We’ve added  new summer courses for Summer 2020!!

All courses will be fully online or through Internet Video Conference (live virtual lecture times but recorded so you can access them at different times, if necessary).
*Newly added. Will only be offered if 20 or more students enroll by April 30 (may be lower for tech electives). We’ve added instructor bios for the newly added courses. Click on the catalog number to read a description. Check here for the most up-to-date enrollment numbers.

Non-University of Utah students should first apply to the University of Utah as a non-degree seeking student by the April 30th deadline. Email joy.velarde@utah.edu for more information about how to enroll.

ME EN 2010 Statics (IVC MoWeFr / 09:45AM-11:00AM; lectures will be recorded)
Instructor: Dillon Watring
Bio: I am currently a PhD candidate in the Multiscale Mechanics and Materials Lab under Dr. Ashley Spear. I currently focus on research in additively manufactured metals and their mechanical characterization. Additionally, I am using machine learning and data-driven approaches to assist us in the characterization and optimization of AM metals. I have given guest lectures before in Mechanics of Materials but will be the first time I am teaching a class. As far as hobbies goes, I probably have too many. I enjoy rock climbing, fly fishing, snowboarding, and board games.

ME EN 2030 Dynamics (online)

ME EN 2300 Thermodynamics (online)
Instructor: Fateme Esmailie
Bio: You can call me Fateme or Fatima. I hold a master’s degree in Renewable Energy from the Department of Energy, at the Materials and Energy Research Center. I received my bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Chemical Engineering Department of the Isfahan University of Technology. I am a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical engineering with a particular interest in the bio-heat transfer, computational heat transfer, and heat transfer in electronic equipment. I am working on a magnetic-guidance of cochlear implant electrode insertion surgery. I study heat transfer within a cochlea during cochlear implant surgery. I taught heat transfer laboratory in Spring 2018 and I was a teaching assistant for the Thermodynamics in Fall 2019. I completed the Higher Education Teaching Specialist program at the University of Utah. This program prepared me for teaching online courses.

*ME EN 2550 Probability and Statistics (IVC MoWeFr / 11:10AM-12:15PM; lectures will be recorded)
Instructor: Jaron Moon
Bio: During Jaron’s time as an undergraduate he worked as a Learning Assistant in the Physics department, as well as conducted undergraduate research in gradient function material creation under Dr. Tan. He was on the Dean’s list consistently while starting a family and working on and off through the years. He recently starting to conduct research with Dr. Warren on battery design optimization which he finds really cool because its experimental research. He like statistics because he finds it quite interesting to be able to mathematically prove that data truly represents significant information or not. He loves to spend my time outdoors, working on and riding dirt bikes and spending time overlanding with my family and is currently restoring an old jeep gladiator.

*ME EN 3000 Design of Mechanical Elements (IVC TuTh / 10:00AM-11:30AM; lectures will be recorded)
Instructor: Joseph Phillips
Bio: Design of mechanical elements is cool because it is the first class in the senior design sequence, teaching students to synthesize many topics into one problem. The class relies on knowledge from statics to fluid mechanics to solve complex design problems. One highlight of my undergraduate career was the culmination of 4 years of education into one senior design project, the Solar Powered Ice Maker. While working on the ice maker, my team got to test it in action by taking it on a river rafting trip in Moab to learn how to improve our design. Now, as a PhD student in biomechanics, I get to take my engineering knowledge and apply it to traditionally biological problems to look at these problems from a unique perspective. I enjoy the interdisciplinary aspect present in both my research and the design of mechanical elements course. Outside of school, I enjoy hiking, seeing new movies in the theatre, and playing my guitar.

*ME EN 3220 Dynamic Systems and Control (IVC MoWeFr / 02:15PM-03:20PM; lectures will be recorded)
Instructor: William “Billy” Nagel
Bio: I completed my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2013 and 2015, respectively. My interest in control and dynamic systems were fostered with many projects and experiments that I was lucky to experience during my undergraduate studies. Some of these projects include:

  • the design, fabrication, and control of an autonomous hoverboard,
  • the modeling and control of an inverted pendulum, and
  • the digital control of a self-balancing ball-beam system.

My current research is on the mechanical design and control of precision mechatronic systems (positioning platforms with a range of about 1/1000th of a millimeter). These devices combine high-performance electrical components with intricate mechanical mechanisms and are useful for data storage and biological imaging below the resolution of traditional optical microscopes, as well as many other established and emerging applications. I use concepts and techniques presented in this class to model and improve the motion of this customized equipment to move well below the capabilities of our eyes, and I integrate these ideas into instruments that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

My interest in dynamic systems is the versatility of how they can describe things in the real world. Not only can they model how objects physically move through space, but they can show how fluids moves in a vessel, how temperatures change over time, or even the effects of combinations of subsystems traditionally dealt with in different engineering focuses. Control is even more interesting because it uses knowledge of a system to effectively improve its behavior. Either by using a model of the system of interest directly or observing its response, you can engineer it to perform better than it would normally.

My hobbies include playing music, reading, and team-based arcade games. I have been a teaching assistant for the junior level mechatronics course (ME EN 3230) which follows this class for two years, specifically as the head TA for the last year. I enjoy interacting with students to help improve their understanding of mechanical and electrical systems and control theory – both on the theoretical and practical levels. I have also given a number of lectures in past ME EN 3220 classes over the last few years.

I am looking forward to being able to instruct this topic over the summer for an intimate number of students. I think this is a great chance for undergraduate students to be able to learn fundamental engineering principles in an engaging online environment, as well as gain insight into further opportunities available in this field at the University of Utah.

ME EN 3400 Professional Communication for Mechanical Engineers (Section 001 and 002 both online)

*ME EN 3650 Heat Transfer (online)
Instructor: Kent Udell, PhD
Bio: Dr. Kent Udell is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Sustainability Research Center at the University of Utah. He is also Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley.  Professor Udell is a Utah native, having attended Utah State University and then University of Utah. In 1980, he joined the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, where he taught for 26 years.  While at Berkeley, he was the Director of the Berkeley Environmental Restoration Center, Vice-Chair of Instruction of Mechanical Engineering, and held the title of Professor in both Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is currently teaching classes in Engineering Ethics and Sustainable Energy Engineering at the University of Utah. He received the EPA Outstanding Remediation Technology Award in 1999 and is on the EPA National Advisory Committee on Environmental Technology.  His current research interests include Seasonal Underground Thermal Energy Storage, Geothermal Power Production, and Sustainable Energy Systems.

*ME EN 3710 Fluid Mechanics (more than 20 have enrolled) (IVC TuTh / 01:00PM-02:30PM; lectures will be recorded)
Instructor: Matthew Moody
Bio: Matthew has 16 years of experience as a systems engineer working in fluids measurement for oil & gas, mining, and refining industries. He has developed and taught courses in fluid measurement for Chevron, Marathon Oil, BP Oil, Barrick Gold Corporation, and the Utah and Colorado Bureau of Land Management offices. His research is in adapting simplified physics models for wildfire spread modeling with feedback from fire created winds. He’s been a TA for MEEN 2450 – Numerical Methods, MEEN 3710 – Fluid Mechanics Lab, MEEN 3650 – Heat Transfer and MEEN 5700/6700 – Intermediate Fluids.

*ME EN 5200/6200 Classical Control Systems (IVC MoWe / 03:30PM-05:00PM; lectures will be recorded)
Instructor: Ali Samare Filsoofi
Bio: I received my B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from K. N. Toosi University of Technology in 2012. The focus of my bachelor study program was on Dynamics and Control Systems, and I had the chance to work as an undergrad researcher in the Advanced Vehicle Control Systems Laboratory at K. N. Toosi University of Technology. Currently, I am a Ph.D. student in the ME Bio-Controls Laboratory advised by mechanical engineering associate professor Sanford Meek, where my research focuses on quadruped robots. Over my Ph.D., I have designed and developed an Underactuated Quadruped Robot with Variable Directional Compliance, namely Uped. This new leg design enables Uped to exploit its passive dynamics more effectively. Besides, I am developing adaptive algorithms that adjust leg compliance during locomotion as Uped operates in possibly time-varying gait and ground conditions. In the Ph.D. program at the University of Utah, I had the opportunity to TA for Robot Controls, State Space Controls, Mechatronics, and Dynamics systems & Control courses. These teaching experiences helped me to achieve a very solid and deep understanding of Control Systems. In my opinion, the most exciting aspect of Control Systems is that it allows us to regulate the behavior of dynamic systems. The hobbies I am interested in doing over my free time are gaming, playing soccer, hiking, and watching movies.

ME EN 5510/6510 Intro to Finite Element Analysis ( IVC TuTh / 03:30PM-05:00PM; lectures will be recorded)
Instructor: Christopher “Kiffer” Creveling
Bio: As a Ph.D. student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, I have been researching how strong the layers of the human eye are held together. Specifically, I have been characterizing the strength of adhesion between the vitreous and the retina of the human eye to better understand injury. Working under Dr. Brittany Coats in the Utah Head Trauma Lab has been an honor. I also enjoy connecting with other students as a teaching assistant running labs, grading lab reports and conducting weekly study sessions.

As a freshman at the U, I decided to study mechanical engineering because of my love of mathematics and science. Junior high and high school science fair projects helped spark my interest in the field of engineering. Taking classes from excellent professors has inspired me to do my best. And helping other undergraduate and graduate students understand complex engineering problems brings me great satisfaction. I have enjoyed every minute of my time spent in the Department of Mechanical Engineering—whether it be as a student, teaching assistant or researcher.

While engineering is my first love, I can be found skiing, rock climbing, camping and hiking on the weekends. Playing on the University’s Club Water Polo Team and photography are additional outlets for enjoyment. Through photography, I’ve been able to document Utah Athletics—I photographed gymnastics, baseball, volleyball, swimming, tennis, track, skiing, basketball, lacrosse, hockey, softball, water polo and football for The Daily Utah Chronicle. I have also shot the great outdoors for Wasatch Magazine (a subsidiary of The Daily Utah Chronicle). Photography allows me to capture unique perspectives that I hope catch other students’ attention. Although I indulge in many interests in my spare time, my passion for engineering remains at the top. If I’m not in the engineering lab, I probably have a camera in my hand ready to photograph an opportune moment.

From “Humans of the U

*ME EN 5730/6730 Microfluidic Chip Design and Fabrication ( IVC Tu / 09:00AM-11:00AM and an online “lab”, time TBD by the class)
Instructor: Dr. Bruce Gale
Bio: Dr. Gale is the Mechanical Engineering Department Chair, Director of the State of Utah Center of Excellence for Biomedical Microfluidics, and Co-founder of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center. Read more here about his research and achievements here: https://mech.utah.edu/faculty/bruce-gale/ (if this ends up running in summer he probably won’t teach it in the Fall to free up his time for Department Chairing).