Engineering Coursework
 
Thermodynamics of Mixtures
Prof. Thijs Vlugt, TU Delft
 
Technology and Sustainability
Prof. Benediks Jan Boersma, TU Delft
 
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Prof. Christian Poelma, TU Delft
 
Advanced Fluid Dynamics
Prof. Theo Woudstra, TU Delft
 
Equipment for Heat Transfer
Prof. Herman Kramer, TU Delft
 
Equipment for Mass Transfer
Prof. Herman Kramer, TU Delft
 
Refrigeration Fundamentals
Prof. Carlos Infante Ferreira, TU Delft
 
Thermodynamic Aspects of Energy Conversion
Prof. Theo Woudstra, TU Delft
 
Elementary Dutch
Prof. J. L. Wesdijk, TU Delft
 
Engineering Honors Project: Experimental Validation of a Method Used to Estimate Campus Heating Energy Consumption (EGR 430D)
Prof. Denise McKahn, Smith College
Categorical models of the heating energy loss in buildings have been constructed and analyzed in past semesters.  As expected, heat loss was found to be very sensitive to the building architectural structure, wall and ceiling insulation, and air infiltration rate (convective heat loss through holes in windows, doors, et cetera).  This effort aims to experimentally validate models of building heating energy consumption to enable this building categorization methodology to be used on other campuses.  Considering that numerous colleges and universities across the country are undergoing similar efforts, this methodology may be a tremendous benefit to institutions with limited resources.
Engineering Design Clinic (EGR 410D)
Prof. Susannah Howe, Smith College
This two-semester course leverages students’ previous coursework to address an actual engineering design problem. Students collaborate in teams on real-world projects sponsored by industry and government. These projects are supplemented by course seminars to prepare students for engineering design and professional practice. Seminars include such topics as the engineering design process, project management, team dynamics, engineering economics, professional ethics and responsibility, regulations and standards, technical and professional communication, universal design, work/life balance, and sustainability. Regular team design meetings, weekly progress reports, interim and final reports, and multiple presentations are required.  See Experience for details.
Advanced Topics in Engineering: Fuel Cell and Photovoltaic System Design (EGR 390)
Prof. Denise McKahn, Smith College
This course applied fundamental principles of thermodynamics, electrochemistry and semiconductor physics to the design, modeling, and analysis of renewable energy power systems. Concepts covered in this course included extraterrestrial radiation, solar geometry, atmospheric effects, polarization curve characteristics, system components and configurations, stand-alone and hybrid system design, and load interactions. This course applied these theoretical concepts in a laboratory setting involving the design and testing of fuel cell and photovoltaic systems.
Techniques for Modeling Engineering Processes (EGR 389)
Prof. Glenn Ellis, Smith College
The goal of this course was to introduce students to several approaches used to model, understand, simulate and forecast engineering processes. One approach covered was the use of artificial neural networks – a branch of artificial intelligence (AI) with connections to the brain. Other approaches covered were based upon probability and statistics and included auto-regressive moving average (ARIMA) processes. Although students learned about the theory behind these approaches, the emphasis of the course was on their application to model processes throughout the field of engineering. Some examples include earthquake ground motion, financial markets, water treatment, and electrical systems. Acknowledging the interdisciplinary nature of AI, students also investigated the possibilities of machine consciousness.
Fluid Mechanics (EGR 374)
Prof. Paul Voss, Smith College
This is the second course in a two-semester sequence designed to introduce students to
fundamental theoretical principles and analysis of mechanics of continuous media, including
solids and fluids.  Concepts and topics covered in this course include intensive and extensive
thermophysical properties of fluids, control-volume and differential expressions for conservation
 of mass, momentum, and energy, dimensional analysis, and in introduction to additional topics
such as aerodynamics, open-channel flow, and the use of fluid mechanics in the design process.
Electric Power Systems (EGR 325)
Prof. Judith Cardell, Smith College
The course introduces students both to a variety of energy conversion technologies (renewable, hydro, nuclear and fossil), and to the operation of electric power systems. Coursework includes broad analyses of the conversion technologies and computer simulation of power systems. Engineering, policy, environmental and societal aspects of energy conversion and energy use are discussed. A team-based project will analyze the system and societal impacts of different energy technologies for meeting a regions electricity needs.
Signals and Systems (EGR 320)
Prof. Susan Voss, Smith College
The concepts of linear system theory are fundamental to all areas of engineering, including the transmission of radio signals, signal processing techniques (e.g., medical imaging, speech recognition, etc.), and the design of feedback systems (e.g., in automobiles, power plants, etc.). This course will introduce the basic concepts of linear system theory, including convolution, continuous and discrete time Fourier analysis, Laplace and Z transforms, sampling, stability, feedback, control, and modulation. Examples are utilized from electrical, mechanical, biomedical, environmental and chemical engineering.
Engineering Thermodynamics (EGR 290)
Prof. Donna Riley, Smith College
Modern civilization relies profoundly on efficient production, management, and consumption of energy. Thermodynamics is the science of energy transformations involving work, heat, and the properties of matter. Engineers rely on thermodynamics to assess the feasibility of their designs in a wide variety of fields including chemical processing, pollution control and abatement, power generation, materials science, engine design, construction, refrigeration, and microchip processing. Course topics include: first and second laws of thermodynamics, power cycles, combustion and refrigeration, phase equilibria, ideal and non-ideal mixtures, conductive, convective, and radiative heat transfer.
Continuum Mechanics (EGR 270)
Prof. Glenn Ellis, Smith College
This was the first course in a two-semester sequence designed to introduce students to fundamental theoretical principles and analysis of mechanics of continuous media, including solids and fluids. Concepts and topics covered in this course include conservation laws, static and dynamic behavior of rigid bodies, analysis of machines and frames, internal forces, centroids, moment of inertia, vibrations and an introduction to stress and strain.
Mass and Energy Balances (EGR 260)
Prof. Donna Riley, Smith College
This course provides an introduction to fundamental principles that govern the design and analysis of chemical processes. The conversion of mass and energy served as the basis for the analysis of steady-state and transient behavior of reactive and non-reactive systems. Specific topics covered included a review of basic thermodynamics, behavior of ideal and real gases, phase equilibria, and an application of these principles to the concept of industrial ecology.
Strength of Materials (CEE 241)
Prof. Alexander Chajes, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
This course introduced students to the fundamentals of mechanics of materials from a static failure analysis framework. Structural behavior was analyzed, along with the material and geometric contributions to this behavior. Lecture topics were complemented with hands-on laboratory work designed to help students make connections between the theoretical and experimental behavior of materials.
Circuit Theory (EGR 220)
Prof. Judith Cardell, Smith College
Analog and digital circuits are the building blocks of computers, medical technologies, and all things electrical. This course introduced both the fundamental principles necessary to understand how circuits work and mathematical tools that have widespread applications in areas throughout engineering and science. Topics included: Kirchhoff’s laws, Thévenin and Norton equivalents, superposition, responses of first-order and second-order networks, timedomain and frequency-domain analyses, frequency-selective networks.  
Mathematical Methods of Physical Sciences and Engineering (EGR 201/PHY 210)
Prof. Malgorzata Pfabe, Smith College
Choosing and using mathematical tools to solve problems in physical sciences. Topics included: complex numbers, multiple integrals, vector analysis, Fourier series, ordinary differential equations, calculus of variations.
Engineering for Everyone (EGR 100)
Prof. Judith Cardell, Smith College
EGR 100 serves as an accessible course for all students, regardless of background or intent to major in engineering.  Students developed a sound understanding of the engineering design process, including problem definition, background research, identification of design criteria, development of metrics and methods for evaluating alternative designs, prototype development, and proof of concept testing.  Working in teams, students presented their ideas through oral and written reports.  Reading assignments and in-class discussions challenges students to critically analyze contemporary issues related to the interaction of technology and society.  The final design assignment for this course was to create a building model that maintained a comfortable indoor temperature when set outside on the coldest day of the year.  Tools and concepts that were used to accomplish this endeavor included passive solar heating, photovoltaic power, thermal masses, heat flux (R value), and microcontrollers.
Advanced General Physics II (PHY 118)
Prof. Nat Fortune, Smith College
This course covered elements of electromagnetism, optics, waves and quantum physics.
Advanced General Physics I (PHY 117)
Prof. Doreen Weinberger, Smith College
Concepts and relations describing motion of objects (Newtonian and relativistic) were covered in this course.
Probability and Statistics for Engineers (MTH 241)
Prof. Nick Horton, Smith College
This course gives students a working knowledge of basic probability and statistics and their application to engineering. Analysis of data and simulation using computer software were emphasized. Topics include random variables, probability distributions, expectation, estimation, testing, experimental design, quality control, and multiple regression.
Differential Equations and Numerical Methods in Engineering (MTH 204)
Prof. Pau Atela, Smith College
An introduction to the computational tools used to solve mathematical and engineering problems such as error analysis, root finding, linear equations, optimization, ordinary and partial differential equations.
Calculus: Differential Equations and Power Series (MTH 114)
Prof. Jim Callahan, Smith College
Differential equations, difference equations, dynamical systems: numerical methods and qualitative analysis.  Power series, sequences, and convergence.  Situations in science and social science in which calculus naturally arises were emphasized.  Intended for students who had had a year of calculus elsewhere.
Introduction to SolidWorks (IDP 151j)
Matthew Page, Smith College
This course provided students with an introduction to SolidWorks 3D CAD software.  Through a combination of short lecture components and hands-on design activities, the course covered tools and techniques for effective 3-dimensional modeling and parametric design.
Introduction to AutoCAD (IDP 150j)
Prof. Reid Bertone-Johnson, Smith College
This course provided students with an introduction to AutoCAD.  Through a combination of short lecture components and hands-on drafting activities, the course covered tools and techniques for effective 2-dimensional drafting.
Applied Design and Prototyping (IDP 250j)
Eric Jensen and Prof. Susannah Howe, Smith College
This course provided students with an introduction to applied design and prototyping.  Students learned how to transform an idea into a set of sketches, a computer model, and a working prototype.  The course covered design strategies, design communication, documentation, materials, rapid prototyping, and manufacturing.
Computer Science (CSC 111)
Prof. Judy Franklin, Smith College
An introduction to computer science and computer programming. The programming language Python was taught and used to introduce programming techniques, and students gained proficiency with the UNIX operating system.
Science and Politics of Food, Water, and Energy (FYS 147)
Prof. Paul Wetzel and Prof. Leslie King, Smith College
A bottle of water sits on the shelf at the supermarket. Looking at this bottle, a geologist might wonder about the underground aquifer where the water originated. A chemist might muse on its chemical composition or the process through which petroleum products were turned into the plastic used to make the bottle. And a sociologist might ask who benefits from the sale of a product that was formerly a public good. This course examined environmental issues from interdisciplinary perspectives. Through scholarly articles, field trips, case studies and ‘real-world' exercises, we explored how disciplinary lenses frame the way economists, geologists, historians, biologists, chemists, engineers and others think about food, water and energy.
General Chemistry (CHM 111)
Prof. Kate Queeney, Smith College
The first semester of the core chemistry curriculum introduce the language(s) of chemistry and explored atoms, molecules and their reactions. Topics covered included electronic structures of atoms, structure shape and properties of molecules; reactions and stoichiometry.
Middle Eastern Studies Coursework
Levantine Colloquial Arabic I, II, & III (FORLANGC 197XX & ARAB 2003 JORD)
Heba Arafah & Anas Maloul, Hampshire College and Loay Badran, University of Jordan
An introduction to the dialects spoken in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine. The course includes significant independent work in listening comprehension, along with group conversational practice.
Intermediate Arabic (ARAB 2001 JORD)
Loay Badran, University of Jordan
Elementary Arabic (ARA 100Y)
Prof. Mohamed Hassan, Smith College
A year-long course that introduced the basics of Modern Standard Arabic, this course concentrated on all four skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing.  Beginning with a study of Arabic script and sound, students completed the study of the Elementary Arabic book sequence by the end of the academic year.  Students acquired vocabulary and usage for everyday interactions as well as skills that allowed them to read and analyze a range of texts. In addition to the traditional textbook exercises, students wrote short essays and participated in role plays, debates, and conversations throughout the year.
The Environment and Politics of Water in the Middle East (ENVI 3001 JORD)
Mahmoud AbuLaban, University of Jordan
This course provided a broad overview of various issues in the environment and water supply for Jordan and the Middle East. Students were introduced to important concepts in environmental science, such as ecosystems, energy and matter, land, water, atmosphere, and biodiversity.
Contemporary Arab Women Writers (LITT 3002 JORD/GEND 3001 JORD)
Prof. Rula Quawas, University of Jordan
This course explored how Arab women writers articulate their subjectivity, revise their societal or familial roles, negotiate tradition, and respond to political and cultural exigencies. It focused on the study and analysis of contemporary Arab novels by Hanan Al-Shaykh, Ahdaf Soueif, Fadia Faqir, Nawal El-Saadawi, and Leila Al-Atrash. The course seeked to trace the historical development of Arab feminism and to analyze feminist literature written by Arab women writers within a cultural context.
Islam and Politics in the Middle East (GOV 224)
Prof. Donna Robinson Divine, Smith College
An analysis of traditional Muslim political societies in the Middle East and of the many ways in which they were transformed into nation states. Issues addressed included nationalism, religious political activism, colonialism, and globalization. Readings also covered such topics as regional conflicts, revolutions as well as the impact of these disparate developments on the position of women.
Tribal Fusion I & II (DAN 147)
Prof. Donna Mejia, Smith College
Tribal Fusion is rooted in the nomadic dance tradition of North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The form has strong roots in women’s styles of Arabic folk dance and the vocabulary includes the influences of Rom (Gypsy) dance styles from India to Europe, Spanish, Flamenco, African Tribal forms, and more recently, American Hip Hop, Punk and Gothic cultures.
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