2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Mechanical & Aerospace Engr (MAE)

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

240 Bell Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4400
Ph: 716-645-2593
F: 716-645-2883
W: www.mae.buffalo.edu
Kemper E. Lewis
Chair
Robert C. Wetherhold
Director of Undergraduate Studies

The Learning Environment

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers nine engineering programs leading to the degree of bachelor of science (BS) degree: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial and mechanical engineering.

Five combined BS/MBA programs are offered in conjunction with the School of Management. BA, BS, and BS/MS degrees in computer science are offered through the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. A BS degree in engineering physics is offered jointly with the Department of Physics.

The curricula allow students flexibility in their programs of study and encourages interaction between students and faculty. The undergraduate educational experience prepares students for professional practice and advanced study. Special programs including our experiential learning program, undergraduate research, and internship opportunities provide professional development skills and experiences and facilitate placement of our graduates in high-quality engineering positions.

About Our Facilities

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences occupies six buildings on UB's north campus: Bell, Bonner, Davis, Furnas, Jarvis, and Ketter Hall.

Together, these buildings form an outstanding educational and research facility, comprising 275,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.

The MAE Department has a strong commitment to providing up-to-date laboratory equipment that gives our students hands-on experience with modern engineering devices, systems, and software. The major laboratory areas for undergraduates are properties of engineering materials, fluid and thermal sciences, dynamic systems and instrumentation, and computer-aided engineering. For students in the Aerospace Engineering program, there is a teaching wind tunnel for aerodynamics experiments, used in the course MAE 339. In addition, there are Shared Instrumentation Facilities, including the Motion Simulation Laboratory and the Digital Manufacturing Laboratory. Students can also obtain access to the Engineering Machine Shop, which has a variety of equipment that can be used for undergraduate research, projects, and student clubs.

About Our Faculty

The faculty members in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering are widely recognized for their technical skills and scholarship. They have received recognition for both teaching and research accomplishments, with over 50 awards from national and international organizations including eight faculty members who are recognized as Fellows of their professional societies. Research awards have come from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, NASA, DARPA, the Department of Defense, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the Office of Naval Research, and international study awards have come from the J. William Fulbright and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundations.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Aerospace Engineering department website for additional information about our faculty.

MAE Courses


  • MAE 177LLB Introduction to CAD
    Lecture

    The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with a 3D modeling CAD software platform, like Creo Parametric. Students will learn basic 3D modelling functions such as extrude, revolve, pattern, sweep, etc. The course will cover integration of individual parts into assemblies. Documenting CAD models through the use of engineering drawings will also be covered.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Other Requisites: Approved and Intended Engineering Majors Only
  • MAE 204LR Thermodynamics I
    Lecture

    Covers conservation of mass, first and second laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic properties, equilibrium, and their application to physical and chemical systems.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: MTH 142;Approved and Intended Engineering Majors Only
  • MAE 231LEC MAE Applications using MATLAB
    Lecture

    This course will serve to expand upon the concepts first introduced EAS 230 with hands-on programming experience specific to mechanical and aerospace engineering. Some such topics include applications to statics, thermodynamics, dynamics, and mechanics of solids. The solution techniques developed and honed in this course will supplement the computer programming skills used through the academic carrier of the student and prepare them for MAE 376 Applied Mathematics.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Winter
    Prerequisites: EAS 230 or EAS 240 or CSE 115 or EAS 999TRCP
  • MAE 277LEC Introduction to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Practice
    Lecture

    An overview of engineering in industry; introduces engineering design concepts, reverse engineering, case studies including a hands-on product dissection project, basics of manufacturing processes, elementary modeling of engineering systems, and technical communications. If you have completed 300-level MAE courses, and did not complete MAE 277, you should replace MAE 277 with a 300- or 400-level 3-credit SEAS course.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Other Requisites: Approved and Intended Mechanical Engineering Majors Only
  • MAE 278LEC Introduction to Aerospace Engineering Practice
    Lecture

    An overview of aerospace engineering; introduces aerospace history, airplane and rocket anatomy, flow and fluid properties, earth atmosphere, wind tunnels, aerodynamic drag, aircraft performance, aircraft structures and materials, supersonic and hyper-sonic flight, propulsion, orbital mechanics, and future of air and space transportation. If you have completed 300-level MAE courses, and did not complete MAE 278, you should replace MAE 278 with a 300- or 400-level 3-credit SEAS course.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Other Requisites: Approved and Intended ASE Majors Only
  • MAE 311LEC Machines and Mechanisms I
    Lecture

    Examines analysis and design of machine elements, including theories of failure, fatigue strength, and endurance limits; fluctuating stresses; Goodman diagram; and fatigue design under torsional and combined stresses. Also covers design of bolted connections, fasteners, welds, springs, ball and roller bearings, journal bearings, gears, clutches, and brakes.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: EAS 209Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering Majors Only.
  • MAE 315LEC Analysis of Structures
    Lecture

    Examines the theory of elastic structural components including elastic stress analysis; equilibrium, strain displacement and compatibility; yield criteria; energy methods; finite element analysis and numerical methods.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: EAS 209
    Corequisites: MAE 376Approved ASE and ME majors only.
  • MAE 316LEC Aerospace Structures
    Lecture

    Explores the theory of light structures including beam bending, shear stress, shear center, and composite beams; shear flow, warping stresses, and secondary warping; torsion of thin-walled single and multi-cell tubes; deformation of struts, plates, frames, and trusses; stress analysis of connections; composite structures and sandwich construction. Also covers computer implementation with applications to aircraft and aerospace structures.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: MAE 315Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering Majors Only.
  • MAE 334LLB Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Lab I
    Lecture

    Introduces digital data acquisition systems. A/D convertors, and amplifiers. Error analysis. Transducers for mechanical and electrical measurements. Static and dynamic response of electrical and mechanical elements and systems. Modifying dynamic response using feedback control. One lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: MAE 340 And EAS 209 And
    Corequisites: EE 200 or EE 202 or equivalent transfer creditMechanical Or Aerospace Engineering Majors Only.
  • MAE 335LR Fluid Mechanics
    Lecture

    Fluid statics; substantial derivatives; Reynolds transport equation; control volume approach for conservation of mass, linear momentum, moment of momentum, and the first law of thermodynamics; dimensional analysis and similitude; laminar and turbulent pipe flow of liquids; boundary-layer theory; one-dimensional, compressible flow; potential flow.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: EAS 209.Approved Mechanical/Aerospace majors only.
  • MAE 336LEC Heat Transfer
    Lecture

    Introduces the transport of heat by conduction, convection, and radiation. Topics include transient and steady-state, one- and multidimensional heat conduction (treated both analytically and numerically); single-phase, laminar and turbulent, and forced and natural convection both within ducts and on external surfaces (dimensional analysis and empirical correlations); two-phase transport (boiling and condensation); radiative properties of materials and analysis of radiative heat transfer in enclosures; and analysis of heat exchangers.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: MAE 204Mechanical Or Aerospace Engineering Majors Only.
  • MAE 338LAB MAE Lab II
    Laboratory

    Testing the behavior and response of fluid and thermal systems; dimensionless groups, flow metering; measurement of properties such as viscosity, friction losses, thermal conductivity; heat exchangers, thermodynamic cycles. One lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: MAE 335 and MAE 336; Mechanical Engineering Majors only.
  • MAE 339LAB Aerospace Engineering Laboratory
    Laboratory

    Students will conduct a series of hands-on experiments in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and aerodynamics in small groups. They will post-process and analyze the experimental data and compare them with available theories. Communication of the objectives, results, and conclusions is critical in any engineering position; therefore students will present their findings in both textual and graphical form in professional-style reports. Uncertainty analysis is an essential part of analyzing and presenting experimental data, and is incorporated into the labs. Finally, the design of experiments, i.e. what experiment will be conducted, and how and why it will be done, is incorporated heavily into one of the labs and as design problems in the others.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: MAE 335, MAE 336, and MAE 424; Aerospace Majors only.
  • MAE 340LEC Dynamic Systems
    Lecture

    Modeling and analysis of lumped physical systems; static and dynamic response of electrical, mechanical, thermal and hydraulic elements, systems and transducers; Laplace transforms, transfer functions, frequency response; mixed systems; use of state space and matrix methods in systems modeling and analysis; introduction to feedback control. Three credit-hours of lecture per week.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: EAS 208, Mecahnical or Aerospace Engineering Majors Only
    Corequisites: MAE 376
  • MAE 345LR Intermediate Dynamics
    Lecture

    Intermediate dynamics is a preliminary course in modeling dynamical systems for mechanical and aerospace engineering students. Fundamentals methods of kinematics and kinetics for a system of particles are presented with applications to physical systems. This discussion is followed by the development of equations of motion of a rigid body, including the study of torque free motion and conservation principles. Constrained motion is discussed briefly along with a short study of impulsive motion. The concept of equilibrium points for dynamical systems is introduced and methods of linear analysis are discussed in conjunction with linearization about the equilibrium point. The course concludes with an exposition of vibration theory and its relationship to Eigenvalue problems.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: EAS 208Approved Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Majors Only.
  • MAE 364LEC Manufacturing Processes
    Lecture

    Examines manufacturing processes including casting, forming, cutting, joining, and molding of various engineering materials (metals and non-metals). Also studies manufacturing considerations in design including material and process selection, tooling, product quality, and properties/processing tradeoffs. Includes quality control and automation issues.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: MAE 381Mechanical Or Aerospace Engineering Majors Only.
  • MAE 376LLB Applied Mathematics for MAE
    Lecture

    Considers the solution of engineering problems using computational methods. Topics include linear algebra, sets of linear and nonlinear equations, ordinary differential equations, and matrix eigen values. Also covers topics in statistics (particularly with normal distributions) and engineering applications involving error analysis. Considers interpolation, splines, and nonlinear curve fitting as time permits. Programming will be required and will build on the basis of earlier Matlab or equivalent language instruction

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: (EAS 230 or EAS 240 or CSE 115 or EAS 999TRCP) and MTH 306.Approved Mechanical/Aerospace majors only.
  • MAE 377LLB Product Design in a CAE Environment
    Lecture

    Examines mechanical design of functional, pragmatic products from inception through implementation, including topics in computer-aided-design (CAD). Discusses the design process in the context of product redesign assignments using CAD. Includes a final design project with professional documentation including sketches, detailed and assembly CAD drawings, a comprehensive written design analysis, and cost breakdown.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: MAE 177 or CIE 177 or EAS 999TR 177;
    Corequisites: EAS 209 or MAE 278.Approved Mechanical/Aerospace majors only.
  • MAE 381LEC Engineering Materials
    Lecture

    Introduces the physics and chemistry of engineering materials including metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Covers the relationships among the processing, internal structure, material properties, and applications. Internal structure includes crystal structure, imperfections, and phases. Processing includes annealing, precipitation hardening, and heat treatment of steel. Properties include mechanical properties and corrosion behavior. Also considers current industrial needs.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: CHE 101 or CHE 105 or CHE 107.Approved Mechanical/Aerospace majors only.
  • MAE 385LAB Engineering Materials Laboratory
    Laboratory

    Involves experiments designed to illustrate the relationships among the processing, internal structure and properties of engineering materials, emphasizing metals and their heat treatment, microstructure and mechanical properties. Provides hands-on experience in metallography, heat treatment and mechanical testing. Includes laboratory report writing and work in groups.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: MAE 381Mechanical Or Aerospace Engineering Majors Only.
  • MAE 400LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Credits: 1 - 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Approved Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Majors Only
  • MAE 405LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Approved Engineering Majors Only.
  • MAE 409LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Approved Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Majors Only.
  • MAE 410LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • MAE 413LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Approved Engineering Majors Only.
  • MAE 415LEC Advanced Fluid Mechanics
    Lecture

    This course is suitable for beginning-graduate or advanced-undergraduate students in fluid mechanics. The course is designed to make it more accessible to students who may have only studied the subject during one prior semester, or who may need fluid mechanics knowledge to pursue research in a related field. The course consists of vector and cartesian tensor notation; continuity equation; fluid kinematics and stress-strain relations; Navier-Stokes equations; vorticity dynamics; incompressible inviscid flow; incompressible viscous flow; exact solutions; boundary layers; low Reynolds number flow.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: MAE 335, 376, majors only.
  • MAE 417LEC Applied Orthopedic Biomechanics
    Lecture

    Studies the design of implants and prosthetics in relation to the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system. Topics include bone physiology, testing methods (tension, compression, bending, torsion, shear, and fatigue, including nondestructive testing), strain gage application, composite theory of bone, stress fractures and fatigue properties in the musculoskeletal system, fracture healing, external/internal fixation (Ilizarov, etc.), aging and osteoporosis, pathology of osteoarthritis, joint replacement and arthroplasty, and spin biomechanics.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: EAS 209Mechanical Or Aerospace Engineering Majors Only.
  • MAE 420LS Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System
    Lecture

    Reviews basic aspects of anatomy including forces transmitted in the body, bones as structural members, and joint and muscle forces. Also considers kinematics of body motions, instantaneous centers of joint motions, behavior of normal and abnormal joints, remodeling, biomaterials, and ligaments and tendons. Also studies functions of orthotics and prostheses, including design considerations. Involves a weekly seminar and one or two laboratory sessions.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: EAS 209.
  • MAE 421LEC Sustainable Manufacturing
    Lecture

    The course is designed for engineering undergraduate/graduate students who are interested in furthering their knowledge in green engineering techniques. The approaches presented in this class are from the levels of manufacturing, machine and systems, as well as the overall product lifecycle and supply chain perspective. The main goal of this course is to help students understand the importance of green and sustainable manufacturing. The course will discuss some practical aspects of sustainability and green engineering with students and encourage them to look at the processes and systems around them more carefully and think about opportunities to improve, reuse, replacement and reduction of the environmental impacts of the processes, systems, and behaviors. This course is the same as IE 421 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • MAE 422LEC Gas Dynamics
    Lecture

    Explores fundamentals of gas dynamics and compressible aerodynamics including one-dimensional isentropic flow; one-dimensional flow with friction and with heating or cooling; normal shock relations; oblique shocks and expansion waves; the method of characteristics; quasi-one-dimensional flow; nozzles and diffusers; shock tubes; and small perturbation theory.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: MAE 335Mechanical Or Aerospace Engineering Majors Only.
  • MAE 423LEC Introduction to Propulsion
    Lecture

    Reviews combustion thermodynamics; flow in nozzle, diffuser, and constant area duct with shock; analysis and performance of air breathing and chemical rocket propulsion systems; performance of single and multi-staged rocket vehicles; and space missions.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: MAE 335 and MAE 422Approved Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Majors Only.
  • MAE 424LEC Aerodynamics
    Lecture

    Explores flow over airfoils and wings; ideal flow theory; singularity solutions; superposition; source; and vortex panel methods; method of source panels; 2-D airfoil theory; pressure distributions and lift; effects of compressibility; Prandtl's lifting-line theory; boundary-layer theory; and friction drag. Includes an aerodynamics laboratory experience, considering airfoil characteristics, and boundary-layer measurements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: MAE 335Mechanical Or Aerospace Engineering Majors Only.
  • MAE 425LEC Spacecraft Dynamics and Control
    Lecture

    Introduces the concepts of spacecraft orbital mechanics and attitude dynamics. Orbital mechanics is the study of the positional motion, while attitude dynamics describes the orientation of the spacecraft. Topics include: review of rotational kinematics and dynamics, orbital mechanics, gravity turn and trajectory optimization, orbit lifetimes, three-body problem, orbit perturbations, orbit determination, spacecraft dynamics, spinning and three-axis stabilized spacecraft, and attitude determination.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: MAE 345 and 376Mechanical Or Aerospace Engineering Majors Only.
  • MAE 431LEC Energy Systems
    Lecture

    Synthesis of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer to facilitate practical design and analysis of actual energy systems. Topics include: air duct sizing; pressure drop in pipes, ducts and systems; air duct system design; fans; liquid piping systems; pumps; cavitation; non-dimensional pump parameters; pump performance plots; open and closed loop piping system design; bare and finned-tube heat exchangers in cross flow; heat exchanger systems (plasma spray, hot water heating, water boilers, hydronic heating systems).

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: MAE 204 and MAE 336.
  • MAE 434LEC Aircraft Design
    Lecture

    Involves practice predicting performance of existing designs with comparison to actual performance; and analyzes performance of new, student-designed aircraft. Conceptual aircraft design for specific mission profiles is facilitated by course-licensed software.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: MAE 436Mechanical Or Aerospace Engineering Majors Only.
  • MAE 435LEC Principles of Material Design
    Lecture

    The design of materials is central to the development of materials for applications. Knowledge on the principles of material design is needed for engineers and scientists that are involved with material development or research. This knowledge entails broad understanding of the types of structures that materials can exhibit, how the structures can be fabricated, and how the structures impact the behavior, which includes mechanical, thermal, electronic, dielectric and electrochemical behavior. Particularly valuable for material design is broad knowledge of the types of material structures, which are in scales ranging from the nanoscale to the macroscale. This course covers the principles of material design. The materials include single-phase materials, multi-phase materials, multi-scale materials, two-dimensional materials, one-dimensional materials and pastes. The design is illustrated with materials that are relevant to structural, electronic, thermal and electrochemical applications, with consideration of the relationship between the structure and properties of the materials.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: MAE 381 or MAE 438/538 or permission of instructor.
  • MAE 436LR Flight Dynamics
    Lecture

    Reviews practical aerodynamics of wings and bodies, as well as performance of aircraft and missiles in the atmosphere. Topics include longitudinal, lateral, and directional static stability; control effectiveness; control forces; basic equations of motion of flight vehicles; aerodynamics, thrust and gravity forces; and stability derivatives. Analyzes aircraft and missile dynamic stability, as well as typical model responses to control inputs. Further studies autopilots, stability augmentation, and analysis of the pilot as a control-system element.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: MAE 340 and MAE 424 and MAE 345. Approved Mechanical/Aerospace majors only.
  • MAE 438LEC Smart Materials
    Lecture

    Introduces concepts and applications of smart materials, which refer to materials that can sense a certain stimulus and, in some cases, even react to the stimulus in a positive way so as to counteract negative effects of the stimulus. Strain/stress sensors and actuators are emphasized. Topics include intrinsically smart structural materials, piezoelectric and electrostrictive materials, magnetostrictive materials, electrorheological and magnetorheological fluids, shape memory materials and optical fibers.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: MAE 381Mechanical Or Aerospace Engineering Majors Only.
  • MAE 439LEC Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
    Lecture

    Reviews psychrometrics, physiological factors, heating and cooling load calculations, refrigeration methods and applications to air conditioning, cryogenic methods, fan and duct analyses, and solar energy.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: MAE 336Mechanical Or Aerospace Engineering Majors Only.
  • MAE 442LEC Computer-Aided Analysis in Fluid and Thermal Sciences
    Lecture

    For seniors and beginning graduate students interested in computer-based analysis of engineering problems in fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Emphasizes applications of computer analysis to engineering design of fluid/thermal systems. Surveys the general governing equations and methods to solve them, including finite-difference, finite-volume, panel methods, and finite element methods. Introduces state-of-the-art computer tools for analysis and graphical representation of results. Gives students a broad view of computational fluid mechanics for engineering applications in the fluid/thermal sciences.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: MAE 335 and MAE 336 and MAE 376; Approved ASE and ME majors only.
  • MAE 443LR Continuous Control System
    Lecture

    Examines system modeling and identification of plants to be controlled; use of feedback control systems; design of feedback control laws including P, I, D; block diagrams, transfer functions, and frequency response functions; control system design and analysis in the time domain and frequency domain; computer simulation of control systems; stability analysis using Routh-Hurwitz criterion; design for stability, speed of response, and accuracy; root locus, Bode, and Nyquist plots; compensation strategies.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: MAE 340; Approved ASE and ME majors only.
  • MAE 449LEC Design of Complex Engineering Systems
    Lecture

    Applies domain-independent design methods and decision-support theories and tools to the design of large-scale, complex systems. Covers the role of design, decision-making, and open engineering systems in a globally competitive society. Topics include descriptive and prescriptive models of design, decision theory, utility theory, game theory, design of experiments, approximation, and stochastic and deterministic processes.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • MAE 451LEC Design Process and Methods
    Lecture

    Discusses the fundamental concepts and activities of design processes. Investigates domain-independent topics of design processes. These topics include idea conception, teamwork, quality, experimental design, optimization, and technical communication. In addition, discusses fundamental methods of design, including decision making, conceptual design, cost evaluation, ethics issues, and intellectual property issues, which are investigated through interactive lectures and individual and group exercises.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: Approved Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Majors Only.
    Corequisites: MAE 338 or MAE 339
  • MAE 454LEC Road Vehicle Dynamics
    Lecture

    Covers the forces and torques generated by tires (under both traction and braking) and by the relative wind; two-wheel and four-wheel models of a vehicle; simplified stability and control of transients; steady-state response to external disturbances; effects of the roll degree of freedom; equations of motion in body-fixed coordinates; lateral load transfer; force-moment analysis; and applications of feedback-control theory to the design of subsystems for improved performance.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: MAE 340; Approved ASE and ME majors only
  • MAE 457LEC Fire Science and Safety Engineering
    Lecture

    Considers the building blocks of a fire, including a basic understanding of chemically reactive flows, fire plume dynamics, and flame spread rates across liquid and solid surfaces. Larger compartment fires will then be examined and the origin of flashover and backdraft discussed leading up to a fully developed fire. Explores fire protection engineering and introduces advanced simulation and modeling tools that are used by professionals to aid in the design of a fire protection system.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: MAE 335 and MAE 336.
  • MAE 459SA DESIGN PROJECT
    Tutorial

    Credits: 0 - 19
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • MAE 460LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: MAE 460 RequisiteApproved Engineering Majors Only
  • MAE 464LLB Manufacturing Automation
    Lecture

    Introduces the theory of automation as related to manufacturing and design integration, including hardware, software, and algorithm issues involved in fast and flexible product development cycles. Studies strategies of automated manufacturing systems; CAD-CAM; and integration, programming, and simulation. Additional topics include Robotics (e.g. applications in welding, material handling, and human intensive processes), Reverse Engineering (e.g. modeling product from laser and CMM data of parts), Virtual Environments (e.g. industrial applications of virtual reality and prototyping), Intelligent Diagnostics (e.g. sensor fusion for machine tool monitoring), Automated Inspection (e.g. computer vision and methods of automated quality control), and Design for Manufacturing (e.g. issues involved in concurrent product development).

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: MAE 364; Approved ASE and ME majors only
  • MAE 467LEC Vibration and Shock
    Lecture

    Examines mechanical vibration and shock including free and forced, periodic, and aperiodic vibration of single-degree and multi-degree of freedom systems.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: MAE 340Mechanical Or Aerospace Engineering Majors Only.
  • MAE 470LEC Thermodynamics Materials
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • MAE 476LLB Mechatronics
    Lecture

    Studies the theory and practice of hardware and software interfacing of microprocessors with analog and digital sensor/actuators to realize mechatronic systems. Coverage includes microprocessor architectures, programming, digital and analog circuits, sensors, actuators, communication protocols, and real-time and operator interface issues as applicable to the design and implementation of simple mechatronic subsystems. Lectures emphasize basics of theory, architecture, and operation and are supplemented by labs aimed at building basic competence by hands-on practical implementation.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: MAE 334.
  • MAE 477LLB Computer-Aided Design Applications
    Lecture

    Considers concepts in computer-aided engineering including principles of computer graphics, finite element analysis, kinematic analysis, and animation of mechanical systems. Studies the use of integrated CAD/CAE tools. Incorporates projects in solid modeling, stress analysis of machine parts and structures, and mechanism response and animation.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Other Requisites: Approved Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Majors Only.
  • MAE 478LEC Cardiovascular Biomechanics
    Lecture

    Introduces the mechanical behavior of the cardiovascular system, basic physiology, and application of engineering fundamentals to obtain quantitative descriptions. Major topics include rheology of blood, mechanics of the heart, dynamics of blood flow in the heart and circulation, control of cardiac output, blood pressure, and regional blood flow.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: EAS 209 and MAE 335; Approved ASE and ME majors only
  • MAE 482LEC Introduction to Composite Materials
    Lecture

    Provides a basic understanding of composite materials (manufacturing and mechanical properties). Examines behavior of unidirectional and short-fiber composites; analysis of laminated composites; performance of composites, including fracture, fatigue, and creep under various conditions; fracture modes of composites; manufacturing and micro-structural characterization of composites; experimental characterization and statistical analysis; and polymeric, metallic, and ceramic composites.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: EAS 209 and MAE 381; Approved ASE and ME majors only.
  • MAE 484LEC Nano/Microtechnologies for (bio)MEMS
    Lecture

    Introduces advanced technologies that enable integration of micro-sensors and micromechanical components on the same chip to produce miniature devices called micro electromechanical systems (MEMS). The course covers physical principles and design rules that govern the performance of a device at small length scales. Discuss a large set of microfabrication techniques including photolithography, material removal processes, and additive technologies. Discuss the applications of MEMS devices in automotive, communication, energy, and BioMEMS in biomedical applications.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Other Requisites: MAE Majors only.
  • MAE 485LEC Mech Propts of Materials
    Lecture

    Relationship between the microstructure of materials and their macroscopic properties; topics include strength and modulus, hardness, fatigue, creep and plasticity, abrasion, impact, elasticity, thermal stresses, strengthening mechanism, and testing methods.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • MAE 487LEC Modern Theory of Materials
    Lecture

    Develops fundamentals of modern theories of solids. Topics include reciprocal lattices, diffraction theory, electron energy bands, and phonon dispersion.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: MAE 381Mechanical Or Aerospace Engineering Majors Only.
  • MAE 489LEC Experimental Methods in Materials Science and Engineering
    Lecture

    This lecture course will cover experimental methods in materials science and engineering. These methods will relate to the characterization of material structures (using spectroscopy, microscopy and diffraction techniques), material properties (mechanical, thermal, electrical, electrochemical, etc.) and material processes (phase transformations, reactions, diffusion, etc.). Illustrations will be made using materials including metals, ceramics, polymers, carbons, semiconductors and composites.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: MAE 381 and Mech/Aero Majors.
    Other Requisites: MAE 489
  • MAE 490LEC Robotics II: Collaborative Robotics
    Lecture

    The objective of this course is to provide working knowledge required to formulate and analyze problems related to the application of collaborative robots. This course will also provide methodologies for solutions to such formulated problems. This course is the same as IE 483, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: Permission of instructor OR MAE 493 Robotics I OR IE 482 Robotics
  • MAE 493LEC Robotics I
    Lecture

    The objective of this course is to provide working knowledge required to formulate and analyze problems in robotic systems design. This course will also provide methodologies for solutions to such formulated problems. Comprehensive skill level will be reached through basic topics such as: a) Kinematics, b) Inverse Kinematics, c) Computation of the Manipulator's Jacobian, d) Newton-Euler Formulation of Equations of Motion,e) Lagrange's Formulation of Equations of Motion and f) Control.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: EAS 208 and (EAS 230 or EAS 240 or CSE 115)
  • MAE 494LT Design Project
    Tutorial

    Students working in teams of two or three under the supervision of a faculty member complete an original engineering design, which in some cases results in hardware. Design problems are drawn from industry and initiated by faculty. Where practical, two or more teams compete to solve the same problem. Teams meet individually with faculty on a weekly basis to discuss their projects.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Corequisites: MAE 451Mechanical Or Aerospace Engineering Majors Only.
  • MAE 496LEC Engineering Internship
    Lecture

    Provides experience in real-world engineering problems for senior mechanical and aerospace students. Assigns projects from local industry. Normally requires students to spend eight hours weekly in an engineering office. Students must present written and oral reports. Students interested in an internship or co-op experience should also consider the EAS 396 and EAS 496 sequence.

    Credits: 1 - 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Mechanical Or Aerospace Engineering Majors Only.
  • MAE 498TUT Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity
    Tutorial

    Students collaborate with faculty research mentors on an ongoing project in a faculty member's laboratory or conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member. This experience provides students with an inquiry based learning opportunity and engages them as active learners in a research setting. Arrangements must be made with a specific faculty member before registration.

    Credits: 1 - 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Mechanical Or Aerospace Engineering Majors Only.
  • MAE 499TUT Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering
    Tutorial

    Independent engineering projects or reading courses may be arranged with individual faculty members. Students must make arrangements with a specific faculty member for work on a particular topic before registering.

    Credits: 1 - 12
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Mechanical Or Aerospace Engineering Majors Only.

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

240 Bell Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4400
Ph: 716-645-2593
F: 716-645-2883
W: www.mae.buffalo.edu
Kemper E. Lewis
Chair
Robert C. Wetherhold
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Published: October 05, 2018 09:47:38 AM