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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Materials Science and Engineering (ENMA, ENNU)

A. James Clark School of Engineering
2135 Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building, 301-405-5240
Chair: R. Phaneuf
Professors: M. Al-Sheikhly, S. Ankem, R. Briber, A. Christou, G. Oehrlein, 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)
Affiliate Professors: B. Eichhorn, A. Flatau, R. Ghodssi, P. Kofinas, B. Shapiro, L. Sita, E. Smela, M. Zachariah
Affiliate Associate Professors: J. Aranda-Espinoza, S. Lee, M. Ouyang, E. Rodriguez, 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 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 122 credits is required for a bachelor's degree. A sample program follows:

FIRST YEAR, Semester 1CreditsFIRST YEAR, Semester 2Credits
CHEM135, Chemistry for Engineers3ENES102, Mechanics I3
ENES100, Engineering Design3MATH141, Calculus II4
MATH140, Calculus I4PHYS161, General Physics I3
ENGL101, Academic Writing3GenED3
CHEM136, Chemistry Lab1GenED3
ENMA180: Intro to MSE1  
SECOND YEAR, Semester 1 SECOND YEAR, Semester 2 
PHYS260/261, General Physics II4PHYS270/271, General Physics III4
MATH241, Calculus III4MATH246, Differential Equations3
ENMA300, Intro to Materials Engineering3CHEM231/232 or 4811, Organic Chemistry I or Physical Chemistry I4 or 3
Oral Communication3ENMA301, Materials for Emerging Technology3
MATH206, Introduction to Matlab1GenED3
THIRD YEAR+, Semester 1 THIRD YEAR, Semester 2 

ENMA312 Experimental Methods in Material Science OR Upper Level Science Elective


ENMA312,  Experimental Methods in Material Science OR Upper Level Science Elective

ENMA362, Mechanical Properties3ENMA465, Microprocessing of Materials3
ENMA460, Physics of Materials3ENMA461, Thermodynamics of Materials3
Scholarship in Practice*3Specialization Elective3
Specialization Elective3ENMA470, Materials Selection for Engineering Design3
FOURTH YEAR, Semester 1 FOURTH YEAR, Semester 2 
ENMA441, Characterization of Materials3Technical Elective (> 300 level)3
ENMA471, Kinetics, Diffusion, Phase Transformations3Specialization Elective3
Specialization Elective3Specialization Elective3
ENGL 393, Technical Writing3GenED*3
Technical Elective (> 300 level)3ENMA490, Materials Design3
TOTAL 4 year credits: 122 or 123 

*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 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/ or contact Director, Nano Minor Professor,  Ray Phaneuf ( www.nanocenter.umd.edu/faculty/?u=29 ), 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 1111, Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building, at 301-405-5989 or hart@umd.edu .  Dr. Hart can direct students to their advisor:  Professors Lloyd, Cumings, Martinez-Miranda, Rabin, Salamanca-Riba, Takeuchi, Mo or Leite.  Any questions about the program should be directed to Dr. Isabel Lloyd, 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 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 .

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 Societies The 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 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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