Master of Science (M.S.), Major in Engineering

Major Program

The master of science (M.S.) degree with a major in engineering provides a practical, industry-driven focus via a long-term, targeted technical project or thesis related to real-world engineering applications. These projects will be conducted in partnership with local industries and may involve off-campus collaborations. The degree requires a large-scale project or thesis because the abilities to solve problems, innovate and make immediate contributions to industry are best developed by having students confront a large, open-ended problem; perform detailed research on the problem; develop various solutions; choose and implement the best solution; validate their choice; and effectively communicate the process to professional colleagues, executives, and customers.

Admission Policy

For information regarding admission application requirements and deadlines, please visit The Graduate College website at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/engr.html.

Degree Requirements

The program has two options:

  1. A traditional thesis option focused on an academic research topic;
  2. A directed technical research option focused on a practical, industry-driven project.

Both degree options require a minimum of 34 hours:

Engineering Core18
Required courses (9 hours)
Elective courses (9 hours)
General Core Courses7
1 hour of Seminar
At least 6 hours of thesis or project course work
Multidisciplinary Elective Courses9
Total Hours34

The degree structure is comprised of three separate concentration areas: electrical engineering, industrial engineering, and mechanical and manufacturing engineering. As part of the application process, students declare a major in one of these three concentrations.

Engineering Core

General Required Course
ENGR 5310Probability, Random Variables, & Stochastic Processes for Engineers3
Concentration-Specific Required Courses
Choose one of three concentrations:6
Electrical Engineering
Advanced Computer Architecture and Arithmetic
Advanced Electronic Circuit Design
Industrial Engineering
Modeling and Analysis of Manufacturing Systems
Applied Deterministic Operations Research for Engineers
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Advanced Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing
Advanced Robotics in Manufacturing Automation
Engineering Electives 1
Select three of the following:9
Digital Image Processing
Embedded and Real-Time Computing
Electronic Materials and Devices
Thin Film Technology
Advanced Networking
Introduction to Wireless Communication
Statistical Signal Processing
Optoelectronic Devices
Antenna Theory, Design and Applications
Electronic Materials and Beyond for Sustainable Energy
Multimedia Signal Processing
Electroceramics
Problems in Engineering
Advanced Statistical Design of Experiments for Engineers
Advanced Quality Control and Reliability Engineering
Non-Linear Optimization Techniques for Engineers
Advanced Optimization
Modern Heuristic Optimization
System Thinking and Analysis
Healthcare Systems Engineering
Response Surface Methodologies
Data-Intensive Analysis and Simulation for Engineers
Additive Manufacturing
Polymer Nanocomposites
Advanced Control Techniques
Multiscale Manufacturing
Advanced Composite Materials
Total Hours18
1

Specified by the graduate committee for the student's plan of study.

General Core

Seminar Course
ENGR 5100Seminar in Engineering1
Project OR Thesis Course Work6
Project Option (Choose a minimum 6 hours):
Project
Project
Project
Project
Project
Project
Thesis Option (Choose a minimum 6 hours):
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Total Hours7

Multidisciplinary Elective Courses

The multidisciplinary elective courses (9 hours) are specified by the student's graduate committee and are chosen from a set of engineering-related courses from other disciplines including business, technology, mathematics, computer science, physics, or chemistry. Click on the course name for course descriptions or navigate to the appropriate department page.

Business Administration
CIS 5358IT Systems Project Management3
CIS 5364Data Warehousing and Mining3
CIS 5370Enterprise Resource Planning3
MGT 5311Process Improvement Management in Organizations3
MGT 5315New Venture Management3
MGT 5321Supply Chain Management3
MGT 5390Business Research Methods3
QMST 5335Introduction to Forecasting and Simulation3
Industrial Technology
TECH 5315Engineering Economic Analysis3
TECH 5382Industrial Ecology and Sustainability Engineering3
TECH 5390Research in Technology3
TECH 5392Fundamentals of Microelectronics Manufacturing3
Computer Science
CS 5306Advanced Operating Systems3
CS 5346Advanced Artificial Intelligence3
CS 5369LMachine Learning and Applications3
Mathematics
MATH 5340Scientific Computation3
MATH 5345Regression Analysis3
MATH 5388Discrete Mathematics3
MATH 5376 is a header course. Topics courses may be used to fulfill this requirement (example 5376A, 5376B)
Physics
PHYS 5326Electrical Characterization of Materials and Devices3
PHYS 5327Semiconductor Device Physics3
Material Science, Engineering, and Commercialization
MSEC 7301Practical Skills in Commercialization and Entrepreneurship3
MSEC 7302Leadership Skills in Commercialization and Entrepreneurship3
MSEC 7310Nanoscale Systems and Devices3
MSEC 7311Materials Characterization3
MSEC 7340Biomaterials and Biosensors3

All students will have a faculty advisor and a graduate committee composed of a minimum of three graduate faculty members (including the faculty advisor). The faculty advisor will provide technical direction for the student’s project/thesis, and the graduate committee will be responsible for approving the project/thesis proposal, receiving project/thesis progress reports, and approving the final project/thesis presentation and written report. Oral thesis defense or oral project presentation will serve as the comprehensive examination.

If a student elects to follow the thesis option for the degree, a committee to direct the written thesis will be established. The thesis must demonstrate the student’s capability for research and independent thought. Preparation of the thesis must be in conformity with the Graduate College Guide to Preparing and Submitting a Thesis or Dissertation. The thesis handbook may be accessed at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/docs/Thesis_Diss_Guide.pdf.

Thesis Proposal

The student must submit an official Master's Thesis Proposal form and proposal to his or her thesis committee. Thesis proposals vary by department and discipline. Please see your department for proposal guidelines and requirements. The required thesis proposal form may be obtained from The Graduate College at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/gcforms.html. After signing the form and obtaining committee members’ signatures, graduate advisor’s signature (if required by the program), and the department chair’s signature, the student must submit the thesis proposal form with one copy of the proposal attached to the dean of The Graduate College for approval before proceeding with research on the thesis. If the thesis research involves human subjects, the student must obtain exemption or approval from the Texas State Institutional Review Board prior to submitting the proposal form to The Graduate College. If the thesis research involves vertebrate animals, the proposal form must include the Texas State IACUC approval code. It is recommended the thesis proposal form be submitted to the dean of The Graduate College by the end of the student’s enrollment in 5399A.

Thesis Committee

The thesis committee must be composed of a minimum of three approved graduate faculty members.

Thesis Enrollment and Credit

The completion of a minimum of six hours of thesis enrollment is required. Enrollment for the thesis will be in course number 5399A for a student’s initial thesis enrollment and a thesis B course for each subsequent thesis enrollment in the field in which the subject matter of the thesis falls, e.g., PS 5399A and PS 5399B. Preliminary discussions regarding the selection of a topic and assignment to a research supervisor will not require enrollment for the thesis course.

A student will be required to enroll in and pay the fee for at least one hour of the thesis course during any term in which the student will receive thesis supervision or guidance and/or in which the student is using university resources. Failure to register for the thesis course during a term in which supervision is received may result in postponement of graduation. After initial enrollment in 5399A, the student will continue to enroll in a thesis B course as long as it takes to complete the thesis. In the rare case when a student has not previously enrolled in thesis and plans to work on and complete the thesis in one term, the student will enroll in both 5399A and 5399B. The only grades assigned for thesis courses are PR (progress), CR (credit), W (withdrew), and F (failing). If acceptable progress is not being made in a thesis course, the instructor may issue a grade of F. If the student is making acceptable progress, a grade of PR is assigned until the thesis is completed. The minimum number of hours of thesis credit (“CR”) will be awarded only after the thesis is filed in the Alkek Library and the librarian has electronically returned the thesis card to the office of The Graduate College.

A student who has selected the thesis option must be registered for the thesis course during the term or Summer I (during summer the thesis course runs ten weeks for both sessions) in which the degree will be conferred.

Fee Reduction

A master’s degree candidate for graduation may be eligible for a one-time fee reduction under V.T.C.A. Education Code, Section 54.054. Please refer to the section titled Fee Reduction in the Additional Fees and Expenses chapter of this catalog for more information.

Thesis Deadlines and Approval Process

Thesis deadlines are posted at the following web page: http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/Thes-Diss_Info/T-D_Deadlines.html. The completed thesis must be submitted to the chair of the thesis committee no later than 41 days before the date of the commencement at which the degree is to be conferred.

The following must be submitted to the office of The Graduate College no later than 24 days, not counting weekends or holidays, before the date of commencement at which the degree is to be conferred (see The Graduate College webpage for specific deadlines):

  1. The Thesis/Dissertation Committee Approval form bearing original signatures of the student and all committee members.
  2. One (1) copy of the thesis in final form, approved by all committee members, on standard paper (Hard-copy Submission Option) or PDF of the thesis in final form, approved by all committee members, uploaded in the on-line Vireo submission system (Vireo On-line Submission Option).

After the dean of The Graduate College approves the thesis, the process is as follows:

  1. For the Vireo On-line Submission Option:
    1. No copies are required to be submitted to the Alkek Library. However, Alkek will bind copies submitted that the student wants bound for personal use. Personal copies are not required to be printed on archival quality paper. The student will take the personal copies to the Alkek Library and pay the binding fee for personal copies.

If a student elects to follow the project option for the degree, a committee to direct the project activity will be established. The project outcomes and deliverables will be specified by the project committee, and will include a written project report (similar in depth to a research thesis). In addition to demonstrating the student's capability for topical research and/or technical development, the project must also demonstrate the student's capability for independent thought and ability to completely resolve an unstructured technical problem. The structure and format of the project report will be specified by the project committee and may leverage portions of the Graduate College's Guide to Preparing and Submitting a Thesis or Dissertation. However, the project report will not be submitted to The Graduate College for publication and dissemination.

Project Proposal

The student must submit an official Master's Project Proposal form to their project committee. The required project proposal form may be obtained from the program's website http://www.engineering.txstate.edu/Programs/Graduate.html. After signing the form and obtaining committee members' signatures and graduate advisor's signature the student must submit the project proposal form with one copy of the proposal attached to the Director of the Ingram School of Engineering for approval before proceeding with project activity. If the project activity involves human subjects, the student must obtain exemption or approval from the Texas State Institutional Review Board prior to submitting the proposal form to the Ingram School. If the project activity involves vertebrate animals, the proposal form must include the Texas State IACUC approval code. It is recommended the project proposal form be submitted to the Director of the Ingram School by the end of the student's enrollment in ENGR 5398A.

Project Committee

The project committee must be composed of a minimum of three approved graduate faculty members. The chair of the project committee and at least one other committee member must be Ingram School faculty. The committee may contain additional members from industry sponsors or agencies, at the request of the sponsor or the preference of the committee chair.

Project Enrollment and Credit

The completion of a minimum of six hours of project enrollment is required. Students will enroll in ENGR 5398A for initial project activity and ENGR 5x98B for subsequent project activity. Preliminary discussions regarding the selection of a topic and assignment to a project supervisor are required prior to enrollment for ENGR 5398A.

A student will be required to enroll in and pay the fee for at least one hour of the project course during any term in which the student will receive project supervision or guidance and/or in which the student is using university resources. Failure to register for the appropriate project course during a term in which supervision is received may result in postponement of graduation. After initial enrollment in ENGR 5398A, the student will continue to enroll in ENGR 5x98B until the project is successfully completed, as specified by the project committee. In the rare case when a student has not previously enrolled in ENGR 5398A and plans to work on and complete the project in one term, the student may enroll concurrently in both 5398A and 5398B. The only grades assigned for project courses are PR (progress), CR (credit), W (withdrew), and F (failing). If acceptable progress is not being made in a project course, the instructor may issue a grade of F. If the student is making acceptable progress, a grade of PR is assigned until the project is completed. The minimum number of hours of project credit ("CR") will be awarded only after the project report is approved by the project committee, and has been submitted to and approved by the Ingram School of Engineering. A student who has selected the project option must be registered for the appropriate project course during the term or Summer I (during summer the project course runs ten weeks for both sessions) in which the degree will be conferred.

Project Deadlines and Approval Process

Project deadlines are the same as the thesis deadlines posted at the following web page: http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/Thes-Diss_Info/T-D_Deadlines.html. The completed project report must be submitted to the chair of the project committee no later than 41 days before the date of the commencement at which the degree is to be conferred.

The following must be submitted to the office of Ingram School no later than 24 days, not counting weekends or holidays, before the date of commencement at which the degree is to be conferred (see The Graduate College webpage for specific deadlines):

  1. The Project Committee Approval form bearing original signatures of the student and all committee members.
  2. One (1) copy of the project report in final form, approved by all committee members, on standard paper (Hard-copy Submission Option) or PDF of the project report in final form, approved by all committee members, submitted to the Ingram School of Engineering.

After the Director of the Ingram School approves the project report, the student may take personal copies to the Alkek Library and pay the binding fee for personal use.

Master's level courses in Engineering: ENGR, EE, IE, MFGE

Courses Offered

Engineering (ENGR)

ENGR 5100. Seminar in Engineering.

Graduate students attend seminars by invited speakers presenting relevant topics in academia and industry. The schedule of speakers will be developed each semester with strict faculty supervision. This course may only be taken for credit one time. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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ENGR 5101. Academic Instruction for Engineering Graduate Assistants.

This course is seminar based and covers topics related to teaching and employment responsibilities. Completion of this course is required as a condition of employment for graduate assistants. This course does not earn graduate credit, and is graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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1 Credit Hour. 1 Lecture Contact Hour. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Graduate Assistantship|Exclude from Graduate GPA
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ENGR 5198B. Project.

This course represents a student's continuing project enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the project is completed. The course is graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis. Registration requires Approval of Committee. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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ENGR 5199B. Thesis.

This course represents a student's continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. The course is graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis. Registration requires Approval of Committee. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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ENGR 5298B. Project.

This course represents a student's continuing project enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the project is completed. The course is graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis. Registration requires Approval of Committee. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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2 Credit Hours. 2 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ENGR 5299B. Thesis.

This course represents a student's continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. The course is graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis. Registration requires Approval of Committee. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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ENGR 5301. Academic Instruction for Engineering Graduate Assistants.

This course is seminar based and covers topics related to teaching and employment responsibilities. Completion of this course is required as a condition of employment for graduate assistants. This course does not earn graduate credit, and is graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ENGR 5310. Probability, Random Variables, & Stochastic Processes for Engineers.

This course develops theory underlying analysis and design of systems. Fundamental distributional concepts, applications of statistical methods, and theory of stochastic processes are introduced to create a foundation for mathematical analysis of physical systems involving randomness. Applications to engineering topics are taught, including estimation, control, and systems theory. Prerequisite: IE 3320 or equivalent, or approval of instructor. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ENGR 5384. Problems in Engineering.

Graduate students investigate a special topic by developing a technical problem, researching the topic, and presenting the findings. Plans will be developed on an individual basis with strict faculty supervision. This course may be repeated once for additional credit with permission of the School Director. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program and with approval of instructor.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ENGR 5398A. Project.

This course represents a student's initial project enrollment. No project credit is awarded until the student has completed the project in ENGR 5x98B. This course is graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis. Registration requires Approval of Committee. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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ENGR 5398B. Project.

This course represents a student's continuing project enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the project is completed. The course is graded on a credit (CR, progress (PR, no-credit (F) basis. Registration requires Approval of Committee. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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ENGR 5399A. Thesis.

This course represents a student's initial thesis enrollment. No thesis credit is awarded until the theses is completed in ENGR 5x99B. This course is graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis. Registration requires Approval of Committee. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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ENGR 5399B. Thesis.

This course represents a student's continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. The course is graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis. Registration requires Approval of Committee. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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ENGR 5598B. Project.

This course represents a student's continuing project enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the project is completed. The course is graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis. Registration requires Approval of Committee. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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ENGR 5599B. Thesis.

This course represents a student's continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. The course is graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis. Registration requires Approval of Committee. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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ENGR 5998B. Project.

This course represents a student's continuing project enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the project is completed. The course is graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis. Registration requires Approval of Committee. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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ENGR 5999B. Thesis.

This course represents a student's continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. The course is graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis. Registration requires Approval of Committee. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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Electrical Engineering (EE)

EE 5320. Advanced Computer Architecture and Arithmetic.

This course teaches design and analysis of high-performance computer systems, focusing on quantitative analysis of the latest processors and compilers. Current processor architectures are surveyed for system design. Topics include instruction sets, parallelizing architectures, pipelining, I/O, memory and cache organization, parallel/vector processing, fast arithmetic units design, and implementation using HDL. Prerequisites: EE 3420 and CS 3339 or equivalent, or approval of instructor. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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EE 5323. Digital Image Processing.

This course provides the necessary fundamental techniques to analyze and process digital images. It covers principles, concepts, and techniques of digital image processing and computer vision. Prerequisites: ED 3420, CS 2308, or approval of instructor. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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EE 5330. Embedded and Real-Time Computing.

This course teaches development of embedded computing systems with strong resource constraints. Key concepts include managing constrained memory and processing speed limitations, and programming for soft and hard real-time constraints. Students will learn use of a Real-Time Operating System (RTOS). Prerequisites: EE 3420 and CS 3339, or equivalent, or approval of instructor. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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EE 5350. Advanced Electronic Circuit Design.

This course includes low and high power RF amplifier design techniques, oscillators, FM demodulators, limiters, and mixer design. Additional topics include circuit design to minimize intermodulation and other forms of distortion, and RD and high-speed analog circuits with emphasis on digital-friendly applications. Prerequisite: EE 4350 or equivalent, or approval of instructor. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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EE 5355. Electronic Materials and Devices.

This course covers theoretical concepts applicable to the understanding of unique properties exhibited by electronic materials, especially by dielectrics, oxide semiconductors, ferroelectrics, pyroelectrics, piezoelectrics, magnetic, and multifunctional and multiferroic materials. The various microelectronic devices and modern novel technologies based on these materials are emphasized. Prerequisite: EE 3350, or equivalent, with a grade of B or higher, or approval of instructor. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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EE 5360. Thin Film Technology.

This course covers the theoretical and practical aspects of thin film technology in modern devices. The design and fabrication of thin film heterostructures is discussed. Growth and nucleation of epitaxial thin films with diverse properties and devices with combined properties will be emphasized. Prerequisite: EE 3350 or equivalent, with a grade of B or higher, or approval of instructor. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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EE 5372. Advanced Networking.

This course develops important theoretical and application topics related to advanced networking. Theoretical topics are introduced using mathematical treatments, including queuing theory and some random processes. The course includes applications of these topics to communications networks, and focuses on architectures, applications and technologies which affect modern computer and data networks. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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EE 5374. Introduction to Wireless Communication.

This course teaches principles and practices in designing and analyzing cellular and other wireless communication systems. Topics include RF propagation modeling, fast and slow fading, modulation, demodulation, coding, and multiple access techniques. Prerequisite: EE 4370. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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EE 5377. Statistical Signal Processing.

This course develops the theory and applications of random processes using mathematical treatments, including elementary discrete and continuous time linear systems theory, elementary probability, and transform theory. Topics include applications of random processes to information and communication theory, estimation and detection, control, signal processing, and stochastic systems theory. Prerequisite: ENGR 5310 or equivalent, or approval of instructor. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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EE 5385. Optoelectronic Devices.

This course introduces the student to the concepts, physical operations, and design criteria of state-of-the-art optoelectronic devices and systems used in research, technology, medicine, communication, and other modern applications. Prerequisites: EE 3355, EE 4350, or equivalent, with a grade of C or higher; or approval of instructor. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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EE 5398A. Antenna Theory, Design and Applications.

This course covers the basic theory, design and applications of antennas. The topics include antenna radiation, fundamental parameters of antennas, linear wire antennas, loop antennas, antenna arrays, long-periodic antennas, horn antennas, microstrip antennas and modern nano-antennas. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program. Prerequisite: EE 3340 or EE 3370 (or an equivalent) with a grade of "C" or higher, or Instructor's approval.
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EE 5398B. Electronic Materials and Beyond for Sustainable Energy.

This course covers the basic science and technology for sustainable energy from the view of materials, where electronic materials are highly emphasized. The topics include solar cells, thermoelectrics, batteries, supercapacitors, artificial photosynthesis, fuel cells, biomass and nuclear energy. Restricted to students enrolled in MS Engineering program. Prerequisite: EE 3355 or equivalent, with a grade of "B" or higher.
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EE 5398C. Multimedia Signal Processing.

This course covers theory and applications of digital signal processing to multimedia signals, including speech, audio, image, and video. Key concepts and algorithms are discussed first, followed by a review of relevant industry standards. Hardware architectures and real-time implementation concepts appropriate for multimedia signals are also included. Restricted to students enrolled in MS Engineering program. Prerequisites: EE 3370 (or equivalent) and EE 4377 or EE 4323 (or an equivalent), or Instructor's approval.
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EE 5398D. Electroceramics.

This course covers binary and ternary phase diagrams, non-centro-symmetric crystal structures and symmetry groups, nonlinear dielectrics (ferroelectricity, piezoelectricity, pyroelectricity), nonlinear magnetics, oxide wideband gap semiconductors, detectors and sensors, introduction to MEMS, radhard electonics, and spintronics technology. Labs and additional research-oriented instruction are related to materials processing, characterization, fabrication, and testing. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program. Prerequisite: EE 3355 with a grade of B or higher, or Instructor's Approval.
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Industrial Engineering (IE)

IE 5310. Advanced Statistical Design of Experiments for Engineers.

This course examines the design and analysis of controlled experiments, demonstrating engineering applications of design of experiments (DOE) in the manufacturing and service industries. Topics include full and fractional factorial designs, response surface methodology, and Taguchi methods. In a semester-long project, students apply DOE to improve a real manufacturing process. Prerequisite: ENGR 5310 or instructor's approval. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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IE 5320. Modeling and Analysis of Manufacturing Systems.

This course covers the methods for modeling and analyzing manufacturing systems. Critical manufacturing issues that are addressed by these models include sustainable production systems, material handling systems, scheduling, and supply chains. Prerequisites: IE 3320, IE 3340, and MFGE 4396; or instructor's approval. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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IE 5330. Advanced Quality Control and Reliability Engineering.

This course provides in-depth knowledge in reliability modeling and maintenance optimization for components and systems. The course also covers advanced quality control techniques including multivariate process control. Methodologies are applied to solve practical problems arising from various industry domains. Prerequisite: ENGR 5310 or approval of instructor. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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IE 5340. Applied Deterministic Operations Research for Engineers.

This course introduces students to modeling of linear, non-linear, and integer problems applied to engineering design, manufacturing, service, supply chain, healthcare and electrical systems. Mathematical programming software is emphasized in class exercises, homework, and project. Techniques including revised simplex method, duality theory, sensitivity analysis, and networks are also covered. Prerequisites: CS 1428 and MATH 3377 or approval of instructor. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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IE 5343. Non-Linear Optimization Techniques for Engineers.

This course covers engineering applications of mathematical modeling and computational methods for nonlinear programming problems. The primary goal of this course is to present techniques and strategies essential to optimize non-linear models. Prerequisite: IE 3340 or equivalent, or approval of instructor. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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IE 5345. Advanced Optimization.

This course covers advanced concepts in linear and integer programming. Solution techniques for stochastic and dynamic programming and formulation and solution of decision models in manufacturing, service, supply chain, healthcare and electrical systems are presented. Prerequisite: IE 5340. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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IE 5347. Modern Heuristic Optimization.

This course covers heuristic methods that search beyond local optima such as simulated annealing, tabu search, genetic algorithms, ant-colony systems and particle swarm. Papers from the literature, problem-specific heuristics, evaluation methods, and implementations are discussed. Prerequisite: IE 3340 or equivalent, or approval of instructor. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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IE 5397. System Thinking and Analysis.

This course is an introduction to systems engineering and the systems thinking process, providing important considerations related to the engineering of large scale systems. These considerations include system understanding, modeling and design, the system development process, needs analysis, concept exploration and definition, design, integration and evaluation, and systems engineering management. Prerequisite: ENGR 5310 or approval of instructor. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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IE 5398A. Healthcare Systems Engineering.

This course provides an introduction into healthcare delivery with particular attention to the application of systems engineering techniques. Topics include the organization of healthcare systems, characteristics of US healthcare, decision-making in the healthcare environment, health informatics, and performance measurement tools. Student project involves integration and application of systems engineering methodologies. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program. Prerequisite: IE 5340 or instructor's approval.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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IE 5398B. Response Surface Methodologies.

This course continues the examination of the design and analysis of controlled experiments, demonstrating how design of experiments (DOE) and response surface methodologies (RSM) are used in product optimization and process improvement. Topics include factorial and fractional factorial designs, steepest ascent, fitting response surfaces, variance-optimal design, and mixture experiments. Restricted to students enrolled in MS Engineering, MS Computer Science, MS Mathematics, MS Physics or MS Technology Management. Prerequisite: IE 5310 or Instructor's approval.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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IE 5398C. Data-Intensive Analysis and Simulation for Engineers.

This course covers foundational topics in data science, including data-intensive analysis and simulation. Specific topics include data science, data extracting and preprocessing, data visualization, and design of simulation experiments. Prerequisite: IE 5310 or Instructor's Approval.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 1 Lab Contact Hour.
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Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (MFGE)

MFGE 5316. Advanced Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing.

Topics include design process, mathematical presentation of wireframe/surface/solid modes, transformation and manipulation of objects, finite element analysis, data exchange, process planning, fundamentals of multi-axis NC programming for turning and milling processes, fundamentals of CAD/CAM systems, CNC code generation by CAD.CAM software for the CNC, and waterjet machines. Registration required instructor's approval. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 1 Lab Contact Hour.
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MFGE 5318. Additive Manufacturing.

The course covers theory, techniques, and applications of Advanced Reverse Engineering & Freedom Fabrication. Topics include reverse engineering generic process, reverse modeling, contact and noncontact scanning, point cloud, geometric modeling, data extraction, rapid prototyping processes, uniform and adaptive slicing, industrial and medical applications, hardware, and software. Registration requires instructor's approval. Restricted to students enrolled in MS Engineering program.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 1 Lab Contact Hour.
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MFGE 5320. Polymer Nanocomposites.

This course covers polymer nanocomposites focusing on materials, manufacturing, characterization, and applications. The primary focus is on fiber reinforced polymer nanocomposites. Morphological, Thermal, Mechanical, and Electrical Characterization will be discussed in detail. Applications include fire-resistant, ablative, fatigue-resistant, impact-resistant, and bio-based composites. Registration requires instructor's approval. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 1 Lab Contact Hour.
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MFGE 5326. Advanced Robotics in Manufacturing Automation.

This course covers principles and techniques involved in advanced robotics. Topics include introduction to robotics, industrial robotics, robot kinematics, path planning, robot dynamics, advanced control, force control, sensors and actuators, mobile robotics, and introduction to nanorobotics. Registration requires instructor's approval. Restricted to student's enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MFGE 5328. Advanced Control Techniques.

This course covers advanced control techniques in manufacturing processes. Topics include modeling of dynamic systems, feedback control systems analysis, stability analysis, PID control, optimal control, programmable logic control, design of control systems, transducer and sensor technology, and digital control. Registration requires instructor's approval. Restricted to students enrolled in the MS Engineering program.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MFGE 5398A. Multiscale Manufacturing.

This course covers multiscale manufacturing processes, techniques, and applications. Topics include micro and nano-manufacturing, polymer and semiconductor fabrication, thin film technologies, bulk and surface micromachining, physics of multiscale manufacturing, microelectromechanical (MEMS) devices, and design issues for fabrication of micro and nano-systems. Restricted to students enrolled in MS Engineering, MS Computer Science, MS Mathematics, MS Physics, or MS Technology Management. Instructor's approval required.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 1 Lab Contact Hour.
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MFGE 5398B. Advanced Composite Materials.

This course examines various aspects of fiber-reinforced polymeric composites. The topics covered include constituent materials (fibers and matrices), mechanics, performance, manufacturing, and introduction to nanocomposites, This course also provides introductory treatments concerning ceramic matrix composites, metal matrix composites, and carbon/carbon composites. Restricted to students enrolled in MS Engineering program.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 1 Lab Contact Hour.
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