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Graduate Studies in Mechanics

Society's demand for a rapid and diverse succession of new, specialized materials has resulted in a concentrated, systematic approach to materials research and education. In the past, specialized materials were developed through a trial-and-error process. Today, the tools and expertise of scientists are being combined with those of engineers, resulting in productive cooperation in both applied and theoretical areas.

Our search for new materials and the need to make better use of old ones continues to broaden the field of materials science. The ability to create the next generation of advanced materials — polymers, ceramics, metals, semiconductors or superconductors — and advanced devices — such as lasers, micromotors, or biological tissue replacements — requires the control of materials and interfaces with atomic to macroscopic level understanding. This is the domain of materials science.

Materials Science at UW-Madison is nationally recognized and is committed to providing leadership in research, education and outreach services. Graduate studies in Materials Science at UW-Madison can follow either of two paths: one leading to the MS and PhD degrees in Materials Science, the other leading to degrees in Materials Engineering. The former is administered by the interdisciplinary Materials Science Program, which spans many departments, while the latter resides with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Students entering graduate studies with degrees in metallurgy or mechanical engineering may wish to pursue the Materials Engineering degree in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Students entering the Materials Science Program have undergraduate degrees from a diversity of disciplines, including physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, or biological sciences.

Chang-Beom Eom

Professor Chang-Beom Eom and his team grew a material of slightly larger atomic structure upon a slightly smaller substrate. Eom engineered strain into barium titanate (BaTiO3) thin films, giving the material ferroelectric properties that could lead to cleaner, smaller, faster and more efficient memory and electro-optic devices. view larger image

The Materials Science Program provides excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary research through its ~60 faculty leading internationally-acclaimed research programs from a broad diversity of departments throughout the UW-Madison campus. Represented in the MSP are virtually all of the engineering departments, and the departments of chemistry, physics, geology, food science, surgery, textiles, pharmacology, and soil science. Most of the faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering are also members of the Materials Science Program.

Recent materials science research results that have had national impact include preparation of the first micron-sized metal gears, major advances in X-ray lithography that can be exploited in the design of microelectronic devices, experiments on advanced high-temperature superconductors, discoveries about how friction works at the atomic level, and exciting insights about the mechanics and the artificial cultivation of biomaterials. Individual research programs are described in the Materials Science Program Faculty sections.

The Materials Science Center has state-of-the-art electron microscopes, X-ray diffractometers, and surface analysis equipment, available for hands-on use by materials science students. Augmenting the center's capabilities is an impressive array of dedicated campus facilities, including the Synchrotron Radiation Center, the Wisconsin Center for Applied Microelectronics, the Center for NanoTechnology, and the Physical Sciences Laboratory. Kurt F. Wendt Library houses a comprehensive collection of reference material in engineering and the physical sciences. It is located near Union South, a student center with a snack bar, cafeteria, and social, game, and activity areas.

A weekly seminar program provides students with an opportunity to hear and meet outstanding materials scientists and engineers from around the world.

Research assistantships are available to qualified applicants matching needs of faculty research programs. Opportunities to obtain teaching assistantships are available through specific departments, and industrial experience can be acquired through a co-op program. Exceptionally well-qualified applicants are eligible for graduate fellowships.

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