Allen Robinson, Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor and Department Head
Scaife Hall 401

General Overview

Mechanical engineers design, analyze, and manufacture new products and technologies. They address society’s needs through a combination of mechanical engineering fundamentals and innovative ideas. Our curriculum emphasizes engineering theory, hands-on experience and technical skills. Our students learn how to solve practical problems and analyze situations by converting concepts into reliable and cost-effective devices and processes.

Mechanical engineers work in a variety of sectors: small start-up companies, multi-national corporations, government agencies, national laboratories, consulting firms, and universities. Specializing in research, design, manufacturing, or management, they design and implement devices that affect our daily lives. Examples include:

  • Jet Engines
  • Automobiles
  • Aircraft and Spacecraft
  • Acceleration and Pressure Sensors
  • Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Systems
  • Power Generations Systems
  • Energy Storage Devices
  • Biomedical and Biomechanical Devices (such as artificial hip implants)
  • Mechanical and Electronic Systems (such as robots)

Through our curriculum, students receive a solid scientific foundation from the start. During their first year, students take courses in mathematics, physics, computer programming, and chemistry. In addition, students take two introductory engineering courses which expose them to the different engineering departments. Our mechanical engineering introductory course is project-oriented, and students learn about the various disciplines of mechanical engineering through lectures, laboratories, and hands-on projects.

In their sophomore and junior years, students take core engineering courses to develop strong engineering fundamentals. These course topics include:

  • Solid and Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Dynamics
  • Systems and Controls
  • Design Methods and Skills
  • Experimentation and Numerical Methods

During their senior year, students complete a capstone course in engineering design. In this course, students work on teams to develop prototype hardware for new products. These projects expose students to the design process, from concept to product, and emphasize effective communication and presentations skills. Starting in Fall 2017, we will offer an alternate capstone class in electromechanical systems design.

Past design projects include:

  • motion activated phone protection system
  • wheelchair push-off assist mechanism
  • golf simulator lie board
  • multicolored pancake printer
  • water purification and transport system

Additionally, students can utilize our flexible elective structure to pursue individual interests. We recognize the broad role mechanical engineers play in society as leaders in business, government, and law. Therefore, we offer elective options that enable students to:

  • begin taking elective courses during their sophomore year
  • specialize in a particular area of mechanical engineering
  • emphasize a technical area within another engineering or science department
  • pursue interests in another Carnegie Mellon department (such as foreign language, design, music, or business) to earn a double major or minor

We offer advanced courses that students can choose as electives, depending on their interests. Electives include:

  • energy and environment
  • controls
  • vibrations
  • dynamics
  • manufacturing
  • robotics
  • internal combustion engines
  • mechatronics
  • fluid and solid mechanics
  • engineering design
  • computation engineering
  • additive manufacturing
  • project management
  • product design
  • bioengineering

As mentioned, students can also take technical and non-technical electives from other Carnegie Mellon departments. Students can use these courses to pursue a double major or minor, or develop an individual concentration with a faculty advisor.

Students can also tailor their undergraduate experiences through study abroad, research, cooperative education or the Integrated Master's/Bachelor's Program. In today’s global society, a study abroad experience is crucial and should serve as an integral part of an undergraduate engineering education. An academic experience abroad is encouraged and assistance provided for course choices, but students may also participate in research, or complete an internship or co-op. Exceptional students are eligible to participate in departmental or college senior honors research under faculty supervision. In the Integrated Master's/Bachelor's program, students complete graduate courses during their senior year, accumulating credit toward their Master’s degrees. Students then complete all the requirements for the M.S. degree (course-work option) in the fall following their B.S. degree.

Students use the latest computer-based design and analysis methods for their courses and project work, including industry-standard design tools aided by computers. We provide an undergraduate computer lab where students can complete design work, structural analyses, thermal/fluid finite element analyses, and dynamic system simulations. Using these computer tools, students can visualize a product’s performance before they fabricate it.

We also provide students with a variety of resources including MIG welding, rapid prototyping, and a fully equipped student shop (includes lathes, drill presses, milling machines, band saws, and other hand and power tools). Our Thermal Fluids and Mechanical Systems laboratories contain state of-the-art experimentation hardware and software.

Our faculty performs research sponsored by industry and government agencies. Faculty often use the results of their research as specific examples, case studies, and projects in undergraduate courses, allowing students to see firsthand the recent advances in mechanical engineering.

We also sponsor frequent seminars and invite nationally and internationally reputed speakers to give lectures. We encourage all students to attend these seminars to learn about broad perspectives on mechanical engineering.

Educational Objectives

According to ABET, which evaluates applied science, computing, engineering and technology programs for accreditation, “program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation.”

The core objective of our undergraduate program is to provide our students an education that enables them to be productive, impactful, and fulfilled professionals throughout their careers. In light of this vision, the objectives of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon are to produce graduates who:

  • Distinguish themselves as effective problem solvers by applying fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Are innovative and resourceful in their professional activities.
  • Excel in multidisciplinary team settings.
  • Become leaders in their organizations, their profession and in society.
  • Conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner in the workplace.
  • Excel in diverse career paths within and beyond engineering profession, including in industry and academia.

Educational Outcomes

The undergraduate curriculum in the Department of Mechanical Engineering offers students significant opportunities to pursue directions of personal interest, including minors, double majors, participation in research projects, and study abroad. Design and teamwork experiences occur at regular intervals in the curriculum, and graduates have significant hands-on experience through laboratories and projects.

The faculty of the Department has endorsed the following set of skills, or outcomes that graduates of the program are expected to have:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


Minimum units required for B.S. in Mechanical Engineering382

The following template outlines the four-year B.S. program through the standard and recommended course sequence. To ensure that prerequisites are completed and to prevent scheduling conflicts, students should discuss any changes to this sequence with their department academic advisor.

Freshman Year

Fall Units
21-120Differential and Integral Calculus10
24-101Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering12
33-141Physics I for Engineering Students12
99-101Computing @ Carnegie Mellon3
76-101Interpretation and Argument9
Spring Units
21-122Integration and Approximation10
xx-xxxSecond Introductory Engineering Course12
xx-xxxRestricted Technical Elective 10-1310
xx-xxxGeneral Education Course9

 Sophomore Year 

Fall Units
21-259Calculus in Three Dimensions9
24-221Thermodynamics I10
xx-xxxRestricted Technical Elective 10-1313
xx-xxxGeneral Education Course9
24-200Machine Shop Practice
*Required sophomore year*
39-210Experiential Learning I0
Spring Units
21-260Differential Equations9
24-231Fluid Mechanics10
24-262Stress Analysis12
xx-xxxRestricted Technical Elective 10-1312
xx-xxxGeneral Education Course9
24-202Introduction to Computer Aided Design
*Required sophomore year *
39-220Experiential Learning II0

Junior Year 

Fall Units
24-302Mechanical Engineering Seminar I- taken either fall or spring2
24-322Heat Transfer10
24-370Engineering Design I: Methods and Skills12
36-220Engineering Statistics and Quality Control9
xx-xxxGeneral Education Course9
39-310Experiential Learning III0
Spring Units
24-321Thermal-Fluids Experimentation12
24-311Numerical Methods12
24-352Dynamic Systems and Controls12
xx-xxxGeneral Education Course9

Senior Year

Fall Units
24-441Engineering Design II: Conceptualization and Realization- required either fall or spring; alternate with xx-xxx 9 unit elective12
or 24-671 Special Topics: Electromechanical Systems Design
24-452Mechanical Systems Experimentation9
xx-xxxGeneral Education Course9
Spring Units
24-441Engineering Design II: Conceptualization and Realization
OR xx-xxx Elective
or 24-671 Special Topics: Electromechanical Systems Design
24-xxxMechanical Engineering Technical Elective9-12
xx-xxxGeneral Education Course9

Notes on the Curriculum

  1. Students need a minimum of 382 units to complete the B.S. degree.
  2. During the first year, students complete  24-101 Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering and another introductory engineering course. Students who do not take 24-101 during their first year should take 24-101 during the fall semester of their sophomore year in place of the General Education Course. They can then replace that General Education Course in their junior or senior year.
  3. Students must pass the following three courses before they begin the core Mechanical Engineering courses in the fall of their sophomore year:
    • 21-120 Differential and Integral Calculus (10 units)
    • 21-122 Integration and Approximation (10 units)
    • 33-141 Physics I for Engineering Students (12 units)*
    *33-141 / 33-142 is the recommended sequence for engineering students, although 33-151 / 33-152 would also meet the CIT Physics requirement.
  4. All mathematics (21-xxx) courses required for the engineering degree must have a minimum grade of C in order to fulfill the graduation requirement for the BS engineering degree and to count as a prerequisite for the engineering core classes.
  5. Mechanical engineering undergraduates must satisfy a Science Laboratory requirement to graduate. Normally the Science Laboratory requirement is satisfied by passing 09-101 Introduction to Experimental Chemistry (3 units). Students can also satisfy the Science Laboratory requirement by passing one of the following courses:
    03-124Modern Biology Laboratory9
    33-100Basic Experimental Physics6
    33-104Experimental Physics9
    42-203Biomedical Engineering Laboratory9

    These courses may have prerequisites and tight enrollment limits that students should consider in their planning.
  6. Students are required to complete 36-220 Engineering Statistics and Quality Control, which may be scheduled in any semester. The sequence of calculus courses (21-120 , 21-122 , 21-259) and 21-260 Differential Equations, should be scheduled as indicated due to Mechanical Engineering Core class prerequisites.
  7. The communications requirement can be satisfied by completing one of the following options:
    24-302Mechanical Engineering Seminar I- either fall or spring2
    70-340Business Communications9
    76-270Writing for the Professions9
  8. Students must enroll in 24-452 Mechanical Systems Experimentation in the fall of their senior year.
  9. Students may take either 24-441 Engineering Design II: Conceptualization and Realization or 24-671 Special Topics: Electromechanical Systems Design (students may choose one for their capstone design class) in either fall or spring of senior year.

Restricted Technical Electives

Students should have the following courses completed by the end of their sophomore year. These courses are listed as “Restricted Technical Electives” in the example course sequence. Students do have some flexibility in how they sequence these courses during their freshman and sophomore years:

09-101Introduction to Experimental Chemistry3
33-142Physics II for Engineering and Physics Students12
09-105Introduction to Modern Chemistry I10
15-110Principles of Computing10

Mechanical Engineering Technical Electives

We require students to take at least one elective labeled as “Mechanical Engineering Technical Elective” in the example course sequence. Students must take at least one non-core 24-xxx course (9-unit minimum) to fulfill the technical elective requirement. Options include:

Design and Manufacturing
24-341Manufacturing Sciences9
24-650Applied Finite Element Analysis12
24-651Material Selection for Mechanical Engineers12
24-681Computer-Aided Design12
24-683Design for Manufacture and the Environment12
24-688Introduction to CAD and CAE Tools12
Mechanical Systems
24-354Special Topics: Gadgetry: Sensors, Actuators, and Processors9
24-451Feedback Control Systems12
24-655Cellular Biomechanics9
24-657Molecular Biomechanics9
24-358Special Topics in Culinary Mechanics9
24-612Cardiovascular Mechanics12
24-650Applied Finite Element Analysis12
Thermal-Fluid Systems
24-421Internal Combustion Engines12
24-424Energy and the Environment9
24-425Combustion and Air Pollution Control9
24-623Molecular Simulation of Materials12
24-628Energy Transport and Conversion at the Nanoscale12
24-618Special Topics: Computational Analysis of Transport Phenomena12
24-642Fuel Cell Systems12

Note: We regularly offer these courses and/or new options according to our teaching schedule. However, we cannot guarantee to offer a particular course in a given semester.

Students can also take certain mechanical engineering graduate courses to fulfill the technical elective requirement. However, students must have the appropriate prerequisites and the instructor must approve taking the course.  Students can find a list of graduate courses we offer on our website.

Students cannot use research or project courses to fulfill the technical elective requirement. However, these courses, with limitations, will count as general elective units.  Project/research courses that do not fulfill the technical elective requirements are:

24-391/ 24-392 Mechanical Engineering Project
24-491/ 24-492 Department Research Honors
39-xxx CIT series courses


Students must first complete five elective courses, as indicated in the example course sequence. Students can take either technical or non-technical courses to fill these five slots from either the mechanical engineering department, College of Engineering, or any other Carnegie Mellon department. However, students may only use one elective slot for an ungraded class. We offer these electives so students can pursue individual interests or obtain a minor or double major. 

Constructing a Program of Study

In order to properly plan their course sequence, students should select their six elective courses with the department academic advisor. If students are pursuing minors, double majors, or double degrees, they should choose electives that meet requirements of these programs. We provide more information on selecting courses and electives in the Undergraduate Student Handbook. We offer the following options to students for tailoring our program to fit their needs and interests.

Specialization Within Mechanical Engineering

Students can specialize in a specific area by taking additional mechanical engineering electives beyond the one required technical elective. Students can choose courses from the Mechanical Engineering Technical Electives list or take approved mechanical engineering graduate courses.

Research and Independent Study Projects

Students can work on a design or research project if supervised and coordinated by a faculty advisor. Interested students should contact faculty members to identify potential projects of mutual interest. Projects generally involve lab, analytical, field, design or computer work.

Students complete projects and research by taking either or both of the following courses for their electives. As previously mentioned, students cannot use these courses to fulfill the technical elective requirement.

24-391/392Mechanical Engineering ProjectVar.
24-491/492Department Research HonorsVar.
*Enrollment in 24-491/492 requires a minimum 3.2 QPA (quality point average).

Qualified students enrolled in 24-491/492 are recognized at commencement. To graduate with department research honors, students must have a QPA of 3.2 or higher, complete 18 units of 24-491/492 with at least at least a "B" grade, and submit an approved thesis to their faculty research advisor.

Students who complete all requirements for CIT Honors Research are also recognized for research honors. These students must complete 18 units of (39-500) CIT Honors Research under the supervision of a mechanical engineering faculty member.

Developing a Concentration of Interdisciplinary Studies

Students can also take courses outside of mechanical engineering to fill elective slots. Usually students select courses around a common theme; although courses span several departments, students choose courses to form a specific concentration. Students can either construct an informal program of study based on their interests or they can pursue a minor or double major using these courses.

Pursuing a Minor or Double Major

The College of Engineering offers designated minors for students wishing to specialize in an engineering area. Students can find a list of minors on the CIT website ( Students can generally complete a designated minor without increasing the number of units required for graduation, but they should plan early so that they can complete a minor on time.

Students can also complete a double major within the College of Engineering. Students can earn double majors in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy, Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering and Robotics.

Additionally, students can pursue minors or double majors with other Carnegie Mellon departments. Interested students should contact the main department of the minor/double major they seek to learn the requirements for that program.

Advising, Counseling, and Mentoring Opportunities for Mechanical Engineering Students

Several groups of individuals can provide advising, counseling, and mentoring to Mechanical Engineering students at Carnegie Mellon. Below we summarize the types of advice and mentorship that each group typically can provide. Everyone is here to help, and we encourage students to benefit from different types of advising. Note that academic advisers and the career consultants focus entirely on providing advising and counseling to students. Faculty and alumni each bring a very distinct set of experiences to their advising roles, which will benefit some students, but not others. We encourage you to cultivate multiple advisors.  And, when you have particular questions, the department will always try to find people who can advise you.

The Academic Advisors, Lauren Warden-Rodgers (last name A-mid-alphabet) or Eva Mergner (last name mid-alphabet-Z), will:

  • Collaborate and assist in achievement of academic goals by sharing information and resources, and providing encouragement and support
  • Offer accessibility through appointments, walk-ins and email exchanges
  • Verify progress toward degree requirements
  • Discuss course alternatives for CIT requirements and electives
  • Register research credit
  • Assist with pre-requisite issues
  • Offer information regarding double majors, minors, study abroad procedures, etc
  • Explain summer transfer credit policies

Faculty mentors will:

  • Discuss challenges students face in their courses or in research, if appropriate
  • Discuss research for credit and summer research opportunities in the faculty's lab
  • Discuss general technical subjects in mechanical engineering
  • Answer questions about life after CMU
  • Give insight into career paths
  • Give advice on pursuing a graduate degree
  • Discuss tradeoffs between different opportunities that students might choose from

Your Career Consultant* Lisa Dickter (in the Career & Professional Development Center) will:

  • Help you to create and update your resume
  • Teach you how to search for a summer internship and full-time job
  • Provide many resources for your internship/job search
  • Offer advice on: how to interview, how to navigate a career fair, what to say to employers at career fairs, how to network, how to write a cover letter, and how to evaluate/negotiate a job offer

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Alumni Advisors may:

  • Answer questions about life after CMU
  • Give insight into career paths
  • Give advice on pursuing a graduate degree
  • Answer questions about working at specific companies
  • Look over resumes, drawing on their particular experiences
  • Point to professional skills they gained while at CMU that helped them in their career path, and other skills that they later found useful

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Integrated Master's/Bachelor's Degree (IMB)

The Integrated Master’s/Bachelor’s program (IMB) is an exciting opportunity for students who excel academically and want to pursue both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s Coursework (MSC) degree in Mechanical Engineering. The application fee, Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and recommendation letters are waived. The Bachelor’s degree may be completed simultaneously with the MS degree or in a preceding semester. Courses taken for the MSC degree may not be counted in the Bachelor degree requirements. The two degrees are typically completed in 8 to 10 semesters. At least one semester of full time graduate status is required when completion of the two degrees extends beyond the 8th semester.

A student with a cumulative QPA of 3.00 or higher in the second semester of their junior or senior year is guaranteed admission into the MS degree through the IMB program. To be officially admitted, the student must complete the IMB degree program form: MechE IMB Form.

If a student does not meet the exact overall 3.00 QPA requirement, they must apply for admission via the Graduate Admissions guidelines. All portions of the application must be completed.

Quality Point Average Requirements

To be eligible to graduate, undergraduate students must complete all course requirements for their program with a cumulative Quality Point Average of at least 2.00 for all courses taken. For undergraduate students who enrolled at Carnegie Mellon as freshmen and whose freshman grades cause the cumulative QPA to fall below 2.0, this requirement is modified to be a cumulative QPA of at least 2.0 for all courses taken after the freshman year. Note, however, the cumulative QPA that appears on the student's final transcript will be calculated based on all grades in all courses taken, including freshman year. The Mechanical Engineering Department requires that students attain a quality point average of 2.00 or higher for all required Mechanical Engineering core courses.

Pursuant to university rules, students can repeat a course in which a grade below C was attained in order to achieve the QPA requirement. When a course is repeated, all grades will be recorded on the official academic transcript and will be calculated in the student's QPA. For all required Mechanical Engineering courses, the highest grade obtained between the original and the repeated class will be used to calculate the Mechanical Engineering OPA.

Course Descriptions

Note on Course Numbers

Each Carnegie Mellon course number begins with a two-digit prefix which designates the department offering the course (76-xxx courses are offered by the Department of English, etc.). Although each department maintains its own course numbering practices, typically the first digit after the prefix indicates the class level: xx-1xx courses are freshmen-level, xx-2xx courses are sophomore level, etc. xx-6xx courses may be either undergraduate senior-level or graduate-level, depending on the department. xx-7xx courses and higher are graduate-level. Please consult the Schedule of Classes each semester for course offerings and for any necessary pre-requisites or co-requisites.

24-101 Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering
Fall and Spring: 12 units
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the field of mechanical engineering through an exposition of its disciplines, including structural analysis, mechanism design, fluid flows, and thermal systems. By using principles and methods of analysis developed in lectures, students will complete two major projects. These projects will begin with conceptualization, proceed with the analysis of candidate designs, and culminate in the construction and testing of a prototype. The creative process will be encouraged throughout. The course is intended primarily for CIT first year students.

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24-200 Machine Shop Practice
Fall and Spring: 1 unit
This 6 week mini course familiarizes students with the operation and safety of machine tools. This gives students knowledge of what goes into engineering designs in building a prototype and also enables them to operate shop machinery as a part of future courses. Prerequisite: Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering standing Machine Shop Practices should be completed prior to Design I 24-370. However, if necessary, it may be scheduled concurrently with Design I in the first mini of the semester.

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24-202 Introduction to Computer Aided Design
Fall and Spring: 1 unit
Introduction to computer aided mechanical design using SolidWorks 3D CAD software. Includes the creation and analysis of components and assemblies, generation of drawings, and exporting for manufacture. Two hours of guided computer lab work each week. Prerequisite: Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering standing

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24-210 Special Topics: Additive Manufacturing for Engineers
Spring: 3 units
Introduction to additive manufacturing (AM) fundamentals and applications using Solidworks 3-D CAD software and a variety of polymer and metal AM machines. Includes a brief history of AM processing, a review of and technical fundamentals of current AM processes, a study of the current AM market, and future directions of the technology. Lab Sessions will support an open-ended design project. Completion of 24-202 Intro to CAD, is required.
24-221 Thermodynamics I
Fall: 10 units
Temperature and thermometry; equations of state for fluids and solids; work, heat, and the first law; internal energy, enthalpy, and specific heats; energy equations for flow; change of phase; the second law, reversibility, absolute temperature, and entropy; combined first and second laws; availability; power and refrigeration cycles. Applications to a wide range of processes and devices. 3 hrs. lec., 1 hour recitation
Prerequisites: (33-121 or 33-151 or 33-141 or 33-106) and 21-122 Min. grade C and 24-101
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24-231 Fluid Mechanics
Spring: 10 units
Hydrostatics. Control volume concepts of mass, momentum, and energy conservation. Euler's and Bernoulli's equations. Viscous flow equations. Head loss in ducts and piping systems. Dimensional analysis and similitude as an engineering tool. Measurement techniques. 3 hrs. lec., 1 hr. rec.
Prerequisites: (33-151 or 33-106 or 33-141) and 21-122 Min. grade C

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24-261 Statics
Fall: 10 units
This course is the first in a two-semester sequence on the solid mechanics of engineering structures and machines. The course begins with a review of the statics of rigid bodies, which includes the identification of statically indeterminate problems. Two- and three-dimensional statics problems are treated. Thereafter, the course studies stresses and deflections in deformable components. In turn, the topics covered are: simple tension, compression, and shear; thin-walled pressure vessels; torsion; and bending of beams. For each topic, statically indeterminate problems are analyzed and elementary considerations of strength are introduced. 3 hrs. lec., 1 hr. rec./lab.
Prerequisites: 21-122 Min. grade C and (33-106 or 33-141 or 33-151 or 33-121)

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24-262 Stress Analysis
Spring: 12 units
This course is the second in a two-semester sequence on the solid mechanics of engineering structures and machines. The basic topics of uniaxial tension/compression, torsion, and flexural deformation from 24-261 are reviewed. Combined loadings and stresses are then treated, which lead to a consideration of failure criteria. Two-dimensional elasticity and the finite element method are introduced. Stress concentrations are quantified analytically, numerically, and with the use of engineering handbooks. Cyclic failure criteria are introduced, and both static and cyclic failure criteria are applied to results from numerical analysis. 3 hrs. lec., 1 hr. rec./lab.
Prerequisites: (33-151 or 33-141 or 33-106) and 24-261
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24-292 Renewable Energy Engineering
Intermittent: 9 units
Introduction to engineering principles of various renewable energy systems, including the following topics: background on climate change and carbon sequestration, engineering analysis of renewable energy systems such as solar photovoltaic, (solar thermal), wind power, hydropower, wave energy, bio mass energy, geothermal energy, and hydrogen based fuel cells. In addition, transitional energy systems such as nuclear power and advanced combined cycles will be introduced. Both engineering performance and present state of development will be discussed. Students will review and present their progress on various subjects, which will be selected based on personal interest.
Prerequisites: 33-141 or 33-106
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24-302 Mechanical Engineering Seminar I
Fall and Spring: 2 units
The purpose of this course is to help students develop good presentation skills and to provide a forum for presentations and discussions of professional ethics. Students will make at least two presentations, one of which is related to professional ethics. Student grades will be based on their presentation skills and their participation in class discussions. 1 hr. rec. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor

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24-311 Numerical Methods
Spring: 12 units
Use of numerical methods for solving engineering problems with the aid of a digital computer. The course will contain numerical methods such as roots of equations, linear algebraic equations, optimization, curve fitting, integration, and differential equation solving. MATLAB will be used as the programming language. Programming cluster laboratory times will be available twice a week. Problems will be drawn from all fields of interest to mechanical engineers. 3 hrs. lecture plus lab
Prerequisite: 21-260
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24-321 Thermal-Fluids Experimentation
Spring: 12 units
24-321 Thermal-Fluids Experimentation Spring: 12 units This is a capstone course for the thermal-fluids core-course sequence. This course covers techniques of measurement, uncertainty analysis, and realization of systems, which demonstrate fundamental principles in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. The principles of designing thermal experiments are also integrated into this course.
Prerequisites: 24-231 and 24-221 and 24-322
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24-322 Heat Transfer
Fall: 10 units
Introduction to basic concepts of engineering heat transfer. Steady and transient heat conduction in solids, including the effect of heat generation. Finned surfaces. Correlation formulas for forced and free convection, condensation, and boiling. Design and analysis of heat exchangers. Radiation heat transfer. Problems in combined convection and radiation. Measurement techniques. 3 hrs. lec., 1 hr. recitation.
Prerequisites: 24-221 and 24-231 and 21-260
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24-334 Introduction to Biomechanics
Fall: 9 units
This course covers the application of solid and fluid mechanics to living tissues. This includes the mechanical properties and behavior of individual cells, the heart, blood vessels, the lungs, bone, muscle and connective tissues as well as methods for the analysis of human motion.
Prerequisite: 24-231
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24-341 Manufacturing Sciences
Spring: 9 units
This course has two broad concerns: an introductory review of manufacturing systems organization and a review of common manufacturing processes from the point of view of design for manufacturability. The features of mass and batch production are quantitatively considered. The basic principles of group technology and production planning are outlined. The use of computers in manufacturing is described, together with a review of the current capabilities of industrial robots. Students will be involved in weekly seminars, which will describe the basic features of common manufacturing processes, including metal machining, metal forming, polymer processing, casting techniques, joining techniques, ceramic processing, and powder processing. Case studies from industry and films may be used. 3 hrs. rec.
Prerequisite: 24-262
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24-351 Dynamics
Fall: 10 units
This first course on the modeling and analysis of dynamic systems concentrates on the motion of particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies under the action of forces and moments. Topics include the kinematics of motion in rectangular, polar, and intrinsic coordinates; relative motion analysis with multiple reference frames; and planar kinetics through the second law, work-energy method, and impulse-momentum method. Time and frequency domain solutions to first and second order equations of motion are discussed. 3 hrs. lec. 1 hr rec.
Prerequisite: 24-261
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24-352 Dynamic Systems and Controls
Spring: 12 units
This second course on the modeling and analysis of dynamic systems emphasizes the common features, which are exhibited by physical systems that include mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, thermal, electrical, and electromechanical elements. State equations and the concepts of equilibrium, linearization, and stability are discussed. Time and frequency domain solutions are developed. 4 hr. lec.
Prerequisites: (33-107 and 24-261 and 21-260) or (21-260 and 33-142 and 24-261) or (33-152 and 24-261 and 21-260) or (24-261 and 33-132 and 21-260)

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24-354 Special Topics: Gadgetry: Sensors, Actuators, and Processors
Fall: 9 units
This course will introduce the components used in mechatronic design. Topics include microcontrollers, circuit design and analysis, and sensors and actuators commonly used in mechatronic systems. The course will contain a substantial hands-on component in which students will program microcontrollers to read sensors and drive actuators. This course is a pre-requisite for 24-671 Electromechanical Systems Design, which can substitute for 24-441 to satisfy the capstone design requirement.
Prerequisites: (15-110 or 15-112) and (33-152 or 33-107 or 33-142)

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24-358 Special Topics in Culinary Mechanics
Intermittent: 9 units
This course discusses how mechanical quantities and processes such as force, motion, and deformation influence food and the culinary arts. The aim of the course is to apply important aspects of mechanics to ideas in cooking. Specific topics include: (1) how do stress and strain affect food and its perceived taste; (2) what is the role of cell mechanics in the resulting micro structure of both consumed plant and animal tissues; (3) how can mechanics be used to alter nutrition; (4) what are the roles of common and uncommon mechanical tools such as a knife or mortar and pestle in food preparation. Emphasis will be placed on the biomechanics of edible matter across multiple length scales, including at the tissue, cellular, and molecular levels; additionally, impact on global health and engineering implications will be elucidated. During this course, we will introduce you to these concepts,train you to use them in real world applications, and allow you to pursue a creative group-defined project, which will be shared in both written and oral formats. We will integrate a hands-on kitchen experience in at least 3 specific laboratory classes so that students will get a true feel and understanding for culinary mechanics. We also will be visiting the restaurant of at least one first-rate Pittsburgh chef to gain real world insight into mechanics and cooking.

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24-370 Engineering Design I: Methods and Skills
Fall: 12 units
In this course, students will learn methods and skills for the engineering design process, consisting of four stages: concept design, detail design, analysis, and manufacturing. The course covers the engineering design process in a holistic fashion by discussing theories and practices of the four stages and inter-relating them. Hands-on assignments, including computational and physical projects, are given to enhance the learning outcome. After taking this course, students will be able to: express ideas in sketches; interpret and create engineering drawings; select and apply machine elements; model detailed shapes with CAD tools; analyze product performance with CAE tools; choose materials and manufacturing schemes, and create and test prototypes. Recommended: 24-200 (machine shop practice).
Prerequisites: 24-202 Min. grade C and 24-262
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24-391 Mechanical Engineering Project
Fall and Spring
Practice in the organization, planning, and execution of appropriate engineering projects. These investigations may be assigned on an individual or a team basis and in most cases will involve experimental work.

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24-392 Mechanical Engineering Project
All Semesters
Practice in the organization, planning, and execution of appropriate engineering projects. These investigations may be assigned on an individual or a team basis and in most cases will involve experimental work.

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24-421 Internal Combustion Engines
Fall: 12 units
This course discusses working principles of internal combustion engines found in many practical applications. Focus is given to understanding the design of air handing system, in-cylinder fuel/air mixing, geometric design of the combustion chamber, engine performance and calibration, and mechanism of pollutant formation and reduction. Introductory discussion of advanced automotive engine concepts, alternative fuels, gas turbine engines, rocket engines, and hybrid electric vehicles is also provided. The course relies on a number of lab experiments, analysis of actual experimental data, and a combination of analytical and numerical homework assignments. 3 hrs. lecture 2 hrs. lab
Prerequisites: 24-221 and 24-231
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24-424 Energy and the Environment
Fall: 9 units
Fuel cycles for conventional and non-conventional energy resources; relationships between environmental impacts and the conversion or utilization of energy; measures of system and process efficiency; detailed study and analysis of coal-based energy systems including conventional and advanced power generation, synthetic fuels production, and industrial processes; technological options for multi-media (air, water, land) pollution control; mathematical modeling of energy-environmental interactions and tradeoffs and their dependency on technical and policy parameters; methodologies for energy and environmental forecasting; applications to issues of current interest. Junior or Senior standing in CIT or permission of instructor. 3 hrs lecture

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24-425 Combustion and Air Pollution Control
Intermittent: 9 units
Formation and control of gaseous and particulate air pollutants in combustion systems. Basic principles of combustion, including thermochemical equilibrium, flame temperature, chemical kinetics, hydrocarbon chemistry, and flame structure. Formation of gaseous and particulate pollutants in combustion systems. Combustion modifications and post-combustion technologies for pollutant control. Relationship between technology and regional, national, and global air pollution control strategies. The internal combustion engine and coal-fired utility boiler are used as examples. 3 hours lecture Cross listed as 24-740 and 19440/19-740

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24-441 Engineering Design II: Conceptualization and Realization
Fall and Spring: 12 units
This course guides students through the design process in the applied design of a practical mechanical system. Lectures describe the typical design process and its associated activities, emphasizing methods for innovation and tools for design analysis. Professional and ethical responsibilities of designers, interactions with clients and other professionals, regulatory aspects, and public responsibility are discussed. The design project is typically completed in teams and is based on a level of engineering knowledge expected of seniors. Proof of practicality is required in the form of descriptive documentation. Frequently, a working model will also be required. Oral progress reports and a final written and oral report are required. 3 hrs. rec., 3 hrs lab Senior standing and Machine Shop Practice 24-200 required.
Prerequisites: 24-370 and 24-262
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24-451 Feedback Control Systems
Fall: 12 units
Fundamentals of feedback control with emphasis on classical techniques and an introduction to discrete-time (computer controlled) systems. Topics include the following: frequency domain modeling and state space modeling of dynamical systems; feedback control system concepts and components; control system performance specifications such as stability, transient response, and steady state error; analytical and graphical methods for analysis and design - root locus, Bode plot, Nyquist criterion; design and implementation of proportional, proportional-derivative, proportional-integral-derivative, lead, lag, and lead-lag controllers. Extensive use of computer aided analysis and design software. 4 hrs lec.
Prerequisites: (15-112 or 15-110) and 24-352
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24-452 Mechanical Systems Experimentation
Fall: 9 units
Experimentation in dynamic systems and controls.  The course will cover translational and rotational systems.  Topics will include mechanical elements, natural frequencies, mode shapes, free and forced response, frequency response and Bode plots, time constants, transient response specifications, feedback controls such as PID control, and stability for single-degree-of-freedom and multi-degree-freedom systems.  The course will introduce and use state-of-the-art experimentation hardware and software. 24-352 Dynamic Systems and Controls- prerequisite- MSE is a fall only senior course.
Prerequisite: 24-352
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24-491 Department Research Honors
Fall and Spring
This course is designed to give students increased exposure to "open-ended" problems and research type projects. It involves doing a project on a research or design topic and writing a thesis describing that project. The project would be conducted under the supervision of a mechanical engineering faculty member (the advisor), and must be approved by the advisor before inception. This course can be taken at any time after the Junior year and before graduation which includes the summer after the Junior year. Completion of 18 units of this course with a grade of B or better is a partial fulfillment of the requirements for Departmental Research Honors.

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24-492 Department Research Honors
Fall and Spring
This course is designed to give students increased exposure to "open-ended" problems and research type projects. It involves doing a project on a research or design topic and writing a thesis describing that project. The project would be conducted under the supervision of a mechanical engineering faculty member (the advisor), and must be approved by the advisor before inception. This course can be taken at any time after the Junior year and before graduation which includes the summer after the Junior year. Completion of 18 units of this course with a grade of B or better is a partial fulfillment of the requirements for Departmental Research Honors.

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24-612 Cardiovascular Mechanics
Spring: 12 units
The primary objective of the course is to learn to model blood flow and mechanical forces in the cardiovascular system. After a brief review of cardiovascular physiology and fluid mechanics, the students will progress from modeling blood flow in a.) small-scale steady flow applications to b.) small-scale pulsatile applications to c.) large-scale or complex pulsatile flow applications. The students will also learn how to calculate mechanical forces on cardiovascular tissue (blood vessels, the heart) and cardiovascular cells (endothelial cells, platelets, red and white blood cells), and the effects of those forces. Lastly, the students will learn various methods for modeling cardiac function. When applicable, students will apply these concepts to the design and function of selected medical devices (heart valves, ventricular assist devices, artificial lungs).
Prerequisite: 24-231
24-614 Microelectromechanical Systems
Intermittent: 12 units
This course introduces fabrication and design fundamentals for Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS): on-chip sensor and actuator systems having micron-scale dimensions. Basic principles covered include microstructure fabrication, mechanics of silicon and thin-film materials, electrostatic force, capacitive motion detection, fluidic damping, piezoelectricity, piezoresistivity, and thermal micromechanics. Applications covered include pressure sensors, micromirror displays, accelerometers, and gas microsensors. Grades are based on exams and homework assignments.
Prerequisites: 18-321 or 24-351
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24-615 Microfluidics
Intermittent: 12 units
This course offers an introduction to the emerging field of microfluidics with an emphasis on chemical and life sciences applications. During this course students will examine the fluid dynamical phenomena underlying key components of "lab on a chip" devices. Students will have the opportunity to learn practical aspects of microfluidic device operation through hands-on laboratory experience, computer simulations of microscale flows, and reviews of recent literature in the field. Throughout the course, students will consider ways of optimizing device performance based on knowledge of the fundamental fluid mechanics. Students will explore selected topics in more detail through a semester project. Major course topics include pressure-driven and electrokinetically-driven flows in microchannels, surface effects, micro-fabrication methods, micro/nanoparticles for biotechnology, biochemical reactions and assays, mixing and separation, two-phase flows, and integration and design of microfluidic chips. Undergraduate Fluid Mechanics prerequisite or instructor permission 4 hrs. lecture
Prerequisite: 24-231
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24-618 Special Topics: Computational Analysis of Transport Phenomena
Spring: 12 units
In this course, students will develop basic understanding and skill sets to perform simulations of transport phenomena (mass, momentum, and energy transport) for engineering applications using a CAE tool, learn to analyze and compare simulation results with theory or available data, and develop ability to relate numerical predictions to behavior of governing equations and the underlying physical system. First 8 weeks of the course will include lectures and simulation-based homework assignments. During last 7 weeks, teams of students will work on self-proposed projects related to computational analysis of transport phenomena. In the project, students will learn to approach loosely defined problems through design of adequate computational mesh, choice of appropriate numerical scheme and boundary conditions, selection of suitable physical models, efficient utilization of available computational resources etc. Each team will communicate results of their project through multiple oral presentations and a final written report. Detailed syllabus of the course is provided on the URL given below.
Prerequisites: 24-221 and 24-322 and 24-231
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24-623 Molecular Simulation of Materials
Spring: 12 units
The purpose of this course is to expose engineering students to the theory and implementation of numerical techniques for modeling atomic-level behavior. The main focus is on molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations. Students will write their own simulation computer codes, and learn how to perform calculations in different thermodynamic ensembles. Consideration will be given to heat transfer, mass transfer, fluid mechanics, mechanics, and materials science applications. The course assumes some knowledge of thermodynamics and computer programming. 4 hrs lec.
Prerequisites: 24-311 and 24-221
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24-626 Air Quality Engineering
Intermittent: 12 units
The course provides a quantitative introduction to the processes that control atmospheric pollutants and the use of mass balance models to predict pollutant concentrations. We survey major processes including emission rates, atmospheric dispersion, chemistry, and deposition. The course includes discussion of basic atmospheric science and meteorology to support understanding air pollution behavior. Concepts in this area include vertical structure of the atmosphere, atmospheric general circulation, atmospheric stability, and boundary layer turbulence. The course also discusses briefly the negative impacts of air pollution on society and the regulatory framework for controlling pollution in the United States. The principles taught are applicable to a wide variety of air pollutants but special focus is given to tropospheric ozone and particulate matter. The course is intended for graduate students as well as advanced undergraduates. It assumes a knowledge of mass balances, fluid mechanics, chemistry, and statistics typical of an undergraduate engineer but is open to students from other scientific disciplines. 12 units
Prerequisites: 36-220 and 09-105 and 24-231
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24-628 Energy Transport and Conversion at the Nanoscale
Spring: 12 units
Energy transport and conversion processes occur at the nanoscale due to interactions between molecules, electrons, phonons, and photons. Understanding these processes is critical to the design of heat transfer equipment, thermoelectric materials, electronics, light emitting diodes, and photovoltaics. The objective of this course is to describe the science that underlies these processes and to introduce the contemporary experimental and theoretical tools used to understand them. The course includes a laboratory that gives the students experience with modern transport measurement instrumentation and data analysis. Integrated literature reviews and a final project require students to apply learned fundamentals to understand state-of-the-art research and technology. 4 hrs. lecture Prerequisites- 24-322 & 24-221 or equivalents
Prerequisites: 24-221 and 24-322
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24-629 Direct Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion
Intermittent: 12 units
This course introduces graduates and senior undergraduates the principles and technologies for directly converting heat and solar light into electricity using solid-state devices. The first part of the course reviews the fundamentals of quantum mechanics, solid state physics and semiconductor device physics for understanding solid-state energy conversion. The second part discusses the underlying principles of thermoelectric energy conversion, thermionic energy conversion, and photovoltaics. Various solar thermal technologies will be reviewed, followed by an introduction to the principles of solar thermophotovoltaics and solar thermoelectrics. Spectral control techniques which are critical for solar thermal systems will also be discussed. By applying the basic energy conversion theory and principles covered in lectures, students will finish a set of 4 homework assignments. This course also requires one project in which students will work individually to review one present solar or thermal energy conversion technology 12 units

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24-642 Fuel Cell Systems
Fall: 12 units
Fuel cells are devices that convert chemical potential energy directly into electrical energy. Existing fuel cell applications range from the small scale, such as portable cell phone chargers, to the large scale, such as MW-scale power plants. Depending on the application, fuel cell systems offer unique advantages and disadvantages compared with competing technologies. For vehicle applications, they offer efficiency and environmental advantages compared with traditional combustion engines. In the first half of the course, the focus is on understanding the thermodynamics and electrochemistry of the various types of fuel cells, such as calculating the open circuit voltage and the sources of voltage loss due to irreversible processes for the main fuel cells types: PEM/SOFC/MCFC. The design and operation of several real fuel cells are then compared against this theoretical background. The second half of the course focuses on the balance-of-plant requirements of fuel cell systems, such as heat exchangers, pumps, fuel processors, compressors, as well as focusing on capital cost estimating. Applying the material learned from the first and second halves of the class into a final project, students will complete an energy & economic analysis of a fuel cell system of their choice. Prerequisite- Undergraduate Thermodynamics course 12 units
Prerequisites: 06-221 or 24-221 or 27-215
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24-650 Applied Finite Element Analysis
Intermittent: 12 units
This is an introductory course on the finite element method with emphasis on application of the method to a wide variety of problems. The theory of finite element analysis is presented and students learn various applications of the method through assignments utilizing standard finite element software packages commonly used in industry. Various types of analyses are considered, which may include, for example, static, pseudo-static, dynamic, modal, buckling, contact, heat transfer, thermal stress and thermal shock. Students also learn to use a variety of element types in the models created, such as truss, beam, spring, solid, plate, and shell elements.
Prerequisites: 24-322 and 24-262
24-651 Material Selection for Mechanical Engineers
Spring: 12 units
This course provides a methodology for selecting materials for a given application. It aims to provide an overview of the different classes of materials (metal, ceramic, glass, polymer, elastomer or hybrid) and their properties including modulus, strength, ductility, toughness, thermal conductivity, and resistance to corrosion in various environments. Students will also learn how materials are processed and shaped (e.g., injection molding, casting, forging, extrusion, etc.), and will explore the origins of the properties, which vary by orders of magnitude. Topics include: Materials selection by stiffness, strength, fracture toughness and fatigue. Shape factors and materials processing. Binary phase and time temperature transformation diagrams, microstructure. Polymer types and structures. Alloying and strengthening of metals, types of steels. Corrosion, oxidation, tribology and thermal properties.
Prerequisites: 09-105 and 24-262
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24-655 Cellular Biomechanics
Intermittent: 9 units
This course discusses how mechanical quantities and processes such as force, motion, and deformation influence cell behavior and function, with a focus on the connection between mechanics and biochemistry. Specific topics include: (1) the role of stresses in the cytoskeleton dynamics as related to cell growth, spreading, motility, and adhesion; (2) the generation of force and motion by moot molecules; (3) stretch-activated ion channels; (4) protein and DNA deformation; (5) mechanochemical coupling in signal transduction. If time permits, we will also cover protein trafficking and secretion and the effects of mechanical forces on gene expression. Emphasis is placed on the biomechanics issues at the cellular and molecular levels; their clinical and engineering implications are elucidated. 3 hrs. lec. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

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24-657 Molecular Biomechanics
Intermittent: 9 units
This class is designed to present concepts of molecular biology, cellular biology and biophysics at the molecular level together with applications. Emphasis will be placed both on the biology of the system and on the fundamental physics, chemistry and mechanics which describe the molecular level phenomena within context. In addition to studying the structure, mechanics and energetics of biological systems at the nano-scale, we will also study and conceptually design biomimetic molecules and structures. Fundamentals of DNA, globular and structured proteins, lips and assemblies thereof will be covered.
Prerequisites: 24-221 or 06-221
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24-658 Computational Bio-Modeling and Visualization
Spring: 12 units
Biomedical modeling and visualization play an important role in mathematical modeling and computer simulation of real/artificial life for improved medical diagnosis and treatment. This course integrates mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, computer science, and mathematics together. Topics to be studied include medical imaging, image processing, geometric modeling, visualization,computational mechanics, and biomedical applications. The techniques introduced are applied to examples of multi-scale biomodeling and simulations at the molecular, cellular, tissue, and organ level scales. 4 hrs. lec./lab

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24-671 Special Topics: Electromechanical Systems Design
Fall and Spring: 12 units
This course guides students through the design process as applied to mechatronic systems, which feature electrical, mechanical, and computational components. Lectures describe the typical design process and its associated activities, emphasizing methods for analyzing and prototyping mechatronic systems. Professional and ethical responsibilities of designers, interactions with clients and other professionals, regulatory aspects, and public responsibility are discussed. The design project is team-based and is based on a level of engineering knowledge expected of seniors. Proof of practicality is required in the form of descriptive documentation and a working prototype system at the end of the course. Oral progress reports and a final written and oral report are required.
Prerequisites: (16-311 or 24-354) and 24-370 and 24-352
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24-672 Special Topics in DIY Design and Fabrication
Fall: 12 units
The traditional principles of mass production are being challenged by concepts of highly customized and personalized goods. A growing number of do-it-yourself (DIY) inventors, designers, makers, and entrepreneurs is accelerating this trend. This class offers students hands-on experience in DIY product design and fabrication processes. Over the course of the semester, students work individually or in small groups to design customized and personalized products of their own and build them using various DIY fabrication methods, including 3D laser scanning, 3D printing, laser cutting, molding, vacuum forming, etc. In addition to design and fabrication skills, the course teaches students skills for communicating their ideas effectively through industrial design sketches and presenting their products with aesthetically refined graphics.

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24-673 Soft Robots: Mechanics, Design and Modeling
Spring: 12 units
Soft, elastically-deformable machines and electronics will dramatically improve the functionality, versatility, and biological compatibility of future robotic systems. In contrast to conventional robots and machines, these ?soft robots? will be composed of elastomers, gels, fluids, gas, and other non-rigid matter. We will explore emerging paradigms in soft robotics and study their design principles using classical theories in solid mechanics, thermodynamics, and electrostatics. Specific topics include artificial muscles, peristaltic robotics, soft pneumatic robotics, fluid-embedded elastomers, and particle jamming. This course will include a final project in which students may work individually or as a team. For the project, students are expected to design and simulate and/or build all or part (eg. sensors, actuators, grippers, etc.) of a soft robot. Prerequisites: Statics and Stress Analysis or equivalents.
Prerequisite: 24-262
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24-674 Design of Biomechatronic Systems for Humans
Intermittent: 12 units
This course explores methods for the design of electromechanical devices that physically interface with humans to improve biomechanical performance, such as robotic prostheses and exoskeletons. Students will learn about common physical disabilities and methods for generating and evaluating potential interventions. Students will learn about state-of-the-art actuation and sensing systems, and design selected types to meet dynamic performance criteria. We will cover technology for interfacing these devices with humans, and implications for the resulting biomechatronic systems. Students will learn experimental methods for evaluating intervention effectiveness, including inverse dynamics and metabolics analyses. Students will complete a final project that involves introduction of novel elements to a biomechatronic system. Students need a foundation in machine design and numerical tools such as Matlab, and will benefit from knowledge of dynamics and biomechanics. Lecture 4 hrs. 12 units
Prerequisites: 24-311 and 24-351 and 24-370
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24-680 Quantitative Entrepreneurship: Analysis for New Technology Commercialization
Intermittent: 12 units
This course provides engineers with a multidisciplinary mathematical foundation for integrated modeling of engineering design and enterprise planning decisions in an uncertain, competitive market. Topics include economics in product design, manufacturing and operations modeling and accounting, consumer choice modeling, survey design, conjoint analysis, decision-tree analysis, optimization, model integration and interpretation, and professional communication skills. Students will apply theory and methods to a team project for a new product or emerging technology, developing a business plan to defend technical and economic competitiveness. This course assumes fluency with basic calculus, linear algebra, and probability theory.
Prerequisite: 21-259
24-681 Computer-Aided Design
Intermittent: 12 units
his course is the first section of the two-semester sequence on computational engineering. Students will learn how computation and information technologies are rapidly changing the way engineering design is practiced in industry. The course covers the theories and applications of the measurement, representation, modeling, and simulation of three-dimensional geometric data used in the engineering designed process. Students taking this course are assumed to have knowledge of the first course in computer programming. 4 hrs lecture, 2 hrs computer cluster

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24-683 Design for Manufacture and the Environment
Fall: 12 units
Design for Manufacturing and the Environment examines influences of manufacturing and other traditionally downstream issues on the overall design process. Manufacturing is one facet that will be examined. Other downstream influences that will be studied include: assembly, robustness and quality, platform design, maintenance and safety, economics and costing, lean manufacturing and globalization. In addition, a core part of the course will focus on environment-based design issues. The class will study basic fundamentals in each of these areas and how they affect design decisions. Prerequisites: Senior standing in mechanical engineering, or permission of instructor

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24-688 Introduction to CAD and CAE Tools
Fall: 12 units
This course offers the hands-on training on how to apply modern CAD and CAE software tools to engineering design, analysis and manufacturing. In the first section, students will learn through 7 hands-on projects how to model complex free-form 3D objects using commercial CAD tools. In the second section, students will learn through 7 hands-on projects how to simulate complex multi-physics phenomena using commercial CAE tools. Units: 12 Format: 2 hrs. Lec., 2 hrs. computer lab
Prerequisites: 24-231 and 24-262
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Full-Time Faculty

MARK BEDILLION, Associate Teaching Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D, Carnegie Mellon University; Carnegie Mellon, 2016–.

JACK LEE BEUTH, Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D., Harvard University; Carnegie Mellon, 1992–.

JONATHAN CAGAN, George Tallman and Florence Barrett Ladd Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs – Ph.D, University of California, Berkeley; Carnegie Mellon, 1990–.

MAARTEN P. DE BOER, Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D, University of Minnesota; Carnegie Mellon, 2007–.

B. REEJA JAYAN, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D, University of Texas-Austin; Carnegie Mellon, 2015–.

DIANA HAIDER, Assistant Teaching Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D., University of Delaware; Carnegie Mellon, 2017–.

AARON M. JOHNSON, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; Carnegie Mellon, 2016–.

LEVENT BURAK KARA, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University; Carnegie Mellon, 2007–.

PHILIP R. LEDUC, William J. Brown Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University; Carnegie Mellon, 2002–.

SHAWN LITSTER, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D, Stanford University; Carnegie Mellon, 2008–.

CARMEL MAJIDI, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; Carnegie Mellon, 2011–.

JONATHAN A. MALEN, Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D, University of California, Berkeley; Carnegie Mellon, 2009–.

ALAN J.H. MCGAUGHEY, Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D., University of Michigan; Carnegie Mellon, 2005–.

JEREMY J. MICHALEK, Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D., University of Michigan; Carnegie Mellon, 2005–.

O. BURAK OZDOGANLAR, Ver Planck Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D, University of Michigan; Carnegie Mellon, 2004–.

RAHUL PANAT, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Carnegie Mellon, 2017–.

ALBERT PRESTO, Assistant Research Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D, Carnegie Mellon University; Carnegie Mellon, 2012-–.

YOED RABIN, Professor of Mechanical Engineering – D.Sc., Technion-Israel Institute of Technology; Carnegie Mellon, 2000–.

ALLEN L. ROBINSON, Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor & Department Head – Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; Carnegie Mellon, 1998–.

EDWARD STEPHEN RUBIN, Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D., Stanford University; Carnegie Mellon, 1969–.

SHENG SHEN, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Carnegie Mellon, 2011–.

KENJI SHIMADA, Theodore Ahrens Professor of Engineering – Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Carnegie Mellon, 1996–.

SATBIR SINGH, Associate Teaching Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Carnegie Mellon, 2012–.

PAUL S. STEIF, Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D., Harvard University; Carnegie Mellon, 1983–.

RYAN SULLIVAN, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D., University of California at San Diego; Carnegie Mellon, 2012–.

REBECCA TAYLOR, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D., Stanford University; Carnegie Mellon, 2016–.

VENKAT VISWANATHAN, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D., Stanford University; Carnegie Mellon, 2013–.

KATE S. WHITEFOOT, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D., University of Michigan; Carnegie Mellon, 2016–.

SHI-CHUNE YAO, Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; Carnegie Mellon, 1977–.

YONGJIE ZHANG, Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin; Carnegie Mellon, 2007–.


ADNAN AKAY, Lord Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering – PhD, North Carolina State University; Carnegie Mellon, 1992–.

NORMAN CHIGIER, Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Sc.D., University of Cambridge; Carnegie Mellon, 1981–.

JERRY HOWARD GRIFFIN, William J. Brown Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D., California Institute of Technology; Carnegie Mellon, 1981–.

WILFRED THOMAS ROULEAU, Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D., Carnegie Institute of Technology; Carnegie Mellon, 1954–.