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Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering

Program URL: http://mme.wsu.edu
Faculty working with Students: 85
Students: 12
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 33.33%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
  • Spring July 1
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score
  • 7.0 IELTS Minimum score
  • GRE Preferred minimum VR 150, QR 165

Degree Description:

Our School offers programs of study for full time and part-time students leading to the degrees of Master of Science (MS) in Mechanical Engineering, MS in Materials Science & Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mechanical Engineering (all on the Pullman campus). Our School participates in the interdisciplinary degree programs of MS in Engineering, Ph.D. in Engineering Science, and Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering. Thesis and non-thesis options are available for the MS degree. Programs of study are individualized with an interdisciplinary focus. Students are expected to pursue their degree programs with success and to earn the MS degree in two years and the Ph.D. in four years. The program will culminate with a final oral examination and a written thesis (MS thesis option), project report (MS non-thesis option), or dissertation (Ph.D.). Financial aid in the form of an assistantship is available for dedicated, quality full time MS and Ph.D. students.

Admission Requirements:

Required application material includes an application, resume, statement of purpose, Student Interest Profile form, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, official GRE scores, and official TOEFL scores (international applicants).

Student Learning Outcome:

All graduates will be able to:

  1. Achieve the highest level of expertise in materials science and engineering, mastery of the knowledge in their fields, and the ability to apply associated technologies to novel and emerging  problems.

Student Opportunities:

Our School offers state-of-the-art research facilities enabling students to work on cutting-edge research over a wide range of topics, presenting and publishing results along with our world-class faculty. Leadership, communication, and instructional experience can be gained by PhD students through the option of serving as a teaching assistant for one or more courses during their program. Serving on University committees promotes professional development. Presenting papers at or attending regional conferences and international conferences and proceedings enriches scholarly development. Low-cost or free workshops on grant writing and leadership/professional development are routinely offered by the University. Opportunities exist for internships in industry and national labs.

Career Opportunities:

University research and teaching positions, research positions in national laboratories, postdoctoral positions in national laboratories, and technical positions in leading companies.

Career Placements:

Recent graduates are working at Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, Intel, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Micron Technology, PACCAR, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Parametric Technology Corp, Tektronix, U.S. Army, ARDEC, Boise State University, Princeton University, University of California Berkeley, University of Kentucky, University of New Mexico, Sandia National Laboratory, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and ANSYS.

Faculty Members:

Ameli, Amir Aboutaleb, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Polymer nanocomposites, green composites, multifunctional materials, foams, advanced manufacturing.

Anderson, Michael J.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Bandyopadhyay, Amit, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

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

Banerjee, Soumik, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

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.

Barker, Erin

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Beckman, Scott, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

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

Biswas, Nandita

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Bose, Susmita, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

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

Catena, Robert, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Balance and gait to reduce incidence of accident.

Cerreta, Ellen Kathleen, PhD

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

– Constitutive behavior of bulk metals
– Multi-scale characterization of dynamic deformation and damage
– Transmission electron microscopy

Chen, Roland, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Biomedical manufacturing, additive manufacturing processes and material development, design and manufacturing of medical devices.

Ching, Amy Wo Pui

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Cofer, William F, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Structural mechanics
Numerical methods applied to linear, nonlinear, and dynamic structural analysis

Collins, Gary Scott, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on 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).

Davis, Howard P, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Engineering and entrepreneurship pedagogy, technology development and clinical applications of biomedical instrumentation.

Dillon, Robert, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Ding, Jow-Lian, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on 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.

Dutta, Indranath, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

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

Dutta, Prashanta, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Micro/nanofluidics, electrokinetic flow and separation, particulate flow, radio frequency heating, numerical modeling of chemical and biological flow, micro fuel cell and energy conversion.

Englund, Karl R, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

•Polymer and natural fiber composite processing
•Evaluation of structural and physical performance of composite materials
•Recycle/reuse of waste materials for value-added products

Field, David P, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

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

Fifield, Leonard S.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Gozen, Arda, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Manufacturing processes and equipment, micro-nano manufacturing, manufacturing with soft-matter (elastomers, functional liquids, etc.), flexible-stretchable electronic devices.

Gu, Yi

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Gupta, Yogendra M, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Ha, Su, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Energy generations from alternative fuels.

Hajbabaie, Ali, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Smart Cities
Network Signal Control
Smart Traffic Congestion Management
Connected/Autonomous Vehicles and Intelligent Transportation Systems
Traffic Operations, Reliability, and Safety
Data Mining, Artificial Intelligence, and Statistical Analysis Applications in Transportation Systems

Hassan, Ameer

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Heo, Deuk Hyoun, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Hipps, Kerry, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

The study of surfaces, interfaces, and nanostructures with Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, Scanning Force Microscopy, Tunneling Spectroscopy, X-ray Photoelectron ; UV Photoelectron, Raman, Infrared, and EPR spectroscopy.

Iannelli, Joseph, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

High performance engineering and scientific computing, minimal storage iterative numerical linear algebra solvers, theoretical and computational fluid dynamics, finite element algorithms and analysis, numerical analysis, software development, aerodynamics, aeronautical propulsion (including gas turbines, ramjets, and scramjets), chemically reacting aerospace flows.

Iman, Salehinia

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Jerath, Kshitij, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Self-organizing systems, autonomous and connected vehicles, reliability and prognostics, and human-robot ensembles.

Kessler, Michael R, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

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

Knoblauch, Michael, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Plant Cell Biology and the physiology of plant tissues, especially the phloem

Lamb, Brian K, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

– Regional grid modeling of photochemical air quality and windblown dust
– Application of atmospheric tracer techniques
– Biosphere/atmospheric interactions
– Three-dimensional turbulence modeling
– Greenhouse gas emissions

Leachman, Jacob W, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on 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.

Li, Lei, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

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

Li, Qizhen Katherine, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Design, synthesis/manufacture, and characterization of advanced materials for structural, energy, and bio-applications; mechanical behavior of materials, nano/micro-mechanics, fatigue and fracture; thermodynamics and thermal analysis.

Lin, David, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Integrated mechanical properties of skeletal muscle and spinal reflexes. Multiscale modeling of muscle contractile properties.

Lin, Yuehe, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

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.

Lindon, Thomas

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Liu, Jin, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Fluid mechanics, computational fluid dynamics, multiscale modeling, micro/nano fluidics, electrokinetic transport, modeling of molecule adhesion and targeted drug delivery.

Lynn, Kelvin G, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

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

Mailhiot, Christian, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

High performance scientific modeling, simulation, and cyberscience.

Martinez, Steven

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Matveev, Konstantin, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Aero-hydrodynamics and dynamics of advanced marine vehicles, ground-effect aerodynamics, surface flows, supercavitation, heat-sound interactions, nonlinear and physical acoustics.

Mazur, Ursula, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Fabrication and characterization of novel 1, 2, and 3-dimensional assemblies from optoelectronic molecules. Their structure, mechanics, dynamics, and energetics are studied by applying the newest tools and techniques of nanometer-scale science. By correlating structure-function relationship, properties of the supermolecular assemblies are tuned for specific applications (organic electronics, photovoltaics, sensors, molecular recognition, and catalysts).

McCloy, John S, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on 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: co-chair or member on graduate committee

McHale, Jeanne, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Retired

McLarty, Dustin, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Clean energy technologies including high temperature fuel cells, distributed generation, smart commercial buildings, micro-grid optimization with energy storage.

Mesarovic, Sinisa, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

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

Miller, John H, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Miller, Reid C

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Mo, Changki, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

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

Muhunthan, Balasingam, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

•Thermomechanics and Constitutive Modeling
•Bifurcations and instabilities in geomechanics
•Microstructure characterization and simulation of geomaterials
•Pore-scale modeling of fluid flow
•Micropiles
•Fundamentals of soil behavior: critical state soil mechanics, micromechanics of soils, and physico-chemical behavior of clays

Nash, Kenneth L

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Neill, Owen

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Noor-A-Alam, Mohammed, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Norton, M Grant, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Ceramic materials, nanotechnology, alternative energy.

Panat, Rahul

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Panchenko, Alexander, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Network approximation for effective parameters of concentrated suspensions, homogenization of unconsolidated composites and media with moving interfaces, modeling of osteoporosis and blood circulation, and inverse conductivity problem with rough conductivities.

Pezeshki, Charles, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Nanotechnology, environmental politics and protection issues, sustainability.

Qiao, Pizhong, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Richards, Cecilia D, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

MEMS power, advanced energy systems, spray combustion, two-phase flows, air breathing engines.

Richards, Robert F, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Heat transfer, mass transfer, thermodynamics, building energy conservation, solar energy, MEMS, micropower, thermal switching.

Roy, Sandip, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Saad, Messiha Todary, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Saberi, Ali, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Optimal Control, Non Linear Systems and Control, Linear Systems and Control, Linear Robust Control, Filtering and Inverse Filtering, Fault Detection and Isolation, Dynamic and Complex Networks, Control, Communications, and Signal Processing, Constrained Control Problems, Complex Systems, Adaptive Control and Filtering

Sablani, Shyam S, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Scudiero, Louis, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Smith, Lloyd V, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Strength, damage and environmental degradation of composite materials, performance of sports equipment, impact testing and modeling.

Song, Min Kyu, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

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

Swensen, John, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Medical robotics, steerable needles, modular robotics, and tunably compliant mechanisms and actuators.

Thiessen, David, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Fluid Mechanics of Drops, Bubbles, and Capillary Channels, Applications in Microgravity

Vasavada, Anita, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Biomechanics and neural control of the musculoskeletal system, focusing on the human head and neck system.

Voulgarakis, Nikolaos, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Nanoscale modeling and simulation of soft biological systems and complex fluids. Applications areas: a) gene and drug delivery, b) cell membrane dynamics, and c) energy transfer in biomolecules.

Wolcott, Michael P, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Xin, Junna

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Yadama, Vikram, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Yoo, Choong-Shik, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

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, co-chair, or member on 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.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

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

Zhong, Weihong Katie, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

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

Contact Information:

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Pullman, WA 99164-2920
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