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EMS 2: Materials Marvels - The Science of Superheroes
Description: Combining the creativity with solid engineering can enable unprecedented technological achievements in our society. This class brings these two concepts together by inspiring the students with the fantastic world of Superheroes. This brings their imaginarium which is then linked to Materials Engineering concepts that could enable that magic world or, more importantly, provide the tools to solve real societal and technological problems that need solutions. Introductory (and some advanced) concepts of Materials Engineering are presented, but always in the context of a creativity exercise. The class is project based, and students need to present an innovative material concept in the end of the program, demonstrating creation and engineering aspects.
EMS 172: Electronic, Magnetic, and Optical Properties of Materials
Description: This course covers the main important technologically relevant non-mechanical properties of materials. It starts from the atomic perspective and combines microsctrutural elements and theoretical descriptions to describe phenomena in a quantitative manner. Upon successful completion of this course, the students are expected to acquire or improve upon the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering; and the ability to apply advanced science (such as chemistry and physics) and engineering principles to the electronic, magnetic and optical properties of materials.
ENG 45: Properties of Materials
Description: This is an introductory course on the properties of engineering materials and their relation to the internal structure of materials. The student will understand why materials are the base for new technological developments in any given area, from electronics to speed car design, by learning how to control properties and create new ones while manipulating the materials at the atomic, nano and microscales using composition control, thermal treatments, and induced defects. The student will learn about the most common classes of materials; polymer, metal and ceramics, as well as introduced to composites concepts. Connections between the micro and the macro-world will give the student a unique set of capabilities to understand the basic principles of new materials design.
EMS 264: Transport Phenomena in Materials Processes
Description: A graduate course in kinetics of materials processes. The objective is to address the phenomenological and atomistic mechanisms of transport processes in materials and study the applications to heat treatment, chemical and physical vapor deposition, crystal growth, bonding, sintering, coarsening and phase transformations.
EMS 289D: Field Assisted Sintering
Description: Graduate Class. This course introduces the basic concepts of Electric Field Assisted Sintering (FAST), which is extensively used to synthesize ceramic and metal microstructures with high density, nanosized grains, and often unique physical properties. In this course we discuss the fundamentals of sintering, the current models to explain FAST, and the advanced techniques to study mechanisms of sintering. The course is a self-study class with weekly discussions based on chapters assigned for reading. The goals of this course are: (1) detailed discussion about assisted sintering; (2) teaching of proper scientific review practices.


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