New Senior Design Course MAE 4351 Spring 2015

This course, co-meeting with MSE 4071 and ChemE 5730, will fulfill the M.E. Senior Design Requirement.  Limited to M.E. Seniors.  C0-taught by Callister, Feitelberg, and Murtagh.  Meets MW 7:30-8:45pm

M.E. students may not count both MAE 4351 and MAE 4340/MAE 4341, Innovative Product Design via Digital Mfg towards fulfilling B.S. graduation requirements in Mechanical Engineering.

This course emphasizes entrepreneurial driven technology designs (forward engineering) by integrating mechanical, chemical, and materials engineering through the understanding of early stage product development complexities. These complexities include staging invention and innovation via the critical selection of materials, assessing product mechanics and processes for final product function, performance, reliability, cost and technical marketability.

Students will attend lectures, participate in establishing a Tech Startup integrated into the Johnson School MBA mentoring program, attend startup design reviews, give a series of individual/group presentations, and write a startup issue paper.


MAE 4340 and 4341 Lab and Enrollment Information

Professor Shepherd has contacted all students accepted into Innovative Product Design via Digital Manufacturing, MAE 4340/4341.  4341 is the senior design version.  Emily Tompkins will be e-mailing the accepted students with a pin number to enroll electronically after classes begin.

We have added a lab, meeting on Mondays from 7:30pm – 9:25 pm.  Both the lecture and lab will be meeting in Rhodes Hall 253.



MAE 4700/5700 will be offered Spring 2015 and other announcements

MAE 4700/5700, Finite Element Analysis will NOT be offered Fall 2014.

Please be advised the roster is almost 100% completed for Fall.  There are some additional changes, e.g., added labs for MAE 4140 and 4141 have been added and will be reflected in tomorrow’s roster.

Use the roster for the most updated information:

You can not double-count ONE Major Approved Elective and the same Senior Design course to fulfill two requirements. You need two Major Approved Electives and one Senior Design course.

MAE 42727 fulfills the technical writing requirement.



Important MAE Course Info For Fall 2014

Please be advised the Fall 2014 online roster and student center MAE classes and course schedules are not yet updated and currently reflect Fall 2013 courses and schedules.  Updating will begin on Monday and will be completed by the end of March, if not sooner.

Here are some changes you will see:

MAE 3060, Spacecraft Engineering, will now be offered each Fall, taught by Professor Mason Peck.  We will also be retaining MAE 3050 in the Fall term, taught by Professor Pepiot.

MAE 4700/5700, Finite Element Analysis for Mech and Aero Design (also senior design, MAE 4701), will be offered in the Fall, taught by Professor Zabaras.

MAE 4150, GPS: Theory and Design, will not be offered next academic year.

MAE 4340, and senior design, MAE 4341, Innovative Product Design via Digital Mfg, taught by Professor Shepherd, will be limited enrollment.  Application process will be announced Summer 2014.

MAE 5200, Dimensional Tolerancing in Mechanical Design, taught by Professor Voelcker, will be offered either Fall 2014 or Spring 2015, to be determined Summer 2014.




Juniors, Seniors and MEng Students Interested in Energy Issues

To:       Juniors, Seniors and MEng Students Interested in Energy Issues

From:   Professors Paulette Clancy, David Hammer and Andrew Hunter

Date:   January 20, 2014

Subject: The Energy Engineering Seminar Series, Spring Semester, 2014

Fridays at 12:20 – 1:10 PM — 165 Olin Hall

(ChemE 5880, ECE 5880 or MAE 5469)

Organizational Meeting and first seminar January 24, 2014:

   “Making Sustainable Energy Choices when Everything Matters”

Professor Jeff Tester, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

            David Croll Chair, Sustainable Energy Systems


Are you interested in energy-related topics, such as when (if ever) we might run out of fossil fuel, whether fuel cells are nearing economic viability, how we might be producing electricity 50 years from now, and what some of the environmental consequences of energy use are? Then consider spending one lunch hour per week during Spring 2014 listening to talks on these and other energy-related subjects at the Energy Engineering Seminar Series.

Students wishing to attend most or all of the weekly Energy Seminars are encouraged to register for ChemE 5880, ECE 5880 or MAE 5469, 1 credit, S/U (or letter grade).  You will be asked to attend 9 (or 13) seminars and turn in 9 (or 13) 1-page summaries of the seminars to receive a grade of S (or A).

Seminar speakers will be Cornell faculty members from several departments as well as engineers and executives from government and industry. The time is Friday from 12:20 PM to 1:10 PM, and the room is 165 Olin Hall.

Students from any department in Engineering or the Physical Sciences should find these talks understandable.

The first meeting of the course, an organizational session with an introductory seminar, will be Friday January 24, 2014, 12:20-1:10 PM in 165 Olin Hall. The seminar topic is, Making Sustainable Energy Choices when Everything Matters, and the speaker will be Professor Jefferson Tester of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

If You Are Taking MAE 2030 Dynamics Spring 2014

From Professor Ruina, instructor for MAE 2030, Dynamics, Spring 2014

I like this course and most students do also.  But it is also somewhat challenging for most students, at least here and there.

 Things go best if you come prepared.  Here is what I expect at the start.


 You should know, in a familiar kind of way, not a rote kind-of-remember it kind of way, these equations and their solutions:

 \dot x       = 0

 \dot x       = c       any constant

 \dot x       = f(t)    any function

 \dot x       = ax

 \ddot x      = 0 or const or f(t)

 \ddot x + cx = 0

 \ddot x – cx = 0

 You should be able to code up Euler’s method of numerical solution to  any equation of this form, without looking up anything:

  \dot x      = f(x,t)  (with f(x,t) given. 


 You should be able to competently do any homework, prelim or final exam problem from the Statics part of TAM 2020. If you got them wrong when you took the class, you should learn how to do them right. The Strength part (stress, strain, etc) is not used at all in 2030.

 Especially this means being competent at Free Body Diagrams and at Vectors (dot product, cross product, solving vector equations).  You can review all of this in your TAM 2020 text or in my book which is online here:


 You should be able to get around in Matlab.  This means being able to make plots, write functions, write loops, vaguely understand error messages, etc.

  If you have NO experience with Matlab you could be fully\ up to speed if you spend an honest 2 hours a day, for a week, doing any Matlab tutorials. 

  If you can do all of these without looking up anything, you should be fine. Best is if you can do them more than one way. This list is not exhaustive, just representative of the kind of thing you should be able to do.

   * Plot a circle that looks round.

  * Find  1^2 + 2^2 + 3^2 + … 100^2 using loops

  * Find  1^2 + 2^2 + 3^2 + … 100^2 using .^

  * Write a function that takes as input any list of  numbers and finds, without using the matlab median  command, the median number in the list.

  * Given any two lists of numbers, make an array that is the times table for the two lists.

  * Euler’s method (See ODEs above).