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Engineering courses to help you boldly go where you’ve never gone before

The first engineer I ever came across was Enterprise NCC 1701-D Chief Engineer Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge on Star Trek The Next Generation (TNG). Not to get nostalgic about my love for Star Trek, but the show depicted a future in which anything was possible through science and engineering. Cmdr. LaForge could solve any problem he faced with his creativity and ingenuity. It was not only admirable – it was inspiring.

While my dreams of becoming an engineer faded as I got older, I never lost my appreciation for the impact engineers can have. We have engineers to thank for some of the greatest achievements in human history – the pyramids at Giza, the Roman aqueducts and Colosseum and a Great Wall in China you can see from space. And, speaking of space–we can go there. We put a man on the moon and astronauts on a space station orbiting the Earth at 17,000 MPH. Engineers have helped build our history, make our present possible and will continue to shape our future.

Whether it is learning about the future cities of tomorrow, advancements in solar energy or aeronautical engineering, open up your own world of endless possibilities boldy go wherever you want to through an upcoming edX engineering course.

ThermodynamicsThermodynamics – IIT Bombay – July 29, 2014
ME209x is a basic course in thermodynamics, designed for students of mechanical engineering that will study the terms and concepts used in thermodynamics, with precise definitions. The three laws of thermodynamics (zeroth, first, and second) will be explored in detail, and the properties of materials will be studied. Learn more.

Circuits and ElectronicsCircuits and Electronics – MIT – August 25, 2014
The course introduces engineering in the context of the lumped circuit abstraction. Topics covered include: resistive elements and networks; independent and dependent sources; switches and MOS transistors; digital abstraction; amplifiers; energy storage elements; dynamics of first- and second-order networks; design in the time and frequency domains; and analog and digital circuits and applications. Design and lab exercises are also significant components of the course. Learn more.

Solar EnergySolar Energy – TU Delft – September 1, 2014
This second edition of the course Solar Energy teaches you to design a complete photovoltaic system. It introduces you to the technology that converts solar energy into electricity, heat and solar fuels with a main focus on electricity generation. Photovoltaic (PV) devices are presented as advanced semiconductor devices that deliver electricity directly from sunlight. The emphasis is on understanding the working principle of a solar cell, fabrication of solar cells, PV module construction and the design of a PV system. Learn more.

Introduction to Solid State ChemistyIntroduction to Solid State Chemistry – MIT – September 3, 2014
3.091x is a first-year course where chemical principles are explained by examination of the properties of materials. The electronic structure and chemical bonding of materials is related to applications and engineering systems throughout the course. The on-campus version of the course has been taught for over thirty-five years and is one of the largest classes at MIT. Learn more.

Mechanical Behavior of MaterialsMechanical Behavior of Materials – MIT – September 3, 2014
This subject provides an introduction to the mechanical behavior of materials, from both the continuum and atomistic points of view. At the continuum level, the course will show how forces and displacements translate into stress and strain distributions within the material. At the atomistic level, it will teach the mechanisms that control the mechanical properties of materials. Learn more.

Effective Field TheoryEffective Field Theory – MIT – September 16, 2014
Effective field theory (EFT) provides a fundamental framework to describe physical systems with quantum field theory. In this course, students will learn both how to construct EFTs and how to apply them in a variety of situations. It will cover the majority of the common tools that are used by different effective field theories. In particular: identifying degrees of freedom and symmetries, formulating power counting expansions (both dimensional and non-dimensional), field redefinitions, bottom-up and top-down effective theories, fine-tuned effective theories, matching and Wilson coefficients, reparameterization invariance, and various examples of advanced renormalization group techniques. Learn more.

Composite Materials Overview for EngineersComposite Materials Overview for Engineers – University of Washington – September 23, 2014
Composites are used in many industries today to enable high-performance products at economic advantage. These industries range from space to sports and include manufactured products for aircraft, transportation, energy, construction, sports, marine, and medical use. There are many material, economic and aesthetic advantages to using composites, but a solid knowledge of the physical properties, including the mechanics, tooling, design, inspection & repair, and manufacturing options is required for working in this medium as they are intrinsically linked. Learn more.

Future CitiesFuture Cities – ETH Zurich – September 24, 2014
Understanding a city as a whole, its people, components, functions, scales and dynamics, is crucial for the appropriate design and management of the urban system. While the development of cities in different parts of the world is moving in diverse directions, all estimations show that cities worldwide will change and grow strongly in the coming years. Learn more.

Introduction to Aeronautical Engineering Introduction to Aeronautical Engineering – TU Delft – September 2014
This course provides an overview of and introduction to the fundamentals of aeronautics, using the history of aviation as a story line. The course uses examples from the very beginning of aviation (the Montgolfier brothers’ balloon flight in 1783 and the Wright brothers’ heavier-than-air flight in 1903) and continues all the way through to the current Airbus A380 and future aircraft. Learn more.

Next Generation Infrastructures, Part 2Next Generation Infrastructures, Part 2 – TU Delft – September 2014
The challenge can be summarized as the factor 8 question: ‘Is it possible to imagine infrastructure systems that can meet the needs of twice today’s population with half today’s resources while providing twice the livability?’ Learn more.