ETLS Topics Courses

Topics courses are the newest ETLS courses that are available for graduate students. 

 


FALL 2017 TOPICS COURSES:


New for Fall 2017!

New Product Design and Business Development I
ETLS 699-01, CRN 41887
Class meets Tuesday nights from 5:30 to 8:30 PM

Instructors: Debasish Mallick and Paul Pilosi

New Product Design and Business Development is a graduate level course offered jointly by the Opus College of Business and School of Engineering. Teams of students from engineering and business school work together to develop a working prototype product and business plan for a product development project. Each project addresses market feasibility (what is the need and do customers want the product), technical feasibility (engineering design, prototyping, and manufacture), and financial feasibility (how much money will the company make).

The overall objectives of the course are (1) to train product development professionals and (2) to prepare students for leadership in managing technology, innovation, and design. In Part I, during the fall semester, students will explore the early stages of product ideation and development in high-growth technical areas such as healthcare, consumer products, big-data / internet of things, and sustainable energy. The deliverables for part I will include (1) a product concept and (2) a feasibility report. The course meets with OPMT 714-201. Students are not required to register for the Part II of this course.

Prerequisites: None.


New for Fall 2017!

Frugal Innovation for the Developing World
ETLS 699-03, CRN 41968
Class meets on Saturdays from 8:00 AM to noon

This unique and groundbreaking course focuses on “Frugal Innovation." Frugal innovation addresses the need for products and services in the emerging developing world. The course provides a way for faculty and students to apply their intellectual talents to work on meaningful projects that not only serve the world, but also contributes to the success of the developing world’s economy and fosters social benefits between the students.

The course is structured to include a collaboration with Egerton University in Nakuru; Kenya, with weekly satellite class sessions and weekly class discussion forums. This course is differentiated from other courses by the extent of the experiential learning and its highly cross-functional collaboration nature between the two universities in the developed and developing worlds.

For more information, please contact: 
Dr. Terry Danielson
dani5057@stthomas.edu


New for Fall 2017!

Power Systems Protection and Relay
ETLS 699-04, CRN 42142
Class meets on Wednesdays from 5:45 to 8:45 PM

Instructor: Mallur Satyanarayan

This course will cover the following topics to the extent needed for learning the fundamentals of Power System Protection :
• Power System Basics - Components and Configurations
• What is Power System Protection and why do we need it ?
• Philosophies and Types of Power System Protection
• Faults, Symmetrical Components and Neutral Grounding
• Fuses
• Instrument Transformers
• Relays – Types and Operating Principles
• Circuit Breakers
• Transmission Line Protection
• Busbar Protection
• Transformer Protection
• Circuit Breaker Protection
• Shunt Capacitor Protection
• Shunt Reactor Protection
• Generator Protection
• Motor Protection
• System Protection

This Fall 2017 course will be graded pass/fail. It will focus mainly on theory (with some lab included). The pre-requisites for this course are familiarity with Three Phase A.C. Power Systems (symmetrical and asymmetrical), Electrical Machines, Per Unit Representation of Three Phase Power Systems, Fault Calculations and Harmonics.


New for Fall 2017!

Materials Characterization
ETLS 699-05, CRN 42764
Class meets Tuesday nights from 5:45 to 8:45 PM

This course explores the experimental ways we quantitatively test materials to characterize them through a combination of theory, hands-on labs, and demonstrations. The course will first explore how to characterize the structure of materials. The course will also focus on how to quantitatively measure and characterize a material’s properties. Finally, how to experimentally determine the critical temperatures of phase transformations will be explored.

Pre-requisites: ENGR 361 or ETLS 771. Co-enrollment in ENGR 361 may be suitable with instructor permission.

For more information: Please contact the instructor, Dr. Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman at bbnelsonchee@stthomas.edu


New for Fall 2017!

Systems Safety Engineering
ETLS 699-06, CRN 42765
Class meets Monday nights from 5:45 to 8:45 PM

Instructors: Elizabeth Becker, David Rooks, Paul Wisnewski

Safety is defined as the freedom from conditions that can cause death, injury, occupational illness, damage to or loss of equipment or property, or damage to the environment. This 14-week course provides the basic principles of system safety engineering that are inserted into an engineering design to achieve the safest possible product. This includes the consideration of risk early in the design process.

This course is applicable to personnel within the engineering field, regardless of the level of experience, from entry-level to senior technical personnel. The course will provide students the knowledge needed to incorporate proper system safety principles and analysis throughout the life-cycle phases of a product. The course will introduce the tools and techniques used to assess and influence a given design to enhance the overall safety and also the cost-effectiveness of the end product. It will also be demonstrated that these principles and techniques apply across the board, from a brand new design to modifications of an existing design, regardless if it is a large and complex system or a small and simple item. The course also includes practical application exercises in and out of the classroom.

Download information on course topics, student outcomes, and instructor biographies (PDF file).

For more information: Please contact Bob Bach, Clinical Professor at rjbach@stthomas.edu


SPRING 2017 TOPICS COURSES:


New for Spring 2017!

New Product Development
ETLS 699-02, CRN 21846
Class meets Tuesday nights from 5:45 to 8:45 PM

New Product Design and Business Development is a 2-semester, graduate level course offered jointly by the Opus College of Business and School of Engineering. Teams of engineering and business students work together for over nine months to develop a working prototype and business plan for a new product development project. Students learn to identify business opportunities, define market needs, generate product concepts, conduct market, technical and financial feasibility tests, create engineering design, build working prototype, and develop manufacturing, marketing and financial plans. 

The course provides a unique opportunity to the students for developing a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities created by new product design and business development projects, and for sharpening their engineering and business skills under close supervision of a team of faculty advisors and business mentors. 

In Part II, during the Spring semester, students will carry out the detail design of the product ideas from part I and develop a commercialization plan for this product. The deliverable for the part II will include (3) a working prototype and (4) a comprehensive business plan. The course meets with ETLS 699-02/OPMT 714-202.

For more information: Please contact the instructor, Brian Bischoff at bisc2524@stthomas.edu


New for Spring 2017!

Advanced Mechanics of Materials
ETLS 669-03, CRN 21864
Class meets Monday nights from 5:45 to 8:45 PM

This course will introduce anisotropic elasticity and develop models for the effective properties of composite materials. Analytic and computational predictive mechanics models of continuous fiber composites and particle reinforced composites will be covered.

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering can use this course to fulfill their Materials & Mechanics requirement, or an elective requirement. Students in other majors are encouraged to work with their advisors to determine how this course could fit into their degree plans. 

For more information: Please contact the instructor, Dr. Sarah Baxter at scbaxter@stthomas.edu


New for Spring 2017!

Aviation Technology and Flight Systems
ETLS 699-04, CRN 22424
Class meets Wednesdays from 5:45 to 8:45 PM

Instructors: Jay Schrankler, Chris Cooper, Daniel Early, Benjamin Aleksander

The Aviation Technology and Flight Systems course was developed to introduce students to the technology and systems employed in the field of manned and unmanned aviation.  Demand for new pilots of manned aircraft is growing at an unprecedented rate.  At the same time, the emerging fields of UAV's (unmanned aerial vehicles) and UAS's (unmanned aerial systems) is booming and creating new opportunities each year. Alongside technologies and systems, emerging entrepreneurial opportunities and key aspects of Aviation Business Operations will be highlighted. 

This course will help prepare students to enter the field of aviation both by providing a comprehensive overview in this exciting and growing field, and by readying students to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) "ground school" exam that is a prerequisite to receiving a pilot's license.


New for Spring 2017!

Practical Product Reliability
ETLS 699-05, CRN 22439
Class meets Wednesdays from 5:45 to 8:45 PM

This course provides the student with a broad overview of the practical implementation, implications and interactions of Reliability Engineering in today’s Complex Systems. Subjects include Basic Reliability Statistics, Reliability in Design, Reliability Modeling & Prediction, and Reliability Testing. Application of Reliability Engineering principles during development activities is critical to products and industries such as (but not limited to) aviation, automotive, medical device, chemical and food processing equipment, consumer power tools.

For more information: Please contact the instructor, David Malenke at male0034@stthomas.edu


Spring 2017:

Frugal Innovation in the Developing World
ETLS 669-06, CRN 22499
Class meets on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. 

This unique and groundbreaking course focuses on “Frugal Innovation." Frugal innovation addresses the need for products and services in the emerging developing world. The course provides a way for faculty and students to apply their intellectual talents to work on meaningful projects that not only serve the world, but also contributes to the success of the developing world’s economy and fosters social benefits between the students.

The course is structured to include a collaboration with Egerton University in Nakuru; Kenya, with weekly satellite class sessions and weekly class discussion forums. This course is differentiated from other courses by the extent of the experiential learning and its highly cross-functional collaboration nature between the two universities in the developed and developing world.

For more information, please contact: 
Dr. Terry Danielson
dani5057@stthomas.edu


New for Spring 2017!

Introduction to Propulsion
ETLS 699-07, CRN 22627
Class meets on Mondays from 5:45 to 8:45 PM.

This course will cover essential elements of propulsion systems including gas mixtures, combustion, compressible flow, supersonic nozzles, normal and oblique shock waves, inlets, fans, compressors, combustion chambers, turbines, and exhaust nozzles. Cycle analysis and performance of common propulsion systems including ramjets, turbojets, turbofans and turboprop engines. Chemical and electric rocket propulsion, rocket staging, and orbital mechanics.

For more information: Please contact Dr. David Forliti at dforliti@stthomas.edu