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    COLLEGE OF ENGINEERINGEngineering Bldg. (192), Room 301Phone: 805.756.2131

    Interim Dean: James MeagherInterim Associate Dean: Lizabeth SchlemerAssociate Dean: Rakesh K. Goel

    Academic ProgramsProgram name Program typeAerospace Engineering BS*, MSBiomedical Engineering BS, MS,

    SpecializationCivil and Environmental Engineering MSCivil Engineering BS*Computer Engineering BS*Computer Science BS**, MS, MinorComputing for Interactive Arts MinorElectrical Engineering BS*, MSEngineering MSEnvironmental Engineering BS*Fire Protection Engineering MSGeneral Engineering BSIndustrial Engineering BS*, MSManufacturing Engineering BS*Materials Engineering BS*Mechanical Engineering BS*, MSMultidisciplinary Design MinorSoftware Engineering BS*

    Joint ProgramsProgram name Program typeCross Disciplinary Studies Minor in Data Science MinorEngineering Management MBA/MSEnvironmental Studies MinorLiberal Arts & Engineering Studies BATransportation Planning MCRP/MS

    Graduate Certificate ProgramsProgram name Program typeFire Protection Engineering Applications CertificateFire Protection Engineering Science Certificate

    * Engineering programs accredited by the Engineering AccreditationCommission of ABET,

    ** BS Computer Science program accredited by the ComputingAccreditation Commission of ABET,

    Engineering and computer science programs at Cal Poly are stronglyoriented toward preparing graduates for immediate entry intoprofessional practice. Students declare their majors when they enter asfreshmen, and they generally take at least one course in that major eachquarter. This early introduction better motivates and prepares studentsto master the foundational mathematics, basic science, and engineering

    science or computer science central to success in all the engineeringdisciplines.

    The undergraduate bachelors of science engineering disciplines listedabove provide the education needed for entry to the engineeringprofession and for continued academic work toward advanced degrees.Many of our graduates enter graduate programs at Cal Poly or otherinstitutions. Cal Poly engineering and computer science graduates arehighly desired by industry and find a variety of professional opportunitiesawaiting them, such as engineering design, computer hardware andsoftware engineering, test and evaluation, systems analysis, modelingand simulation, manufacturing, applied research, development, sales andfield engineering. Graduates pursue careers in a broad cross-section ofindustry, government agencies, public utilities, marketing groups, andeducational institutions.

    The College of Engineering is an internationally-recognized, premierundergraduate engineering college. Its mission is to provide an excellentLearn by Doing education and to graduate in-demand, Day One-readyprofessionals. The College vision is to transform students into worldclass, innovative and collaborative engineers to meet the challenges ofthe 21st century.

    State-of-the-art facilities and laboratories form the core of Engineeringsproject-centered curriculum. Ranging from the Aircraft Design Lab to theRotor Dynamics Laboratory, these facilities offer advanced technologicalsystems that allow students to link theory with practice.College buildingsalso promote interdisciplinary project activities, including the AdvancedTechnology Laboratories, Bonderson Projects Center, and Engineering IV.With 19,000 square feet of space for individual and team-based projects,the Bonderson Center offers enriched opportunities for multidisciplinaryprojects and collaboration with industry.Engineering IV, a104,000-square-foot building includes modern classrooms and laboratories foraerospace, mechanical, civil, environmental, industrial and manufacturingengineering programs.

    Engineering Student ServicesEngineering South (40), Room 111Phone: 805.756.1461Director: Kim Marsalek

    Engineering Student Services coordinates and provides support to fosterretention and graduation. Through our Advising, Multicultural Engineering(MEP), International Exchange (IEP) and Tutoring Programs our staffprovides individual and group advising sessions, workshops, andprograms to guide and empower students through their undergraduateexperience.

    Advising CenterEngineering South (40), Room 111Phone: 805.756.1461

    Senior Academic Advisor: Dawn SiroisAcademic Advisor: Ashlee BurtAcademic Advisor: Greg RoldanAcademic Advisor: Jamey StametsAcademic Advisor: Maria Zavala

    The Advising Program within Engineering Student Services isdedicated to providing effective and comprehensive support to currentundergraduate engineering students. Through individual and groupadvising sessions, workshops, programs, and technology, the staff helps

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    students understand university and college policies and procedures, suchas, change of major, academic probation, and readmission. Advisingsacademic services promote student success and development whileassisting students in navigating and interpreting the curricula to reachtheir academic goals.

    Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP)

    Engineering South (40), Room 115Phone: 805.756.1433

    Coordinator: Jackie DuerrMEP Advisor: Meghan Palasweski

    The Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) within Engineering StudentServices is an academic support program designed to recruit, retainand graduate a diverse population of students, especially groups whichcontinue to remain the most underrepresented in engineering. Thisincludes but is not limited to aspiring College of Engineering studentswho are first in their family to earn a baccalaureate degree, or fromfamily backgrounds of limited financial resources and less educationalopportunities. MEP leverages a strong support network to build anacademic community and provide the necessary bridges for studentsacademic and professional success.

    International Exchange Program (IEP)

    Engineering South (40), Room 111Phone: 805.756.1461

    IEP Advisor: Maria Zavala

    The College of Engineering has established exchange agreements withreputable engineering overseas universities. These exchange programdiffer from other study abroad programs, in that they offer studentsthe opportunity to attend overseas universities with an engineeringfocus, while paying Cal Poly tuition. The partner universities have beenspecifically selected by the College for their innovative technology andengineering coursework. Most of our partner universities guaranteeon-campus housing and offer courses in English, making it easier forour students to take coursework to meet their degree requirements.Participation brings many lasting benefits that enhance students'educational, personal and professional life. Students typically returnwith improved communication skills, a better understanding of othercultures, a global engineering perspective, and a more marketable resumefor industry. The current list of partner universities is located at:

    Tutoring Program

    Engineering South (40), Room 113Engineering Bldg. (192), Room 133Phone: 805.756.1461

    Engineering Student Services offers tutoring in two different locations.The Engineering Student Services lab (Building 40 Room 113) offersassistance in engineering, math and science courses. The EngineeringMechanics Success Center (Building 192 Room 133) offers assistance instatics, dynamics, strength of materials and thermodynamics. The tutorsare trained to assist students in material based on each students unique

    learning style to help the student excel on their own. The current tutoringschedule is located at:

    Womens Engineering Program (WEP)Engineering South (13), Room 216Phone: 805.756.2350

    Director: Helene FingerThe mission of the Womens Engineering Program (WEP) is to recruit andretain women engineering and computer science students by focusingon outreach, on-campus support and professional preparation objectives.To meet these objectives, WEP works closely with the Society of WomenEngineers (SWE) Cal Poly student section, one of the top student sectionsin the nation, in supporting a variety of programs directed at pre-college,undergraduate and graduate students.

    Outreach activities are directed at students from kindergarten throughcommunity college. These programs are designed to encourage pre-university women and girls to consider engineering as a career choice.Outreach recruitment activities include:Building an Engineer workshops,High School Shadow an Engineering Student day,Girl Scout EngineeringBadge day, robotics competitions,elementary school workshops, andcareer fairs.

    The Womens Engineering Program provides on-campus support toCal Poly women engineering students through a variety of academic,leadership and social activities. These activities help students connectto their peers while concurrently assisting them in achieving theireducational goals.

    On-campus support activities include: scholarships, academic counselingand referrals, pre-registration counseling, big sibling program, testfiles,SWE meetings, social events, and community service activities.

    Professional preparation activities are designed to prepare studentsfor a productive career by facilitating networking with professionalsand corporations. Professional preparation activities include:EveningWith Industry banquet, Team Tech national design competition, IndustryTours, Resume Book, bi-weekly industry presentations and corporateinformation sessions.

    Graduate ProgramsMS EngineeringGeneral CharacteristicsThe Master of Science degree program in Engineering has the followinggoals:

    Provide an empowering terminal professional degree for studentswho intend to become practicing engineers, retaining the stronglaboratory emphasis and industrial interaction found in the BScurriculum.

    Provide preparation for further study in engineering, leading to theDoctor of Engineering or Ph.D. degree.

    Provide job-entry education for the more complex and evolvinginterdisciplinary areas of engineering, such as research anddevelopment, innovative design, systems analysis and design, bio-engineering, biomedical engineering, manufacturing, mechatronics,and engineering management.

    Update and upgrade opportunities for practicing engineers.

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    Allow graduates to maintain currency in their fields.

    To meet the above goals, and to prepare graduates to become effectiveprofessionals and leaders, the MS program has the following learningoutcomes;

    1. Technical competency;2. Effective communication skills;3. Awareness of the impacts of technology on society and the

    environment;4. Understanding the ethics and responsible professional conduct;5. Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills;6. Appreciation of the need for life-long learning;7. Leadership/planning/decision-making skills;8. Critical thinking/complex problem-solving skills.

    A number of these desired learning outcomes are similar to some of theABET program outcomes ("A through K") that guide the accreditationprocess for our undergraduate degree programs. One expects thatpersons entering our graduate programs, whether or not from anundergraduate engineering program, would already possess many ofthese attributes to a significant degree. The graduate education wouldbe expected to provide substantial enhancement. Consequently, thelearning outcomes for the graduate programs build on the foundationof undergraduate engineering education while taking a more advancedfocus appropriate for graduate-level study.

    PrerequisitesFor admission as a classified graduate student, an applicant shouldhold a bachelors degree in engineering or a closely related field witha minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the last 90 quarter units(60 semester units) attempted. Some programs impose higher GPArequirements. Applicants for most graduate engineering programs arerequired to submit scores for the General Test of the Graduate RecordExamination. An applicant who meets program standards but lacksprerequisite coursework may be admitted as a conditionally classifiedstudent and must make up any deficiencies before advancement toclassified graduate standing. Contact the individual program graduatecoordinator for details.

    Program of StudyEach graduate student must prepare a formal study plan with his or heradvisor early in the program, usually before the 12th unit of approvedcourses is completed.

    The formal program of study must include a minimum of 45 units (atleast 23 of which must be at the 500 level) with a specialization in one ofthe following areas: Biochemical Engineering, Bioengineering, BiomedicalEngineering, Integrated Technology Management, Materials Engineering,Water Engineering, or another individualized course of study.

    RequirementsThe broad curriculum requirements for the Master of Science degree inEngineering are:

    1. a number of required units in the field of specialization, inmany cases supplemented by analytical and technical breadthrequirements;

    2. additional units taken as advisor-approved electives;3. at least 23 units of the 45 unit program at the 500 level;

    4. at least 32 units taken in residence.

    In some specializations, two culminating requirement options areavailable: a thesis/project option, which requires coursework and anup-to-9 unit thesis or project with oral defense; or a non-thesis/projectoption, which involves additional coursework and a comprehensiveexamination. The non-thesis option is normally allowed only for studentswho have completed a senior project or have had significant priorengineering project experience.

    The College of Engineering offers two joint programs: in conjunction withthe Orfalea College of Business, the MS Engineering Management (; and with the College of Architecture andEnvironmental Design (City and Regional Planning Department),the MCRP/MS Engineering, with a specialization in TransportationPlanning (

    MS Engineering, Specialization in BioengineeringNOTE: Applications to the Bioengineering Specialization are notcurrently being accepted. Contact the College of Engineering for furtherinformation.

    MS Engineering, Specialization in Biomedical EngineeringNOTE: Applications to the Biomedical Specialization are not currentlybeing accepted. Contact the College of Engineering for furtherinformation.

    MS Engineering, Specialization in Integrated TechnologyManagementThe Master of Science in Engineering with a specialization in IntegratedTechnology Management is designed as a terminal degree programwith a professional focus. Its objectives are to provide the studentgreater breadth and depth of technical knowledge and to help the studentpractice communication, leadership, and project management skills.

    The program has flexible curriculum allowing the student a wide choicein course selection. A student can choose technical elective coursesfrom the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering department as wellas outside the department. Flexibility is emphasized so that the studentand his/her advisor can structure a degree plan tailored to the individualneeds of the student. Only letter-graded courses count toward satisfyingthe total unit requirement for the degree. Courses on a credit/no creditbasis are not allowed in the formal study plan. No audit credits arepermitted.

    The program does not require a thesis. A student is required to completea project in which he/she typically works in industry and appliesengineering knowledge and methods to solve a practical complexproblem. The student is required to document his/her project with a finalreport, which will be reviewed by the project advisor in the Industrial andManufacturing Engineering department.

    MS Engineering, Specialization in Water Engineering

    MS Fire Protection EngineeringGeneral CharacteristicsThe profession of Fire Protection Engineering is directed toward theidentification, analysis and mitigation of fire hazards and risks across abroad spectrum of applications, including buildings, consumer products,

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    industrial processes, transportation vehicles, infrastructure facilities andthe wildland-urban interface.

    The Master of Science in Fire Protection Engineering prepares individualsto assess and reduce the potential for property and human loss fromfire in these and other settings. Students learn to analyze how buildingsare used, how fires start, how fires grow, and how fire and smoke affectpeople, buildings and property. Fire protection engineers use the latestengineering and construction technologies to:

    1. Design systems that control fires, alert people to danger and providemeans for escape;

    2. Evaluate buildings to identify fire risks of and the means to prevent ormitigate them;

    3. Conduct fire safety research on consumer products and constructionmaterials; and

    4. Investigate fires to discover how fires start, how they spread, whyprotective measures fail, and how those measures could be designedmore effectively.

    To meet these program goals, the fire protection engineering curriculumrequires that students successfully complete a total of 45 units includinga fire protection engineering project as the culminating experience(FPE596). The culminating experience will be innovative and requireindependent thinking. Typically, the students will perform a detailed fireand life safety evaluation of a selected building, the preparation of acomprehensive report documenting the results of this evaluation and thepresentation of their analysis and findings in an oral defense to a reviewcommittee. Other innovative culminating experiences of similar scopeand complexity may be submitted for approval.

    Program GoalsThe Fire Protection Engineering program is designed to build on theskills, knowledge, and broad engineering principles students acquirein an undergraduate engineering program. The required and electivecourses composing the Master of Science degree in Fire ProtectionEngineering address the specific body of knowledge required by the fireprotection engineering profession. Students completing the program willpossess the technical knowledge, skills and tools required to practicefire protection engineering in a variety of local, national and internationalsettings. Upon completion of this program, students should possessthe necessary knowledge and skills to pursue professional certificationand licensure in the fire protection engineering discipline. Furthermore,the program addresses unique fire challenges faced by California andother western states, including wildland-urban interface fires and post-earthquake fires. Upon completing the requirements for a Master ofScience degree in Fire Protection Engineering, students should be able to:

    Identify relevant fire safety codes, standards and regulations,comprehend the fire safety performance objectives and criteriaassociated with these documents, and apply these fire safetyobjectives and criteria to a broad range of applications.

    Analyze the flammability characteristics of different materials,interpret the results of standard and non-standard fire test methodsand evaluate the fire hazards associated with different materials in arange of anticipated settings.

    Analyze the dynamics of fires in and around buildings and otherstructures through the application of fundamental principles and theuse of state-of-the-art computer-based fire simulation models.

    Understand how people interact with fire conditions in buildings andcalculate evacuation times through the application of fundamental

    principles of people movement and the use of state-of-the-artcomputer-based evacuation models.

    Design fire detection and alarm systems, fire suppression systems,smoke management systems, egress systems and structural fireprotection to achieve specified performance objectives.

    Perform comprehensive fire and life safety evaluations of buildingsand other structures through application of the knowledge, skillsand tools acquired in this program and effectively communicate theresults and findings of such evaluations.

    PrerequisitesFor admission as a classified graduate student, an applicant shouldhold a bachelors degree in engineering or a closely related field from aregionally accredited institution, college, or university. An undergraduategrade point average of 3.0 is required. On occasion, where othercredentials are exceptionally strong, a GPA in the 2.5-3.0 range may beaccepted.

    Tuition and FeesAs a special session program through Extended Education, the MS FireProtection Engineering program is administratively and academicallycompletely self-supporting. As such, the program carries a separatetuition and fee schedule. Please refer to for the current cost of the program.

    MS Engineering ManagementMS Engineering Management is a concurrent degree that includescourses in the MBA program and the MS Engineering program with aspecialization in Integrated Technology Management. It is a cooperativeeffort between the Orfalea College of Business and the Cal Poly Collegeof Engineering (Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department.Please see MS Engineering Management ( formore information.

    MCRP/MS Engineering, Specialization inTransportation PlanningThe The MCRP/MS Engineering with Specialization in TransportationPlanning ( isa joint interdisciplinary program between the College of Engineering andthe City and Regional Planning Department of the College of Architectureand Environmental Design. Participation in the program requiresenrollment in both Colleges. Participants successfully completing theprogram are awarded both the MCRP and the MS in Engineering, eachwith a Specialization in Transportation Planning.

    Graduate Certificate ProgramsFire Protection Engineering ApplicationsGeneral CharacteristicsThe courses offered in the Fire Protection Engineering Applicationsgraduate certificate program will prepare students for a specializedcareer in fire protection engineering. Students completing the certificateprogram will be prepared for careers in:

    Consulting/Design Engineering Firms Fire Equipment and Systems Manufacturers

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    Hospitals and Health Care Facilities Insurance Industry Research and Testing Laboratories Fire Departments Government

    Program GoalsUpon completing the requirements for the graduate certificate, studentsshould be able to:

    1. Identify relevant fire safety codes, standards and regulations,comprehend the fire safety performance objectives and criteriaassociated with these documents, and apply these fire safetyobjectives and criteria to a broad range of applications.

    2. Understand how people interact with fire conditions in buildings andcalculate evacuation times through the application of fundamentalprinciples of people movement and the use of state-of-the-artcomputer-based evacuation models.

    3. Design fire detection and alarm systems, fire suppression systems,structural fire protection systems, and egress systems to achievespecified performance objectives.

    To meet these program goals, the fire protection engineering applicationscurriculum requires that students successfully complete a total of 16units.

    Fire Protection Engineering ScienceGeneral CharacteristicsThe courses offered in the Fire Protection Engineering Science graduatecertificate program will prepare students for a specialized career in fireprotection engineering. Students completing the certificate program willbe prepared for careers in:

    Forensic Investigations; Nuclear Fire Safety; Fire Science Research (R&D facility, Testing Lab, etc.) Government Fire Departments

    Program GoalsUpon completing the requirements for the graduate certificate, studentsshould be able to:

    1. Apply concepts associated with the thermal sciences, includingthermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer, to the analysisof fire protection engineering problems.

    2. Analyze the flammability characteristics of different materials,interpret the results of standard and non-standard fire test methodsand evaluate the fire hazards associated with different materials in arange of anticipated settings.

    3. Analyze the dynamics of fires in and around buildings and otherstructures through the application of fundamental principles and theuse of state-of-the-art computer-based fire simulation models.

    To meet these program goals, the fire protection engineering sciencecurriculum requires that students successfully complete a total of 16units.

    Fire Protection Engineering Science &Fire Protection Engineering ApplicationsTuition and FeesAs a special session programs through Extended Education, the MSFire Protection Engineering program and Fire Protection Engineeringgraduate certificate are administratively and academically completelyself-supporting. As such, the programs carry a separate tuition andfee schedule. Please refer to the current cost of the program.

    Blended BS + MS Engineering ProgramThe blended program provides motivated students with an acceleratedroute to the MS Engineering, with simultaneous conferring of bothbachelor's and master's degrees. Students in the blended program areprovided with a seamless process whereby they can progress fromundergraduate to graduate status.

    Students who matriculate from an ABET accredited BS program into thisblended program have an additional requirement for their thesis. ABETrequires that curricula include a major design experience, to ensure thatstudents are ready for engineering practice. The experience should buildon prior coursework, and should incorporate engineering standards andconstraints. Hence, students matriculating from an ABET accreditedprogram must have a master's thesis that includes this major designexperience in order to complete their undergraduate degree requirements.

    Eligibility for Blended BS+MS EngineeringStudents majoring in BS General Engineering, BS Computer Engineering,BS Manufacturing Engineering, and BS Materials Engineering may beeligible to pursue the blended program toward the MS Engineering witha specialization in Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, or IntegratedTechnology Management. They may also be able to pursue blendedprograms incorporating other MS degrees or specializations in theCollege of Engineering.

    In addition, students in departments with their own masters degrees maybe able to pursue masters degrees in other areas, or the MS Engineeringdegree via the blended program, based on agreements between theirbachelors granting program and their target masters program.

    Participation in the program is based on prior academic performanceand other measures of professional promise. Students are selected by afaculty committee, chosen on the basis of the students area of interest.

    Program of StudySome programs allow students to complete a capstone experience thatintegrates the senior project with the graduate thesis. This arrangementalso increases the possibilities for industrial interaction in students'professional programs.

    The blended program may allow students to earn graduate creditfor several senior electives, effectively decreasing the summed unitrequirements for both degrees. Requirements concerning shared unitsvary by degree program. Contact the program graduate coordinator fordetails.

    Other Blended ProgramsBlended BS+MS programs are also available in AerospaceEngineering (, Biomedical Engineering

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    (, Civil and Environmental Engineering (, Computer Science and SoftwareEngineering (, ElectricalEngineering (, Industrial Engineering(, and Mechanical Engineering( Additional information about these programsmay be obtained from the individual departments.

    FPE CoursesFPE500. Individual Study. 1-4 unitsTerm Typically Offered: TBDPrerequisite: Consent of graduate coordinator and supervising facultymember.

    Advanced study planned and completed under the direction of a memberof the program faculty. Open only to graduate students in the FPEprogram who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. FPE 500must be taken as a 4-unit class when substituting for a required course inthe FPE program.

    FPE501. Fundamental Thermal Sciences. 4 unitsTerm Typically Offered: FPrerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

    Introduction to the thermal sciences, including thermodynamics, fluiddynamics and heat transfer, as they relate to fire protection engineering.Includes 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics, conservation relations,hydrostatics, internal and external flows, and heat transfer by conduction,convection and radiation. 4 lectures.

    FPE502. Fire Dynamics. 4 unitsTerm Typically Offered: WPrerequisite: FPE 501 or consent of instructor.

    First exposure to fire dynamics phenomena. Includes fundamental fireand combustion topics such as thermodynamics of combustion, firechemistry, premixed and diffusion flames, ignition, burning of liquids andsolids, heat release rates, flame spread and fire plumes. 4 lectures.

    FPE503. Flammability Assessment Methods. 4 unitsTerm Typically Offered: SPPrerequisite: FPE 502.

    Characterization of flammability properties of gaseous, liquid and solidmaterials. Fire test methods for evaluating flammability properties ofmaterials and burning characteristics of products. Overview of regulatoryrequirements for restricting the flammability of products and materialsused in buildings. 4 lectures.

    FPE504. Fire Modeling. 4 unitsTerm Typically Offered: SUPrerequisite: FPE 502, FPE 503.

    Fire modeling techniques for fire safety assessment. Application ofvarious engineering correlations and computer-based fire models,including zone models and computational fluid dynamics models, torepresentative fire problems. 4 lectures.

    FPE521. Egress Analysis and Design. 4 unitsTerm Typically Offered: FPrerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

    Regulatory requirements for egress systems in buildings, includingoccupancy classifications, occupant loads, means of egress componentsand exit capacities. Introduction to human behavior in fire and tomethods for calculating people movement under emergency conditions,including computer-based evacuation models. 4 lectures.

    FPE522. Fire Detection, Alarm and Communication Systems. 4 unitsTerm Typically Offered: SPPrerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

    Analysis of the operating characteristics of fire detection devices andalarm notification appliances. Introduction to modern fire alarm systemsand components. Introduction to mass communication systems. Currentinstallation and approval standards. 4 lectures.

    FPE523. Water-based Fire Suppression. 4 unitsTerm Typically Offered: WPrerequisite: Graduate standing.

    Analysis and design of water-based fire suppression systems, includingwater supply analysis and hydraulic calculations. Overview and designconsiderations for automatic sprinkler, water spray, water mist and foamsuppression systems. Typical contemporary installations and currentinstallation and approval standards. 4 lectures.

    FPE524. Structural Fire Protection. 4 unitsTerm Typically Offered: SUPrerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

    Regulation and analysis procedures for structural components of wood,steel, concrete, composites. Structural capabilities, modifications underfire induced exposures. Calculation methods for predicting fire resistanceof structural components. Definition of types of building construction. 4lectures.

    FPE551. Fire Safety Regulation and Management. 4 unitsTerm Typically Offered: FPrerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

    Use of model building and fire codes, administrative regulation,retrospective codes, performance-based codes, and risk-based regulationto manage fire safety. Identification and application of different fire riskmanagement tools and techniques. 4 lectures.

    FPE552. Smoke Management and Special Hazards. 4 unitsTerm Typically Offered: WPrerequisite: FPE 502 and FPE 504.

    Analysis and design of smoke management systems. Assessment ofsmoke hazards. Identification of special hazards. Analysis and designof fire suppression systems used for fire control of special hazards,including gaseous and chemical agents and systems. 4 lectures.

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    FPE554. Forensic Fire Analysis. 4 unitsTerm Typically Offered: SPPrerequisite: Consent of graduate coordinator and instructor.Recommended: FPE 504.

    Introduction to the processes of fire investigation and reconstruction.Engineering analysis of structural and wildland fires. Identification offailure mechanisms in fire safety systems. Case studies of actual fireincidents to address and reinforce concepts related to different types ofsystem and performance failures. 4 lectures.

    FPE555. Fire Protection Management in the Wildland-Urban Interface(WUI). 4 unitsTerm Typically Offered: TBDPrerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Recommended:LA/NR 318 and NR 340.

    Social, economic, political, and technological issues affecting firemanagement in urbanized landscapes where fire continues its ecologicalrole. Fire risk analysis; needs assessment, legislative codes, standardsand policies; liability issues; evacuation; incident response planning. 3lectures, 1 laboratory.

    FPE556. Advanced Heat Transfer III. 4 unitsTerm Typically Offered: TBDPrerequisite: ME 347 or FPE 502; and ME 350.

    Advanced principles of heat transfer. Classical solution techniques toproblems in radiation with applications related to the role of radiationheat transfer in the development of fire in buildings. 4 lectures.Crosslisted as FPE/ME 556.

    FPE596. Culminating Experience in Fire Protection Engineering. 1-5unitsTerm Typically Offered: W, SPPrerequisite: FPE 504, advanced graduate standing, completion of, orconcurrent enrollment in, engineering courses in program, and consent ofinstructor.

    Performance of comprehensive fire and life safety evaluations ofbuildings and other structures. Communication of the results andfindings of such evaluations in written report and by oral presentation.Conducted under supervision of faculty.

    FPE599. Design Thesis. 1-9 unitsTerm Typically Offered: TBDPrerequisite: Consent of graduate coordinator and graduate standing.

    Each individual will be assigned a thesis project for solution under facultysupervision as a requirement for the master's degree, culminating in awritten thesis.


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