Engineering, M.S. (Concentration in Materials and Manufacturing Technology)
Lorenzo Valdevit, Director and Graduate Advisor
204 Rockwell Engineering Center; 949-824-8090
Materials and Manufacturing Technology (MMT) is concerned with the generation and application of knowledge relating the composition, structure, and processing of materials to their properties and applications, as well as the manufacturing technologies needed for production. During the past two decades, MMT has become an important component of modern engineering education, partly because of the increased level of sophistication required of engineering materials in a rapidly changing technological society, and partly because the selection of materials has increasingly become an integral part of almost every modern engineering design. In fact, further improvements in design are now viewed more and more as primarily materials and manufacturing issues. Both the development of new materials and the understanding of present-day materials demand a thorough knowledge of basic engineering and scientific principles including, for example, crystal structure, mechanics, mechanical behavior, electronic, optical and magnetic properties, thermodynamics, phase equilibria, heat transfer, diffusion, and the physics and chemistry of solids and chemical reactions.
The field of MMT ranks high on the list of top careers for scientists and engineers. The services of these engineers and scientists are required in a variety of engineering operations dealing, for example, with design of semiconductors and optoelectronic devices, development of new technologies based on composites and high-temperature materials, biomedical products, performance (quality, reliability, safety, energy efficiency) in automobile and aircraft components, improvement in nondestructive testing techniques, corrosion behavior in refineries, radiation damage in nuclear power plants, fabrication of steels, and construction of highways and bridges.
Subjects of interest in Materials and Manufacturing Technology cover a wide spectrum, ranging from metals, optical and electronic materials to superconductive materials, ceramics, advanced composites, and biomaterials. In addition, the emerging new research and technological areas in materials are in many cases interdisciplinary. Accordingly, the principal objective of the graduate curriculum is to integrate a student’s area of emphasis—whether it be chemical processing and production, electronic and photonic materials and devices, electronic manufacturing and packaging, or materials engineering—into the whole of materials and manufacturing technology. Such integration will increase familiarity with other disciplines and provide students with the breadth they need to face the challenges of current and future technology.
Students with a bachelor’s degree may pursue either the M.S. or Ph.D. in Engineering with a concentration in Materials and Manufacturing Technology (MMT). If students choose to enter the Ph.D. program directly, it is a requirement that they earn an M.S. along the way toward the completion of their Ph.D.
Given the nature of Materials and Manufacturing Technology as an interdisciplinary program, students having a background and suitable training in either Materials, Engineering (Biomedical, Civil, Chemical, Electrical, and Mechanical), or the Physical Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Geology) are encouraged to participate. Recommended background courses include an introduction to materials, thermodynamics, mechanical properties, and electrical/optical/magnetic properties. A student with an insufficient background may be required to take remedial undergraduate courses following matriculation as a graduate student.
Because of the interdepartmental nature of the concentration, it is important to establish a common foundation in Materials and Manufacturing Technology (MMT) for students from various backgrounds. This foundation is sufficiently covered in MMT courses that are listed below and that deal with the following topics: MSE 200 Crystalline Solids: Structure, Imperfections, and Properties; ENGRMAE 252 Fundamentals of Microfabrication or ENGR 265 Advanced Manufacturing; ENGRMAE 259 Mechanical Behavior of Solids - Atomistic Theories. Core courses must be completed with a grade of B (3.0) or better.
Electives are grouped into four areas of emphasis.
|Chemical Processing and Production:|
|Applied Engineering Mathematics I|
|Transport Phenomena I|
|Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics|
|Environmental Chemistry II|
|Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes|
|Drinking Water and Wastewater Biotechnology|
|Electronic and Photonic Materials and Devices:|
|Molecular and Cellular Engineering|
|Tissue and Organ Biophotonics|
|Engineering Medical Optics|
|Physical and Geometrical Optics|
|Fundamentals of Solid-State Electronics and Materials|
|Advanced Semiconductor Devices I|
|Advanced Semiconductor Devices II|
|Lasers and Photonics|
|Advanced Engineering Electromagnetics I|
|Advanced Engineering Electromagnetics II|
|Conduction Heat Transfer|
|Convective Heat and Mass Transfer|
|Biomedical and Electronic Manufacturing:|
|Engineering Medical Optics|
|Microfluids and Lab-On-A-Chip|
|Micro-Sensors and Actuators|
|Engineering Electrochemistry: Fundamentals and Applications|
|Advanced BIOMEMS Manufacturing Techniques|
|Polymer Chemistry: Synthesis and Characterization of Polymers|
|Nano-Scale Materials and Applications|
|Advanced Strength of Materials|
|Mechanics of Composite Materials|
|Advanced Reinforced Concrete Behavior and Design|
|Advanced Behavior and Design of Steel Structures|
|Engineering Electrochemistry: Fundamentals and Applications|
|Advanced Transport Phenomena|
|Inviscid Incompressible Fluid Mechanics I|
|Viscous Incompressible Fluid Mechanics II|
|Compressible Fluid Dynamics|
|Mechanics of Solids and Structures|
|Composite Materials and Structures|
|Mechanical Behavior of Solids - Continuum Theories|
|Polymer Science and Engineering|
|Design with Ceramic Materials|
|Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Materials|
|Transmission Electron Microscopy|
|Scanning Electron Microscopy|
|Electroceramics & Solid State Electrochemical Systems|
|Condensed Matter Physics |
and Condensed Matter Physics
and Condensed Matter Physics
It should be noted that specific course requirements within the area of emphasis are decided based on consultation with the Director of the MMT concentration.
Two options are available for M.S. students: a thesis option and a comprehensive examination option. Both options require the completion of at least 12 courses of study.
Plan I. Thesis Option
For the thesis option, students are required to complete an original research project and write an M.S. thesis. A committee of three full-time faculty members is appointed to guide the development of the thesis. Students must also obtain approval for a complete program of study from the program director. At least seven courses (3-unit or 4-unit) must be taken from courses numbered 200–289, among which at least four courses (3-unit or 4-unit) are from MMT core courses and at least three courses (3-unit or 4-unit) are in the area of emphasis approved by the faculty advisor and the graduate advisor. Four units of BME 296, CBE 296, EECS 296, ENGR 296, ENGRCEE 296, or ENGRMAE 296 count as the equivalence of one course. Up to three courses equivalent of BME 296, CBE 296, EECS 296, ENGR 296, ENGRCEE 296, or ENGRMAE 296 and up to two courses (3-unit or 4-unit) of upper-division undergraduate elective courses taken as a graduate student at UCI can be applied toward the 12-course requirement.
Plan II. Comprehensive Examination Option
For the comprehensive examination option, students are required to complete minimally 12 courses (3-unit or 4-unit) of study. At least eight courses (3-unit or 4-unit) must be taken from courses numbered 200–289, among which at least four courses (3-unit or 4-unit) are from MMT core courses and at least four courses (3-unit or 4-unit) are in the area of emphasis approved by the faculty advisor and the graduate advisor. Four units of BME 299, CBE 299, EECS 299, ENGRCEE 299, or ENGRMAE 299 count as the equivalence of one course. One course equivalent of BME 299, CBE 299, EECS 299, ENGRCEE 299, or ENGRMAE 299 and up to two courses (3-unit or 4-unit) of upper-division undergraduate elective courses taken as a graduate student at UCI can be applied toward the 12-course requirement.
In the last quarter, an oral comprehensive examination on the contents of study will be given by a committee of three faculty members including the advisor and two members appointed by the program director. Part-time study for the M.S. is available and encouraged for engineers working in local industries. Registration for part-time study must be approved in advance by the MMT program director, the School’s Associate Dean, and the Graduate Dean.
In addition to fulfilling the course requirements outlined above, it is a University requirement for the Master of Science degree that students fulfill a minimum of 36 units of study.
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Peter J. Burke (nano-electronics, bio-technology)
Zhongping Chen (biomedical optics, optical coherence tomography, bioMEMS, and biomedical devices)
James C. Earthman (biomaterials, compositionally complex materials, nanocrystalline alloys, quantitative percussion diagnostics, deformation and damage processes)
Rahim Esfandyarpour (nanotechnology and nanoscience, flexible electronics, MEMS and NEMS fabrication and modeling, stretchable and wearable bio devices, translational micro/nanotechnologies, biological and chemical sensors, microfluidics, microelectronics circuits and systems, physiological monitoring, Internet of Things(IOT) bio devices, technology development for personalized/precision medicine, and Point of Care(POC) diagnostics)
Franco De Flaviis (microwave systems, wireless communications, electromagnetic circuit simulations)
Manuel Gamero-Castaño (electric propulsion, with emphasis on colloid thruster technology for precision formation flying missions and Hall thrusters, electrohydrodynamic atomization of liquids and related problems like electrospray ionization and technological applications of electrosprays, aerosol diagnostics)
Alon A. Gorodetsky (cephalopods, adaptive materials, camouflage, bioelectronics)
Michelle Khine (development of novel nano- and micro-fabrication technologies and systems for single cell analysis, stem cell research, in vitro diagnostics)
John C. LaRue (heat transfer, turbulence)
Abraham Lee (integrated point-of-care diagnostics, engineered “theranostic” vesicles and particles, active cell sorting microdevices, microphysiological microsystems, and high throughput droplet bioassays)
Chin C. Lee (electronic packaging, bonding technology, metallurgy, thermal design, semiconductor devices, electromagnetic theory, acoustics and optoelectronics)
Jaeho Lee (heat transfer, thermal management, thermoelectronics, phononics, nanomaterials)
Henry P. Lee (photonics, fiber-optics and compound semiconductors)
Guann Pyng Li (micro/nano technology for sensors and actuators, internet of things (IoT), smart manufacturing, biomedical devices and millimeter wave wireless communication)
Michael McCarthy (design of mechanical systems, computer aided design, kinematic theory of spatial motion)
Marc J. Madou (fundamental aspects of micro/nano-electro-mechanical systems [MEMS/NEMS], biosensors, nanofluidics, biomimetics)
Martha L. Mecartney (ceramics for energy applications and for use in extreme environments, flash sintering, interfacial design of thermal conductivity, transmission electron microscopy)
Farghalli A. Mohamed (mechanical behavior of engineering materials such as metals, composites and ceramics, the correlation between behavior and microstructure, creep, and superplasticity, mechanisms responsible for strengthening and fracture)
Ayman S. Mosallam (advanced composites and hybrid systems, seismic repair and rehabilitation of structures, diagnostic/prognostic structural health monitoring techniques, 3D printing in construction and sustainable and green building technology)
Daniel R. Mumm (development of materials for power generation systems, propulsion, integrated sensing advanced vehicle concepts and platform protection)
Xiaoqing Pan (atomic-scale structure, properties and dynamic behaviors of advanced materials including thin films and nanostructures for memories, catalysts, and energy conversion and storage devices)
Regina Ragan (exploration and development of novel materials systems for nanoscale electronic and optoelectronic devices)
Timothy J. Rupert (mechanical behavior, nanomaterials, structure-property relationships, microstructural stability, grain boundaries and interfaces, materials characterization)
Andrei M. Shkel (design and advanced control of micro-electro-mechanical systesm (MEMS); high precision micro-machined gyroscopes; MEMS-enhanced optical systems, tools and prosthetic appliances; electromechanical and machine-information systems integration)
Frank G. Shi (optoelectronic devices and materials, optoelectronic device packaging materials, optoelectronic medical devices and packaging, white LED technologies, high power LED packaging)
Lizhi Sun (CEE) (micro- and nano-mechanics, composites and nanocomposites, smart materials and structures, multiscale modeling, elastography)
William Tang (micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) nanoscale engineering for biomedical applications, microsystems integration, microimplants, microbiomechanics, microfluidics)
Chen S. Tsai (integrated microwave magnetics, ultrasonic atomization for nanoparticles synthesis, silicon photonics)
Lorenzo Valdevit, Director (architected materials, mechanical metamaterials, additive manufacturing, optimal design)
Yoon Jin Won (mutil-scale structures for thermal and energy applications, in particular fabrication, characterization, and integration of structured materials)
Albert Yee (materials science aspects of polymers and soft materials, particularly on how they are used to impact nanotechnology)