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Elective Basic Course
Subject No. Subject name Lecture:Lab:Credit(Homework) Semester
ME106 Human and Machine 3:0:3(3) Fall
This course is designed to provide freshmen with perspectives, directions and methods necessary to help them pursue successful careers, not only as students at KAIST, but ultimately as responsible and competent professionals. To this end, this course covers: goal-setting method for life planning, strategies for a successful career, and time-management skills; and systematic methodologies for analysis and design. This deals with the various attributes of mechanical civilization to identify the advanced civilization in which the scientists and engineers drive the main stream. Cultural attitude and technical methodologies are studied to secure the leadership of engineers.
Mandatory Major Courses
Subject No. Subject name Lecture:Lab:Credit(Homework) Semester
ME200 Basic Mechanical Practice 2:3:3(3) Spring
This course concentrates on the basis in modelling and realization of mechanical components. This can be divided into the tasks of CAD and manufacturing. We will cover the former by pursuing a sequence of design examples and the latter by manufacturing the design example.
ME205 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory 2:3:3(6) Fall
Various equipments will be applied to explain the essential experiments in mechanical engineering. Measurement and processing of data will be carried out using PC and LabView. It will be trained; systematic way to select the measurement parameter, to collect and process the data, and to report and present the experimental results.
ME340 Engineering Design 2:3:3(6) Fall
This course offers a systematic design methodology encompassing all the design processes from the conceptual design to the embodiment of products. The whole process of product design starting from the problem definition, creation and synthesis of ideas, evaluation of the ideas, and combination of the generated ideas are included. The course is highlighted by the group project in which students can have practical experiences through the actual product design, manufacturing, operation, and presentation of the results, which requires the synthesis of all the knowledges and techniques acquired through their undergraduate courses.
ME400 Capstone DesignⅠ 1:6:3(6) Spring
This course helps to provide the students who already have taken engineering design course the ability to apply the design knowledge to practical industrial problems and the creative problem solving ability based on the design methodology and techniques. The design team starts to solve the problem by defining the problem and further tries to think out a new creative design followed by detailed design. The design team then makes a design prototype and evaluate the result. In the whole process, the advisor group of professors and researchers related with the selected topic renders the assistance in order to achieve the design objective.
Elective Major Courses (Core)
Subject No. Subject name Lecture:Lab:Credit(Homework) Semester
ME211 Thermodynamics 3:0:3(6) Spring
Fundamental concepts and definitions of material and its properties. Basic understanding of energy conversion problems. Formulation of 1st and 2nd laws of Thermodynamics, and application to engineering systems. Definition of material properties including energy and entropy, and concepts and calculation procedure of heat and work as applied to the thermodynamic systems. Application systems include the gas and vapor power cycles and refrigeration cycles. Some general introduction to the issues of energy and environment.
ME221 Fluid Mechanics 3:0:3(6) Fall
Fundamental concepts of fluid mechanics, fluid statics, basic equations in integral form, basic equations in differential form, Bernoulli equation, dimensional analysis and internal viscous duct and boundary layer flow.
ME231 Solid Mechanics 3:1:3(6) Spring
The basic structural mechanics modeling will be covered to learn the various materials behavior systematically. Through its application the formation of various structural components and parts will be analyzed and understood.
ME251 Dynamics 3:0:3(6) Fall
Introduction of dynamic systems for motivation enhancement. Kinematics of rigid bodies including velocity and acceleration calculated in various reference systems. Kinetics of rigid body including Newton’s law, work-energy methods and impulse-momentum methods. Measurement of important properties for dynamic analysis. Introduction to commercial computer S/W for dynamic analysis.
ME307 Applied Electronics 2:3:3(6) Spring
Applied Electronics covers the fundamental principles of the electrical engineering and electronics, and provides design and experimental experience for the students to develop the capability to apply the principles to engineering practices. The course includes passive and active circuit elements, analog and digital systems, and electronic instrumentation.
ME311 Heat Transfer 3:0:3(6) Spring
This course deals with transport phenomena associated with steady and transient heat conductions, forced and free convections, and thermal radiation. Basic heat transfer mechanisms, modeling and formulation of the phenomena, solution procedures, and empirical correlations will be discussed. Also some practical applications will be introduced.
ME351 Mechanical Vibrations 3:0:3(6) Spring
Designed to give students ability of vibration analysis for dynamic system. especially, Dynamics course (ME250) is needed.
ME360 Modeling and Control of Engineering Systems 3:3:4(6) Fall
This course deals with modeling and control of engineering systems including mechanical systems and electrical systems. In this course, differently from conventional approach, some practical systems are introduced first for control experience, and then the basic principles are presented for mathematical modeling and feedback control.
ME370 Understanding of Materials and Processing 3:0:3(6) Spring
This course includes the basic principle of engineering materials and fabrication processes as well as the micro-fabrication processes for the semi-conductor and MEMS processing.
Elective Major Courses (Intensive)
Subject No. Subject name Lecture:Lab:Credit(Homework) Semester
ME203 Mechatronics system design 2:3:3(6) Fall
This course introduces methods and techniques to interface and control mechatronics systems using Arduino. The course will also briefly introduce how to design and prototype small parts using 3D design softwares which is needed to build mechatronics devices. This course focuses more on laboratory and term projects so that students can have hands-on experience of implementing mechatronics systems.
ME301 Numerical Analysis 3:0:3(6) Spring
This course covers numerical modeling, computers and error analysis, roots of equations, linear algebraic equations, curve fitting, numerical differentiation and integration, ordinary differential equations, and partial differential equations.
ME302 Creative Problem Solving 2:3:3(6) Spring
Creative solving of engineering problems consists of creative problem recognition, problem definition and analysis, and creative synthesis, etc. Each step is treated in the systematic framework then, students would learn important creative ideation techniques. they would be divided into working groups to experience the creative solving procedures through creative discussion sessions.
ME305 Electronics Laboratory for Mechanical Engineers 2:3:3(6) Spring,Fall
The course “Electronics Laboratory for Mechanical Engineers” provides mechanical engineers with application capabilities utilizing electronics and software technologies. The course is comprised of interdisciplinary topics requiring knowledge from various fields such as mechanics, electronics, software and computer science. The students shall perform a (team based) term project with one of topics related to electronic system design for mechatronics systems, sensor signal conditioning and measurement, digital system design using micro-processor (C-language-based), motor driving for precision control and etc.Prerequisites are Applied Electronic(MAE307) and C-programming language (or equivalent software programming courses). The C-programming language shall be covered by the course unless the students do no have appropriate level of knowledge for the programming skills.
ME312 Energy and Environment 3:0:3(6) Fall
This course deals with the topics of energy and environment problems. It includes application of thermodynamics like chemical reactions, combustion, phase and chemical equilibrium, thermodynamics of mixture, air conditioning. Also, aerosol fundamentals, particle transport properties, origin and sources of air pollution, emission control technology and air pollutant and global climate, etc. are studied.
ME330 Foundation of Stress Analysis 3:0:3(6) Spring
This class is designed to help students have the ability to handle the deformation of solids under various field loads analytically and physically. The class will focus on the basic ideas of stress, deformation, energy methods and establishing the governing equations for stress analysis of unsymmetric beam, curved beam, torsion of beam with complex cross section and plates.
ME341 Mechanical Component Design 3:0:3(6) Fall
This course deals first the design methodology and failure criteria based on the deterministic and stochastic analyses. Then the design of mechanical components such as gears, bolts, nuts, shafts, spring, bearings are taught by both the classical safety factor approach method and the reliability or statistical method.
ME342 Mechanism Design 3:0:3(6) Fall
An introduction to planar linkage kinematics and mechanism design with special emphasis on kinematic synthesis. Topics include displacement and velocity analysis, acceleration analysis, dynamics of mechanisms, cam design, gear trains and kinematic synthesis.
ME371 Advanced Materials Engineering and its Application 3:0:3(6) Fall
This course aims understanding of basic materials engineering and fabrication/manufacturing process. Basic studies of materials engineering, piezoelectric materials/device, electronic materials/device, polymer materials, and composite materials will be carried out and followed by materials/device fabrication/manufacturing processes study to achieve the course target.
ME401 Capstone DesignⅡ 1:6:3(6) Fall
This course is a continuation of Capstone Design I and based on the designed item the design is further refined to meet the industrial requirements of the industry. The opinions from the industrial side is fed back to design for completion of the design objective. The evaluation is performed in the public presentation.
ME403 Introduction to Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering 3:0:3(6) Spring,Summer,Fall,Winter
The general principles of shipbuilding and ocean engineering will be provided to students who did not majored in this field in his Bachelor degree. Hydrostatics, resistance and propulsion, motion in ocean, structural integrity, rule-based structural design, vibration of ocean systems, offshore structure, drilling principles, under water vehicle will be covered.
ME404 Introduction to Simulation of Medical Procedures 3:1:3(6) Spring
This course introduces the enabling technologies of the medical simulation. The course focuses on the core technologies, universal to broad medical simulation, such as visual interface, haptic interface, systems integration and control. The course also emphasizes the importance of the clinical test and evaluation in the entire life cycle of the medical simulators, ranging from the concept design to the deployment to the teaching hospitals. Example simulators will be used to provide hands-on experience, and to enhance the understanding of the involved theories and practical techniques.
ME405 Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship 2:3:3(6) Spring,Fall
For successful launching of new business model, fast implementation of ideation, prototyping, and business model creation is required. This course provides a series of lectures for understanding the concept of open innovation and entrepreneurship. It also provides practical training sessions for students to practice design thinking process, agile development, and new business model creation. The course will provide network to global leaders in design & innovation so that students can have prospective career path understanding.
ME411 Design of Energy Systems 3:0:3(3) Fall
The objective of this course is to study optimum design methods for thermal fluid systems that consist of various components such as pump, compressor, heat exchanger, burner, expansion valve, reactor and distillation tower, etc. First, methods to make mathematical equations to simulate operational performance of each component are presented and solution methods for systems of simulation equations for large system are explained. A number of popular optimization methods are explained in detail and they are used to find optimum configuration of each component that make up the total thermal fluid system.
ME413 Engine Technology 3:0:3(6) Spring
To provide principles of engine technology and the systems of automobile power plants. To introduce the operations of gasoline and diesel reciprocating engines and the analysis of performances followed by the discussions on the future aspects of engine technology concerned with environmental impact.
ME414 Applied superconductivity and Thermal Engineering 3:0:3(6) Fall
This course covers basic principle of superconductivity and advanced refrigeration technology with specific refrigeration components such as compressor, refrigerant, expansion device, and recuperative or regenerative heat exchangers. This course is designed for undergraduate seniors so that they can thoroughly investigate actual applied superconducting equipments and their cooling systems by systematically applying acquired thermo-fluid knowledge. The course will emphasize discussion of practical problems and possible improvement for successful commercialization of superconducting technology.
ME416 Vehicle Dynamics 3:0:3(6) Spring
This course will help students in designing new car suspensions and/or improving car dynamics by learning the influence of the mechanical elements(suspension, steering, brake, tire, etc) to the vehicle dynamic behavior.
ME420 Applied Fluid Mechanics 3:0:3(6) Spring
Brief review of Fluid Mechanics(ME220); laminar and turbulent internal and external flows; engineering applications; introduction to compressible flows
ME430 Introduction to Reliability in Mechanical Engineering Design 3:0:3(6) Fall
This course treats statistical distributions and methods for evaluation of reliability in mechanical engineering design. The students also learn the general fundamental statistics as a prerequisite knowledge briefly and efficiently. Projects to evaluate reliability are given to the students.
ME431 Introduction to Continuum Mechanics 3:0:3(6) Fall
Basic principles of solid mechanics and fluid mechanics are dealt with in a unified view point on undergraduate level. Vector fields and tensor fields are introduced in cartesian coordinate, and deformation, strain and rate of deformation are studied. Forces, stresses, momentum balance and energy balance are dealt with. Constitutive laws in elastic solid and viscous fluid are studied. Some applications of the theory to solids and fluids are also treated.
ME432 Deformation, Fracture and Strength of Materials 3:0:3(6) Spring
This course will treat the deformation, fracture and strength of materials as the essential knowledge for mechanical design. The dislocation theory and fracture mechanics will be also briefly treated.
ME440 Engineering Design via FEM 3:1:3(6) Spring
This course provides the introduction of FEM, and its application for mechanical engineering design and analysis at the undergraduate level. Basic principles and background of FEM are discussed with the aid of various mechanics examples illustrating the fundamentals of FEM, with the minimum usage of advanced math skill. Typical examples include the coverage of simple elements such as a spring, a truss and a beam via the principle of virtual work, and the extension of this concept to the continuum level. Students will be exposed to intensive use of commercial codes during the lab hours to acquire various techniques for applications of commercial packages for design and analysis.
ME452 Noise Control Engineering 3:0:3(6) Fall
Generation and control of sound/noise will be covered in the course. Fundamental principles that govern sound generation and control are designed to be understood, not by theoretical approach but mainly physical, conceptual means. Class competition and experiment are expected.
ME453 Introduction to Robotics Engineering 3:0:3(6) Fall
In the robot motion, one will analyze the static and spatial restriction factors deal with basic robots design and application.
ME460 Automatic Control 3:0:3(6) Fall
The subject of the course is to study the methods to improve the performance of the mechanical control systems by analyzing their characteristics by transfer function between input and output or by state space approach. contents include analogy between mechanical system and electrical system, modeling of mechanical systems, characteristics of closed loop control system.
ME461 Introduction to Fuel Cell Systems 3:0:3(6) Spring
This course aims overall understanding of fuel cell systems by studying mechanism, thermodynamics, electrochemical energy conversion and loss, major balance-of-plants such as fuel processors, power conditioning systems, gas moving systems for fuel cells. The course also provides lectures on constructing materials of fuel cells in detail.
ME471 Precision Engineering 3:1:3(6) Fall
Students learn about Principles in design and manufacturing of precision machines and precision components. This course includes lectures and experimental practices on precision machine design and realization of a real products using precision machine tools, measuring machines, and corresponding softwares.
ME475 Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics 3:0:3(6) Fall
This course serves to introduce students to the many mathematical methods by which differential equations may be solved. A list of the specific topics is provided in the attached Schedule. In covering this material, there should be three overriding objectives: (a) The student should be able to obtain an intelligent working knowledge of a substantial number of useful mathematical methods. (b) The student should be able to connect the mathematical knowledge to physical problems encountered in mechanical engineering. This will lead to an improved understanding of the physical phenomena. (c) A final, yet equally important objective is to develop a positive attitude towards the subject of mathematics. It is incumbent upon the instructor to reveal the vital role that such skills play in students’ professional careers and to thereby transmit a sense of excitement for the subject.
ME480 Introduction to Biomedical Optics 3:0:3(6) Fall
The intention of the course is to introduce basic principles of optics and optical components and to develop a broad skill set for research in biomedical optics including technologies such as lasers, fiber optics, and microscopic optical imaging systems. The lecture series will also introduce current clinical and basic biology challenges that may be addressed by optical solutions.
ME481 Introduction to Electromagnetism & Optics 3:1:3(6) Spring
This course deals with fundamentals of electromagnetism and optics that are of significant importance in modern mechanical engineering. Emphasis is given to understanding of basic principles and applications of electromagnetic forces, motors, and electromagnetic wave propagation. Optics is also treated with aims of gaining deep comprehension of elementary and system technologies needed to design opto-electro-mechanical systems.
ME484 Structure & Function of Human Body 3:0:3(6) Fall
This course covers the basics of human anatomy and physiology, so that engineering students become familiar with the body functions. Topics include mechanisms of the cells as well as systems, and some of the ways in which bioengineering, genetic engineering and cell biology are being used to address problems of health and disease based on the principles of physiology.
ME487 Mechanics of cellular movements and mimetics 3:0:3(6) Spring
This course is designed for mechanical engineering students who are interested in biological motility and its application to engineering and medicine. We will go over the basics of essential cell biology, examples of various cellular movements, and methodology to understand their mechanism. We intend to explore cellular movements and their physical properties, especially for those cells closely related to diseases.
ME488 Introduction to biomedical machine technology 3:0:3(6) Fall
Basic concepts, tools, and applications in biomedical engineering for mechanical engineers and a survey of the current biomedical machine technology. Gives students a perspective on the relationship between biology, biomedical engineering, and mechanical engineering. Introduces concepts in biomedical engineering and emphasizes the quantitative and integrative nature of biomedical problems including biomedical sensors, bioinstrumentation, physiological modeling, undergraduate level of biomechanics and medical robotics. Brief introduction of anatomy and physiology is provided in the beginning of the course.
ME491 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering 3:0:3(6) Spring,Fall
this course deal with selected special subjects that it is hard to deal the other course.
ME493 Special Topics in Mechanical EngineeringⅠ 1:0:1 Summer,Winter
this course deal with selected special subjects that it is hard to deal the other course.
ME494 Special Topics in Mechanical EngineeringⅡ 2:0:2 Summer,Winter
this course deal with selected special subjects that it is hard to deal the other course.
Subject No. Subject name Lecture:Lab:Credit(Homework) Semester
ME490 Thesis Study 0:6:3 Spring,Fall
Research project is undertaken during the final part of undergraduate study under the supervision of a faculty member. the topic of the project is chosen by the supervisor and the student
ME495 Individual Study 0:6:1 Spring,Fall
Students choose project topics and are supervised by a faculty member.
ME496 Seminar 1:0:1 Spring,Fall
Recent advances and related topics in mechanical engineering are presented by invited lecturers.

Note: 400 level major courses open to both undergraduate and graduate students