Graduate Courses: Winter 2019


  • Most formal courses begin the week of January 7, 2019

MSE1031 HSForensic Engineering

Instructor: D.D. Perovic
Lectures, room WB130: Mondays (5:00 – 8:00)

The course provides participants with an understanding of scientific and engineering investigation methods and tools to assess potential sources, causes and solutions for prevention of failure due to natural accidents, fire, high and low speed impacts, design defects, improper selection of materials, manufacturing defects, improper service conditions, inadequate maintenance and human error. The fundamentals of accident reconstruction principles and procedures for origin and cause investigations are demonstrated through a wide range of real world case studies including: medical devices, sports equipment, electronic devices, vehicular collisions, structural collapse, corrosion failures, weld failures, fire investigations and patent infringements. Compliance with industry norms and standards, product liability, sources of liability, proving liability, defense against liability and other legal issues will be demonstrated with mock courtroom trial proceedings involving invited professionals to elucidate the role of an engineer as an expert witness in civil and criminal court proceedings.

Prerequisite: MSE101/APS104/MSE260/MSE160 or equivalent
Course Text: TBA
Exclusion: MSE431

MSE1035 HSOptical and Photonic Materials

Instructor: N. Kherani
Lectures, room BA1176: Mondays (3:00 – 5:00), & room MC254:  Thursdays (3:00 – 4:00)
Labs, room SF2201: Fridays (10:00 – 12:00), alternate weeks
Tutorials, room MY315: Tuesdays (10:00 – 12:00)

Optical and photonic materials play a central role in a variety of application fields including telecommunications, metrology, manufacturing, medical surgery, computing, spectroscopy, holography, chemical synthesis, and robotics – to name a few. The properties of light and its interaction with matter lie at the heart of this ever-expanding list of applications.  The syllabus comprises the nature of light, wave motion, lasers, interference, coherence, fibre optics, diffraction, polarized light, photonic crystals, metamaterials, plasmonic materials, and practical design applications.

Minimum Enrollment: 5
Exclusion: MSE435; MSE1039

MSE1043 HSPolymers & Composites Engineering

Instructor: H. Naguib
Lectures, room RS211: Thursdays (9:00 – 12:00)

This course covers the most important issues related to polymer and composite materials and engineering including: synthesis, structure, characterization, properties, processing, selection and design. Topics include structure of macromolecular solids, mechanical, thermal, electrical and optical properties; viscoelasticity; failure properties; dependence of properties on structure; design of filler and matrix reinforcements, reinforcement forms, testing and properties, manufacturing processes, modeling of composite systems; composites in automotive, aerospace and electronic packaging and new applications of composites in various sectors.

Exclusion: MSE432

MSE1058HS   Nanotechnology in Alternate Energy Systems

Instructor: S. Thorpe
Lectures, room BA1200: Mondays (11:00 – 12:00), & room MY330: Wednesdays (11:00 – 12:00), & room MY380: Thursdays (12:00 – 1:00)
Tutorials, room MY380: Tuesdays (1:00 – 3:00) 

The unique surface properties and the ability to surface engineer nanocrystalline structures renders these materials to be ideal candidates for use in corrosion, catalysis and energy conversion devices. This course deals with the fabrication of materials suitable for use as protective coatings, and their specific exploitation in fields of hydrogen technologies (electrolysis, storage, and fuel cells) linked to renewables. These new devices are poised to have major impacts on power generation utilities, the automotive sector, and society at large. The differences in observed electrochemical behavior between amorphous, nanocrystalline and polycrystalline solid materials will be discussed in terms of their surface structure and surface chemistry. A major team design project along with demonstrative laboratory exercises constitutes a major portion of this course. 

Prerequisite: Familiarity with nanomaterials and nanostructures is desirable.
Exclusion: MSE558; MSE458
Course Texts:             

  • “Fuel Cell Fundamentals”, R. O’Hayre, S. Cha, W. Colella, and F. Prinz, John Wiley & Sons, NY, 2006 (recommended but not required)
  • “Fuel Cell Systems Explained”, J. Larminie, A. Dicks,  John Wiley & Sons, NY, 2003 (recommended but not required)
  • “Alternate Energy Systems and Applications“, B.K. Hodge, John Wiley & Sons, NY, 2010 (recommended but not required

JTC1135 HSApplied Surface & Interface Analysis

Instructors: J. Nogami
Lectures, room SS581: Tuesdays (3:00 – 4:00) & Thursdays (2:00 – 4:00)

There is no single or simple analytical technique for the study of surfaces and interfaces. Multiple techniques are available, each limited in what it can reveal. A knowledge of most current analytical techniques, their strengths and limitations, is the main material delivered in this course. The fundamentals of the techniques will be presented sufficient to understand the techniques; the material will be presented in the context of relevant technological problems, including individual projects.

The fundamentals of surface and interface chemistry is covered extensively in a separate companion course (JTC1134 Applied Surface and Interface Science – taught in alternate winter terms).

Prerequisite: No prerequisite knowledge of surface chemistry fundamentals is assumed.
Course Text: TBA