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Develop a foundation of analytical mechanics and multiphysics modeling.

Dynamic Systems—Graduate Certificate

Dynamic Systems

Use individual and team exercises to build skills for a dynamic systems approach.

Engineered systems increasingly must exploit complex interactions between multiple domains—mechanical, electrical, chemical and biological. Numerical model prediction is a powerful tool for optimal design, vibration analysis, test plan development, and control system design. Through a combination of theory and practice, this certificate helps engineers model, analyze, and control multiphysics dynamic systems using MATLAB Simulink and Simscape.

3 courses in 3 semesters.

Department Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Admissions requirement Acceptance to the Graduate School.
Contact Wayne Weaver
Length 3 courses in 2-3 semesters
Effort 3 hours per credit per week
Each course 3 credits
Total credits 9
Course type Online or on-campus
Modality Watch class recordings on demand
Cost Based on credits and course type
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Progress quickly with a compact curriculum.

Work with the program advisor to select courses that fit your interests and pre-requisite skills.

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Here are some of the pre-requisite courses for this certificate.

Take 6 credits of required courses.

Take MEEM 5730 Dynamic System Simulation if it is offered, or take MEEM 5990 as Special Topics: Dynamic System Simulation.

Take a 3 credit elective course.

The minimum completion time is two semesters.

Here is a typical schedule.

Fall Spring
MEEM 5701
MEEM 4775
MEEM 5730

Interested in taking a single, online course? Enroll as a non-degree seeking student.

Upon completion of the Certificate the student should be able to:

  1. Develop differential equation models of multiphysics dynamic systems exploiting methods from analytical mechanics
  2. Create simulations of dynamic systems to achieve specified accuracy requirements using advanced MATLAB, Simulink, and Simscape techniques
  3. Develop and select integration schemes for both real-time (embedded) and batch simulations
  4. Design advanced control systems or conduct vibration analysis studies for complex dynamic systems
  5. Communicate the dynamic system analysis process through written project reports including: statement of assumptions, equation of motion derivation, listing of conserved quantities, numerical model architecture justification, and steps taken to verify numerical results

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We set out as the Michigan Mining School in 1885 to train mining engineers to better operate copper mines. Today, more than 60 percent of Michigan Tech students are enrolled in our 17 undergraduate and 29 graduate engineering programs across nine departments. Our students and curriculum embrace the spirit of hard work and fortitude our founders once had. Our online graduate courses are the same, robust classes taken by our doctorate and masters candidates, taught directly by highly regarded faculty, with outstanding support from staff. We invite working professionals to join these courses, bring their own experience and challenges as part of the discussion. Leverage the national reputation of Michigan Tech to advance your career in tech leadership.

Meet the online certified instructors.

Students have the flexibility to review class recordings later.

Andrew Barnard

Andrew Barnard

Director, Great Lakes Research Center

Teaching Statement

Dr. Barnard has interests in acoustics, noise control, and vibration, as well as water resources and marine technology.

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Jason Blough

Jason Blough

Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

Teaching Statement

Dr. Blough teaches classroom and industry short course topics on dynamic measurement, signal analysis, and other experimental noise, vibration, and harshness techniques.

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Steven Ma

Steven Ma

Professor of Practice, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Teaching Statement

Dr. Ma teaches courses in mechanical system design and analysis, advanced CAD and CAM methods, mechanism synthesis, dynamic modeling, and vehicle dynamics.

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Gordon Parker

Gordon Parker

John and Cathi Drake Endowed Chair in Mechanical Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Parker teaches courses in dynamic systems, control, robotics, and mechatronics, as well as linear and nonlinear system theory.

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Wayne Weaver

Wayne Weaver

Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Teaching Statement

Dr. Weaver teaches on propulsion systems for hybrid electric vehicles and linear systems theory and design.

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Yongchao Yang

Yongchao Yang

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Teaching Statement

Dr. Yang teaches on topics of statics, shock, and vibration.

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