Courses

ME 555 / MFG 555 - DESIGN OPTIMIZATION

Mathematical modeling of engineering design problems for optimization. Bounded-ness and monotonicity analysis of models. Differential optimization theory and selected numerical algorithms for continuous nonlinear models. Emphasis on the interaction between proper modeling and computation. Students propose design term projects from various disciplines and apply course methodology to optimize designs.

ME 558 / MFG 558 - DISCRETE DESIGN OPTIMIZATION
Fundamentals of discrete optimization for engineering design problems. Mathematical modeling of engineering design problems as discrete optimization problems, integer programming, dynamic programming, graph search algorithms, and introduction to NP completeness. A term project emphasizes applications to realistic engineering design problems.

ME 589 - ECOLOGICAL SUSTAINABILITY IN DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING
A scientific basis for understanding and reducing the environmental impact of engineering design and manufacturing decisions from a life cycle perspective. Environmental impact principles: air/water pollution, ozone depletion, global warming, resource sustainability. Life cycle assessment and environmentally conscious manufacturing of metals, plastics, and electronics products. Systems design metrics, disassembly, remanufacturing, recycling, policy considerations. Case studies include: sustainable mobility, alternative energy sources, tooling and machining, refrigeration, electronics remanufacturing.

ME 455 / DESCI 501 - ANALYTICAL PRODUCT DESIGN
Design of artifacts is addressed from a multidisciplinary perspective that includes engineering, art, psychology, marketing, economics, and other disciplines. Using a decision-making framework, emphasis is placed on quantitative methods, building mathematical models, and accounting for interdisciplinary interactions. Students work in team design projects from concept generation to prototyping and design verification.

DESCI 502 / PSYCH 541.001 / ARTDES 300.002 - DESIGN PROCESS MODELS
Interaction and coordination of decisions based on multi-discipline design analyses is studied in the context of a newly developed artifact. Innovation and creativity are addressed as elements of the design process. Enterprise design decisions made on functionality and business criteria are analyzed within organizational, cultural and social models. Students propose and test novel analysis methods and design process models.

DESCI 790 - DESIGN SCIENCE COLLOQUIUM
Topics on Design Science are presented by doctoral candidates and by invited speakers across campus and from outside the University. The aim of the colloquium is to aid in identifying appropriate dissertation topics.