The Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering offers a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering with a concentration in mechanical and energy engineering, a joint program with the department of Materials Science and Engineering. The doctorate degree represents the attainment of a high level of scholarship and achievement in independent research that culminates in the completion of a dissertation of original scientific merit. For this reason, the degree cannot be prescribed in terms of a fixed semester credit hour requirement.
Generally, the doctorate degree consists of 72 semester credit hours beyond a bachelor's degree or 42 hours beyond the master's degree. Of these hours, the dissertation makes up 12 semester credit hours if a student holds a bachelor's degree or 7 semester credit hours if a student holds a master's degree. In addition, Ph.D. candidates should have at least two original research articles published in a professional journal prior to graduation.
Core Courses (12 hours which must be selected from the following in consultation with a student’s thesis/dissertation advisor)
Seminar in Materials Science and Engineering (2 semesters of 1 credit hour each)
MTSE 5700 - Seminar in Materials Science and Engineering
All doctoral students are expected to attend MTSE 5700 during each term/semester of full-time graduate study. A seminar based on the student's dissertation research must be given during the regularly scheduled class time prior to and in addition to the formal defense of the dissertation.
MTSE 6950 - Doctoral Dissertation
A minimum of two research papers is expected for Ph.D. students by the time of dissertation defense.
1. Entrance interview and proficiency examination — Required of all materials science graduate students.
2. Qualifying examination — Students starting in the summer or fall semesters are required to take the exam the following May after the end of the spring semester (approximately 1 year after the entering the program). Students starting in the spring semester are required to take the exam in May of the following year ( approximately 1.5 years after entering the program).
a. On day one, all students will take an exam based on the “Introduction to Materials Science” class, which is currently based on the book by Callister.
b. On day two, students will elect to write a specialty exam on one of the following areas:
c. Students have a total of two attempts to pass the written qualifying examination.
d. Students who pass the written qualifier are scheduled for the oral examination, which is to be conducted at the end of the summer of the same year after passing the written examination. The oral examination consists of a proposal by the student on how he/she would perform Ph.D. research on a topic. Students have only one attempt at the oral examination.
3. Final Examination — This oral examination is primarily a defense of the dissertation, which must be submitted in final form to the final examination committee at least seven days prior to the scheduled oral examination. At least one final examination committee member must be from a department other than the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Guidelines for dissertation preparation are available from the department secretary.