MAE Classes in 2021 & 2020

In 2021 and 2020, several foundational courses in MAE went remote due to COVID-19. These videos talk about the challenges of continuing education in a remote setting, and how the MAE department handling the transition to remote learning for the 2020 and 2021 academic years. 

Thermodynamics & Fluids Lab

The Sophomore Laboratory provides experiments associated with Thermodynamics (MAE 221), Mechanics of Fluids (MAE 222) and Electronics.

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Microprocessors & Controls Lab

This laboratory provides experimental space for MAE 412 Microprocessors, MAE 345 Introduction to Robotics, and MAE 433 Automatic Control Systems.

Students in MAE 433 during weeks 2–9 participate in classical control labs (the DC Motor) and in weeks 10-12 in modern control labs (the inverted pendulum).

Students in MAE 345 get hands-on experience in the controls laboratory through project-based assignments on quadrotors.  They implement a vision-based obstacle avoidance controller for a quadrotor using techniques from feedback control theory, motion planning, localization, and computer vision. 

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MAE Machine Shop

The MAE Shop supports both courses and independent work/senior thesis.  Specialized equipment and bench space are available for students to conduct hands-on work.  The shop provides experiments and hands-on expereince for students through MAE 226 Methods and Skills, MAE 321 Engineering Design and MAE 322 Mechanical Design.  Simulation-Based Design (SBD) is at the core of current engineering practice.   MAE 226 introduces the students – a mix of sophomores and freshmen -  to the fundamentals of  SBD using professional software suites widely used in Industry.   The students become familiar with the foundations of Computer Aided Design and Computational Engineering Analysis of mechanical systems. MAE 226 utilizes a hands-on approach where students are learning by progressing throughout a sequence of exercises culminating in the execution of a final individual project.  MAE 321 introduces the technical foundation and basic processes of Mechanical Design, which are appropriate for the design of both mechanical systems, and components.  MAE 322 covers designing complex mechanical systems, with the semester-long project being a search and rescue robot.

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Freshmen Seminar

This is a hands-on seminar and laboratory experience about the engineering design of motorcycles. Students will restore or repair a vintage Triumph motorcycle and will compare it to previous restorations of the same make and model of motorcycle from other years.

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Fall 2020 - MAE433 Goes Remote

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