University of Pittsburg

IE 1051 : Engineering Product Design (3 Cr.):
Through lectures and lab sessions, students will learn and experience aspects of engineering product design and development.  Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools will be used to guide the design process.  Students will work together in teams to complete a final design project.  Students will not only learn to be technically competent in design systems and components, but design process practices that lead to more innovative outcomes. 

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ENGR 1066 : Introduction to Solar Cells and Nanotechnology

The National Academy of Engineering has identified "making solar energy economical" as a grand challenge of the 21st century. This course aims to prepare undergraduate students in the development of low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells. Students will 1. Apply nanomanufacturing and nanomaterial concepts to photovoltaic application, 2. Learn how to use instruments for synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials and photovoltaic devices, 3. Examine the social implication of nanotechnology and photovoltaics, and 4. Practice problem solving and engineering design skills within a collaborative team. We will cover solar cell fundamentals, low cost solar cells, and high efficiency photovoltaic systems. Prerequisite: Phys 0175, Basic Physics for Science and Engineering II. The course will be offered as part of the new NanoScience and Engineering Certificate being offered by the School of Engineering.
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IE 2011 : Fundamentals of Micro and Nano Manufacturing
(3 Cr.):
The purpose of this course is to provide students that have a background in advanced manufacturing technologies with an opportunity to learn about fundamentals of micro and nano machining processes. The course represents a good balance between theoretical problems and practical considerations related to the advanced manufacturing processes.  Students will learn about different semiconductor devices, scaling laws, and fabrication technology.
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IE 2098 : Finite Element Analysis in Product Design
(3 Cr.):
This course investigates the use of virtual design and analysis tools in the product development process. Students will gain an understanding of how numerical discretization through both finite elements and finite differences may be used to solve partial differential equations.  A brief overview of the product development process will be given, with particular emphasis on the role of virtual prototyping techniques.  Fundamental concepts of material models, stiffness matrices, loading and boundary conditions, and the generation of results will be covered.  Students will develop some simple one-dimensional codes as well as use commercial software packages to analyze potential consumer products in an effort to rapidly develop specific design solutions. 


IE 3071 : Atomistic Simulations of Nanomaterials
(3 Cr.): 
Through lectures and case studies, the students will learn to develop a set of atomistic simulation codes. Students shall be able to set up, execute and analyze atomistic simulations, and understand what is actually happening inside a simulation program. The students will thus know the limits and range of credibility of simulation results and be able to formulate well-posed questions that can be answered by atomistic simulations.  Both classical mechanics and statistical mechanics will be covered. 
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