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Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering

Faculty working with Students: 35
Students: 60
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 96.67%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
  • Spring July 1
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score

Degree Description:

This program offers a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering.

Admission Requirements:

No additional requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Program Objectives

The Washington State University Materials Science and Engineering Program Ph.D. holds the following objectives as its primary aims:

  1. To train students to become effective researchers in the subject of materials science and engineering, to contribute to our understanding of material sicence and address technical challenges in materials engineering.
  2. To prepare students for careers as scientists and engineers in industry, government, and academia.

Learning Outcomes

The following student learning outcomes have been identified as necessary for the successful achievement of the program objectives. Students successfully graduating from the MSEP will:

  1. Demonstrate expertise and understanding of the core physical science and engineering fields;
  2. Identify problems in the field of MSE, design sound experimental or theoretical methods to address these problems, and perform the corresponding research to solve these problems;
  3. Clearly and effectively communicate, both written and orally, their scientific activities to their peers and to the general public;
  4. Engage effectively with the scientific community through professional participation in conferences, meetings, and workshops;
  5. Understand careers in MSE, including employment opportunities in industry, government, and academia;
  6. Understand the importance of safe laboratory practices as well as the ethical and social responsibilities of scientists.

 

Faculty Members:

Bandyopadhyay, Amit, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Laser processing, additive manufacturing, orthopedic biomaterials, hard coatings and aero/space materials.

Banerjee, Soumik, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Next-generation lithium and sodium batteries, thin-film photovoltaic solar cells, modeling nanoscale transport and molecular self-assembly, multiscale modeling of materials and interfaces.

Beckman, Scott, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Computational materials science & engineering, electronic structure of engineering materials, defects in crystalline materials, boron based materials.

Bose, Susmita, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Resorbable ceramics and composite in bone tissue engineering, nanoparticle and scaffolds in drug delivery, nanoscale coating of implants, advanced synthesis, processing.

Clark, Aurora, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Multiscale Computational Chemistry of Heavy Elements; graph-theoretical methods applied to intermolecular networks.

Collins, Brian, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Organic Electronics. Optoelectronic properties of organic materials. Resonant X-ray techniques as they relate to solar cells, transistors, batteries, sensors. Nano-mesoscale structures. Film formation and the origins of emergent optoelectronic properties.

Collins, Gary Scott, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

– Application of nuclear methods to study the local structure of solids.
– Enthalpies of formation and migration of point defects such as vacancies (unoccupied lattice sites) and antisites (atoms on wrong sublattices) in metals and compounds, through application of perturbed angular correlation spectroscopy (PAC).

Dexheimer, Susan Lynne, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Dutta, Indranath, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Multi-physics phenomena in materials, materials reliability for microelectronics, electrically-activated meso-to-nanoscale manufacturing.

Field, David P, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy, metal deformation and recrystallization, grain boundary and interface structure, metallic thin films, structure/properties relationships.

Gu, Yi, Ph.D.

Gupta, Yogendra M, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Kessler, Michael R, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Processing and characterization of polymer composites, multifunctional materials, and bio-renewable polymers.

Kuzyk, Mark G, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Leachman, Jacob W, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Hydrogen, deuterium, tritium; hydrogen and nuclear energy (fission and fusion), hydrogen fueling of aerospace vehicles, thermophysical property modeling and measurement, energy storage and conversion, cryogenics, unmanned aerial vehicles.

Lee, David, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Prof. Lee’s research program at WSU centers around in-situ ultra-high-vacuum Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) in the investigation of chemical changes that occur when material surfaces interact with light and with gas-phase reactants.

Li, Lei, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Precision engineering, optical manufacturing, micro/nano manufacturing, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS).

Lin, Yuehe, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, materials and devices for sensing, bioimaging, and drug delivery; materials and systems for water monitoring and treatment; materials for fuel cells, batteries and supercapacitors.

Liu, Hang, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Nanofiber production and application in biomaterials, protective garments, and smart textiles
Development of biodegradable textile products made of bio-based fibers, applications, and degradation profile
Testing and Structure-Property analysis of textile products

Lynn, Kelvin G, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Radiation detectors, positron studies including variable energy beams, crystal growth, defects in semiconductors and metals; photovoltaic materials; thermal stimulated spectroscopies.

McCloy, John S, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Ceramics and metals, degradation mechanisms, effect of disorder on properties, glass composition/structure/property models, functional properties, advanced characterization methods, applications to nuclear waste forms and sensors.

McCluskey, Matthew D, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Mesarovic, Sinisa, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Multiscale modeling, phase field models, dislocation plasticity, phase transformations and metal-ceramic bonding, capillary flows, granular materials, carbon nanotubes.

Norton, M Grant, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Ceramic materials, nanotechnology, alternative energy.

Scudiero, Louis, Ph.D.

Song, Min Kyu, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Batteries and fuel cells, electrochemistry of materials, energy storage and conversion, nanomaterials, functional ceramics.

Wall, Nathalie, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Environmental behavior of radionuclides (actinides, lanthanides, and fission products): applications for nuclear waste managements, site remediations, and nuclear forensics.

Wolcott, Michael P, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Biomass preparation
Biofuels industry logistics
Composite material development
Extrusion processing
Viscoelasticity and rheology
Adhesion
Anisotropic elasticity

Wu, Di, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Heterogeneous Catalysis, Porous Materials, Surface Science, Materials Chemistry, Thermodynamics, Nanogeoscience and Nanotechnology

Yadama, Vikram, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Mechanics of Wood and Wood Composites
Modeling of Engineered Wood Composites
Structure and Behavior, Behavior of Wood Joints
Industrial Extension/Outreach in Forest Products

Yoo, Choong-Shik, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Extreme materials research at the pressure-temperature conditions of the Earth’s and Jovian planetary interiors; Discovery and characterization of new and novel materials formed under high pressure.

Zbib, Hussein M, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Mechanics (multiscale modeling, numerical analysis, plasticity, damage, fracture, composites), materials (nanomaterials, defects, radiation effect, dislocation theory, crystal plasticity).

Zhang, Jinwen, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Synthesizing and exploring new polymer materials from renewable feedstock, toughening, reinforcing and application development of biobased polymer materials.

Zhang, Qiang, Ph.D.

Research Interests

The research in Zhang group will mainly focus on the integration of porous materials, primarily metal–organic frameworks (MOFs), with molecular compounds, metal cluster complexes, and nano‐materials or polymers. The goal of our research is to use these novel and multi‐functional hybrid materials in biomimetic catalysis, photocatalysis, hydrogen production, sensing, and gas separation. Students who are interested in inorganic chemistry, porous materials, or catalysis/photocatalysis are strongly encouraged to join. Students in Zhang group will be well trained in inorganic and organic synthesis, techniques for handling air-sensitive compounds, column and thin layer chromatography, powder X-ray diffraction analysis, single-crystal X-ray crystallography, thermogravimetric analysis, spectroscopy (UV-vis, FTIR, Fluorescence, NMR), and modern research related software (Office, Chemdraw, Mercury, Olex2, etc.).

Zhong, Weihong, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Polymers, nanocomposites, multifunctional materials, biomaterials, renewable materials, battery materials.

Contact Information:

Kjelda Berg
WSU Graduate School
French Administration 324
Pullman, WA 99164-1030
509-335-8231