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Iron Range UMD Graduate Engineering Education Program: Fall 2015 Proposed Courses


  • ChE 5193  Process Optimization:  Lean / 6 Sigma Emphasis on applying Lean and 6 Sigma process design and improvement techniques, data driven decision making, cultural transformation and effective change communication.

  • EE 5477 Antennas and Transmission Lines (M, W 4:00 – 5:15PM)  Concepts and theory of antennas and transmission lines; emphasis on design and applications. Topics: nonlinear source and loads, cross talk, interconnecting circuits, line characteristics, radiation, measurements. EM propagation, scattering and antenna design techniques. Numerical analysis of wire, aperture, reflector antennas; diffraction theory.


  • IE 5315 Organizational Control Methods – Roles of the engineer in managing organizational resources. Budgeting, cost-volume relationships, product costing, annual reports, audits. Project estimating and reporting.


  • CE 5326 Highway Planning and Design (3-5:30PM) This course aims to provide an in-depth knowledge on highway network planning and design methodologies. Current planning and design methods for roadways will be introduced and used for class projects. The potential interrelationship between design parameters and traffic operation/safety will also be introduced for each design element.


  • EMGT 5120 Advanced Project Management - Project justification and finance. The development and management of project plans and resources. Working with contractors and union personnel. Covers the life cycle of projects. Applications to current practice.


CE 5226 Water Resources Engineering Application of engineering economics, risk analysis, and operations research to the planning and management of water systems; major topics include flood control, hydroelectric power, water supply, multiobjective planning, sustainability and climate change.


CE 5421  Applied Geostatistics   The course teaches theoretical and practical aspects of geostatistics; with primary focus on analysis of information gathered in site investigations for civil engineering projects, although the concepts taught in the course also have direct application tin economic geology and ore-mining investigations. Theoretical aspects of the course center on description and modeling of spatial variability and interpolation attributes of interest at unsampled locations; they also focus on sampling design and incorporation of different types of information (continuous, categorical) in geostatistical prediction. Practical implementation of concepts taught involves use of geostatistical packages in the software R and Matlab (also commercial software packages commonly used in the civil and mining engineering industry such as ArcGIS, Vulcan, etc., will be addressed.) Will require development of a graduate level project, in addition to the undergraduate level requirements of the course.

CE 5422 Numerical Modeling and Geotechnical Engineering This course covers theoretical and practical aspects of numerical modeling of problems in geotechnical engineering, using the finite element and finite difference methods, as implemented in commercial packages such as Abaqus and FLAC.  The emphasis is on the solution of typical soil mechanics and geotechnical design problems.  These include determining stresses in soils; solving shallow and deep foundation problems; seepage and consolidation problems; lateral earth pressure, retaining wall and slope stability problems; and seismic wave propagation in soils.  Will require development of a graduate level project in addition to the undergraduate level requirements of the course.

CE 5315 Sustainable Design and Construction Theories of traffic flow modeling and simulation.  Traffic analysis process with computer-aided simulation tools.  Methodologies to determine optimum intersection signal timing plans and freeway ramp control.  Procedures to identify and improve safety problems on different types of highways.  Statistical methods to quantify the effectiveness of certain safety measures will be discussed.

ME 5305 Computational Fluid Dynamics  Finite-difference methods for steady and transient diffusion and convection-diffusion problems. Finite-volume technique for the solution of multi-dimensional fluid flow, and heat and mass transfer problems. Utilize CFD software to solve complex problems.

ME 5325 Sustainable Energy Systems   A comparison of different energy systems will be made in terms of economic, environmental and political implications. Specific energy alternatives will include coal, oil, geothermal, bioenergy, solar, wind, fission, fusion, hydrogen, fuel cell.

EE 5351 Introduction to Robotics and Mobile Robot Control Architectures Basic concepts and tools for the analysis, design, and control of robotic mechanisms. Topics include basic robot architecture and applications to dynamical systems, mobile mechanisms, kinematics, inverse kinematics, trajectory and motion planning, mobile roots, collision avoidance, and control architectures.

EE 5533  Grid Resiliancy, Efficiency and Technology Concepts and architecture of grid, smart grid and microgrid; resiliency under physical and cyber attacks; grid efficiency via sensors, networks and control; technology including standards and protocols for cybersecurity and protection of the grid; case studies and testbeds.

ChE 5121 Advanced Thermodynamics Theory and application of phase equilibrium thermodynamics.  Estimation and correlation of thermodynamic properties.  Multicomponent systems.  Solution theory.  High pressure equilibrea.  Corresponding states.

ChE 5131 Polymer Engineering  Polymeric materials have a tremendous variety of applications in synthetic fibers, packaging, automobiles, electronic instruments, energy, sports, etc.  This course will focus on theoretical and engineering applications of polymer design, processing, and production.

ChE 5701  Biochemical Engineering I/II  Advanced design and operation of bioreactors for varied cultivation methods, transport limitations, and reactor types. Operation and control considerations for aeration, agitation, heat transfer, and instrumentation. Unit operations for recovery and purification of products. Microbial, animal, plant, and mixed culture applications.

EMGT 5240  Advanced Operations Management  Emphasis on quantitative methods for designing and analyzing manufacturing and service operations, simulation, and recent paradigms in manufacturing including just-in-time production, synchronous manufacturing, and agile manufacturing. Current competitiveness-enhancing techniques like continuous improvement, benchmarking, and business process re-engineering will also be covered.

EMGT 5260 Advanced Decision Making for Engineering Managers This course introduces students to a variety of tools that help them sharpen the judgment and improve the decision making process. The rational basis behind decisions under certainty, uncertainty, risk and conflicts will be evaluated. The analytical approach to decision making will be presented by combining the qualitative and quantitative aspects of management decisions. Mathematical foundations for conflict resolution in multi-criteria decision making will be introduced. Quantification of subjective judgment, the development of Hierarchical Decision Models and their sensitivity analysis will be covered. Methods to measure inconsistencies in individual and group decisions will also be discussed.


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