Materials Science & Engineering

Department Head

Professor S. Pamir Alpay

Distinguished Professor

Brody, Laurencin


Aindow, Carter, Jordan, Maric, Ramprasad, Parnas, Singh, Suib, and Wei

Associate Professors

Gao, Hebert, Huey, Jain, Kuhn, McCutcheon, Nakhmanson, Rossetti, and Willis

Assistant Professors

Dongare, Khan, Kumbar, Lee, Nair, and Nukavarapu

Research Professor


The goal of the graduate program in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), through its coursework and research programs, is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of modern materials and to prepare for positions of leadership in engineering, research and development. Graduate instruction is offered which leads to the degrees of Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

Emphasis is placed on the relationships between the structure and properties of engineering materials, thermodynamics of materials, phase equilibria, mechanical behavior, electronic behavior, processing, and microstructural characterization. The main aspects of these subjects are covered in 4 designated core courses (see the descriptions for courses MSE 5301, 5309, 5322, and 5334 below) offered by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Several other departments in the University offer courses in related disciplines, and students are encouraged to include one or more of these courses in their plans of study. All graduate students must also participate in regular departmental seminars featuring eminent scholars from around the world.

Requirements for the M.S.

There are no special requirements for the admission to the master’s program beyond those of the Graduate School. Selection of Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (course work) is made after consultation with the advisory committee. For Plan A, the student must successfully complete 5 graduate courses (15 credits), maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or above. At least 4 of these courses must be MSE courses. The student must also complete at least 9 credits of Master’s Thesis Research (GRAD 5950). For Plan B, The student must successfully complete at least 8 graduate courses (24 credits), maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or above. At least 6 of these courses (18 credits) must be MSE courses.

Requirements for the Ph.D.

Admission to the doctoral program is based upon a careful assessment of the student’s potential for creative research in materials science and engineering. Applicants for this program will normally have first completed an outstanding master’s degree program. Students are required to complete all 4 of the graduate core courses as part of their coursework requirements, maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in these courses and to pass a General Examination.

Special Facilities

The MSE Department is primarily housed within the Institute of Materials Science. A comprehensive range of modern research equipment is available through faculty labs, including facilities worth >$45 million for melting and casting of alloys, mechanical processing and heat treating, mechanical testing, electrical testing, processing and testing of ceramics and composites, electron microscopy, ion and plasma beam microscopy and milling, scanning probe microscopy, nanoindentation, x-ray diffraction, surface analysis, thermal analysis, spectrometry facilities (nuclear magnetic resonance, infra-red / Raman and ultra-violet), and computational modeling.

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