MSE Specialization Areas for Students Entering Spring 2014 or Earlier

IMPORTANT: The information on this page is only for students who entered the University of Maryland Spring 2012 and EARLIER. If you entered in Fall 2012 or later, access your specialization information here »

Each MSE major must choose a specialization based on their academic and career interests. Specialization areas and requirements for students entering the MSE program Spring 2012 and EARLIER are as follows:

Specialization areas are intended to provide students with more depth in their selected area. 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. At least 3 of the 4 classes must be in MSE. Students can go to industry or graduate school from any of the specialization areas. 

A brief description of each specialization area and classes that may be included follows. The classes listed are representative; each student should choose their own set of classes in consultation with their advisor.

Materials Science

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

  • ENMA 420: Intermediate Ceramics
  • ENMA 421: Design of Composites
  • ENMA 422: Radiation Effects
  • ENMA 423: Manufacturing with Polymers
  • ENMA 424: Manufacturing Ceramics
  • ENMA 425: Introduction to Biomaterials
  • ENMA 440: Plasma Processing of Materials
  • ENMA 441: Nanotechnology Characterization
  • ENMA 442: Nanomaterials
  • ENMA 462: Smart Materials
  • ENMA 464: Environmental Effects on Engineering Materials
  • ENMA 472: Technology and Design of Engineering Materials
  • ENMA 475: Diffraction Techniques in Materials Science
  • ENMA 481: Introduction to Electronic and Optical Materials
  • ENMA 489A:  Introduction to Computational Materials Science
  • ENMA 489O: Materials Selection in Engineering Design
  • ENMA 495: Polymeric Engineering Materials
  • ENMA 499: Laboratory Project
  • ENME 371: Product Engineering and Manufacturing (Offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering.)

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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 423: Manufacturing with Polymers
  • ENMA 425: Introduction to Biomaterials
  • ENMA 441: Nanotechnology Characterization
  • ENMA 445: Liquid Crystals and Other Monomeric Soft Matter Materials
  • ENMA 464: Environmental Effects on Engineering Materials
  • ENMA 472: Technology and Design of Engineering Materials
  • ENMA 475: Diffraction Techniques in Materials Science
  • ENMA 489A:  Introduction to Computational Materials Science
  • ENMA 489O: Materials Selection in Engineering Design
  • 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 423: Manufacturing with Polymers
  • ENMA 441: Nanotechnology Characterization
  • ENMA 442: Nanomaterials
  • ENMA 443: Introduction to Photonic Materials, Devices and Reliability
  • ENMA 462: Smart Materials
  • ENMA 464: Environmental Effects on Engineering Materials
  • ENMA 475: Diffraction Techniques in Materials Science
  • ENMA 481: Introduction to Electronic and Optical Materials
  • ENMA 489A:  Introduction to Computational Materials Science
  • ENMA 489O: Materials Selection in Engineering Design
  • ENMA 499: Laboratory Project

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Nanotechnology

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 430: Nanosized Materials
  • ENMA 440: Plasma Processing of Materials
  • ENMA 441: Nanotechnology Characterization
  • ENMA 442: Nanomaterials
  • ENMA 445: Liquid Crystals and Other Monomeric Soft Matter Materials
  • ENMA 475: Selected Topics in Engineering Materials: Diffraction Techniques in Materials Science
  • ENMA 482: Introduction to Electron Microscopy
  • ENMA 489A:  Introduction to Computational Materials Science
  • ENMA 499: Laboratory Project

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Materials for Energy