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Mechanical Engineering

Institutionally known as "Course 2," the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) is the second oldest and second largest academic program at MIT. The editors of U.S. News & World Report, among others, consistently rank it the top graduate and undergraduate mechanical engineering program among North American colleges and universities. Its students are drawn from all 50 states and more than 50 countries. Its alumni are leaders in business and industry, education and government; they range from CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, to astronauts on the Space Shuttle, to award-winning scholars, inventors, entrepreneurs and innovators.

In 2005, Mechanical Engineering merged with the Department of Ocean Engineering (Course 13) to create a new department made up of approximately 75 faculty, 367 undergraduate students, 227 doctoral students, and 281 masters program students. Following the merger, the newly formed department retained its original name, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, which includes the Center for Ocean Engineering. As ME enters a new phase of its existence, it recognizes that its future lies in seven key "thrust areas" that will define its research and scholarly agenda. These areas have their foundations rooted in the Institute's 100-plus year history of research defined by the Scientific Method, their vibrant growth by the cross-pollination of interdisciplinary studies, and a potential yield of inventions and innovations only limited by the imagination and ingenuity of its faculty, researchers and students. They are:

More than two-dozen research laboratories and centers provide ME faculty, research scientists, post-doctoral associates and undergraduate and graduate students the opportunities to meet the challenges of the future by developing ground-breaking innovations today.

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Undergraduate Courses
MIT Course #Course Title
2.000 How and Why Machines Work, Spring 2002
2.001 Mechanics & Materials I, Fall 2006 NEW
2.002 Mechanics and Materials II, Spring 2004
2.003 Modeling Dynamics and Control I, Spring 2005
2.003J Dynamics and Vibration (13.013J), Fall 2002
2.004 Modeling Dynamics and Control II, Spring 2003
2.007 Design and Manufacturing I, Spring 2005
2.008 Design and Manufacturing II, Spring 2003
2.008 Design and Manufacturing II, Spring 2004
2.011 Introduction to Ocean Science and Engineering, Spring 2006
2.016 Hydrodynamics (13.012), Fall 2005
2.017J Design of Systems Operating in Random Environments, Spring 2006
2.019 Design of Ocean Systems, Fall 2005
2.030J Introduction to Modeling and Simulation, Spring 2006
2.050J Nonlinear Dynamics I: Chaos, Fall 2006 NEW
2.110J Information and Entropy, Spring 2003
2.12 Introduction to Robotics, Fall 2005
2.51 Intermediate Heat and Mass Transfer, Fall 2001
2.66J Fundamentals of Energy in Buildings, Fall 2003
2.670 Mechanical Engineering Tools, January (IAP) 2004
2.672 Projects Laboratory, Spring 2004
2.673J Biological Engineering II: Instrumentation and Measurement, Fall 2006
2.71 Optics, Fall 2004
2.710 Optics, Fall 2004
2.72 Elements of Mechanical Design, Spring 2006
2.737 Mechatronics, Spring 1999
2.772J Statistical Thermodynamics of Biomolecular Systems (BE.011J), Spring 2004
2.772J Thermodynamics of Biomolecular Systems, Fall 2005
2.790J Introduction to Bioengineering (BE.010J), Spring 2006
2.791J Quantitative Physiology: Cells and Tissues, Fall 2004
2.792J Quantitative Physiology: Organ Transport Systems, Spring 2004
2.794J Quantitative Physiology: Cells and Tissues, Fall 2004
2.96 Management in Engineering, Fall 2004
2.971 2nd Summer Introduction to Design, January (IAP) 2003
2.993 Designing Paths to Peace, Fall 2002
2.993 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: The Art and Science of Boat Design, January (IAP) 2007 NEW
2.993J Introduction to Numerical Analysis for Engineering (13.002J), Spring 2005
2.996 Designing Paths to Peace, Fall 2002
2.THA Undergraduate Thesis for Course 2-A, January (IAP) 2007

Graduate Courses
MIT Course #Course Title
2.032 Dynamics, Fall 2004
2.036J Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, Fall 2004
2.062J Wave Propagation, Fall 2006
2.062J Wave Propagation, Fall 2004
2.067 Advanced Structural Dynamics and Acoustics (13.811), Spring 2004
2.068 Computational Ocean Acoustics (13.853), Spring 2003
2.080J Structural Mechanics (13.10J), Fall 2002
2.081J Plates and Shells, Spring 2006
2.082 Ship Structural Analysis & Design (13.122), Spring 2003
2.084J Structural Mechanics in Nuclear Power Technology, Fall 2006 NEW
2.093 Computer Methods in Dynamics, Fall 2002
2.094 Finite Element Analysis of Solids and Fluids, Spring 2002
2.096J Introduction to Numerical Simulation (SMA 5211), Fall 2003
2.097J Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations (SMA 5212), Spring 2003
2.098 Optimization Methods (SMA 5213), Fall 2004
2.111J Quantum Computation, Fall 2003
2.141 Modeling and Simulation of Dynamic Systems, Fall 2006 NEW
2.154 Maneuvering and Control of Surface and Underwater Vehicles (13.49), Fall 2004
2.156J Dynamics of Nonlinear Systems, Fall 2003
2.158J Computational Geometry, Spring 2003
2.159J Foundations of Software Engineering, Fall 2000
2.160 Identification, Estimation, and Learning, Spring 2006
2.171 Analysis and Design of Digital Control Systems, Fall 2006 NEW
2.20 Marine Hydrodynamics (13.021), Spring 2005
2.22 Design Principles for Ocean Vehicles (13.42), Spring 2005
2.23 Hydrofoils and Propellers (13.04), Fall 2003
2.24 Ocean Wave Interaction with Ships and Offshore Energy Systems (13.022), Spring 2002
2.25 Advanced Fluid Mechanics, Fall 2005
2.26 Compressible Fluid Dynamics, Spring 2004
2.27 Turbulent Flow and Transport, Spring 2002
2.29 Numerical Marine Hydrodynamics (13.024), Spring 2003
2.391J Submicrometer and Nanometer Technology, Spring 2006
2.57 Nano-to-Macro Transport Processes, Fall 2004
2.58J Radiative Transfer, Spring 2006
2.60 Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion, Spring 2004
2.61 Internal Combustion Engines, Spring 2004
2.62J Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion, Spring 2004
2.64J Superconducting Magnets, Spring 2003
2.65J Sustainable Energy, Spring 2005
2.693 Principles of Oceanographic Instrument Systems -- Sensors and Measurements (13.998), Spring 2004
2.701 Introduction to Naval Architecture (13.400), Fall 2004
2.71 Optics, Fall 2004
2.710 Optics, Fall 2004
2.717J Optical Engineering, Spring 2002
2.739J Product Design and Development, Spring 2006
2.75 Precision Machine Design, Fall 2001
2.76 Multi-Scale System Design, Fall 2004
2.760 Multi-Scale System Design, Fall 2004
2.761J Noninvasive Imaging in Biology and Medicine, Fall 2005
2.771J Biomedical Information Technology (BE.453J), Spring 2005
2.782J Design of Medical Devices and Implants, Spring 2003
2.785J Cell-Matrix Mechanics, Spring 2004
2.795J Fields, Forces, and Flows in Biological Systems (BE.430J), Fall 2004
2.798J Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics (BE.410J), Spring 2003
2.79J Biomaterials-Tissue Interactions (BE.441), Fall 2003
2.800 Tribology, Fall 2004
2.830J Control of Manufacturing Processes (SMA 6303), Spring 2004
2.851J System Optimization and Analysis for Manufacturing, Summer 2003
2.852 Manufacturing Systems Analysis, Spring 2004
2.854 Manufacturing Systems I (SMA 6304), Fall 2004
2.875 Mechanical Assembly and Its Role in Product Development, Fall 2004
2.882 System Design and Analysis based on AD and Complexity Theories, Spring 2005
2.890J Proseminar in Manufacturing, Fall 2005
2.964 Economics of Marine Transportation Industries, Fall 2006 NEW
2.994 MADM with Applications in Material Selection and Optimal Design, January (IAP) 2007
2.996 Sailing Yacht Design (13.734), Fall 2003
2.997 Decision Making in Large Scale Systems, Spring 2004