Course List

The School currently offers the following courses.   Additional topics are also offered upon demand.   If you have quesions regarding course offering in a particular semester,  please contact the Graduate Program Assistant at msedept@sfu.ca.

COURSE NUMBER

COURSE TITLE

DESCRIPTION

MSE 711

Introduction to  MEMS

Overview of biomechanical engineering. Mechanical theory, impact analysis, and optimization methods with specific application to the study of human movement and injury. Medical device design, assessment, patenting, and government regulation (FDA/Health Canada). Students are required to complete a project.

MSE 720

Introduction to Biomechanical  Engineering

Overview of biomechanical engineering. Mechanical theory, impact analysis, and optimization methods with specific application to the study of human movement and injury. Medical device design, assessment, patenting, and government regulation (FDA/Health Canada). Students are required to complete a project.

MSE 721

Advanced Vibrations

Free vibration; Harmonic excitation; Base excitation; Rotating unbalance: Impulse response: Response to an arbitrary input; Response to an arbitrary periodic input; Transform method; Multiple degree of freedom model; Lagrange's equations; Vibrations of string or cable; Vibration of rods and bars; Torsional vibration; Bending vibration of beams; Finite element method; and Nonlinear vibration.

MSE 722

Fuel Cell Systems

Scientific and engineering principles of fuel cell systems, including fundamental electrochemistry, applied thermodynamics, and transport phenomena. Types of fuel cells: low temperature and high temperature fuel cell systems and applications. Students are required to complete a project.

MSE 725

Nano Manufacturing

Overview of nano manufacturing methods for the next-generation micro/nano-patterning. Nano lithography and other nano fabrication techniques, including: nano fabrication by photons, nano fabrication by charged beams, nano fabrication by scanning probes, nano fabrication by replication and imprint, picoliter printing, nanoscale pattern transfer, indirect nano fabrication, nano fabrication by self-assembly, directed assembly of nano structures, and polymeric nano manufacturing. Students are required to complete a project.

MSE 726

Introduction to Design Optimization

Theories, methods, and applications of optimization in support of engineering design. Topics include classic optimization methods, metaheuristics and evolutionary algorithms, Design of Experiments, and metamodel-based design optimization approaches. Students are required to complete a project.

MSE 727

Finite Element Analysis

Overview of the finite element method (FEM) and its use in industry; finite element procedures with applications to the solution of general problems in 2-D and 3-D solid, structural, fluid mechanics, and heat and mass transfer: continuum mechanics equations: Galerkin and other residual methods: potential energy method: practice with FEA software tools with guidelines for real-world application. Students are required to complete a project.   Students who have taken ENSC 888 may not take this course for further credit.

MSE 750

Real Time & Embedded Control

Implementation and design techniques for embedded systems with a focus on control applications: design methodologies, fundamental programming skills, hardware components, interfacing, real-time operating systems, and implementation issues. Students are required to complete a project related to a mechatronic application.

MSE 780

Manufacturing Systems

Overview of manufacturing systems: industrial robotics, numerical control and metal cutting, manufacturing system components and definitions, material handling systems, production lines, assembly systems, robotic cell design, cellular manufacturing, flexible manufacturing systems, quality control, and manufacturing support systems. Students are required to complete a project.

MSE 782

Introduction to State Space Control

Overview of state space methods used for design and analysis of feedback control systems: system modeling concepts, state-space modeling, controllability and observability, stability concepts, state feedback control design, observers, and observer-based compensators, and introduction to optimal control. Prerequisite:    Recommended: MSE 381 or equivalent.

MSE 801

Research & Pub Methods

This course is designed to improve the ability of graduate students to successfully complete graduate-level research by equipping them with knowledge and strategies related to technical writing and research methods. Topics relate to the publication process, including qualitative and quantitative research, technical writing, and presentations. Assessments consist primarily of writing and presentation assignments that simulate the research and writing cycle in an academic engineering context.   Students who have taken ENSC 803 may not take this course for further credit.

MSE 811

Microdevice Engineering and Characterization

Analytical methods used in design of microdevices. Exact and approximate methods for analysis of static, dynamic, and thermal behaviour of microdevices. Techniques for electro-mechanical conversions and development of reduced order models. Principles for computer simulation of microdevices. Common material and device characterization techniques, including atomic force microscopy, thin film stress/thickness measurement, and scanning electron microscopy. Prerequisite:    Recommended: MSE 311, MSE 711 or equivalent.

MSE 821

Advanced  Conduction Heat Transfer 

Advanced course on conduction heat and mass transfer. Fundamental elements of heat conduction. Laplace's equation and its applications. Analysis and modelling of engineering systems involving conduction heat transfer. Experimental methods related to conductive heat transfer. Introduction to cooling systems commonly used in microelectronics industry. Prerequisite:    Recommended: MSE 223 and MSE 321 or their equivalents.

MSE 822

Advanced Convection Heat Transfer

Advanced course on convection heat and mass transfer. Fundamental elements of fluid flow and heat transfer usingconservation principles. Analysis and modelling of engineering systems involving convective heat transfer. Experimental methods related to convective heat transfer. Heat/mass transfer and cooling/heating systems commonly used in energy management systems such as microelectronics industry, HVAC systems, fuel cell technologies, and automotive industry. Prerequisite:    Recommended: MSE 223 and MSE 321 or their equivalents.

MSE 870

MEng Course Option Portfolio

Students in the course option of the MEng program develop a portfolio of their MEng graduate work. This includes a brief report submitted to the Graduate Program Committee that describes the work undertaken in each course and how the overall set of courses contributes to their areas of expertise and future careers. Prerequisite:    Students may only register for the ENSC 870-0 during their final term.

MSE 881

Analysis and Control of Nonlinear Systems

Analysis and design techniques for nonlinear systems with a focus on control applications. Dynamical

systems and modelling equations. Describing functions. Lyapunov stability theory. Sliding mode control.

Linearizing state feedback control. Applications of nonlinear control. Introduction to adaptive control. Prerequisite:    Recommended: MSE 381 and MSE 782 or their equivalents.

MSE 884

Advanced Dynamics

Mechanical systems, generalized coordinates and configuration space, holonomic and nonholonomic constraints, virtual work, d'Alembert's principle and generalized forces, energy and momentum, Lagrange's equations, natural modes, principle coordinates and orthogonality, dissipation, impulsive motion, gyroscopic systems, velocity dependent potentials, Hamilton's principle and Hamilton's equations, phase space, introduction to special relativity. Prerequisite:    MSE 280 (or ENSC 380) and MSE 380 (or ENSC 381) or equivalent courses.

MSE 891

Directed Studies I

 

MSE 892

Directed Studies II

 

MSE 893

Special Topics I

 

MSE 894

Special Topics II

 

MSE 895

Special Topics III

 

MSE 898

MASc Thesis

 

MSE 899

PhD Thesis