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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

Materials Science and Engineering (ENMA, ENNU)

A. James Clark School of Engineering
2135 Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building, 301-405-5240
Chair: R. M. Briber
Professors: M. Al-Sheikhly, S. Ankem, A. Christou, G. Oehrlein, R. Phaneuf, A. Roytburd, G. Rubloff, L. Salamanca-Riba, I. Takeuchi, E. Wachsman, M. Wuttig
Associate Professors: J. Cumings, I. Lloyd, L. Martinez-Miranda
Assistant Professors: L. Hu, O. Rabin, J. Seog
Affiliate Professors: B. Eichhorn, A. Flatau, R. Ghodssi, P. Kofinas, L. Sita, M. Zachariah
Affiliate Associate Professors: J. Aranda-Espinoza, S. Lee, M. Ouyang, E. Rodriguez, B. Shapiro, E. Smela, C. Wang
Affiliate Assistant Professors: Z. Nie
Adjunct Professors: A. Barkatt, R. Cook, T. Foecke, B. Hammouda, M. Kukla, R. Livingston, J. Rush
Adjunct Associate Professors: J. Slutsker, A. Talin
Adjunct Assistant Professors: J. Cui, B. Pate
Professors Emeriti: J. Silverman

The Major

The development, production and use of novel materials has become a major issue in all fields of engineering. Materials which are strong and light at the same time are needed for space structures; faster electro-optical switching materials will result in improved mass communications; and stronger high temperature plastics would improve the efficiency of transportation systems. Students will have the opportunity to work with faculty and industry on complex problems through projects, internships, and research and co-op experiences. A wide variety of careers are open to graduates of this program ranging from production and quality control in the traditional materials industries to the molecular construction of electronic materials in ultra-clean environments, and to the applications of materials in electronic packages. The application of materials to solve environmental, biomedical, energy, and reliability problems are also career options.

Students  majoring in Materials Science and Engineering will receive a Bachelor of Science upon successful completion of the program. Courses offered by this department may be found under the acronym ENMA.

The Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.

Program Objectives


The mission of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Maryland is to provide a quality engineering education, research at the forefront of the field, and leadership to the Materials and Engineering communities. Our educational programs will have the following objectives:

  •  Produce high quality graduates who will be successful in their chosen careers in industry, government or academia, in the State of Maryland, the nation and the world.
  • Produce graduates who demonstrate the ability define and solve engineering and science problems in the field of Materials Science and Engineering throughout their careers.
  • Produce graduates who demonstrate the ability to relate basic physics, math and engineering principles to the field of Materials Science and Engineering so they can function professionally as materials engineers and scientists.
  •  Produce graduates who design and engineer materials and materials systems for future generations of products and demonstrate a continuous upgrading their knowledge to address and impact the rapid pace of technological advances.

The Department will support our students with an educational program that has sufficient breadth in both fundamental and specialized engineering topics to insure our graduates meet the current and future needs of society. In the area of research, the Department conducts a range of scientific research programs and establishes partnerships with government and industry, both in Maryland and elsewhere, to accomplish this goal.


Program Learning Outcomes

The overall educational outcomes of the Materials Science and Engineering Program are to provide undergraduate engineering students:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of math, engineering and science
  • Ability to design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data
  • Ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs
  • Ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • Ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Broad education to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  • Recognition of need and ability to engage in life-long learning
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues
  • Ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for practice


Academic Programs and Departmental Facilities

The Department's research facilities are available to undergraduates interested in pursuing research opportunities.  Interested undergraduates are encouraged to work with a faculty member and his or her research team.  Specific information on the facilities is available on the website: www.mse.umd.edu/research/laboratories.html

A partial list of facilities available to the students in the Department include:

Admission to the Major

All Materials Science and Engineering students must meet admission, progress, and retention standards of the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the University of Maryland. See www.eng.umd.edu

Requirements for the Major

Requirements for the Materials Science and Engineering major include thorough preparation in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering science as well as the required university general education requirements. All students will be required to select an area of specialization, an upper-class science elective, and two technical electives. A minimum of 123 credits is required for a bachelor's degree. A sample program follows:


    Credits Credits
  Freshman Year First Sem Second Sem
  General Education Program Requirements       6
ENES100 Introduction to Engineering Design
(**can be taken 1st or 2nd semester)
ENMA181* Introduction to Engineered Materials, Seminar     1  
CHEM135 General Chemistry for Engineers     3  
CHEM136 Chemistry Lab     1  
MATH140 Calculus I     4  
MATH141 Calculus II       4
ENGL101 Introduction to Writing     3  
ENES102 Mechanics I (**can be taken 1st or 2nd semester)       3**
PHYS161 General Physics I       3
  Total 14/15    16
  *Recommended, but not required.    
    Credits Credits
  Sophomore Year First Sem Second Sem
  General Education Program Requirements 3 3
MATH241 Calculus III 4  
MATH246 Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers   3
PHYS260/261 General Physics I 4  
PHYS270/271 General Physics II    4
ENMA300 Introduction to Materials and their Applications 3  
ENMA301 Materials for Emerging Technologies   3
CHEM231/232* Organic Chemistry I,  OR   4 or 3
  CHEM481* Physical Chemistry I    
  Total 14 16/17
  *Chem 231/232 is required for students specializing in organic materials and strongly recommended for students specializing in Biomaterials.  
    Credits Credits
  Junior Year  First Sem Second Sem
  General Education Program Requirements 3 3
ENMA310 Materials Laboratory I, Structural Characterization 3  
ENMA311 Materials Laboratory II: Electromagnetic Properties   3
ENMA362 Mechanical Properties 4  
ENMA460 Physics of Solid Materials 3  
ENMA461 Thermodynamics of Materials   3
ENMA465 Microprocessing of Materials   3
ELECTIVE** Specialization Electives 3 3
  Total 16 15
    Credits Credits
  Senior Year First Sem Second Sem
  General Education Program Requirements 3 3
ENMA463 Macroprocessing of Materials 3  
ENMA471 Kinetics, Diffusion and Phase Transformations 3  
ENMA490 Materials Design    3
ELECTIVES** Specialization Electives 3 3
ELECTIVES Technical Electives 3 3
ENMA426 Reliability of Materials   3
ELECTIVE Upper-level science elective 3  
  Total 18 15
Minimum Degree Credits: 124 or 125 credits and the fulfillment of all department, school, and university requirements.

**Students are expected to take four specialization electives in one particular area during their junior and senior years. Students must consult with their advisor to select the specialization courses. Six suggested specialization areas with example classes follow.
Materials Science: ENMA 420, 421, 422, 423, 424, 425, 440, 441, 442, 462, 464, 472, 475, 481, 495, 499, ENME 371

Soft Materials and Biomaterials: ENMA 423, 425, 441, 445, 464, 472, 475, 495, 499

Electrical, Optical and Functional Materials: ENMA 420, 423, 441, 442, 443, 462, 464, 475, 481, 499

Nanotechnology: ENMA 430, 440, 441, 442, 445, 475, 482, 498X, 499

Materials for Energy: ENMA 422, 430, 442, 462, 489C, 489H, 489I, 489Q, 499


Other Requirements for the Major

Students majoring in Materials Science and Engineering must follow the academic policies developed by the A. James Clark School of Engineering.  Students must achieve a C- or better on all coursework in their major (including required non-engineering courses such as chemistry and physics).  Students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and completion of all degree requirements to graduate.    Students are encouraged to visit the Department webpage for a curriculum guideline. A multi-year academic plan will be developed in conjunction with their advisor.  All Materials Science and Engineering students must be mentored by a faculty member four times generally during their sophomore and junior years (once per semester) to assist them in choosing their specialization area and to plan for post graduation. 

Requirements for the Minor

The Department coordinates an interdisciplinary minor in Nanoscale Science and Technology through The Maryland NanoCenter

Explosive growth in the field of nanometer scale science and technology (NS&T) has led in the past few years to many technological advances in devices and materials structured at the nanometer scale. The Interdisciplinary Minor Program of Study in Nanoscience and Technology at the University of Maryland is intended to prepare participating University of Maryland students for a career in this rapidly developing field. This program draws upon the considerable expertise in nanoscience at Maryland, in departments distributed between two schools: Engineering, and Computer, Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Students take courses in Fabrication/Synthesis and Characterization, which emphasize the experimental side of NS&T, as well as Fundamental Science and Specialization Electives, which teach the underlying principles and directions, and include underlying theory and the motivations for NS&T.  The minor is open to any student majoring in Engineering, Physics or Chemistry. 

Completion of the program instills in students the broad perspective needed for nano, including understanding and experience in fabrication/synthesis of nanomaterials and structures, their characterization/measurement, the fundamental science underlying them, and their applications.

For more information see www.nanocenter.umd.edu/education/nano_minor/nano_minor.php or contact Director, Nano Minor Professor,  Ray Phaneuf , MSE, or Education Coordinator, Nano Minor, Dr. Kathleen Hart, MSE.


Students choosing Materials Science and Engineering as their major should contact Dr. Kathleen Hart, Associate Director of Student Services, Room 1113, Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building, at 301-405-5989 or hart@umd.edu.  Dr. Hart can direct students to their advisor:  Professors Lloyd, Martinez-Miranda, Phaneuf, Salamanca-Riba, Cumings, or Rabin.  Any questions about the program should be directed to Dr. Ray Phaneuf, Undergraduate Studies Director.

Undergraduate Research Experiences

The Department strongly supports undergraduate students who wish to pursue research opportunities.  The student should discuss their interest with their advisor or with Dr. Kathleen Hart (Associate Director, Student Services) or Professor Ray Phaneuf (Undergraduate Program Director). See www.mse.umd.edu/undergrad/index.html.


The Department strongly encourages students to pursue internships as part of their undergraduate experience.  They should discuss an internship with their advisor as they develop their academic plan.  The Department will forward information about internships to our undergraduate students.   Students may also receive information on internships from the A. James Clark Co-op and Career Services Center. See www.coop.eng.umd.edu.

Co-op Programs

The Materials Science and Engineering program works with the A. James Clark School of Engineering Cooperative Engineering education Program.  For more information, students should speak with their advisor regarding their interest in a co-op experience and consult the College web page at www.coop.eng.umd.edu/

Student Societies and Professional Organizations

Undergraduate SocietiesThe Materials Engineering Society, or MatES, is a student society primarily for Materials Science and Engineering majors at the University of Maryland College Park. MatES is the University of Maryland's Material Advantage Student Chapter. It includes recognition by several professional societies including ASM International, The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS), and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS).  More information is available on the on the student society web site at www.mse.umd.edu/mates/

Materials Research Society (MRS)
The Materials Research Society (MRS), a professional research society for the field has a student chapter in the Department. The chapter organizes student research presentations, invites prospective employers for discussions and collectively provides a forum for student-faculty interactions. More information is available by contacting Professor Salamanca-Riba at riba@umd.edu.

Alpha Sigma Mu
Alpha Sigma Mu is the International Professional Honor Society for Materials Science and Engineering.  Students with outstanding scholarship are nominated for membership and are eligible to be nominated for scholarships.  If you have any questions, contact Professor and Chair Robert Briber at rbriber@umd.edu.


Scholarships and Financial Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu.

The Department holds an open house in both the fall and spring semesters.  Participants in these open houses may apply for a $2000 Top Terp scholarship.  Other scholarships are available through the A. James Clark School of Engineering. There are also research internships available for students to work with faculty in the Department.


Awards and Recognition

Each year, the Department selects outstanding students for the following awards:

Chairman's Outstanding Senior Award

Outstanding Materials Student Service Award

Materials Science and Engineering Student Research Award

The professional materials oriented societies sponsor awards to recognize outstanding scholarship and undergraduate research.

ASM International www.asminternational.org/

The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS) www.tms.org/TMSHome.html

American Ceramic Society (ACerS) www.ceramics.org/

Materials Research Society (MRS) www.mrs.org

All students enrolled in the Materials Science and Engineering program are encouraged to work with their advisor who in their junior and senior years will guide them towards nomination for these awards.

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