Engineering Sciences Courses

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Introduction to Environmental Science and Engineering

ENG-SCI 6
2017 Spring
Elsie Sunderland,
Patrick Ulrich
Tuesday, Thursday
11:30 am to 12:59 pm

This course will provide an introduction to environmental science and engineering through case studies of some of the most pressing environmental issues. Course modules will include climate and air quality; food production and environmental impact; availability and quality of water; species biodiversity and ecosystem services; and ecological economics, risk management and environmental policy. Case studies will provide an introduction to the fundamental principles underlying disciplines in environmental research including chemistry, hydrology, soil science, ecology, statistics, and economics. Engineering solutions to societal problems will be discussed in the context of energy availability, air and water pollution control, design of effective monitoring strategies for ecological populations, and metrics used to evaluate the effectiveness of environmental policies.

 

How to Create Things and Have Them Matter

ENG-SCI 20
2017 Spring
David Edwards
Monday
1:00 pm to 4:59 pm

Students in this year's "How to Create Things & Have Them Matter" class will form groups around art, design and engineering ideas that relate to the rapidly expanding universe of metamaterials. Students will learn to generate, develop and realize breakthrough ideas while learning basic skills of engineering design, brainstorming, prototyping, and public presentations. These ideas will be brainstormed with artist Chuck Hobermam, whose 2016 exhibition at Le Laboratoire Cambridge will give students a chance to participate in, and contribute to a public art exhibition. The class will include opportunities for summer fellowships to pursue ideas developed in the class including possible international travel.

The Innovator's Practice: Finding, Building and Leading Good Ideas with Others

ENG-SCI 21
2016 Fall
Bethanne Altringer
Monday, Wednesday
9:00 am to 10:59 am

Students gain experience overcoming many under-represented challenges of becoming an innovator, including: identifying your intrinsic motivations, finding related good ideas, working effectively with others to develop them, and leading innovative professional projects to implementation. Students apply human-centered design processes (observing, interpreting, ideating, testing, refining, planning) to stimulate innovation, negotiate, strategize, and build and lead cooperative teams. Features guest speakers from industry, academia, and involves collaborating with cutting-edge companies.

Design Survivor: Experiential Lessons in Designing for Desirability

ENG-SCI 22 001
2017 Spring
Bethanne Altringer
Monday, Wednesday
9:00 am to 10:59 am

Multi-disciplinary course for students interested in designing products and services that are simple, irresistible, delightful, cool, covetable, viral, and, increasingly these days, much more likely to be successful. Students study real world cases of how organizations (e.g., Apple, Gucci, Swarovski) strategically design for desirability. In weekly design challenges, students use analogical transfer to apply these insights to diverse industries and target markets (e.g., health literacy campaigns, declining technologies, the future of luxury). Weekly critique panels with experts enable students to develop their own design point of view and to finish with a diverse design portfolio.

Design Survivor: Experiential Lessons in Designing for Desirability

ENG-SCI 22 002
2017 Spring
Bethanne Altringer
Monday, Wednesday
11:00 am to 12:59 pm

Multi-disciplinary course for students interested in designing products and services that are simple, irresistible, delightful, cool, covetable, viral, and, increasingly these days, much more likely to be successful. Students study real world cases of how organizations (e.g., Apple, Gucci, Swarovski) strategically design for desirability. In weekly design challenges, students use analogical transfer to apply these insights to diverse industries and target markets (e.g., health literacy campaigns, declining technologies, the future of luxury). Weekly critique panels with experts enable students to develop their own design point of view and to finish with a diverse design portfolio.

Flavor Molecules of Food Fermentation: Exploration and Inquiry

ENG-SCI 24
2017 Spring
Pia Sorensen
Tuesday, Thursday
2:30 pm to 4:29 pm

Course description: Microorganisms produce a diverse array of specialized small molecules as part of their metabolic processes. In this course we will study the production, properties, and characterization of these molecules through the lens of food fermentation. In particular, we will focus on the small molecules that contribute taste and aroma in fermented foods. Students will experience the scientific inquiry process in a creative way by designing and implementing their own research project based on a fermented food of their choosing. Still a field with much potential for discovery, interested students are invited to continue their research project in the summer.

Humanity and its Challenges: Systems Thinking and Engineering Design Solutions

ENG-SCI 26
2017 Spring
Fawwaz Habbal,
Cherry Murray,
Vikram Mansharamani
Monday
8:30 am to 10:59 am

As citizens in a rapidly changing world facing increasingly complex challenges, the skills that tomorrow’s leaders will need are increasingly crossing disciplinary silos. Yet humanity’s most pressing problems are interconnected, involve competing interests, and defy such simplification. Reductionist approaches focused on linear understanding must be balanced against the integrative logic of systems-oriented thinking. This course is designed to give students an appreciation for the complexities of today’s most intractable problems, and in so doing, help students develop a framework necessary for navigating the world they will face.

Introduction to Computational Design

ENG-SCI 29
2016 Fall
Panagiotis Michalatos
Wednesday
8:30 am to 9:59 am
Friday
12:00 pm to 1:59 pm

This is an introductory course to computational design and the prerequisite for a spring course that deals with more advanced topics in the field. This course is primarily intended for designers with little background in programming who are interested in developing their skills in order to be able to better understand, interface with and customize the digital tools they are using, or develop their own software and interactive applications. The course introduces students to fundamental concepts and techniques in computational design. By the term "computational design" we mean an ad hoc set of methods borrowed from computer science, computational geometry and other fields, and adapted to specific design problems such as design development, fabrication, analysis, interaction and communication.

Introduction to Electrical Engineering

ENG-SCI 50
2016 Fall
Christopher Lombardo,
Jessica Lam,
Marko Loncar,
Xuan Liang
Monday, Wednesday
2:30 pm to 3:59 pm

The main course objectives are to introduce students to the exciting and powerful world of electrical engineering and to explain how gadgets that we use every day actually work. After taking ES 50, you will be able to leverage the power of electricity to build systems that sense, control and program the physical world around you. Examples include intelligent and autonomous systems (robots), audio amplifiers (e.g. guitar amp), interactive art installations, light-shows, mind-controlled machines, and so on.

Computer-Aided Machine Design

ENG-SCI 51
2016 Fall
Conor Walsh
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 am to 10:59 am

A first course in the design and construction of mechanical and electromechanical devices. Engineering graphics and sketching; dimensions and tolerances. Introduction to materials selection and structural design. Machine elements and two-dimensional mechanisms; DC motors. Design methodology. Emphasis on laboratory work and design projects using professional solid modeling CAD software and numerically controlled machine tools.

Computer-Aided Machine Design

ENG-SCI 51
2017 Spring
Nathaniel Taylor
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 am to 10:59 am

A first course in the design and construction of mechanical and electromechanical devices. Engineering graphics and sketching; dimensions and tolerances. Introduction to materials selection and structural design. Machine elements and two-dimensional mechanisms; DC motors. Design methodology. Emphasis on laboratory work and design projects using professional solid modeling CAD software and numerically controlled machine tools.

The Joy of Electronics - Part I

ENG-SCI 52
2016 Fall
David Abrams
Monday, Wednesday
1:00 pm to 2:29 pm

Introduction to designing circuits to solve real problems. Two lecture and two lab sessions a week blend instruction with hands-on lab work to emphasize understanding, building and testing circuits. The course incorporates useful design experiences from day one. Covered topics include amplication, feedback, impedance, stability, filtering, switching, digital logic, microcontrollers, and more. The class ends with an open ended project that challenges students to build on core concepts.

The Joy of Electronics - Part I

ENG-SCI 52
2017 Spring
David Abrams,
Xuan Liang
Monday, Wednesday
11:30 am to 12:59 pm

Introduction to designing circuits to solve real problems. Two lecture and two lab sessions a week blend instruction with hands-on lab work to emphasize understanding, building and testing circuits. The course incorporates useful design experiences from day one. Covered topics include amplication, feedback, impedance, stability, filtering, switching, digital logic, microcontrollers, and more. The class ends with an open ended project that challenges students to build on core concepts.

Quantitative Physiology as a Basis for Bioengineering

ENG-SCI 53
2016 Fall
Maurice Smith,
Linsey Moyer
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
12:00 pm to 12:59 pm

A foundation in human organ systems physiology, including cardiac, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, and neural systems. Quantitative description of organ systems function and control in terms of physical principles and physiologic mechanisms. Simple mathematical models representing key aspects of organ systems function. Emphasis will be given to understanding the ways in which dysfunction in these systems gives rise to common human disease processes.

Supervised Reading and Research

ENG-SCI 91R 001
2016 Fall
Zhiming Kuang,
Patrick Ulrich,
Christopher Lombardo

Guided reading and research.

Supervised Reading and Research

ENG-SCI 91R 002
2016 Fall
Christopher Lombardo
Tuesday
6:00 pm to 7:59 pm
Friday
1:00 pm to 2:59 pm

Guided reading and research.

Supervised Reading and Research

ENG-SCI 91R 001
2017 Spring
Zhiming Kuang,
Patrick Ulrich,
Christopher Lombardo,
Linsey Moyer

Guided reading and research.

Supervised Reading and Research

ENG-SCI 91R 002
2017 Spring
Christopher Lombardo
Tuesday
6:00 pm to 7:59 pm
Thursday
6:30 pm to 8:29 pm

Guided reading and research.

Startup R & D

ENG-SCI 95R
2016 Fall
Paul Bottino
Thursday
4:00 pm to 5:59 pm

Students do field-based work in entrepreneurship to develop their existing startup and explore new ideas and opportunities for startup design. The course is for students seeking innovation experience as a founder of a startup. Students may work individually; teams are preferred. Requires self-directed, independent work and active outreach to mentors, customers, and partners for guidance and feedback in addition to that provided by the instructor. Students will share their work regularly and engage in a peer-to-peer feedback forum. The coursework is customized to the needs of each student and their startup role and includes development of product, technology, market, business, organization and leadership.

Startup R & D

ENG-SCI 95R
2017 Spring
Paul Bottino
Thursday
4:00 pm to 5:59 pm

Students do field-based work in entrepreneurship to develop their existing startup and explore new ideas and opportunities for startup design. The course is for students seeking innovation experience as a founder of a startup. Students may work individually; teams are preferred. Requires self-directed, independent work and active outreach to mentors, customers, and partners for guidance and feedback in addition to that provided by the instructor. Students will share their work regularly and engage in a peer-to-peer feedback forum. The coursework is customized to the needs of each student and their startup role and includes development of product, technology, market, business, organization and leadership.

Engineering Problem Solving and Design Project

ENG-SCI 96
2016 Fall
David Mooney
Monday, Wednesday
9:00 am to 10:59 am

Semester-long team project that provides engineering experience working with clients on real-world problems. Projects provide exposure to problem definition, performance measurement, quantitative analysis, modeling, generation of creative solutions, engineering design trade-offs, and documentation/communication skills. Ordinarily taken in the junior year.

Engineering Problem Solving and Design Project

ENG-SCI 96 001
2017 Spring
Fawwaz Habbal,
Christopher Lombardo
Monday, Wednesday
11:00 am to 12:59 pm

Semester-long team project that provides engineering experience working with clients on real-world problems. Projects provide exposure to problem definition, performance measurement, quantitative analysis, modeling, generation of creative solutions, engineering design trade-offs, and documentation/communication skills. Ordinarily taken in the junior year.

Engineering Problem Solving and Design Project

ENG-SCI 96 002
2017 Spring
James Anderson,
Karena A. McKinney
Tuesday, Thursday
1:00 pm to 3:59 pm

Semester-long team project that provides engineering experience working with clients on real-world problems. Projects provide exposure to problem definition, performance measurement, quantitative analysis, modeling, generation of creative solutions, engineering design trade-offs, and documentation/communication skills. Ordinarily taken in the junior year.

Engineering Design Projects

ENG-SCI 100HFA
2016 Fall
Robert Wood,
Christopher Lombardo,
Patrick Ulrich,
Linsey Moyer,
Karena A. McKinney
Wednesday
2:30 pm to 3:59 pm

Individual engineering design projects which demonstrate mastery of engineering knowledge and techniques. During the year, each student will pursue an appropriate capstone project which involves both engineering design and quantitative analysis and culminating in a final oral presentation and final report/thesis.  Students must complete both parts of this course, fall and spring, in order to receive credit.

Engineering Design Projects

ENG-SCI 100HFB
2016 Fall
Robert Wood,
Christopher Lombardo,
Patrick Ulrich,
Linsey Moyer

Individual engineering design projects which demonstrate mastery of engineering knowledge and techniques. During the year, each student will pursue an appropriate capstone project which involves both engineering design and quantitative analysis and culminating in a final oral presentation and final report/thesis.  Students must complete both parts of this course, fall and spring, in order to receive credit. 

Engineering Design Projects

ENG-SCI 100HFB
2017 Spring
Robert Wood,
Christopher Lombardo,
Patrick Ulrich,
Linsey Moyer,
Karena A. McKinney

Individual engineering design projects which demonstrate mastery of engineering knowledge and techniques. During the year, each student will pursue an appropriate capstone project which involves both engineering design and quantitative analysis and culminating in a final oral presentation and final report/thesis.  Students must complete both parts of this course, fall and spring, in order to receive credit. 

Engineering Design Projects

ENG-SCI 100HFA
2017 Spring
Robert Wood,
Christopher Lombardo,
Patrick Ulrich,
Linsey Moyer

Individual engineering design projects which demonstrate mastery of engineering knowledge and techniques. During the year, each student will pursue an appropriate capstone project which involves both engineering design and quantitative analysis and culminating in a final oral presentation and final report/thesis.  Students must complete both parts of this course, fall and spring, in order to receive credit.

Earth Resources and the Environment

ENG-SCI 109
2017 Spring
John Shaw
Tuesday, Thursday
1:00 pm to 2:29 pm

An overview of the Earth's energy and material resources, including conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons, nuclear fuels, alternative/renewable energy resources, metals, and other industrial materials. The course emphasizes the geologic and environmental factors that dictate the availability of these resources, the methods used to identify and exploit them, and the environmental impacts of these operations. Topics include: coal and acid rain; petroleum exploration, drilling, and production, shale gas/oil, photochemical smog, and oil spills; nuclear power and radioactive hazards; alternative energies (solar, hydroelectric, tidal, geothermal power), metals and mining.

Introduction to Scientific Computing

ENG-SCI 111
2017 Spring
Thomas Fai
Tuesday, Thursday
1:00 pm to 2:29 pm

Many complex physical problems defy simple analytical solutions or even accurate analytical approximations. Scientific computing can address certain of these problems successfully, providing unique insight. This course introduces some of the widely used techniques in scientific computing through examples chosen from physics, chemistry, and biology. The purpose of the course is to introduce methods that are useful in applications and research and to give the students hands-on experience with these methods.

Thermodynamics by Case Study

ENG-SCI 112
2017 Spring
Scot Martin
Wednesday, Friday
1:00 pm to 2:29 pm

Fundamental concepts and formalisms of conservation of energy and increase of entropy as applied to natural and engineered environmental and biological systems. Pedagogical approach is to start with real-world observations and applications, extracting the underlying fundamentals of thermodynamics from these.

Mathematical Modeling

ENG-SCI 115
2016 Fall
Zhiming Kuang
Monday, Wednesday
11:30 am to 12:59 pm

Abstracting the essential components and mechanisms from a natural system to produce a mathematical model, which can be analyzed with a variety of formal mathematical methods, is perhaps the most important, but least understood, task in applied mathematics. This course approaches a number of problems without the prejudice of trying to apply a particular method of solution. Topics drawn from biology, economics, engineering, physical and social sciences.

Mathematical Modeling

ENG-SCI 115
2017 Spring
Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan,
Sarah Iams
Monday, Wednesday
2:30 pm to 3:59 pm

Abstracting the essential components and mechanisms from a natural system to produce a mathematical model, which can be analyzed with a variety of formal mathematical methods, is perhaps the most important, but least understood, task in applied mathematics. This course approaches a number of problems without the prejudice of trying to apply a particular method of solution. Topics drawn from biology, economics, engineering, physical and social sciences.

Introduction to the Mechanics of Solids

ENG-SCI 120
2017 Spring
Joost Vlassak
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
1:00 pm to 1:59 pm

A first course in the mechanical sciences which introduces elements of continuum mechanics and explains how materials and structures stretch, bend, twist, shake, buckle, and break. Stress-strain behavior of materials. Statically determinate and indeterminate structures. Stress and strain, equations of motion or equilibrium, strain-displacement relations. Torsion. Beam theory with applications to beam deflections, vibrations, and buckling. Three laboratory sessions required.

Introduction to Optimization: Models and Methods

ENG-SCI 121
2016 Fall
David Parkes
Monday, Wednesday
10:00 am to 11:29 am

Introduction to basic mathematical ideas and computational methods for solving deterministic and stochastic optimization problems. Topics covered: linear programming, integer programming, branch-and-bound, branch-and-cut, Markov chains, Markov decision processes. Emphasis on modeling. Examples from business, society, engineering, sports, e-commerce. Exercises in AMPL, complemented by Maple or Matlab.

Introduction to Fluid Mechanics and Transport Processes

ENG-SCI 123
2017 Spring
Daniel Needleman
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 am to 10:59 am

Dimensional analysis. Basic elements of steady and unsteady thermal conduction and mass diffusion. Statics and dynamics of fluids. Buoyancy-stability and hydrostatics. Laminar viscous flows, potential flows, origin of lift, and basic aspects of boundary layers. Navier-Stokes and continuity equations. Applications in aerodynamics, chemical, environmental, and mechanical engineering, and physics.

Mechanical Systems

ENG-SCI 125
2016 Fall
Katia Bertoldi
Monday, Wednesday
1:00 pm to 2:29 pm

Modeling and analysis of mechanical and electromechanical systems. Topics include 3D rigid body dynamics, resonance, damping, frequency response, Laplace transform methods, Lagrange's equations, multiple degree-of-freedom systems and an introduction to nonlinear vibration, continuous systems, and control. Analytical modeling will be supplemented with numerical simulations and lab experiments. Laboratory exercises will explore vibration, stabilization, and nonlinear systems using data acquisition systems.

Computational Solid and Structural Mechanics

ENG-SCI 128
2017 Spring
Katia Bertoldi
Tuesday, Thursday
1:00 pm to 2:29 pm

Introduction to finite element methods for analysis of steady-state and transient problems in solid, structural, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. Implementation of simple MATLAB codes and use of existing general-purpose programs (ABAQUS and COMSOL).

Atmospheric Chemistry

ENG-SCI 133
2017 Spring
Daniel Jacob
Tuesday, Thursday
11:30 am to 12:59 pm

Physical and chemical processes determining the composition of the atmosphere and its implications for climate, ecosystems, and human welfare. Construction of atmospheric composition models. Atmospheric transport. Nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon cycles. Climate forcing by greenhouse gases and aerosols. Stratospheric ozone. Oxidizing power of the atmosphere. Surface air pollution: aerosols and ozone. Deposition to ecosystems: acid rain, nitrogen, mercury.

Physics and Chemistry: In the Context of Energy and Climate at the Global and Molecular Level

ENG-SCI 135
2016 Fall
Frank Keutsch
Tuesday, Thursday
1:00 pm to 2:29 pm

A solution to the problems set by the intersection of global energy demand and climate feedbacks requires the teaching of physics and chemistry in that context. Core topics include thermodynamics, free energy, entropy, acid-base and oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry, electromagnetic induction, circuit theory, AC and DC circuits, the nature of photons and of electromagnetic radiation, photochemistry, materials, catalysis, kinetics, molecular bonding, and biological processes for energy conversion and storage.

Innovation in Science and Engineering: Conference Course

ENG-SCI 139
2016 Fall
David Weitz
Tuesday, Thursday
2:30 pm to 3:59 pm

Explores factors and conditions contributing to innovation in science and engineering; how important problems are found, defined, and solved; roles of teamwork and creativity; and applications of these methods to other endeavors. Students receive practical and professional training in techniques to define and solve problems, and in brainstorming and other individual and team approaches.

Introduction to Probability with Engineering Applications

ENG-SCI 150
2017 Spring
Yue Lu
Tuesday, Thursday
11:30 am to 12:59 pm

This course introduces students to probability theory and statistics, and their applications to physical, biological and information systems. Topics include: random variables, distributions and densities, conditional expectations, Bayes' rules, laws of large numbers, central limit theorems, Markov chains, Bayesian statistical inferences and parameter estimations. The goal of this course is to prepare students with adequate knowledge of probability theory and statistical methods, which will be useful in the study of several advanced undergraduate/graduate courses and in formulating and solving practical engineering problems.

Laboratory Electronics

ENG-SCI 153 001
2016 Fall
Thomas Hayes
Tuesday, Thursday
1:30 pm to 5:29 pm

A lab-intensive introduction to electronic circuit design. Develops circuit intuition and debugging skills through daily hands-on lab exercises, each preceded by class discussion, with minimal use of mathematics and physics. Moves quickly from passive circuits, to discrete transistors, then concentrates on operational amplifiers, used to make a variety of circuits including integrators, oscillators, regulators, and filters. The digital half of the course treats analog-digital interfacing, emphasizes the use of microcontrollers and programmable logic devices (PLDs).

Laboratory Electronics

ENG-SCI 153 002
2016 Fall
Thomas Hayes
Wednesday, Friday
1:30 pm to 5:29 pm

A lab-intensive introduction to electronic circuit design. Develops circuit intuition and debugging skills through daily hands-on lab exercises, each preceded by class discussion, with minimal use of mathematics and physics. Moves quickly from passive circuits, to discrete transistors, then concentrates on operational amplifiers, used to make a variety of circuits including integrators, oscillators, regulators, and filters. The digital half of the course treats analog-digital interfacing, emphasizes the use of microcontrollers and programmable logic devices (PLDs).

Laboratory Electronics

ENG-SCI 153 001
2017 Spring
Thomas Hayes,
Michael Hegg
Tuesday, Thursday
1:30 pm to 5:29 pm

A lab-intensive introduction to electronic circuit design. Develops circuit intuition and debugging skills through daily hands-on lab exercises, each preceded by class discussion, with minimal use of mathematics and physics. Moves quickly from passive circuits, to discrete transistors, then concentrates on operational amplifiers, used to make a variety of circuits including integrators, oscillators, regulators, and filters. The digital half of the course treats analog-digital interfacing, emphasizes the use of microcontrollers and programmable logic devices (PLDs).

Laboratory Electronics

ENG-SCI 153 002
2017 Spring
Thomas Hayes,
Michael Hegg
Wednesday, Friday
1:30 pm to 5:29 pm

A lab-intensive introduction to electronic circuit design. Develops circuit intuition and debugging skills through daily hands-on lab exercises, each preceded by class discussion, with minimal use of mathematics and physics. Moves quickly from passive circuits, to discrete transistors, then concentrates on operational amplifiers, used to make a variety of circuits including integrators, oscillators, regulators, and filters. The digital half of the course treats analog-digital interfacing, emphasizes the use of microcontrollers and programmable logic devices (PLDs).

Electronic Devices and Circuits

ENG-SCI 154
2017 Spring
Gu-Yeon Wei,
Marco Donato
Monday, Wednesday
1:00 pm to 2:29 pm

Design of electronic analog circuits using semiconductor transistors. Topics include: operational amplifiers and op-amp circuits; time and frequency domain analysis of electric circuits (RC, RL, and RLC); basic semiconductor physics; PN junctions and diodes; bipolar junction transistors (BJT); Field-effect transistors (MOSFETs); bias circuits and current sources; single-ended, differential, single- and multi-stage MOSFET amplifiers; amplifier gain and bandwidth; frequency response, feedback, noise, and stability.

Biological Signal Processing

ENG-SCI 155
2016 Fall
Demba Ba
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00 am to 11:29 am

General properties of common biosignals, Bioelectrical (electrophysiological), Biomechanical, Biomagnetic , and Biochemical signals, Bioelectrical acquisition process. Brief discussion of bio-signals obtained from tomography and inverse imaging. Brief introduction to underlying principles of MRI, Ultrasound, CT-Scan, PET, and SPECT, and their associated signals, inverse imaging, ill-posed problems and regularization. Non-transformed and transformed methods for biosignal processing. Structural and Graphical descriptions. Overview of Fourier transforms, Sine and cosine transform, Wavelet transform, Principle Component Analysis, dimension reduction techniques. Blind Source Separation, Representation models based on the statistical independence of the underlying sources, Independent component analysis (ICA), Dependent component analysis, Independent Subspace separation, Pattern Recognition, neural networks, clustering, and genetics algorithms. Applications to Biosignal Processing, and Human computer interaction.

Signals and Systems

ENG-SCI 156
2017 Spring
Vahid Tarokh
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00 am to 11:29 am

Time and frequency domain representations and analysis of signals and systems. Convolution and linear input-output systems in continuous and discrete time. Fourier transforms and Fourier series for continuous- and discrete-time signals. Laplace and Z transforms. Analog and digital filtering. Modulation. Sampling. FFT. Applications in circuit analysis, communication, control, and computing.

Feedback Control Systems: Analysis and Design

ENG-SCI 158
2016 Fall
Na Li
Tuesday, Thursday
11:30 am to 12:59 pm

This course provides an introduction to feedback and control in physical, biological, engineering, information, financial, and social sciences. The focus is on the basic principles of feedback and its use as a tool for inferring and/or altering the dynamics of systems under uncertainty. Key themes throughout the course will include linear system analysis, state/output feedback, frequency response, reference tracking, PID controller, dynamic programming, and limit of performance. This includes both the practical and theoretical aspects of the topic.

Space Science and Engineering: Theory and Application

ENG-SCI 160
2016 Fall
Robin Wordsworth
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00 am to 11:29 am

This course is an introduction to the challenges involved in designing spacecraft for observation of Earth and exploration of other planets. Topics covered include basic atmospheric and planetary science, key principles of remote sensing, telemetry, orbital transfer theory, propulsion and launch system design, and thermal and power management.

Applied Environmental Toxicology

ENG-SCI 161
2016 Fall
Elsie Sunderland
Monday, Wednesday
1:00 pm to 2:29 pm

This course will examine the theory and practical application of environmental chemistry and toxicology for assessing the behavior, toxicity and human health risks of chemical contaminants in the environment. The goals of the course are to: (a) illustrate how various sub-disciplines in environmental toxicology are integrated to understand the behavior of pollutants; (b) demonstrate how scientific information is applied to inform environmental management decisions and public policy through several case studies; and (c) provide an introduction to the legislative framework in which environmental toxicology is conducted. This course will be directed toward undergraduate students with a basic understanding of chemistry and calculus and an interest in applied science and engineering to address environmental management problems.

Hydrology and Environmental Geomechanics

ENG-SCI 162
2017 Spring
James Rice
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
11:00 am to 11:59 am

Study of water as a critical resource and as a factor in Earth surface and near-surface processes. Focus on development of relevant mechanics and physics. Hydrologic cycle, surface and groundwater, evapotranspiration, soil physics. Flow in porous media, Darcy law, contaminant transport, remediation strategies. Poroelasticity, subsidence, well hydraulics. Seepage forces, landslides, dam failures, sediment liquefaction. Glacial processes. Stream flows, turbulence concepts. Gravity waves, flood control; tsunamis; erosion and sediment transport.

Pollution Control in Aquatic Ecosystems

ENG-SCI 163
2016 Fall
Patrick Ulrich
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 am to 10:59 am

This course is focused on aspects of environmental engineering related to the fate, transport, and control of pollution in surface water ecosystems. Course modules will cover ecological impacts of environmental contaminants; surface water aspects of engineering hydrology, including rainfall-runoff relationships; quantitative models of pollutant fate and transport in rivers, lakes, and wetlands; best management practices for the prevention and control of aquatic pollution; and sustainable natural treatment systems for water quality improvement.
 

Water Engineering

ENG-SCI 165
2016 Fall
Chad Vecitis
Tuesday, Thursday
11:30 am to 12:59 pm

Introduces the fundamentals of water biology, chemistry, physics and transport processes needed to understand water quality and water purification technologies. Practical instruction in basic water analyses concluding with a final water treatment project in place of exam.

State-of-the-art Instrumentation in Environmental Sciences

ENG-SCI 166
2017 Spring
Frank Keutsch
Monday, Wednesday
11:30 am to 12:59 pm

This course will showcase how novel technologies have allowed fascinating new insights into key aspects of our environment. The development of novel instrumentation, driven by technological advances, is revolutionizing the environmental sciences. The new instruments are transforming observations in many ways. For example, they introduce new observables and extend the spatial and temporal coverage and resolution of (Earth) observations. The observations are advancing our understanding of environmental science topics that are of high societal relevance (e.g., climate change and air pollution). This course will highlight how state-of-the-art instrument design has enabled these fascinating advances by focusing on the physics, chemistry, and engineering principals that are central to this success. The course will also focus on the special requirements for these instruments (e.g., ruggedness and robotic operation) resulting from their deployment in the environment on a variety of observational platforms. In addition, the course will discuss challenges associated with determination of accuracy of instruments that are inaccessible after deployment (e.g., on satellites or oceanic probes).

Introduction to Electronic and Photonic Devices

ENG-SCI 173
2016 Fall
Evelyn Hu
Tuesday, Thursday
1:00 pm to 2:29 pm

This course will focus on physical principles underlying semiconductor devices: electrons and holes in semiconductors , energies and bandgaps, transport properties of electrons and holes, p-n junctions, transistors, light emitting diodes, lasers, solar cells and thermoelectric devices.

Introduction to MicroElectroMechanical System

ENG-SCI 176
2016 Fall
Fawwaz Habbal
Tuesday
5:30 pm to 7:29 pm

This course introduces student to the rapidly emerging, multi-disciplinary and exciting field of MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS). It teaches fundamentals of micro machining and Micro fabrication techniques, including planar thin-film process technologies, photolithography and soft-lithography techniques, deposition and etching techniques, and surface, bulk, and electroplating micro machining technologies.

Microfabrication Laboratory

ENG-SCI 177
2017 Spring
Evelyn Hu,
Peter Stark
Monday
10:00 am to 11:29 am

Introduction to micro- and nanofabrication processes used for photonic and electronic devices. Students use both an instructional lab as well as a state-of-the-art cleanroom in the Center for Nanoscale Systems.  Several electronic and photonic devices will be fabricated, such as transistors, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and lasers.  Lectures will focus on fabrication processes, including lithography, deposition of metals and dielectrics, etching, oxidation, implantation and diffusion of dopants, and device characterization.

Engineering Thermodynamics

ENG-SCI 181
2016 Fall
Michael Aziz
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00 am to 11:29 am

Introduction to classical engineering thermodynamics. Topics: Zeroth Law and temperature. Properties of single-component gases, liquids, and solids. Equations of state for ideal and simple nonideal substances. First Law, heat and heat transfer, work, internal energy, enthalpy. Second Law, Third Law, entropy, free energy, exergy. Heat engines and important engineering applications such as refrigerators, power cycles. Properties and simple models of solutions. Phase and chemical equilibrium in multicomponent systems; chemical potential. Electrochemistry, batteries, fuel cells. Laboratory included.

Introduction to Heat Transfer

ENG-SCI 183
2017 Spring
David Clarke
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00 am to 11:29 am

The macroscopic description of the fundamentals of heat transfer and applications to practical problems in energy conversion, electronics and living systems with an emphasis on developing a physical and analytical understanding of conductive, convective and radiative heat transfer. Emphasis will also be given to problem solving skills based on applying governing principles, mathematical models and physical intuition. Includes laboratory sessions and semester-long projects.

Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering

ENG-SCI 190
2016 Fall
Xin Li
Monday, Wednesday
11:30 am to 12:59 pm

Introduction to the structure, properties, and applications of materials. Crystal structure and defects. Phase transformations: phase diagrams, diffusion, nucleation and growth. Mechanisms of deformation and fracture. Effect of microstructure on properties. Examples from a variety of engineering applications.

Decision Theory

ENG-SCI 201
2017 Spring
Demba Ba
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00 am to 11:29 am

Mathematical analysis of decision making. Bayesian inference and risk. Maximum likelihood and nonparametric methods. Algorithmic methods for decision rules: perceptrons, neural nets, and back propagation. Hidden Markov models, Blum-Welch, principal and independent components.

Special Topics in Engineering Physiology

ENG-SCI 211
2017 Spring
Kevin K. Parker
Monday, Wednesday
11:30 am to 12:59 pm

A sophisticated perspective on the design, construction, and testing of model physiological systems recapitulated with tissue engineering and lab on a chip technologies. Topics include organ and multiorgan physiology and pathophysiology; in vitro disease models; and design tools and fabrication techniques for lab on a chip technologies.

Fluid Dynamics

ENG-SCI 220
2016 Fall
Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan
Monday, Wednesday
2:30 pm to 3:59 pm

Continuum mechanics; conservation of mass and momentum, energy; stress, kinematics, and constitutive equations; vector and tensor calculus. Dimensional analysis and scaling. Navier-Stokes equations, Reynolds number. Solutions for simple flow states. Low Reynolds number flows; porous media flows; lubrication theory; gravity currents. Inviscid flows, Kelvin circulation theorem, Bernoulli integrals, Vortical flows. Waves in fluids; acoustics, shocks, water waves. Airfoil theory. Boundary layers. Flow instabilities. Mixing, and turbulence in unbounded and bounded flows.

Drug Delivery

ENG-SCI 221
2017 Spring
James Wright
Monday, Wednesday
1:00 pm to 2:29 pm

Methods to deliver molecules to the human body. Physiological obstacles and engineering solutions. Characterization techniques for drug delivery synthesis and in vitro analysis. Case studies of current pharmaceutical products.

Advanced Cellular Engineering

ENG-SCI 222
2016 Fall
Neel Joshi
Tuesday, Thursday
11:30 am to 12:59 pm

This is a combined introductory graduate/upper-level undergraduate course that focuses on examining modern techniques for manipulating cellular behavior and the application of these techniques to problems in the biomedical and biotechnological arenas. Topics will include expanding the genetic code, genetic circuits, rewiring signaling pathways, controlling behavior through cell-matrix interactions, and directed differentiation of stem cells. Lectures will review fundamental concepts in cell biology before delving into topical examples from current literature. Students will work individually and in teams to determine the boundaries of existing cellular engineering techniques using scientific literature and propose original research to address unmet technological needs.

Medical Device Design

ENG-SCI 227
2017 Spring
Conor Walsh
Monday, Wednesday
2:30 pm to 3:59 pm

Project-based course on the design of medical devices to address needs identified by hospital-based clinicians. Students work in teams with physicians to develop a novel device. The design process includes: needs finding; problem identification; prior art searches; strategy and concept generation; estimation; sketching; sketch modeling; machine elements, ergonomics and prototyping.

Biologically-Inspired Materials

ENG-SCI 228
2017 Spring
Neel Joshi
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00 am to 11:29 am

Overview of materials for biomedical devices and therapies. Polysaccharide- and protein-based polymers as building blocks. Biological templating of inorganic structures. Emerging frontiers in protein and DNA self-assembly. Molecular scale origin of materials properties for naturally occurring biological materials and the use of this information to rationally design new biomaterials for specific applications.

Survey of Energy Technology

ENG-SCI 229
2017 Spring
Michael Aziz
Wednesday, Friday
2:30 pm to 3:59 pm

Principles governing energy generation and interconversion. Current and projected world energy use. Selected important current and anticipated future technologies for energy generation, interconversion, storage, and end usage.

Advanced Tissue Engineering

ENG-SCI 230
2017 Spring
David Mooney
Tuesday, Thursday
1:00 pm to 2:29 pm

Fundamental engineering and biological principles underlying field of tissue engineering, along with examples and strategies to engineer specific tissues for clinical use. Student design teams prepare a research proposal and participate in a weekly laboratory.

Energy Technology

ENG-SCI 231
2017 Spring
Michael Aziz
Wednesday, Friday
2:30 pm to 3:59 pm

Principles governing energy generation and interconversion. Current and projected world energy use. Selected important current and anticipated future technologies for energy generation, interconversion, storage, and end usage.

Integrative Frameworks for Technology, Environment, and Society I

ENG-SCI 236A
2016 Fall
Woodward Yang,
Cameron Wu
Tuesday, Thursday
8:30 am to 9:59 am
Monday, Wednesday
1:00 pm to 2:29 pm

Developing and implementing good solutions to real problems facing human society requires a broad understanding of the relationships between technology innovation, science, manufacturing, design thinking, environment, sustainability, culture, aesthetics, business, public policy, and government. Various frameworks for understanding these complex relationships within the context of real-world problems will be explored and discussed.  Coursework will be based on assigned readings, case studies, research assignments, exercises, and class discussions.

Integrative Frameworks for Technology, Environment, and Society II

ENG-SCI 236B
2017 Spring
Woodward Yang
Monday, Wednesday
1:00 pm to 2:29 pm

Developing and implementing good solutions to real problems facing human society requires a broad understanding of the relationships between technology innovation, science, manufacturing, design thinking, environment, sustainability, culture, aesthetics, business, public policy, and government. Various frameworks for understanding these complex relationships within the context of real-world problems will be explored and discussed.  Coursework will be based on assigned readings, case studies, research assignments, exercises, and class discussions.

Planetary Radiation and Climate

ENG-SCI 237
2017 Spring
Robin Wordsworth
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00 am to 11:29 am

Atmospheric radiative transfer, including stellar properties, spectroscopy, gray and real gas calculations, Mie theory and scattering, satellite retrievals, and radiative-convective climate modelling. Climate feedbacks: the runaway greenhouse, volatile cycles on Mars and Titan, and atmospheric collapse around M-stars. Atmospheric evolution and escape (Jeans, diffusion-limited, hydrodynamic), and key processes in planetary atmospheric chemistry.

Advanced Innovation in Science and Engineering: Conference Course

ENG-SCI 239
2016 Fall
David Weitz
Tuesday, Thursday
2:30 pm to 3:59 pm

Students are expected to meet all the requirements of Engineering Sciences 139 and in addition are required to prepare an individual term project with significant analytic emphasis in an area of scientific or technological innovation.

Solid Mechanics

ENG-SCI 240
2016 Fall
Joost Vlassak
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 am to 10:59 am

Foundations of continuum mechanics, development of elasticity theory, and introduction to plasticity and creep. Elastic waves. Basic elasticity solutions. Variational principles.

Information Processing and Statistical Physics

ENG-SCI 254
2016 Fall
Yue Lu
Monday, Wednesday
10:00 am to 11:29 am

This course introduces students to several fundamental notions and methods in statistical physics that have been successfully applied to the analysis of various problems in signal processing, information theory, and theoretical computer science. Discussions will be focused on studying such information processing systems in the infinite-size limit, on analyzing the emergence of phase transitions, and on understanding the behaviors of efficient algorithms. This course seeks to start from basics, assuming just undergraduate probability and analysis, and in particular assuming no knowledge of statistical physics. Students will take an active role by applying what they learn from the course to their preferred applications.

Informal Robotics/New Paradigms for Design and Construction

ENG-SCI 256
2017 Spring
Chuck Hoberman
Friday
2:00 pm to 4:59 pm

Today, robotic devices are being made from folded paper, carbon laminates or soft gels. Rather than assembled, they can be formed directly from 2D or 3D printer. These Informal robots are light, flexible, compliant, highly customized, and demonstrate programmable behavior that is closely coupled with material composition. Taught in collaboration with the Wyss Institute, the course will focus on techniques to create original robotic devices. Lectures will be organized along four primary topics: Kinematics, Fabrication, Controls and Applications. There will be assignments to produce test mechanisms and CAD models, followed by semester-long group projects.

Chemical Kinetics

ENG-SCI 268
2016 Fall
Scot Martin
Tuesday, Thursday
11:30 am to 12:59 pm

Time rate of change of chemical species. Rate constants. Formulating a coupled chemical system. Numerical analysis of complex systems.

Environmental Nanotechnology

ENG-SCI 269
2017 Spring
Chad Vecitis,
Anas Chalah
Monday, Wednesday
2:30 pm to 3:59 pm

Introduces students to the environmental aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology. We will study the fundamental physical chemical properties, characterization, environmental implications, and environmental applications of nanoparticles and nanomaterials. Case studies from recent publications on engineered carbon nanomaterials such as fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, and graphene will be discussed.

Topics in Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits

ENG-SCI 271R
2016 Fall
Gu-Yeon Wei
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00 am to 11:29 am

A seminar course that reviews research and development of various topics in integrated circuits and systems for low-power and/or high-performance computing.

Quantum Devices

ENG-SCI 274
2017 Spring
Marko Loncar
Wednesday, Friday
1:00 pm to 2:29 pm

Electronic structure of crystals. Semiconductor heterostructures: bandstructure engineering. Low-dimensional solids: quantum wells, wires and dots; superlattices; 2D electron gas; carbon nanotubes, nanowires, graphene. Tunneling and resonant tunneling, superlattice transport. Quantum point contacts. Interband and intersubband optical transistions. Quantum confined Stark effect. Device concepts (diodes, transistors, lasers). Quantum well lasers, modulators and detectors. Resonant tunneling devices. Quantum cascade lasers.

Introduction to MicroElectroMechanical System

ENG-SCI 276
2016 Fall
Fawwaz Habbal
Tuesday
5:30 pm to 7:29 pm

This course introduces student to the rapidly emerging, multi-disciplinary and exciting field of MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS). It teaches fundamentals of micro machining and Micro fabrication techniques, including planar thin-film process technologies, photolithography and soft-lithography techniques, deposition and etching techniques, and surface, bulk, and electroplating micro machining technologies.

Microfabrication Laboratory

ENG-SCI 277
2017 Spring
Evelyn Hu,
Peter Stark
Monday
10:00 am to 11:29 am

Content and requirements are similar to Engineering Sciences 177, with the addition that students enrolled in Engineering Sciences 277 are given an additional project.

Nano Micro Macro: Adaptive Material Laboratory

ENG-SCI 291
2016 Fall
Joanna Aizenberg,
Martin Bechthold
Friday
9:00 am to 11:59 am

This course explores research methods and techniques through the analyses of emerging energy-efficient materials and systems and their applications in buildings. It serves as an interdisciplinary platform for engineers, materials and computer scientists to interact with the design students and develop new products. The course introduces ideas-to-innovation processes in a hands-on, project/product focused manner that balance engineering concepts with promising, real-world opportunities. Switching back and forth between guided discovery and focused development, between bottom-up and top-down thinking, and market analyses, the course helps students establish generalizable frameworks as researchers and innovators with a focus on new and emerging technologies.

Quantum Materials and Devices Seminar Series

ENG-SCI 294HFRA
2016 Fall
Robert Westervelt
Thursday
4:00 pm to 4:59 pm

The Science & Technology Center for Integrated Quantum Materials (Harvard, Howard Univ, and MIT) creates electronics and photonics from Quantum Materials: Atomic Layers (graphene, boron nitride, transition-metal dichalcoginides) for atomic-scale devices, Topological Insulators for corruption-free data channels, and Nitrogen Vacancy Centers in Diamond for single-atom memory. Experts in the field will present seminars about their research.

Quantum Materials and Devices Seminar Series

ENG-SCI 294HFRB
2017 Spring
Robert Westervelt
Thursday
4:00 pm to 4:59 pm

The Science & Technology Center for Integrated Quantum Materials (Harvard, Howard Univ, and MIT) creates electronics and photonics from Quantum Materials: Atomic Layers (graphene, boron nitride, transition-metal dichalcoginides) for atomic-scale devices, Topological Insulators for corruption-free data channels, and Nitrogen Vacancy Centers in Diamond for single-atom memory. Experts in the field will present seminars about their research.

Special Topics in Engineering Sciences

ENG-SCI 299R
2016 Fall
Fawwaz Habbal

Supervision of experimental or theoretical research on acceptable engineering and applied science problems and supervision of reading on topics not covered by regular courses of instruction.

Special Topics in Engineering Sciences

ENG-SCI 299R 001
2017 Spring
Fawwaz Habbal

Supervision of experimental or theoretical research on acceptable engineering and applied science problems and supervision of reading on topics not covered by regular courses of instruction.