Graduate Engineering Course Catalog

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ETLS 500-599 Introductory and Overview courses

A comprehensive review of modern production methods and systems for production and service industries. Topics include location and facility layout, job design and measurement, group technology, push/pull systems, process planning, forecasting, production and capacity planning, scheduling and manufacturing systems. The course also provides a brief review of FMC, FMS, CNC, DNC and computer-integrated manufacturing.


An overview of manufacturing processes with the objective of establishing the processes most appropriate to the characteristics and production requirements of the product. Metallurgy is briefly reviewed as a basis for material processing. Many conventional methods of fabrication are covered. Design for manufacturing and assembly techniques will be studied along with assembly methods and flow. Clean rooms and electronic assembly are also covered. Students unfamiliar with manufacturing processes will need to do independent study to determine all of the processes available.

An advanced course in concepts essential to achieving excellence in operations. The course covers the development and implementation of a coherent manufacturing strategy consistent with business and corporate strategies; importance of global competitiveness; and structuring of the production process based on the manufacturing mission. The human interaction involved in current quality issues, Just In Time (JIT), Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), set-up time reduction, simultaneous engineering, lean manufacturing and contemporary logistics systems, employee involvement and teamwork are key concepts of this course.


This course integrates the concepts of financial accounting, cost accounting and performance measurement as they are applied in the enterprise. The course emphasizes the concepts, terms, and techniques for using accounting and measurement information in planning, decision-making, and performance evaluation. Topics include analysis of financial statements, manufacturing and operations costs, fixed and variable costs, capital investment analysis, pricing, job and process cost systems, budgeting, responsibility accounting, cost allocation, and activity-based costing. Also covered are operational measures emphasizing physical units, process analysis, productivity measurement, and other non-accounting operational key indicator measurements. Consideration is also given to the influence of such concepts as Total Quality Management (TQM), Just In Time (JIT), Benchmarking, the Balanced Scorecard, Reengineering, Six Sigma, and Baldrige Awards as they relate to accounting and performance measurements.


An introduction to the basic philosophy of the statistical tools used to assure manufacturing quality. Tools to include: hypothesis testing, regression analysis, analysis of variance,  process capability,  control charts (SPC), and six sigma. Students will conduct and report an industry-based statistical application project.


This course considers the engineering of both natural and human-made systems as well as the analysis of those systems. The course will convey to the students the essential elements of systems engineering; including systems thinking, systems analysis, system architecture, the decomposition and re-composition of systems design, risk management, reliability, maintainability and availability, and the coherent structure of a systems view.

This course provides the student with an overview of the processes involved in the analysis, design, and implementation of systems. This is a hands-on course and is targeted at graduate students. Topics to be covered include the development life cycle, feasibility studies, requirements analysis, systems analysis, and systems design. Systems analysis and design methods covered in this course include both a software and hardware approach. 
Module 1 - Systems Analysis Fundamentals 
Module 2 - Practical Systems Analysis 
Module 3 - Practical Systems Design 
Module 4 - Introduction to Object Orientation 
During the semester, the student will be involved in the analysis and design of a complex system. This project is an important part of the course because it provides the opportunity to confront real-life situations and problems during the systems analysis and design process. It is, therefore, essential for the student to be actively involved in this project. Students are required to learn the necessary technology to contribute to the project in a meaningful way.
Prerequisite: ETLS 507 Introduction to Systems Design

This graduate course considers two closely related but distinct concepts in systems engineering, verification and validation. Verification is “The process of evaluating a system or component to determine whether the products of a given development phase satisfy the conditions imposed at the start of that phase.” (IEEE Standard Glossary of Software Engineering Terminology, Standard 610.12-1990.) Validation is the act of assessing the requirements, design, and development of a product to ensure that it will meet the user’s requirements, operational needs, and expectations at the time of delivery. These activities occur throughout the systems engineering cycle, not simply at the end. Systems engineering verification and validation practices will be studied and applied in appropriate situations. 
Prerequisites: ETLS 507 - Introduction to Systems Design, ETLS 508 - Systems Design

Introduction to linear circuit analysis and basic electronic instrumentation. Students will learn linear models of passive components and sources as well as how real components depart from those models. Circuit analysis techniques including nodal and mesh analysis, equivalence theorems and computer simulation will be covered. Laplace transform techniques will be used to examine sinusoidal steady state and transient circuit behavior.

Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in PHYS 112, and concurrent registration with or prior completion of MATH 114.

NOTE: Students who receive credit for ENGR 240 or ENGR 350 may not receive credit for this class.

An introduction to the scope of control systems in manufacturing and their implementation. The course focuses on analog control loop theory, the use of transforms to describe and solve analog control systems. Emphasis is placed on the development and implementation of proportional, integral derivative (PID) control algorithms. Simulation is emphasized as an important tool for plant design, layout and optimizing systems.

Prerequisite: ETLS 511

Note: Students who receive credit for ENGR 410 may not receive credit for ETLS 512. 

This course is designed to provide an introductory overview of the medical device industry, and it’s unique design and manufacturing challenges. The course first examines the industry itself, reviewing basic industry statistics, current trends, and the many types of products that make up the medical device industry. It then helps students understand the fundamental systems that are used in the design, development, and manufacture of medical devices and how these relate to regulations governing the development and manufacturing processes. Finally the course explores in detail some of the unique aspects of manufacturing a medical product such as special material and process selection considerations, clean rooms, sterile packaging, sterilization processes, clinical testing, lot traceability and manufacturing control.

Strategic Quality Management is presented as a 
Driver → System → Results model. 
The DSR model provides a framework for better understanding your business and when and where to take action to improve results. The model is a tool that links company mission, strategic plans, competitive positioning, and customer focus as the Driver. People and processes form the System that actually designs, produces, and delivers products and services. Results include financial, customer, employee, and process. This course also connects the DSR model with the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, six sigma and lean improvement tools, ISO9000, and Quality Management Systems and tools such as Statistical Process Control (detailed training in tools such as SPC is not part of the class). In addition to developing an understanding of how to guide and manage quality strategically, the course also helps to identify and prioritize the "right questions to ask" to guide and manage tactically. Applying the course to real world situations should lead to improved results - financial, customer, employee and process.


This applications-oriented course will review key topics in supply chain management and integrate these topics with current management thinking in lean manufacturing and six sigma. A systems thinking approach that maps logistics, forecasting, warehousing, transportation, and information systems will be combined with discussions of vendor and customer relationships, motivations, and ethics to work toward a smoothly functioning supply system. Students will use proven industrial engineering and management principles, techniques and tools to design a supply chain for their industry, efficiently and effectively plan and layout manufacturing operations, and improve processes to eliminate waste.

This is a one-semester survey of engineering topics. Topics will span the role of engineering in society, statics, material strength, engineering design, machine design, manufacturing, electronics, computer programming, sensors/controls, thermodynamics and fluids. The course will have weekly lab sessions which will allow students to apply what they are learning from lectures in a hands-on setting. Emphasis will be placed on how the material is used by practitioners. Numerous examples will be given of how this material can be presented in a way that meets Minnesota education standards. Each topic unit will include a component dedicated to the historic and current relevance of the concepts and skills presented. Whenever appropriate, and feasible, guest lectures and field trips will be arranged. The goal of this course is to provide teachers with a short, hands-on introduction to a variety of engineering.


Detailed discussion of product development for design engineers.  This lecture-based course is instructed by a practicing medical device engineer using examples from industry projects.  Students will learn the full product development cycle from initial market analysis and concept development through manufacturing validation and product launch.  General design topics include: voice-of-customer research; technical product requirements; project planning and architecture; concurrent design and DFMA; prototyping; testing and analysis; design portability and manufacturing transfer; verification and validation; manufacturing process control; and post-market continuation engineering. 

An introduction to the operations aspects of logistics combined with an overview of Supply Chain Management. Topics will include purchasing, vendor relations, inventory strategies and control, warehousing, material handling, packaging, and transportation, combined under supply chain management philosophy. The course will be taught through lectures, problem sets, case studies, guest speakers, and a tour of a high volume, order fulfillment facility. 
Prerequisite: ETLS 505 Managerial Accounting and Performance Management is recommended but not required.


This course provides an examination of automation and the processes and systems in which it works. The course focuses on electronic, electromechanical, and mechanical manufacturing and also touches on highly automated molding and its tooling. Topics include flexible and hard automation within a variety of systems environments. The course moves from automation basics to designing for automation followed by a hard look at the processes such as group technology, sensors, and systems that allow for and improve automation. The course consists of lectures, guest speakers, videos, and visits to factories and laboratories.

This course provides a broad instruction in the design and analysis of advanced thermal systems. Analysis techniques will include both analytical and numerical methods. Application areas include biomedical, aerospace, manufacturing, HVAC, and other industries.


ETLS 600-699 General Systems Courses

Focusing on the applications of project management, students gain insight and understanding of the day-to-day activities of project management (including cost analysis and scheduling techniques) and exposure to software options. A significant portion of the course focuses on conflict resolution, time management, leadership, and other personnel-related topics with the goal that engineers might effectively carry out the requirements of their companies without paying a penalty in lost good will or personnel.

On one-level, management science is a set of tools based on mathematical models of business actions such as allocating resources, planning production, scheduling work, and managing inventory. On another level, it is computer software that implements these models and converts business data into useful solutions. At a higher level, management science is a philosophy of observation and analysis of business systems with the goal of minimizing costs and maximizing resource utilization and profit. This course looks at all three levels with emphasis on generating computer solutions and interpreting and implementing the results.
Prerequisites: ETLS 504 Excellence in Operations (MMSE 510) and ETLS 506 Statistical Methods for Manufacturing Quality (MMSE 615)


Many functions are necessary to bring a product from the concept phase to full scale mass production. This course provides an overview of the sequence of steps required, and addresses the many milestones and interactions that engineers deal with in leading a successful product scale-up. The course focuses on leadership and covers product design for manufacture, an introduction to various engineering and manufacturing processes and an overview of managing a program of product scale-up. Developing a comprehensive plan, estimating factory cost for up-front business evaluation, and sell the proposal is included. Dealing with functions such as management, cost accounting, patent attorneys, equipment designers, manufacturing plants, vendors and related support groups is addressed.
Prerequisite: ETLS 502 Manufacturing Processes


Introduction to Fourier analysis of noise and signals, analog modulation techniques including amplitude modulation, frequency modulation, and phase modulation, pulse code modulation, behavior of analog communication systems in the presence of noise, information theory, and source coding.

Prerequisite: ENGR 340 or approval from instructor.

This course covers sampling principle, spectral analysis of digital waveforms and noise, pulse and digital transmission systems, digital multiplexing, error probabilities, and system performance.

Prerequisite: ETLS620 Analog Communication Systems

The “Things” that comprise the Internet of Things (IoT) include integrated sensors that measure their environment. This course will study the electronics, physics, and performance characteristics of these sensors. We will study sensors that measure acceleration, relative humidity, temperature, magnetic fields, ambient light, pressure, and gas composition. Autonomous machines, including driverless cars and factory robots, also rely upon sensing. In the second half of this course, we will investigate the characteristics, design, and operation of the critical sensing systems of these devices, including 2D cameras, cameras for depth sensing, LIDAR, and radar. We will apply our understanding of the sensors studied, to applications that include smart homes, autonomous vehicles, and wearables for health monitoring.

This course will introduce students to the concepts and principles of sensor network communications. Applications, architectures, and communication protocols for wireless sensor networks are treated in depth. The course will include a broad coverage of challenges and latest research results related to the design and management of wireless sensor networks. Covered topics include network architectures, node discovery and localization, deployment strategies, node coverage, routing protocols, medium access protocols, and energy efficiency. Students will also learn real world applications of sensor networks such as mobile health care, wearable sensing, and smart homes.

Lean Six Sigma is a seminar course designed for combining Six Sigma Quality and Lean speed.  Guest speakers will be utilized to develop knowledge of the inter-relationship of these two concepts and how to develop plans for product and process improvements in development, production operations as well as in service activities.  Each student will create specific plans for their organizations using these concepts.

The course will develop approaches to analyzing the technological environment and attendant risk exposure and anticipating future changes through lecture, discussion, group assignments, readings, books, and individual projects will reinforce key course concepts. Each student will choose a specific topic for study such as a technology or set of related technologies, an industry or market, or an economic/political region or country and will develop materials that can be applied in anticipating future technological and social change in the topic area. These student topics will form part of class discussions. Students should be prepared to discuss their progress as it relates to topics being developed in class.

Prerequisite: None


Three observations inform this course:  Engineers at every level of an organization can exhibit leadership, amplifying their contribution and effectiveness.  And many engineers who are asked to assume leadership roles do so without the benefit of leadership education or a ‘roadmap’ for their role.  Yet, the core capabilities, competencies, principles, and practices of highly effective leaders are relatively consistent and can be developed. 

This course is designed to develop engineering students’ leadership capabilities by building their own ‘roadmap’ for their leadership, increasing clarity about one’s self as a leader, strengthening their awareness for interpersonal and leadership effectiveness within organizations, and sharpening their capability for managing their leadership development throughout their career and life.  It is designed to address the basic questions of what makes for a highly effective leader: "who am I as a leader?", "how do I exhibit my leadership?", and "how do I develop my leadership?" 

This course is conducted in a seminar format, with emphasis on assimilation and application of conceptual models from multiple readings and of personal assessments through small and large group discussion, exercises and case scenarios, personal feedback, writing assignments and presentations.  

This course challenges the learner to make a fundamental decision to refocus their minds in a leadership way of thinking which is about personal maturity and its impact on the bottom line. The focus is on emotional intelligence, culture, and leadership greatness.

Managers use written, oral and non-verbal communication to accomplish many purposes. This course teaches the student techniques and practice skills for targeting your audience, coaching and supporting employees, interviewing, salesmanship, performance management, personnel selection and employee development, conflict management, running meetings, problem solving and decision making, teamwork, networking and customer and vendor relationships.


This course focuses on key elements which comprise "excellence in design." An overview of the psychology and philosophy of design are presented. Constituent criteria for design excellence are explored in depth. Guest lecturers with experience in industrial design and design psychology will present to and engage with the class. Each student will, through class discussion, reading, tours, presentations, personal research and book reviews, rigorously approach what "design excellence" and the psychology of design means for him/herself. The course is presented in a format designed to stimulate a high level of interaction and discussion.

This course covers both the strategic and tactical aspects of improved profitability by analyzing historical cases and real-world examples of both industrial success and failure. Successful and unsuccessful strategies and tactics are then contrasted to provide useful insights in strategic and tactical performance management. Measurements are examined to demonstrate how measures related to strategies and critical success factors can be used to improve performance. Techniques such as activity-based management, lean operations, re-engineering, function and process analysis, just-in-time, constraint theory, team management, six-sigma, TQM, flexible manufacturing and capacity planning are studied for applications to performance improvement and cost management situations.  Subject or topic matter experts are used as guest lecturers to point out lessons to be learned in the practical implementation of performance improvement initiatives. Class members are expected to prepare a methodology and plan of implementation for at least one performance improvement initiative.
Prerequisite: ETLS 505 Managerial Accounting and Performance Management

This course discusses topics on the fundamentals of continuous and discrete-time signals, sampling, time-frequency analysis, filters, Machine Learning and Neural Network. Applications include speech, audio, image, video and biomedical signal processing, signal compression, and multi-dimensional sensor data analysis.

Prior experience with MATLAB/Python is highly recommended.

This class focuses on the design, development, and implementation of Digital Signal Processing algorithms on real-time hardware systems. Students will develop DSP systems using C programming language on the ARM Cortex M processors. Prior knowledge of DSP is helpful but not required.

Prerequisite: Prior knowledge of programming using a higher level programming (preferred C) language is required. 

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the many environmental and social equity issues and solutions faced by business. They will be given the tools such as, life cycle management, eco-efficiency, and design for environment, etc., to propose solutions related to sustainable development for these issues. Students will learn about environmental controls, regulations, waste management issues, etc. and how they can be addressed. Through required outside reading, they will see both an industrial and environmental perspective of sustainable development. This course will contain technical information and calculations necessary for industry to evaluate energy alternatives, product impacts, design alternatives, and environmental control options as well as financial impact.

Introduction to wearable sensor systems, applications, data analysis and IoT. Through this course, you will learn how to develop wearable platform for various different applications. Applications include, but not limited to, personal health monitoring, fitness, communication and assistive systems. Information collected from the wearable systems can be analyzed and expanded to an Internet of Things (IoT) applications to better implement health and wellness management systems. Through the course, we will also extend wearable applications and IoT technology to discuss smart homes and smart cities. Topics include: wearable sensors and systems, wearables applications, networking and communication, and data analysis via mobile (cloud) computing. 

Design and development of embedded and cyber physical systems (CPS). System Architecture. Design Constraints. Internet of Things (IoT); Sensors; Wireless Communication: Bluetooth, Wi-fi, and ZigBee. Data Analysis techniques; Real-time Operating System (RTOS); Security and design challenges. Software development for embedded systems; Hardware and software design of a complete IoT network; CPS applications; Power considerations. 

Technology is driving changes to operations strategy and management at an ever-increasing pace and leaders that understand how to leverage new technologies with proven operations management principles will be able to successfully deliver new capabilities.  This course will focus on the role that technology plays in operations strategy and what is required to leverage technology to align and accelerate operations strategies, including the potential impact of emerging technologies on future operations.  The course leverages frameworks for assessing operations performance underlying the business and operations strategy, including views of thought leaders, visiting executives, video, case study and spirited class discussion.

This course focuses on some of the safety, health and environment factors that influence manufacturing. Emphasis is placed on developing a practical working knowledge of these issues. Program development and management as well as the roles of regulatory agencies and the judicial system will be examined.

Manufacturing and leadership topics will be presented. (This course may be repeated for credit.)

ETLS Topics Courses


ETLS 700-799: Engineering and Technology Courses

This course provides the student with a set of skills to improve products and processes already in manufacturing as well as to develop products and processes in the development stages. The definition of DOE promoted is “a tool to assist in the process of understanding a system.” There will be discussion of how DOE fits into the overall product lifecycle and where it applies in the area of testing. Tools covered include full and fractional factorials, central composite, Box-Behnken, Taguchi, Evolutionary Operation and the method of steepest ascent. Theoretical statistics understanding is assumed prior the course. A standard, simple process will be presented which allows for improved communication and user confidence in using the tool set. The primary objective is to assist the student with implementing the skills learned during the course. This is an application-orientated course that includes case studies, team projects, student presentations and reports, guest lecturers and use of computational software. A quick statistical overview will be provided in the class as a refresher, but is not intended to cover the subjects in depth to students new to the subject. It is recommended students review all of the topics prior to starting the class.
Prerequisite: ETLS 506 Statistical Methods for Manufacturing Quality

This course teaches fundamentals of anatomy and physiology for nerves, muscle, heart, blood vessels, gastrointestinal system, urinary tract, liver and hormones. A broad range of disease states and medical devices are introduced to help students better relate to the anatomic and physiologic information presented. Class experience also includes guest speakers, one site visit at a local hospital and student presentations about devices and medical conditions.

Note: Credit will not be given for both ETLS 720 and ETLS 730 Cardiovascular Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Devices.

This course teaches the student about submissions for regulatory approval of medical devices.  Topics include: medical device law, custom and research devices, significant and non-significant risk devices, FDA investigational device exemption, 510(k) substantial equivalence determination, pre-market approval, PMA supplements, third party review, combination devices, European economic area CE mark, international harmonization, MDR, device tracking, post market surveillance, annual post approval reporting.  Depending upon the degree of class interest medical device submissions in Canada, Australia, and Japan may be covered.

This class will focus on the quality system requirements, from a regulatory viewpoint, for medical device manufacturers. The majority of the class time will be spent reviewing the FDA Quality System Regulation as well as ISO 13485 in relation to the ISO 9000 Series requirements. There will be general discussion on the U.S. and European submission process, especially in context of changes related to the quality systems that have been implemented. A few classes will focus on FDA inspections, and the ramifications of non-conformance. Classroom methodology will be lectures with substantial student interaction encouraged. Students will be encouraged to share their experiences from their own companies regarding the subjects being discussed. Some portions of several of the classes will be presented by students, sharing what they have learned from small group interaction during class time.

This course will develop the necessary background to understand the material selection process in the design of medical devices. The students will learn about biomaterials and also develop an appreciation for the relationships between a material’s properties, structure, and the implementation to achieve a desired functionality. The class is also suitable for students who do not have an extensive background in organic chemistry, biochemistry, or materials science. The first half of the semester will concentrate on the properties of several classes of materials including metals, polymers, ceramics, and composites. Topics such as material characterization, biocompatibility, processing of biomaterials, and failure of medical devices will be included in the second half. A number of existing medical devices and various real-life issues related to these devices will be explored based on instructor’s experience of working in the industry. The course will be applications oriented, with particular emphasis on orthopedic and cardiovascular applications. This course will use a combination of lectures, guest lectures, tours, student presentations, and self-directed learning.

Prerequisite: ETLS 771

This course teaches clinical study design, research hypotheses, statistical considerations, clinical study planning and execution.  Students are trained to apply this information to include clinical studies that encompass a wide variety of clinical objectives: prototype evaluation, pivotal studies, FDA approval requirements, marketing claims, customer acceptance, reimbursement, etc.  Other topics include data form design, databases, applicable U.S. and  International Regulations and selected topics of interest.

This course gives an introduction to the submission approval process, validation, manufacturing and quality requirements for combination products, drugs and biologics. Course topics will include a historic overview, the process to determine which FDA Center controls the regulatory process, applicable regulations and post-market approval practices for these products. Students will learn how the regulations and practices at CDER and CBER differ from CDRH. They will also learn how the FDA designated controlling center will shape the submission clearance/approval process, manufacturing control and post-market requirements for a combination product.


Students will learn about the various types of clinical evidence, how clinical evidence is obtained and used and the broad requirements for clinical evidence. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of reimbursement, coding, coverage and payment. Students will gain an understanding on how these concepts impact the regulatory process and apply these fundamentals to strategic thinking through real-world case studies and examination of current healthcare issues.

Pre-clinical testing is utilized to evaluate the safety and potential efficacy of promising medical technologies prior to evaluation and use in human beings.  This testing information is required by regulatory agencies around the world.  The studies also provide extremely valuable and cost effective product development opportunities for medical product sponsors.  The tests are defined by guidance documents, international standards and the formal product risk assessment.  Coordination of the multifunctional team that acquires and also utilizes this data can greatly enhance the value of this testing.  This course will review the history and preclinical regulatory requirements of medical devices and description planning and management of associated pre-clinical evaluations.

In addition, the risks involved in medical device development and use are explored.  Risk mitigation activities associated with development of an actual medical device are presented and then experienced through their application for a hypothetical medical device.  Class time is devoted to providing feedback for individual student projects about mitigating the development risks for a student chosen real or hypothetical medical device.

This class will provide a comprehensive understanding of global regulation for medical devices and the relationship between regulatory strategy and product development. It will include detailed discussion of medical device regulation in different geographies such as European Union (EU) nations, Japan, Canada, Australia, Latin America and Asia-pacific region. It will include discussion and case studies of the current global regulatory climate to help students develop practical applications/interpretation and enforcement of these regulations.

A one semester graduate course exploring the key areas of electric vehicle market and technologies. This course will provide an understanding of the present state of electric vehicle market and technologies, perspectives on the dynamics of the market and plenty of ideas on future opportunities. This course will provide a solid foundation for anyone considering future career or business options with EVs and related technologies in this fast-growing field.

Modes of heat transfer: convection, conduction and radiation. Coupling of convective heat transfer with fluid flow. Fundamentals of fluid flow: statics, boundary layers pipe flows, pressure drop and friction factor. Convective heat transfer at external surfaces and internal surfaces. Conduction in solids of various shapes; use of heat- conducting fins to improve performance of heat exchangers. Radiation heat transfer between surfaces.

An introduction to the practical aspects of power systems and the power grid. In one semester, this course will cover essential introductory concepts necessary to understand and use power systems as well as provide the foundation for more advanced power system study. 

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of Power Systems Operations and control. Certain areas like Automatic Generation Control, NERC Control Performance Standards and generation economics will be dealt with in some detail. Economic Dispatch, Unit Commitment and Optimal Power Flow concepts, theory and applications will also be covered. This course is designed for the graduate students in Electrical Engineering and upper level undergraduates. 

Prerequisites: ETLS 744

This one-semester course is designed to enable students to gain a thorough overview of power electronics at the graduate level. This power-electronics course will provide the foundation for more advanced study. The topics that will be covered include semiconductor switches and devices for power applications, converters, inverters, motor drive applications and introduction to power electronics application in power grid and renewable energy generation. 

This course introduces the graduate student (or advanced undergraduate student) to the principles and operation of electric machines common to the power industry. The course includes an introductory review of 3-phase power, magnetics and magnetic materials. These topics are followed by an in-depth study of real transformers (theory, operation, modeling, interconnection and application), synchronous machines, induction machines and power DC machines. The course concludes with an introduction to the power electronics, converters and inverters used in the control of electric machines. 

As energy is one of the most important issues of this century, this course will provide the basic understanding of various Renewable and Classical electric energy generation techniques. It will cover, among others, Thermal, Hydro, Nuclear, Solar and Wind based power generation. It will also cover certain basic aspects of power storage and delivery. This course will help students in evaluation and analysis of various energy systems in the context of Technology, Economics and sustainability.

The distribution portion of the grid is rapidly evolving in order to incorporate distributed energy resources (DERs) in an intelligent (smart), robust, resilient and sustainable manner. In addition, the transition from ICE based transportation to EVs will require significant improvements in the existing distribution system infrastructure. This one-semester course is designed to cover the design and operating principles of legacy distribution systems and lay a foundation for smart distribution systems. 

An introduction to the practical consequences of MEs including propagation, reflection and absorption of E&M waves. Applications include antennas, waveguides, transmission lines, and shielding; aka dynamics.

This course covers the fundamentals of and the application of relays for power system protection. Topics in the course include: Power System Philosophies, Types of Power System Protection, Faults, Symmetrical Components and Neutral Grounding , Fuses,Instrument Transformers,Relays – Types and Operating Principles, Circuit Breakers as well as Transmission Line Protection, Busbar Protection, Transformer Protection, Circuit Breaker Protection,  Shunt Capacitor Protection, Shunt Reactor Protection, Generator Protection, Motor Protection, System Protection.

Prerequisite: ETLS 744 Power Systems and Smart Grids

An introduction to the key elements of control systems employed in manufacturing with examples from both batch and continuous-process applications.  First, the fundamental theory of operation for closed loop (binary and analog) control systems is developed.  Students will explore using PLCs to implement modern systems and become familiar with a PLC programming language.  Second, the theory of operation and performance limits of sensors and actuators used in the industrial environment is explored.  Some sensors to be considered measure position, speed, temperature, flow rate, level, and force.  Some actuators to be considered include pumps, hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders, heaters, valves, stepping motors, and AC and DC motors.  Future trends in control systems targeted for the manufacturing plant will be presented.  Students will demonstrate their ability to automate a manufacturing cell and quantify the cost impact of the project on the manufacturing example chosen in a term paper.
Prerequisite: Instructor's permission for MS and Certificate

This course introduces the student to theory and application of engineering materials.  While particular emphasis is placed on traditional structural materials, emerging materials technology is also discussed.  Topics explore the physical and mechanical properties of metals, polymers, ceramics, and composite materials.  Useful applications and limitations of those materials are presented, and means of modifying their properties are discussed at length.  Guest speakers and industrial tours supplement traditional learning by exposing the student to practical materials application, processing and evaluation.

The field of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) refers to the design and manufacture of micron-scale devices which can ultimately be used to create both sensors and actuators that promise to be very small, very lightweight, very inexpensive, and very precise.  By leveraging the mature state of semiconductor fabrication techniques within the integrated circuit industry, MEMS devices are beginning to emerge in the automotive, medical, aerospace, telecommunication, and biotechnology industries.  This course will investigate the entire process of developing a micro-sensor idea into a product.  Along the way, topics of discussion will include picking an appropriate application of the MEMS technology, designing a MEMS device, MEMS fabrication and packaging techniques, the challenging aspects of characterizing MEMS devices, and the unique physical environment that exists at the micron scale.  Other discussions will address the existing MEMS market, the future of MEMS and the difficulties associated with establishing a successful MEMS business.  The course will be taught through real world examples of existing MEMS implementations, drawing on both the successes and failures of past efforts to paint a realistic view of this exciting yet challenging new technology.
Prerequisite: ETLS 771 Materials Engineering

This course provides an introduction to mechatronic systems (i.e., intelligent electromechanical systems)  that is useful to individuals managing the design or manufacture of such devices or as the foundation for further study in mechatronic design.

This course focuses on describing: what polymers are; how they are manufactured; why they behave the way they do; and how they are fabricated into structural objects-parts, fibers, films; how they can be compounded into alloys, reinforced composite structures, flexible toughened structures; how they are increasingly being used in functionally active roles-photopolymers as imaging elements in the printing and electronics industries, polymer membranes in separation processes, polymer fiber optics, photonic elements and optical discs.  The presentation method is highly descriptive with frequent reference to commercial examples and attempts to avoid, to the degree compatible with qualitative understanding, detailed excursions into underlying chemistry and rigorous mathematical physics.
Prerequisite: ETLS 771 Materials Engineering

Provides a comprehensive overview of ceramic materials and processing with special emphasis on newer so-called advanced ceramics.  Examples include aerospace materials, bio-ceramics, engine components, optical fibers, multilayer electronic substrates, and oxide superconductors.  The goal is to familiarize students with the broad array of ceramic materials, their uses, advantages, and disadvantages.  Important design and manufacturing issues will be discussed.  Specific topics will include glass processing and properties, ceramic powder processing, advanced processing, composites, mechanical properties, electrical ceramics, traditional and advanced applications, and related background materials such as crystal structures and phase diagrams.

Prerequisite: ETLS 771 Materials Engineering

This course teaches techniques which are needed to apply the finite element method to a wide array of engineering problems. The course will utilize the ANSYS FEA software for addressing problems in structural and thermal mechanics. The sole course assignment will be a major design project which will be based on real-world engineering application. The outcome of the design project will be a report of publishable quality.

An introductory graduate course covering various computer based tools such as EXCEL, VISIO, VBA, and ARENA to understand and improve business operating systems; manufacturing, service or a combination. Major emphasis will be on using these tools to document and analyze process design and/or improvement problems from students’ work environments.
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of statistics and Excel

This zero credit course is intended for students needing to register for an internship.

This course covers current software and methodologies used to model and simulate manufacturing processes, logistics and industrial systems. After studying a leading simulation tool in detail, a term project requires each student to evaluate the potential role of computer simulation in his/her work environment.
Prerequisite: ETLS 501 Manufacturing Systems  and ETLS 778 Process Design & Improvement - Computer Based Tools

Many engineering systems are inherently dynamic in nature. Characterizing and designing such systems requires mathematical modeling, simulation, and visualization using modern software such as MATLAB(TM), SIMULINK(TM), and SolidWorks(TM), possibly with add-on modules. Lectures focus on the detailed applied mathematical modeling of a variety of systems from different energy domains with a bias towards mechanical systems such as mechanical translational, mechanical rotational, hydraulic, thermal, among others. The basics of “bond graph theory,” a unifying theory based on a chemical bonding analogy, is discussed as well. The integrated laboratory has 3 components to it: (1) software training (as necessary) in MATLAB(TM), SIMULINK(TM), and SolidWorks(TM), including “add-ons,” and “toolboxes” as needed, (2) developing dynamic models using MATLABTM and SIMULINKTM, (3) creating CAD models of systems, and (4) integrating the dynamics models with the visualization to create computer animations of the resulting motions of the mechanical systems. Students also work on a team-based dynamic simulation and visualization of mechanical systems project. This course currently serves as one of several “Mechanical Systems and Control” concentration courses for the newer MSME program.

Manufacturing and leadership topics will be presented. (This course may be repeated for credit.)


ETLS 800-899: Specialized, Advanced and Final Courses

The ETLS 808 Capstone Course has been replaced by ETLS 858.  

This class is a continuation of ENGR 410 - Control Systems and Automation. Topics include State Space Modeling, optimal controllers, Linear Quadratic Gaussian control and Kalman filters.

This course is designed to offer students a framework from which to approach the following observations:
Technology mediates human connections,
Any new technology inherently carries leadership challenges and change dynamics,
Understanding and using specific analytical frames will offer ways to make sense out of the often contradictory nature of techno-effects. The purpose of this course is to provide each student both a "hand-on" feel for the mediating effects of technology, and a clear set of analytical frames from which they can make sense of their own technological challenges, both personal and institutional.

The rewards of technology transfer can be great, yet few have a comprehensive understanding of the subject. This course provides a broad understanding of the process of technology transfer including strategic fit, identification and selection of technology, licensing, structuring the transfer, and practical problems of implementation. The course is conducted in a seminar format, with experienced technology transfer guest speakers and hands-on use of the Internet and other resources for locating technology sources. Students will survey their companies, write a proposal for technology transfer, and develop a personal technology transfer network.

This course number has been changed to ETLS 640.

This course examines the requirements and needs of companies and other organizations for operating information and, in particular, the capabilities of automated systems to manage, analyze and deliver this information. A review will be made of information system vendors that provide an integrated approach to information management including software features and equipment requirements. Systems that provide these features are typically referred to as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) or Enterprise Resource Management (ERM) systems. The process and techniques of assessing, designing, evaluating, selecting and implementing enterprise information systems in order to develop and establish a repeatable organization methodology for this process is actively studied and applied.

The importance of process flow documentation and change management are studied in relation to successful enterprise information system implementation. Preparing requests for vendor proposals and analyzing vendor responses to choose a supplier are also studied. Topics include sales quotation and order processing, purchasing, manufacturing resource planning, shop floor control, inventory control, capacity planning, job shop and repetitive manufacturing, quality control, master scheduling, financial accounting and cost control, human resource management, logistics, engineering operations and E-commerce as they relate to automated information systems.

Prerequisites: ETLS 505 Managerial Accounting and Performance Management and ETLS 601 Program/Project/Team Management


An introduction to intellectual property concepts, focusing on patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets, and emphasizing their role in strategic management.

The primary goal of this course is to assist the student in becoming an effective leader who makes innovation happen.  Students will develop the ability to understand the innovation process and gain skills at leading an innovation project. The course objectives are to increase the students’ ability to 1) think broadly like an executive 2) build allies and supporters 3) communicate with people from a broad range of backgrounds 4) become a better communicator and advocate for getting acceptance of new technology in their company and 5) demonstrate courage and passion in a business setting.  
     The course will be conducted in a seminar format using readings, role-playing, presentations, video recording and individual and team practice.  Everyone will be expected to be prepared and actively participate in each class session


The Engineering Capstone course provides graduating Masters students with a long-term perspective on the rapidly-changing face of global industry and technology, and familiarizes class members with important concepts pertaining to developing company strategy and attaining company objectives.  The course emphasizes personally understanding issues of leadership and ethics in a global environment, and the impact of technical considerations in the context of a global society. Students will integrate concepts and ideas from their previous coursework and experiences into a cohesive body of knowledge, building on an awareness of 21st Century issues. An intended deliverable is that each student will personalize "the right questions to ask" for lifelong learning. In so doing, they will continue to optimize their effectiveness in the challenging global economy of today and tomorrow. 

Prerequisite: To register, students must be within six credits of completing their degree (excepting the Capstone) and have no grades of Incomplete.

Individual study of a research project appropriate to the student’s program and mutually agreed upon by the faculty advisor, the student, and program director. 

Prerequisite: Faculty advisor and Program Director approval.

Individual study, preparation of a report, and successful defense of an engineering project mutually agreed upon by the faculty advisor, the student, and program director. Students are required to complete two consecutive semesters.

Prerequisite: Faculty advisor and Program Director approval.

Individual study, preparation of a report, and successful defense of an engineering project mutually agreed upon by the student and the program director. 

Prerequisite: ETLS 881