Objectives and Outcomes

Program Objectives

Our current program educational objectives are stated as follows:

Graduates of the Materials Science and Engineering Program:

1. Pursue careers that include advanced graduate studies in materials science and engineering or careers in related areas of science and engineering or professional disciplines that benefit from an understanding of materials science and engineering such as medicine, business or law.

2. Employ elements of the research process in their careers including the use of:

  • critical reasoning to identify fundamental issues and establish directions for investigation
  • creative processes to define specific plans for problem solution
  • analytical thought to interpret results and place them within a broader context.
Student Outcomes

At completion of the degree program, students in Materials Science and Engineering will have:

1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering (to solve problems related to materials science and engineering)

2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data (using statistical, computational or mathematical methods)

3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability – the design process

4. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability – recognition of constraints within design

5. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

6. an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems

7. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

8. an ability to communicate effectively (writing)

9. an ability to communicate effectively (oral presentation)

10. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context

11. a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning

12. a knowledge of contemporary issues

13. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

14. the ability to apply advanced science (such as chemistry and physics) and engineering principles to materials systems

15. the ability to integrate understanding of the scientific and engineering principles underlying the four major elements: structure, properties, processing, and performance related to material systems appropriate to the field

16. the ability to apply and integrate knowledge from each of the above four elements of the field to solve materials selection and design problems

17. the ability to utilize experimental, statistical and computational methods consistent with the program educational objectives

 

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