Course Offerings

Winter 2021

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Introduction to Engineering

ENGN 178 - Straub, Alan J.

This course introduces students to basic skills useful to engineers, the engineering design process, and the engineering profession. Students learn various topics of engineering, including engineering disciplines, the role of an engineer in the engineering design process, and engineering ethics. Skills learned in this course include programming and the preparation of engineering drawings. Programming skills are developed using flowcharting and MATLAB. Autodesk Inventor is used to create three-dimensional solid models and engineering drawings. The course culminates in a collaborative design project, allowing students to use their new skills

Mechanics II: Dynamics

ENGN 204 - Kuehner, Joel P.

A study of kinetics of particles and rigid bodies including force, mass, acceleration, work, energy, and momentum. A student may not receive degree credit for both ENGN 204 and PHYS 230.

Electronics

ENGN 208 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)

An introduction to digital electronics emphasizing design, construction, and measurement of electronics systems. The first half of the course focuses on foundational concepts including: transistor/semiconductor technology, digital logic gates, RAM and Flash memory, Analog-to-Digital and Digital-to-Analog converters, digital communication protocols (SPI and I2C), wireless devices, and microcontroller operation.  The second half of the course is project-based: student teams develop an electronics system that solves a real world problem.  

Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering

ENGN 225 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)

Study of a collection of mathematical techniques particularly useful in upper-level courses in physics and engineering: vector differential operators such as gradient, divergence, and curl; functions of complex variables; Fourier analysis; orthogonal functions; matrix algebra and the matrix eigenvalue problem; ordinary and partial differential equations.

Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering

ENGN 225 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)

Study of a collection of mathematical techniques particularly useful in upper-level courses in physics and engineering: vector differential operators such as gradient, divergence, and curl; functions of complex variables; Fourier analysis; orthogonal functions; matrix algebra and the matrix eigenvalue problem; ordinary and partial differential equations.

Intermediate Special Topics in Engineering

ENGN 295A - Straub, Alan J.

Intermediate work in bioengineering, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics or materials science. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits if the topics are different.

Winter 2021, ENGN 295A-01: Intermediate Special Topics in Engineering: Environmental Engineering Process Design (3). Prerequisite: PHYS 112. Phosphorous deposition in our Nations waterways and the land application on farmlands of sludge from wastewater treatment plants continue to be contentious in communities and in the courts. Phosphorous loadings eutrophy waterbodies killing indigenous species, and biosolids with still viable Ecoli sp. populations and contaminants fertilize food crops. This class focuses on the chemical and biological engineering processes implemented to mitigate the environmental impact of both phosphorous loading and biosolids application. Class outcomes develop process design skills through industry standard methodologies and apply them to real world mitigation scenarios. Straub.

 

Fluid Mechanics

ENGN 311 - Kuehner, Joel P.

Fluid statics; application of the integral mass, momentum, and energy equations using control volume concepts; introduction to viscous flow, boundary layer theory, and differential analysis.

Fluid Mechanics Laboratory

ENGN 361 - Kuehner, Joel P.

Experimental investigation of fluid mechanics under static and dynamic conditions. Correlation of experimental results with theoretical models of fluid behavior. Experiments examine concepts such as hydrostatic force, fluid kinematics, kinetics, and energy. Laboratory course.

Capstone Design

ENGN 379 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)

Second term of the year-long capstone design project in which student teams solve open-ended engineering problems by integrating and synthesizing engineering design and analysis learned in previous courses. Project topics vary year-to-year and are driven by student interest. The winter term is dedicated to implementation -- building, testing, analyzing, and revising the design, culminating with a public presentation and proof-of-concept demonstration. Laboratory course with fee.

Directed Individual Research

ENGN 421 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)

Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Directed research in engineering. May be repeated for degree credit. May be carried out during the summer.

Fall 2020

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Mechanics I: Statics

ENGN 203 - Kuehner, Joel P.

The science of mechanics is used to study bodies in equilibrium under the action of external forces. Emphasis is on problem solving: trusses, frames and machines, centroids, area moments of inertia, beams, cables, and friction.

Electrical Circuits

ENGN 207 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)

A detailed study of electrical circuits and the methods used in their analysis. Basic circuit components, as well as devices such as operational amplifiers, are investigated. The laboratory acquaints the student both with fundamental electronic diagnostic equipment and with the design and behavior of useful circuits. Laboratory course.

Intermediate Special Topics in Engineering

ENGN 295A - Straub, Alan J.

Intermediate work in bioengineering, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics or materials science. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits if the topics are different.

Fall 2020, ENGN 295A-01: Intermediate Special Topics in Engineering: Introduction to Environmental Engineering (3). Prerequisite: ENGN 204. This course will develop key engineering and scientific concepts to assess quantitatively engineered systems associated with water and wastewater treatment and conveyance and air pollution. Key regulatory drivers for technological advancement are highlighted, and case studies emphasize variability in technical solutions. This course provides a broad understanding of how environmental systems are assessed and engineered to address undesirable outcomes of human activities. Straub.

Intermediate Special Topics in Engineering

ENGN 295B - Kuehner, Joel P.

Intermediate work in bioengineering, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics or materials science. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits if the topics are different.

Fall 2020, ENGN 295B-01: Intermediate Special Topics in Engineering: Energy Production Systems (3). Prerequisite: PHYS 112. Humans have developed a wide range of methods for producing energy from a variety of natural resources. Students will explore and analyze contemporary energy production systems that utilize water, wind, solar, fossil fuel, and nuclear sources. Students will research regional, national, and international case studies of current production methods and perform comparative analysis to develop an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the methods considered. Kuehner.

Solid Mechanics

ENGN 301 - Straub, Alan J.

Internal equilibrium of members; introduction to mechanics of continuous media; concepts of stress, material properties, principal moments of inertia; deformation caused by axial loads, shear, torsion, bending and combined loading.

Solid Mechanics Laboratory

ENGN 351 - Straub, Alan J.

Experimental observation and correlation with theoretical predictions of elastic behavior of structures under static loading; statically determinate loading of beams; tension of metals; compression of mortar; torsion; and computer models for stress analysis. Laboratory course.

Capstone Design

ENGN 378 - Kuehner, Joel P.

First term of the year-long capstone design project in which student teams solve open-ended engineering problems by integrating and synthesizing engineering design and analysis learned in previous courses. Project topics vary year-to-year and are driven by student interest. The fall term is dedicated to the design and planning phases. This includes project topic selection; comprehensive study of necessary background material; and identification of design objectives, conceptual models, and materials and equipment needed. Laboratory course with fee.

Directed Individual Research

ENGN 421 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)

Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Directed research in engineering. May be repeated for degree credit. May be carried out during the summer.

Spring 2020

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Introduction to Engineering Design

ENGN 250 - D'Alessandro, Kacie C.

This course introduces students to the principles of engineering design through first-hand experience with a design project that culminates in a design competition. In this project-based course, the students gain an understanding of computer-aided drafting, machining techniques, construction methods, design criteria, progress- and final-report writing, and group presentations.

Special Topics in Engineering

ENGN 395 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)

Advanced work in solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, or materials science. Topics selected based on student interest. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits if the topics are different.

Spring 2020, ENGN 395-01: Special Topics In Engineering: Applied Signal Processing (3). Prerequisite: ENGN/PHYS 225 or MATH 222. Integrates theory and practice of digital signal processing techniques emphasizing time-frequency analysis, digital filtering, and source separation. Applications include biomedical problems (e.g., heartbeat detection); civil/structural health monitoring (seismic damage detection); music (digital sound synthesis); and data compression (e.g., jpeg and mp3 audio and video). In the final week, students propose signal processing solutions to open-ended research problems. Erickson.