Prerequisite: ME 286. Corequisites: ME 330, ME 386. This course addresses the use of finite element analysis (FEA) tools for effective and efficient design of mechanical elements. A commercial, general purpose FEA software application is used for the solution of non-trivial problems. Emphasis will be placed on the selection of suitable FEA models, and interpretation and critical evaluation of the results. The integration of the use of FEA tools in a well-organized design process also is emphasized. Lecture material is complemented by laboratory case studies and a design project. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week.