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Knudsen, Erik

Senior Instructor



courses taught

  • ASEN 1022 - Materials Science for Aerospace Engineers
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2023 / Spring 2024
    Covers prerequisite chemistry topics for materials science and introduces material types, properties and behavior for aerospace engineers. Topics include review of chemistry; atomic bonding; crystals; diffusion; mechanical/thermal properties; phase diagrams; heat treatment; failure mechanisms; materials selection; and a general introduction to modern materials for aerospace engineering applications including composites and materials with engineered properties. Lab project or tensile testing is included.
  • ASEN 2701 - Introduction to Statics, Structures, and Materials
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023
    Introduce the fundamental analytical tools for statics and structural analysis in the context of the physics of aerospace materials. Topics include force/moment equilibrium, truss analysis, failure criteria, stress and strain analysis, stiffness and strength of material, and beam theory.
  • ASEN 3112 - Structures
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Teaches Mechanics of Materials methods of stress and deformation analysis applicable to the design and verification of aircraft and space structures. It offers an introduction to matrix and finite element methods for truss structures, and to mechanical vibrations.
  • ASEN 3802 - Aerospace Sciences Lab II
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2024
    Provides an intermediate laboratory experience in aerospace sciences, with a focus on aerodynamics, structural mechanics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer. Emphasizes design and analysis of experiments, processing and analysis of experimental data, and model validation using experimental data.
  • ASEN 4018 - Senior Projects 1: Design Synthesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Focuses on the synthesis of technical knowledge, project management, design process, leadership, and communications within a team environment. Students progress through the design process beginning with requirements development, then preliminary design and culminating with critical design. Offered fall only.
  • ASEN 4028 - Senior Projects 2: Design Practicum
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Focuses on the fabrication, integration, verification and validation of designs produced in ASEN 4018. Students work within the same teams from ASEN 4018. Offered spring only.