MSE Specialization Areas for Students Entering Fall 2012 to the Present

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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, Electrical, Optical and Functional Materials, Nanomaterials, 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 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 489A: Introduction to Computational Materials Science
  • ENMA 495: Polymeric Engineering Materials
  • ENMA 499: Laboratory Project

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Electrical, Optical and Functional Materials

Focuses on understanding structure and properties of semiconductors, dielectric/ferroelectric materials, magnetic materials, superconductors, and optical materials. Includes courses on thin film and device fabrication technology, as well as packaging, and photonic devices.

  • ENMA 420: Intermediate Ceramics
  • ENMA 426: Reliability of Materials
  • ENMA 430: Nanosized Materials
  • ENMA 440: Plasma Processing of Materials
  • ENMA 442: Nanomaterials
  • ENMA 443: Introduction to Photonic Materials, Devices and Reliability
  • ENMA 462: Smart Materials
  • ENMA 463: Macroprocessing
  • ENMA 464: Environmental Effects on Engineering Materials
  • ENMA 466: Advanced Materials Fabrication Laboratory
  • ENMA 475: Diffraction Techniques in Materials Science
  • ENMA 481: Introduction to Electronic and Optical Materials
  • ENMA 482: Introduction to Electron Microscopy
  • ENMA 484: Finite Element Modeling
  • ENMA 489A: Introduction to Computational Materials Science
  • ENMA 499: Laboratory Project

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Nanomaterials

Carbon nanotubes are particles that are up to 100 times stronger than steel at a sixth of the weight. They have a thermal conductivity near that of diamond, and the electrical conductivity of copper. This nanotube contains C60 molecules, also known as "buckyballs," a form of crystalline solid carbon comparable to diamond and graphite. They have the same structure and symmetry as a soccer ball. Nanotubes with buckyballs inside are very inspiring from the point of view of buidling basic nanomechanical structures based purely on the chemisty of the material.

Explores materials with novel properties deriving from nanometer scale structure in one, two, or three dimensions. Course material includes design of nanomaterials, nanomaterial synthesis & fabrication, characterization at the nanoscale and technological applications of nanomaterials.

  • ENMA 426: Reliability of Materials
  • ENMA 430: Nanosized Materials
  • ENMA 440: Plasma Processing of Materials
  • ENMA 442: Nanomaterials
  • ENMA 445: Liquid Crystals and Other Monomeric Soft Matter Materials
  • ENMA 466: Advanced Materials Fabrication Laboratory
  • ENMA 475: Diffraction Techniques in Materials Science
  • ENMA 482: Introduction to Electron Microscopy
  • ENMA 484: Finite Element Modeling
  • ENMA 489A: Introduction to Computational Materials Science
  • ENMA 499: Laboratory Project

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Materials for Energy