Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Subject Number Title Hours Catalog Description
ME 205 Introduction to Thermodynamics 3 hours. Principles of energy transport and work; properties of substances and equations of state; first and second laws of thermodynamics; applications to mechanical cycles and systems. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 142. 
ME 210 Engineering Dynamics 3 hours. Dynamics of particles and rigid bodies. Introduction to Linear Algebra. Kinematics in different coordinate systems, coordinate transformations. Kinetics: Newton's second law, work energy relations, impulse-momentum relations, impact problems. Prerequisite(s): CME 201.
ME 211 Fluid Mechanics I 4 hours. Fluid properties. Dimensional analysis. Statics and kinematics. Conservation equations. Inviscid and incompressible flows. Bernoulli's equation. Integral momentum theorems. Viscous flows. Boundary layer theories. Compressible Flows.  Prerequisite(s): PHYS 141 and MATH 220. 
ME 212 Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics 3 hours. Fluid properties. Dimensional analysis. Statics and kinematics. Conservation equations. Inviscid and incompressible flows, Bernoulli's equation. Integral momentum theorems. Viscous flows. Turbulent flows. Boundary layer theory.   Credit is not given for ME 212 if the student has credit for ME 211.  Prerequisite(s):  PHYS 141; and MATH 220.  
ME 250 Introduction to Engineering Design and Graphics 3 hours. Engineering design process, modeling, analysis. Product dissection, prototyping. Technical communication, AutoCAD, engineering graphics software, 3-D views, multiview projection, dimensioning and tolerancing, standards. Team design project. Prerequisite(s): Eligibility to register for ENGL 160. 
ME 261 Materials for Manufacturing 2 hours. Introductory-level course in materials engineering to familiarize students with relationships between processing, structure and properties of materials used to manufacture devices. Same as CME 261. Credit is not given for CME 261/ME 261 if the student has credit for CME 260. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 112 and MATH 181 and PHYS 141.
ME 293 Special Problems 1 TO 4 hours. Special problems, readings or research under close supervision of a faculty member in the area of engineering graphics. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. 
ME 308 Mechanical Vibrations 3 hours. Free and forced vibrations of damped linear single and multiple degree of freedom systems. Approximate methods, instrumentation, and applications. Same as CME 359. Prerequisite(s): ME 210 and MATH 220.
ME 312 Dynamic Systems and Control 3 hours. Dynamics of linear systems. Modeling of mechanical, electrical, fluid, and thermal systems. Analysis and design of feedback control systems. Analytical, computer and experimental solution methods. Time and frequency domain techniques. Same as IE 312. Prerequisite(s): MATH 220 and PHYS 142; and sophomore standing or above; or approval of the department. 
ME 318 Fluid Mechanics II 3 hours. Conservation equations for fluid mechanics, inviscid ideal flows, viscous flow solutions of Navier-Stokes equations, pipe flows and boundary flows, compressible flow, computer solutions and applications. Prerequisite(s): ME 211. 
ME 320 Mechanisms and Dynamics of Machinery 4 hours. Kinematic analysis and synthesis of mechanisms; linkages, cams, spur gears, gear trains. Dynamic forces in machines; bearing reactions, balancing, flywheel design, friction, efficiency. Prerequisite(s): ME 210. 
ME 321 Heat Transfer 4 hours. Modes of heat transfer, material properties, one- and two-dimensional conduction. Extended surfaces. Forced and free convection. Heat exchangers. Radiation. Shape factors. Laboratories in conduction, convection, and radiation. Prerequisite(s): ME 205 and ME 211. 
ME 325 Intermediate Thermodynamics 3 hours. In-depth study of thermodynamic principles, thermodynamics of state, vapor and gas power cycles, refrigeration cycles, thermodynamics of nonreacting and reacting mixtures, internal combustion engines, and thermodynamics of equilibrium. Prerequisite(s): ME 205 and credit or concurrent registration in ME 211.
ME 341 Experimental Methods in Mechanical Engineering 3 hours. Introduction to the theory and practice of experimental methods, measurement techniques, instrumentation, data acquisition and data analysis in mechanical and thermal-fluid systems. Experiments and reports. Prerequisite(s): CME 203 and ME 211; and credit or concurrent registration in ME 308. 
ME 370 Mechanical Engineering Design 3 hours. Mechanical design concepts, failure prevention under static and variable loading, application of engineering mechanics and materials to analysis, selection and design of mechanical elements such as shafts, fasteners, springs, bearings, and gears. Prerequisite(s):
ME 380 Manufacturing Process Principles 3 hours. Introduction to basic manufacturing processes such as casting, bulk deformation, sheet metal forming, metal cutting. Interaction between materials, design and manufacturing method. Economics of manufacturing. Same as IE 380. Prerequisite(s): CME 203.
ME 392 Undergraduate Research 1 TO 3 hours. Research under close supervision of a faculty member. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the head of the department. 
ME 396 Senior Design I 4 hours. Systematic approach to the design process. Creative problem solving. Design methodology and engineering principles applied to open-ended design problems with inherent breadth and innovation. Same as IE 396. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing; completion of all core courses and consent of the instructor. 
ME 401 Applied Stress Analysis I 3 OR 4 hours. Complex bending and torsion, curved flexural members, energy methods in design, theories of failure. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CME 203.
ME 408 Intermediate Vibration Theory 3 OR 4 hours. Free and forced vibrations of multi-degree of freedom linear systems. Lagrangian dynamics, matrix, approximate and numerical methods. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ME 308. 
ME 409 Advanced Kinematics I 3 OR 4 hours. Kinematic synthesis of planar linkages. Higher-order, precision point and approximate synthesis. Unified treatment of position, function, and path-angle problems. Consideration of branching and rotatability. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ME 320. 
ME 410 Automation and Robotics Applications 3 OR 4 hours. Basic pneumatic and hydraulic systems. Design of sequential control circuits and ladder diagrams. Robot kinematics and dynamics. Robot design. Trajectory planning. Applications and demonstrations. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ME 210. 
ME 411 Mechatronics I 0 TO 4 hours. Elements of mechatronic systems, sensors, actuators, microcontrollers, modeling, hardware in the loop simulations, real time software, Electromechanical systems laboratory experiments.   Same as IE 411.  3 undergraduate hours.  4 graduate hours.  Extensive computer use required.  Prerequisite(s):  Senior standing or above; or approval of the department.  
ME 412 Dynamic Systems Analysis I 3 OR 4 hours. Classical control theory, concept of feedback, laplace transform, transfer functions, control system characteristics, root locus, frequency response, compensator design. Same as IE 412. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ME 308. 
ME 413 Dynamics of Mechanical Systems 3 OR 4 hours. Degrees of freedom, generalized coordinates, principle of virtual work. D'Alembert's Principle, Lagrange's Equation, Hamilton's Principle. Equations of motion and Newton-Euler equations for rigid bodies. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ME 320. 
ME 414 Theory of Gearing and Applications 3 OR 4 hours. Classification of gear drives. Geometry of plane and spatial gears. Analysis and synthesis of gears with approximate meshing. Applications to spur, helical, worm and bevel gear drives. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ME 320. 
ME 415 Propulsion Theory 3 OR 4 hours. Thermodynamics and fluid mechanics of air-breathing engines, performance of rockets; chemical and nuclear rockets. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ME 419 or the equivalent. 
ME 417 Intermediate Fluid Mechanics 3 OR 4 hours. Development of conservation equations for Newtonian-fluids; continuity, Navier-Stokes and energy equations. Some exact and approximate solutions of highly viscous, viscous and inviscid flows. Boundary layer flows, jets and wakes. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ME 321.
ME 418 Transport Phenomena in Nanotechnology 3 OR 4 hours. Free surface flows, rheologically complex liquids, colloidal suspensions, emulsions, Brownian motion, flows in micro- and nanochannels, and multiple applications. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ME 325 and ME 211.
ME 419 Compressible Flow Theory 3 OR 4 hours. Conservation laws, one-dimensional flows. Normal and oblique shock waves, Prandtl-Meyer expansion, flow over airfoils. Applications to nozzles, shock-tubes, wind-tunnels. Flow with friction and heat addition or loss. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ME 321.
ME 421 Intermediate Heat Transfer 3 OR 4 hours. Topics in conduction, convection and radiation with emphasis on exact solutions: extended surfaces, internal and external flows, surface radiation, combined modes of heat transfer and selected topics. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ME 321 or consent of the instructor. 
ME 422 Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning 3 OR 4 hours. Refrigeration systems and heat-pump, mass transfer in humidification, solar heat transfer in buildings, heating and cooling loads, air-conditioning computer project. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ME 321. 
ME 423 Heat Exchangers 3 OR 4 hours. Classification; heat transfer and pressure drop analysis, flow distribution, transient performance, surface selection and geometrical properties, codes and standards. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ME 211 and ME 321. 
ME 424 Energy Management Solutions for Industry: Theory and Practice 3 OR 4 hours. Emphasis on real world applications including: understanding utility billing and identifying costs; identifying and quantifying energy savings opportunities at industrial facilities; determining investment payback scenarios and considerations.   3 undergraduate hours.  4 graduate hours.  Extensive computer use required.  Field work required.  Extensive use of Microsoft Excel.  Prerequisite(s):  Junior standing or above.
ME 425 Second Law Analysis in Energy Engineering 3 OR 4 hours. Fundamentals: lost available work. Entropy generation minimization, optimal thermal design of: heat transfer augmentation devices, thermal energy storage, cryogenics, heat exchangers, thermal insulations, solar collectors. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ME 321. 
ME 426 Applied Combustion 3 OR 4 hours. Topics in combustion, providing both a theoretical and applied understanding of combustion processes as they relate to furnaces. Internal and external combustion engines; pollutant formation. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ME 325. 
ME 427 Solar Engineering 3 OR 4 hours. Applications; solar geometry and intensities; applied heat transfer topics; flat plate and concentrating collectors; energy storage; analysis of heating and cooling systems. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ME 321 or consent of the instructor. 
ME 428 Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering 3 OR 4 hours. Introduction to numerical solution methods for problems in mechanical engineering. Example problems include heat transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, mechanical vibrations, dynamics, stress analysis, and other related problems. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CS 108 and senior standing. 
ME 429 Internal Combustion Engines 3 OR 4 hours. Introduction to engine types, characteristics and performance. Combustion processes in spark and compression ignition engines; combustion abnormalities. Analysis of intake, exhaust and fuel system. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ME 325. 
ME 433 Non-Equilibrium Thermal Processes 3 OR 4 hours. Molecular engineering. Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics. Distribution functions. Molecular excitation and de-excitation. Ionization and dissociation. Laser engineering. Non-equilibrium chemical kinetics. Surface processes. Chemisorption and physosorption. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ME 325 or consent of the instructor. 
ME 441 Optical Methods in Mechanical Engineering 0 TO 4 hours. Optical measurement techniques in solid mechanics and thermal-fluid engineering. Fundamentals of optics. Use of holography, interferometry, LDV, lasers, light scattering, diffraction, and other relevant techniques. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing or consent of the instructor. 
ME 444 Interdisciplinary Product Development I 3 OR 4 hours. Cross-functional teams (w/students from AD 420/423 and MKTG 594) research and develop new product concepts.  Focus on the identification of technologically appropriate product design problems.   Same as IE 444. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Year-long (with IE/ME 445) project course.  Prerequisite(s):  Senior standing or above; and consent of the instructor.
ME 445 Interdisciplinary Product Development 2 4 hours. Cross-functional teams (w/students from AD 420 and MKTG 594) research and develop new product concepts.  Focus on solutions to the opportunities identified in IE/ME 444 to functional prototypes.  Serves as a replacement for IE/ME 396.  Same as IE 445. Year-long (with IE/ME 444) project course.  Prerequisite(s):  IE 444 or ME 444; and senior standing or above; and consent of the instructor.
ME 447 Computer-Aided Design 0 TO 4 hours. Conventional and computer-assisted methods in design. Geometry manipulation. Computer-aided modeling with curves, surfaces, and solids. Design with finite-element analysis. PRO/Engineer, PRO/Mechanica, ABAQUS, ANSYS. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): MATH 220 and CME 203 and ME 250; or consent of the instructor. 
ME 449 Microdevices and Micromachining Technology 0 TO 5 hours. Microfabrication techniques for microsensors, microstructures, and microdevices. Selected examples of physical/chemical sensors and actuators. Simulation experiments. Same as ECE 449. 4 undergraduate hours. 5 graduate hours.  Laboratory. Prerequisite(s): ECE 347; or consent of the instructor. 
ME 450 Air Pollution Engineering 4 hours. Environmental aspects of combustion processes, pollutant formation. Control of pollutants and particulates. Air quality control. Fundamentals of combustion. Same as CHE 450. Prerequisite(s): ME 321 or consent of the instructor. 
ME 464 Virtual Automation 0 TO 4 hours. Fundamentals of manufacturing and automation modeling using CAD/CAM and computer-integrated manufacturing methods; concepts of virtual manufacturing; industrial robots and automated factory models within virtual environments. Same as IE 464. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CS 107 or CS 108. 
ME 468 Virtual Manufacturing 3 OR 4 hours. Virtual reality applications in manufacturing systems design, manufacturing applications of networked virtual reality, virtual reality modeling of occupational safety engineering. Same as IE 468. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CS 107 or CS 108. 
ME 494 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering 3 OR 4 hours. Particular topics vary from term to term depending on the interests of the students and the specialties of the instructor. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. 
ME 499 Professional Development Seminar 0 hours. Students are provided general information about their role as UIC Mechanical Engineering alumni in society and the role of the University in their future careers.  Students provide evaluations of their educational experience in the MIE department. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): Open only to seniors; and approval of the department .Must be taken in the student's last semester of study.