Environmental Systems Engineering

Course Description:

Systems analysis of physical-chemical processes and biological processes encountered in environmental engineering. Various systems tools and computerized artificial intelligence are taught using examples from environmental engineering.

Credits:

3 credit hours.

Textbook:

Environmental Systems Engineering, H. Bungay, Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Goals:

Introduce seniors and first-semester graduate students to modern computer techniques for systems analysis. Preparation for graduate school and modern engineering practice.

Prerequisite:

Unit Operations in Environmental Engineering.

Topics:

Computer simulation, process dynamics and control, models, engineering use of spreadsheets, networks, neural networks, expert systems, fuzzy logic, statistical tools, probability of extreme values, and time series.

Computer Usage:

Each assignment takes 2 to 3 hours at a personal computer and/or the RPI Unix system.

Projects:

Term Project One Project (approx 16 hrs of work) to improve environmental engineering education.

Grading:

15 min. quiz each week. As an experiment (complain if you think this is a bad idea), you can submit a one- or two-page report on what you learned that week to substitute for a missed quiz or a quiz with an unsatisfactory grade. You can exercise this option no more than three times.

No exams or final. Each homework counts the same as a quiz. Homework/quiz average is 85% of grade.

Term project (15 per cent).

Any homework or report more than one week late receives no grade. Term project options: create homework problems, create computer aid for teaching, or improve existing pages.

Grades are in a spreadsheet in the T.A.'s public directory. By law, grades cannot be posted in the open. To have your grades in this public spreadsheet, send written permission, the alias to conceal your identity, and your signature to the T.A. If you decide not to be included, you will have to set up an appointment with the T.A. to get your grades.