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    University of North Texas
    Jul 23, 2024  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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Main Departmental Office
Discovery Park, Room E132

Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle #305310
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Fax: 940-565-4824

Web site:

Nigel Shepherd, Interim Chair



The Department of Materials Science and Engineering addresses the education and technological challenges of creating, applying and characterizing new materials for the 21st century. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is committed to training students at the undergraduate and graduate levels in all aspects of modern materials including metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic and optical materials, and materials characterization. Students have opportunities for hands-on instruction and research with modern equipment and facilities. The department has strong collaborative programs with industries in the Dallas–Fort Worth region and with universities both locally and throughout the world.

The department offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, all with a major in materials science and engineering. Presently, the department has 18 tenured or tenure track faculty who divide their time between teaching and research in the different areas mentioned above. Research support comes from a variety of federal, state and industrial entities. The department has one of the most advanced analytical characterization facilities in the country, and both undergraduate and graduate students receive training on state-of-the-art equipment. Finally, the department has strong connections to local industries and is setting up relationships for cooperative education experiences and internships so that students can receive practical training in addition to classroom and laboratory instruction.

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science with a major in materials science and engineering can expect a very healthy job market and relatively high starting salaries in a variety of industries. In fact, materials science and engineering graduates are heavily sought after by industries of all types, including automotive, chemical, aerospace, microelectronics, magnetic storage, transportation, sports, defense, forensics, and manufacturing. A BS with a major in materials science and engineering also prepares students for continuing their education with a master’s or a doctoral degree either in materials science and engineering or in a related field.

Vision and Mission

The vision of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas is to have a world-class materials science and engineering research program with local, national and international scientific and technological impact; to provide an outstanding educational experience for a diverse student population; and to provide a collegial environment for students, staff and faculty.

The mission of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering is to provide a high quality engineering education to our diverse student population by maintaining a balance between the theoretical and applied aspects of materials science and engineering through course work, laboratories and independent research topics. The department provides national and international leadership in research and scholarship, and strives to build mutually beneficial partnerships with both internal and external collaborators, with alumni and with the professional and business communities. Finally, the department facilitates a collegial atmosphere that is conducive to the intellectual and scholarly pursuits of its faculty and students.

Program Educational Objectives

  1. Graduates will have successful careers in materials science and engineering or related disciplines.
  2. Graduates will successfully participate in continuing education or education towards advanced degrees.

Student Outcomes

Our student outcomes mirror the ABET outcomes:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering [ABET (a)].
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data [ABET (b)].
  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 [ABET (c)].
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams [ABET (d)].
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems [ABET (e)].
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility [ABET (f)].
  7. An ability to communicate effectively [ABET (g)].
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context [ABET (h)].
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning [ABET (i)].
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues [ABET (j)].
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice [ABET (k)].


The department has an active and robust research portfolio that ranges from fundamental studies to applications-oriented development programs. These research activities span economic sectors ranging from aerospace applications to electronic devices to biomaterials, and integrate both computational and experimental approaches. In these programs, it is common to find both undergraduate and graduate students engaged in research, laboratories, and centers/institutes, including the following examples.


  • The Laboratory of Polymers and Composites
  • Laboratory for Moving Mechanical Assemblies
  • Laboratory for Laser Materials Synthesis and Fabrication
  • Laboratory for Computational Materials Modeling
  • Laboratory for Electronic Materials and Devices
  • Advanced Metallic Materials and Manufacturing Processes (AM3P) Laboratory
  • Advanced Metallic Materials Processing Laboratory
  • The Materials Synthesis and Processing Laboratory
  • The Optoelectronic and Thin Films Laboratory


  • 2 NSF industry/university cooperative research centers (I/UCRCs)
    • Center for Advanced Non-Ferrous Structural Alloys (CANFSA)
    • Center for Friction Stir Processing (CFSP)
  • The Air Force funded Institute for Science and Engineering Simulation (ISES)





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