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COSS Lab - Teaching

Dr. Zhu has utilized multiple popular software and machines in his teaching. For example, SolidWorks is used for computer-aided design, manufacturing, and simulation, AnSys is used for finite element simulation, and RoboDK is used for robotic simulation and offline programming. Machines include CNC mill (Intelitek and HAAS), CNC lathe (Intelitek and HAAS), PLC (Allen Bradley), and Fanuc robots. Mechanical Engineering Technology program at UH uses Simio simulation software under a grant from Simio LLC to simulation of manufacturing systems and digital twin. 

As Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator at Mechanical Engineering Technology Program, Department of Engineering Technology, University of Houston (2018~), Dr. Zhu has lectured the following courses (most of them have labs):

  • MS-MET Graduate Program Coordinator (Since Fall 2019)
  • Graduate Co-Advisor (Fall 2018 to Spring 2019)
  • Dynamics of Mechanism (Fall 2018, Fall 2019): kinematics, dynamics, mechanism, SolidWorks Motion
  • Computer Aided Design I (Spring 2019): machine design I, SolidWorks Simulation, Finite Element Analysis 
  • Automated Manufacturing Systems (Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022): sensors and actuators, PLC, CNC, Robotics, Material Handling, RFID, Automation, Manufacturing Systems
  • Materials and Manufacturing Processes (Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021): engineering materials, manufacturing processes
  • Simulation of Manufacturing Systems (Fall 2021): Discrete event simulation, Simio
  • Advanced Engineering Graphics (Spring 2022): Intermediate SolidWorks modeling

As Professor and Graduate Program Advisor at Department of Industrial Engineering, Lamar University (2005~2018), Dr. Zhu has created 9 new courses and lectured the following courses (most of them have labs):

  • Graduate Advisor (Fall 2006~Summer 2018): advise hundreds of graduate students of Industrial Engineering each semester; advise new and transfer students; graduate students admission;
  • Computer Simulation of Industrial Systems (Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017): Computer Simulation with Rockwell Arena;
  • Quality Improvement / Statistical Quality Control (Fall 2005, Fall 2006): Control charts, Process capability analysis, Acceptance sampling;
  • Virtual Reality and Computer Haptics (Fall 2005, Summer I 2006, Fall 2006, Fall 2007, newly developed course): Haptics and Virtual reality research, OpenHaptics programming;
  • Computer-Integrated Manufacturing (Spring 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018): Solid modeling, PTC Creo computer-aided product design and manufacturing, CNC;
  • Automated Systems Engineering (Spring 2006, Summer I 2007, Summer II 2011, Summer I 2012, Summer I 2013, Summer 2017, Summer 2018, newly developed course): Control system, Sensor and Actuators, PLC, Assembly, Flexible Manufacturing System, Automated Inspection;
  • Engineering Materials and Manufacturing Processes (Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Summer III 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Summer III 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018): Engineering Material, Manufacturing Processes, Process Planning, Machining Lab;
  • Engineering Database Design (Summer I 2006, 2007, Fall 2009, Summer II 2010, Fall 2010, Fall 2011): Database design, SQL, Visual Basic .NET, ASP.NET;
  • Advanced Manufacturing (Summer II 2006, newly developed course): Flexible Manufacturing System, Automation, Six-Sigma, Pro/Manufacturing and Pro/Mechanica;
  • Computational Methods in Research (Fall 2007, Fall 2008): research tools in Industrial Engineering including C++, Object-oriented programming, COIN-OR and Computer Graphics;
  • Introduction to Robotics (Spring 2008, 2009, Summer II 2010, Summer II 2011, newly developed course);
  • Multi-objective Optimization (Spring 2010, Spring 2012, newly developed course);
  • Statistical Decision Making (Probability and Statistics II) (Spring 2011);
  • Multi-method Simulation (Summer 2017, newly developed course): AnyLogic, agent-based simulation, system dynamics, discrete event simulation
  • Coordinate Graduate Research Seminar (Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, newly developed course);
  • Doctoral Seminar (Fall 2011, Spring 2012).