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Program in Materials Science and Engineering

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Program in Materials Science and Engineering
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Professors, A. Bandyopadhyay, S. Bose, A. E. Clark, G. S. Collins, I. Dutta, D. P. Field, Y. Gupta, K. W. Hipps, Y. Lin, U. Mazur, J. McCloy, M. D. McCluskey, M. McLarty, M. S. Mesarovic, M. G. Norton, M. P. Wolcott, C. S. Yoo, J. W. Zhang, W. Zhong; Associate Professors, S. Banerjee, S. Beckman, J. A. Brozik, S. L. Dexheimer, K. Englund, Y. Gu, J. Leachman, Q. Li, L. Scudiero, V. Yadama; Assistant Professors, N. Boddeti, B. Collins, A. Gozen, X. Guo, D. Lee, M. Song, D. Wu, Q. Zhang.

Materials science includes the principles and practice of designing, synthesizing, characterizing, preparing, and fabricating useful materials. The Materials Science and Engineering Program accepts qualified bachelor’s and master’s graduates in the sciences and engineering who now wish to pursue graduate research for a Ph.D. in the area where the disciplines overlap. Materials science is an interdisciplinary program and this feature is emphasized in the research activities.

Requirements for the Materials Science Ph.D. include a minimum of 72 credit hours of which at least 21 hours are graded course work. The common ground for all participants in materials science is covered by the core of courses (15 credits) required of all students. The core provides a general overview to the field as well as advanced courses in thermodynamics, solid state physics, applied mathematics, and materials characterization. All students must attend the materials science seminar series (at least 6 credits), which provides an opportunity to find out the current research activities in the program and associated departments. After completion of the core of courses, students then select additional courses (a minimum of 6 credit hours) in areas that are applicable to their research program. These courses can come from any area of physical science, engineering, and mathematics.

All students complete an original research dissertation (MATSE 800). Minimum 20 credits. After admission to candidacy for the degree, students select a research supervisor from the materials science faculty. A broad spectrum of contemporary research areas is available.

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