University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering
http://www.me.umn.edu/
Courses Taught by Rusen Yang

ME3221: Design and Manufacturing I

The goal of this course is to provide information and techniques so that material failure, engineering design and manufacturing engineering questions can be understood, asked, and answered using fundamental engineering science concepts.

The general goal is to provide knowledge so that informed observations can be made about part design, the effects of material characteristics and process parameters on part and process performance and product quality. This goal is pursued by studying various material failure theories, considering selected aspects of mechanical part design and analyzing various manufacturing processes using existing process models.

ME5223: Materials in Design

The course will stress selection of materials to fulfill specific design and functional requirements, to guard against progressive and/or catastrophic failure, and to meet design-manufacturing requirements.

The course aims to provide the theoretical and science background for selection of materials used in engineered products and to provide practical guidelines for material selection in the design context. Similar considerations apply for process selection.

Since polymeric materials have come into extensive engineering use in machines and consumer products, discussion of design principles applicable to polymers (and rubbers) will be an integral part of this course.

The first part of the course will stress materials selection. The second part of the course will focus on polymeric materials and design with polymers. The final part of the course will focus on design against failure.

ME8243: Nanotechnology for Solid-State Energy Conversion

Nanotechnology plays an important role in diverse energy applications, heat transfer, photovoltaics, and thermoelectrics, while their energy carriers of electrons, photons, and phonons display similar wave-particle duality and are governed by the same quantum mechanics. Different energy transport and conversion are treated in a parallel fashion in this course to ease the leaning of a diverse student body while different processes are emphasized later in this course.

The objective of this course is to introduce some of the fundamentals and current state-of-the-art in solid-state energy conversion through lectures from the instructor, guest lectures, selected readings, and special topic presentation from the students.

This course was offered for the first time in Spring 2015 and was well attended by stduents from ECE and ME.