate courses. Topics covered may vary. (As needed)

AME 90974 Advanced Topics in Biomechanics

Prerequisites: AME 60642
Introductory course studies wave equation; presents Huygen's principle, ray tracing, matrix propagation and phyical optics.


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