Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering

The Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. program is an interdisciplinary program that provides a mastery of theoretical principles in materials science and engineering, as well as advanced research opportunities in preparation for successful research-driven careers.

Summary

The mission of the Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. program is to provide advanced education and research opportunities for students and professionals in the theoretical, experimental, and analytical foundations of materials science and in the engineering use, modification, and application to the structures and products of the technological age. We expect that, as a student and/or graduate of the Materials Science and Engineering M.S. program, you will exhibit the following:

  • Academic Excellence: Students will demonstrate compressive knowledge in their area of concentrations, formulate advanced research questions independently and propose methods of investigation to research currently unsolved problems.
  • Real-World Research Experience: Students will gain expertise and demonstrate a broad knowledge of their field, its tools, and techniques, and use this to develop new knowledge using ethical standards of conduct.
  • Professional Communication and Collaboration: Students will develop top-level communication skills to collaborate and speak effectively about scientific topics, issues, and research at national and international meetings.

Upon graduation all Ph.D. students in Applied Physics should be able to meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Formulate advanced research questions independently and propose methods of investigation, including the design of experiments to investigate currently unsolved problems.
  • Demonstrate and apply comprehensive knowledge in the area of concentration to identify, find, evaluate, articulate and use scientific information at a high level of proficiency.
  • Apply quantitative methods to describe and analyze phenomena.
  • Publish at least one scientific article as the first author in peer-reviewed journals in the area of concentration.
  • Present at least one professional talk at the national or international conference in the area of concentration.
  • Demonstrate broad knowledge of the field, its tools, and techniques to develop new knowledge.
  • Identify, find, evaluate, articulate and use scientific information associated with their field.
  • Interact with other professional and student researchers in a skilled, cooperative fashion to discuss issues and solve scientific problems at a high level of proficiency.
  • Conduct research and develop relationships using ethical, professional standards of conduct.

Core Faculty

Jonathan Smitherson

Sirenko, Andrei

Professor and Department Chair

Sirenko, Andrei
Professor and Department Chair, Physics Dept
Official
468 Tiernan
Jonathan Smitherson

Thomas, Gordon A.

Professor

Thomas, Gordon A.
Professor, Physics (and Biomedical Engineering)
Official
482 Tiernan Hall
Jonathan Smitherson

Prodan, Camelia

Associate Professor

Prodan, Camelia
Associate Professor, Physics
Official
480 Tiernan
Jonathan Smitherson

Dias, Cristiano Luis

Assistant Professor

Dias, Cristiano Luis
Assistant Professor, Physics
Official
481 Tiernan Hall
Jonathan Smitherson

Ahn, Keun Hyuk

Associate Professor

Ahn, Keun Hyuk
Associate Professor, Physics
Official
483 Tiernan Hall
Jonathan Smitherson

Wang, Haimin

Director of Applied Physics Graduate Program

Wang, Haimin
Director of Applied Physics Graduate Program, Physics
Official
460 Tiernan Hall
Jonathan Smitherson

Tyson, Trevor A.

Tyson, Trevor A.
Official
484Tiernan
Jonathan Smitherson

Chen, Bin

Assistant Professor

Chen, Bin
Assistant Professor, Physics
Not Provided
Official
101 Tiernan Hall
Jonathan Smitherson

Nowadnick, Elizabeth A.

Nowadnick, Elizabeth A.
Official
462 Tiernan
Jonathan Smitherson

Gary, Dale E.

Distinguished Professor

Gary, Dale E.
Distinguished Professor, Center for Solar - Terrestrial Research
Official
101E Tiernan Hall
Jonathan Smitherson

Federici, John F.

Distinguished Professor

Federici, John F.
Distinguished Professor, Physics
Official
474 Tiernan, Lab B15 Tiernan

Advisement

Jonathan Smitherson

Sirenko, Andrei

Professor and Department Chair

Sirenko, Andrei
Professor and Department Chair, Physics Dept
Official
468 Tiernan