Courses

Here is a list of CAE & REE courses required for the major:
  • You may get a waiver from the instructor if you experience a prerequisite issue. 
  • CAE graduate courses are offered on a rotating basis. Not every course is offered each semester, so you must take this into consideration when planning your program of study. However, every required course will be offered at least once every two-year.
  • Important graduate school policy: No more than 6 credits of CAE 592 and no more than 6 credits of CAE 694 courses are allowed in your whole CAE Program of Study. In addition, no more than 12 credits total of special courses including thesis, symposium, workshop (CAE 694), independent study (CAE 697, 698 & 699), and special topics (CAE 592). For more information or if you want to take CAE 592 or 694, contact your advisor at (734) 487-2040.


I. Computer Aided Engineering Courses (NEW)

(Starting from Fall - 2016)



CAE 504 Advanced CNC and Robotics (3 hrs)

Study of computer numerical control technology in machining and robotics. Conversion of part descriptions to numerical control programs for mill, lathe, and three-axis machining centers. CAD/CAM/CNC programming for producing the instruction codes necessary to manufacture parts with CNC machining centers and turning centers are emphasized. Robotics programming is introduced. Verification of the computer assisted CNC and robotics programs will be accomplished in the laboratory.

Prerequisites: None


CAE 528 Engineering Software Development (3 hrs)

This course introduces software tools and programming techniques used by engineers. It is intended for anyone involved in engineering design, analysis, and software development. Engineering software developments including design, testing, maintenance and bug fixing related to real life applications are included.

Prerequisites: None


CAE 536 Computer-Aided Engineering (3 hrs)

This course provides the necessary knowledge to use computer as a tool to aid in engineering calculation, design, analysis and optimization. Proper use of CAE tools can reduce development cost and time while improving the safety, comfort, and durability of the products. CAE packages and other engineering software will be utilized.

Prerequisites: None


CAE 538 Advanced Mechanics Of Materials (3 hrs)

This course covers advanced knowledge of mechanics of materials. The emphasis will be given to the practical treatments of stress, strain, deformation, thin shells, thickwalled vessels, flexural stresses, theory of failure, and contact stresses that are stresses that are important in engineering design. A term project is included for students to apply theories into practical industrial applications.

Prerequisites: None

CAE 546 Engineering Simulation (3 hrs)

This course introduces engineering software tools and techniques for computer modeling and simulation of mechanical components and systems. It is intended for anyone involved in engineering design, modeling, simulation, and analysis. Understanding the assumptions, conceptualizations, and implementation constraints are covered. Creating and analyzing real-life mechanical systems using CAD/CAE software will be included.

Prerequisites: None


CAE 553 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing for Engineering Design (3 hrs)

Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) is a system for defining and communicating engineering tolerances. This course presents a study of GD&T and its application in engineering design and manufacturing. Symbol definition, functional gauge and tolerancing calculation to verify GD&T specification is introduced and design project using CAD software is included.

Prerequisites: None


CAE 566 Mechanical System Design (3 hrs)

A study of mechanical system design. Emphasis on integrating strength of materials, failure theories, kinematics, mechanisms, component analysis and design, and product analysis to develop functional and safe mechanical systems. Students use various kinematics software programs to simulate and analyze mechanical systems. A final project is included.

Prerequisites: None


CAE 567 Plastics, Materials, and Processes (2 hrs)

A study of industrial plastics materials and manufacturing processes. The course emphasizes physical testing techniques and utilization of processing equipment to create materials for testing. Students will investigate amorphous and semicrystalline thermoplastics in injection molding, extrusion, thermoforming, and blow molding processes. 

Prerequisites: None


CAE 576 Advanced Engineering Dynamics (3 hrs)

This course presents the foundations and applications of dynamics by emphasizing the importance of visual analysis of topics-especially through the use of free body diagrams. It also promotes a problem-solving approach to solving examples through its strategy, solution, and discussion format in examples. It also include design and computational examples using CAD and CAE software.

Prerequisites: None


CAE 587 Advanced Finite Element Analysis (3 hrs)

The study of the application aspects of employing FEA as a significant aid in the design and analysis processes. Topics will center on the practical considerations associated with the use of FEA packages in heat transfer, stress and strain analysis and vibration analysis. Convergence to ensure accurate results will be included.

Prerequisites: None


CAE 588 Computational Flow Simulation (3 hrs)

The study of the application aspects of employing Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis to enable quick, efficient simulation of fluid flow. Topics will center on the practical considerations associated with the use of software packages in setting up the project, and achieving the simulation results. Calculation of fluid forces and understanding of the impact of a liquid on product performance will be covered.

Prerequisites: None

CAE 591 or 592 Special Topics (2 or 3 hrs)

An experimental course for subject matter not provided in other departmental offerings. The content will change from semester to semester. Students may elect this course several times, provided different topics are studies. No more than six hours of special topics may be used on a degree program.

Prerequisites: Department permission.


CAE 626 Polymeric Materials Properties and Mold Designs (3 hrs)

This course focuses on the physical properties of amorphous and semi-crystalline thermoplastics. It involves physical testing, including tensile, impact, hardness, and other common properties. It introduces students to injection molding, extrusion and thermoforming processes. It also involves students in the design, machining, fabrication and testing small molds for injection molding.

Prerequisites: None


CAE 651 Computer-Aided Manufacturing (3 hrs)

The use of the computer in planning manufacturing operations, solving manufacturing and related problems, and controlling manufacturing processes for batch and continuous production. Programmable Logic Control is emphasized to control the process flows and communicate with other computer based devices in the systems.

Prerequisites: None


CAE 676  CAE Capstone (3 hrs)

An integration of various aspects of product and project design, engineering analysis and manufacturing. Emphasis on mechanical design using failure theories, kinematics and mechanisms design, FEA analysis, dynamic analysis, manufacturing processes, as well as CNC programming and machining for developing a project. A final project is included for students to apply knowledge and skills in CAD/CAM/CNC to real world projects.

Prerequisites: CAE 527, CAE 535, CAE 537 and CAE 585


CAE 694 Seminar (2 hrs)

A research-oriented course for graduate majors. No more than six hours of seminar may be used on a degree program.

Prerequisites: Department permission.


CAE 697, 698 & 699 Independent Study (1, 2 & 3hrs)

Opportunities are provided for the selection and completion of an individual study under the direction of a CAE faculty member. An approved written proposal is required. Independent study guideline is available from here.

Prerequisites: Department permission. 



II. Renewable Energy Engineering Courses (NEW)

(Starting from Fall - 2016)



REE 560  Thermal Systems Design (3 hrs) 

The course presents modern thermal devices such as heat sinks, thermoelectric generators and coolers, heat pipes, solar cells and heat exchangers as design components in energy systems. Integration of these devices in heat transfer, power generation, alternate energy system and thermal system will be introduced. Thermal system design projects will be developed and simulated using commercial software.

Prerequisites: None

REE 561  Solar Electricity System (3 hrs)

A study of solar energy systems and implementation. Emphasis on the principles of photovoltaics and how to effectively incorporate photovoltaic systems into stand-alone or interconnected electrical systems. Use solar energy in various fields of applications is included. Electrical control components, sizing components, and building control systems are also included.

Prerequisites: None


REE 562  Wind Turbine Design, Construction and Testing (3 hrs) 

A study of wind turbine systems, design, construction and testing. Emphasis on the principles of wind power, wind turbine generator design and construction, turbine blade design and making, and wind turbine testing. Both horizontal wind turbine and vertical wind turbine are included. A final project with designing, building, and testing a wind turbine is required.

Prerequisites: None


REE 564  Biomass (3 hrs) 

A study of biofuel technologies that covers the fundamental concepts of important biofuels and the current state-of-the-art technology for their production. A batch type of biofuel productions and various types of testing of biofuels are emphasized. Lab activities include biomass productions and testing.

Prerequisites: None


REE 565  Geothermal Engineering (3 hrs) 

The course presents geothermal energy and its engineering applications of geothermal electricity energy generation, including the technical features and economic considerations for geothermal plants. Geothermal energy such as underground reservoirs of steam, hot water, and hot dry rocks, will be introduced. Studies of various forms of non-electric uses, from space and district heating and cooling to agriculture, aquaculture and a number of industrial applications, are included.

Prerequisites: None


REE 566 Fuel Cell Applications and Design (3 hrs)

This course provides a fundamental to the principles, design and application of fuel cell systems. It presents an explanation of the operation of all the major fuel cell types, and an introduction to possible future technology. Examples and projects of the calculation, modeling, design and engineering of fuel cell systems are included.

Prerequisites: None


REE 567 Energy System Control (3 hrs) 

A study of monitoring and control systems for renewable energy. Emphasis on data acquisition, remote control, system control, hybrid control for renewable energy, embedded programming and LabView applications. Live Web-display of system performance is included. Lab activities include designing, making, and testing energy control systems.

Prerequisites: None


REE 570  Advanced Wind Turbine Design and Analysis (3 hrs) 

An essential study in the theories, simulations, and design of wind turbine systems. Focuses are on the areas of blade weight modeling, generator design and simulation, and the effects of control strategy on machine service factors. Detailed modeling works of the large wind turbines are included. Lab activities include using CAD modeling, FEA analysis, generator design and making, component manufacturing, assembling and testing.

Prerequisites: None


REE 571  Renewable Energy for Developing Countries (3 hrs) 

This course presents the fundamentals of energy uses, energy resources, renewable energy technologies in the developing countries where many rural villages still have no electricity. Students design and construct renewable energy systems to meet the electricity and energy needs of rural families and villages of the developing countries. The emphasis is on the design, construction, and implementation of the affordable renewable energy systems. A final project is required for designing a renewable power system to meet a set of specific power requirements in a developing country.

Prerequisites: None


REE 569 Renewable Energy Projects (2 hrs) 

A project-based course that provides students with experience in designing, analyzing, implementing, testing and evaluating renewable energy project including wind energy, solar energy, geothermal energy, bio-fuels, and others for a specific application. The engineering project management procedures are emphasized in developing the projects. Two projects are required for each project group.

Prerequisites: None




I. Computer Aided Engineering Courses (old - ended in Winter 2016)



CAE 503 Advanced CNC and Robotics (2 hrs)

Study of computer numerical control technology in machining and robotics. Conversion of part descriptions to numerical control programs for mill, lathe and three-axis machining centers. Robotics programming and CAD/CAM/CNC programming for producing the instruction codes necessary to manufacture parts with NC machine tools are emphasized. Verification of the computer assisted CNC and robotics programs will be accomplished in the laboratory. 
Prerequisites: None


CAE 527 Engineering Software Development (2 hrs)

This course introduces software tools and programming techniques used by engineers. It is intended for anyone involved in engineering design, analysis, and software development. Engineering software developments related to real life applications are included.
Prereq: None


CAE 535 Computer-Aided Engineering (2 hrs)

This course provides the necessary knowledge to use a computer as a tool for engineering calculation, analysis and design. Theoretical development and procedure of finite element method are presented. None


CAE 537 Advanced Mechanics Of Materials (2 hrs)

This course covers advanced knowledge of mechanics of material. The emphasis will be given to the practical treatments of stress, strain, deformation, thin shells, thick-walled vessels, flexural stresses, theory of failure and contact stresses that are important in engineering design.

Prereq: None


CAE 545 Engineering Simulation (2 hrs)

This course introduces engineering software tools and techniques for computer modeling and simulation of mechanical components and systems. It is intended for anyone involved in engineering design, modeling, simulation and analysis. Supporting processes from concept to final product using CAD/CAE solutions are included. 
Prereq: None


CAE 552 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing for Engineering Design (2 hrs)

This course presents a study of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) and its application in engineering design. Functional gauge and tolerancing calculation to verify GD&T specification is introduced and design project using CAD software is included.

Prereq: None


CAE 565 Mechanical System Design (2 hrs)

A study of mechanical system design. Emphasis on integrating strength of materials, failure theories, kinematics, mechanisms, component analysis and design, and product analysis to develop functional and safe mechanical systems.

Prereq: None


CAE 567 Plastics, Materials, and Processes (2 hrs)

A study of industrial plastics materials and manufacturing processes. The course emphasizes physical testing techniques and utilization of processing equipment to create materials for testing. Students will investigate amorphous and semicrystalline thermoplastics in injection molding, extrusion, thermoforming, and blow molding processes. 
Prereq: None


CAE 575 Advanced Engineering Dynamics (2 hrs)

This course presents the foundations and applications of dynamics by emphasizing the importance of visual analysis of topics-especially through the use of free body diagrams. It also promotes a problem-solving approach to solving examples through its strategy, solution, and discussion format in examples. It also includes design and computational examples.
Prereq: None


CAE 585 Advanced Finite Element Analysis (2 hrs)

The study of the application aspects of employing FEA as a significant aid in the design and analysis processes. Topics will center on the practical considerations associated with the use of FEA packages in heat transfer, stress and strain analysis and vibration analysis.
Prereq: None


CAE 586 Computational Flow Simulation (2 hrs)

The study of the application aspects of employing computational flow simulation software as a significant tool in the design and analysis processes. Topics will center on the practical considerations associated with the use of software packages in setting up the project, initializing the mesh, selecting the boundary conditions, achieving the convergence, and interpreting the results.
Prereq: None


CAE 591 Special Topics (2 hrs)

An experimental course for subject matter not provided in other departmental offerings. The content will change from semester to semester. Students may elect this course several times, provided different topics are studies. No more than six hours of special topics may be used on a degree program.
Prereq: department permission.


CAE 625 Plastics Mold Design and Manufacturing (2 hrs)

A study of the principles of mold design for a variety of plastics mold processes. The course includes mold materials, stress and strength calculations, heat transfer predictions, machining, fabricating, and testing in processing equipment. 
Prereq: None


CAE 650 Computer-Aided Manufacturing (2 hrs)

The use of the computer in planning manufacturing operations, solving manufacturing and related problems, and controlling manufacturing processes for batch and continuous production.
Prereq: None


CAE 675 CAE Capstone (2 hrs)

An integration of various aspects of product and project design, engineering analysis and manufacturing. Emphasis on mechanical design using failure theories, kinematics and mechanisms design, FEA analysis, dynamic analysis, manufacturing processes, as well as CNC programming and machining for development a project.
Prereq: CAE 527, CAE 535, CAE 537 and CAE 585


CAE 694 Seminar (2 hrs)

A research-oriented course for graduate majors. No more than six hours of seminar may be used on a degree program.
Prereq: department permission.


CAE 697, 698 & 699 Independent Study (1, 2 & 3hrs)

Opportunities are provided for the selection and completion of an individual study under the direction of a CAE faculty member. An approved written proposal is required. Independent study guideline is available from here.
Prereq: department permission.
 



II. Renewable Energy Engineering Courses (old - ended in Winter 2016)



REE 553 Thermal Systems Design (2 hrs) The course presents modern thermal devices such as heat sinks, thermoelectric generators and coolers, heat pipes, solar cells and heat exchangers as design components in energy systems. These devices are important and fundamental in thermal system design. Thermal system design projects will be developed using commercial software.
Prereq: None


REE 554 Solar Electricity System (2 hrs)
A study of solar energy systems and implementation. Emphasis on the principles of photovoltaics and how to effectively incorporate photovoltaic systems into stand-alone or interconnected electrical systems. Use solar energy in various fields of applications is also included.
Prereq: None


REE 555 Wind Turbine Design, Construction and Testing (2 hrs) 
A study of wind turbine systems, design, construction and testing. Emphasis on the principles of wind power, wind turbine generator design and construction, turbine blade design and making, and wind turbine testing. Both horizontal wind turbine and vertical wind turbine are included.
Prereq: None


REE 556 Biomass (2 hrs) 
A study of biofuel technologies that covers the fundamental concepts of important biofuels and the current state-of-the art technology for their production. A batch type of biofuel productions and various types of testing of biofuels are emphasized.
Prereq: None


REE 557 Geothermal Engineering (2 hrs) 
The course presents geothermal energy and its engineering applications of geothermal electricity energy generation, including the technical features and economic considerations for geothermal plants. Studies of various forms of non-electric uses, from space and district heating and cooling to agriculture, aquaculture and a number of industrial applications, are included.
Prereq: None


REE 558 Fuel Cell Applications and Design (2 hrs)
This course provides a fundamental to the principles, design and application of fuel cell systems. It presents an explanation of the operation of all the major fuel cell types, and an introduction to possible future technology. Examples of the modeling, design and engineering of fuel cell systems are included.
Prereq: None


REE 559 Energy System Control (2 hrs) 
A study of monitoring and control systems for renewable energy. Emphasis on data acquisition, remote control, system control, hybrid control for renewable energy, embedded programming and LabView applications. Live Web-display of system performance is included.
Prereq: None


REE 563 Advanced Wind Turbine Design and Analysis (2 hrs) 
An essential study in the theories, simulations, and design of wind turbine systems. Focuses are on the areas of blade weight modeling, generator design and simulation, and the effects of control strategy on machine service factors. Detailed modeling works of the large wind turbines are included.
 
Prereq: None


REE 568 Renewable Energy for Developing Countries (2 hrs) 
This course presents the fundamentals of energy uses, energy resources, renewable energy technologies in the developing countries where many rural villages still have no electricity. Students design and construct renewable energy systems to meet the electricity and energy needs of rural families and villages of the developing countries. The emphasis is on the design, construction, and implementation of the affordable renewable energy systems.
Prereq: None


REE 569 Renewable Energy Projects (2 hrs) 
A project-based course that provides students with experience in designing, analyzing, implementing, testing and evaluating renewable energy project including wind energy, solar energy, geothermal energy, biofuels, and others for a specific application. The engineering project management procedures are emphasized in developing the projects.
Prereq: None