Courses Open to All Cooper Union Students

Albert Nerken School of Engineering

  • ECE 150

    Digital Logic Design

    Theoretical and practical issues concerning design with combinational and sequential logic circuits, and programmable logic devices. Number systems, Boolean algebra, representation and simplification o fBoolean functions, universal logic families. Finite-state machines, state tables and state diagrams, flip-flops, counters, registers. Adders, decoders, comparators, multiplexers, memories and applications. Programmable devices: PLA, PLD, etc. Principles of analog circuits are presented in the context of real world problems, such as 'glitches,' power and ground bounce, contact bounce, tri-state logic and bus interfacing, timing circuits, asynchronous versus synchronous circuit components. Characterization of electronic and logical properties of digital circuits. Course work involves individual and team projects in which: digital circuits are designed and prototypes are constructed and tested on breadboards; designs involving programmable logic devices are developed using CAD tools. The projects, approximately 50 percent of the course grade, are used to assess technical writing, oral presentation, teamwork and project management skills.

    Credits: 3.00

  • ECE 491

    Selected Topics in Electrical & Computer Engineering

    Subjects may include study in electrical and computer engineering, or seminars on topics related to advances in technology. This course may not be used to expand the number of credits of thesis, or cover material related to the thesis.

    1-3 credits. Prerequisite: permission of instructor

  • EID 116

    Musical Instrument Design

    Theory and use of musical scales, including just intonation and equal temperament systems. Musical harmony and basic ear training. Human hearing and the subjective measures of sound: pitch, loudness and timbre. Acoustic analysis of design and operating principles of traditional instruments, including members of the percussion, string and wind families. Prototyping and testing of original musical instrument concepts.

    Credits: 3.00

  • ME 353


    Topics include computer architecture, PIC processor overview, dynamic modeling, sensors, data acquisition, digital PID control theory, and utilization of assembly language to code the controller. Students will design, build and test a controller board and present a final prototype of a control system. Engineering economics will be introduces and integrated into the final project.

    Same as EID 353

    Prerequisite: ME 351 or ECE 211 (Signals) or ChE 361

    Credits: 3.00

  • ME 211

    Design and Prototyping

    A mechanical engineering hands-on workshop geared towards the understanding and practice of basic engineering design and fabricationtools. Topics include hand tools, simplemachining, mold making, casting, materials, fasteners, adhesives, and finishes. 3-D digitizing, solid modeling, rapid prototyping and computer interfacing will also be presented. Team projects will familiarize the students with typical tools and processes employed in realizing a design concept, from sketch to functional prototype. Each student will participate in and contribute to the team-learning and creation process.

    Prerequisites: EID 101 and EID 103

    Credits: 2.00

  • EID 101

    Engineering Design and Problem Solving

    Students work on cutting-edge, exploratory design projects in interdisciplinary groups. Oral and visual presentations as well as formal written reports are required for all projects. Professional competencies, teamwork, ethics, and sustainability are discussed in the context of the engineering design process.

    Credits: 3.00

  • EID 103

    Principles of Design

    This course is designed to introduce students from all disciplines to theconcepts of rational design. It is open to first-year students and sophomores. In the first part of the course students will learn by hands-on experience the importance of giving attention at the design stage to consideration of accessibility, repair, replacement, choice of materials, recycling, safety, etc. Students will develop the ability to make observations and record them in suitable form for further analysis of the design process. From this, concepts of 'good' design will be developed, and students will be introduced to the formal design axioms and principles.This will lead to the second part of the course which will consist of a comprehensive, realistic design problem. Creativity, intuition and cultivation of engineering 'common sense' will be fostered within the framework of design principles and axioms. The course will constitute a direct introduction to the disciplines in their interdisciplinary context.

    Prerequisite: EID 101

    Credits: 3.00

  • EID 210

    Engineering Design Graphics

    In this class, Building Information Modeling (BIM) is used to create both Architectural and Structural models. Along the way, students learn about the Revit Program’s user interface & modeling tools essential for working with 3D models. Other topics include creating Sheets, Custom Building Elements, Topography, Landscaping, Perspectives, Rendering & Animation. As students gain expertise in using Revit, they are assigned various Structural & Architectural projects to develop and present to the class. At the end of the semester, a Final Independent Design Project is presented by each student using the Revit Modeling Program.

    Credits: 3.00

  • EID 260

    Acoustics, Noise and Vibration Control

    Interdisciplinary overview of acoustics and its applications in industrial and environmental noise control, acoustics of buildings, vibration systems and control. Topics include: sound levels, decibels and directivity, hearing, hearing loss and psychological effect of noise, noise control criteria and regulations, instrumentation, source of noise, room acoustics, acoustics of walls, enclosures and barriers, acoustics materials and structures, vibration control systems; design projects.

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor

    Credits: 3.00

  • EID 357

    Sustainable Engineering and Development

    Sustainable engineering is examined, starting with an analysis of resources, (materials, energy, water) upon which manufacturing is based. Each resource is critically examined in terms of its availability and form and the ultimate impact of its usage on the state of theplanet. A comparison of the design and construction of contemporary and primitive structure is used to illustrate the differences between the required infrastructure and environmental footprint, leading to a definition of 'green' design. The technologies required to support contemporary lifestyles in the developed and the developing world are discussed within the context of manufacturing techniques, usage of natural resources and the generation of waste. Workshops, guest lectures and a term project incorporating the concepts of minimalism, materials usage, and aesthetic design are used to present students with a unique perspective engineering.

    Prerequisite: material covered in core engineering science and mathematics in Freshman and Sophomore years

    Credits: 3.00

  • EID 374

    Business Economics

    In this course, the class will carry out a real-time forecast of the U.S. economy and explore its implications for the bond and stock markets. The course will build upon principles of both macro- and micro-economics. It will provide an introduction to the work done by business economists and the techniques they use. Students will become familiar with the database looking for relationships between key economic variables, and studying movements in interest rates over the period 1960-present. The class will be divided into teams of two students with each team choosing a particular aspect of the economy to forecast. The class will also work with various leading indicators of economic activity and will prepare forecasts of the key components of gross domestic product and other important variables. A formal presentation of the economic with invited guests from the Wall Street investment world will take place. To put forecasting exercise in context, there will be class discussions of business cycles, credit cycles, long waves in inflation and interest rates and the impact of the Internet on the economy and the stock market.

    Prerequisite: either S 334, S 347, EID 270 or permission of instructor

    Credits: 3.00

  • Bio 202

    Biology for Engineers II

    This course will provide human biology fundamentals to springboard into research projects at the intersection of biology and engineering. Topics will include anatomy and physiology of musculoskeletal and other major organ systems not covered in Bio 101, imaging modalities, concepts behind diagnostic and therapeutic surgical procedures, and their limitations, human body repair, artificial organs, tissue engineering, immunology and cancer. Students will develop an extensive biological vocabulary and have requisite knowledge for further study in biomechanics, rehabilitation medicine, biomaterials, bioremediation, etc.

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing preferred, but freshman with AP Biology welcome

    Credits: 3.00

  • Ch 110

    General Chemistry

    An introduction to the general scientific principles associated with chemistry. This course will deal with fundamental ideas such as the concept of the atom, the molecule, the mole and their applications to chemical problems. The classical topics include: dimensional analysis and significant figures; atomic weights; periodic properties; chemical reactions and stoichiometry; redox reactions; ideal gas law and real gas equations of state; the liquid state and intermolecular forces; solution concentrations; chemical equilibrium and equilibrium constants; acids and bases; solubility equilibria; nomenclature of inorganic and organic compounds. The topics for atomic and molecular properties include: atomic structure and the quantum theory; electronic structure of atoms; the covalent bond and bond properties;molecular geometries and hybridization; molecular orbital theory.

    Credits: 3.00

  • EID 353


    Topics include computer architecture, PIC processor overview, dynamic modeling, sensors, data acquisition, digital PID control theory, and utilization of assembly language to code the controller. Students will design, build and test a controller board and present a final prototype of a control system. Engineering economics will be introduces and integrated into the final project.

    Same as ME 153

    Prerequisite: ME 351 or ECE 211 (Signals) or ChE 361

    Credits: 3.00

  • EID 376

    Economics of Alternative Energy

    The goal of this course is to explore the economics of alternative energy technologies. As always, engineering considerations determine the feasibility of any technology while economics determine the practicality of the technology in the likely environment of the next five years. The students participating in this course will explore a wide range of alternative energy technologies. It is expected that their analyses will combine both economic and engineering principles in an interesting and creative way. Each student will choose a particular technology to analyze in depth: wind, solarphotovoltaic, passive solar, geothermal, bio-fuels, etc. There will be periodic presentations of their work to the class as a whole. One goal of these class discussions will be to highlight the advantages and disadvantages of the various technologies. At the end of the semester, there will be a formal presentation of the students’ conclusions to an audience of Cooper faculty, industry experts and Wall Street analysts.

    Prerequisite: EID 270, EID 374, or permission of the instructor

    Credits: 3.00

  • ME 313

    Introduction to Industrial Design

    The collaborative relationship between art, engineering and industrial design,academically and professionally, is a pivotal relationship in the development of new ideas. This course serves as an introduction to the world of industrial design and its wide-ranging applications. The students will learn about the history of design and design concepts and methodology through lectures, discussions, and small projects; and will explore, develop, and execute a term design as part of a class project as the course progresses. The main goals of this course are to develop a better understanding of the perspective of an industrial designer and to gain experience in the practice of industrial design.

    Prerequisite: ME 211 or permission of instructor

    Credits: 3.00

  • EID 314

    Cloud-Based Design and Manufacture

    Introduction to today’s cloud-based design and manufacture (CBDM) technology. Topics include: fundamentals of geometric modeling; cloud-based computer-aided design (CAD); overview of commercially available, cloud-based CAD platforms; impact of deploying cloud-based design methodology on engineering practices; collaborative team design project management; extension of cloud-based CAD to manufacture and performance simulation applications. Students will gain hands-on experiences in managing collaborative team design projects. 

    Same as ME 314

    Prerequisites: EID 102

    Credits: 3.00

  • Ph 348

    Flow Visualization

    Study of a broad range of uid ow phenomena emphasizing the features and patterns char- acteristic of each. Introduction to visualization techniques used to reveal and capture details of these ows, leading to the application of these techniques to actual ows in the lab or in the eld. Essential photographic methodology for still images and movies, including lighting, exposure, depth of eld and digital image post-processing. Use of tracers, including dyes, vapor, bubbles and particles as well as optical tools, such as schlieren and/or shadowgraph. Natural and engineering ows will be examined, beginning with mathematical and physi- cal analysis of visualizable properties, including buoyancy, interfaces, vorticity, streamlines and pathlines, and concluding with an actual image or movie. Motivated by the immense scientic and engineering importance of ow visualization in vehicle design, dispersal of en- vironmental pollutants, biomedical ows and many others, ow images are an important form of technical communication and will be critiqued and improved, culminating in a nal project exhibition.

    Prerequisites: ESC 340 and permission of instructor

    Credits: 3.00

  • ME 453

    Energy Efficient Building Systems

    Equipment fundamentals, energy management and control systems used in buildings to manage heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems and components.  Proper commissioning, operation and maintenance and their impact on efficiency, equipment life, energy consumption and carbon footprint. Students will perform energy savings calculations, learn processes to identify and correct building operational problems that lead to waste, identify energy conservation measures and analyze trend data and historical operation.  Technical projects and site visits provide exposure to open-ended problems related to actual HVAC and building management systems.

    Prerequisites:  ESC 330, ESC 340, and ME 352 or permission from instructor

    Credits: 3.00

  • ECE 471

    Selected Topics in Machine Learning

    Advanced topics in machine learning, selected according to student and instructor interest.

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor

    Credits: 3.00

  • EID 416

    Materials in a Circular Economy

    In this course students evaluate the roles of technology and industry in a circular economy with an emphasis on material properties, resource extraction and processing, and end-of-life reuse. Engineers, architects, and artists significantly impact the planet through their choice of materials, processes, and forms. Building on a foundation of materials, the primary goal of this course is to investigate contemporary research and construct a personal view on responsible design. Students will be expected to focus on a project and support their findings with a presentation and a report.

    Prerequisites: ESC210 or ChE211 or equivalent. Material Science prerequisite can be waived with appropriate background and permission of instructor.

    Same as ME 416

    Credits: 3.00

School of Art

Any School of Art class is open to students, however registration is dependent on space availability and fulfillment of required pre-requisites. Interested students should come to the School of Art Office of Academic Advisement, Room 212 Foundation Building, to find out more about these classes.

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

Enrollment in these courses is overseen by the School of Architecture Office, Room 301 Foundation Building. If interested in registering for any of these courses please check with the School of Architecture Office first.


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