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New: Spring 2017 courses

All courses and descriptions can be found on SIS.

Spring 2017 New Course Offerings

ME 0149-01/ME 0293-02 – Forces at the Nanoscale
Tuesday & Thursday 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Professor Igor Sokolov

This course is the basis for Nanotechnology, Nanomechanics of Soft Materials, Surface Science/Engineering, Self-assembly and so on. It will be devoted to the study of interaction between basic parts: atoms, molecules, nano- and micro particles, the interactions that occur between surfaces/particles at the nanoscale. A particular attention will be focused on modern achievements in studying such forces with the help of the force apparatus and atomic force microscopy.

The course will consist of three major parts:
1. Intro into the forces (lectures + homework)
2. Preparation and presentation of topics related to the intermolecular
forces and ideally linked to your research interests (by students or groups
of students)
3. Measurement of forces at the nanoscale (lectures + homework).

Restricted to graduate students and senior undergraduate students from Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, etc.

ME 0149-02 – Low Reynolds Number Hydrodynamics
Tuesday & Thursday 12:00-1:15 p.m.
Visiting Professor Ehud Yariv

Please contact Prof. Yariv (ehud.yariv@tufts.edu) via email for more information on this new course.

ME 0149-03 – Microfabrication in Practice
Wednesday 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Lecturer James Vlahakis

A hands-on laboratory course that will utilize the capabilities of the Tufts Micro/Nano Fabrication Lab to teach students fundamental microfabrication processes including contact lithography, physical vapor deposition, plasma etching, wet etching, polymer deposition and more as time allows. Readings will supplement laboratory work and illuminate the fundamental physics driving each process. Class will begin with a brief lecture and the remainder of the period will be spent in the lab.

ME 0149-04 – Product Design & Entrepreneurship
Monday & Wednesday 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Professor James Intriligator & Lecturer Josh Wiesman

True innovation and success emerges when well rounded interdisciplinary (or multidisciplinary) teams come together and work on a project in an iterative and purposeful way. This new course – co-led by professors from TGI and MechEng – will apply this multidisciplinary approach to Product Design and Entrepreneurship. Using design-thinking combined with consumer psychology and entrepreneurship, students will get to push product concepts from the stage of solid-prototype out to (near) finished, market-ready products. Another name for this course might be: “launch your prototype” or “launch your capstone.” The instructors have noticed that many classes require students to design products (or services) and to craft a prototype as a final deliverable. In this class you will work with a multidisciplinary team to keep the product or concept alive and drive it forward. Your team will fill in the blanks, to complete the picture, and to enrich the overall market proposition. For example: if you had designed an awesome widget in a previous class, here you would go back to the widget and dig deeper into understanding the consumer needs, the market value and position and what led to the widget design. You would discuss the specific materials selection for the widget. How would it be manufactured? Where would it be manufactured? How would it be sold? How will it be distributed? To whom? At what price? Under what brand? With what marketing campaigns? In partnership with what other organizations? The journey from widget-prototype to “William’s Awesome Worldwide Widget” will be an adventure of design, discovery, and delight. Come along and join the ride.

Note for Graduate Students: This course will count as the Core B requirement for the Design Core.

ME 0149-05 – Nonlinear System Dynamics
Tuesday & Thursday 3:00-4:15 p.m.
Visiting Professor Sauro Liberatore

This course will introduce students to intermediate techniques for describing systems for which the traditional solution approaches would produce essentially non-solutions (or wrong solutions). Students will learn to analyze bifurcation and stability as well as learning to analyze systems that could potentially evolve to chaos. Practical applications will be explored in the area of mechanical engineering such as snap-through structure and rotor-blade interactions in rotating systems (turbine for power generation). The analysis of fractals as non-linear systems will be also introduced and explored with a practical project to produce (fascinating) fractals.

ME 0149-06/ENP 0149-02/OTS 0194-01 – Innovations in Assistive Technology
Monday 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Lecturer Jennifer Buxton, Professor Gary Leisk & Professor Dan Hannon

The course will introduce the concept of iterative design in the context of working with people with disabilities (PwD). Based on the field of rehabilitation engineering, this course will look at the use of engineering science and principles to develop technological solutions and devices to assist people with disabilities participate in daily activities, including leisure, work, and school tasks. This is a project based course with the primary project being the creation of an assistive device for a PwD or a disability user group.

Please contact Prof. Hannon (dan.hannon@tufts.edu) or Leisk (gary.leisk@tufts.edu) via email for more information on this new course.

ME 0149-07/ES 0073-01 – The Science and Engineering of Music
Monday & Wednesday 6:00-7:15 p.m.
Lecturer Kelsey Hochgraf

This will be an interdisciplinary, project-based course investigating the physical basis and understanding of musical sounds, their creation, propagation, characterization, and perception. Students can take the course for credit in Music, Physics, or Mechanical Engineering, depending on their background and interests. The course will feature multiple labs and a midterm/final project in which interdisciplinary groups of students work together to model and build instruments of their own creation, and "auralize" their instruments in a simulated room of their own design. Students from different disciplines will research and study topics related to that discipline, and make connections with related topics from the other disciplines through biweekly group discussions. Not all students will learn the same thing; the learning objectives will be different for each discipline.

Please contact Kelsey Hochgraf (khochgraf@acentech.com) for more information.

ME 0171-01 – Engineering Education Design
Monday & Wednesday 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Professor Kristen Wendell

Learning engineering is a complex endeavor that involves integrating knowledge, skills, and attitudes and transferring what happens in a classroom to a more complicated problem space. Learning how to teach engineering is a similarly complex undertaking. Fortunately, emerging research and theory in engineering education and related fields offer perspectives and guidance on how to approach both the learning and the teaching of engineering. In this course we will unpack engineering as a complex learning domain and explore research-based approaches to the design of engineering learning experiences. You will observe learning and teaching dynamics in an existing engineering course and apply course materials to reflect on what you see. You’ll then synthesize your reflections with theory and research to plan, practice, and partially implement a carefully designed engineering learning experience (or research project) of your own. The course is designed for seniors and graduate students from all School of Engineering departments, and for graduate students in the STEM Education and MAT Engineering programs in the Education department. The focus is on the learning and teaching of engineering at the postsecondary level, but K-12 engineering educators are welcome.