New Courses Fall 2021

Leading engineering education: new courses for fall 2021

 Biomedical Engineering 

  • BIEN 4931/5931 Topics in Biomedical Engineering: Optics - M/W/F, 11-11:50AM  Optics is one of the world's fastest growing high-tech industries.This introductory course introduces students to its fundamentals incuding geometrical and wave optics with the aim of preparing students for more advanced topics including flourescence imaging, optical microscopy, diffuse optical tomography, and optical spectorscopy. Enrollment is limited to 10. Prof. Bing Yu biomed

  • BIEN 4931/5931 Topics in Biomedical Engineering: Tissue Engineering - T/TH 12:30-1:45 PM Tissue engineeringuses a combination of living cells, biomaterials, and biomechanical and biochemical stimuli to restore or replace damaged or diseased biological tissues. Advanced topics in foundational sciences will be covered as applicable to the engineering of living tissues, including: stem cell biology, biomaterials, immunology, bioreactors, and molecular biology. Pathophysiology and engineering strategies for specific tissues will be discussed along with  examples of current research, including: skin, blood vessels, nervous tissue, heart tissue, heart valves, tendons and ligaments, bone, and whole organs. Prof. Bo Wang and Prof. Brandon Tefft 
  • BIEN 4410/5410: Applied Finite Element Anlaysis -  M/W 2-3:15PM: This course introduces students to finite element (FE) modeling for biomedical applications, emphasizing musculoskeletal /orthopaedic problems in computational solid mechanics and respiratory airflow problems in computational fluid dynamics.  Students will use ANSYS software for hands-on learning of FE software widely used in industry. Prof. Jessica Fritz  and Prof. Guilherme Garcia 

Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering

  •  CEEN 6340 – Advanced Hydrology - M/W 3:30-4:45PM: Students will learn how to measure hydrologic phenomena including precipitation, streamflow, and water quality using state of the art monitoring including in-situ and remote sensing (satellite and drone) methods with hands-on applications.  Using data from these measurement methods, students will apply advanced statistical methods to evaluate floods, pollutant loads, and drought.  Students will then use these outcomes to evaluate water resources development and management projects. Prof. Walter McDonald   hydrologyimage
  • CEEN 4145/5145 Advanced Strength and Applied Stress Analysis - T/TH 3:30-4:45PM: This course focuses on the methods of mechanics of materials and applications to the analysis and design of components of structural/machine systems. In particular, students will learn fundamental concepts of the advanced mechanics of materials (including, theories of stress and strain, yield criteria for multiaxial stress states, and energy methods) and classical applications of the methods of mechanics of materials (including torsion, nonsymmetrical bending of beams, shear center for thin-wall beam cross sections, curved beams, thick-wall cylinders, and buckling of columns). Prof. Qindin Huang

  • CEEN 6110 Theory of Elasticity - M/W, 2-3:15PM: This course ocuses on the assumptions, theory, analytical and numerical methods, and applications of elasticity. Upon completion of the course, the student will achieve a better understanding of the fundamental concepts of solid mechanics (stress, strain, displacement); will understand the assumptions on which elasticity theory is based, thereby respecting the scope and limitations of the theory; will learn to formulate two-dimensional and three-dimensional boundary value problems (BVPs) of elasticity via a classical (differential equations) approach; will be exposed to both classical (analytical) and numerical methods of solution for elasticity problems; will become acquainted with “exact” elasticity solutions to fundamental problems of mechanics, providing the proper context in which to view the approximate mechanics of materials approaches; will develop an improved ability to critically evaluate the results of numerical methods of stress analysis (e.g., FEM). Prof. Baolin Wan

  • CEEN 4650/5650 Pavement Design - M/W, 2-3:15PM:  Pavement Design is the study of the behavior and properties of highway pavements made of asphalt concrete and portland cement concrete. Pavement thickness designs are developed using current methods and incorporating properties of each layer in the pavement (subgrade, base, subbase, and surface layers), traffic forecasts, climatic conditions, vehicle loading, drainage, and pavement performance. Advantages and limitations of various design approaches are recognized, and models to predict future pavement performance are visited. Prof. Jaime Hernandez. 

  • CEEN4515/5515 Environmental Chemistry,  T/TH, 2-3:15PM:  Environmental Chemistry is a fundamental class in the environmental engineering discipline that links core theory with current problems. Students learn the underlying principles of water chemistry that are relevant to drinking water treatment, ocean acidification, and even heartburn. Students learn to apply chemical principles to environmental engineering systems and develop quantitative chemistry skills through this course. Prof. Patrick McNamara 

Electrical & Computer Engineering 



Mechanical Engineering

  • MEEN 4931/5931 Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Thermodynamics of Materials, T/TH, 6:30-7:45PM: This introduction to the thermodynamics of materials includes the first, second, and third laws of thermodynamics; thermodynamic concepts of heat capacity, internal energy, enthalpy, entropy, Gibbs and Helmholz free energies; statistical interpretation of entropy; Maxwell’s equations and fundamental relations between thermodynamic quantities; thermodynamics of binary solid and liquid solutions; phase equilibria and diagrams, and applications to chemical reactions such as oxidation of metals and phase transformations such as solidification. Dr. Raymond Fournelle 
  • MEEN4931/5931: Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Dust Explosion Dynamics, T/TH, 3:30-4:45PM: Introduction to the fundamentals of dust explosion dynamics with special emphasis on understanding and modeling the physics involved in explosion initiation and propagation. Part 2 will introduce students to the technology and safeguards for mitigating risk and protecting against explosion hazards in industry. Industry experts will provide guest lectures on some of these topics.
    Prof. Casey Allen
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Graduate & Certificate Courses in Engineering 

  • GEEN 6930 / FINA 6930 Strategic Sustainability, Distance Learning M/F, 12-1:15PM - A new offering in the emerging field of sustainability. Students will use tools and frameworks to identify material sustainability initiatives to drive business growth while reducing impacts to society and the environment. This course will be co-taught and cross-listed in Business and Engineering Colleges, creating a diverse classroom with perspectives from multiple stakeholders, consistent with business and technical partnerships that occur in practice. Instructors: Noelle  Brigham and Chris Merker 


  • GEEN 6730 Project Management: Distance Learning: T/Th, 12-1:15 PM - This course presents the fundamental tools and essential skills for technical project managers to successfully plan, define, implement, launch, and reflect on projects. Students will be introduced to project management skills including managing people, process, and the organizational environment to lead projects to add business value. In addition to “business as usual” project management, this course incorporates strategies and tools to manage legal aspects, risk, change, and resources to adapt to dynamic business environments. The course incorporates industry-inspired practical activities through case studies and interactive class projects. Instructor, Noelle Brigham