General Engineering (ENGR)
The overall objective of the course is to prepare secondary school students to be successful in a typical university freshmen-level introduction to engineering curriculum. Students will use hands-on project work, presentations, and discussion to gain a broad perspective of a number of individual engineering disciplines. Students will understand and apply the various aspects of the engineering design process, understand and apply creative and analytical problem solving methods to various situations and improve their ability to use technical-based communication. The format of projects will be written, oral, or graphical.
This course introduces students to the various engineering disciplines offered at Illinois Tech. Speakers (faculty and expert guest speaker) will address the student cohort to discuss the various engineering disciplines and opportunities working as an engineer, to build a successful career in a rewarding profession. Students will have the opportunity to visit the educational and research facilities at the Illiois Tech Chicago campus, get familiar with Illinois Tech campus and community, and to participate in various activities, projects, and events within the Armour College of Engineering (ACE). Admitted to guaranteed admission program for engineering.
ACE Mentor Design/Build Summer Workshop gives students the opportunity to work together using professional processes and tools from Design Thinking to create a solution for a community organization with a real world need. The students then work with mentors in engineering, construction and architecture to see their work realized. The collaborative team works for seven weeks during the summer, from late June through early August. It is an exciting and challenging opportunity for students who have completed one year of the ACE after-school program. Selected students experience: A unique summer apprenticeship program that immerses them in a 7-week hands-on community design project. The opportunity to collaborate with up to 25 high-school students and 5 or more college students under the guidance of working and licensed professionals in Architecture, Engineering and Construction Management. Engaging with a real client, a real design problem and real budget, and they will be asked to think critically and to express creative design solutions. The summer begins with a community design event in late June, and culminates in August with a final student presentation and ribbon cutting, unveiling the built project.
This course introduces the student to the basic concepts and practices common to engineering. The engineering design process is presented through examples and hands-on projects. Along with fundamental engineering principles, communication skills, computer applications, and professional ethics will be included. Upon successful completion, the student will have been provided a foundation for further study in engineering.
Introductory experience to the field of robotics. Included in this experience will be the engineering design process, a university-level programming language, and open-ended problem solving strategies. Students, working in small hands-on teams, will be presented with several authentic design challenges. To meet these challenges, students will design, build, and program an appropriate LEGO® EV3 robot with National Instruments LabVIEW software. Teams will document and present their design solutions. Additional topics may include motor control, gear ratios, torque, friction, sensors, timing, program loops, logic gates, decision-making, and timing sequences. The course incorporates Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
This course provides a faculty-mentored immersive group research experience. Research topics are determined by the faculty mentor's area of research. In addition to the mentored research, students participate in seminars, prepare a written report of their research findings, and present their research findings at a poster expo. Students will receive assignments consistent with their academic level.
This course provides a faculty-mentored immersive individual research experience. Research topics are determined by the faculty mentor's area of research. In addition to the mentored research, students participate in seminars, prepare a written report of their research findings, and present their research findings at a poster expo. Students will receive assignments consistent with their academic level. Open to advanced high school and incoming engineering students with appropriate background for the research topic. Students must apply to the course. Only students who apply to the course and are selected by the instructor will be allowed to register for the course.
This course introduces students to the basic skill set that changes a student's perspective from one of passive reception and learning to active participation and purposeful exploration to create value. This is a hands-on course where students learn to climb Mount Everest as a team, learn and practice the five disciplines for creating value, spark creativity and invention, learn the IIT-way to design, prototype, prototype and prototype, elevator pitching, and practice what they have learned by competing in a mini-innovation chase. The winners receive free courses at IIT to continue their journey to perfect the entrepreneurial mind set.
The course will provide an overview of standard shop practices, machining theory, measurement, mechanical drawing, dimensioning requirements, tolerances, material selection, fastener selection, and shop safety. This course will provide basic instruction on the proper use and complimentary capabilities of standard machine tools. Hand tools, drill press, lathe, mill, band saw, CNC machines, laser cutters and 3D printers will be used by students. Students will fabricate a variety of parts that will demonstrate the capabilities of individual machine tools.
This course provides a faculty-mentored immersive research experience as a part of a student team. Research topics are determined by faculty mentor's area of research. Open only to engineering students with appropriate background for the research topic. Students must apply to the course. Only students who apply to the course and are selected by the instructor will be allowed to register for the course.
This course provides individually-based faculty-mentored immersive research experience. Research topics are determined by faculty mentor's area of research. Open only to engineering students with appropriate background for the research topic. Students must apply to the course. Only students who apply to the course and are selected by the instructor will be allowed to register for the course.
This course is a mentored, immersive practical engineering training. Students learn under the direction of professional engineers and practicing engineers by working on real engineering projects. The student will perform hands-on engineering, including learning and developing/applying engineering principles and concepts to complete the project assigned to the student. The student will apply engineering ethics and safety during their practical engineering training. Students will communicate the results of their work in written and oral communications. Students will receive assignments of varying complexity consistent with their undergraduate standing.
This course introduces students to research methods, techniques for measurement and data analysis, lab safety, and contemporary issues related to research in a university setting. Students will be introduced to research proposal development, scientific literature reviews, measurement techniques, statistical data analysis, design of experiments, good laboratory practice, and proper presentation techniques. Ethics and intellectual property topics related to research will also be covered. During this course, students will be involved in hands-on experimentation in order to practice their measurement and data analysis skills as well as test their hypotheses. Experiments will focus on the engineering themes of energy, water, health, and security.
This course provides a faculty-mentored immersive research experience as a part of a student team. Research topics are determined by faculty mentor's area of research.
This course provides a faculty-mentored immersive research experience. Research topics are determined by faculty mentor's area of research.
This course helps prepare students for commercializing medical devices within a highly-regulated environment. Concepts include protecting intellectual property, the structure and scope of the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), developing, testing, producing and marketing medical devices under FDA regulations, total product lifecycle, and quality management.
This course will review technology-based enterprises and the driving forces that impact corporate strategy. Students will learn how to apply engineering knowledge to determine technology/product direction and make/buy/partnering decisions. Relationships between research and development, operations, finance, marketing, and other functions within engineering-based organizations that drive strategic decisions will be examined. Strategy development and competitive analysis will be included. Case studies from the industry relevant to the student's engineering track will be reviewed.
Many engineering projects suffer due to weak business cases, schedule slippages, and cost overruns. This course presents commonly used tools and techniques and best practices to build an effective business case, develop a realistic schedule and budget, and successfully execute and complete a project. Students are introduced to a generic project management life cycle model, review basic project management principles, tools, and techniques, and learn engineering-tailored best practices used by high performing, project-centric organizations. Students have an opportunity to apply selected tools in the form of short classroom exercises.
In project management, a risk is considered an uncertain event that may have a positive or a negative impact on project objectives. Managing identified threats individually through customized strategies is key to project success. Similarly, opportunities must be leveraged for better project outcomes. Implementation of an effective risk management process is imperative for today's complex projects. This course presents a five-step process to manage project threats as well as opportunities. On every project, students will be able to identify and analyze risks and develop response strategies for each identified risk and take proper response action to manage the risks. Industry best practices and quantitative tools and simulations are used to analyze risk.
ENGR 531 is a project-based course where students will explore integrated designs of urban systems. Each project will apply the students’ engineering disciplines (such as structures, transportation, building science, construction engineering and management, environmental engineering) in a comprehensive analysis that considers the economic, human, and environmental issues associated with the project.
ENGR 532 is an active seminar course that emphasizes current topics in urban systems engineering. Invited speakers will include researchers and representatives from current practice, such as municipal and regional planners and consultants. Appropriate readings will be assigned in advance of each speaker to guide students in preparation for active discussion with each speaker. Each student will also write a term paper on an urban systems engineering tropic of their choice, connecting material from the assigned reading, the speakers, and additional references selected by the student.
This course covers all aspects of planning new products or services that are commercially viable and add to a company's suite of offerings. It includes such topics as user research, market analysis, need/problem identification, creative thinking, ideation, concepting, competitive benchmarking, human factors, prototyping, evaluation, and testing. The course includes creative, analytical, and technical skills in a balanced approach using such teaching methods as case studies, individual exercises, and group projects.
Configuration space. Path planning techniques including potential field functions, roadmaps, cell decomposition, and sampling-based algorithms. Kalman filtering. Probabilistic localization techniques using Bayesian methods. Trajectory planning.
Review of basic accounting principles and techniques -- purchasing, accounts payable, invoicing, accounts receivable, general ledger, payrolls, and indirect costs. Job costing and budgeting. Recording and reporting procedures in construction projects -- invoices, subcontractor applications for payment, labor time cards, unit completion reports, change orders. Cost coding systems for construction activities. Variance reporting procedures. Project closeout. Class exercise using computer program.
Characteristics of the construction industry. Project delivery systems. Duties and liabilities of the parties at the pre-contract stage. Bidding. Contract administration including duties and liabilities of the parties regarding payments, retainage, substantial and final completion, scheduling and time extensions, change orders, changed conditions, suspension of work, contract termination, and resolution of disputes. Contract bonds. Managing the construction company. Labor law and labor relations.
Basic economic concepts including interest calculations, economic comparison of alternatives, replacement decisions, depreciation and depletion, tax considerations, and sensitivity analysis. Evaluation of public projects, the effect of inflation, decision making under risk and/or uncertainty, economic decision models. Case studies from the construction industry.
Management and system concepts, linear programming, graphical methods, Simplex, two-phase Simplex, the transportation problem, the assignment problem, integer programming, and sensitivity analysis. System modeling by activity networks; maximal-low flow, longest-path and shortest-path analyses, flow graphs, decision-tree analysis, stochastic-network modeling, queuing systems, and analysis of inventory systems. Case studies from the construction industry.
This course covers the general methods used for micro- and nano-fabrication and assembly, including photolithography techniques, physical and chemical deposition methods, masking, etching, and bulk micromachining as well as self-assembly techniques. It also covers nanotubes, nanowires, nanoparticles, and the devices that use them, including both electronic and mechanical-electronic systems, as well as nano-structural materials and composites. Focus is on commercially available current processes as well as emerging technologies and evolving research areas. Sensing and instrumentation as well as nano-positioning and actuation are covered briefly.
This course is about the digital revolution taking place in the world of manufacturing and how students, workers, managers, and business owners can benefit from the sweeping technological changes taking place. It is about the change from paper-based processes to digital-based processes all through the design/manufacturing/deliver enterprise, and across the global supply chain. It touches on digital design, digital manufacturing engineering, digital production, digital quality assurance, and digital contracting, from large companies to small. There is also a significant focus on cyber security and the new types of threats that manufacturers face in the new digital world. Other topics covered include intelligent machines, connectivity, the digital thread, big data, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
This course examines the fundamentals of a variety of additive manufacturing processes as well as design for additive manufacturing, materials available, and properties and limitations of materials and designs. It also examines the economics of additive manufacturing as compared to traditional subtractive manufacturing and other traditional techniques. Additive techniques discussed include 3D printing, selective laser sintering, stereo lithography, multi-jet modeling, laminated object manufacturing, and others. Advantages and limitations of all current additive technologies are examined as well as criteria for process selection. Processes for metals, polymers, and ceramics are covered. Other topics include software tools and connections between design and production, direct tooling, and direct manufacturing. Current research trends are discussed.
Students apply the knowledge they have acquired in the Engineering Management program to a specific problem or case study. Projects will be identified and mentored in conjunction with faculty and industrial partners. A final report or business plan is required that reflects the focus of the capstone project.
Elements of product development (mechanical and electrical), manufacturing and production planning, supply chain, marketing, product research, and entrepreneurship concepts are taught in this class. In this course, student teams will be required to create a compelling product that has potential to be sold in today's marketplace. They will be required to create functional prototypes of their product for people to use and critique. If successful, students will be allowed to put their product on Kickstarter.com and take orders for delivery after the class is complete while potentially fostering their own business as a result of this course.
This course is a mentored, immersive practical engineering training. Students learn under the direction of professional engineers and practicing engineers by working on real engineering projects. The student will perform hands-on engineering, including learning and developing/applying engineering principles and concepts to complete the project assigned to the student. The student will apply engineering ethics and safety during their practical engineering training. Students will communicate the results of their work in written and oral communications. Students will receive assignments of varying complexity consistent with their graduate standing.
This course provides a faculty-mentored immersive team-based research experience. Research topics are determined by the faculty mentor's area of research. In addition to the mentored research, students participate in seminars, prepare a written report of their research findings, and present their research findings at a poster expo.
This course provides a faculty-mentored immersive research experience. Research topics are determined by the faculty mentor's area of research. In addition to the mentored research, students participate in seminars, prepare a written report of their research findings, and present their research findings at a poster expo.