Education / Certification
A recent article by Design News named skills in project management, communication/presentation, computers, team-building, language, marketing/sales, finance/accounting - in order of decreasing importance - as the chief capabilities engineers have to display at the workplace.
As such, throughout my schooling, I have made a deliberate attempt to become as well-rounded as possible while still having a solid base in mechanical engineering. This makes me properly positioned to meet the newer multifaceted challenges facing engineers in the new millenium.
I am certified as an Engineer-In-Training by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, and plan to be licensed as a Professional Engineer by 2010/2011. Additionally, I expect to achieve Six Sigma Green Belt certification within the next 2 - 3 years.
The following is a detailed list of what I have studied at the tertiary level and beyond. Courses directly relevant to my major and career focus are highlighted in red.
EGM 6321 - Principles of Engineering Analysis I - Solution of linear and nonlinear ordinary differential equations. Methods of Frobenius, classification of singularities. Integral representation of solutions. Treatment of the Bessel, Hermite, Legendre, hypergometric, and Mathieu equations. Asymptotic methods including the WBK and saddle point techniques. Treatment of nonlinear autonomous equations. Phase plane trajectories and limit cycles. Thomas-Fermi, Emden and van der Pol equations.
EGM 6934 - (Special Topics in Engineering Mechanics) Data Measurement and Analysis - Tools for random data analysis (including types of random data, mean values, mean-square values, probability density and distribution functions, moments and characteristic functions, spectral and correlation analysis); bias and random error estimates in data measurements; input-output system models; measurement examples.
EGM 6321 - Principles of Engineering Analysis II - Partial differential equations of first and second order. Hyperbolic, parabolic, and elliptic equations including the wave, diffusion, and Laplace equations. Integral and similarity transforms. Boundary value problems of the Dirichlet and Neumann type. Green's functions, conformal mapping techniques, and spherical harmonics. Poisson, Helmoltz, and Schroedinger equations.
EML 5104 - Classical and Statistical Thermodynamics - First and Second laws of thermodynamics. Free energy and chemical equilibrium. Micro- and macroscopic states. Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein statistics. Partition functions.
EML 6155 - Convective Heat Transfer I - Application of the equations of motion and energy to forced and free convection with laminar and turbulent flow. Solution techniques to include simplification to ordinary differential equations, boundary layer approximations, similarity transformations, and integral approximations. Phenomenological treatment of turbulent transport.
EML 5714 - Introduction to Compressible Flow - One-dimensional and quasi-one-dimensional compressible fluid flows. Mach waves, normal shocks, oblique shocks, Prandtl-Meyer expansions, isentropic flow with area change, Fanno flow, Rayleigh flow.
EGM 6812 - Fluid Mechanics I - Flow kinematics. Fundamental laws and equations in integral and differential forms. Potential flows. Introduction to laminar flows in simple geometries, laminar and turbulent boundary layer flows. External flows. One-dimensional compressible flows.
EML 5131 - Combustion - Chemical thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, flame propagation, detonation and explosion, combustion of droplets and spray
SPN 2200 - Intermediate Spanish I - Focus is on developing intermediate skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. The primary goals are to build communicative competence and enhance social and cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world. The course is taught entirely in Spanish.
EML 6451 - Energy Conversion - This course is designed to give the students and overview of the conventional and nonconventional energy conversion techniques. The students are expected to be able to choose an appropriate energy conversion technique based on the application and the energy resource availability, and design and choose the components and subsystems.
EML 5526 - Finite Element Analysis - Fundamentals of finite element analysis including discrete system analysis, static and dynamic analysis of structures, steady state and transient heat transfer analysis. Modeling, analysis and design using FEA software (Pro/ENGINEER).
EIN 6357 - Advanced Engineering Economy - Economic analysis of capital expenditure decisions. Financial mathematics and microeconomics. Desicion on under risk and uncertainty. Game theory and utility theory.
EML 6905 - Individual Project - Hydronics and Pneumatics - Design, analysis, and pricing of heating, cooling, and fluid supply systems
Placed out of:
CHEM 121 - General Chemistry with Lab - Introduction of chemical phenomena emphasizing problems and methods in Chemistry.
CHEM 122 - General Chemistry with Lab - A continuation of CHEM 121
MATH 101 - Single Variable Calculus I - Differentiation, extrema, Newton's method, integration, fundamental theorem of calculus, area, volume, natural logarithm, exponential, arc length, surface area, Simpson's rule, L'Hopital's rule.
PHYS 101 - Mechanics (with Lab) - Calculus-based survey of physics. Includes classes and lab exercises on topics chosen from mechanics, electricity, and magnetism. Primarily for physical science and engineering students.
CHEM 211 - Organic Chemistry - Organic chemistry of aliphatic and aromatic compounds with emphasis on structure, bonding, and reaction mechanisms.
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology - Survey of topics, problems, and approaches in contemporary psychology. Includes the biological basis of behavior, sensation, perception, attention, learning and memory, thinking, language, abnormal behavior and therapies, personality and individual differences.
CAAM 211 - Introduction to Engineering Computation - Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization via MATLAB and Fortran. Numerical methods: Newton's method in one and several dimensions. Gaussian elimination and optimization. Application to gene nets, fiber nets, and neural nets.
COMP 210 - Introduction to Principles of Scientific Computing - Introduction to the principles of computer programming. Includes functional programming, data abstraction, procedural abstraction, reduction rules, use of control and state, object-oriented programming, program optimization, algorithm efficiency. Students will learn the practical skills required to write and modify programs. Laboratory assignments use Scheme.
ECON 211 - Principles of Economics I - Introduction to the nature of economics. Includes price systems, household decisions, cost and supply, marginal productivity and capital theory, industrial organization and control, economic efficiency, externalities, and public goods.
MATH 102 - Single Variable Calculus II - Continuation of MATH 101. Includes further techniques of integration, as well as infinite sequences and series, tests for convergence, power series, radius of convergence, polar coordinates, parametric equations, and arc length.
PHYS 102 - Electricity and Magnetism (with Lab) - Continuation of PHYS 101 above.
ECON 212 - Principles of Economics II - Includes the measurement and determination of national income; money, banking, and fiscal policy; business cycles, unemployment, and inflation; international trade and balance of payments, and other contemporary economic problems.
ENGL 260 - Introduction to Study of American Literature: The Novelizing of America - Examines the work of American novelists as self-conscious renderings of the nation that could not find reasonable expression in genres like poetry and autobiography.
HUMA 201 - Public Speaking - An introduction to the process of public speaking through the presentation of four or more in-class speeches.
MATH 211 - Ordinary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra - Study of ordinary differential equations (e.g., solutions to separable and linear first-order equations and to higher-order linear equations with constant coefficients, the properties of solutions to differential equations, and numerical solution methods) and linear algebra (e.g., vector spaces and solutions to agebraic linear equations, dimension, eigenvalues, and eigenvectors of a matrix), as well as the application of linear algebra to first-order systems of differential equations and the qualitative theory of nonlinear systems and phase portraits. Use of computers as part of each homework assignment requried.
MECH 211 - Engineering Mechanics - The study equilibrium of static systems, the dynamics of a particle and particle systems, and rigid-body dynamics. Includes elements of vibrational analysis.
MECH 340 - Industrial Process Lab - Practical experience in, and observation of, selected industrial processes. Experience arc and gas torch welding, machining using lathes, etc.
MSCI 301 - Materials Science - Introduction to the science of solid materials. Includes metals, ceramics, plastics, and semiconductors, as well as the properties of solid materials from atomic and macroscopic points of view.
COMP 300 - Organizations in the Information Age - Review of the remarkable technology of the Information Age and examination of some of its effects on businesses and institutions. Information technology is re-shaping the structure of organizaitons and markets and challenging business leaders to re-think the ways in which businesses will prosper in the years ahead. Exploration of these challenges and also speculatation about the ways in which advancing information technology might further transform organizations.
ENGL 355 - Modern Short Fiction from Balzac to Borges - Discussion course devoted entirely to the modern American and European short story with readings from such writers as Balzac, Melville, Flaubert, Mann, Maupassant, Gogol, Chekhov, Gilman, Kafka, O'Connor, Nabokov, Carver, Cortazar, Garcia-Marquez, and Borges. Emphasis on close reading about alienation and the modern period, the "ethics" of telling, and about death, violence, and sexuality. Selected essays from Freud, Benjamin, Kermode, and Ortega y Gasset complement readings in fiction.
MATH 212 - Multivariable Calculus - Study of gradient, divergence, and curl, Lagrange multipliers, multiple intergrals, and spherical coordinates, as well as line integrals, conservative vector fields, Green's theorem, Stokes's theorem, and Gauss's theorem.
MECH 200 - Classical Thermodynamics - Explication of the fundamental laws of classical thermodynamics and deductions from them. Includes applications with particular attention to pure substances.
MECH 311 - Mechanics - Deformation of Solids - Analysis of stress and the deformation of solids with applications to beams, circular shafts, and columns.
MECH 331 - Junior Laboratory I - Instruction in static and impact testing of engineering materials. Includes beam deflection and shear center experiments, as well as the application and testing of strain gauges.
ANTH 353 - Cultures of India - Summary of the prehistory, ethnography, and ethnology of the Indian subcontinent. Special emphasis on Hinduism, Buddhism, and Indian philosophy.
CAAM 335 - Matrix Analysis - Equilibria and the solution of linear and linear least squares problems. Dynamical systems and the eigenvalue problem with the Jordan form and Laplace transform via complex integration.
MECH 308 - Senior Design Junior Observers - Observed and travelled with the 2004 Rice SAE AeroDesign Team in preparation for my 2005 leadership role. Taken for 2 semesters.
MECH 343 - Modelling Dynamic Systems - Energy-based modeling of dynamic systems including particle and rigid body Lagrangian dynamics. Incorporates Bond Graph techniques for energy-based lumped-parameter systems. Includes modeling and simulation of mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, magnetic, and thermal energy systems with emphasis on multi-domain interaction.
MECH 371 - Fluid Mechanics I - Introduction to fluid statics and dynamics. Includes the development of the fundamental equations of fluid mechanics and their application to problems of engineering interest.
MECH 471 - Applications of Thermodynamics - Applications of thermodynamics to various systems of interest in mechanical engineering, with emphasis on energy conversion, refrigeration, and psychrometrics.
PHIL 100 - Problems of Philosophy - An introduction to philosophy through such fundamental problems as the basis of morality, the foundation of state authority, determinism and freedom, and the possibility of knowledge.
MECH 332 - Junior Lab II - Instruction in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. Students work in groups and perform classic experiments in fluid flow with emphasis on boundary-layer theory, flow separation, laminar to turbulent transition, and Bernoulli equation. This laboratory course provides experimental support to MECH 372.
CAAM 336 - Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers - Classical solution techniques for ordinary and partial differential equations. Green's functions, fourier series, finite element method for initial and boundary value problems arising in diffusion and wave propagation phenomena.
MECH 372 - Fluid Mechanics II - Continuation of Mech 371. The fundamental principles of fluid mechanics are applied to the study of: potential flow, laminar and turbulent pipe and boundary-layer flow, flow separation, airfoil theory, compressible flow, and turbomachinery.
MECH 401 - Mechanical Design Applications - Applications of the principles of mechanical design to the analysis and design of machine elements.
MECH 420 - Fundamentals of Control Systems - Linear systems and the fundamental principles of classical feedback control, state variable analysis of linear dynamic systems, stability of linear control systems, time-domain analysis and control of linear systems, root-locus analysis and design and pole-zero synthesis, frequency domain techniques for the analysis and design of control systems.
MECH 481 - Heat Transfer - Study of the general principles of heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation. Includes their application to problems of engineering practice.
CAAM 378 - Introduction to Operations Research & Optimization - Formulation and solution of mathematical models in management, economics, engineering and science applications in which one seeks to minimize or maximize an objective function subject to constraints, including models in linear, nonlinear and integer programming; basic solution methods for these optimization models; problem-solving using a modeling language and optimization software.
MECH 403 - Computer Aided Design - Investigation of the integration of the computer into the area of design. Includes such subjects as optimization, simulation, finite elements, and expert systems.
MECH 407 - Mechanical Design Project I - An interdisciplinary capstone design experience in mechanical engineering. This course provides an opportunity for students to apply knowledge and skills acquired in previous courses to the solution of a realistic engineering problem. Teams of students will specify, design, and build a system to meet a prescribed set of requirements. The topics covered in this course will include design methodology, effective teamwork, project management, documentation, and presentation skills.
MECH 431 - Senior Laboratory I - Laboratory instruction in heat transfer, thermodynamics, and engine cycles. Students work in small groups doing experiments with emphasis on applied thermodynamics and vibration analysis.
MECH 454 - Finite Element Methods in Fluid Mechanics - Fundamental concepts of finite element methods in fluid mechanics, including spatial discretization and numerical integration in multidimensions, time-integration, and solution of nonlinear ordinary differential equation systems. Advanced numerical stabilization techniques designed for fluid mechanics problems. Strategies for solution of complex, real-world problems. Topics in large-scale computing, parallel processing, and visualization.
MECH 594 - Introduction to Aerodynamics - Development of theories for the prediction of aerodynamic forces and moments acting on airfoils, wings, and bodies. Includes their design applications.
MECH 408 - Mechancial Design Project II - An interdisciplinary capstone design experience in mechanical engineering. This course provides an opportunity for students to apply knowledge and skills acquired in previous courses to the solution of a realistic engineering problem. Teams of students will specify, design, and build a system to meet a prescribed set of requirements. The topics covered in this course will include design methodology, effective teamwork, project management, documentation, and presentation skills. Continuation of MECH 407 above.
MECH 412 - Vibrations - Analysis of discrete and continuous linear vibrating systems, with emphasis on multi-degree-of-freedom systems. Includes approximate methods.
MECH 591 - Gas Dynamics - Study of the fundamentals of compressible, one-dimensional gas flows with area change, normal shocks, friction, and heat addition. Includes oblique shocks, Prandtl-Meyer flows expansions, and numerical techniques.
PHIL 313 - The Philosophy of Science - A study of selected contemporary issues in the philosophy of science. How do scientific theories provide us with an understanding of the world? How do our observations, in turn, provide support for scientific theories? Science needed will be taught, not presupposed.