MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING - Dept. Code:  MAE
http://www.mae.miami.edu


INTRODUCTION

Engineering is the art of applying the knowledge of science for the benefit of humanity. Mechanical Engineering is the most broadly based area of engineering. It is concerned with the analysis, design, development and application of equipment for such diverse fields as energy conversion, transportation, production machinery, consumer goods, and environmental control. Today’s advanced technology is largely a result of the skill of mechanical engineers who are heavily represented in most fields of modern industry.

Because of the varied careers and opportunities which are available to the Mechanical Engineering graduates, the curriculum emphasizes education in the fundamentals of the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, including materials science, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. These basic subjects are followed by courses in their application to the design and analysis of engineering devices and systems. The available mini- and micro-computers are utilized for analysis and design throughout the curriculum.

Aerospace Engineering is concerned with the analysis, design and development of a wide variety of aircraft and space vehicles and systems.  The undergraduate aerospace engineering program is designed to provide a broad based foundation in aeronautics and astronautics, including topics such as aerodynamics, propulsion, aerospace structures and materials, flight dynamics, control and performance.

In the junior and senior years, the student is assisted in choosing technical electives in preparation for a degree of professional specialization or for further study in engineering, law, business or medicine. With the aid of an advisor and the concurrence of the department chairman, the student may select courses compatible with a variety of career goals.

The department offers two undergraduate degrees:  Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering.  Within the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program, sequences of courses are available to provide advanced knowledge in such traditional areas as electromechanical design, heat transfer, applied mechanics, fluid mechanics, materials science, and nuclear engineering. There are concentrations in Aerospace Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Energy Engineering, Automobile Engineering, Combustion Engines/Exhaust Emissions, and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. In addition, a Biomedical Engineering concentration is offered in conjunction with the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Medical School.


MISSION STATEMENTS

Mission of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department
The mission of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is to provide excellent undergraduate education in aerospace engineering and undergraduate and graduate education in mechanical engineering that will prepare graduates to meet Society’s changing needs and aspirations.

Mission of the Mechanical Engineering Program
The mission of the Mechanical Engineering program is to provide excellent undergraduate education in Mechanical Engineering that will prepare graduates to meet society’s changing needs and aspirations.

Mission of the Aerospace Engineering Program
The mission of the Aerospace Engineering program is to provide excellent undergraduate education in Aerospace Engineering that will prepare graduates to meet society’s changing needs and aspirations.


EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the mechanical engineering program are to educate engineers who:

(1) have a sound background in the fundamentals of engineering

(2) have the abilities and knowledge expected by industry

(3) are prepared for entry-level jobs in mechanical engineering

(4) are prepared for graduate work in mechanical engineering

The objectives of the aerospace engineering program are to educate engineers who:

(1) have a sound background in the fundamentals of engineering

(2) have the abilities and knowledge expected by industry

(3) are prepared for entry-level jobs in aerospace engineering

(4) are prepared for graduate work in aerospace engineering

GRADUATE STUDIES
Graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy are offered by the Department with options in various engineering and interdisciplinary fields. Detailed information is available in the Bulletin of the Graduate School.

 

 

 

 

 

DEGREE PROGRAMS

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING CURRICULUM (126 credits)

FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Semester
MAE 111 Introduction to Engineering I   3
ENG 105 English Composition I   3
MTH 151 Calculus I for Engineers           5
PHY 205 University Physics I   3
14 Spring Semester
MAE 112 Introduction to Engineering II   2
CAE 210 Mechanics of Solids I   3
ENG 107 Writing about Science   3
MTH 162 Calculus II   4
PHY 206 University Physics II   3
PHY 208 University Physics II Lab   1
16
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Semester
MAE 207 Mechanics of Solids II   3
IEN 311 Applied Probability and Statistics   3
MTH 211 Calculus III   3
PHY 207 University Physics III   3
PHY 209 University Physics III Lab   1
EC0 211 or ECO 212                                 3
16 Spring Semester
MAE 202 Dynamics   3
MAE 241 Measurements Lab   3
EEN 205 Principles of Electrical Engineering I   3
CHM 151 Chemistry for Engineers I   3
CHM 153 Chemistry Laboratory for Engineers   1
PS/HA Elective*   3
16
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
MAE 302 Mechanical Behavior of Materials           3
MAE 303 Thermodynamics I   3
MAE 309 Fluid Mechanics           3
MAE 341 Mechanical Design I   3
MTH 311 Ordinary Differential Equations   3
15 Spring Semester
MAE 301 Engineering Materials Science 3
MAE 310 Heat Transfer           3
MAE 342 Mechanical Design II   3
MAE 351 Mechanics Laboratory   2
MAE 362 Computer Analysis of Mech & Aerospace Eng Problems                                             3
MAE Technical Elective**   3
17
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
MAE 404 Experimental Engineering Laboratory   2
MAE 412 System Dynamics   3
MAE 441 Design of Fluid and Thermal Systems   3
MAE 442 Capstone Design Project - I   1
Energy Elective***                   3
PS/HA Elective                             3
PS/HA Elective*   3
18 Spring Semester
MAE 443 Capstone Design Project - II   2
MAE 415 Automatic Control   3
MAE Technical Elective**           3
PS/HA Elective*   3
PS/HA Elective*   3
14

* People and Society (PS)/Humanities and Arts (HA) Electives are selected from the appropriate table found in this Bulletin in the College of Engineering section.

** Technical Electives are advanced courses in mathematics, science or engineering, approved by the Faculty Advisor, as appropriate for individual objectives.

*** Energy Electives are selected with approval of Faculty Advisor, e.g., MAE 408, MAE 420, MAE 503, MAE 506, MAE 509, MAE 510, MAE 528, MAE 540, MAE 570.

 

 

 

 


AEROSPACE ENGINEERING CURRICULUM (126 CREDITS)

FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Semester
MAE 111 Introduction to Engineering I   3
ENG 105 English Composition I   3
MTH 151 Calculus I for Engineers           5
PHY 205 University Physics I   3
14
Spring Semester
MAE 112 Introduction to Engineering II   2
CAE 210 Mechanics of Solids I   3
ENG 107 Writing about Science   3
MTH 162 Calculus II   4
PHY 206 University Physics II   3
PHY 208 University Physics II Lab   1
16
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Semester
MAE 207 Mechanics of Solids II   3
IEN 311 Applied Probability and Statistics   3
MTH 211 Calculus III   3
PHY 207 University Physics III   3
PHY 209 University Physics III Lab   1
PS/HA Elective*   3
16 Spring Semester
MAE 202 Dynamics   3
MAE 241 Measurements Lab   3
EEN 205 Principles of Electrical Engineering I   3
CHM 151 Chemistry for Engineers I   3
CHM 153 Chemistry Laboratory for Engineers   1
PS/HA Elective*                                     3
16
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
MAE 302Mechanical Behavior of Materials   3
MAE 303 Thermodynamics I   3
MAE 309 Fluid Mechanics           3
MAE 341 Mechanical Design I                         3
MTH 311 Ordinary Differential Equations   3
PS/HA Elective*   3 18 Spring Semester
MAE 310 Heat Transfer           3
MAE 351 Mechanics Laboratory   2
MAE 470 Introduction to Aerospace Structures         3  
MAE 371 Aerodynamics                               3
MAE Technical Elective**           3
PS/HA Elective*   3
17
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
MAE 570 Aerospace Propulsion                       3  
MAE 404 Experimental Engineering Laboratory         2  
MAE 471 Flight Dynamics and Orbital Mechanics       3                            
MAE 472 Design of Aerospace Structures           3      
MAE 444 Capstone Design Project - I Aerospace       1  
MAE 446 Aircraft Design                   3
        15 Spring Semester
MAE 415 Automatic Control           3
MAE 445 Capstone Design Project – II Aerospace   2
MAE Technical Electives**           3
PS/HA Elective*                                    3    
PS/HA Elective*   3
14

* People and Society (PS)/Humanities and Arts (HA) Electives are selected from the appropriate table found in this Bulletin in the College of Engineering section.

** Technical Electives are advanced courses in mathematics, science or engineering, approved by the Faculty Advisor, as appropriate for individual objectives.

CONCENTRATIONS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Aerospace Engineering Concentration
The mission of the aerospace engineer is to design and manufacture payload carrying vehicles to travel distances at the lowest cost in the shortest period of time. The training of the aerospace engineer is by demand multidisciplinary and by spirit pioneering. It includes aerodynamics, propulsion, advanced materials, structures, controls, robotics, electronics and computer usage.
An option has been developed to allow students at the University of Miami to have a concentration of courses in Aerospace Engineering. This concentration in aerospace is built on the existing accredited degree program in Mechanical Engineering.

See Aerospace Engineering Concentration Curriculum.


Energy Engineering Concentration
This concentration provides the fundamentals and applications of various aspects of energy such as solar, hydrogen, electric and nuclear energy sources; energy conversion; internal combustion engines; and energy utilization in heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. The technical electives related to this concentration include MAE 408, MAE 420, MAE 503, MAE 508, MAE 509, MAE 510, MAE512, MAE 514, MAE 528, MAE 538, MAE 539, and MAE 540. Students can take special project courses in Internal Combustion Engines, Dorgan Solar Energy, Pollution Control, Fluid and Thermal Sciences, and Two-Phase Flow Laboratories.

Biomedical Engineering Concentration
This concentration is built around a 9-credit course sequence which has been developed to familiarize graduate and advanced undergraduate students with the rudiments of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and clinical medicine. Completion of the program is intended to aid the student in pursuing a career in medicine or in engineering and design in such areas as extracorporeal life-support systems and prosthetic devices.

The student should take Chemistry 201 as a prerequisite to Biomedical Engineering 501 and 502, Unified Medical Sciences I and II. These Biomedical Engineering courses satisfy the requirements for electives in the Mechanical Engineering Program, but under current regulations, the student will require 131 credits to graduate.

Automotive Engineering Concentration (Internal Combustion Engines)
This program is designed to acquaint the mechanical engineering student with the fundamental science and engineering underlying the design of both conventional and high performance internal combustion engines and the fundamentals of emission formation in combustion systems, automobile mechanisms and structures including vibrations and noise. Included are studies of conventional fuels and synthetic fuels of the future such as hydrogen and methanol.

Technical Electives are MAE 503, 514 and 521.

Environmental Engineering Concentration
In the students junior and senior years he or she should select three People and Society/Humanities and Arts electives from List A below, including one of the 500-level courses, and two Technical Electives from List B.

List A
List B
Socio-Humanistic elective sequences recommended: Technical electives recommended:
ECO 211, 212 MAE 408, 503, 508, 512, 521, 520
SOC 101, 344 CAE 430, 541
POL 211, 212 IEN 465
GEG 341 MAS 547
BIL 150, 160

HVAC Systems Concentration
This concentration is offered to specialize the mechanical engineering student with the theory and applications of HVAC systems. At least the HVAC Technical Electives MAE 408, MAE 508, and MAE 539 should be selected. The design project for MAE 442-443 will involve air-conditioning component and system design.


Sustainable Engineering Concentration
The Sustainable Engineering concentration focuses on engineering that maximizes the benefits of technology to society while it minimizes the non-renewable resources utilized and the associated impact on the environment of producing and disposing of that technology. Projects in the design courses MAE 342, MAE 441 and MAE 442-443 will focus on Sustainable Engineering, and there will be a Special Project in the laboratory course MAE 404.

Other Concentrations
Concentrations may also be elected in electro-mechanical design, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, computer aided design, nuclear engineering, materials science and chemical technology by judicious selection of technical electives.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING CURRICULUM
AEROSPACE ENGINEERING CONCENTRATION (129 credits)
FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Semester
MAE 111 Introduction to Engineering I   3
ENG 105 English Composition I   3
MTH 151 Calculus I for Engineers           5
PHY 205 University Physics I   3
14 Spring Semester
MAE 112 Introduction to Engineering II   2
CAE 210 Mechanics of Solids I   3
ENG 107 Writing about Science   3
MTH 162 Calculus II   4
PHY 206 University Physics II   3
PHY 208 University Physics II Lab   1
16
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Semester
MAE 207 Mechanics of Solids II   3
IEN 311 Applied Probability and Statistics   3
MTH 211 Calculus III   3
PHY 207 University Physics III   3
PHY 209 University Physics III Lab   1
ECO 211 or ECO 212                     3
16 Spring Semester
MAE 202 Dynamics   3
MAE 241 Measurements Lab   3
EEN 205 Principles of Electrical Engineering I   3
CHM 151 Chemistry for Engineers I   3
CHM 153 Chemistry Laboratory for Engineers   1
PS/HA Elective*   3
16
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
MAE 302 Mechanical Behavior of Materials           3
MAE 303 Thermodynamics I   3
MAE 309 Fluid Mechanics           3
MEN 341 Mechanical Design I   3
MTH 311 Ordinary Differential Equations   3
15 Spring Semester
MAE 301 Engineering Materials Science   3
MAE 310 Heat Transfer           3
MAE 342 Mechanical Design II   3
MAE 351 Mechanics Laboratory   2
MAE 371 Aerodynamics           3
MAE 362 Computer Aided Design                     3
17
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
MAE 404 Experimental Engineering Laboratory   2
MAE 412 System Dynamics   3
MAE 441 Design of Fluid and Thermal Systems   3
MAE 471 Flight Dynamics and Orbital Mechanics       3
MAE 570 Aero Propulsion           3
PS/HA Elective*   3
MAE 442 Capstone Design Project - I   1
18 Spring Semester
MAE 443 Capstone Design Project - II   2
MAE 415 Automatic Control   3
MAE 470 Introduction to Aerospace Structures   3
PS/HA Elective*   3
PS/HA Elective*   3
PS/HA Elective*   3
17

* People and Society (PS)/Humanities and Arts (HA) Electives are selected from the appropriate table found in this Bulletin in the College of Engineering section.

 


DUAL-DEGREE PROGRAM

A dual-degree program leading to the two degrees, Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, is available as per the following curriculum.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING AND BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING CURRICULUM (147 CREDITS)

FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Semester
MAE 111 Introduction to Engineering I   3
ENG 105 English Composition I   3
MTH 151 Calculus I for Engineers           5
PHY 205 University Physics I   3
14
Spring Semester
MAE 112 Introduction to Engineering II   2
CAE 210 Mechanics of Solids I   3
ENG 107 Writing about Science   3
MTH 162 Calculus II   4
PHY 206 University Physics II   3
PHY 208 University Physics II Lab   1
16
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Semester
MAE 207 Mechanics of Solids   3
IEN 311 Applied Probability and Statistics   3
MTH 211 Calculus III   3
PHY 207 University Physics III   3
PHY 209 University Physics III Lab   1
ECO 211 or ECO 212                     3
16 Spring Semester
MAE 202 Dynamics   3
MAE 241 Measurements Lab   3
EEN 205 Principles of Electrical Engineering I   3
CHM 151 Chemistry for Engineers I   3
CHM 153 Chemistry Laboratory for Engineers   1
PS/HA Elective*                             3
16
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
MAE 302 Mechanical Behavior of Materials           3
MAE 303 Thermodynamics I   3
MAE 309 Fluid Mechanics           3
MAE 341 Mechanical Design I                         3
MTH 311 Ordinary Differential Equations   3
PS/HA Elective*   3 18 Spring Semester
MAE 310 Heat Transfer           3
MAE 301 Engineering Materials Science           3
MAE 470 Introduction to Aerospace Structures         3    
MAE 371 Aerodynamics                               3    
MAE 362 Computer Aided Design                     3
MAE 351 Mechanics Laboratory       2
                                                    17
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
MAE 570 Aerospace Propulsion                       3  
MAE 404 Experimental Engineering Laboratory         2  
MAE 471 Flight Dynamics and Orbital Mechanics       3                                        
MAE 472 Design of Aerospace Structures           3
MAE 444 Capstone Design Project I Aerospace         1    
MAE 446 Aircraft Design                         3
                                                    15 Spring Semester
MAE 415 Automatic Control           3
MAE 445 Capstone Design Project - II   2
MAE Technical Elective**           3
MAE 342 Design of Mechanical Systems               3
MAE Technical Elective **                            3      
PS/HA Elective *                                    3                                                                                
                                                    17
FIFTH YEAR
Fall Semester
MAE 441 Design of Fluid and Thermal Systems         3  
MAE 412 System Dynamics                           3    
MAE Technical Elective**                            3    
MAE Energy Elective ***                            3                                    
PS/HA Elective *                                    3
                                                    15
* People and Society (PS)/Humanities and Arts (HA) Electives are selected from the appropriate table found in this Bulletin in the College of Engineering section.

** Technical Electives are advanced courses in mathematics, science or engineering, approved by the Faculty Advisor, as appropriate for individual objectives.

*** Energy Electives are selected with approval of Faculty Advisor, e.g., MAE 408, MAE 420, MAE 503, MAE 506, MAE 509, MAE 510, MAE 528, MAE 540, MAE 570.
The five-year BS/MS program leads to both the B.S. degree and the M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in five years. The program is intended for exceptional students who are admitted to the graduate program in their junior year. Students applying for this program must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 and must attain a score of more than 1000 on the Graduate Record Examination (taken before the fifth year). The curriculum requirements for this program are as follows:

BACHELOR of SCIENCE and MASTER of SCIENCE in MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Semester
MAE 111 Introduction to Engineering I   3
ENG 105 English Composition I   3
MTH 151 Calculus I for Engineers           5
PHY 205 University Physics I   3
14 Spring Semester
MAE 112 Introduction to Engineering II   2
CAE 210 Mechanics of Solids I   3
ENG 107 Writing about Science   3
MTH 162 Calculus II   4
PHY 206 University Physics II   3
PHY 208 University Physics II Lab   1
16
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Semester
MAE 207 Mechanics of Solids II   3
IEN 311 Applied Probability and Statistics   3
MTH 211 Calculus III   3
PHY 207 University Physics III   3
PHY 209 University Physics III Lab   1
ECO 211 or ECO 212                   3
16 Spring Semester
MAE 202 Dynamics   3
MAE 241 Measurements Lab   3
EEN 205 Principles of Electrical Engineering I   3
CHM 151 Chemistry for Engineers I   3
CHM 153 Chemistry Laboratory for Engineers   1
PS/HA Elective*   3
16
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
MAE 302 Mechanical Behavior of Materials           3
MAE 303 Thermodynamics I   3
MAE 309 Fluid Mechanics           3
MAE 341 Mechanical Design I   3
MTH 311 Ordinary Differential Equations   3
15 Spring Semester
MAE 301 Engineering Materials Science   3
MAE 310 Heat Transfer           3
MAE 342 Mechanical Design II   3
MAE 351 Mechanics Laboratory   2
MAE 362 Computer Aided Design                     3
MAE Technical Elective**           3
17
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
MAE 404 Experimental Engineering Laboratory   2
MAE 412 System Dynamics   3
MAE 441 Design of Fluid and Thermal Systems   3
Energy Elective***                   3
500Level Technical Elective**   3
PS/HA Elective*   3
17 Spring Semester
MAE 415 Automatic Control   3
500 Level Technical Elective**   3
PS/HA Elective*   3
PS/HA Elective*   3
PS/HA Elective*                                      3
MAE Technical Elective **                  3
                                          18
FIFTH YEAR
Fall Semester
MAE 501 Methods of Engineering Analysis           3
MAE 512 Intermediate Fluid Mechanics   3
600 Level Technical Elective**   3
600 Level Technical Elective**   3
12 Spring Semester
MAE 507 Advanced Mechanics of Solids   3
MAE 508 Intermediate Heat Transfer   3
MAE 652 Masters Capstone Project           4
MAE 614 Computational Fluid Dynamics   3
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* People and Society (PS)/Humanities and Arts (HA) Electives are selected from the appropriate table found in this Bulletin in the College of Engineering section.

** Technical Electives are advanced courses in mathematics, science or engineering, approved by the Faculty Advisor, as appropriate for individual objectives.

*** Applied Thermodynamics Electives are selected with approval of Faculty Advisor, e.g., MAE 408, MAE 420, MAE 503, MAE 506, MAE 509, MAE 510, MAE 528, MAE 540, MAE 570.
MINOR

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING MINOR

A student in the College of Arts and Sciences choosing the general field of mechanical engineering as a minor must complete 15 credits consisting of the following:

1. A core of CAE 210 and MAE 111.

2. Nine additional credits of Mechanical Engineering electives. These nine credits must be chosen from one of the following areas of specialization:
a. Energy Engineering: MAE 303, MAE 308, MAE 503, MAE 506, MAE 510.
b. Environmental Engineering: MAE 303, MAE 309, MAE 408, MAE 510, MAE 520, MAE 521.
c. Materials Engineering: MAE 207, MAE 301, MAE 302, MAE 507.
d. Thermal Engineering: MAE 303, MAE 310, MAE 408, MAE 420, MAE 441,
MAE 503, MAE 508, MAE 510.