MSE Specialization Areas for Students Entering Fall 2017

IMPORTANT: The information on this page is only for students who entered the University of Maryland commencing Fall 2017. Students who began the program program in an earlier semester may maintain their current specialization area selection.  

Materials Science and Engineering students are required to select a specialization area where they will take five upper level (junior/senior) classes to increase their depth of knowledge in one aspect of MSE.  At least four of the chosen specialization classes must be ENMA classes. Classes offered by other departments with cross listed ENMA sections such as PHYS 499M (ENMA 489X): Physics, Material Chemistry and Device Applications at the Nanoscale and CHBE 473 (ENMA 499C): Electrochemical Energy Engineering may be used as specialization electives with advisor approval.

The identified specializations are Materials Science, Soft Materials and Biomaterials, Materials for Applications, and Materials for Energy. With their advisor’s approval, students may design a specialization area to meet individual career and academic goals.The five classes may be ENMA electives or other upper level engineering classes. The choice and sequence of specialization electives is discussed with, and approved by, the student’s academic advisor. The specialization electives must make sense as a package in terms of the individual student’s academic and career goals. The choice of specialization area allows the student significant flexibility in choosing her or his envisioned career path. Representative elective classes, which may be taken as specialization electives, include:

Materials Science

Gives students a chance to explore more fundamental aspects of materials science involving different types of materials.

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Soft Materials and Biomaterials

Focuses on understanding the structure and properties of soft structured matter and its building blocks, including polymers, colloids, and liquid crystals. Gives students a chance to explore the development and application of engineered materials for applications in human and other biological systems.

  • ENMA 400: Introduction to Atomistic Modeling in Materials 
  • ENMA 422: Radiation Effects
  • ENMA 425: Introduction to Biomaterials
  • ENMA 426: Reliability of Materials
  • ENMA 442:  Nanomaterials
  • ENMA 445: Liquid Crystals and Other Monomeric Soft Matter Materials
  • ENMA 463: Macroprocessing
  • ENMA 464: Environmental Effects on Engineering Materials
  • ENMA 475: Diffraction Techniques in Materials Science
  • ENMA 482: Introduction to Electron Microscopy
  • ENMA 484: Finite Element Modeling
  • ENMA 495: Polymeric Engineering Materials
  • ENMA 499: Laboratory Project

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Materials for Applications

Focuses on understanding materials for specific applications.

  • ENMA 400: Introduction to Atomistic Modeling in Materials
  • ENMA 410: Materials for Energy I
  • ENMA 411: Nanosized Materials
  • ENMA 420: Intermediate Ceramics
  • ENMA 421: Composite Materials
  • ENMA 422: Radiation Effects on Materials
  • ENMA 425: Biomaterials
  • ENMA 426: Reliability of Materials
  • ENMA 440: Plasma Processing of Materials
  • ENMA 463: Macroprocessing
  • ENMA 464: Environmental Effects on Materials
  • ENMA 466: Advanced Materials Fabrication Laboratory
  • ENMA 472: Technology and Design
  • ENMA 473: Engineering Using High Strength Metals and Alloys
  • ENMA 481: Introduction to Electronic and Optical Materials
  • ENMA 482: Introduction to Electron Microscopy
  • ENMA 484: Finite Element Modeling
  • ENMA 495: Polymeric Engineering Materials I
  • ENMA 496: Processing and Engineering of Polymers
  • ENMA 499: Laboratory Project

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Materials for Energy