Course Descriptions

SENG/CHEN 655 – Process Safety Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3.
Applications of engineering principles to process hazards analysis including source and dispersion modeling, emergency relief systems, fire and explosion prevention and mitigation, hazard identification, risk assessment, process safety management, etc. Prerequisites: Approval of instructor.

SENG/CHEN 660 Quantitative Risk Analysis. (3-0). Credit 3.
Fundamental concepts, techniques, and applications of risk analysis and risk-informed decision making for engineering students. Practical uses of probabilistic methods are demonstrated in exercises and case studies from diverse engineering areas. Prerequisites: Graduate or Senior status. Cross-listed with SENG 660 and ISEN 660.

CHEN 661 – Optimization of Chemical Engineering Processes. (3-0). Credit 3.
Methods of optimization applied for the design and control of chemical engineering processes. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

CVEN 610 – Environmental Risk Assessment. (3-0). Credit 3.
Risk assessment of the environment and human exposure in a statistically-based approach to determine allowable levels of exposure without significant deleterious effects; the basic approach of hazard identification; data collection and analysis; toxicity assessment; risk characterization; applications in ecological and human risk assessment; risk analysis performed. Prerequisite: CHEM 222 or equivalent. Cross-listed with PHEO 650.

CVEN 655 – Structural Reliability. (3-0). Credit 3.
Uncertainties in structural mechanics; probabilistic models for load and resistance variables, fundamentals of structural reliability theory, advanced first-order second moment methods and reliability of complex structural systems; applications to selected structures. Prerequisites: CVEN 345 and 421.

CVEN 686 – Offshore and Coastal Structures. (3-0). Credit 3.
Fundamental design and analysis techniques; offshore platforms for shallow and deep water, pile supported, gravity based and floating platforms; new design problems faced by offshore industry will be examined by class during the semester. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

ISEN 612 – Design by Reliability. (3-0). Credit 3.
Quantitative reliability analysis in engineering design. Reliability methods applicable to risk based design, component reliability and degradation, static and dynamic system reliability modeling and analysis, life testing, stress/strength analysis, and fault tree analysis. Prerequisites: ISEN 609.

ISEN 627 – Engineering Analysis for Decision Making. (3-0). Credit 3.
Principles and application of techniques in analysis of decision processes involving engineering systems under uncertainty. Areas of utility and information theory as related to quantification of information for decision-making. Prerequisites: ISEN 609 or approval of instructor.

ISEN 630 – Human Operator in Complex Systems. (3-0). Credit 3.
Basic understanding of the theory and practice of human factors engineering. Topics are presented within the framework of humans as functioning systems and their requirements when incorporated in hardware and software systems.

MEEN 652 – Multivariable Control System Design. (3-0). Credit 3.
Advanced issues relevant to the design of multivariable control systems using hybrid (time and frequency domain) design methodologies; design using the LQG/LTR method and advanced practical applications using various robust control system design techniques. Prerequisite: MEEN 651 or ECEN 605. Cross-listed with NUEN 619.

NUEN 612 – Radiological Safety and Hazards Evaluation. (3-0). Credit 3.
State and federal regulations concerning radioactive materials; radiation safety as applied to accelerators, nuclear reactors and radioactive byproducts; rigorous methods of analysis applied to computation of biological radiation dose and dose rates from various sources and geometries; radiation effects on physical systems. Prerequisites: NUEN 613; MATH 308.

NUEN 689 – Special Topics in… Credit 1 to 4.
Selected topics in an identified area of nuclear engineering. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

SENG 685 – Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 12 each semester.
Investigation of topics not within the scope of thesis or dissertation research and not covered by other formal courses.

SENG 422 – Fire Protection Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3.
Fire protection design concepts and considerations for chemical, petrochemical and hydrocarbon processing facilities. Special attention given to fire hazard analysis, fire risk assessment, fire protection features, and emergency response. Specific fire protection design considerations are studied for the various types of facilities and processes. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.

STAT 601 – Statistical Analysis. (3-2). Credit 4.
For students in engineering, physical and mathematical sciences. Introduction to probability, probability distributions and statistical inference; hypotheses testing; introduction to methods of analysis such as tests of independence, regression, analysis of variance with some consideration of planned experimentation. Prerequisite: MATH 152 or 172.