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, O. Rabin
Assistant Professors: L. Hu, M. Leite (Asst Prof), Y. Mo (Asst Prof), 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: R. Arsenault (Prof Emeritus), J. Silverman
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.
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:
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:
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
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 122 credits is required for a bachelor's degree. A sample program follows:
*All students must complete two Distributive Studies courses that are approved for I-series courses. The Understanding Plural Societies (UP) and Cultural Competence (CC) courses may also fulfill Distributive Studies categories.
1CHEM 231/232 is required for students focusing on polymers.
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 three different faculty members, preferably during their freshman and sophomore 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
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
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,
Students choosing Materials Science and Engineering as their major should contact Dr. Kathleen Hart, Associate Director of Student Services, Room 1113, Chemical and
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 Isabel Lloyd (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 .
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/ .
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 .
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.