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MEEN 210. Geometric Modeling for Mechanical Design. (1-3). Credit 2. Foundations of geometric modeling as applied to mechanical design through use of modern computer-aided design (CAD) and physical prototyping tools; basics of systematic design methodology; geometric visualization concepts: multi-view orthographic, isometric, oblique, perspective; three-dimensional representations, surface and solid modeling; dimensioning and tolerance; rapid prototyping using 3D printing.

MEEN 221. Statics and Particle Dynamics. (3-0). Credit 3. Application of the fundamental principles of Newtonian mechanics to the statics and dynamics of particles; equilibrium of trusses, frames, beams, and other rigid bodies. Prerequisites: Admission to upper division in an engineering major; MATH 251 or 253 or registration therein; PHYS 218.

MEEN 222. Materials Science. (3-0). Credit 3. Mechanical, optical, thermal, magnetic, and electrical properties of solids; differences in properties of metals, polymers, ceramics, and composite materials in terms of bonding and crystal structure. Prerequisites: CHEM 102, or 104 and 114, or CHEM 107/117; PHYS 218.

MEEN 225 Engineering Mechanics (2-3 Credits) 
Application of the laws of classical mechanics to simplified, plausibly real world problems or interest to mechanical engineering, including the analysis of cables, frames, trusses, beams, machines and mechanisms. Prerequisites: Mechanical engineering major; grade of C or better in PHYS 206 or PHYS 218; grade of C or better in MATH 251 or MATH 253, or concurrent enrollment.

MEEN 260. Mechanical Measurements. (2-3). Credit 3. Introduction to the basic principles of engineering experi- mentation including: instrumentation  and measurement techniques, signal processing and data acquisition, statistical data analysis and interpretation, and reporting of results. Prerequisites:  MEEN 221, ECEN 215, M ATH 308 and MEEN 315 or registration therein.

MEEN 289. Special Topics in... Credit 1 to 4. Selected topics in an identified area of mechanical engineering. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

MEEN 315. Principles of Thermodynamics. (3-0). Credit 3. Theory and application of energy methods in engineering; conservation of mass and energy; energy transfer by heat, work, and mass; thermodynamic properties; analysis of open and closed systems; the second law of thermodynamics and entropy; gas, vapor, and refrigeration cycles. Prerequisites: MEEN 221; M ATH 251 or MATH 253; junior or senior classification.

MEEN 344. Fluid Mechanics. (3-0). Credit 3. Application of laws of statics, buoyancy, stability, energy, and momentum to behavior of ideal and real fluids; dimensional analysis and similitude and their application to flow through ducts and piping; lift and drag and related problems. Prerequisites: MEEN 221 and MEEN 315.

MEEN 345. Fluid Mechanics  Laboratory. (0-3). Credit 1. Introduction to basic fluid mechanics instrumentation; experimental verification and reinforcement of the analytical concepts introduced in MEEN 344. Prerequisites: MEEN 260; MEEN 344 or registration therein.

MEEN 357. Engineering Analysis for Mechanical Engineers. (3-0). Credit 3. Practical foundation for the use of numerical methods to solve engineering problems: Introduction to Matlab, error estimation, Taylor series, solution of non-linear algebraic equations and linear simultaneous equations; numerical integration and differentiation; initial value and boundary  value problems; finite difference methods for parabolic and elliptic partial differential equations. Prerequisites: ENGR 112 and MATH 308.

MEEN 360. Materials and Manufacturing Selection in Design. (3-0). Credit 3. Selection of materials and manu- facturing processes in design; emphasis on mechanical properties of materials; microstructure production and control; manufacturing processes for producing various shapes for components and structures; use of design methodology. Prerequisites: MEEN 222, MEEN 260; CVEN 305; junior or senior classification; or approval of instructor.

MEEN 361. Materials and Manufacturing in Design Laboratory. (0-3). Credit 1. Experiments in materials char- acterization and manufacturing processes; emphasis on material mechanical properties; microstructure production and control; manufacturing processes for producing various shapes for components and structures. Prerequisites: MEEN 222, MEEN 260; CVEN 305; MEEN 360 or registration therein; junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

MEEN 363. Dynamics and Vibrations. (2-2). Credit 3. Application of Newtonian and energy methods to model dynamic systems (particles and rigid bodies) with ordinary  differential equations;  solution  of models using analytical and numerical approaches; interpreting solutions; linear vibrations. Prerequisites: MEEN 221; MATH 308; MEEN 357 or CV EN 302, or registration therein; CVEN 305, or registration therein.

MEEN 364. Dynamic Systems and Controls. (2-3). Credit 3. Mathematical modeling, analysis, measurement, and control of dynamic systems; extensions of modeling techniques of MEEN 363 to other types of dynamic systems; introduction to feedback control,  time, and frequency domain analysis of control  systems, stability, PID control, root locus; design and implementation  of computer-based controllers in the lab. Prerequisites: MEEN 260 and 363; ECEN 215.

MEEN 368. Solid Mechanics in Mechanical Design. (2-2). Credit 3. Stress analysis of deformable  bodies and mechanical elements; stress transformation; combined loading; failure modes; material failure theories; fracture and fatigue; deflections and instabilities; thick cylinders; curved beams; design of structural/ mechanical members; design processes. Prerequisites: CVEN 305; MEEN 357 and 360 or registration therein; junior or senior classification.

MEEN 381. Seminar. (0-2). Credit 1. Presentations by practicing engineers and faculty addressing: effective commu- nications, engineering practices, professional registration, ethics, career-long competence, contemporary issues, impact of technology on society, and being informed; students prepare a resume, a life-long learning plan, two papers, two oral presentations, and complete an online assessment of the mechanical engineering program. Prerequisite: Upper-level classification in mechanical engineering.

MEEN 401. Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design. (2-3). Credit 3. The design innovation process; need definition, functional analysis, performance requirements and evaluation criteria, conceptual design evaluation, down-selected to an embodiment; introduction to systems and concurrent engineering; parametric and risk analysis, failure mode analysis, material selection, and manufacturability; cost and life cycle issues, project management. Prerequisites: MEEN 360, 364, 368, 461.

MEEN 402. Intermediate Design. (2-3). Credit 3.  Product detail design and development process including case studies; project management, marketing considerations, manufacturing, detailed design specifications; failure modes, application of codes and standards,  selection of design margins; product (component) development guidelines; intellectual property, product liability, and ethical responsibility. Prerequisites: MEEN 401; junior or senior classification.

MEEN 404. Engineering  Laboratory. (2-3). Credit 3. Systematic design of experimental investigations; student teams identify topics and develop experiment designs including: establishing the need; functional decomposition; requirements; conducting the experiment; analyzing and interpreting the results and written and oral reports documenting the objectives, procedure, analysis, and results and conclusion of two or three experiments. Prerequisites: MEEN 260, 360, 364, 461; MEEN 401 or registration therein; junior or senior classification.

MEEN 421. Thermal-Fluids Analysis and Design. (3-0). Credit 3. Integration  of thermodynamics,  fluid mechanics, and heat transfer through application to the design of various thermal systems comprised of several components  requiring individual analyses; analysis of the entire system; representative applications of thermal-fluids analysis with a design approach. Prerequisites: MEEN 461; MEEN 315; junior or senior classification. (Note: satisfies stem course requirement at Texas A&M at Qatar.)

MEEN 431.  Advanced System Dynamics and Controls. (3-0). Credit 3. Unified framework for modeling, analysis, synthesis, design, and simulation of mechanical systems with energy exchange across multiple domains; study of mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and thermal subsystems; Newtonian mechanics, rigid body dynamics, multiple degrees of freedom vibrations, and control system design. Prerequisites: MEEN 364; junior or senior classification. (Note: satisfies stem course requirement at Texas A&M at Qatar.)

MEEN 441. Design of Mechanical Components and Systems. (3-0). Credit 3. Design of machine elements, characteristics of prime movers, loads, and power transmission elements as related to mechanical engineering design. Prerequisite: MEEN 368 or approval of instructor.

MEEN 444. Finite Element Analysis in Mechanical Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3. Introduction to basic theory and techniques; one- and two-dimensional formulations for solid mechanics applications; direct and general approaches; broader aspects for field problems; element equations, assembly, and solution schemes; computer implementation,  programming, and projects; error sources and application consideration. Prerequisites: MEEN 357 and 368 or equivalents.

MEEN 461. Heat Transfer. (3-0). Credit 3. Heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation: steady and transient conduction, forced and natural convection, and blackbody and gray body radiation; multi-mode heat transfer; boiling and condensation; heat exchangers. Prerequisites: MEEN 344; MATH 308.

MEEN 464. Heat Transfer Laboratory. (0-3). Credit 1. Basic measurement  techniques in conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer; experimental verification of theoretical  and semi-empirical results; uncertainty analysis. Prerequisite:  MEEN 345, MEEN 461 or registration therein.

MEEN 475. Materials in Design. (3-0). Credit 3. The heuristics of synthesis of material properties, configuration and processing in the optimization of material selection in the design process; product design and development overview, failure mode effects analysis, design margin establishment;  role of the generic failure modes and codes and standards; fundamental characteristics  of process methods. Prerequisites: MEEN 360 and MEEN 361; CVEN 305. (Note: satisfies stem course requirement at Texas A&M at Qatar.)

MEEN 485. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 6. Special problems relating to a specific project in some phase of mechanical engineering.  A commitment of two semesters with 6 hours 485 credit is required. Prerequisites: Approval of department head and senior classification.

MEEN 489. Special Topics in... Credit 1 to 4. Selected topics in an identified area of mechanical  engineering. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

ENGR 102 Engineering Lab I - Computation 
(Credits 2. 1 Lecture Hour. 3 Lab Hours)
Introduction to the design and development of computer applications for engineers; computation to enhance problem solving abilities; basic concepts of software design through the implementation and debugging of student-written programs; introduction to engineering majors, career exploration, engineering practice within realistic constraints, e.g. economic, environmental, ethical, health and safety, and sustainability, pathways to success in engineering. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in MATH 151, or concurrent enrollment; admission to the college of engineering.

ENGR 216/PHYS 216 Experimental Physics and Engineering Lab II - Mechanics (Credits 2. 1 Lecture Hour. 3 Lab Hours)
Description and application of laws of physical motion to the solution of science and engineering problems; using sensing, control and actuation for experimental verification of physics concepts while solving engineering problems. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in MATH 151 or MATH 171 or equivalent; grade of C or better in ENGR 102; grade of C or better and concurrent enrollment in PHYS 206; also taught at Galveston campus. Cross Listing: PHYS 216/ENGR 216

ENGR 217 /PHYS 217 Experimental Physics and Engineering Lab Ill - Electricity and Magnetism (Credits 2. 1 Lecture Hour. 3 Lab Hours)
Electromagnetism and electromechanical systems; use of sensing, control and actuation to demonstrate key physical relationships through the transducer relationships linking pressure, temperature and other physical stimuli to changes in electric and magnetic fields. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in MATH 152 or MATH 172, or equivalent; grade of C or better in PHYS 206 or equivalent; grade of C or better in PHYS 216/ENGR 216 or ENGR 216/PHYS 216; grade of C or better and concurrent enrollment in PHYS 207; also taught at Galveston campus. Cross Listing: PHYS 217 /ENGR 217

ENGR 482/PHIL 482 Ethics and Engineering (Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours)
Development of techniques of moral analysis and their application to ethical problems encountered by engineers, such as professional employee rights and whistle blowing; environmental issues; ethical aspects of safety, risk and liability and conflicts of interest; emphasis on developing the capacity for independent ethical analysis of real and hypothetical cases. Prerequisite: Junior classification Cross Listing: PHIL 482/ENGR 482

ENGR 489 Special Topics in ... (Credits O to 4. O to 4 Lecture Hours. 0 to 6 Lab Hours) 
Selected topics in an identified field of engineering. May be repeated for credit.