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Nuclear Materials, Science, & Engineering Graduate Certificate

Faculty working with Students: 9
Students: 5
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 0%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
  • Spring July 1
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
  • Tri-Cities: Yes
Tests required:

Degree Description:

This certificate program provides formal academic coursework to engineers whose training is in a non-nuclear discipline or graduate students who wish to have an emphasis in this area. Students must complete a minimum of nine credits (of which six credits must be at the 500-level) from a specific list of courses found at https://materials.wsu.edu/materials-science-and-engineering-program/nuclear-materials-certificate/.

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the material required by the Graduate School, the School of MME requires a copy of the student’s resume and a statement of purpose.

Career Opportunities:

We expect this program to be desirable to traditional students in addition to those who are working professionals in the region’s nuclear industries.  Statistics show that only a small portion of scientists and engineers employed in the nuclear industry, ~5%, have a nuclear degree.  Thus this certification program addresses the needs and expectations of the current industry.

Faculty Members:

Beckman, Scott, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

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

Ding, Jow-Lian, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Dynamic response of materials and structures (experimental characterization, modeling, and simulation), shock dynamics, thermo-mechanics, electrodynamics, and stress-induced phase transformation.

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.

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.

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.

Mesarovic, Sinisa, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

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

Mo, Changki, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Energy harvesting, micro actuators and sensors, adaptive structure technology, smart structures for sustainable buildings, vibration control.

Pezeshki, Charles, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Nanotechnology, environmental politics and protection issues, sustainability.

Smith, Lloyd V, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Strength and durability of composite materials and their adhesives, performance of sports equipment, impact testing and simulation, protective equipment.

Contact Information:

John McCloy
Pullman, WA
509-335-7796