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Tracks

What is a track?

A track is a sequence of 4-5 technical electives (12-18 credits) with an underlying connection to a specific area of materials science and engineering.

With the rapid expansion of the technical and scientific knowledge in the field of materials science, we believe that organizing technical electives into thematic tracks will benefit you, the student. Combined with relevant co-op experiences and senior design, the tracks can provide strong evidence of specialization which will benefit you in your future job searches.

Please note that the term schedule listed for the courses are subject to change depending on class enrollment and faculty availability.

What tracks are available?

Advanced Materials Design and Processing

Faculty Advisors: Antonios Zavaliangos, Wei-Heng Shih, Michel Barsoum, and Mitra Taheri

The role of the materials engineer in the design and processing of today’s highly sophisticated products is varied, complex, exciting and ever changing. The selection of material and its processing, product design, cost, environmental impact, performance and service have become inseparable. New, advanced materials development is the enabling factor in major parts of the economy. Innovation, short time to market, and concurrent engineering are the keys to successful design and manufacturing activities. This track contains fundamental courses on the properties and processing of engineering materials and specialization courses that span several disciplines including business, mechanical engineering and engineering management. The goal of this track is to prepare leaders in design and manufacturing that will be technically competent and aware of business/management principles.

Relevant courses include...
Course #Course TitleCreditsTerm Offered (2009-10 AY)
MATE 565Crystal Mechanics I (Not Offered Every Year)3-
MATE 566Crystal Mechanics II (Not Offered Every Year)3-
MATE 580Thermal Spray (Not Offered Every Year)3-
MATE 610Mechanical Behavior of Solids3W
MEM 201Fundamentals of CAD3F, W, Sp
MEM 220Basic Fluid Mechanics4W, Sp
MEM 230Mechanics of Materials I4F, W, Sp
MEM 255Introduction to Controls4W, Sm
MEM 320Fluid Dynamics I3F, Sp
MEM 330Mechanics of Materials II4W, Sm
MEM 331Experimental Mechanics I2W, Sm
MEM 345Heat Transfer4F, Sp
MEM 361Engineering Reliability3F, W, Sm
MEM 427Finite Element Methods3F
MEM 435Intro. to Computer-Aided Design/Manufacturing4F, Sp
MEM 437Manufacturing Processes I3F, Sp
MEM 462Introduction to Engineering Management3F, Sp
CHE 303Process Heat Transfer3F, Sp
CHE 451Safety Engineering3Sp
ECEP 354Energy Management Principles4Sp
CIVE 240Engineering Economic Analysis3F, W, Sp
INTB 332Multinational Corporations4F, W
OPM 300Operations Management (Check prerequisites)4F, Sp
OPM 321Planning and Control of Operations4F, Sp
MGMT 260Introduction to Entrepreneurship4F, W, Sp
MGMT 364Technology Management4F, W, Sp
Also, for B.S./M.S. Students Only (On-Line Courses)
EGMT 501Engineering Management I3F, Sp
EGMT 502Engineering Management II3W
EGMT 531Economics Engineering Management3F
EGMT 605R&D Management I3W
EGMT 607Marketing for Engineers3F
EGMT 652Engineering Law3W
Key: F – Fall; W – Winter; Sp – Spring; Sm – Summer
Bold = Graduate Courses
Biomaterials

Faculty Advisors: Christopher Weyant

Biomaterials are the enabling materials for medical devices and a broad range of health care products. The goal of studying biomaterials is to understand how the body’s natural tissues are organized on a compositional, structural, and properties basis; to understand how the body deals with foreign objects placed in its realm; and to understand how implanted materials have been successful in achieving the ultimate goal of treating debilitating diseases. Building upon a strong background in materials science and engineering in general, and a specific knowledge in applying the fundamentals of materials science and engineering to the design and manufacturing of medical products, this track will prepare engineers for a career in the medical industry, for graduate studies in biomedical engineering or related fields; engineers who will be technically competent and aware of business/management principles.

Relevant courses include...
Course #Course TitleCreditsTerm Offered (2009-10 AY)
MATE 580Biological Materials, Biomaterials & Biomimetics2Sp
MATE 580Natural Polymers (Offered every other year)3Sp
MEM 201Fundamentals of CAD3F, W, Sp
MEM 435Introduction to Computer-Aided Design/Mfg.4F, Sp
MEM 684Mechanics of Bio-Tissues3F
MEM 685Mechanics of Human Joints3W
BMES 301Lab I: Experimental Biomechanics2F, Sp
BMES 401Biosensors I4F, Sp
BMES 402Biosensors II4W
BMES 441Biomechanics I4F
BMES 442Biomechanics II4W
BMES 443Biomechanics III4Sp
BMES 461Biomaterials I4W
BMES 471Tissue Engineering I4F
BMES 472Tissue Engineering II4W
BMES 475Tissue Engineering III4Sp
BMES 501Medical Science I – Cellular and Tissue Biology3F
BMES 502Medical Science II – Organ Level Physiology3W
CIVE 240Engineering Economic Analysis3F, W, Sp
INTB 332Multinational Corporations4F, W
OPM 300Operations Management (Check prerequisites)4F, Sp
OPM 321Planning and Control of Operations4F, Sp
MGMT 260Introduction to Entrepreneurship4F, W, Sp
MGMT 364Technology Management4F, W, Sp
Also, for B.S./M.S. Students Only (On-Line Courses)
EGMT 501Engineering Management I3F
EGMT 502Engineering Management II3W
EGMT 531Economics Engineering Management3F
EGMT 605R&D Management I3W
EGMT 607Marketing for Engineers3F
EGMT 652Engineering Law3W
Key: F – Fall; W – Winter; Sp – Spring; Sm – Summer
Bold = Graduate Courses
Electronic and Photonic Materials

Faculty Advisor: Jonathan Spanier

The list of materials for electronics and photonics applications transcends diverse materials classes of ceramics, metals and polymers. For example, we live in an age in which electronic and/or photonic devices can be made mostly or even completely from polymeric films. New technologies in electronics and photonics will rely increasingly on understanding how inorganic and organic materials are interfaced and integrated. Graduating materials scientists and materials engineers will need a broader perspective on the possibilities of materials is required: for example, photonic functions based on hierarchal organization from Nature may provide low-cost, environmentally friendly solutions to a range of sensing and energy harvesting needs. Also, how might inorganic nanostructures produced by bottom-up synthesis methods bring electronics and photonics to new materials platforms?

This interdisciplinary materials science and engineering track is designed to prepare MSE majors for careers in the electronics or photonics industry, for graduate research programs in electronic and/or photonic materials in electrical engineering, materials science, physics, chemistry and other disciplines. The track, though academically demanding, includes coursework and practical training involving instrumentation for devices and materials analysis; a broad physical science and engineering background is also excellent preparation for medical or law school. The track provides a strong foundation for nanoscience and nanotechnology as it relates specifically to the properties of electronic and photonic materials. It has been conceived to help prepare MSE students for what they will need to compete successfully for and excel in choice Co-op positions in companies such as Micron, Intel, IBM and others, small companies, and national laboratories.

The Track combines new lecture courses in Materials, selected courses in electrical and computer engineering, physics and mechanical engineering, and can include an undergraduate research laboratory experience with a selected faculty member.

Relevant courses include...
Course #Course TitleCreditsTerm Offered (2009-10 AY)
MATE 580Solid State Materials (Required) OR3F
PHYS 452Solid State Physics (Required)3---
ECEE 302Electronic Devices (Required)4F, Sp
ECEE 304Electromagnetic Fields & Waves4F, Sp
ECEE 451Electroacoustics3---
ECEE 352Analog Electronics (Required) OR4W, Sm
MEM 417Introduction to Microfabrication (Required)3F, Sp
PHYS 311Classical Mechanics I4F
PHYS 451Quantum Structure of Materials4F
EET 204Intro to Nanotechnology (BCC Only)3F
Key: F – Fall; W – Winter; Sp – Spring; Sm – Summer
Bold = Graduate Courses
Nanoscale Materials and Nanotechnology

Faculty Advisor: Yury Gogotsi

Students that have selected this track will learn how to develop knowledge and techniques to work at the molecular level to create new materials, structures and devices with fundamentally new properties and functions. Nanotechnology literally means any technology done on a nanometer scale — in other words, manipulating individual atoms or molecules to build both materials and devices that are only as big as a handful of atoms. Nanotechnology will produce smart materials having a variety of properties and functions, a new generation of medical devices and drug delivery systems, the atomic-scale chips and memory of next-generation computers thousands of times more powerful than those that run on silicon technology, as well as solve many of the energy and environmental problems that our civilization is facing. Nanoscale particles and devices have already infiltrated industry and are quickly penetrating into our life. It is hard to think of an industry that isn't likely to be disrupted by nanotechnology within the next decade. Graduating materials scientists and materials engineers will need a broader perspective on the materials use at the nanoscale.

This interdisciplinary materials science and engineering track provides a strong foundation for nanoscience and nanotechnology and is designed to prepare MSE majors for future interdisciplinary careers, for graduate research programs in materials science, nanotechnology, bioengineering and other disciplines. The track includes coursework and practical training involving characterization instruments (microscopes and spectrometers) for materials imaging, manipulation and analysis at the nanoscale. This track provides a broad chemical and physical science and engineering background, which is also excellent preparation for medical or law school. It has been conceived to help prepare MSE students for what they will need to compete successfully for and excel in choice of Co-op positions at national laboratories and in companies such as DuPont, IBM, HP, Merck, GSK and others.

The Track combines lecture and courses in materials, selected courses in electrical engineering, physics, chemistry and mechanical engineering, and can include an undergraduate research laboratory experience with a selected faculty member.

Relevant courses include...
Course #Course TitleCreditsTerm Offered (2009-10 AY)
MATE 580Solid State Materials?F
MATE 580Carbon Nanomaterials3W
ECEE 302Electronic Devices (Required)4F, Sp
PHYS 281Physics III3F, Sp
PHYS 282Physics IIIA2Sp
PHYS 311Classical Mechanics I (Required)4F
PHYS 451Quantum Structure of Materials4F
PHYS 452Solid State Physics (Required)3W
PHYS 453Nanoscience3W
CHE 360BioProcess Principles3W
CHE 452Polymer Process Technology3Sp
CHEM 364Spectroscopic Analysis3F
EET 204Introduction to Nanotechnology3F
MEM 417Introduction to Microfabrication3F, Sp
MEM 419Microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip3W
MGMT 260Introduction to Entrepreneurship4W
MGMT 364Technology Management4W
ENVS 260Environmental Science & Society I3W
ENVS 321 Environmental Health3F, W
BMES 401Biosensors I4F
BMES 402Biosensors II4W
Key: F – Fall; W – Winter; Sp – Spring; Sm – Summer
Bold = Graduate Courses
Soft Materials and Polymers

Faculty Advisors: Christopher Li and Caroline Schauer

Soft matter refers to (organic) materials having complex structural and dynamic properties intermediate between those of crystals and fluids. Materials belonging to this category are polymers, liquid crystals, colloids, gels and foams. Biomacromolecules such as polypeptides and DNA also belong to this category. Due to the relatively weak inter-molecular interaction, thermal fluctuations, external fields and boundary effects strongly influence the structure and properties of soft matter.

This interdisciplinary materials science and engineering track is designed to prepare MSE majors for careers in Soft materials related industry such as polymers, cosmetics, liquid crystal devices and displays, biomaterials as well as for graduate research programs such as materials science, bioengineering, chemical engineering, electric engineering, physics and chemistry. While all the soft materials will be covered during the course of the study, the track will be focusing on polymeric materials. It has been conceived to help prepare MSE students for what they will need to compete successfully for and excel in choice Co-op positions in companies such as DuPont, Arkema, Rohm and Haas, Merck etc.

The Track combines new lecture courses in Materials, selected courses in chemical engineering, chemistry and mechanical engineering, and can include an undergraduate research laboratory experience with a selected faculty member.

Relevant courses include...
Course #Course TitleCreditsTerm Offered (2009-10 AY)
MATE 501Structure & Properties of Polymers3W
MATE 580Soft Materials (Offered every other year)3Sp
MATE 580Natural Polymers (Offered every other year)3
CHEM 364Spectroscopic Analysis3F
CHEM 244Organic Chemistry Laboratory I3F
CHEM 242Organic Chemistry II4F
CHEM 243Organic Chemistry III3F
CHEM 245Organic Chemistry Laboratory II3F
CHEM 367Chemical Information Retrieval3F
CHEM 420 Molecular Symmetry and Group-Theory Chemistry3W
CHEM 465Synthetic Polymer Chemistry3F
CHEM 466Physical Chemistry of Polymers3W
CHEM 561Polymer Chemistry I3F
CHEM 562Polymer Chemistry II3W
CHEM 563Polymer Chemistry III3Sp
CHEM 753Chemical Instrumentation (Seniors Only)5W
CHEM 792Advanced Organic Synthesis I3 or 5F
MEM 438Manufacturing Process II (Review prerequisites)3W
CHE 452Polymer Process Technology3Sp
CHE 800Polymer Physics I (May not be offered in 08-09 AY)3F?
CHE 800Polymer Physics II3W
CHE 800Polymer Physics III3Sp
Key: F – Fall; W – Winter; Sp – Spring; Sm – Summer
Bold = Graduate Courses
Create Your Own Track

Faculty Advisors: Rick Knight or other MSE faculty member

In addition to the tracks noted above, any reasonably cohesive group of 4–5 technical electives (12–18 credits) can be approved as a track by a faculty advisor.

Questions

When should I choose my track?

Technical electives can be taken during the junior and mostly during the senior year. For planning reasons, for better coordination with Senior Design, and to accommodate students with an out-of-cycle schedule (e.g. transfers), tracks need to be declared by the beginning of the pre-junior year. Students may change their track selection after consulting with their advisor. Please bring a copy of the track selection form with you when you meet with your advisor.

Where can I learn more about a professor's research?


Can I "jump" tracks?

Drexel's co-op program is designed to help a student find his or her fit in industry, just as the MSE track program is designed to help a student find his or her concentration within the field of materials. Switching tracks is possible, but needs to be considered on a case-by-case basis. Permission for this must be obtained by an academic faculty advisor.

How do these changes affect BS/MS students?

B.S./M.S. students are encouraged to choose a track that fits in with their Master's research. The track program should have no effect on the courses required.

Some suggested courses have prerequisites!

Students should review prerequisite requirements and, where necessary, discuss waivers with the corresponding instructor.








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Last updated Thursday, October 20, 2011