Materials Science and Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (BSMSE): 192.0 quarter credits

About the Program

Materials science and engineering (MSE) is concerned with the production, structure, characterization, properties and utilization of metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, electronic, optical, nano- and bio-compatible materials. Materials scientists and engineers play a key role in our increasingly complex technological society by extending the limited supply of materials, improving existing materials, and developing and designing new and superior materials and processes with an awareness of their cost, reliability, safety, and societal/environmental implications.

Students majoring in materials science and engineering (MSE) receive a thorough grounding in the basic sciences and engineering of all materials. All students are required to take course sequences that include materials processing, thermodynamics and kinetics of materials, and their physical and mechanical behavior, plus laboratories designed to familiarize them with the instruments and advanced techniques used to characterize materials and evaluate their structure, properties and performance. A number of custom tracks allow upper level students to focus their technical electives in areas of specialization, including nanoscale materials and nanotechnology, biomaterials, electronic and photonic materials, soft materials and polymers, advanced materials design and processing, or in a custom track. In addition, several required senior level courses emphasize the role of materials selection and specification in design.

Throughout the senior year, students majoring in materials science and engineering work on a capstone senior design project over the course of three terms, with guidance from a faculty advisor and graduate student mentor. Students, working individually or in small groups, synthesize information from their courses to arrive at solutions to real-world engineering problems.

Some recent senior design projects include: 

  • Analyzing Nonskid Material for Naval Applications
  • Core-Cladding Electrospun Nanofibers for Controlled Release Applications
  • Adsorption of Antiobiotics onto Nanodiamond Platforms
  • Effect of Nickel Distribution on Hardenability
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Mo2GaC, Mo2GaN and Mo2AlC MAX Phases
  • Design and Synthesis of ITO-Free Flexible Organic Solar Cells.

Mission Statement

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering will provide our BS, MS and PhD graduates with the technical and theoretical knowledge, design capabilities, professionalism, and communications skills necessary for them to excel in leadership positions in academia, industry, and government at the national and international levels.

Vision

Materials science and engineering is a multi-disciplinary field that is at the forefront of all emerging technologies. Advances in the understanding of the process-structure-property-performance relationships of materials will be critical for future developments in energy storage and power generation, biomaterials and nanomaterials. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University is recognized as a leader in these areas through its teaching and scholarly research.

Program Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the Materials Science and Engineering BS degree program are:

  • Materials Science and Engineering program graduates possess the core technical competencies in their field necessary to successfully interface with other engineering disciplines in the workplace.
  • At least 30% of Materials Science and Engineering program graduates have progressed towards graduate education.
  • Materials Science and Engineering program graduates are leaders in their chosen fields.
  • Materials Science and Engineering program graduates are engaged in lifelong learning.
  • Materials Science and Engineering program graduates posses written and verbal communication skills appropriate for professional materials engineers and/or scientists. 

Student Outcomes

The department’s student outcomes reflect the skills and abilities that the curriculum is designed to provide to students by the time they graduate. These are:  

a.     an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.

b.    an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

c.     an ability to design a material, system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic                  constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability.

d.    an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.

e.    an ability to identify, formulate and solve materials engineering problems.

f.     an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

g.    an ability to communicate effectively.

h.    the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic,                  environmental and societal context.

i.      a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning.

j.     a knowledge of contemporary issues.

k.    an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for materials science and               engineering practice.

Additional Information

The Materials Science and Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

For additional information about this major, contact:

Sarit Kunz
Academic Program Coordinator
215.895.2328
skunz@coe.drexel.edu

Degree Requirements

General Education/Liberal Studies Requirements
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
HIST 285Technology in Historical Perspective3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
PHIL 315Engineering Ethics3.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience2.0
Technical Electives/Track Courses *12.0
Non-designated General Education Requirements **9.0
Free Electives6.0
Foundation Requirements
CHE 335Statistics and Design of Experiments3.0
CHEC 353Physical Chemistry and Applications III4.0
CHEM 241Organic Chemistry I4.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
BIO 141Essential Biology4.5
ENGR 100Beginning Computer Aided Drafting for Design1.0
ENGR 101Engineering Design Laboratory I2.0
ENGR 102Engineering Design Laboratory II2.0
ENGR 103Engineering Design Laboratory III2.0
ENGR 180Special Topics in Engineering (Computation Lab I)2.0
ENGR 180Special Topics in Engineering (Computation Lab II)1.0
ENGR 201Evaluation & Presentation of Experimental Data I3.0
ENGR 202Evaluation & Presentation of Experimental Data II3.0
ENGR 210Introduction to Thermodynamics3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
ENGR 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
ENGR 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0
Professional Requirements
MATE 214Introduction to Polymers4.0
MATE 221Introduction to Mechanical Behavior of Materials3.0
MATE 240Thermodynamics of Materials4.0
MATE 245Kinetics of Materials4.0
MATE 280Advanced Materials Laboratory4.0
MATE 315Processing Polymers4.5
MATE 341Defects in Solids3.0
MATE 345Processing of Ceramics4.5
MATE 351Electronic and Photonic Properties of Materials4.0
MATE 355Structure and Characterization of Crystalline Materials3.0
MATE 366 [WI] Processing of Metallic Materials4.5
MATE 370Mechanical Behavior of Solids3.0
MATE 410Case Studies in Materials3.0
MATE 455Biomedical Materials3.0
MATE 460Engineering Computational Laboratory4.0
MATE 491 [WI] Senior Project Design I2.0
MATE 492Senior Project Design II2.0
MATE 493 [WI] Senior Project Design III4.0
Total Credits192.0

*

A “Track” is a sequence of 4-5 technical electives (12-18 credits) with an underlying connection to a specific area of materials science and engineering. With the rapid expansion of the technical and scientific knowledge in the field of materials science and engineering, organizing technical electives into thematic tracks benefits students. Combined with relevant co-op experiences and senior design, the tracks can provide strong evidence of specialization, which will benefit students in future job searches.

Technical electives can be taken during the junior and (mostly during) the senior year. For planning reasons, better coordination with senior design, and to accommodate students with an out-of-cycle schedule (e.g., transfer students), tracks need to be declared by the beginning of the pre-junior year. Students may change their track selection after consulting with their MSE department advisor.

**

Non-designated General Education Requirements.




Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

Sample Plan of Study 

5 YR UG Co-op Concentration

Term 1Credits
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGR 100Beginning Computer Aided Drafting for Design1.0
ENGR 180Special Topics in Engineering (Computation Lab I)2.0
ENGR 101Engineering Design Laboratory I2.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits16.5
Term 2
ENGR 102Engineering Design Laboratory II2.0
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGR 180Special Topics in Engineering (Computation Lab II)1.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience0.5
 Term Credits19.0
Term 3
BIO 141Essential Biology4.5
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
ENGR 103Engineering Design Laboratory III2.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience0.5
 Term Credits18.0
Term 4
CHEM 241Organic Chemistry I4.0
ENGR 201Evaluation & Presentation of Experimental Data I3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
ENGR 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 5
ENGR 202Evaluation & Presentation of Experimental Data II3.0
ENGR 210Introduction to Thermodynamics3.0
ENGR 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0
MATE 221Introduction to Mechanical Behavior of Materials3.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
MATE 214Introduction to Polymers4.0
MATE 240Thermodynamics of Materials4.0
MATE 355Structure and Characterization of Crystalline Materials3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
MATE 245Kinetics of Materials4.0
MATE 315Processing Polymers4.5
MATE 341Defects in Solids3.0
 Term Credits15.5
Term 8
HIST 285Technology in Historical Perspective3.0
MATE 280Advanced Materials Laboratory4.0
MATE 366 [WI] Processing of Metallic Materials4.5
MATE 370Mechanical Behavior of Solids3.0
Technical elective/Track course 3.0
 Term Credits17.5
Term 9
CHEC 353Physical Chemistry and Applications III4.0
MATE 345Processing of Ceramics4.5
MATE 351Electronic and Photonic Properties of Materials4.0
PHIL 315Engineering Ethics3.0
 Term Credits15.5
Term 10
MATE 455Biomedical Materials3.0
MATE 460Engineering Computational Laboratory4.0
MATE 491 [WI] Senior Project Design I2.0
General education elective*3.0
Technical elective/Track course 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
CHE 335Statistics and Design of Experiments3.0
MATE 492Senior Project Design II2.0
Free elective 3.0
Technical elective/Track course 3.0
General education elective*3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 12
MATE 410Case Studies in Materials3.0
MATE 493 [WI] Senior Project Design III4.0
Technical elective/Track course 3.0
General education elective*3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 192.0

 

*

 See degree requirements.



Co-op/Career Opportunities

Examples of industries in which materials science and engineering graduates play major roles include: base metals industries; specialist alloys; advanced ceramics; petrochemical; biomaterials and implants; pharmaceuticals; consumer products; electronics and photonics; nanotechnology; power generation; energy conversion, storage and conservation (fuel cells, advanced batteries, supercapacitors and solar cells); environmental protection and remediation; information and telecommunications; and transportation (aerospace, automotive, bicycles, railways).

Typical job functions include design and development of new materials, materials selection for specific applications, manufacturing, performance and failure analysis, quality control and testing, research and development, technical management, sales and marketing, teaching, technical services, and technical writing.

Please visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Dual/Accelerated Degree

Accelerated Program

The Accelerated Program of the College of Engineering provides opportunities for highly talented and motivated students to progress toward their educational goals essentially at their own pace. These options include opportunities for accelerated studies, dual degrees, as well as a combined bachelor’s/master’s (BS/MS) program. Primarily through advanced placement, credit by examination, flexibility of scheduling, and independent study, this “fast-track” makes it possible to complete the undergraduate curriculum and initiate graduate studies in less than the five years required by the standard curriculum.

Dual Degree Bachelor’s Programs

With careful planning, students can complete two full degrees in the time usually required to complete one. For detailed information, students should contact their advisors.

Bachelor’s/Master’s Dual Degree Program

Exceptional students can also pursue a master of science (MS) degree in the same period as the bachelor of science (BS). The combined BS/MS degree in Materials Science and Engineering differs from the standard BS degree in that there are two Co-op periods instead of three and in the last two years, specific graduate courses are taken.

For more information about this program, please visit the Department's BS/MS Dual Degree Program page.

Minor in Materials Engineering

In addition to the core engineering curriculum and the courses required for majors in chemical, civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering, engineering students from other majors can obtain a minor in materials engineering by taking 24.0 credits from the courses listed below.


Required Courses
MATE 221Introduction to Mechanical Behavior of Materials3.0
Select six (at least 21.0 credits) of the following:21.0
Introduction to Polymers *
Thermodynamics of Materials
Kinetics of Materials
Advanced Materials Laboratory
Defects in Solids
Electronic and Photonic Properties of Materials
Structure and Characterization of Crystalline Materials
Mechanical Behavior of Solids **
Biomedical Materials
Total Credits24.0

*

MATE 214 requires CHEM 241 as a pre-requisite. If MATE 214 is elected, the credits for CHEM 241 can count toward the 21 credits.

**

MATE 370 requires MATH 201 as a pre-requisite. If MATE 370 is elected, the credits for MATH 201 can count toward the 21 credits.

Note:Only one of the prerequisites (either or MATH 201) can count toward the required 24.0 credits. In other words, both MATE 214 and MATE 370 can be used to fulfill the requirements for the minor, but only the pre-requisite for one of those courses will be calculated into the 24.0 credits. Similarly, MATH 201 or CHEM 241 cannot be counted alone as fulfilling the requirements for this minor. The credits for MATH 201 or CHEM 241 will only count toward the minor when the course(s) is/are taken as a prerequisite for MATE 214 or MATE 370. Substitution for these courses of equivalent courses offered by other departments and/or institutions may be made with the approval of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering on a case-by-case basis.

At least two-thirds of the content of a substitute course must be the same as that of the course in the list above. It is imperative that students check each course carefully with respect to prerequisites since some may be included in the list above and some may be from other departments. Courses taken outside the department as prerequisites do not count towards the 24.0 credits required for the minor. They may, however, be used as technical or free electives in students’ home department. Students pursuing the minor in Materials Science and Engineering are also encouraged to select a senior design topic that relates to the field of materials.

Facilities

Biomaterials and Biosurfaces Laboratory
This laboratory contains 10 kN biaxial and 5 kN uniaxial servo-hydraulic mechanical testing machines, a Fluoroscan X-ray system, a microscopic imaging system, a spectra fluorometer, a table autoclave, centrifuge, vacuum oven, CO2 incubators, biological safety cabinet, thermostatic water baths, precision balance and ultrasonic sterilizer.

Nanobiomaterials and Cell Engineering Laboratory
This laboratory contains fume hood with vacuum/gas dual manifold, vacuum pump and rotary evaporator for general organic/polymer synthesis; gel electrophoresis and electroblotting for protein characterization; bath sonicator, glass homogenizer and mini-extruder for nanoparticle preparation; centrifuge; ultrapure water conditioning system; precision balance; pH meter and shaker.

Ceramics Processing Laboratory
This laboratory contains a photo-resist spinner, impedance analyzer, Zeta potential meter, spectrofluorometer, piezoelectric d33 meter, wire-bonder, and laser displacement meter.

Dynamic Characterization Laboratory

This laboratory contains metallographic sample preparation (sectioning, mounting and polishing) facilities; inverted metallograph; microhardness tester; automated electropolishing for bulk and TEM sample preparation; SEM tensile stage for EBSD; magneto-optical Kerr effect (MOKE) magnetometer.

MAX Phase Ceramics Processing Laboratory
This laboratory contains a vacuum hot-press; cold isostatic press (CIP) and hot isostatic press (HIP) for materials consolidation and synthesis; precision dilatometer; laser scattering particle size analyzer; impedance analyzer, creep testers, and assorted high temperature furnaces.

Mechanical Testing Laboratory
This laboratory contains mechanical and closed-loop servo-hydraulic testing machines, hardness testers, impact testers, equipment for fatigue testing, metallographic preparation facilities and a rolling mill with twin 6" diameter rolls.

Mesoscale Materials Laboratory
This laboratory contains instrumentation for growth, characterization, device fabrication, and design and simulation of electronic, dielectric, ferroelectric and photonic materials.  Resources include physical and chemical vapor deposition and thermal and plasma processing of thin films, including oxides and metals, and semiconductor nanowire growth.  Facilities include pulsed laser deposition, atomic layer deposition, chemical vapor deposition, sublimation growth, and resistive thermal evaporation.  Variable-temperature high-vacuum probe station and optical cryostats including high magnetic field, fixed and tunable-wavelength laser sources, several monochromators for luminescence and Raman scattering spectroscopies, scanning electron microscopy with electron beam lithography, and a scanning probe microscope.

Nanomaterials Laboratory
This laboratory contains instrumentation for testing and manipulation of materials under microscope, high-temperature autoclaves, Sievert’s apparatus; glove-box; high-temperature vacuum and other furnaces for the synthesis of nano-carbon coatings and nanotubes; electro-spinning system for producing nano-fibers.

Oxide Films and Interfaces Laboratory
This laboratory contains an oxide molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) thin film deposition system; physical properties measurement system for electronic transport and magnetometry measurements from 2 – 400K, up to 9 T fields; 2 tube furnaces.

 Powder Processing Laboratory
This laboratory contains vee blenders, ball-mills, sieve shaker + sieves for powder classification, several furnaces (including one with controlled atmosphere capability); and a 60-ton Baldwin press for powder compaction.

Soft Matter Research and Polymer Processing Laboratories
These laboratories contain computerized thermal analysis facilities including differential scanning calorimeters (DSC), dynamic mechanical analyzer (DMA) and thermo-gravimetric analyzer (TGA); single-fiber tensile tester; strip biaxial tensile tester; vacuum evaporator; spincoater; centrifuge; optical microscope with hot stage; liquid crystal tester; microbalance; ultrasonic cleaner; laser holographic fabrication system; polymer injection molder and single screw extruder.

Natural Polymers and Photonics Laboratory
This laboratory contains a spectroscopic ellipsometer for film characterization; high purity liquid chromatography (HPLC) system; lyophilizer; centrifuge; refractometer; electro-spinning system for producing nano-fibers.

X-ray Tomography Laboratory
This laboratory contains a high resolution X-ray tomography instrument and a cluster of computers for 3D microstructure reconstruction; mechanical stage, a positioning stage and a cryostage for in-situ testing. For more information on departmental facilities, please visit the Department’s Facilities page at http://www.materials.drexel.edu/research/facilities/

Centralized Research Facilities
The Department of Materials Science & Engineering relies on Core Facilities within the University for materials characterization and micro- and nano-fabrication. These facilities contain state-of-the-art materials characterization instruments, including environmental and variable pressure field-emission scanning electron microscopes with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) for elemental analysis, and Orientation Image Microscopy (OIM) for texture analysis; a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) with STEM capability and TEM sample preparation equipment; a dual beam focused ion beam (FIB) system for nano-characterization and nano fabrication; a femtosecond/ terahertz laser Raman spectrometer; visible and ultraviolet Raman micro spectrometers with a total of 7 excitation wavelengths for non-destructive chemical and structural analysis and Surface Enhanced Raman (SERS); a Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometer with a microscope and full array of accessories; a Nanoindenter; an X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS)/Electron Spectroscopy for Chemical Analysis (ESCA) system; and X-Ray Diffractometers (XRD), including small angle/wide angle X-Ray scattering (SAX/WAX).

 More details of these instruments, information how to access them and instrument usage rates can be found at http://crf.coe.drexel.edu/

Courses

MATE 100 Materials for Emerging Technologies 2.0 Credits

Evolution of materials engineering; education and the profession; concepts, tools, and techniques; selection and design using metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites; application of materials in a technological society; and materials of the future.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 101 Fundamentals of Materials 4.0 Credits

Examines principles underlying structure, properties, and behavior of engineering materials, including metals, ceramics, and polymers. Covers topics including bonding; crystal structure; defect structure; alloying; mechanical, electronic, and magnetic properties in relation to structure; phase equilibria; phase transformations; and oxidation and corrosion. All terms.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (CHEM 103 [Min Grade: D] or CHEM 163 [Min Grade: D]) and (CHEM 102 [Min Grade: D] or CHEM 162 [Min Grade: D])

MATE 214 Introduction to Polymers 4.0 Credits

Covers polymer molecular structure, polymerization methods, semi-crystalline polymers, glass transition, polymer solution in blends, mechanical properties, and characterization methods.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MATE 221 [Min Grade: D] and (MATH 201 [Min Grade: D] or MATH 261 [Min Grade: D] or ENGR 231 [Min Grade: D]) and CHEM 241 [Min Grade: D]

MATE 221 Introduction to Mechanical Behavior of Materials 3.0 Credits

Covers mechanics of materials, materials under load, application to materials testing, rate-dependent response to materials, fracture materials, fatigue behavior, manufacturing, and materials processing.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: TDEC 211 [Min Grade: D] or ENGR 220 [Min Grade: D]

MATE 240 Thermodynamics of Materials 4.0 Credits

Covers the fundamental laws of thermodynamics, statistical meaning of entropy, thermodynamic functions, heat capacity, reactions in gases and condensed phases, phase diagrams, solutions, and reaction equilibria in condensed solutions.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: MATE 221 [Min Grade: D] and (TDEC 202 [Min Grade: D] or ENGR 210 [Min Grade: D])

MATE 245 Kinetics of Materials 4.0 Credits

Covers chemical reaction kinetics, thermodynamics and structure of crystal defects, diffusion equations and numerical methods of solution, kinetics in interfacial phenomena, and diffusional transformations.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: MATE 240 [Min Grade: D]

MATE 280 Advanced Materials Laboratory 4.0 Credits

The goal of the course is to introduce students to state-of-the-art experimental techniques for analysis of structure, composition and properties of materials. Electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, indentation and thermal analysis will be described.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (TDEC 212 [Min Grade: D] or ENGR 220 [Min Grade: D]) and (TDEC 232 [Min Grade: D] or ENGR 202 [Min Grade: D])

MATE 315 Processing Polymers 4.5 Credits

Covers polymer processing, viscous flow and melt rheology, injection molding, extrusion, mechanical behavior, and applications and design.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: MATE 214 [Min Grade: D]

MATE 341 Defects in Solids 3.0 Credits

Main classes of crystalline defects: vacancies, dislocations, stacking faults, surfaces, grain boundaries, geometry, energy considerations, and movement of defects. Defects in specific crystallographic systems.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MSE.
Prerequisites: MATE 355 [Min Grade: D]

MATE 345 Processing of Ceramics 4.5 Credits

Covers powder production, materials characterization, stability of powder suspensions, rheological and viscoelastic properties of slurries, green-body consolidation, drying, sintering, and structure-property relationships.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: MATE 355 [Min Grade: D] (Can be taken Concurrently)

MATE 351 Electronic and Photonic Properties of Materials 4.0 Credits

Electrons, principles of quantum mechanics, bonding, free electrons, and band theory solids; lattice vibrations, electronic and vibrational heat capacity; semiconductors and semiconductor devices; dielectrics, magnetic and optoelectronic materials and devices; superconductivity; applications and implications for energy-harvesting, conversion and storage.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MATE 355 [Min Grade: D] (Can be taken Concurrently)

MATE 355 Structure and Characterization of Crystalline Materials 3.0 Credits

Bonding in solids; classification of metals, semiconductors, and insulators; crystal systems; crystallographic systems in specific engineering materials, relationships, X-ray generation, X-ray absorption and emission; reciprocal space; geometric representation of crystals, small and wide angle scattering, electron microscope imaging and diffraction.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MSE.
Prerequisites: ENGR 220 [Min Grade: D] and MATE 221 [Min Grade: D]

MATE 366 [WI] Processing of Metallic Materials 4.5 Credits

Covers solidification processing, casting and welding, heat flow analysis, solid-state transformations, precipitation hardening, transformations in steels, martensite transformations, and industrial case studies. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: MATE 245 [Min Grade: D] and MATE 341 [Min Grade: D]

MATE 370 Mechanical Behavior of Solids 3.0 Credits

Covers continuum mechanics: three-dimensional stress and strain, hydrostatic and deviatoric components, and isotropic elasticity; Mises yield criterion; fracture criteria; linear elastic fracture mechanics; materials selection; defect-tolerant and defect-free fatigue design; notch effects; and statistics of variation.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: MATE 221 [Min Grade: D] and ENGR 231 [Min Grade: D]

MATE 410 Case Studies in Materials 3.0 Credits

Covers interaction of materials processing and design, materials selection, the design-failure interface, cost and capacity in manufacturing. Taught via case studies.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: MATE 221 [Min Grade: D]

MATE 450 The Nuclear Fuel Cycle & Materials 3.0 Credits

Nuclear fuel cycle, including extraction, enrichment, transmutation in a nuclear reactor, reprocessing, waste processing, repository performance. Materials for nuclear reactors, mechanical and thermal performance, radiation damage.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENGR 220 [Min Grade: D] and (MEM 371 [Min Grade: D] or ECEP 404 [Min Grade: D]) and ECEP 402 [Min Grade: D]

MATE 455 Biomedical Materials 3.0 Credits

Familiarizes students with natural tissues and the implants designed to replace them, treating both components as engineering materials. Includes a review of fundamental topics of materials structure and testing, and case studies.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

MATE 458 Advanced Biomaterials 3.0 Credits

Tissue Engineering, matrices, cells, scaffold, engineering properties, constitutive relations, absorbable polymers, cell seeding, cellular isolation, cell-scaffold interaction. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Senior.

MATE 460 Engineering Computational Laboratory 4.0 Credits

Covers numerical techniques, finite differences and finite elements, convergence, and applications in engineering design.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: MATE 221 [Min Grade: D] and (TDEC 222 [Min Grade: D] or ENGR 232 [Min Grade: D]) and (TDEC 114 [Min Grade: D] or MATH 200 [Min Grade: D])

MATE 473 Electronic, Magnetic and Optical Characterization of Energy Materials 3.0 Credits

This course will examine the selection criteria for component materials in each of these applications and cover how critical properties – electronic conductivity, mobility, ionic conductivity, magnetization, optical absorption, Seebeck coefficient – are measured.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MATE 351 [Min Grade: D]

MATE 476 Recycling of Materials 3.0 Credits

This course will examine the selection criteria for recycling component materials. Recycling involves both reusing materials for energy applications and reprocessing materials into new products.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MATE 240 [Min Grade: D] and MATE 245 [Min Grade: D]

MATE 482 Materials for Energy Storage 3.0 Credits

The course will address principles of operation of electrochemical energy storage devices and describe materials used in those devices.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENGR 220 [Min Grade: D]

MATE 483 Environmental Effects on Materials 3.0 Credits

Environmental degradation is explored with a focus on electrochemical corrosion reactions in metals and alloys due to atmospheric, aqueous, chemical or elevated temperature exposure. In addition, high temperature degradation of ceramics and degradation of polymers due to exposure to heat, light and chemicals will be addressed. The role of these environmental effects during service and the impact on performance and reliability will be explored.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MATE 245 [Min Grade: D]

MATE 491 [WI] Senior Project Design I 2.0 Credits

Introduces the design process, including information retrieval, problem definition, proposal writing, patents, and design notebooks. Includes presentations on problem areas by experts from industry, government, and education. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Senior.

MATE 492 Senior Project Design II 2.0 Credits

Continues MATE 491. Requires written and oral progress reports.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: MATE 491 [Min Grade: D]

MATE 493 [WI] Senior Project Design III 4.0 Credits

Continues MATE 492. Requires written and oral final reports, including oral presentations by each design team at a formal Design Conference open to the public and conducted in the style of a professional conference. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: MATE 492 [Min Grade: D]

MATE 495 Special Topics in Materials 0.5-12.0 Credits

By arrangement. Covers selected topics of current interest in materials engineering. May be taken for multiple course credit.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

MATE 499 Independent Study 0.5-12.0 Credits

Provides independent study and/or research on a topic approved by the department.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

Materials Science and Engineering Faculty

Michel Barsoum, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) A. W. Grosvenor Professor. Professor. Processing and characterization of novel ceramics and ternary compounds, especially the MAX and 2-D MXene phases.
Hao Cheng, PhD (Northwestern University). Assistant Professor. Drug delivery, molecular self-assembly, cell-nanomaterial interactions, regenerative medicine and cell membrane engineering.
Yury Gogotsi, PhD (Kiev Polytechnic Institute) Director, A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute. Distinguished University & Trustee Chair Professor. Nanomaterials; carbon nanotubes; nanodiamond; graphene; MXene; materials for energy storage, supercapacitors, and batteries.
Richard Knight, PhD (Loughborough University) Associate Department Head and Undergraduate Advisor. Teaching Professor. Thermal plasma technology; thermal spray coatings and education; plasma chemistry and synthesis.
Christopher Y. Li, PhD (University of Akron). Professor. Soft and hybrid materials for optical, energy, and bio applications; polymeric materials, nanocomposites, structure and properties.
Michele Marcolongo, PhD, PE (University of Pennsylvania) Department Head. Professor. Orthopedic biomaterials; acellular regenerative medicine, biomimetic proteoglycans; hydrogels.
Steven May, PhD (Northwestern University). Assistant Professor. Synthesis of complex oxide films, superlattices, and devices; materials for energy conversion and storage; magnetic and electronic materials; x-ray and neutron scattering.
Ekaterina Pomerantseva, PhD (Moscow State University, Russia). Assistant Professor. Solid state chemistry; electrochemical characterization, lithium-ion batteries, energy generation and storage; development and characterization of novel nanostructured materials, systems and architectures for batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells.
Caroline L. Schauer, PhD (SUNY Stony Brook) Graduate Advisor. Associate Professor. Polysaccharide thin films and nanofibers.
Wei-Heng Shih, PhD (Ohio State University). Professor. Colloidal ceramics and sol-gel processing; piezoelectric biosensors, optoelectronics, and energy harvesting devices; nanocrystalline quantum dots for bioimaging, lighting, and solar cells.
Jonathan E. Spanier, PhD (Columbia University) Associate Dean, Strategic Planning, College of Engineering. Professor. Electronic, ferroic and plasmonic nanostructures and thin-film materials and interfaces; scanning probe microscopy; laser spectroscopy, including Raman scattering.
Mitra Taheri, PhD (Carnegie Mellon University) Hoeganeas AssociateProfessor of Metallurgy. Associate Professor. Development of the ultrafast Dynamic Transmission Electron Microscope (DTEM) for the study of laser-induced microstructural evolution/phase transformations in nanostructured materials; use of various in-situ Transmission Electron Microscopy techniques.
Garritt Tucker, PhD (Georgial Institute of Technology). Assistant Professor. Computational materials science and engineering; microstructural evolutiona nd material behavior in extreme environments; interfacial-driven processes for improving material functionality; multi-scale physics modeling.
Christopher Weyant, PhD (Northwestern University). Associate Teaching Professor.
Antonios Zavaliangos, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) A.W. Grosvenor Professor. Professor. Constitutive modeling; powder compaction and sintering; pharmaceutical tableting, X-ray tomography.

Interdepartmental Faculty

Jason B. Baxter, PhD (University of California, Santa Barbara). Associate Professor. Solar cells, semiconductor nanomaterials, ultrafast spectroscopy.
Adam K. Fontecchio, PhD (Brown University) Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs; Associate Director, Expressive and Creative Interactive Technologies (EXCITE) Center. Professor. Electro-optics; remote sensing; active optical elements; liquid crystal devices.
Alexander Fridman, DSc, PhD (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, John A. Nyheim Endowed University Chair Professor, Director of the Drexel Plasma Institute. Professor. Plasma science and technology; pollutant mitigation; super-adiabatic combustion; nanotechnology and manufacturing.
Haviva M. Goldman, PhD (City University of New York) Neurobiology and Anatomy. Associate Professor. Understanding how the size and shape of whole bones, as well as the distribution quantity and quality of the mineralized tissue that forms the bone, reflect both evolutionary constraints of skeletal growth and development, and responsiveness to mechanical loading during life.
Lin Han, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Assistant Professor. Nanoscale structure-property relationships of biological materials, genetic and molecular origins soft joint tissue diseases, biomaterials under extreme conditions, coupling between stimulus-responsiveness and geometry.
Emin Caglan Kumbur, PhD (Pennsylvania State University). Assistant Professor. Next generation energy technologies; fuel cell design and development.
Kenneth K.S. Lau, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Associate Professor. Surface science; nanotechnology; polymer thin films and coatings; chemical vapor deposition.
Bahram Nabet, PhD (University of Washington). Professor. Optoelectronics; fabrication and modeling; fiber optic devices; nanoelectronics; nanowires.
Giuseppe R. Palmese, PhD (University of Delaware) Department Head, Chemical and Biological Engineering. Professor. Reacting polymer systems; nanostructured polymers; radiation processing of materials; composites and interfaces.
Wan Young Shih, PhD (Ohio State University) School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems. Associate Professor. Piezoelectric microcantilever biosensors development, piezoelectric finger development, quantum dots development, tissue elasticity imaging, piezoelectric microcantilever force probes.
Karl Sohlberg, PhD (University of Delaware). Associate Professor. Computational and theoretical materials-related chemistry: (1) complex catalytic materials; (2) mechanical and electrical molecular devices.
Margaret Wheatley, PhD (University of Toronto) School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, John M. Reid Professor. Ultrasound contrast agent development (tumor targeting and triggered drug delivery), controlled release technology (bioactive compounds), microencapsulated allografts (ex vivo gene therapy) for spinal cord repair.

Emeritus Faculty

Roger D. Corneliussen, PhD (University of Chicago). Professor Emeritus. Fracture, blends and alloys, as well as compounding.
Roger D. Doherty, PhD (Oxford University). Professor Emeritus. Metallurgical processing; thermo-mechanical treatment.
Ihab L. Kamel, PhD (University of Maryland). Professor Emeritus. Nanotechnology, polymers, composites, biomedical applications, and materials-induced changes through plasma and high energy radiation.
Jack Keverian, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Professor Emeritus. Rapid parts manufacturing, computer integrated manufacturing systems, strip production systems, technical and/or economic modeling, melting and casting systems, recycling systems.
Alan Lawley, PhD (University of Birmingham, England). Professor Emeritus. Mechanical and physical metallurgy, powder metallurgy, materials engineering design, engineering education.
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