Areas of Study:
Experimental and computational aspects of materials synthesis, processing, characterization, and simulation. Engineering of nanomaterials, coatings, fibers, and novel materials, and of devices enabled by these materials.
*The Ph.D. is available through the Unified Ph.D. Program in Engineering with a specialization in Materials Engineering.
Application ChecklistRequired by Office of Graduate Studies:
- Online Application for Graduate Admission
- $50 non-refundable application processing fee
- One set of official transcripts
- If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiency
- If you are not a US citizen and you expect to hold an F or J visa: financial resource information
Required by Materials Engineering:
- Entrance exam(s): GRE (international applicants only)
- Minimum TOEFL: Paper-550 Computer-213 Internet-79
- Statement of degree goals, career aims, and research areas of interest
- Three letters of recommendation
- Use GAMES for online submission of materials
TARGET DATES FOR FULL FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION:
Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15
OTHERWISE Rolling admissions
Materials engineering involves investigation and application of the fundamental physics, chemistry and engineering of materials in order to create, develop, and use materials with superior and new properties for manufacturing processes and engineering design. The discovery, research, development, and applications of materials are major reasons behind the adoption, widespread availability, cost reduction, innovations, and improvements in medical, transportation, communications, security, home, and entertainment technologies, and much more. At UNL, students and faculty from four departments (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering) work individually and in collaboration in the interdepartmental Materials Engineering doctoral area of specialization.
The objectives in the Materials Engineering specialization are (1) to involve students in research and creative activity in new aspects and applications of materials engineering, (2) to prepare students for careers in the research, development, and applications of new and advanced materials, and (3) to provide students with a foundation for work in industry, commerce, and national and corporate laboratories, and in academia.
For instruction and research, students have access to many experimental and computational research laboratories and facilities in the departments and labs of the faculty listed below and in the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience (for NCMN core facilities check http://www.unl.edu/ncmn/index.shtml).
|Faculty and Research|
|Materials processing of thin inorganic films and particles, radiation detection, and supercritical fluids|
Multifunctional Nanomaterials; Nanocomposites; Nanomanufacturing Processes; Novel Continuous Polymer, Carbon and Ceramic Nanofibers; Advanced Composites; Damage and Fracture Mechanics; Durability and Life Prediction; Nondestructive Evaluation
|Ceramics; Polymers; Dynamic Deformation/Damage/Failure; Shock Waves; Atomistic-Continuum Hybrid Modeling; Tribometry; Rheometry|
|Organic Electronic Materials and Devices, Nanoelectronic Material and
Devices, Organic Magnetic Materials, Organic Spintronics, Energy
Conversion and Storage
Thin Film Deposition; Plasma Processing; Nanoscale Processing; Optical Process Monitoring
Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics; Computational Mechanics; Nonlinear Elasticity, Plasticity, Viscoelasticity and Viscoplasticity; Mechanics of Amorphous and Crystalline Polymers
|Nanofabrication; Electron Microscopy; Materials Properties and Characterization; Neutron and Magnetoelectronic Materials and Devices|
|Nanotechnology; Biophysics; Bioelectronics|
Microstructural Evolution during Processing; Nanomaterials; Magnetic Materials; Materials Characterization
|Nanostructure Fabrication; Applications in Devices of Electronic and Biological Importance|
Multiscale Characterization (Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), Nanoindentation, Ultrasound); Elastic Wave Propagation and Scattering; Experimental Ultrasonics; Linear and Nonlinear Vibrations
Chair, Materials Engineering specialization in the Ph.D. program in Engineering.
- M.S. Degrees
- M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
- Previous Degree Program: M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
- Previous Degree Program: M.S. in Engineering Mechanics
- Double M.S. Degrees
- Ph.D. Degrees