Two-semester graduate training
The Master of Engineering (Polymer Engineering and Science) opened in
fall of 1998. This is the first graduate degree labeled Polymer
Engineering and Science in the Big Ten.
Organized under the Rheology Research Center (RRC) and affiliated
chemical and biological engineering,
engineering physics and,
mechanical engineering, the degree is ideal for students wishing to
complete a bachelor of science plus master's degree in a total of five
years. Three-quarters of the degree credits required can be taken
through the college's Office of Engineering Outreach.
Many corporations sponsoring research at the RRC are also
participating sponsors of the National Technological University. These
corporations encourage employees to take some polymer courses (CBE 620, ME 417 and ME 418) that are broadcast directly via satellite to
customer sites. In the future, the entire degree will be available to
students who cannot attend classes on campus.
Practicing engineers and scientists on a short sabbatical leave from
their positions in industry will find the degree an excellent
opportunity to advance their knowledge of polymer engineering and
science. Foreign exchange students will also be interested in
exploring this new degree opportunity.
Eight approved polymer engineering and science courses are required
beyond the BS degree. In any given semester, at least six approved
courses are offered.