Programs Offered by the College of Engineering

Alternative Energy Technology Programs

The Alternative Energy Technology (AET) programs are interdisciplinary, involving faculty from the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. These programs were established in 2005, and developed in close cooperation with governmental agencies, industry, and Next-Energy. The mission of the AET program is to educate and prepare the technical and scientific workforce for emerging alternative energy technologies; to promote and mobilize/align available resources to develop interdisciplinary research programs; and to disseminate technical information and raise public awareness on emerging AETs.

Electric-drive Vehicle Engineering Programs

The Electric-drive Vehicle Engineering (EVE) programs are interdisciplinary, involving faculty from the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. These programs were established in 2009, and developed in close cooperation with governmental agencies, industry, and the U.S. Department of Energy. The mission of the EVE program is to educate and prepare the technical and scientific workforce for the emerging electric-drive vehicle industry; to promote and mobilize/align available resources to develop interdisciplinary research programs; and to disseminate technical information and raise public awareness on the emerging electric-drive vehicle technology.

Sustainable Engineering Program

Students will learn the fundamentals of sustainable engineering, extend their knowledge in the application of sustainable engineering principles, and maintain their technical competitiveness by broadening their sustainability expertise.

Alternative Engineering Technology

AET 5110 Fundamental Fuel Cell Systems Cr. 4

Introduce various types of fuel cells, materials properties of electrodes and polymeric membranes, and electrochemical mechanisms. Reforming of various types of hydrocarbon fuel to hydrogen, and reforming technology. Offered Fall.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

Equivalent: CHE 5110, EVE 5130, ME 5110

AET 5120 Fundamentals of Alternative Energy Technology Cr. 4

Cover engineering fundamentals and basic design of electric-drive vehicle powertrains by understanding and analyzing the relevant multi-physics and applying the associated equations and simple models. Offered Winter.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students; enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

Equivalent: ME 5120

AET 5150 Advanced Energy Storages Cr. 4

Fundamentals of all major energy storage methods, including storage of energy as heat, in phase transitions and reversible chemical reactions, and in organic fuels and hydrogen; principles of energy storage in mechanical, electrostatic and magnetic systems. Offered Fall, Winter.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a class of Applicant Masters, Candidate Masters, Unranked Grad, Graduate Certificate or Senior; enrollment is limited to Graduate or Undergraduate level students; enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

Equivalent: EVE 5150

AET 5250 Alternative Energy Technology System and Design Cr. 4

Topics such as: batteries, flywheels, capacitors, motors, controllers, power management, heat dissipation, systems containment, manufacturing processes, systems dynamics. Lectures and design projects. Offered Fall.

Prerequisites: ([AET 5120])

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Undergraduate level students; enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

AET 5310 Fundamentals of Battery Systems for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Cr. 4

Fundamental electrochemistry and engineering aspects for electric propulsion batteries, including lead acid, nickel metal hydride, and lithium ion technologies. Offered Winter.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students; enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

Equivalent: CHE 5120, EVE 5120, ME 5215

AET 5330 Modeling and Control of Power Electronics and Electric Vehicle Powertrains Cr. 4

Basic methodologies for modeling, control system design, system coordination, and optimization of renewable power sources and power electronics systems. Offered Winter.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Undergraduate level students; enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

Equivalent: ECE 5330, EVE 5430

AET 5410 Energy, Emissions, Environment (E3) Design Cr. 4

Provides students the tools to uncover the relation between energy consumption and energy generation and optimize processes to take most advantage of low emitting energy options. Exposes students to design tools and methodologies from a diverse group of sources including US EPA, DOE, EIA, and the latest in emerging research. Offered Fall.

Equivalent: CE 5410, STE 5410

AET 5510 Introduction to Photovoltaics Cr. 4

Basic theories of semiconductor materials and solar cells. Several types of solar cell materials and their structures. Vacuum deposition techniques and PV systems. Offered Fall.

AET 5600 Alternative Energy Product Realization System Cr. 4

Identification of a strategy for application of technology in the marketplace; application development, integration into vehicle production, concurrent engineering manufacturing issues, quality and testing in manufacturing. Offered Fall.

Equivalent: EVE 5600, IE 6405

AET 5640 Energy and the Environment Cr. 4

Sustainability problems of our present energy systems and of potential solution in utility and transportation sectors. Energy evolution and decarbonization process from fossil fuels. Impacts of greenhouse gas emissions. Principles of renewable energy systems. Offered Fall.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a class of Applicant Masters, Candidate Masters, Unranked Grad, Graduate Certificate or Senior.

Equivalent: EVE 5640

AET 5700 Process and Materials Safety for Alternative Energy Technology Cr. 4

Fundamentals concerning fires and explosions, control strategies to prevent accidents, fault tree analysis to optimize control strategies, and risk analysis. Regulations and standards relevant to the design, manufacture, and operation of fuel cell and reforming processes. Offered Winter.

Equivalent: CHE 5700

AET 5810 Power Management for Advanced Energy Storage Systems and its Applications Cr. 4

Operating principles and modeling of energy storage techniques; control and power management, power electronic converters, electric machines, and power systems; power management strategies of hybrid energy systems including HEV and alternative energy systems. Offered Fall, Winter.

Prerequisites: ([ECE 4470])

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

Equivalent: EVE 5810

AET 7410 Alternative Fuels: Properties, Processing, and Characterization Cr. 4

Exploration of the latest alternative fuels: their physical and chemical properties, production technologies, and standardization characterization tests. Offered Spring/Summer.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Equivalent: CHE 7410

AET 7990 Directed Study Cr. 1-4

Independent projects on subjects of interest in advanced energy technology. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Repeatable for 4 Credits

AET 7991 Internship in Industry Cr. 1-4

Industrial internship in alternative energy technology. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

AET 8996 Directed Research Cr. 1-4

Independent research projects. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

AET 8999 Master's Thesis Research and Direction Cr. 1-8

Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Repeatable for 8 Credits

Electric Vehicle Engineering

EVE 5110 Fundamentals of Electric-drive Vehicle Engineering Cr. 4

Cover engineering fundamentals and basic design of electric-drive vehicle powertrains by understanding and analyzing the relevant multi-physics and applying the associated equations and simple models. Offered Fall.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students; enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

Equivalent: ME 5115

EVE 5120 Fundamentals of Battery Systems for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Cr. 4

Fundamental electrochemistry and engineering aspects for electric propulsion batteries, including lead acid, nickel metal hydride, and lithium ion technologies. Offered Winter.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students; enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

Equivalent: AET 5310, CHE 5120, ME 5215

EVE 5130 Fundamentals of Fuel-cell Powered Systems for Transportation Cr. 4

Introduce various types of fuel cells, materials properties of electrodes and polymeric membranes, and electrochemical mechanisms. Reforming of various types of hydrocarbon fuel to hydrogen, and reforming technology. Offered Fall.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students; enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

Equivalent: AET 5110, CHE 5110, ME 5110

EVE 5150 Advanced Energy Storages Cr. 4

Fundamentals of all major energy storage methods, including storage of energy as heat, in phase transitions and reversible chemical reactions, and in organic fuels and hydrogen; principles of energy storage in mechanical, electrostatic and magnetic systems. Offered Fall, Winter.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a class of Applicant Masters, Candidate Masters, Unranked Grad, Graduate Certificate or Senior; enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

Equivalent: AET 5150

EVE 5410 Power Electronics and Control Cr. 4

Control of electric energy using solid-state devices, diodes, thyristors, triacs; mathematical analysis of circuits containing these devices; power converters and control; solid-state drives for motor control. Applications to electric-drive vehicles. Offered Spring/Summer.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a class of Applicant Masters, Candidate Masters, Unranked Grad, Graduate Certificate or Senior; enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

Equivalent: ECE 5410

EVE 5430 Modeling and Control of Electric-drive Powertrains Cr. 4

Dynamic modeling and control of electric-drive powertrains, including electronics, charging structure, battery systems, motors, engines, transmission, and power regeneration. Powertrain subsystem models and their integration and control method will be developed. Offered Fall.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a class of Applicant Masters, Candidate Masters, Unranked Grad, Graduate Certificate or Senior; enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

Equivalent: AET 5330, ECE 5330

EVE 5450 Control and Optimization for Integrated Electric-drive Vehicle Systems Cr. 4

Understanding of how to control a system using modern control theory, how to optimize the performance of a system using various optimization technologies, and how to apply the control and optimization technologies to EDV systems. Offered Winter.

Prerequisite: EVE 5430

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a class of Applicant Masters, Candidate Masters, Unranked Grad, Graduate Certificate or Senior; enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

EVE 5600 Electric-drive Vehicle Product and Infrastructure Development Cr. 4

Integration of design, development, and deployment processes, efficient operation of heterogeneous and complex design considerations, and proactive risk identification and management caused by technology and infrastructure uncertainties. Offered Fall.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a class of Applicant Masters, Candidate Masters, Unranked Grad, Graduate Certificate or Senior; enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

Equivalent: AET 5600, IE 6405

EVE 5620 Energy Economics and Policy Cr. 4

Demand for energy, energy supply, energy markets, and public policies affecting energy markets. Coal, oil, natural gas, electricity, and nuclear power sectors and examines energy tax, price regulation, deregulation, energy efficiency and emission control policies. Offered Winter.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a class of Applicant Masters, Candidate Masters, Unranked Grad, Graduate Certificate or Senior; enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

Equivalent: CHE 5620

EVE 5640 Energy and the Environment Cr. 4

Sustainability problems of our present energy systems and of potential solution in utility and transportation sectors. Energy evolution and decarbonization process from fossil fuels. Impacts of greenhouse gas emissions. Principles of renewable energy systems. Offered Fall.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a class of Applicant Masters, Candidate Masters, Unranked Grad, Graduate Certificate or Senior.

Equivalent: AET 5640

EVE 5700 Electric-drive Vehicle Capstone Design Cr. 4

The class is divided into teams competing on same or similar Electric-Drive Vehicle (EDV) system design project on contemporary EDV issues with relevant vehicle powertrain and energy system contents, involving energy, environmental, safety and economic analyses. Offered Winter.

Prerequisites: ([EVE 5110]) AND ([EVE 5310] OR [EVE 5430])

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a class of Applicant Masters, Candidate Masters, Unranked Grad, Graduate Certificate or Senior; enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

EVE 5810 Power Management for Advanced Energy Storage Systems and its Applications Cr. 4

Operating principles and modeling of energy storage techniques; control and power management, power electronic converters, electric machines, and power systems; power management strategies of hybrid energy systems including HEV and alternative energy systems. Offered Fall, Winter.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

Equivalent: AET 5810

EVE 7300 Advanced Battery Systems for Electric-drive Vehicles Cr. 4

Aims to familiarize students with advanced battery technologies and their applications in hybrid and electric vehicles. Contents include: a descriptive overview of energy sources and conversions, HEV/PHEV/EV technology, hybrid prowertrain configuration and components, in-vehicle energy storage systems, electrochemistry fundamentals, battery power and capacity/energy, battery system design (cell, module and pack), Battery Management System (BMS), cell monitoring and balancing, thermal management, on-board diagnostics, battery charging schemes and systems. Offered Fall.

Prerequisite: EVE 5120 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Equivalent: ET 7300

EVE 7310 Electric-drive Vehicle Modeling and Simulation Cr. 4

Cover modeling, simulation and control of electric-drive vehicle powertrain including plant modeling, controls model development, and in-the-loop controls testing. Proficiency in MATLAB/Simulink is required. Offered Winter.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students; enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

Equivalent: ME 7315

EVE 7450 Embedded Systems for Vehicles Cr. 4

Advanced embedded processors and operating systems, power modules, auxiliary execution engine, display interface, memory controller, USB controller, DMA, I/O, initialization and configuration, programmable serial controller, serial audio interface, and video input. Offered Fall.

Prerequisite: EVE 5430 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a class of Applicant Masters, Candidate Masters, Unranked Grad or Graduate Certificate; enrollment is limited to Graduate level students; enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

EVE 7990 Directed Study Cr. 1-4

Independent projects on subjects of interest in electric-drive vehicle engineering. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a class of Applicant Masters, Candidate Masters, Unranked Grad or Graduate Certificate; enrollment is limited to Graduate level students; enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

Repeatable for 4 Credits

EVE 7995 Special Topics in Electric-drive Vehicle Engineering Cr. 1-4

A consideration of special subject matter in electric-drive vehicle engineering. Topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a class of Applicant Masters, Candidate Masters, Unranked Grad or Graduate Certificate; enrollment is limited to Graduate level students; enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

Repeatable for 4 Credits

EVE 8999 Master's Thesis Research and Direction Cr. 1-8

Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a class of Applicant Masters, Candidate Masters, Unranked Grad or Graduate Certificate; enrollment is limited to Graduate level students; enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

Repeatable for 8 Credits

Engineering: Special Topics

EGR 5655 Innovation & Entrepreneurship I Cr. 3

Provides education and hands-on experience in innovation and entrepreneurship applied to enterprise, product and service design and delivery. The first of a 2-semester sequence, this course teaches methods and tools to find, formulate, and develop engineering innovation and entrepreneurship, leading to practical, relevant, and productive new commercial and social enterprises. Offered Fall.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

EGR 5656 Innovation & Entrepreneurship II Cr. 3

Provides education and hands-on experience in innovation and entrepreneurship applied to enterprise, product and service design and delivery. This course is the second of a 2-semester sequence. This course teaches methods and tools to find, formulate and develop engineering innovation and entrepreneurship, leading to practical, relevant, and productive new commercial and social enterprises. Offered Winter.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

EGR 5657 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Lab Cr. 1

Provides hands-on application of Lean LaunchPad principles in innovation and entrepreneurship applied to enterprise, product and service and delivery. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

Repeatable for 2 Credits

EGR 5995 Special Topics in Engineering Cr. 1-4

State of the art research, development and practice topics from across the fields of engineering; emphasis on interdisciplinary topics. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

EGR 7995 Special Topics in Engineering Cr. 1-4

State of the art research, development and practice topics from across the fields of engineering; emphasis on interdisciplinary topics. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students; enrollment limited to students in the College of Engineering.

EGR 7999 Elements of Graduate Research Cr. 2

Key elements of graduate research. Topics covered include developing research ideas and library search skills, constructing a research proposal/prospectus, identifying research funding and fellowship opportunities, interdisciplinary research, and research ethics. Offered Winter.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students; enrollment limited to students in a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Sustainable Engineering

STE 5410 Energy, Emissions, Environment (E3) Design Cr. 4

Provides students the tools to uncover the relation between energy consumption and energy generation and optimize processes to take most advantage of low emitting energy options. Exposes students to design tools and methodologies from a diverse group of sources including US EPA, DOE, EIA, and the latest in emerging research. Offered Fall.

Equivalent: AET 5410, CE 5410

STE 6100 Introduction to Sustainable Engineering Cr. 3

Economic, environmental, social, and technological perspectives relevant to the design, operation and management of engineering activities. Multiple perspectives addressed from a system sustainability view point. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Undergraduate level students.

Equivalent: CHE 6100

STE 6270 Sustainability Assessment and Management Cr. 3

Sustainability assessment and management for engineering design and development; theoretical, regulatory, and practical implications; Detroit and global applications. Offered Yearly.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a class of Junior or Senior; enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Equivalent: CE 6270