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ME261: Energy Storage (Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2012, Fall 2013)
  • This course is intended to provide broad background on the energy storage with strong emphasis on electrochemical devices such as batteries, super capacitors and fuel cells. The course will begin with an overview of various kinds of energy storage systems currently available and/or being pursed through research activities. It will include an introduction to main electrochemical energy systems and their operating principles. In order to facilitate the understanding on the principles, introductory thermodynamics and electrochemistry will be addressed briefly. Usual experimental methods for the characterization/analysis of their performances will be introduced as well. Finally, their technical issues and economic feasibility of each system will be discussed. At the end of the semester, students are expected to have a broad technological overview on various kinds of energy storage/conversion systems.
ME202: Transport Phenomena (Fall 2016)
  • This is course is intended to advance the understanding of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and mass transfer for new graduate students. Emphasis is placed on analytical and numerical solution of fundamental problems in order to build a strong foundation for more advanced courses.
ME285/BEST285/CHEM285/PHYS285: Seminar: Nanomaterials for Space Exploration (Fall 2016)
  • This is a graduate-level seminar course mainly designed for students in engineering, physics and chemistry. This new course is intended to (1) expose students to various nanomaterial-based devices, (2) foster students' critical thinking in postulating feasible approaches and (3) develop students' communication and presentation skills. The course will consist of presentations by faculty and invited speakers as well as students. Students will be expected to participate actively and regularly in all sessions. Presentation topics will include: synthesis and functionalization of nano-building blocks, and integration of nano-materials into energy, sensing and other state-of-art technologies to deal with the current issues for space missions. Weekly seminar presentations will be provided by both internal and external speakers in the relevant domains including NASA personnel. After the first 10 weeks, students will form groups by choosing a specific topic of their own interest within the scope of "nanomaterial-based energy devices and sensors in space missions". Toward the end of the course, each group will give two presentations: one that summarizes of the current state-of-the art of the field, and the other that proposes new approaches to tackle an issue of interest.
ENGR135: Heat Transfer (Spring 2016)
  • This course is intended to provide students the basic principles and applications of heat transfer to engineering problems. The majority of the lectures will deal with the three modes in which heat is transferred, conduction, convection and radiation. After successful completion of this class, the students will be able to: 1) Understand the fundamentals of heat transfer processes occurring in natural and engineered systems and convey that understanding in course homework and exams. 2) Apply analytic procedures, numerical tools and problem solving abilities to heat transfer problems such as those assigned in course homework and exams. 3) Understand and perform experimental measurement techniques for heat transfer measurements as illustrated by written laboratory reports describing methods and results.
ENGR130: Thermodynamics (Fall 2014, Spring 2013)
  • Fundamentals of equilibrium, temperature, energy, and entropy. Equations of state and thermodynamic properties, with engineering applications. The student should gain a thorough understanding of theoretical concepts related to conservation of mass and energy, control mass,control volume, and entropy, and how thermodynamics forms a basis of knowledge for all engineering majors. The student should also be completely familiar with pure substance property deternination and with the analysis of applications involving vapor and air power cycles as well as ideal gas and psychrometics.

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