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Graduate Courses

Students should become familiar with the PSU Schedule, where class schedules for upcoming terms are posted.  Students can also find information about which terms classes are scheduled to be offered for the coming academic year on the PSU Course Planning Guide

Not sure when to register?  Use the PSU Registration Calendar!  Here's a helpful link to important dates for the each term, including course add and drop deadlines, final exams week, and more.

Courses listed below are included in the PSU Bulletin as courses that may be offered but are not guaranteed to be offered in the upcoming academic year. Students should consult with their advisor when devising an academic plan.

ME 501/601 - Research  
A graduate student conducts research under the direction of a member of the Mechanical Engineering faculty. Credits and topic are determined in consultation with an academic supervisor. To graduate with an MSME under the project option, students must complete between 6 and 9 credits of ME 501. Graduate Standing

ME 503/603 - Thesis  
A graduate student conducts research under the direction of a member of the Mechanical Engineering faculty.  The research culminates in a Master's Thesis.  Credits and topics are determined in consultation with academic supervisor. To graduate with a MSME under the thesis option, students must complete nine credits of ME 503. To graduate with a PhD, students must take 27 credits of ME 603. Graduate Standing 

ME 504/604 - Cooperative Education/Internship  
A graduate student works in an industrial setting for academic credit.  Students may not get credit for work they do as part of normal job responsibilities if they are also employed by the company or agency hosting the internship. Consent of the instructor 

ME 505/605 - Reading and Conference  
A graduate student reads and reports on articles, books, and research reports. Consent of the instructor 

ME 506/606 - Special Projects 
A graduate student works on a project under the supervision of a member of the Mechanical Engineering Faculty.  This is typically not a research project.  Students interested in working on a research project for their MSME requirement should enroll in ME 501 or ME 503. Consent of the instructor 

ME 507/607 - Seminar - 1 credit 
At weekly class meetings, speakers present recent research or engineering applications of interest. Graduate standing.  Information on current seminar topics can be found here

ME 510 - Selected Topics
ME 510 is an omnibus course number that allows the ME department to offer new courses before they are listed in the regular curriculum.  Typically a new course is offered once or twice on an experimental basis.  If the course is successful, it is then converted to a regular course after it is reviewed by the department, college, and university curriculum committees.

ME 510 - Transmission Electron Microscopy and Chemical Analysis of Materials - 4 Credits
The course is designed to introduce the theoretical and practical concepts of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and to provide hands-on opportunities for students to learn how to operate the state-of-the-art TEM and its attached analytical accessories. Particularly, the course will enable students to (1) understand electron optics in relation to transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) microanalysis; (2) Gain hands-on experience of using TEM and EDX techniques for materials characterization in atomic scales; (3) become proficient in data analysis, including interpretation of TEM images (including bright field, dark field, and phase contrast images) and EDX spectra; (4) enhance problem-solving skills by combining the theoretical knowledge with the lab experience.   

ME 510 - Scanning Electron Microscopy for Materials and Device Characterization - 4 Credits
The course is designed to introduce the theoretical and practical concepts of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and spectroscopy.  Topics studied will include electron optical principles of SEM, specimen preparation, SEM imaging and interpretation.  The spectroscopy of microanalysis covers qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis of materials.  Lectures will incorporate the basic design of the SEM and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy and their applications to materials and device characterizations.  The lectures and the lab sessions are integrated to enhance the learning experience of these state-of-the-art materials science and engineering characterization tools.  Through "hands-on" SEM operation, students will become proficient in the application of SEM and EDX systems.   

ME 510 - MEMS and Microsystems - 4 Credits
The underlying principles of the physics, mechanics, and materials science for MEMS will be covered and coupled closely with the basic and applied aspects of Microsystems Engineering. Case studies involving the design, fabrication and packaging of MEMS devices will be used throughout the class.

ME 510 - Semiconductor Manufacturing - 4 Credits
Overview of materials processing in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices

ME 510 - Asymptotic Methods - 4 Credits
Asymptotic techniques for simplification of complex problems in fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer (transport). The techniques learned will find direct application in system modeling, data reduction, and guidance of complex experimentation and/or testing and 3-D computer modeling. Applied mathematical techniques focus on, but are not limited to, thermal-fluids sciences.

ME 510 - Capillary Phenomenon - 4 Credits
Analysis of capillary driven, dominated, or otherwise influenced flows; the fundamental properties of surface tension and the concept of contact angle; interface shapes, stability, and dynamics; applications to wetting and spreading of flows on surfaces and the importance of the moving contact line and viscous normal stress; effects of surface roughness and wettability; dimensional analyses for a variety of flow scenarios; film coating, capillary flows in tubes and in complex geometries, jets, drops and bubbles, select multiphase flows, and special attention to large lengthscale phenomena characteristic of the low-gravity environment aboard spacecraft. 3-D modeling of complex equibrium surfaces and numerical prediciton of interface stability. The class involves the development of theoretical, experimental, and numerical methods.

ME 510 - Corrosion - 4 Credits
ME 510 - Microfluidics - 4 Credits

ME 513 - Engineering Material Science - 4 Credits
Study of materials with emphasis on solids; effect of microstructure and macrostructure on properties; equilibrium and non-equilibrium multiphase systems; effects of mechanical and thermal stresses, electromagnetic fields, irradiation, and chemical environments, surface and related phenomena; examples from metallic, ceramic, polymeric, and composite materials.

ME 515 - Advanced Topics in Energy Conversion - 4 Credits
Topics chosen for relevancy to current technological practice concerned with energy conversion. Examples include cogeneration, combined cycles, gas power plants in the Northwest, wood waste utilization, advanced engine design and combustion systems, and energy conversion systems pollution control. Each offering of this course will focus on a different single selected topic.

ME 520 - Thermal Systems Design - 4 Credits
Introduction to the design of thermal systems for HVAC, energy conversion, and industrial process applications. Procedures for selection of fluid flow equipment, heat exchangers, and combustion equipment. Modeling performance of components and systems. Cost estimation and economic evaluation. Design optimization.

ME 521 - Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning - 4 Credits
Fundamental principles and methods of controlling living space environments; design of heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems for residential, commercial,and industrial purposes. Topics include: moist air properties (psychometrics), air conditioning processes, indoor air quality (comfort and health), heat transmission in building structures, solar radiation, space heating and cooling load analysis, energy calculations, and air conditioning systems and equipment.

ME 522 - Building Energy Use Analysis and Design - 4 Credits
A detailed examination of the analysis of annual energy use of residential and commercial buildings. Emphasis on microcomputer simulation techniques for analysis of building energy use and study of energy-efficient building design. Topics include: heat loss and gain in buildings, heating and cooling load calculations, energy use analysis (including bin type, daily, and hourly analysis procedures), daylighting in commercial buildings, and introduction to analysis and design of active and passive systems utilizing solar energy for space and water heating. Project in design/simulation.

ME 523 - Fundamentals of Building Science - 4 Credits
Introduction to the fundamental concepts of building science. Buildings as a system, including interactions among subsystems such as heating and cooling, ventilation, the thermal envelope, air leakage, and occupants. Building energy efficiency. Performance and economic analysis of residential heating, cooling, and ventilating systems. Indoor air quality and other health and safety issues, including assessing and resolving moisture problems. Applications of diagnostic tools. Lecture plus in-field demonstration and laboratory. Group project involving diagnostic analysis of student homes.

ME 524 - HVAC System Design and Controls - 4 Credits 
Design of HVAC equipment, integration of systems, and design of controls for buildings. Application of HVAC fundamentals. Subjects include: building, block and zone load estimates; air/ hydronic systems design; refrigeration; air handling units; cooling and heating plants; basic control concepts; sensors and actuators; pneumatic, electronic, and digital controls;HVAC subsystem and controls;complete HVAC systems and controls. ME 421/521 and ME 351 

ME 525 - Advanced Topics in Building Science - 4 Credits
Advanced design or analysis topics will be presented. opics will be chosen for relevancy to current technological practice concerned with building science. Examples include clean room design, advanced computer simulation techniques uch as advanced building energy use simulation or attic and wall moisture modeling, and advanced lighting design for commercial buildings. Each offering of this course will focus on a different single selected topic.

ME 526 -Applied Solar Energy - 4 Credits
This course introduces basic concepts of solar engineering.  Topics include fundamentals of solar radiation, solar collectors, thermal energy storage, residential applications, thermal power, photovoltaic fundamentals, and photovoltaic applications.  Guest lectures from professional experts and tours of operating systems will be included.

ME 530/630 - Solid Mechanics - 4 Credits

ME 537 - Mechanical Systems Design - 4 Credits
Objective of this course is to integrate various analysis methods in the context of design projects with realistic constraints. Emphasis is on defining problems, identifying solution methods,and synthesizing solutions while considering production and economic factors. Teamwork, communication skills, and ability to learn independently is highly emphasized.

ME 541 - Advanced Fluid Mechanics - 4 Credits
Partial differential equations governing the conservation of mass, momentum, and energy of Newtonian fluids are derived. Dimensional analysis is used to simplify the governing equations and in particular justify the assumption of incompressible flow. Exact solution of the Navier-Stokes equations are presented. Boundary layer approximations to the governing equations are derived, and both exact and integral solutions are obtained.

ME 542 - Advanced Heat Transfer - 4 Credits
Advanced treatment of the principles of conductive and convective heat transfer. Analytic and numerical solutions of heat conduction problems. Laminar and turbulent convective heat transfer.

ME 543 - Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics - 4 Credits
Thermodynamics of physical and chemical systems with engineering applications: basic thermodynamic relationships; advanced techniques for their use; systems of variable composition; heat effects for reacting systems; equations of state, phase, and chemical equilibria for ideal and nonideal systems. To include one or more of several special topics: chemical kinetics; reactor analysis fundamentals; second law analysis of thermodynamic systems; introduction to statistical thermodynamics; advanced energy conversion systems.

ME 545 - Advanced Topics in Thermal and Fluid Sciences - 4 Credits 
Course topics are chosen for relevancy to current technological practice concerned with thermal and fluid sciences. Each offering of this course focuses on a specific area and is not a survey. Examples include thermal management of electronic equipment and theoretical fluid mechanics.

ME 547 - Transfer and Rate Processes - 4 Credits
An advanced treatment of heat, mass, and momentum transfer. Development of the conservation laws, transport laws, transport properties,and basic analytic solutions. Applications to heat transfer equipment, catalytic reactors, drying processes.

ME 548 - Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics - 4 Credits
 Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is presented as a design tool for analyzing flow and heat transfer. Algorithms implemented in commercial CFD packages are reviewed. Training in use of a commercial code is provided. Case studies reinforce fundamental understanding of flow and heat transfer, and highlight the implementation- specific aspects of commercial codes. An independent project is required.

ME 549 - Thermal Management Measurements - 4 Credits
Provides a survey of laboratory-based techniques used to diagnose electronic cooling problems, and obtain design data for developing thermal management solutions.  Provides significant practical experience: students design and build their own experiments; they take and analyze their own data. Measurements are made with hand-held instruments, bench-top instruments, and with computer controlled data acquisition systems. Data reduction techniques involving centering (removal of bias error) and uncertainty analysis are used extensively.

ME 550 - Solid Modeling - 4 Credits
Emphasis is on solid model construction methods using state-of-the-art solid modeling software. Topics include use of parametric geometry,construction and modification of solids, building and animating assemblies, working in groups, building sheet metal parts, drafting, and the presentation of the fundamentals of solids modeling including representation and manipulation of wireframes, surfaces, and solids. Lecture and laboratory.

ME 551 - Engineering Analysis - 4 Credits
Application of mathematical techniques to the solution of controls, dynamics, mechanical, and transport phenomena problems.  Emphasis given to modeling, physical interpretation, and normalization.  Topics include modeling, linear systems, partial differential equations, and complex variables. Graduate Standing 

ME 552 - Control Engineering I - 4 Credits
 Introductory controls class offered to upper-division mechanical engineering undergraduates and graduate students. Includes classical theory as applied to linear systems with topics: mathematical modeling of control systems; transfer functions and block diagrams; transient response; stability; root-locus method; frequency response method; and control system design techniques. Computer analysis and solution techniques will be utilized.

ME 553 - Control Engineering II - 4 Credits
Continuous control system design and applications using transfer function and state variable approaches. Introduction to digital control system design, including: transfer function and state space formulation, and time and frequency domain analysis techniques. Computer analysis and solution techniques will be utilized.

ME 555 - Finite Element Modeling and Analysis - 4 Credits
The finite element method as related to the solution of mechanical design problems including thermal stress analysis. Various element formulations will be discussed, and existing commercial codes will be used to demonstrate modeling andanalysis techniques.

ME 557 - Introduction to Robotics - 4 Credits
Robot kinematics dynamics and control; basic components of robots; controllers, power supplies and end effectors; industrial applications of robots using peripheral devices, sensors, and vision.

ME 558 - Principles of CNC Machining - 4 Credits
A study of principles of machining, tool path generation and analytic geometry, part design and programming, integration of CAD/CAM software, structure and control of CNC machines, and introduction to computer-integrated-manufacturing.

ME 562 - Engineering Numerical Methods - 4 Credits 
Numerical methods applied to engineering problems. Coverage includes interpolation, integration, root solving, solution of boundary value and initial value problems, solution of linear systems. Programming will include Fortran or C, MATLAB and Maple.

ME 565 - Advanced Finite Element Applications -  4 Credits
This course builds on the knowledge of introductory finite element modeling and analysis course to provide students with advanced working knowledge to tackle real world problems. Advanced element types such as Plate and Shell as well as Gap and Contact will be discussed. Advanced modeling and analysis topics include nonlinearity in stress analysis(including geometric and material nonlinearity), Buckling, Gap/Contact analysis, forced vibration and frequency response, advanced thermal/structural interactions, and mixed element modeling. ME 455/ME 555, or equivalent 

ME 571 - Process Measurement and Control - 4 Credits
Introduction to process control hardware, software, and interfacing. Lecture topics include: number systems, hardware concepts, data movement, programming, and interfacing. Lab exercises involve the use of microcomputers interfaced and programmed for various control and data acquisition applications.

ME 575 - Joining Processes and Design - 4 Credits
Course covers welding, brazing and soldering processes such as: shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, pulsed gas metal arc, flux cored arc, gas tungsten arc, plasma arc, submerged arc, electroslag, resistance, oxy-fuel, and other welding processes; diffusion brazing, transient liquid phase bonding, wave soldering, reflow soldering, and others.  Manual, automatic, and robotic methods of welding, brazing, and soldering as well as rapid and economical cutting methods such as plasma, laser, and oxy-fuel cutting are covered.  Welding metallurgy and design with steel, stainless steel, and aluminum alloys are emphasized.  Combining design and metallurgy of joints to provide economy, strength, and crack resistance is underscored.  Calculations of heat flow and its effects on metallurgy and strength of welds; preheat calculations to prevent hydrogen-assisted cracking; calculations to prevent solidification cracking and other weld-cracking problems are included. Common weldability tests, welding codes, and non-destructive testing of welded joints are covered.    Students enrolled in ME-575 will be required to write a term paper.

ME 576 - Material Failure Analysis - 4 Credits
This course applies fundamental mechanisms of fracture of metals and alloys and relates them to practical engineering structural failures in the field.  Many case histories are studied.  Mechanisms include: ductile and brittle fracture, fatigue, corrosion fatigue, wear, liquid erosion, stress corrosion, galvanic corrosion,  sensitization of stainless steels, liquid metal embrittlement, hydrogen-assisted cracking, elevated temperature failures, fretting, rolling contact fatigue, impact wear, cavitation, liquid impact erosion, creep and stress rupture at elevated temperatures.  Analytical tools used to identify failures include: optical metallography, scanning electron microscopy, secondary ion mass spectroscopy, electron probe microanalysis and Auger electron spectroscopy.  Brittle intergranular, cleavage, quasi-cleavage and ductile microvoid coalescence modes of fracture are discussed.  Failures covered include: weldments, brazed and soldered joints, castings, bearings, boilers, high temperature pressure vessels, forgings, pipelines, bridge components, gears, springs, wear components, tools, and dies.

ME 578 - Introduction to Electronic Packaging - 4 Credits

ME 581 - Mechanical Tolerancing - 4 Credits
Presents the principles of current dimensioning and tolerancing standards including their syntax, meaning, methods of verification, and their relation to design requirements. Statistical techniques for tolerance analysis and synthesis relevant to various assembly and fit requirements. Other topics include standards of surface roughness, limits and fits, and relevant hardware and software products. A term project on a mechanical part product intended for manufacturing is required.

ME 587 - Statistical Process Control - 4 Credits
Application of statistical methods to process and quality control. Control chart construction and interpretation for variables and attributes. Fundamental concepts in acceptance sampling. Some aspects of life testing and reliability.

ME 588 - Design of Industrial Experiments - 4 Credits
Presents the statistical basis of industrial experimentation used in process and design improvement.  Topics include model building, randomized and blocked designs, Latin squares, analysis of variance, factorial designs, fractional factorial designs, time series analysis, and evolutionary operations. Stat 460 

ME 596 - Design Optimization - 4 Credits
Application of numerical optimization techniques to the engineering design process.  Mathematical theory of optimization, and application problems in structural and machine component design will be discussed.  The course involves computer-aided design optimization projects. Graduate standing  

MSE 507 - Materials Seminar - 4 Credits  
Graduate standing 

MSE 510 - Phase Diagrams - 4 Credits
This course is designed to give the student a firm understanding of reactions that are predicted by binary and ternary phase diagrams.  Concentration will be on ternary diagrams of common alloy systems used in metallurgy, ceramics and electronic materials including soldering systems such as Sn-Ag-Cu.  Phase diagrams will be used to predict equilibrium reactions occurring in welding, casting, soldering, as well as in solid-state ceramic and electronic devices. Practical applications of thermodynamics and Gibbs phase rule are discussed.   Effects of non-equilibrium solidification segregation and diffusion reactions in alloys systems are discussed.  Common eutectic, peritectic and isomorphous ternary systems used in industrial processes are covered. Graduate standing or consent of the instructor 

MSE 510 - Thermodynamics of Materials - 4 Credits 
This course introduces the classical, statistical, and computational thermodynamics of materials and their applications.  Topics include thermodynamic functions, laws of thermodynamics, phase stability and equilibria in multi-component systems, mathematical models, computation of phase diagrams and material properties.  

MSE 513 - Engineering Design for Materials Scientists - 4 Credits 
Application of engineering design principles to materials problems: problem definition, design methodology, design philosophy, and practice. Introduction to fundamentals of machine design, mechanical models, mechanical systems. Required course for materials science and engineering students without an engineering back-ground. Graduate Standing

MSE 515 - Material Testing Methods - 4 
Discussion and application of techniques for materials scientists including image analysis, thermal-physical analyses, fracture, and weldability testing. Lecture and Laboratory. Graduate standing 

MSE 534 - Phase Diagrams in Metals, Ceramics, and Electronic Materials - 4 Credits 
This course is designed give the student a practical understanding of binary and ternary reactions that are predicted by phase diagrams.  Concentration will be on ternary diagrams of common alloy systems used in metallurgy, ceramics and electronic materials.  Phase diagrams will be used to predict time-temperature-dependent reactions occurring in soldering, welding, and solid state devices to determine structural performance.  Fundamental principles of thermodynamics and Gibbs phase rule are the bases for the practical application of ternary diagrams.  Both solidification and solid state reactions are covered.  Effects of non-equilibrium solidification segregation and diffusion reactions in alloys systems are discussed.  Common ternary eutectic, peritectic and isomorphous alloys systems used in industrial processes are covered. Senior or graduate standing in engineering 

MSE 547 - Diffusion - 4 Credits 
Materials Science Engineering Diffusion 
MSE 576 - Failure Analysis - 4 Credits 
Fundamental mechanisms related to failure of metals and alloys used in engineering structures.  Mechanisms include: ductile and brittle fracture, fatigue, corrosion fatigue, wear, liquid erosion, stress corrosion, hydrogen-assisted cracking, elevated temperature failures, and many others.  Graduate students conduct a project which may be either the analysis of a ÒrealÓ fracture or a literature search on a type of failure.  Analytical tools used to identify types of failures including: optical metallography, scanning electron microscopy, secondary ion mass spectroscopy, electron probe microanalysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy, and others.  Ductile, brittle, intergranular, cleavage, quasi-cleavage and microvoid coalescence modes of fracture are discussed.  Case histories of failures in weldments, brazed and soldered joints, castings, bearings, boilers, pressure vessels, forgings, pipelines, bridge components, gears, springs, wear components, tools, dies, and others are discussed.