Engineering Sciences Courses

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How to Create Things and Have Them Matter

ENG-SCI 20
2019 Spring
David Edwards
Monday
03:00pm to 05:45pm

This course teaches students to create things that lastingly matter.  The course emphasizes exploratory life-long creating.  The class emphasizes an aesthetic process of creating that transcends discipline.  At the start of the semester students are invited to articulate dreams for change in any category - cultural, commercial, ecological, political, social.  Students learn to express ideas, figure out paths to begin to develop them, and to raise resources along the way.  Students also work together on a collective creator project.  The project involves working with wood and wood artists and teaches students valuable lessons in creative collaboration and meditative career development.  At the end of the semester students present their individual ideas, and collective woodwork, before a public dinner at Cafe ArtScience.  Students spend a weekend off campus for the purpose of their collective woodwork project. Case study and conceptual readings will complement student idea exploration.

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

ENG-SCI 21
2018 Fall
Dr B Altringer
Monday, Wednesday
09:00am to 11:45am

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.

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Design Survivor: Experiential Lessons in Designing for Desirability

ENG-SCI 22
2019 Spring
Dr B Altringer
Monday, Wednesday
09:00am to 11:45am

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.

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Flavor Molecules of Food Fermentation: Exploration and Inquiry

ENG-SCI 24
2019 Spring
Pia Sorensen
Monday, Wednesday
03:00pm to 05:45pm

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.

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Engineering the Acoustical World

ENG-SCI 25
2018 Fall
Robert Wood
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
01:30pm to 02:45pm

How does Shazam know what song is playing? Why do some rooms have better acoustics than others? Do high-end musical instruments sound better than cheap ones? How do electronic synthesizers work? How is music stored and manipulated in a digital form? This class explores these and related themes in an accessible way for non-engineering concentrators. The class is driven by hands-on group projects to enhance your technical literacy, a critical skill for anyone designing solutions to today's most pressing and complex issues. The projects are designed so that the creativity of students in all fields will have a role to play. Lectures, demonstrations, and guest lecturers/performers are integrated into the class to build foundational knowledge and to inspire. We will also explore wider social themes related to music and acoustics. The class is approached from an engineering perspective, using music and musical instruments as the framework to introduce a broad array of concepts in physics, mathematics, and engineering. Requires no previous exposure to physics or calculus beyond the high school level.

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Humanity and its Challenges: Systems Thinking and Approaches

ENG-SCI 26
2019 Spring
Fawwaz Habbal,
Vikram Mansharamani
Monday
03:00pm to 05:45pm

As citizens in a rapidly changing world facing increasingly complex challenges, the skills that tomorrow’s leaders need are increasingly crossing disciplinary silos. Humanity’s most pressing problems are interconnected, involve competing interests, and defy simplification into single disciplines.  Reductionist approaches focused on linear understanding must be balanced against the integrative logic of systems-oriented thinking.  Depth must be balanced with breadth.
This course will give students an appreciation for the complexities of today’s most intractable problems, and in so doing, help students develop a methodology for navigating the world they will face.  After an overview of systems thinking and its emphasis on interconnections and feedback loops, the course will explore several issues and the complications they generate.  Over the course of the semester, topics including epidemics, inequality, human displacement, and food systems will be addressed.
The course will employ multiple methods of learning, with course preparation varying from reading novels to watching videos to reviewing academic papers. Each case will include an overview of the issue and why it matters, before exploring existing disciplinary approaches to address the challenge. Prior thinking is evaluated both in terms of its rigor and is effectiveness.  What worked and didn’t work? Why?
Students will learn to employ systems thinking using a multi-disciplinary method to evaluate possible solutions.  This future-oriented analysis will emphasize the necessity to zoom out and paint a mosaic of possible unintended consequences and roadblocks that may impede progress. By the end of the course, students should have developed a robust framework for integrating economic, political, technical, ethical, and social lenses into an analysis of complex problems and their potential solutions.

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Technology, Ethics, and Society

ENG-SCI 28
2019 Spring
L Mahadevan,
Sheila Jasanoff,
Keith Raffel
Tuesday
09:00am to 11:45am

We live in a time of unprecedented technological change that affects how we live with each other and with our environment. How, in areas that lack precedents and are fraught with uncertainties, can we strike a balance between technological progress and social welfare? Students are expected to leave the course with a deeper understanding of technology-society linkages as seen through three analytic lenses: risk, inequality, and human dignity. They will see how assumptions about progress and political legitimacy affect each of these dimensions of human development by looking at examples such as genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, robotics, environmental change, and big data.

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Computer-Aided Machine Design

ENG-SCI 51
2018 Fall
Dr Conor Walsh,
Michelle Rosen
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:30am to 11:45am

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.

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Computer-Aided Machine Design

ENG-SCI 51
2019 Spring
Michelle Rosen
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:30am to 11:45am

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.

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Quantitative Physiology as a Basis for Bioengineering

ENG-SCI 53
2018 Fall
Linsey Moyer
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
12:00pm to 01:15pm

A foundation in human organ systems physiology, including cardiac, respiratory, renal, 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, with an introduction to biomedical devices designed to treat dysfunction. The course is designed for freshman and sophomores.

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Electronics for Engineers

ENG-SCI 54
2019 Spring
TBA
Tuesday, Thursday
10:30am to 11:45am

This course is a practical introduction to analog and digital electronics for engineers. Topics will include aspects of analog circuit theory, discrete digital circuits, and embedded systems that utilize microcontrollers to process inputs from sensors and act on the world accordingly, for instance through motor control. There will be extensive hands-on laboratories to put into practice the topics covered in lecture. This course meets the electronics course requirement for mechanical engineers and bioengineers (i.e., for those bioengineering tracks that require electronics/circuits). This course is not intended for electrical engineering concentrators.

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Humanitarian Design Projects

ENG-SCI 91HFR
2018 Fall
Christopher Lombardo
Tuesday
06:00pm to 07:15pm

Multi-year long team projects that provide an engineering experience working with partner communities on real-world problems. Projects provide exposure to problem definition, quantitative analysis, modeling, generation of creative solutions utilizing appropriate technology, engineering design trade-offs, and documentation/communication skills. These projects will be implemented with our project partners after the appropriate design and approvals have been obtained.

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Supervised Reading and Research

ENG-SCI 91R
2018 Fall
Zhiming Kuang,
Christopher Lombardo,
Patrick Ulrich,
Linsey Moyer

Guided reading and research.

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Humanitarian Design Projects

ENG-SCI 91HFR
2019 Spring
Christopher Lombardo

Multi-year long team projects that provide an engineering experience working with partner communities on real-world problems. Projects provide exposure to problem definition, quantitative analysis, modeling, generation of creative solutions utilizing appropriate technology, engineering design trade-offs, and documentation/communication skills. These projects will be implemented with our project partners after the appropriate design and approvals have been obtained.

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Supervised Reading and Research

ENG-SCI 91R
2019 Spring
Zhiming Kuang,
Patrick Ulrich,
Christopher Lombardo,
Linsey Moyer

Guided reading and research.

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Startup R & D

ENG-SCI 95R
2018 Fall
Paul Bottino
Tuesday
03:00pm to 05:45pm

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.

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Startup R & D

ENG-SCI 95R
2019 Spring
Paul Bottino
Tuesday
03:00pm to 05:45pm

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.

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Engineering Problem Solving and Design Project

ENG-SCI 96
2018 Fall
David Mooney,
Samir Mitragotri
Monday, Wednesday
09:00am to 11:45am

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.

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Engineering Problem Solving and Design Project

ENG-SCI 96
2019 Spring
Fawwaz Habbal,
Kelly Miller,
Nabil Harfoush
Monday, Wednesday
12:00pm to 02:45pm

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.

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Engineering Design Projects

ENG-SCI 100HFA
2018 Fall
Frank Keutsch
Thursday
03:00pm to 04:15pm

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.

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Engineering Design Projects

ENG-SCI 100HFB
2019 Spring
Frank Keutsch

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. 

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Mathematical Modeling

ENG-SCI 115
2018 Fall
L Mahadevan
Tuesday, Thursday
10:30am to 11:45am

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.

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Mathematical Modeling

ENG-SCI 115
2019 Spring
Zhiming Kuang
Tuesday, Thursday
01:30pm to 02:45pm

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.

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Introduction to the Mechanics of Solids

ENG-SCI 120
2019 Spring
Katia Bertoldi
Tuesday, Thursday
01:30pm to 02:45pm

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.

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Introduction to Optimization: Models and Methods

ENG-SCI 121
2018 Fall
Yiling Chen
Monday, Wednesday
09:00am to 10:15am

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.

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Introduction to Fluid Mechanics and Transport Processes

ENG-SCI 123
2019 Spring
Shmuel Rubinstein
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:30am to 11:45am

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.

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Mechanical Systems

ENG-SCI 125
2018 Fall
Boris Kozinsky
Monday, Wednesday
01:30pm to 02:45pm

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.

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Computational Solid and Structural Mechanics

ENG-SCI 128
2019 Spring
Katia Bertoldi
Monday, Wednesday
01:30pm to 02:45pm

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).

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Innovation in Science and Engineering: Conference Course

ENG-SCI 139
2018 Fall
David Weitz
Tuesday, Thursday
01:30pm to 02:45pm

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.

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Probability with Engineering Applications

ENG-SCI 150
2019 Spring
Yue Lu
Tuesday, Thursday
12:00pm to 01:15pm

This course introduces the fundamentals of probability theory for parameter estimation and decision making under uncertainty. It considers applications to information systems as well as other physical and biological systems. Topics include: discrete and continuous random variables, conditional expectations, Bayes’ rules, laws of large numbers, central limit theorems, Markov chains, Bayesian statistical inferences, and parameter estimations.

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Applied Electromagnetism

ENG-SCI 151
2019 Spring
Evelyn Hu
Tuesday, Thursday
10:30am to 11:45am

Electromagnetism and its applications in science and technology. Topics: Maxwell's equations; electromagnetic waves (e.g., light, microwaves, etc.); wave propagation through media discontinuity; transmission lines, waveguides, and microwave circuits; radiation and antennae; interactions between electromagnetic fields and matters; optics of solids; optical devices; origin of colors; interference and diffraction; lasers and masers; nuclear magnetic resonance and MRI; radio astronomy; wireless networking; plasmonic wave (charge density wave).

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Circuits, Devices, and Transduction

ENG-SCI 152
2018 Fall
Todd Zickler,
Marco Donato
Tuesday, Thursday
01:30pm to 02:45pm

This course introduces fundamentals in designing and building modern information devices and systems that interface with the real world. It focuses on devices and systems that use analog electronics, and it complements COMPSCI 141, which focuses on digital devices and systems. Topics of this course include: time and frequency domain analysis of simple 1st and 2nd order circuits; operational amplifiers and op-amp circuits; basic semiconductor physics; PN junctions and diodes; bipolar junction transistors (BJT); field-effect transistors (MOSFETs); bias circuits and current sources; amplifier gain and bandwidth; frequency response, feedback, noise, and stability. Further, students are introduced to select transducers, particularly motors and their concomitant drive schemes, but also photocells, photodiodes, and semiconductor lasers to highlight device design and characterization.

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Laboratory Electronics

ENG-SCI 153
2018 Fall
David Abrams
Tuesday, Thursday
01:30pm to 05:45pm

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).

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Laboratory Electronics

ENG-SCI 153
2019 Spring
Thomas Hayes,
David Abrams
Tuesday, Thursday
01:30pm to 05:45pm

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).

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Systems and Control

ENG-SCI 155
2018 Fall
Na Li
Monday, Wednesday
01:30pm to 02:45pm

This course and its follow-on course ENG-SCI 156 concern the fundamentals of information systems in the real world. Together they provide a comprehensive foundation in signal processing, systems design and analysis, control, and communications, while also introducing key linear-algebraic concepts in the context of authentic applications. The first course, ENG-SCI 155, focuses on the basic principles of feedback and its use as a tool for inferring and/or altering the dynamics of systems under uncertainty. Topics include linear algebra, the elemental representations of dynamic systems, stability analysis, the design of estimators (e.g., Kalman Filter) and feedback controllers (e.g., PID and Optimal Controller). The class includes both the practical and theoretical aspects of the topic.

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Signals and Communications

ENG-SCI 156
2019 Spring
Flavio du Pin Calmon
Monday, Wednesday
10:30am to 11:45am

This course is a follow-on to ENG-SCI 155 and continues to develop the fundamentals of information systems in the real world. It focuses on the analysis and manipulation of signals in the time and frequency domains in the context of authentic applications. Topics include: the sampling theorem, convolution, and linear input-output systems in continuous and discrete time. Further, students are introduced to transforms—including Fourier, discrete cosine, wavelet, and PCA / SVD ‘transforms’—that map between vector spaces via matrix multiplication as a method to ease analysis provided conditionalized knowledge. Randomness, noise, and filtering. Waves and interference in the context of communications; antennae, phasors, modulation, multiplexing. Applications in communications and data science.

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Engineering Quantum Mechanics

ENG-SCI 170
2019 Spring
Prineha Narang
Tuesday, Thursday
12:00pm to 01:15pm

As a first course in quantum mechanics, tailored for engineering, applied mathematics and computer science students, this course will teach concepts needed to engineer a quantum world, to understand quantum mechanical properties of materials and build an intuition for quantum information science. The course will be a hybrid of lectures on theory, state-of-the-art computational methods ('theory-lab') in quantum simulations and we will use IBM Q Experience, an open access quantum computer. Topics will include periodic potentials and the tight-binding approach, quantizing vibrations in solids, spin matrices and an introduction to qubits. Assignments will teach the basics of the Python programming language, introduce students to open source scientific software and electronic structure methods.

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Introduction to Electronic and Photonic Devices

ENG-SCI 173
2018 Fall
Christopher Lombardo
Tuesday, Thursday
12:00pm to 01:15pm

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.

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Microfabrication Laboratory

ENG-SCI 177
2019 Spring
Marko Loncar,
Peter Stark
Monday
10:30am to 11:45am

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.

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Engineering Thermodynamics

ENG-SCI 181
2018 Fall
Michael Aziz
Tuesday, Thursday
10:30am to 11:45am

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.

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Introduction to Heat Transfer

ENG-SCI 183
2019 Spring
David Clarke
Tuesday, Thursday
09:00am to 10:15am

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.

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Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering

ENG-SCI 190
2018 Fall
Xin Li
Monday, Wednesday
12:00pm to 01:15pm

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.

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Decision Theory

ENG-SCI 201
2019 Spring
Demba Ba
Monday, Wednesday
01:30pm to 02:45pm

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.

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Fluid Dynamics

ENG-SCI 220
2018 Fall
James Rice
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
01:30pm to 02:45pm

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.

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Drug Delivery

ENG-SCI 221
2019 Spring
Samir Mitragotri
Monday, Wednesday
01:30pm to 02:45pm

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.

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Advanced Cellular Engineering

ENG-SCI 222
2018 Fall
Kevin K. Parker
Tuesday, Thursday
12:00pm to 01:15pm

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. Applications in drug discovery, regenerative medicine, and cellular agriculture will be discussed. Topics will include controlling behavior of cells through cell-matrix interactions, cytoskeletal architecture, and cell behavior in processes such as angiogenesis and wound healing. Lectures will review fundamental concepts in cell biology before delving into topical examples from current literature. Students will work weekly in the lab learning cell culture techniques, soft lithography, microscopy, and classical in vitro assays measuring cell behavior.

 

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Survey of Energy Technology

ENG-SCI 229
2019 Spring
Michael Aziz
Wednesday, Friday
03:00pm to 04:15pm

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.

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Advanced Tissue Engineering

ENG-SCI 230
2019 Spring
David Mooney
Tuesday, Thursday
01:30pm to 02:45pm

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.

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Energy Technology

ENG-SCI 231
2019 Spring
Michael Aziz
Wednesday, Friday
03:00pm to 04:15pm

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.

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Technology Venture Immersion

ENG-SCI 234
2019 Spring
Dr Conor Walsh,
Thomas Eisenmann
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
09:00am to 06:00pm

Using a learning-by-doing approach, student teams will work on their own venture concepts in this intensive immersion course. The course will convey concepts and builds skills required in early stage technology ventures, including problem finding (human-centered design, customer discovery), solution finding (ideation methods, prototyping, user testing), business model validation (hypothesis generation, minimum viable products, lean experimentation), sales and marketing methods, venture financing, and team building and leadership skills.

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Planetary Radiation and Climate

ENG-SCI 237
2019 Spring
Robin Wordsworth
Monday, Wednesday
10:30am to 11:45am

Atmospheric radiative transfer is at the heart of understanding the climate of Earth and other planets. This course covers basic stellar and planetary physics, quantum spectroscopy, molecular and aerosol scattering, satellite retrieval theory, cloud, CO2 and H2O climate feedbacks, and extreme climate phenomena such as the runaway greenhouse, Nuclear Winter and Titan’s methane cycle. As a final course outcome, you will learn to construct a line-by-line radiative-convective climate model from first principles.

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Advanced Innovation in Science and Engineering: Conference Course

ENG-SCI 239
2018 Fall
David Weitz
Tuesday, Thursday
01:30pm to 02:45pm

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.

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Solid Mechanics

ENG-SCI 240
2019 Spring
Joost Vlassak
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
01:30pm to 02:45pm

Foundations of solid mechanics, development of elasticity theory, and introduction to  linear visco-elasticity and plasticity. Basic elasticity solutions. Variational principles. Deformation of plates. Introduction to large deformation.

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Fracture Mechanics

ENG-SCI 247
2018 Fall
Zhigang Suo
Tuesday, Thursday
12:00pm to 01:15pm

Fundamentals of fracture with applications in materials and structural mechanics. Micromechanics of fracture in ceramics, metals, and polymers. Fracture of composite materials. Interfacial fracture mechanics. Fatigue crack propagation.

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Advanced Neural Control of Movement

ENG-SCI 249
2019 Spring
Maurice Smith
Tuesday, Thursday
09:00am to 10:15am

Students expected to meet all of the requirements of Biomedical Engineering 130 (formerly Engineering Sciences 149) and in addition to submit a term project with significant analytic content.

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Information Processing and Statistical Physics

ENG-SCI 254
2018 Fall
Yue Lu
Monday, Wednesday
10:30am to 11:45am

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.

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Aerosol Science and Technology

ENG-SCI 267
2018 Fall
Scot Martin
Monday, Wednesday
12:00pm to 01:15pm

Fundamental physics and chemistry underlying the science and technology of aerosols. Taught by reference to topical problems in atmospheric chemistry, planetary climates, human health, and technologies of nanofabrication.

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Optics and Photonics

ENG-SCI 273
2018 Fall
Federico Capasso
Wednesday, Friday
10:30am to 11:45am

The focus is on the foundations of optics/photonics and on some of its most important modern developments and applications. Powerful and widely used computational tools will be developed in the sections. Topics to be covered: Maxwell's equations, Free space optics. Reflection, refraction, polarization (Jones Calculus and Stokes parameters); interference and diffraction. Light-matter interaction, dispersion and absorption. Guided wave optics (including optical fibers). Perturbation and couple mode theory, transfer matrix methods; numerical methods. Optical resonators.  Photonic crystals. Near-field optics. Metal optics and Plasmonics. Metamaterials and Metasurfaces.

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Quantum Devices

ENG-SCI 274
2018 Fall
Marko Loncar
Tuesday, Thursday
12:00pm to 01:15pm

The focus of this course are quantum devices that have revolutionized the field of information science and technology. Particular emphasis this year will be on optical devices and communication technology. First, quantum devices that have enabled development of internet will be discussed, including semiconductor lasers, modulators and photo-detectors. Next, emerging quantum devices that will lead to so-called “second quantum revolution” and development of quantum internet and quantum computers will be introduced. These include single-photon sources and detectors, quantum memories, physical implementations of quantum gates, etc.. Topics that will be covered include quantum dots, color centers in solids, trapped ions and atoms, photon pair generation, quantum teleportation, quantum cryptography and quantum repeaters. The course is a mixture of quantum mechanics, semiconductor device physics, nanophotonics, quantum electronics and quantum optics. 

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Introduction to MicroElectroMechanical System

ENG-SCI 276
2018 Fall
Peter Stark,
Amit Solanki
Monday
10:30am to 11:45am

In this course, the student is introduced to micro-fabrication techniques through the filter of the rapidly emerging, multi-disciplinary and exciting field of MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS.) It is a lab based course complemented by mandatory weekly lectures.  It teaches fundamentals of micro machining and fabrication techniques, including planar thin-film process technologies, photolithography and soft-lithography techniques, deposition and etching techniques as well as limited inspection and characterization technologies. Students, in teams, will build and characterize fully functional: surface acoustic wave (SAW) resonators, micro polymerized chain reaction (uPCR) amplifiers, micro pressure sensors and final projects of their own choosing.  In doing so, they will be exposed to the basic principles of tools in an advanced cleanroom.

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Microfabrication Laboratory

ENG-SCI 277
2019 Spring
Marko Loncar,
Peter Stark
Monday
10:30am to 11:45am

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

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System Engineering

ENG-SCI 280
2018 Fall
Robert D. Howe,
Venkat Venkatasubramanian
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
09:00am to 12:00pm

This is the first core course for students in the MS/MBA program, to be taken in August of the first year of the program. The course will begin with methods for modeling engineering and business systems, including discrete and continuous systems and feedback controls. Students will write simple simulations and then use professional modeling software to simulate complex systems. Students will next learn design methodology, including stakeholder modeling, ideation, and decision making tools. A final team project will involve design of a system, including simulation and prototyping.

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Nano Micro Macro: Adaptive Material Laboratory

ENG-SCI 291
2018 Fall
Joanna Aizenberg,
Jonathan Grinham
Wednesday
08:30am to 11:29am

“In recent years, a wealth of cross-disciplinary research has produced unprecedented growth in the study of “architectured-materials."  At the heart of this growth is a desire to design extraordinary functionality by manipulating matter at the smallest length scale possible—think nano or even atomic.  The science's new approach to material design is radical. This course asks what these new material technologies mean to design, energy, and our everyday occupancy of this planet.

This course brings together scientists, engineers, and designers to think across scales, learn about each other’s' working methods, and address real-world challenges by designing new materials and applying them to new applications, or atmospheres. It is co-taught by faculty from the GSD and SEAS and co-listed between the two schools. There are no prerequisites.

Working closely with laboratories from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and SEAS, the 2018 edition of this course will focus on the potential of these new materials to be translated across scales and application space. To develop bio-inspired adaptive materials capable of responding to thermal, chemical, or other stimuli, students may work with scientists from the Aizenberg Lab. Those interested in the mechanical behavior of meta-materials may work with the Bertoldi Group to understand the effects of cellular aggregation in structural materials. While other students may be excited to explore super-tough and self-actuated soft materials with scientists from the Mooney Lab. Across all of these possible experiences, students will work closely with their scientist counterparts to gain hands-on, practical knowledge of prototyping and experimental methods that provide meaningful insight into the future of material design.

As in previous years, the course will be an intensely interdisciplinary, project-based exploration that challenges students from the sciences and design to re-think the way they approach their craft. Students will be asked to navigate the space between the sciences and design through a collaborative semester-long group project. A sequence of lectures, workshops, and ideation sessions will provide a framework that guides students towards understanding and mastering the innovation process itself. Scientists from the Wyss, SEAS, and industry will provide both material specific guest lectures as well as visionary lectures to help students frame their work. Students will conduct part of their work in the Wyss or SEAS science labs on Oxford Street, as well as at the GSD FabLab.

Note: MDE students, this course can satisfy a GSD course requirement by enrolling in SCI 6477, or a SEAS course requirement by enrolling in ES 291. But it cannot simultaneously satisfy both requirements.

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Quantum Materials and Devices Seminar Series

ENG-SCI 294HFRA
2018 Fall
Robert Westervelt
Wednesday
12:00pm to 01:15pm

A series of seminars on Quantum Materials and Devices will be presented by experts in the field.  This course is organized by our Science and Technology Center for Integrated Quantum Materials.  Please see our website (http://ciqm.harvard.edu) for more information.

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Quantum Materials and Devices Seminar Series

ENG-SCI 294HFRB
2019 Spring
Robert Westervelt
Wednesday
12:00pm to 01:15pm

A series of seminars on Quantum Materials and Devices will be presented by experts in the field.  This course is organized by our Science and Technology Center for Integrated Quantum Materials.  Please see our website (http://ciqm.harvard.edu) for more information.

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Professional Writing for Scientists and Engineers

ENG-SCI 297
2018 Fall
Daniel Needleman,
Suzanne Smith
Thursday
03:00pm to 05:45pm

This course will provide students the opportunity to develop their skills in the critical reading and writing of various genres of scientific literature, including research articles, and fellowship and grant proposals.

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Practical Solutions For Technology's Public Dilemmas

ENG-SCI 298R
2018 Fall
Ash Carter
Monday, Wednesday
08:45am to 10:00am

This course identifies and analyzes alternative solutions to the dilemmas that disruptive technology is posing to public good in the digital, biotech, and jobs and training domains. The objective is for students to craft technologically-informed practical public-private approaches to some of the key policy issues of our time. It begins with a brief history of successful and unsuccessful governance of far-reaching technological changes in the past. The first part of the course treats the ongoing digital revolution, crafting solutions to issues of social media responsibility, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence (AI).  It then turns to the biotech revolution that is gathering momentum, addressing genome editing, bioweapons and bioterror, and the role of venture capital in biotech. The third segment of the course addresses the ways that technology is disrupting the nature of work and lifelong training. The example of driverless cars will be used to illustrate the challenges and opportunities that technology provides to sustain cohesive and prosperous societies in the era of tech "disruption". Assignments stress development of key writing and speaking skills. 

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Special Topics in Engineering Sciences

ENG-SCI 299R
2018 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.

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Special Topics in Engineering Sciences

ENG-SCI 299R
2019 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.

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