Material Engineering (ME)

Chairman: Martin O'Riley
Professors: Hareen Bukara, Stefan De Maris, Gev Thol, Matthias Pfau

By studying previous designs and experimenting with models and holographic simulations, the department hopes cadets realize their own engineering ideas to help better life in the Federation.



ME 108. Introduction to Material Engineering

An overview of material engineering history, theory, and practice. Systems of units; material balances and chemical reactions; gas laws; phase phenomena. Energy and material balances for systems with and without chemical reactions; design case studies. Emphasis on modern construction and building materials, including polyduranide and tritanium. Students study design and construction techniques, including the use of matter replication and molecular bonding. Hands-on work and simulations provide direct experience in structural design. Students design and construct working models as part of their study.


ME 128. Mechanics

Introduction to static and particle dynamics and rigid body dynamics. Two-, three-, and four-dimensional force systems; the concept of static and dynamic equilibrium; rotational and translational kinetic energy of rigid bodies; friction momentum and impulse principles; analysis of structure; development of moment and shear diagrams; strength of materials; virtual work; work-energy relationships. Analysis of bending, torsion, axial load bearing; diagrams; stresses and strains; structural reinforcement through energy fields. Students perform experiments and hands-on work in simulation to provide direct experience.


ME 204. Demolitions

The use of explosive and implosive devices, with emphasis on the demolition of structures and vessels. From primitive explosives such as nitroglycerin and dynamite, to modern explosive ordinance such as bilitrium and antimatter charges, students experiment with different devices in simulation and study efficient means of demolition. Students also learn ordnance disarmament and disposal in various holographic simulations.


ME 321. Civil Engineering Internship

Off-campus work in the civil engineering field for on-the-job skill development. Participant must be supervised by a material engineering faculty member and a proposal for internship must be submitted and approved by the department head prior to the start of the internship. The student prepares a complete report on the internship and all projects for the faculty advisor.


ME 455. Starship Engineering

A study of the principles and theories of starship engineering, from the first manned space vessels to transwarp theories, with a focus on modern vessels. Students study a variety of different vessel designs and theories in simulation, and visit the San Francisco Fleet Yards to see the design and construction process in action. Students examine early Federation starship designs, from the Daedalus class, through the Constitution-, Excelsior-, Ambassador-, and Galaxy-class vessels, and write papers describing the evolution of these vessels over the years.