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

Chemical Engineering
CE 4612/5612  Hazardous Waste Process Engineering Th 6 – 8:40  Identification of hazardous substances and their effects. Federal, State and International regulations. Green Engineering - modification of processes to avoid hazardous waste formation. Life Cycle Management of hazardous substances. Design of waste treatment processes.
Civil Engineering:
CE 5420 Advanced Soil Mechanics T,Th 11 – 12:15This course will cover advanced topics related to the behavior of cohesive and cohesionless soils. Topics to be covered include: stress and strength concepts; measurement devices; shear strength of sands, gravels, and rockfills; shear strength of saturated clay; and shear strength of silts. Will require development of graduate project level project, in addition to the undergraduate level requirements of the course.
CE 5515  Sustainable Design and Construction MWF 1 – 1:50  Introduction to sustainable design and construction including LEED, materials, construction/transportation/production, life-cycle/service, rating systems, codes, regulations, economical issues and social issues.

Electrical Engineering:
EE 5351 Intro to Robotics and Mobile Robot Control Architectures M,W,F 3 – 3:50 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 5477 Antennas and Transmission Lines, MW 4 – 5:15 Theory and performance of antennas and transmission lines. Topics: Allocation of RF spectrum, radiation theory, EM wave propagation, ground effects, interference, antenna performance metrics, transient and sinusoidal transmission line behavior, bounce diagrams, Smith chart, waveguide theory, modeling with the numerical electromagnetics code (NEC), unlicensed wireless applications, specific antenna designs and applications, class demonstrations.

Engineering Management:
EMGT 5130 Operations Modeling and Analysis Modeling and analysis of manufacturing and service systems. Linear programming, network analysis, queuing theory, Markov chains, and non-linear optimization.  Online

Industrial Engineering:
IE 5325 Advanced Engineering Economics  Fundamentals of engineering economics: decision trees, time value of money, analysis of alternatives for project investments, taxes, inflation. Applications to engineering services and manufacturing.  Tu – 6 – 8:40

Mechanical Engineering:
ME 5305 Computational Fluid Dynamics MWF 11 -11:50  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, MWF 3 – 3:50  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.
Environmental Health and Safety:
SAFE 6102 Advanced Industrial Hygiene and Health Physics  M 5 -7:40  Recognition, evaluation, and control techniques necessary for prevention of occupationally related diseases. Introduction to health hazards of radiated energy such as ionizing nuclear radiation and x-rays; nonionizing radiation hazards from microwaves, lasers, and infrared and ultraviolet light. Lab arranged.
SAFE 6201 Fire Prevention and Emergency Preparedness T 5 – 7:40  Hazard analysis and risk assessment as related to prevention and control of undesired fires; analytical study of flammable materials and extinguishing systems found in industrial settings; organization and development of emergency preparedness programs.
SAFE 6051 Construction Safety W 5 -7:40  Code of Federal Regulations 1926 and other standards and regulations that affect construction industry. Emphasis on recognition, analysis, and corrective action. Principles of construction safety management, project implementation, and subcontractor management. Lab arranged.

GEOL 5250 Environmental Hydrogeology, A quantitative introduction to hydrogeology and aquifer mechanics with emphasis on environmental applications, including, unsaturated flow, interaction between surface water and groundwater, wellhead protection, well hydraulics, inverse methods, and solute transport. Offered alternate years.
GEOL 5210  Glacial and Quaternary Geology, Physics of glacier flow, processes of erosion and deposition, survey of glacial landforms, history and chronology of glaciation. Survey of geological and biological responses to changing environment resulting from climatic fluctuations during last three million years of Earth history. Field studies on the glacial deposits of Minnesota. (2 hrs lect, 2 hrs field lab)


* Prerequisites — One of the following:

  • Undergraduate engineering (or related field) degree and meets course prerequisites
  • Current enrollment in an engineering (or related field) graduate program and meets course prerequisites
  • For a Mechanical or Industrial Engineering background or interest, consent of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department Head (Ryan Rosandich,
  • For a Civil Engineering background or interest, consent of the Civil Engineering Department Head (Penny Morton,
  • For a Chemical Engineering background or interest, consent of the Chemical Engineering Department Head (Richard Davis,
  • For an Electrical and Computer Engineering background or interest, consent of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Head (Jiann-Shiou Yang,


  • If  you are currently a student in the MSEM, MSECE, or MEHS program, register for the course as part of the program.
  • New students can apply online. You are able to transfer graduate-level courses to this degree program.
  • For non-degree students or those students wanting to take courses only, register through Continuing Education


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