Automotive Systems Engineering

The automotive industry of the twenty-first century is advancing at a rapid pace with great emphasis on lightweight structures, alternative energy sources, high efficiency powertrains, intelligent control systems, lower emissions, robust design and manufacturing, as well as improved comfort and safety. To meet the challenges of the automotive industry, engineers are required to improve their technical knowledge and skills in a variety of topics that are beyond the realm of traditional engineering curricula. 

Today's automotive engineers are expected to make connections among different areas of knowledge and integrate them in ways that benefit the automotive industry, society and the environment. Automotive engineers must be well grounded in their own areas of specialty. They must also have a good understanding of the related disciplines, be skilled in synthesis, analysis and design, work effectively in a team environment, and adopt a 'systems' approach. 

In response to these needs, the College of Engineering and Computer Science offers a 30-credit-hour interdisciplinary graduate degree program leading to a master's degree in Automotive Systems Engineering. Many courses in this program are specifically designed to address the new and emerging technology in the automotive industry. Students in this program will not only learn about advanced technologies, but also how to apply them in practice for creative design and problem solving. 

The Automotive Systems Engineering degree program aims to achieve the following educational goals:

  1. Provide depth in the area of automotive systems engineering.
  2. Provide breadth across the engineering disciplines of electrical, industrial, mechanical, materials, and manufacturing engineering and provide this breadth from an engineering systems perspective.

A candidate for the Master of Science in Engineering in Automotive Systems Engineering must meet the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree at this campus or the equivalent of these requirements. Undergraduate degrees must be from an accredited program, and for regular admission must be with an average of B or better. Each applicant should present complete, official transcripts of all prior college work.

The candidate must then complete at least 30 semester hours of graduate work approved by the program advisor/graduate advisory committee with a grade of at least a B covering all courses elected. No more than one B- will be allowed under any circumstances. Applicants who meet the general admission criteria but do not have adequate preparation in required areas of engineering would be asked to take appropriate undergraduate courses as a condition for full admission to the program. Such courses, when elected, will not count towards the degree requirements.

The automotive systems engineering degree program is made up of three components:

  1. Core courses of 12 credit hours.
  2. Concentration courses of 18 credit hours.

Core Courses

The core is intended to provide a unified graduate-level preparation in interdisciplinary topics that will allow students to elect courses in departmental, systems, or general concentrations. It consists of six credit hours of required courses and six credit hours of elective core courses based on the applicant’s background.

Required Core Courses
AENG 500Automobile: An Integrated Syst3
AENG 587Automotive Manuf Processes3
Elective Core Courses
Select from the following:6
Modeling of Automotive Systems
Intro to Embedded Systems
Vehicle Electronics I
Vehicle Ergonomics I
Automotive Powertrains I
Materials Sel in Auto Design
Fundamentals of Program Mgt
Project Management and Control
Managing Global Programs
Internal Combustion Engines I
Total Credit Hours12

Concentration Courses

The program offers several concentration areas to meet the needs of  individual students. The student may select the concentration based on his/her interest and background. The following concentrations are currently offered. Each student is required to take at least four courses (12 credit hours)  in the concentration area.

Select at least four courses from an area of concentration:12
Vehicle Electronics II
Energy Storage Systems
Intelligent Vehicle Systems
Auto Sensors and Actuators
Active Automotive Safety Sys
Elec Aspects of Hybrid Vehicle
Digital Control Systems
Digital Signal Processing
Adv Elec Drive Transportation
Industrial and Manufacturing:
Quan Meth in Quality Engin
Intelligent Manufacturing
Tot Qual Mgmt and Six Sigma
Human-Computer Interaction
Vehicle Package Engineering
Vehicle Ergonomics II
Auto Assembly Systems
Automotive Air Conditioning
Vehicle Dynamics
Acoustics and Noise Control
Automotive Powertrains II
Powertrain NVH of Elect Veh
Internal Combustion Engines II
Engine Emissions
Design of Automotive Chassis
FEM in Auto Structure Design
Vehicle Stability & Control
Vehicle Thermal Management
Energy Sys for Auto Vehicles
Anyls&Des for Veh Crshwrthnss
Lightweight Automotive Alloys
Design & Mfg: Ltwt Auto Mat
Design&Manufac for Environment
Adv Auto Mfg Processes
Injection Molding
Mechanical Behav of Materials
Mechanical Behavior of Polymer
Automotive Composites
Composite Materials
Degradation of Materials
With the approval of the advisor, a general concentration of twelve credit hours may be satisfied by selecting courses in more than one concentration
Total Credit Hours12

Students may elect AENG 698, a 3 credit hour or a 6-credit hour project, or AENG 699, a 6-credit hour master’s thesis, in lieu of equivalent credit hours of courses. This will require prior approval of a faculty advisor and the program director.

Learning Goals

  1. Students will be able to apply knowledge and skills to engineering problems
  2. Students will be able to design, analyze, and model automotive systems or process.
  3. Students will be able to communicate effectively in professional reporting and presentations.

ASE 798     Doctoral Seminar     0 Credit Hours

After attaining candidacy every Ph.D. student is required to attend and actively participate in seminars each semester until graduation. In addition, each Ph.D. student is required to present a one hour seminar about his/her research or an a pre assigned research topic, and lead a follow-up discussion on the future trends in his/her field.

Corequisite(s): ASE 990

Can enroll if Class is Doctorate
Can enroll if Level is Doctorate or
Can enroll if College is Engineering and Computer Science
Can enroll if Major is Automotive Systems Engineering

ASE 990     Doctoral Dissertation     1 to 9 Credit Hours

Dissertation work by a Ph.D. student who has been admitted to the candidacy status. The student must be registered during the semester of the dissertation defense. (1 to 9 credit hours per semester)

Can enroll if Class is Doctorate
Can enroll if Level is Doctorate or
Can enroll if College is Engineering and Computer Science
Can enroll if Major is Automotive Systems Engineering

*An asterisk denotes that a course may be taken concurrently.

Frequency of Offering

The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally