Undergraduate Classes taught from 2004-present

Introduction to Mathematical Physics (MAE 105)
Fourier series, Sturm Liouville theory, elementary partial differential equations, integral transforms with applications to problems in vibration, wave motion, and heat conduction.

Heat Transfer (MAE 101C)
Extension of fluid mechanics in MAE 101A–B to viscous, heat-conducting flows. Application of the energy conservation equation to heat transfer in ducts and external boundary layers. Heat conduction and radiation transfer. Heat transfer coefficients in forced and free convection. Design applications.

Experimental Techniques (MAE 170)
Principles and practice of measurement and control and the design and conduct of experiments. Technical report writing. Lectures relate to dimensional analysis, error analysis, signal-to-noise problems, filtering, data acquisition and data reduction, as well as background of experiments and statistical analysis. Experiments relate to the use of electronic devices and sensors.

Solid Mechanics (MAE 131B)
Continuum mechanics of solids and its application to the mechanical response of machine and structural elements. Stress and strain in indicial notation; field equations and constitutive relations. Linear elastic stress analysis in torsion, plane stress and plane strain; stress concentrations; fracture mechanics. Extremum principles and structural stability. Viscoelasticity, plasticity, and failure criteria. Theorems of plastic limit analysis.

Principles of Materials Science (MAE 20)
The structure of materials: metals, ceramics, glasses, semiconductors, superconductors, and polymers to produce desired, useful properties. Atomic structures. Defects in materials, phase diagrams, microstructural control. Mechanical and electrical properties are discussed. Time temperature transformation diagrams. Diffusion.

Freshman Seminars (MAE 87)
The Freshman Seminar program is designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small seminar setting. Enrollment is limited to fifteen to twenty students, with preference given to entering freshmen

(1) Quantum Information Processing,
(2) Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems,
(3) Nano-Electro-Mechanical Systems

Graduate Classes taught from 2004-present

Thermal Processes (MAE 202) – Energy conservation, heat conduction, convection, thermal boundary layers, heat exchangers.

    The following classes were all initiated by Prof. Bandaru

    Nanoscale Heat Transfer (MAE 225A)
    An advanced introduction to the principles underlying conduction, convection, and radiation phenomena at the atomic/molecular scale; overview of macroscopic thermal sciences, kinetic theory and fluidics, statistical thermodynamics and quantum theory, thermal properties as a function of dimensionality; experimental methods.

    Electronic & Photonic Properties of Materials (MAE 265A/ MATS 251A)
    The electronic and optical properties of metals, semiconductors, and insulators. The concept of the band structure. Electronic and lattice conductivity. Type I and Type II superconductivity. Optical engineering using photonic band gap crystals in one-, two-, and three-dimensions. Current research frontiers.

    Micro-electromechanical systems: MEMS (MAE 268/ MATS 254)
    Fabrication of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) by bulk and surface micromachining of single crystal, polycrystal, and amorphous silicon and other materials. Performance issues including electrostatic, magnetic, piezoelectric actuations, residual stresses, deformation. Novel device applications, future trends in smart materials and nano-electro-mechanical (NEMS) systems.

    Principles of Energy Materials and Applications (MAE 254/MATS 256)
    This class will cover the fundamentals/engineering aspects of various energy materials based on metallic, ceramic, semiconductor, and chemical structures, and their applications related to solar cells, fuel cells, batteries, fusion energy, and hydrogen storage will be discussed.

    Magnetic Materials: Principles and Applications (MAE 265B/ MATS 251B)
    The basis of magnetism: Classical and quantum mechanical points of view. Different kinds of magnetic materials. Magnetic phenomena including anisotropy, magnetostriction, domains, and magnetization dynamics. Current frontiers of nanomagnetics research including thin films and particles. Optical, data storage, and biomedical engineering applications of soft and hard magnetic materials.