Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering

  •  Professors: G. Bond, Hirschfeld (Chair of the Department), Inal, Lu, McCoy
  • Associate Professors: Burleigh, Fuierer , Majumdar
  • Assistant Professor: Kalugin
  • Adjunct Faculty: Adolph, Browning, Curro, Doughty, Hockensmith, Jacobson, Lowe, Ravi, Romig, Sickafus, M. Smith

The prospective doctoral candidate should develop a good background in materials sciences, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, in addition to achieving a high level of competence in a specialized area of materials. Programs are arranged by the prospective student and the student’s advisory committee. Additional information can be found under the Graduate Program (page 34).

In addition to the course requirements specified for the M.S. degree, students seeking the Ph.D. degree in materials are required to take a minimum of 24 credit hours of approved course work, of which at least 12 credit hours must be in 500–level courses; no more than three of these hours should be directed study. Students must take MATE 592 each semester offered if the student is in residence. Distance-education students will be required to document conference participation in lieu of this requirement. Only one credit of MATE 592 may be used to fulfill degree requirements.

Dissertation research must also be completed. In order to pursue dissertation research, the student must pass a candidacy examination and a qualifying examination. An oral defense of the completed written dissertation is also required. Suitable topics for doctoral candidates can be selected from a broad range of materials issues (relating to ceramics, composites, metals, or polymers) that are of current interest to the department’s faculty.

Special Programs

Students pursuing an advanced degree in materials may elect to emphasize and develop a background in the general area of materials with research centered around an area of structure-propertyprocessing performance of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. This could involve modern microstructural characterization techniques (X-rays and electron microscopy); mechanical and physical property measurements; explosive forming, hardening, and consolidation; performance under conditions of fatigue, high temperatures, and aggressive environments.

Interdisciplinary programs in the areas of materials are encouraged. Joint dissertation supervision is provided by the appropriate departments or divisions. Research facilities not available on the campus may be available through cooperative agreements with the Air Force Weapons Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base and Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.