2016-2017 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Apr 12, 2021  
2016-2017 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Aerospace Engineering/Energy Systems Engineering

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Young B. Moon, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Interim Department Chair,
263 Link Hall,

Thong Dang, Graduate Program Director
263 Link Hall
John F. Dannenhoffer, Aerospace Engineering Program Director
245 Link Hall


Jeongmin Ahn, Benjamin Akih-Kumgeh, Michelle Blum, Edward Bogucz, Frederick Carranti, Hamid Dalir, Thong Dang, John Dannenhoffer, Barry Davidson, Mark Glauser, Melissa Green, H. Ezzat Khalifa, Alan Levy, Jacques Lewalle, Young Moon, Shalabh Maroo, Vadrevu Murthy, Michael Roppo, Utpal Roy, Amit Sanyal, Roger Schmidt, Jianshun Zhang, Tong Zhang


The combined degree is for students to complete the Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and the Masters of Science in Energy Systems Engineering degrees consecutively, with a goal of completing both degree requirements in five years. 6 credits of 500-level courses may be counted towards both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. A block of transfer credits labeled as “transferred from SU undergraduate record” appears on the graduate record and applies credit hours toward the graduate degree, but is not calculated in the graduate GPA.


Students must be currently enrolled in the BS Aerospace Engineering program at Syracuse University, and should apply to the combined BS and MS program in the first semester of their third year of study. Admission is based upon academic performance. Students are accepted for graduate study after completion of the third year of study but are not fully matriculated as graduate students until all bachelor’s degree requirements have been met.

BSAE Curriculum

First Year-Fall Semester

MAT 295 - Calculus I

CHE 150 - General Chemistry for Engineers

CHE 151 - General Chemistry for Engineers Laboratory

ECS 101 - Introduction to Engineering and Computer Science

WRT 105 - Studio 1: Practices of Academic Writing

Elective 1 (3 credits)


First Year-Spring Semester

MAT 296 - Calculus II

PHY 211 - General Physics I

PHY 221 - General Physics Laboratory I

ECS 104 - Engineering Computational Tools

MAE 184 - Engineering Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

Elective 2 (3 credits)


Second Year-Fall Semester

ECS 326 - Engineering Materials, Properties, and Processing

MAT 397 - Calculus III

PHY 212 - General Physics II

PHY 222 - General Physics Laboratory II

ECS 221 - Statics

Elective 3 (3 credits)


Second Year-Spring Semester

MAT 485 - Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra for Engineers

ECS 222 - Dynamics

ECS 325 - Mechanics of Solids

MAE 251 - Thermodynamics

WRT 205 - Studio 2: Critical Research and Writing


Third Year-Fall Semester

MAE 312 - Engineering Analysis

MAE 315 - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Laboratory

MAE 341 - Fluid Mechanics

ELE 231 - Electrical Engineering Fundamentals I

ELE 291 - Electrical Engineering Laboratory I

Elective 4 (3 credits)


Third Year-Spring Semester

MAE 321 - Dynamics of Mechanical Systems

AEE 342 - Aerodynamics

AEE 343 - Compressible Flow

ELE 312 - Control Systems for MAE

Elective 5 (3 credits)

Fourth Year-Fall Semester

AEE 427 - Aircraft Performance and Dynamics

AEE 446 - Propulsion

AEE 471 - Design/Analysis of Aerospace Structure

Elective 6 (3 credits)

Fourth Year-Spring Semester

AEE 472 - Synth of Aerosp Systems

AEE 577 - Introduction to Space Flight

Elective 7 (3 credits)

Elective 8 (3 credits)

Total Credits Required: 128

MSESE Curriculum


A student seeking an MS Degree in Energy Systems Engineering (MSESE) must complete ten (10) 3-
credit courses, no more than four (4) of which can be at the 500-level, the remainder must be at the 600-
level or higher.

Required Courses

The following 2 courses (6 credits) are required of all students regardless of BS major. Students who took
these courses as part of their BS degree may substitute 2 courses from the Energy Systems Tracks listed

  • MAE 548  : Engineering Economics and Technology Valuation (3 credits)
  • MAE 551  : Energy Conversion (3 credits)

Select either MFE629 or MAE630, plus ECS650 (a total of 6 credits):

MFE 629  : Modeling and Optimization Techniques, or

MAE 630 : Advanced Practical Optimization (only 1 of these 2)

ECS 650  : Managing Sustainability: Purpose, Principles, and Practice (also BUA650)

Energy Systems Tracks

Select any3 courses (9 credits) from one of the 3 tracks listed below:
Thermal Energy Track

MAE 553 : HVAC Systems Analysis & Design

MAE 554 : Principles of Refrigeration

MAE 585 : Principles of Turbomachinery

CEN 542 : Heat & Mass Transfer Operations

MAE 643 : Fluid Dynamics

MAE 651 : Advanced Thermodynamics; or CEN651: Chem .Engineering Thermodynamics (only 1

of these)

MAE 655 : Advanced Heat Transfer; CEN741: Transport Phenomena; or MAE657: Convective

Heat & Mass Transfer (only 1 of these)

MAE 658 : Building Environmental Modeling & Simulation

MAE 659 : BuildingMaterials & Envelope

MEE 757 : Heat Exchange Systems

MAE 765  : Combustion Phenomena in Engineering

Alternative Energy Track

NUC 510 : Nuclear Power Plant Design, Operation & Safety (to be changed to Nuclear Reactor

Design, Operation & Safety.)

NUC 520  : Radiochemistry, Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing and Nonproliferation

CEN 573 : Principles and Design in Air Pollution Control

MAE 587 : Design of Solar Energy Systems

MAE 588 : Principles of Wind Turbines (also ECS588 and CIE588).

CEN 662 : Biofuels, Bioprocessing and Biorefining

MAE 686 : Fuel Cell Science & Technology

Electric Energy Track

ELE 514  : Electric Power Systems, or ELE530: Electric Power Generation and Distribution

ELE6xx: Smart Grid;

ELE6yy: Power Electronics

Program Customization
Select 2 course (6 credits) from any of the ESE Tracks listed above, plus 1 course (3 credits) from
Business/Management, Social Sciences (Economics, Public Policy…), or Engineering/Computer Science
(ECS) Technical Elective (subject to the 500-level 4-course limit).

Additional Requirements

MAE 995  : Graduate Seminar (0 Credits)

MAE 994  : Energy-related Capstone Project (0 Credits)

The student will review technical papers or reports in the literature related to the student’s field of interest.
The student will prepare an oral presentation summarizing the technical content of the documents
reviewed, and present his/her findings before a faculty committee. A hard copy of the presentation, signed
by the student advisor, must be submitted to the MAE Graduate Office before the oral presentation.

Suggested Sequence of Courses

Fall, Year 1: MAE548, MAE551 and MAE629 or one Energy Systems Track Elective [9 credits].

Spring, Year 1: ECS650, plus two Energy Systems Track Electives. Student may take MAE630 rather
than MAE629, instead of one of the two Track Electives [9 credits]

Summer, Year 1: (Optional): A student may take a Management/Business course, Social Sciences course,
or an ECS Technical Elective, if offered in the summer (possible 3 credits).

Year 2: Remaining Electives and 0-credit Capstone Project on an energy-focused topic.


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