Mechanical Engineering

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The Department of Mechanical Engineering's research projects are primarily funded by the National Science Foundation, governmental agencies, and the many industries located around Berkeley and the Silicon Valley. In this dynamic environment our students find themselves inundated with job offers and exciting career opportunities throughout the United States, as well as worldwide.

With the turn of the century, the field of mechanical engineering enters a particularly vital era. The "information age," born in the last century, has already affected every aspect of our discipline and, without a doubt, revolutionized the field of mechanical engineeering.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, mechanical engineers designed and worked with large rotating machines. Today, our work spans all areas of energy production and transfer, as well as the vast area of system design and control. A survey of our faculty's current research projects is a voyage through a world complex enough to include robotics, miniaturization, automated manufacturing, automated highway systems, biomaterials, computer mechanics, improved efficiency internal combustion engines, and the dynamics and control of both ground vehicles and aircraft.

Undergraduate Programs

Mechanical Engineering: BS, Minor
Materials Science and Engineering/Mechanical Engineering: BS (Joint Major)
Mechanical Engineering/Nuclear Engineering: BS (Joint Major)

Graduate Programs

Mechanical Engineering: MEng, MS, PhD

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Courses

Mechanical Engineering

MEC ENG 24 Freshman Seminars 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
The Berkeley Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small-seminar setting. Berkeley Seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics vary from department to department and semester to semester.

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MEC ENG 40 Thermodynamics 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Spring 2017
This course introduces the fundamentals of energy storage, thermophysical properties of liquids and gases, and the basic principles of thermodynamics which are then applied to various areas of engineering related to energy conversion and air conditioning.

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MEC ENG C85 Introduction to Solid Mechanics 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Spring 2017
A review of equilibrium for particles and rigid bodies. Application to truss structures. The concepts of deformation, strain, and stress. Equilibrium equations for a continuum. Elements of the theory of linear elasticity. The states of plane stress and plane strain. Solution of elementary elasticity problems (beam bending, torsion of circular bars). Euler buckling in elastic beams.

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MEC ENG W85 Introduction to Solid Mechanics 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2016, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2015 10 Week Session, Summer 2015 8 Week Session
A review of equilibrium for particles and rigid bodies. Application to truss structures. The concepts of deformation, strain, and stress. Equilibrium equations for a continuum. Elements of the theory of linear elasticity. The states of plane stress and plane strain. Solution of elementary elasticity problems (beam bending, torsion of circular bars). Euler buckling in elastic beams.

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MEC ENG 98 Supervised Independent Group Studies 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Fall 2016
Organized group study on various topics under the sponsorship and direction of a member of the Mechanical Engineering faculty.

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MEC ENG 101 Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Systems 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Fundamentals of lean manufacturing systems including manufacturing fundamentals, unit operations and manufacturing line considerations for work in process (WIP), manufacturing lead time (MLT), economics, quality monitoring; high mix/low volume (HMLV) systems fundamentals including just in time (JIT), kanban, buffers and line balancing; class project/case studies for design and analysis of competitive manufacturing systems.

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MEC ENG 102A Introduction to Mechanical Systems for Mechatronics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
The objectives of this course are to introduce students to modern experimental techniques for mechanical engineering, and to improve students' written and oral communication skills. Students will be provided exposure to, and experience with, a variety of sensors used in mechatronic systems including sensors to measure temperature, displacement, velocity, acceleration and strain. The role of error and uncertainty in measurements and analysis will
be examined. Students will also be provided exposure to, and experience with, using commercial software for data acquisition and analysis. The role and limitations of spectral analysis of digital data will be discussed.
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MEC ENG 102B Mechatronics Design 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Introduction to design and realization of mechatronics systems. Micro computer architectures. Basic computer IO devices. Embedded microprocessor systems and control, IO programming such as analogue to digital converters, PWM, serial and parallel outputs. Electrical components such as power supplies, operational amplifiers, transformers and filters. Shielding and grounding. Design of electric, hydraulic and pneumatic actuators. Design of sensors.
Design of power transmission systems. Kinematics and dynamics of robotics devices. Basic feedback design to create robustness and performance.
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MEC ENG 104 Engineering Mechanics II 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Spring 2017
This course is an introduction to the dynamics of particles and rigid bodies. The material, based on a Newtonian formulation of the governing equations, is illustrated with numerous examples ranging from one-dimensional motion of a single particle to planar motions of rigid bodies and systems of rigid bodies.

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MEC ENG 106 Fluid Mechanics 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Spring 2017
This course introduces the fundamentals and techniques of fluid mechanics with the aim of describing and controlling engineering flows.

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MEC ENG 107 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Experimental investigation of engineering systems and of phenomena of interest to mechanical engineers. Design and planning of experiments. Analysis of data and reporting of experimental results.

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MEC ENG 108 Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Materials 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
This course covers elastic and plastic deformation under static and dynamic loads. Failure by yielding, fracture, fatigue, wear, and environmental factors are also examined. Topics include engineering materials, heat treatment, structure-property relationships, elastic deformation and multiaxial loading, plastic deformation and yield criteria, dislocation plasticity and strengthening mechanisms, creep, stress concentration effects, fracture,
fatigue, and contact deformation.
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MEC ENG 109 Heat Transfer 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Spring 2017
This course covers transport processes of mass, momentum, and energy from a macroscopic view with emphasis both on understanding why matter behaves as it does and on developing practical problem solving skills. The course is divided into four parts: introduction, conduction, convection, and radiation.

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MEC ENG 110 Introduction to Product Development 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Spring 2017, Summer 2016 10 Week Session
The course provides project-based learning experience in innovative new product development, with a focus on mechanical engineering systems. Design concepts and techniques are introduced, and the student's design ability is developed in a design or feasibility study chosen to emphasize ingenuity and provide wide coverage of engineering topics. Relevant software will be integrated into studio sessions, including
solid modeling and environmental life cycle analysis. Design optimization and social, economic, and political implications are included.
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MEC ENG C115 Molecular Biomechanics and Mechanobiology of the Cell 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
This course applies methods of statistical continuum mechanics to subcellar biomechanical phenomena ranging from nanoscale (molecular) to microscale (whole cell and cell population) biological processes at the interface of mechanics, biology, and chemistry.

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MEC ENG C117 Structural Aspects of Biomaterials 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2013, Spring 2012
This course covers the structure and mechanical functions of load bearing tissues and their replacements. Natural and synthetic load-bearing biomaterials for clinical applications are reviewed. Biocompatibility of biomaterials and host response to structural implants are examined. Quantitative treatment of biomechanical issues and constitutive relationships of tissues are covered in order to design biomaterial replacements for structural function.
Material selection for load bearing applications including reconstructive surgery, orthopedics, dentistry, and cardiology are addressed. Mechanical design for longevity including topics of fatigue, wear, and fracture are reviewed. Case studies that examine failures of devices are presented.
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MEC ENG 118 Introduction to Nanotechnology and Nanoscience 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
This course introduces engineering students (juniors and seniors) to the field of nanotechnology and nanoscience. The course has two components: (1) Formal lectures. Students receive a set of formal lectures introducing them to the field of nanotechnology and nanoscience. The material covered includes nanofabrication technology (how one achieves the nanometer length scale, from "bottom up" to "top down" technologies),
the interdisciplinary nature of nanotechnology and nanoscience (including areas of chemistry, material science, physics, and molecular biology), examples of nanoscience phenomena (the crossover from bulk to quantum mechanical properties), and applications (from integrated circuits, quantum computing, MEMS, and bioengineering). (2) Projects. Students are asked to read and present a variety of current journal papers to the class and lead a discussion on the various works.
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MEC ENG 119 Introduction to MEMS (Microelectromechanical Systems) 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2013
Fundamentals of microelectromechanical systems including design, fabrication of microstructures; surface-micromachining, bulk-micromachining, LIGA, and other micro machining processes; fabrication principles of integrated circuit device and their applications for making MEMS devices; high-aspect-ratio microstructures; scaling issues in the micro scale (heat transfer, fluid mechanics and solid mechanics); device design, analysis, and mask layout.

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MEC ENG 120 Computational Biomechanics Across Multiple Scales 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2015, Fall 2014
This course applies the methods of computational modeling and continuum mechanics to biomedical phenomena spanning various length scales ranging from molecular to cellular to tissue and organ levels. The course is intended for upper level undergraduate students who have been exposed to undergraduate continuum mechanics (statics and strength of materials.)

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MEC ENG 122 Processing of Materials in Manufacturing 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Fundamentals of manufacturing processes (metal forming, forging, metal cutting, welding, joining, and casting); selection of metals, plastics, and other materials relative to the design and choice of manufacturing processes; geometric dimensioning and tolerancing of all processes.

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MEC ENG 130 Design of Planar Machinery 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Synthesis, analysis, and design of planar machines. Kinematic structure, graphical, analytical, and numerical analysis and synthesis. Linkages, cams, reciprocating engines, gear trains, and flywheels.

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MEC ENG 131 Vehicle Dynamics and Control 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Physical understanding of automotive vehicle dynamics including simple lateral, longitudinal, and ride quality models. An overview of active safety systems will be introduced including the basic concepts and terminology, the state-of-the-art development, and basic principles of systems such as ABS, traction control, dynamic stability control, and roll stability control. Passive, semi-active, and active suspension systems will be analyzed.
Concepts of autonomous vehicle technology including drive-by-wire and steer-by-wire systems, adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping systems. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to follow the literature on these subjects and perform independent design, research, and development work in this field.
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MEC ENG 132 Dynamic Systems and Feedback 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Spring 2017
Physical understanding of dynamics and feedback. Linear feedback control of dynamic systems. Mathematical tools for analysis and design. Stability. Modeling systems with differential equations. Linearization. Solution to linear, time-invariant differential equations.

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MEC ENG 133 Mechanical Vibrations 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Spring 2014
An introduction to the theory of mechanical vibrations including topics of harmonic motion, resonance, transient and random excitation, applications of Fourier analysis and convolution methods. Multidegree of freedom discrete systems including principal mode, principal coordinates and Rayleigh's principle.

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MEC ENG C134 Feedback Control Systems 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Analysis and synthesis of linear feedback control systems in transform and time domains. Control system design by root locus, frequency response, and state space methods. Applications to electro-mechanical and mechatronics systems.

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MEC ENG 135 Design of Microprocessor-Based Mechanical Systems 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Summer 2015 10 Week Session
This course provides preparation for the conceptual design and prototyping of mechanical systems that use microprocessors to control machine activities, acquire and analyze data, and interact with operators. The architecture of microprocessors is related to problems in mechanical systems through study of systems, including electro-mechanical components, thermal components and a variety of instruments. Laboratory exercises
lead through studies of different levels of software.
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MEC ENG 138 Introduction to Micro/Nano Mechanical Systems Laboratory 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2013
This hands-on laboratory course focuses on the mechanical engineering principles that underlie the design, fabricaton, and operation of micro/nanoscale mechanical systems, including devices made by nanowire/nanotube syntheses; photolithography/soft lithography; and molding processes. Each laboratory will have different focuses for basic understanding of MEMS/NEMS systems from prototype constructions to experimental testings using mechanical
, electrical, or optical techniques.
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MEC ENG 140 Combustion Processes 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Fundamentals of combustion, flame structure, flame speed, flammability, ignition, stirred reaction, kinetics and nonequilibrium processes, pollutant formation. Application to engines, energy production and fire safety.

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MEC ENG 146 Energy Conversion Principles 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
This course covers the fundamental principles of energy conversion processes, followed by development of theoretical and computational tools that can be used to analyze energy conversion processes. The course also introduces the use of modern computational methods to model energy conversion performance characteristics of devices and systems. Performance features, sources of inefficiencies, and optimal design strategies are explored for a variety
of applications, which may include conventional combustion based and Rankine power systems, energy systems for space applications, solar, wind, wave, thermoelectric, and geothermal energy systems.
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MEC ENG 150A Solar-Powered Vehicles: Analysis, Design and Fabrication 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2015 10 Week Session, Spring 2015, Summer 2014 10 Week Session
This course addresses all aspects of design, analysis, construction and economics of solar-powered vehicles. It begins with an examination of the fundamentals of photovoltaic solar power generation, and the capabilities and limitations that exist when using this form of renewable energy. The efficiency of energy conversion and storage will be evaluated across an entire system, from the solar energy that is
available to the mechanical power that is ultimately produced. The structural and dynamic stability, as well as the aerodynamics, of vehicles will be studied. Safety and economic concerns will also be considered. Students will work in teams to design, build and test a functioning single-person vehicle capable of street use.
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MEC ENG 151 Advanced Heat Transfer 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2014, Spring 2009
Basic principles of heat transfer and their application. Subject areas include steady-state and transient system analyses for conduction, free and forced convection, boiling, condensation and thermal radiation.

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MEC ENG 163 Engineering Aerodynamics 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Introduction to the lift, drag, and moment of two-dimensional airfoils, three-dimensional wings, and the complete airplane. Calculations of the performance and stability of airplanes in subsonic flight.

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MEC ENG 164 Marine Statics and Structures 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
Terminology and definition of hull forms, conditions of static equilibrium and stability of floating submerged bodies. Effects of damage on stability. Structural loads and response. Box girder theory. Isotropic and orthotropic plate bending and bucking.

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MEC ENG 165 Ocean-Environment Mechanics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Ocean environment. Physical properties and characteristics of the oceans. Global conservation laws. Surface-waves generation. Gravity-wave mechanics, kinematics, and dynamics. Design consideration of ocean vehicles and systems. Model-testing techniques. Prediction of resistance and response in waves--physical modeling and computer models.

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MEC ENG 167 Microscale Fluid Mechanics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Phenomena of physical, technological, and biological significance in flows of gases and liquids at the microscale. The course begins with familiar equations of Newtonian fluid mechanics, then proceeds to the study of essentially 1-D flows in confined geometries with the lubrication equations. Next is a study of the flow of thin films spreading under gravity or surface tension gradients. Lubrication theory of compressible gases leads to consideration
of air bearings. Two- and 3-D flows are treated with Stokes' equations. Less familiar physical phenomena of significance and utility at the microscale are then considered: intermolecular forces in liquids, slip, diffusion and bubbles as active agents. A review of relevant aspects of electricity and magnetism precedes a study of electrowetting and electrokinetically driven liquid flows.
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MEC ENG 168 Mechanics of Offshore Systems 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This course covers major aspects of offshore engineering including ocean environment, loads on offshore structures, cables and mooring, underwater acoustics and arctic operations.

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MEC ENG 170 Engineering Mechanics III 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2014
This course builds upon material learned in 104, examining the dynamics of particles and rigid bodies moving in three dimensions. Topics include non-fixed axis rotations of rigid bodies, Euler angles and parameters, kinematics of rigid bodies, and the Newton-Euler equations of motion for rigid bodies. The course material will be illustrated with real-world examples such as gyroscopes, spinning tops, vehicles, and satellites. Applications
of the material range from vehicle navigation to celestial mechanics, numerical simulations, and animations.
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MEC ENG 173 Fundamentals of Acoustics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
Plane and spherical sound waves. Sound intensity. Propagation in tubes and horns. Resonators. Standing waves. Radiation from oscillating surface. Reciprocity. Reverberation and diffusion. Electro-acoustic loud speaker and microphone problems. Environmental and architectural acoustics. Noise measurement and control. Effects on man.

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MEC ENG 175 Intermediate Dynamics 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course introduces and investigates Lagrange's equations of motion for particles and rigid bodies. The subject matter is particularly relevant to applications comprised of interconnected and constrained discrete mechanical components. The material is illustrated with numerous examples. These range from one-dimensional motion of a single particle to three-dimensional motions of rigid bodies and systems of rigid bodies.

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MEC ENG C176 Orthopedic Biomechanics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Statics, dynamics, optimization theory, composite beam theory, beam-on-elastic foundation theory, Hertz contact theory, and materials behavior. Forces and moments acting on human joints; composition and mechanical behavior of orthopedic biomaterials; design/analysis of artificial joint, spine, and fracture fixation prostheses; musculoskeletal tissues including bone, cartilage, tendon, ligament, and muscle; osteoporosis and fracture-risk predication
of bones; and bone adaptation. MATLAB-based project to integrate the course material.
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MEC ENG C178 Designing for the Human Body 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017
The course provides project-based learning experience in understanding product design, with a focus on the human body as a mechanical machine. Students will learn the design of external devices used to aid or protect the body. Topics will include forces acting on internal materials (e.g., muscles and total replacement devices), forces acting on external materials (e.g., prothetics and crash pads), design/analysis of devices aimed to improve or fix the human body, muscle
adaptation, and soft tissue injury. Weekly laboratory projects will incorporate EMG sensing, force plate analysis, and interpretation of data collection (e.g., MATLAB analysis) to integrate course material to better understand contemporary design/analysis/problems.,Terms offered: Prior to 2007
The course provides project-based learning experience in understanding product design, with a focus on the human body as a mechanical machine. Students will learn the design of external devices used to aid or protect the body. Topics will include forces acting on internal materials (e.g., muscles and total replacement devices), forces acting on external materials (e.g., prothetics and crash pads), design/analysis of devices aimed to improve or fix the human body, muscle adaptation, and soft tissue injury. Weekly laboratory projects will incorporate EMG sensing, force plate analysis, and interpretation of data collection (e.g., MATLAB analysis) to integrate course material to better understand contemporary design/analysis/problems.

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MEC ENG C178 Designing for the Human Body 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017
The course provides project-based learning experience in understanding product design, with a focus on the human body as a mechanical machine. Students will learn the design of external devices used to aid or protect the body. Topics will include forces acting on internal materials (e.g., muscles and total replacement devices), forces acting on external materials (e.g., prothetics and crash pads), design/analysis of devices aimed to improve or fix the human body, muscle
adaptation, and soft tissue injury. Weekly laboratory projects will incorporate EMG sensing, force plate analysis, and interpretation of data collection (e.g., MATLAB analysis) to integrate course material to better understand contemporary design/analysis/problems.,Terms offered: Prior to 2007
The course provides project-based learning experience in understanding product design, with a focus on the human body as a mechanical machine. Students will learn the design of external devices used to aid or protect the body. Topics will include forces acting on internal materials (e.g., muscles and total replacement devices), forces acting on external materials (e.g., prothetics and crash pads), design/analysis of devices aimed to improve or fix the human body, muscle adaptation, and soft tissue injury. Weekly laboratory projects will incorporate EMG sensing, force plate analysis, and interpretation of data collection (e.g., MATLAB analysis) to integrate course material to better understand contemporary design/analysis/problems.

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MEC ENG C180 Engineering Analysis Using the Finite Element Method 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This is an introductory course on the finite element method and is intended for seniors in engineering and applied science disciplines. The course covers the basic topics of finite element technology, including domain discretization, polynomial interpolation, application of boundary conditions, assembly of global arrays, and solution of the resulting algebraic systems. Finite element formulations for several important field equations are
introduced using both direct and integral approaches. Particular emphasis is placed on computer simulation and analysis of realistic engineering problems from solid and fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and electromagnetism. The course uses FEMLAB, a multiphysics MATLAB-based finite element program that possesses a wide array of modeling capabilities and is ideally suited for instruction. Assignments will involve both paper- and computer-based exercises. Computer-based assignments will emphasize the practical aspects of finite element model construction and analysis.
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MEC ENG 185 Introduction to Continuum Mechanics 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Kinematics of deformation, the concept of stress, conservation of mass and balance of linear momentum, angular momentum and energy. Mechanical constitutive equations for ideal fluid, linear elastic solid.

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MEC ENG 190K Professional Communication for Mechanical Engineers 1 Unit

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
The course emphasizes understanding of and performance in professional speaking situations, including presentations, meetings, interviews, and informal business conversations. It emphasizes collaborative projects with distance partners. It combines theory and practice, integrating extensive speaking practice and individual critiques from instructor and students. The purpose is to advance students' ability to collaborate and communicate effectively in a variety of
professional environments.
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MEC ENG 190L Practical Control System Design: A Systematic Loopshaping Approach 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Spring 2014, Fall 2012
After a review of basic loopshaping, we introduce the loopshaping design methodology of McFarlane and Glover, and learn how to use it effectively. The remainder of the course studies the mathematics underlying the new method (one of the most prevalent advanced techniques used in industry) justifying its validity.

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MEC ENG 190M Model Predictive Control 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Fall 2009
Basics on optimization and polyhedra manipulation. Analysis and design of constrained predictive controllers for linear and nonlinear systems.

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MEC ENG 190Y Practical Control System Design: A Systematic Optimization Approach 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2010, Spring 2009
The Youla-parametrization of all stabilizing controllers allows certain time-domain and frequency-domain closed-loop design objectives to be cast as convex optimizations, and solved reliably using off-the-shelf numerical optimization codes. This course covers the Youla parametrization, basic elements of convex optimization, and finally control design using these techniques.

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MEC ENG 191AC Cases and Conflicts in Engineering Ethics 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2011 10 Week Session, Summer 2011 8 Week Session
Engineering is challenged by issues of security, poverty and under-development, and environmental sustainability. These issues intersect with those of race, class, and culture in U.S. society. This course focuses on engineering ethics case studies as they apply to issues of workplace diversity, sustainable practices, economic impacts on neighborhoods and nations, and issues of security and identity. The goal of this course
is to broaden the understanding of engineering ethics from individual and business-based practices to those affecting communities and nations. This class cannot be used to satisfy any Engineering requirement (technical electives, engineering units, or courses).
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MEC ENG 191K Professional Communication 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session
This course is designed to enhance students' written and oral communication skills. Written work consists of informal documents--correspondence, internal reports, and reviews--and formal work--proposals, conference papers, journal articles, and websites. Presentations consist of informal and formal reports, including job and media interviews, phone interviews, conference calls, video conferences, progress
reports, sales pitches, and feasibility studies.
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MEC ENG 193A Special Topics in Biomechanical Engineering 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This 193 series covers current topics of research interest in biomechanical engineering. The course content may vary semester to semester. Check with the department for current term topics.

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MEC ENG 193B Special Topics in Controls 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017
This 193 series covers current topics of research interest in controls. The course content may vary semester to semester. Check with the department for current term topics.

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MEC ENG 193C Special Topics in Design 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016
This 193 series covers current topics of research interest in design. The course content may vary semester to semester. Check with the department for current term topics.

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MEC ENG 193D Special Topics in Dynamics 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This 193 series covers current topics of research interest in dynamics. The course content may vary semester to semester. Check with the department for current term topics.

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MEC ENG 193E Special Topics in Energy Science and Technology 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017
This 193 series covers current topics of research interest in energy science and technology. The course content may vary semester to semester. Check with the department for current term topics.

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MEC ENG 193F Special Topics in Fluids 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This 193 series covers current topics of research interest in fluids. The course content may vary semester to semester. Check with the department for current term topics.

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MEC ENG 193G Special Topics in Manufacturing 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This 193 series covers current topics of research interest in manufacturing. The course content may vary semester to semester. Check with the department for current term topics.

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MEC ENG 193H Special Topics in Materials 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This 193 series covers current topics of research interest in materials. The course content may vary semester to semester. Check with the department for current term topics.

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MEC ENG 193I Special Topics in Mechanics 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This 193 series covers current topics of research interest in mechanics. The course content may vary semester to semester. Check with the department for current term topics.

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MEC ENG 193J Special Topics in MEMS/Nano 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This 193 series covers current topics of research interest in MEMS/nano. The course content may vary semester to semester. Check with the department for current term topics.

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MEC ENG 193K Special Topics in Ocean Engineering 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This 193 series covers current topics of research interest in ocean engineering. The course content may vary semester to semester. Check with the department for current term topics.

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MEC ENG H194 Honors Undergraduate Research 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session
Final report required. Students who have completed a satisfactory number of advanced courses may pursue original research under the direction of one of the members of the faculty. A maximum of three units of H194 may be used to fulfill technical elective requirements in the Mechanical Engineering program (unlike 198 or 199, which do not satisfy technical elective requirements). Students can use a maximum
of three units of graded research units (H194 or 196) towards their technical elective requirement.
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MEC ENG 196 Undergraduate Research 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017
Students who have completed a satisfactory number of advanced courses may pursue original research under the direction of one of the members of the staff. A maximum of three units of 196 may be used to fulfill technical elective requirements in the Mechanical Engineering program (unlike 198 or 199, which do not satisfy technical elective requirements). Students can use a maximum of three units of graded research units (H194 or
196) towards their technical elective requirement. Final report required.
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MEC ENG 197 Undergraduate Engineering Field Studies 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2017
Supervised experience relative to specific aspects of practice in engineering. Under guidance of a faculty member, the student will work in industry, primarily in an internship setting or another type of short-time status. Emphasis is to attain practical experience in the field.

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MEC ENG 198 Directed Group Studies for Advanced Undergraduates 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Group study of a selected topic or topics in Mechanical Engineering. Credit for 198 or 199 courses combined may not exceed 4 units in any single term. See College for other restrictions.

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MEC ENG 199 Supervised Independent Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session
Supervised independent study. Enrollment restrictions apply; see the introduction to Courses and Curricula section of this catalog.

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MEC ENG C200 Design, Evaluate, and Scale Development Technologies 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This required course for the Designated Emphasis in Development Engineering will include projects and case studies, many related to projects at UC Berkeley, such as those associated with the Development Impact Labs (DIL). Student teams will work with preliminary data to define the problem. They will then collect and analyze interview and survey data from potential users and begin to design a solution. Students will explore how to use novel monitoring
technologies and “big data” for product improvement and evaluation. The student teams will use the case studies (with improvements based on user feedback and data analysis) to develop a plan for scaling and evaluation with a rigorous controlled trial.
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MEC ENG C201 Modeling and Simulation of Advanced Manufacturing Processes 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course provides the student with a modern introduction to the basic industrial practices, modeling techniques, theoretical background, and computational methods to treat classical and cutting edge manufacturing processes in a coherent and self-consistent manner.

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MEC ENG C202 Computational Design of Multifunctional/Multiphysical Composite Materials 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012
The course is self-contained and is designed in an interdisciplinary manner for graduate students in engineering, materials science, physics, and applied mathematics who are interested in methods to accelerate the laboratory analysis and design of new materials. Examples draw primarily from various mechanical, thermal, diffusive, and electromagnetic applications.

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MEC ENG 204 Advanced Manufacturing Systems Analysis, AMS 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course is designed to prepare students for technical leadership in industry. The objective is to provide insight and understanding on the main concepts and practices involved in analyzing, managing systems to deliver high quality, cost effectiveness and sustainable advantages.

The impact of this class on the Mechanical Engineering program includes delivering core production concepts and advanced skills that blend vision and
advanced manufacturing elements. This course is highly recommended for students on the Product Design track in Mechanical Engineering’s Master of Engineering program.

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MEC ENG C205 Critical Making 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Critical Making will operationalize and critique the practice of “making” through both foundational literature and hands on studio culture. As hybrid practitioners, students will develop fluency in readily collaging and incorporating a variety of physical materials and protocols into their practice. Students will envision and create future computational experiences that critically explore social and culturally relevant technological themes. No previous
technical knowledge is required to take this course. Class projects involve basic programming, electronic circuitry, and digital fabrication design. Tutorials and instruction will be provided, but students will be expected to develop basic skills in these areas to complete course projects.
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MEC ENG 206 Engineering Design and Prototyping: Pedagogy & Assessment 3 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course explores contemporary research in engineering design and prototyping, as well as related cognitive issues in engineering curricular development, pedagogy, and assessment. One recurring theme throughout the course will be the duality between learning and design: design-based research, design as a pedagogy for integrative learning and the role of cognition and the learning sciences in the practice of engineering design. It has been motivated by several
reforms: (1) National efforts to better train and educate engineers for the engineering workplace in the 21st Century: to better prepare engineers to face multidisciplinary problems and product design in competitive industries and improve their skills in teamwork and communication.
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MEC ENG C210 Advanced Orthopedic Biomechanics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Students will learn the application of engineering concepts including statics, dynamics, optimization theory, composite beam theory, beam-on-elastic foundation theory, Hertz contact theory, and materials behavior. Topics will include forces and moments acting on human joints; composition and mechanical behavior of orthopedic biomaterials; design/analysis of artificial joint, spine, and fracture fixation prostheses; musculoskeletal tissues including
bone, cartilage, tendon, ligament, and muscle; osteoporosis and fracture-risk predication of bones; and bone adaptation. Students will be challenged in a MATLAB-based project to integrate the course material in an attempt to gain insight into contemporary design/analysis/problems.
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MEC ENG 211 The Cell as a Machine 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2013
This course offers a modular and systems mechanobiology (or "machine") perspective of the cell. Two vitally important components of the cell machinery will be studied in depth: (1) the integrin-mediated focal adhesions system that enables the cell to adhere to, and communicate mechano-chemical signals with, the extracellular environment, and (2) the nuclear pore complex, a multi-protein gateway for traffic in and out of the nucleus that regulates
gene expression and affects protein synthesis.
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MEC ENG C212 Heat and Mass Transport in Biomedical Engineering 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2008, Fall 2007, Spring 2006
Fundamental processes of heat and mass transport in biological systems; organic molecules, cells, biological organs, whole animals. Derivation of mathematical models and discussion of experimental procedures. Applications to biomedical engineering.

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MEC ENG C213 Fluid Mechanics of Biological Systems 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2014, Fall 2011
Fluid mechanical aspects of various physiological systems, the circulatory, respiratory, and renal systems. Motion in large and small blood vessels. Pulsatile and peristaltic flows. Other biofluidmechanical flows: the ear, eye, etc. Instrumentation for fluid measurements in biological systems and for medical diagnosis and applications. Artificial devices for replacement of organs and/or functions, e.g. blood oxygenators, kidney dialysis machines
, artificial hearts/circulatory assist devices.
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MEC ENG C214 Advanced Tissue Mechanics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2010
The goal of this course is to provide a foundation for characterizing and understanding the mechanical behavior of load-bearing tissues. A variety of mechanics topics will be introduced, including anisotropic elasticity and failure, cellular solid theory, biphasic theory, and quasi-linear viscoelasticity (QLV) theory. Building from this theoretical basis, we will explore the constitutive behavior of a wide variety of biological tissues. After
taking this course, students should have sufficient background to independently study the mechanical behavior of most biological tissues. Formal discussion section will include a seminar series with external speakers.
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MEC ENG C215 Advanced Structural Aspects of Biomaterials 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2013, Spring 2012
This course covers the structure and mechanical functions of load bearing tissues and their replacements. Biocompatibility of biomaterials and host response to structural implants are examined. Quantitative treatment of biomechanical issues and constitutive relationships of materials are covered in order to design implants for structural function. Material selection for load bearing applications including reconstructive surgery, orthopedics
, dentistry, and cardiology are addressed.
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MEC ENG C216 Molecular Biomechanics and Mechanobiology of the Cell 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
This course develops and applies scaling laws and the methods of continuum and statistical mechanics to understand micro- and nano-scale mechanobiological phenomena involved in the living cell with particular attention the nucleus and the cytoskelton as well as the interactions of the cell with the extracellular matrix and how these interactions may cause changes in cell architecture and biology, consequently leading to functional adaptation
or pathological conditions.
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MEC ENG C217 Biomimetic Engineering -- Engineering from Biology 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Fall 2010, Fall 2009
Study of nature's solutions to specific problems with the aim of determining appropriate engineering analogs. Morphology, scaling, and design in organisms applied to engineering structures. Mechanical principles in nature and their application to engineering devices. Mechanical behavior of biological materials as governed by underlying microstructure, with the potential for synthesis into engineered materials. Trade-offs between redundancy and
efficiency. Students will work in teams on projects where they will take examples of designs, concepts, and models from biology and determine their potential in specific engineering applications.
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MEC ENG C218 Introduction to MEMS Design 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Physics, fabrication, and design of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). Micro and nanofabrication processes, including silicon surface and bulk micromachining and non-silicon micromachining. Integration strategies and assembly processes. Microsensor and microactuator devices: electrostatic, piezoresistive, piezoelectric, thermal, magnetic transduction. Electronic position-sensing circuits and electrical and mechanical noise. CAD for MEMS.
Design project is required.
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MEC ENG C219 Parametric and Optimal Design of MEMS 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
Parametric design and optimal design of MEMS. Emphasis on design, not fabrication. Analytic solution of MEMS design problems to determine the dimensions of MEMS structures for specified function. Trade-off of various performance requirements despite conflicting design requirements. Structures include flexure systems, accelerometers, and rate sensors.

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MEC ENG 220 Precision Manufacturing 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Introduction to precision engineering for manufacturing. Emphasis on design and performance of precision machinery for manufacturing. Topics include machine tool elements and structure, sources of error (thermal, static, dynamic, process related), precision machining processes and process models (diamond turning and abrasive (fixed and free) processes), sensors for process monitoring and control, metrology, actuators, machine design case studies
and examples of precision component manufacture.
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MEC ENG C223 Polymer Engineering 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
A survey of the structure and mechanical properties of advanced engineering polymers. Topics include rubber elasticity, viscoelasticity, mechanical properties, yielding, deformation, and fracture mechanisms of various classes of polymers. The course will discuss degradation schemes of polymers and long-term performance issues. The class will include polymer applications in bioengineering and medicine.

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MEC ENG 224 Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Materials 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
This course covers elastic and plastic deformation under static and dynamic loads. Prediction and prevention of failure by yielding, fracture, fatigue, creep, corrosion, and wear. Basic elasticity and plasticity theories are discussed.

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MEC ENG C225 Deformation and Fracture of Engineering Materials 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2013
This course covers deformation and fracture behavior of engineering materials for both monotonic and cyclic loading conditions.

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MEC ENG 226 Tribology 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Spring 2013
Surface interactions. Fundamentals of contact mechanics. Friction theories. Types of measurement of wear. Response of materials to surface tractions. Plastic deformation, void/crack nucleation and crack propagation. Delamination wear. Microstructural effects in wear processes. Mechanics of layered media. Solid film and boundary liquid film lubrication. Friction and wear of polymers and fiber-reinforced polymeric composites. Brief introduction
to metal cutting and tool wear mechanisms.
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MEC ENG 227 Mechanical Behavior of Composite Materials 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Fall 2010, Fall 2008
Response of composite materials (fiber and particulate-reinforced materials) to static, cyclic, creep and thermomechanical loading. Manufacturing process-induced variability, and residual stresses. Fatigue behavior,fracture mechanics and damage development. Role of the reinforcement-matrix interface in mechanical behavior. Environmental effects. Dimensional stability and thermal fatigue. Application to polymer, metal, ceramic, and carbon matrix
composites.
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MEC ENG 229 Design of Basic Electro-Mechanical Devices 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Fundamental principles of magnetics, electro-magnetics, and magnetic materials as applied to design and operation of electro-mechanical devices. Type of device to be used in a particular application and dimensions of parts for the overall design will be discussed. Typical applications covered will be linear and rotary actuators, stepper motors, AC motors, and DC brush and brushless motors. A design project is required.

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MEC ENG 230 Real-Time Applications of Mini and Micro Computers 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2010, Fall 2009, Spring 2009
Mini and micro computers, operating in real time, have become ubiquitous components in engineering systems. The purpose of this course is to build competence in the engineering use of such systems through lectures stressing small computer structure, programming, and output/input operation, and through laboratory work with mini and micro computer systems.

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MEC ENG C231A Experiential Advanced Control Design I 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Experience-based learning in the design of SISO and MIMO feedback controllers for linear systems. The student will master skills needed to apply linear control design and analysis tools to classical and modern control problems. In particular, the participant will be exposed to and develop expertise in two key control design technologies: frequency-domain control synthesis and time-domain optimization-based approach.

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MEC ENG C231B Experiential Advanced Control Design II 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017
Experience-based learning in the design, analysis, and verification of automatic control systems. The course emphasizes the use of computer-aided design techniques through case studies and design tasks. The student will master skills needed to apply advanced model-based control analysis, design, and estimation to a variety of industrial applications. The role of these specific design methodologies within the larger endeavor of control design is also addressed.

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MEC ENG C232 Advanced Control Systems I 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Input-output and state space representation of linear continuous and discrete time dynamic systems. Controllability, observability, and stability. Modeling and identification. Design and analysis of single and multi-variable feedback control systems in transform and time domain. State observer. Feedforward/preview control. Application to engineering systems.

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MEC ENG 233 Advanced Control Systems II 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Linear Quadratic Optimal Control, Stochastic State Estimation, Linear Quadratic Gaussian Problem, Loop Transfer Recovery, Adaptive Control and Model Reference Adaptive Systems, Self Tuning Regulators, Repetitive Control, Application to engineering systems.

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MEC ENG 234 Multivariable Control System Design 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2011
Analysis and synthesis techniques for multi-input (MIMO) control systems. Emphasis is on the effect that model uncertainty has on the design process.

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MEC ENG 235 Design of Microprocessor-Based Mechanical Systems 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course provides preparation for the conceptual design and prototyping of mechanical systems that use microprocessors to control machine activities, acquire and analyze data, and interact with operators. The architecture of microprocessors is related to problems in mechanical systems through study of systems, including electro-mechanical components, thermal components, and a variety of instruments. Laboratory exercises lead through studies
of different levels of software.
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MEC ENG C236 Control and Optimization of Distributed Parameters Systems 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Distributed systems and PDE models of physical phenomena (propagation of waves, network traffic, water distribution, fluid mechanics, electromagnetism, blood vessels, beams, road pavement, structures, etc.). Fundamental solution methods for PDEs: separation of variables, self-similar solutions, characteristics, numerical methods, spectral methods. Stability analysis. Adjoint-based optimization. Lyapunov stabilization. Differential flatness.
Viability control. Hamilton-Jacobi-based control.
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MEC ENG 237 Control of Nonlinear Dynamic Systems 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Fall 2013
Fundamental properties of nonlinear systems. Stability of nonlinear systems via Lyapunov’s Direct Method. Controllability and observability of nonlinear systems. Controller design of nonlinear systems including feedback linearization and sliding mode control. Design of nonlinear discrete and adaptive controllers. Nonlinear observers and compensators.

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MEC ENG 238 Advanced Micro/Nano Mechanical Systems Laboratory 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2013
This hands-on laboratory course focuses on the mechanical engineering principles that underlie the design, fabricaton, and operation of micro/nanoscale mechanical systems, including devices made by nanowire/nanotube syntheses; photolithography/soft lithography; and molding processes. Each laboratory will have different focuses for basic understanding of MEMS/NEMS systems from prototype constructions to experimental testings using mechanical, electrical
, or optical techniques.
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MEC ENG 239 Advanced Design and Automation 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2014, Spring 2014
This course will provide students with a solid understanding of smart products and the use of embedded microcomputers in products and machines. The course has two components: 1.) Formal lectures. Students receive a set of formal lectures on the design of smart machines and products that use embedded microcomputers. The materials cover machine components, actuators, sensors, basic electronic devices, embedded microprocessor systems and control
, power transfer components, and mechanism design. 2.) Projects. Students will design and construct prototype products that use embedded microcomputers.
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MEC ENG 240A Advanced Marine Structures I 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013
This course introduces a probabilistic description of ocean waves and wave loads acting on marine structures. These topics are followed with discussion of structural strength and reliability analysis.

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MEC ENG 240B Advanced Marine Structures II 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014
This course is concerned with the structural response of marine structures to environmental loads. Overall response of the structure as well as the behavior of its members under lateral and compressive loads are discussed.

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MEC ENG 241A Marine Hydrodynamics I 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Navier-Stokes Equations. Boundary-layer theory, laminar, and turbulent. Frictional resistance. Boundary layer over water surface. Separated flow modeling. Steady and unsteady flow. Momentum theorems. Three-dimensional water-wave theory. Formulation of wave resistance of ships. Michell's solution. Wave patterns. Applications.

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MEC ENG 241B Marine Hydrodynamics II 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2014
Momentum analysis for bodies moving in a fluid. Added-mass theory. Matched asymptotic slender-body theory. Small bodies in a current. Theory of motion of floating bodies with and without forward speed. Radiation and diffraction potentials. Wave forces. Hydro-elasticity formulation. Ocean-wave energy. Memory effects in time domain. Second-order formulation. Impact hydrodynamics, Hydrofoil theory and lifting surface.

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MEC ENG 243 Advanced Methods in Free-Surface Flows 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2012, Spring 2009
Analytical and numerical methods in free-surface problems. Elements of inviscid external lifting and nonlifting flows. Analytical solutions in special coordinates systems. Integral-equation methods: formulations and implementations. Multiple-bodies interaction problems. Free-surface Green functions in two and three dimensions. Hybrid integral-equation methods. Finite-element formulations. Variational forms in time-harmonic flows. Finite-difference
forms, stability, and accuracy. Boundary-fitted coordinates methods. Unsteady linearized wave-body interaction in time domain. Nonlinear breaking waves calculations. Particle dynamics. Extensive hands-on experience of microcomputers and/or workstations in developing solution.
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MEC ENG 245 Oceanic and Atmospheric Waves 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Covers dynamics of wave propagation in the ocean and the atmosphere. Specifically, formulation and properties of waves over the surface of a homogenous fluid, interfacial waves in a two-/multi-layer density stratified fluid, and internal waves in a continuous stratification will be discussed.

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MEC ENG 246 Advanced Energy Conversion Principles 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Covers the fundamental principles of energy conversion processes, followed by development of theoretical and computational tools that can be used to analyze energy conversion processes. Also introduces the use of modern computational methods to model energy conversion performance characteristics of devices and systems. Performance features, sources of inefficiencies, and optimal design strategies are explored for a variety of applications.

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MEC ENG 251 Heat Conduction 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2013
Analytical and numerical methods for the determination of the conduction of heat in solids.

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MEC ENG 252 Heat Convection 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
The transport of heat in fluids in motion; free and forced convection in laminar and turbulent flow over surfaces and within ducts.

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MEC ENG 253 Thermal Radiation 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
Thermal radiation properties of gases, liquids, and solids; the calculation of radiant energy transfer.

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MEC ENG 254 Thermodynamics I 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Axiomatic formulation of macroscopic equilibrium thermodynamics. Quantum mechanical description of atomic and molecular structure. Statistical-mechanical evaluation of thermodynamic properties of gases, liquids, and solids. Elementary kinetic theory of gases and evaluation of transport properties.

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MEC ENG 255 Advanced Combustion Processes 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Fundamentals of combustion, flame structure, flame speed, flammability, ignition, stirred reaction, kinetics and nonequilibrium processes, pollutant formation. Application to engines, energy production, and fire safety.

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MEC ENG 256 Combustion 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Combustion modeling. Multicomponent conservation equations with reactions. Laminar and turbulent deflagrations. Rankine-Hugoniot relations. Diffusion flames. Boundary layer combustion, ignition, and stability.

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MEC ENG 257 Advanced Combustion 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Critical analyses of combustion phenomenon. Conservation relations applied to reacting systems. Reactions are treated by both asymptotic and numerical methods. Real hydrocarbon kinetics are used; where available reduced kinetic mechanics are introduced. Flame propagation theory and experiments are discussed in detail for both laminar and turbulent flows.

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MEC ENG 258 Heat Transfer with Phase Change 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Heat transfer associated with phase change processes. Topics include thermodynamics of phase change, evaporation, condensation, nucleation and bubble growth, two phase flow, convective boiling and condensation, melting and solidification.

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MEC ENG 259 Microscale Thermophysics and Heat Transfer 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2014
This course introduces advanced statistical thermodynamics, nonequilibrium thermodynamics, and kinetic theory concepts used to analyze thermophysics of microscale systems and explores applications in which microscale transport plays an important role.

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MEC ENG 260A Advanced Fluid Mechanics I 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Introduces the foundations of fluid mechanics. Exact flow solutions are used to develop a physical insight of the fluid flow phenomena. Rigorous derivation of the equations of motion. Incompressible and compressible potential flows. Canonical viscous flows.

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MEC ENG 260B Advanced Fluid Mechanics II 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Develops a working knowledge of fluid mechanics by identifying the essential physical mechanism in complex canonical flow problems which leads to simplified yet accurate formulation. Boundary layers, creeping flows, rotational flows, rotating flows. Stability and transition, introduction to turbulence.

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MEC ENG 262 Hydrodynamic Stability and Instability 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2013, Fall 2012
Discussions of linear and nonlinear instabilities in a variety of fluid flows: thermal convection, Rayleigh-Taylor flows, shearing flows, circular and cylindrical Couette flows (i.e., centrifugal instability). Use of the Landau equation, bifurcation diagrams, and energy methods for nonlinear flows.

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MEC ENG 263 Turbulence 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2012, Spring 2010
Physics of turbulence: Summary of stability and transition. Description of turbulence phenomena. Tools for studying turbulence. Homogeneous turbulence, shear turbulence, rotating turbulence. Summary of engineering models. Discussion of recent advances.

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MEC ENG 266 Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2013, Spring 2008
This course examines high-Reynolds number flows, including their stability, their waves, and the influence of rotating and stratification as applied to geophysical and astrophysical fluid dynamics as well as to engineering flows. Examples of problems studies include vortex dynamics in planetary atmospheres and protoplanetary disks, jet streams, and waves (Rossby, Poincare, inertial, internal gravity, and Kelvin) in the ocean and atmosphere.

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MEC ENG C268 Physicochemical Hydrodynamics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2013, Fall 2011
An introduction to the hydrodynamics of capillarity and wetting. Balance laws and short-range forces. Dimensionless numbers, scaling and lubrication approximation. Rayleigh instability. Marangoni effect. The moving contact line. Wetting and short-range forces. The dynamic contact angle. Dewetting. Coating flows. Effect of surfactants and electric fields. Wetting of rough or porous surfaces. Contact angles for evaporating systems.

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MEC ENG 273 Oscillations in Linear Systems 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Response of discrete and continuous dynamical systems, damped and undamped, to harmonic and general time-dependent loading. Convolution integrals and Fourier and Laplace transform methods. Lagrange’s equations; eigensolutions; orthogonality; generalized coordinates; nonreciprocal and degenerate systems; Rayleigh’s quotient.

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MEC ENG 274 Random Oscillations of Mechanical Systems 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2011, Spring 2009
Random variables and random processes. Stationary, nonstationary, and ergodic proceses. Analysis of linear and nonlinear, discrete and continuous, mechanical systems under stationary and nonstationary excitations. Vehicle dynamics. Applications to failure analysis. Stochastic estimation and control and their applications to vibratory systems.

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MEC ENG 275 Advanced Dynamics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2012
Review of Lagrangian dynamics. Legendre transform and Hamilton's equations, Cyclic coordinates, Canonical transformations, Hamilton-Jacobi theory, integrability. Dynamics of asymmetric systems. Approximation theory. Current topics in analytical dynamics.

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MEC ENG 277 Oscillations in Nonlinear Systems 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2014
Oscillations in nonlinear systems having one or two degrees of freedom. Qualitative and quantitative methods: graphical, iteration, perturbation, and asymptotic methods. Self-excited oscillations, limit cycles, and domains of attraction.

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MEC ENG C279 Introduction to Statistical Mechanics for Engineers 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
Introduction to statistical mechanics for engineers. Basics of ensembles, phase spaces, partitions functions, and free energies. Analysis of expectation values and fluctuations in system properties. Applications to the study of elementary gases, phonons in solids, polymer chains and networks, harmonic and quasi-harmonic crystalline solids; limitations of classical methods and quantum mechanical influences; molecular dynamics simulations for solids.

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MEC ENG 280A Introduction to the Finite Element Method 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Weighted-residual and variational methods of approximation. Canonical construction of finite element spaces. Formulation of element and global state equations. Applications to linear partial differential equations of interest in engineering and applied science.

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MEC ENG 280B Finite Element Methods in Nonlinear Continua 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2013, Spring 2009
A brief review of continuum mechanics. Consistent linearization of kinematical variables and balance laws. Incremental formulations of the equations of motion. Solution of the nonlinear field equations by Newton's method and its variants. General treatment of constraints. Applications to nonlinear material and kinematical modeling on continua.

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MEC ENG 281 Methods of Tensor Calculus and Differential Geometry 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Spring 2012
Methods of tensor calculus and classical differential geometry. The tensor concept and the calculus of tensors, the Riemann-Christoffel tensor and its properties, Riemannian and Euclidean spaces. Geometry of a surface, formulas of Weingarten, and equations of Gauss and Codazzi.

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MEC ENG 282 Theory of Elasticity 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Fundamentals and general theorems of the linear theory of elasticity (in three dimensions) and the formulation of static and dynamic boundary value problems. Application to torsion, flexure, and two-dimensional problems of plane strain, generalized plane stress, and bending of plates. Representation of basic field equations in terms of displacement potentials and stress functions. Some basic three-dimensional solutions.

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MEC ENG 283 Wave Propagation in Elastic Media 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2009
Propagation of mechanical disturbances in unbounded and bounded media. Surface waves, wave reflection and transmission at interfaces and boundaries. Stress waves due to periodic and transient sources. Some additional topics may vary with instructor.

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MEC ENG 284 Nonlinear Theory of Elasticity 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
Fundamentals of the nonlinear theory of elasticity. Material symmetry. Exact solutions in elastostatics. Internal constraints. Useful strain-energy functions. Uniqueness. Compatibility conditions. Volterra dislocations. The Eshelby tensor. Small deformations superposed on finite deformations. Waves in pre-stressed solids. Stability. Bifurcations and buckling. Acceleration waves. Entropic elasticity.

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MEC ENG 285A Foundations of the Theory of Continuous Media 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
A general development of thermodynamics of deformable media, entropy production, and related entropy inequalities. Thermomechanical response of dissipative media, including those for viscous fluids and nonlinear elastic solids. A discussion of invariance, internal constraints, material symmetry, and other special topics.

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MEC ENG 285B Surfaces of Discontinuity and Inhomogeneities in Deformable Continua 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2011, Spring 2010, Fall 2008
Finitely deforming thermo-mechanical media. Moving surfaces of discontinuity. Shock waves and acceleration waves in elastic materials. The Eshelby tensor and Eshelbian mechanics. Fracture. Microstructured continua.

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MEC ENG 285C Electrodynamics of Continuous Media 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2013, Spring 2010
This course presents the fundamentals of electromagnetic interactions in deformable continuous media. It develops the background necessary to understand various modern technologies involving MEMS devices, sensors and actuators, plasmas, and a wide range of additional phenomena. The emphasis of this course is on fundamentals, beginning with Maxwell's equations in vacuum, the ether relations and their extension to electromagnetic interactions
in materials. The treatment is general within the limits of nonrelativistic physics and accommodates coupling with mechanical and thermal effects. The topics discussed are all developed at a general level including the effects of finite deformations. Various linear models, which are especially useful in applications, are developed through specialization of general theory. This course will be of interest to students in engineering, physics, and applied mathematics.
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MEC ENG 285D Engineering Rheology 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2014
Rheology is the study of the interaction between forces and the flow/deformation of materials. It deals with aspects of the mechanics of materials that are not covered in the standard curriculum, such as the response of viscoelastic fluids and solids, together with methods for modeling and simulating their response. Such materials exhibit a host of counterintuitive phenomena that call for nonlinear modeling and a close interaction between theory and experiment.
This is a special-topics course for graduate students seeking advanced knowledge of these phenomena and associated modeling.
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MEC ENG C285E Mechanics and Physics of Lipid Bilayers 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017
Lipid bilayers constitute the membrane that encloses every animal cell and many of its interior structures, including the nuclear envelope, the organelles and the endoplasmic reticulum. This is a unique course devoted to modern developments in this exceptionally active field of research, ranging from models based on continuum theory to recent developments based on statistical mechanics.,Terms offered: Not yet offered
Lipid bilayers constitute the membrane that
encloses every animal cell and many of its interior structures, including the nuclear envelope, the organelles and the endoplasmic reticulum. This is a unique course devoted to modern developments in this exceptionally active field of research, ranging from models based on continuum theory to recent developments based on statistical mechanics.
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MEC ENG C285E Mechanics and Physics of Lipid Bilayers 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017
Lipid bilayers constitute the membrane that encloses every animal cell and many of its interior structures, including the nuclear envelope, the organelles and the endoplasmic reticulum. This is a unique course devoted to modern developments in this exceptionally active field of research, ranging from models based on continuum theory to recent developments based on statistical mechanics.,Terms offered: Not yet offered
Lipid bilayers constitute the membrane that
encloses every animal cell and many of its interior structures, including the nuclear envelope, the organelles and the endoplasmic reticulum. This is a unique course devoted to modern developments in this exceptionally active field of research, ranging from models based on continuum theory to recent developments based on statistical mechanics.
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MEC ENG 286 Theory of Plasticity 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2013, Spring 2010
Formulation of the theory of plasticity relative to loading surfaces in both strain space and stress space and associated loading criteria. Nonlinear constitutive equations for finitely deformed elastic-plastic materials. Discussion of strain-hardening and special cases. Applications.

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MEC ENG 288 Theory of Elastic Stability 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2009, Fall 2007, Fall 1999
Dynamic stability of elastic bodies. Small motion on finite deformation. Classical treatments of buckling problems. Snapthrough and other global stability problems. Stability theory based upon nonlinear three-dimensional theory of elasticity.

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MEC ENG 289 Theory of Shells 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2012
A direct formulation of a general theory of shells and plates based on the concept of Cosserat (or Directed) surfaces. Nonlinear constitutive equations for finitely deformed elastic shells. Linear theory and a special nonlinear theory with small strain accompanied by large or moderately large rotation. Applications.

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MEC ENG 290C Topics in Fluid Mechanics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Fall 2010, Fall 2008
Lectures on special topics which will be announced at the beginning of each semester that the course is offered. Topics may include transport and mixing, geophysical fluid dynamics, biofluid dynamics, oceanography, free surface flows, non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, among other possibilities.

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MEC ENG 290D Solid Modeling and CAD/CAM Fundamentals 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Spring 2008
Graduate survey of solid modeling research. Representations and algorithms for 3D solid geometry. Applications in design, analysis, planning, and manufacturing of mechanical parts, including CAD/CAM, reverse engineering, robotics, mold-making, and rapid prototyping.

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MEC ENG 290G Laser Processing and Diagnostics 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Spring 2013, Fall 2011
The course provides a detailed account of laser interactions with materials in the context of advanced materials processing and diagnostics.

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MEC ENG 290H Green Product Development: Design for Sustainability 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
The focus of the course is management of innovation processes for sustainable products, from product definition to sustainable manufacturing and financial models. Using a project in which students will be asked to design and develop a product or service focused on sustainability, we will teach processes for collecting customer and user needs data, prioritizing that data, developing a product specification, sketching and building product prototypes
, and interacting with the customer/community during product development. The course is intended as a very hands-on experience in the "green" product development process. The course will be a Management of Technology course offered jointly with the College of Engineering and the Haas School of Business. In addition, it will also receive credit towards the new Certificate on Engineering Sustainability and Environmental Management program. We aim to have half MBA students and half Engineering students (with a few other students, such as from the School of Information) in the class. The instructors will facilitate students to form mixed disciplinary reams for the development of their "green" products.
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MEC ENG 290I Sustainable Manufacturing 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Sustainable design, manufacturing, and management as exercised by the enterprise is a poorly understood idea and one that is not intuitively connected to business value or engineering practice. This is especially true for the manufacturing aspects of most enterprises (tools, processes, and systems). This course will provide the basis for understanding (1) what comprises sustainable practices in for-profit enterprises, (2) how to practice
and measure continuous improvement using sustainability thinking, techniques, and tools for product and manufacturing process design, and (3) the techniques for and value of effective communication of sustainablilty performance to internal and external audiences. Material in the course will be supplemented by speakers with diverse backgrounds in corporate sustainability, environmental consulting, non-governmental organizations, and academia.
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MEC ENG 290J Predictive Control for Linear and Hybrid Systems 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Advanced optimization, polyhedra manipulation, and multiparametric programming. Invariant set theory. Analysis and design of constrained predictive controllers for linear and nonlinear systems. Computational oriented models of hybrid systems. Analysis and design of constrained predictive controllers for hybrid systems.

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MEC ENG 290KA Innovation through Design Thinking 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Designed for professionally-oriented graduate students, this course explores key concepts in design innovation based on the human-centered design approach called “design thinking.” Topics covered include human-centered design research, analysis of research to develop design principles, creativity techniques, user needs framing and strategic business modeling.

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MEC ENG 290KB Life Cycle Thinking in Engineering Design 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
How do we design and manufacture greener products, and how do we know if they really are? This class both provides tools for sustainable design innovation and metrics to measure success. Students will use both creative and analytical skills, generating new ideas as well as evaluating designs with screening-level life cycle assessment.

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MEC ENG 290L Introduction to Nano-Biology 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2013
This course introduces graduate students in Mechanical Engineering to the nascent field of Nano-Biology. The course is comprised of both formal lectures and projects. Lectures will include an introduction to both molecular biology (components of cells, protein structure and function, DNA, gene regulation, etc.) and nanotechnology ("bottom up" and "top down" nanotechnologies), an overview of current instrumentation in biology
, an in-depth description of the recent integration of molecular biology with nanotechnology (for sensing or labeling purposes, elucidating information on cells, etc.), and an introduction to Systems Biology (design principles of biological circuits).
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MEC ENG 290M Expert Systems in Mechanical Engineering 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2009, Fall 2008, Spring 2008
Introduction to artificial intelligence and decision analysis in mechanical engineering. Fundamentals of analytic design, probability theory, failure analysis, risk assessment, and Bayesian and logical inference. Applications to expert systems in probabilistic mechanical engineering design and failure diagnostics. Use of automated influence diagrams to codify expert knowledge and to evaluate optimal design decisions.

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MEC ENG 290N System Identification 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2010, Fall 2008, Spring 2008
This course is intended to provide a comprehensive treatment of both classical system identification and recent work in control-oriented system identification. Numerical, practical, and theoretical aspects will be covered. Topics treated include time and frequency domain methods, generalized parameter estimation, identification of structured non-linear systems, modeling uncertainty bounding, and state-space methods.

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MEC ENG 290P New Product Development: Design Theory and Methods 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This course is aimed at developing the interdisciplinary skills required for successful product development in today's competitive marketplace. We expect students to be disciplinary experts in their own field (e.g., engineering, business). By bringing together multiple perspectives, we will learn how product development teams can focus their efforts to quickly create cost-effective products that exceed customers' expectations.

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MEC ENG 290Q Dynamic Control of Robotic Manipulators 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2009, Fall 2008, Spring 2008
Dynamic and kinematic analysis of robotic manipulators. Sensors (position, velocity, force and vision). Actuators and power transmission lines. Direct drive and indirect drive. Point to point control. Straight and curved path following. Industrial practice in servo control. Applications of optimal linear quadratic control, preview control, nonlinear control, and direct/indirect adaptive controls. Force control and compliance control. Collision
avoidance. Utilization of dynamic controls
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MEC ENG 290R Topics in Manufacturing 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Advanced topics in manufacturing research. Topics vary from year to year.

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MEC ENG 290T Plasmonic Materials 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
This course deals with fundamental aspects of plasmonic materials. The electromagnetic responses of those artificially constructed materials will be discussed. Physics of surface plasmons and dispersion engineering will be introduced. Resonant phenomena associated with the negative permittivity and permeability and the left-handed propagation will be presented. Methods of design, fabrication, and characterization of plasmonic materials will
be discussed.
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MEC ENG 290U Interactive Device Design 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
This course teaches concepts and skills required to design, prototype, and fabricate interactive devices -- that is, physical objects that intelligently respond to user input and enable new types of interactions.

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MEC ENG 290V Topics in Energy, Climate, and Sustainability 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2015
Weekly lecture series featuring guest speakers from academia, industry, government, and civil society. Speakers will address cutting-edge topics involving novel technologies in energy and climate; the production, consumption, and economic exchange of energy resources and commodities; and energy and climate policy. Undergraduate and graduate students welcome.

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MEC ENG C290S Hybrid Systems and Intelligent Control 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2014, Spring 2012
Analysis of hybrid systems formed by the interaction of continuous time dynamics and discrete-event controllers. Discrete-event systems models and language descriptions. Finite-state machines and automata. Model verification and control of hybrid systems. Signal-to-symbol conversion and logic controllers. Adaptive, neural, and fuzzy-control systems. Applications to robotics and Intelligent Vehicle and Highway Systems (IVHS).

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MEC ENG C290X Advanced Technical Communication: Proposals, Patents, and Presentations 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
This course will help the advanced Ph.D. student further develop critically important technical communication traits via a series of lectures, interactive workshops, and student projects that will address the structure and creation of effective research papers, technical reports, patents, proposals, business plans, and oral presentations. One key concept will be the emphasis on focus and clarity--achieved through critical thinking regarding
objectives and context. Examples will be drawn primarily from health care and bioengineering multidisciplinary applications.
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MEC ENG 292A Advanced Special Topics in Bioengineering 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015
This 292 series covers current topics of research interest in bioengineering and biomechanics. The course content may vary semester to semester. Check with the department for current term topics.

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MEC ENG 292B Advanced Special Topics in Controls 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016
This series covers current topics of research interest in controls. The course content may vary semester to semester. Check with the department for current term topics.

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MEC ENG 292C Advanced Special Topics in Design 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016
This series covers current topics of research interest in design. The course content may vary semester to semester. Check with the department for current term topics.

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MEC ENG 292D Advanced Special Topics in Dynamics 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This series covers current topics of research interest in dynamics. The course content may vary semester to semester. Check with the department for current term topics.

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MEC ENG 292E Advanced Special Topics in Energy Science and Technology 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017
This 292 series covers current topics of research interest in energy science and technology. The course content may vary semester to semester. Check with the department for current term topics.

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MEC ENG 292F Advanced Special Topics in Fluids 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This 292 series covers current topics of research interest in fluids. The course content may vary semester to semester. Check with the department for current term topics.

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MEC ENG 292G Advanced Special Topics in Manufacturing 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016
This 292 series covers current topics of research interest in manufacturing. The course content may vary semester to semester. Check with the department for current term topics.

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MEC ENG 292H Advanced Special Topics in Materials 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This 292 series covers current topics of research interest in materials. The course content may vary semester to semester. Check with the department for current term topics.

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MEC ENG 292I Advanced Special Topics in Mechanics 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This series covers current topics of research interest in mechanics. The course content may vary semester to semester. Check with the department for current term topics.

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MEC ENG 292J Advanced Special Topics in MEMS/Nano 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This 292 series covers current topics of research interest in MEMS/nano. The course content may vary semester to semester. Check with the department for current term topics.

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MEC ENG 292K Advanced Special Topics in Ocean Engineering 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This series covers current topics of research interest in ocean engineering. The course content may vary semester to semester. Check with the department for current term topics.

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MEC ENG 297 Engineering Field Studies 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Spring 2017
Supervised experience relative to specific aspects of practice in engineering. Under guidance of a faculty member, the student will work in an internship in industry. Emphasis is to attain practical experience in the field.

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MEC ENG 298 Group Studies, Seminars, or Group Research 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Spring 2017
Advanced studies in various subjects through special seminars on topics to be selected each year. Informal group studies of special problems, group participation in comprehensive design problems, or group research on complete problems for analysis and experimentation.

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MEC ENG 299 Individual Study or Research 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session
Investigations of advanced problems in mechanical engineering.

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MEC ENG 375 Teaching of Mechanical Engineering at the University Level 1 - 6 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Weekly seminars and discussions on effective teaching methods. Educational objectives. Theories of learning. The lecture and alternative approaches. Use of media resources. Student evaluation. Laboratory instruction. Curricula in mechanical engineering. Practice teaching. This course is open to Teaching Assistants of Mechanical Engineering.

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Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Alice M. Agogino, Professor. New product development, computer-aided design & databases, theory & methods, intelligent learning systems, information retrieval & data mining, digital libraries, multiobjective & strategic product, nonlinear optimization, probabilistic modeling, supervisory.
Research Profile

M. Reza Alam, Assistant Professor. Theoretical Fluid Dynamics, Nonlinear Wave Mechanics, Ocean and Coastal Waves Phenomena, Ocean Renewable Energy (Wave, Tide and Offshore Wind Energy), Nonlinear Dynamical Systems, Fluid Flow Control, ocean renewable energy.
Research Profile

Francesco Borrelli, Associate Professor. Automotive control systems, distributed and robust constrained control, manufacturing control systems, energy efficient buildings, model predictive control.
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Van P. Carey, Professor. Mechanical engineering, non-equilibirum thermodynamics, statistical thermodynamics, microscale thermophysics, biothermodynamics, computer aided thermal design, thermodynamic analysis of green manufacturing.
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James Casey, Professor. Continuum mechanics, finite elasticity, continuum thermodynamics, plasticity, theories of elastic-plastic materials, history of mechanics, dynamics.
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Jyh-Yuan Chen, Professor. Computational modeling of reactive systems, turbulent flows, combustion chemical kinetics.
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Chris Dames, Associate Professor.
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David A. Dornfeld, Professor. Precision manufacturing processes, green and sustainable manufacturing, intelligent sensors and signal processing, mechanical engineering design, flexible/lean manufacturing systems, process modeling.
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Carlos Fernandez-Pello, Professor. Biofuels, heat transfer, fire, combustion, ignition and fire spread, wildland fire spotting, smoldering and flaming, small scale energy generation.
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Michael Frenklach, Professor. Silicon carbide, chemical kinetics; computer modeling; combustion chemistry; pollutant formation (NOx, soot); shock tube; chemical vapor deposition of diamond films; homogeneous nucleation of silicon, diamond powders; interstellar dust formation.
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Costas P. Grigoropoulos, Professor. Heat transfer, laser materials processing, nano-manufacturing, energy systems and technology.
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J. Karl Hedrick, Professor. Nonlinear control, automotive control systems, aircraft control.
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Roberto Horowitz, Professor. Adaptive control, learning and nonlinear control, control of robot manipulators, computer mechatronics systems, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), intelligent vehicle, highways systems.
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George C. Johnson, Professor. X-rays, plasticity, elasticity, instrumentation, sensors, acoustoelasticity, materials behavior, materials characterization, texture analysis, thin shells deformation, ultrasonic stress analysis.
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Homayoon Kazerooni, Professor. Robotics, bioengineering, design, control systems, mechatronics, automated manufacturing, human-machine systems.
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Tony M. Keaveny, Professor. Biomechanics of bone, orthopaedic biomechanics, design of artificial joints, osteoporosis, finite element modeling, clinical biomechanics.
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Kyriakos Komvopoulos, Professor. Contact mechanics, fracture and fatigue of engineering materials, finite element modeling of surface contact and machining, thin-film processing and characterization, adhesion and fatigue of MEMS devices, plasma-assisted surface functionalization of biomaterials, surface patterning for cell adhesion and growth control, mechanics & tribology of magnetic recording devices, mechanotransduction effects in natural cartilage, microfibrous scaffolds for tissue engineering, surface nanoengineering techniques, tribology and mechanics of artificial joints.
Research Profile

Dorian Liepmann, Professor. Bioengineering, mechanical engineering, bioMEMS, biosensors, microfluid dynamics, experimental biofluid dynamics, hemodynamics, valvular heart disease, cardiac flows, arterial flows.
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+ Dennis K. Lieu, Professor. Actuators, magnetics, acoustics, electromechanical devices, rolling elements, spindle motors, structural mechanics.
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Liwei Lin, Professor. Nanotechnology, MEMS (microelectromechanical systems), NEMS (nanoelectromechanical systems), design and manufacturing of microsensors, microactuators, development of micromachining processes, silicon surface/bulk micromachining, micromolding process.
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Fai Ma, Professor. Dynamical systems with inherent uncertainties, vibration, stochastic simulation.
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Simo Aleksi Makiharju, Assistant Professor.

Samuel Mao, Associate Adjunct Professor. Mechanical engineering, processing, materials, energy transport, conversion and storage, nano, micro and meso scale, phenomena and devices, laser-material interactions, nonlinear science.
Research Profile

Philip Marcus, Professor. Algorithms, fluid mechanics, nonlinear dynamics, atmospheric flows, convection, ocean flows, numerical analysis, turbulence, planet formation, internal gravity waves, inertial waves, desalination.
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Sara Mcmains, Associate Professor. Geometric and solid modeling, general purpose computation on the GPU (GPGPU), CAD/CAM, computational geometry, layered manufacturing, computer graphics and visualization, virtual prototyping, virtual reality.
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Mohammad Mofrad, Professor. Nuclear pore complex and nucleocytoplasmic transport, mechanobiology of disease, cellular mechanotransduction, integrin-mediated focal adhesions.
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Stephen Morris, Professor. Continuum mechanics, micro mechanics of solid-solid phase changes, interfacial phenomena (evaporating thin films), electroporation.
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Grace O'Connell, Assistant Professor. Tissue engineering, biomechanics, intervertebral disc, cartilage.
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+ Oliver O'Reilly, Professor. Continuum mechanics, vibrations, dynamics.
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+ Andrew Packard, Professor. Design, robustness issues in control analysis, linear algebra, numerical algorithms in control problems, applications of system theory to aerospace problems, flight control, control of fluid.
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Panayiotis Papadopoulos, Professor. Continuum mechanics, computational mechanics, contact mechanics, computational plasticity, materials modeling, solid mechanics, applied mathematics, dynamics of pseudo-rigid bodies.
Research Profile

+ Kameshwar Poolla, Professor. Cybersecurity, modeling, control, renewable energy, estimation, integrated circuit design and manufacturing, smart grids.
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+ Lisa Pruitt, Professor. Tissue biomechanics, biomaterial science, fatigue and fracture micromechanisms, orthopedic polymers for total joint replacement, cardiovascular biomaterials, synthetic cartilage, acrylic bone cements, tribology of diamond and DLCs.
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Robert O. Ritchie, Professor. Structural materials, mechanical behavior in biomaterials, creep, fatigue and fracture of advanced metals, intermetallics, ceramics.
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S. Shankar Sastry, Professor. Computer science, robotics, arial robots, cybersecurity, cyber defense, homeland defense, nonholonomic systems, control of hybrid systems, sensor networks, interactive visualization, robotic telesurgery, rapid prototyping.
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Omer Savas, Professor. Fluid mechanics.
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Shawn Shadden, Associate Professor.

Lydia Sohn, Professor. Micro-nano engineering.
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David Steigmann, Professor. Finite elasticity, mechanics, continuum, shell theory, variational methods, stability, surface stress, capillary phenomena, mechanics of thin films.
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Andrew Szeri, Professor. Biomedical engineering, fluid dynamics, dynamical systems.
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Hayden Taylor, Assistant Professor. Manufacturing, microfabrication, nanofabrication, semiconductor manufacturing, computational mechanics, nanoimprint lithography.
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Masayoshi Tomizuka, Professor. Mechatronics, control systems theory, digital control, dynamic systems, mechanical vibrations, adaptive and optimal control, motion control.
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Paul K. Wright, Professor. Mechanical and electrical engineering design, 3D-printing, manufacturing, energy systems, wireless sensor networks, sensors/MEMS/NEMS, IT systems, automated manufacturing & inspection.
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Kazuo Yamazaki, Professor. Etc., micro custom diamond tool design and fabrication system, CNC machine tool control software and hardware system, ultrasonic milling, intelligent manufacturing systems, mechatronics control hardware and software for manufacturing processes and equipment, computer aided manufacturing system for five axis, milling - turning integrated machining process, nano/micro mechanical machining processes and equipment, precision metrology for nano/micro mechanical machining, Non-traditional manufacturing processes such as electric discharge machining, laser machining and electron beam finishing.
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Ronald W. Yeung, Professor. Mathematical modeling, hydromechanics, naval architecture, numerical fluid mechanics, offshore mechanics, ocean processes, separated flows, wave-vorticity interaction, vortex-induced vibrations, stratified fluid flow, ocean energy, green ships, tidal energy, multi-hull flow physics, Helmholtz resonance, ship motion instabilities, tank resonance.
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Xiang Zhang, Professor. Mechanical engineering, rapid prototyping, semiconductor manufacturing, photonics, micro-nano scale engineering, 3D fabrication technologies, microelectronics, micro and nano-devices, nano-lithography, nano-instrumentation, bio-MEMS.
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Tarek Zohdi, Professor. Finite element methods, computational methods for advanced manufacturing, micro-structural/macro-property inverse problems involving optimization and design of new materials, modeling and simulation of high-strength fabric, modeling and simulation of particulate/granular flows, modeling and simulation of multiphase/composite electromagnetic media, modeling and simulation of the dynamics of swarms.
Research Profile

Lecturers

George Anwar, Lecturer.

+ Sara Beckman, Senior Lecturer SOE. Business, innovation, management, product development, operations strategy, environmental supply chain management.
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Ayyana M. Chakravartula, Lecturer.

Robert Hennigar, Lecturer.

Marcel Kristel, Lecturer.

Chris Mccoy, Lecturer.

Christopher Layne Myers, Lecturer.

David B. Rich, Lecturer.

Michael Shiloh, Lecturer.

Julie Sinistore, Lecturer.

Kourosh (Ken) Youssefi, Lecturer.

Visiting Faculty

Shaochen Chen, Visiting Professor.

Emeritus Faculty

David M. Auslander, Professor Emeritus. Control systems, simulation, mechatronics, real time software, energy management, satellite attitude control, demand response, machine control.
Research Profile

David B. Bogy, Professor Emeritus. Fluid mechanics, mechanics in computer technology, tribology in hard-disk drives, laser measurement systems, numerical simulations, static and dynamic problems in solid mechanics.
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Gilles M. Corcos, Professor Emeritus.

Hari Dharan, Professor Emeritus. Mechanical behavior, composite materials structures, manufacturing processes.
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Robert W. Dibble, Professor Emeritus. Mechanical engineering, laser diagnostics.
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Ralph Greif, Professor Emeritus. Heat and mass transfer, micro scale transport, fuel cells, cooling at the chip level, semiconductor wafers, materials processing, laser surface interactions, nuclear reactor safety, phase change, buoyancy transport, bio heat transfer, reacting flows.
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Frank E. Hauser, Professor Emeritus. Mechanical engineering.
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George Leitmann, Professor Emeritus. Economics, planning, dynamics systems, control theory, optimal control, dynamic games, & robust control, applications engineering, mechanical systems, business administrations, biological systems.
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Alaa E. Mansour, Professor Emeritus. Structural reliability, safety, probabilistic dynamics of marine structures, strength of ship, offshore structures, development of design criteria.
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C. D. Jr. Mote, Professor Emeritus.

Patrick J. Pagni, Professor Emeritus. Fire safety engineering, fire physics, fire modeling, post earthquake fires.
Research Profile

Boris Rubinsky, Professor Emeritus. Medical imaging, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, low temperature biology, micro and nano bionic technologies, electrical impedance tomography, bio-electronics, biomedical devices biomedical numerical analysis, bio-heat and mass transfer, electroporation light imaging.
Research Profile

Robert F. Sawyer, Professor Emeritus. Regulatory policy, air pollutant formation and control, motor vehicle emissions, combustion chemistry, motor fuels, health effects of air pollution.
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Wilbur H. Somerton, Professor Emeritus.

Benson H. Tongue, Professor Emeritus. Nonlinear dynamics, acoustics, vibrations, modal analysis, numerical modeling.
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George J. Trezek, Professor Emeritus.

Kent S. Udell, Professor Emeritus. Contaminated aquifer restoration, enhanced petroleum recovery, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, mass transfer, multiphase transport in porous media, microscale heat transfer.
Research Profile

Contact Information

Department of Mechanical Engineering

6141 Etcheverry Hall

Phone: 510-642-1338

Fax: 510-642-6163

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Department Chair

Roberto Horowitz, PhD

6143 Etcheverry Hall

Phone: 510-643-7013

Vice Chair of Undergraduate Instruction

Chris Dames, PhD

6181 Etcheverry Hall

Phone: 510-642-3286

Vice Chair of Graduate Studies

Lisa Pruitt, PhD

5134 Etcheverry Hall

lpruitt@me.berkeley.edu

Director of Academic and Student Affairs

Donna Craig

6189 Etcheverry Hall

Phone: 510-642-5085

dcraig@me.berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Student Affairs Adviser

Shareena Samson

Phone: 510-642-4094

shareena@me.berkeley.edu

Graduate Student Affairs Adviser

Yawo Dagbevi Akpawu

Phone: 510-642-5084

yawo@me.berkeley.edu

Graduate Student Affairs Adviser

Isabel Blanco

Phone: 510-642-6780

miblanco@berkeley.edu

Student Affairs Adviser/Graduate Admission Inquiries

Sophia Chahal

Phone: 510-642-4933

s.chahal@berkeley.edu

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