MAE 4310. INTRODUCTION TO AUTOMATIC CONTROL. 3 Hours.
Block diagram algebra, transfer functions, and stability criteria. The use of transient response, frequency response, and root locus techniques in the performance analysis, evaluation, and design of dynamic systems. Prerequisite: Must be in the professional ME or AE program and C or better in each of the following, (MAE 3314 and MAE 3319) or (MAE 3405 and EE 2320); or student group.
Overview The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) offers three programs of study leading to the bachelor’s degree. They are the Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and a double degree of Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Both Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering degree programs offer a Fast Track option which enables outstanding undergraduate students to receive dual undergraduate/ graduate course credit for up to nine hours of coursework. Minor degrees are also offered in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering programs have been accredited since 1968 and 1967, respectively, by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org . This section contains Department policies governing admission and academic progress which are common to both aerospace and mechanical degree programs. Admission For admission to the aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering programs, students must meet the requirements for admission to the College of Engineering. A minimum grade point average of 2.25 in all science, mathematics and engineering courses and a minimum 3-GPA calculation of 2.25 in any UTA coursework is required for unconditional transfer into the department. Advising The advising process is designed to assist students as they make important decisions related to their academic progress at UT Arlington and career goals in general. Specifically, the purpose of advising is: To empower students to clarify and achieve their educational goals by providing timely and accurate information about degree requirements, as well as College and University policies and procedures. To provide every student with the opportunity to develop a relationship with a knowledgeable advisor in order to obtain sound academic advising with a degree of continuity. To provide students with information about additional services, programs, and support systems available within the College and University as appropriate. Ultimately, the student is responsible for seeking academic advice, making decisions regarding goals, meeting degree requirements, and enrolling in appropriate courses. The academic advisor is to provide assistance in these decisions. Each student is responsible for understanding and complying with University and College policies and procedures. During each long semester, the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department conducts pre-enrollment advising weeks. Returning students (i.e., students who are or have previously been students at The University of Texas at Arlington) shall meet with their assigned advisors during advising weeks and complete a Registration Advising Form. Returning students who are unable to be present for advising during advising weeks should contact their advisor at the earliest opportunity. New students may receive pre-enrollment advising following advising weeks during normal advising hours. Goal of the Undergraduate Program The overall goal of the undergraduate program is to provide the graduate an educational background for lifelong learning and the ability to assume a leadership role in the mechanical or aerospace engineering professions. The programs are broad-based and designed to provide a strong foundation in science, mathematics, and engineering science; technical competence in multiple areas of mechanical or aerospace engineering practice; and an understanding of the importance of ethics, safety, professionalism, and socioeconomic concerns in resolving technical problems. Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes Degree Programs Educational Objectives A primary goal of the mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering degree programs is to provide an educational experience and training that will prepare graduates to excel within the broad scope of the mechanical and aerospace engineering professions. Our Program Educational Objectives are to enable our graduates to attain the following professional and career accomplishments during the first few years following graduation: Be employed in a professional mechanical, aerospace or related engineering organization, or be admitted to graduate programs in engineering or other professional areas, Become an active participant in professional society activities, Demonstrate the initiative, motivation and ability to grow professionally in their chosen endeavor. Student Outcomes Mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering student outcomes established to accomplish the educational objectives are as follows. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies. The mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering programs offer broad technical backgrounds for students who may choose other engineering fields for advanced study. Academic Regulations Academic Honesty The College of Engineering takes academic honesty and ethical behavior very seriously. Engineers are entrusted with the safety, health, and well being of the public. Students found guilty of academic dishonesty will be punished to the full extent permitted by the rules and regulations of UT Arlington. In particular, a student found guilty of a second offense by the Office of Student Judicial Affairs will be subject to dismissal from the College of Engineering Academic Standing To be in good academic standing within the MAE department, each mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering student must maintain a minimum 3-GPA calculation of 2.25 in the pre-professional program. Further, in the professional program, each student must maintain a minimum UTA cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a minimum major GPA of 2.0. Advancement into Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professional Programs Requirements for advancement into the Professional Programs in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering are in accordance with those in the College of Engineering with the added stipulation that: Each student must complete all pre-professional courses stipulated under "Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering" or "Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering" with a minimum grade of C in each course and a minimum GPA of 2.25 on a 4.0 scale in each of three categories: a. overall, b. required math, science, and engineering courses, and c. required MAE courses. Application to the Professional Program is to be made to the Undergraduate Advisor during the semester following completion of the last pre- professional course. No professional Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering course may be taken unless the student is admitted into the professional program or obtains the consent of the Undergraduate Advisor. Professional courses may be taken to fill out a schedule in the semester that the last pre-professional course is taken. Some professional Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering courses are offered only once a year. Students are urged to plan their course sequence schedules carefully to avoid delaying their graduation. Additional Requirements Requirements for the bachelor of science in mechanical engineering and bachelor of science in aerospace engineering are in accordance with those of the University and the College of Engineering with the added stipulation that: Each student must complete all professional courses stipulated under "Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering" or "Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering" with a minimum grade of C in each course. Each student must have a minimum UTA cumulative GPA of 2.0, and a minimum major GPA of 2.0. The major GPA includes all MAE courses in the degree plan. The College of Engineering requires that students who do not have two units of high school foreign language take six hours, in the same language, of modern or classical language courses in addition to the previously listed requirements. Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering students will satisfy the university core curriculum requirement by completing all General Education courses specified under "Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering" or "Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering" along with Engl 1301, Math 1426, Math 2425, Math 2326, Phys 1443 and Phys 1444, which are also required in the Pre-Professional program. After a student has begun the Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering professional program at UT Arlington, it is required that further professional courses be completed at UT Arlington. Oral Communication and Computer Use Competency Requirements Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering students will satisfy the Oral Communication Competency requirement by completing COMS 2302 PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, and the Computer Use Competency requirement by completing MAE 2360 NUMERICAL ANALYSIS & PROGRAMMING. Other Provisions Refer to the College of Engineering section of this catalog for information concerning the following topics: Preparation in High School for Admission to the College of Engineering Admission to the College of Engineering Advising in the College of Engineering Admission into the Professional Program College of Engineering Academic Regulations Course Transfer Policies College of Engineering Probation Repeating Course Policy Modern and Classical Languages Requirement