Materials Science and Engineering

Undergraduate Program in Materials Engineering (AEMMSBASC)

Academic Advisor
Agnes Hsin
Room 140, Wallberg Building

The goal of the materials engineering undergraduate curriculum is to provide an understanding of the underlying principles of synthesis, characterization and processing of materials and the interrelationships among structure, properties and processing. The program prepares students for professional careers in a wide variety of industries, as well as for advanced study in this field. It also provides students with the opportunity to broaden their education in engineering and science or to expand their knowledge in a particular technical area by offering course foundations in four core areas: biomaterials, manufacturing with materials, sustainable materials processing and design of materials (including nanomaterials).

The first year of the program establishes fundamentals in math, chemistry, and physics with an introduction to design, communications and societal issues in Engineering. In second year, students are introduced to the structural and analytical characterization of materials, mechanics of solids, thermodynamics, diffusion and kinetics, fundamentals and processing of organic materials, and engineering statistics. Third-year is devoted to core courses in electrical and quantum mechanical properties of matter, thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, phase transformations, process design, mechanical behaviour along with a full year materials manufacturing and design laboratory. Fourth-year has core courses in environmental degradation of materials and materials selection in design plus technical electives in the four core areas (for technical electives outside the calendar list provided please consult with the Associate Chair, Undergraduate). The fourth year of study also culminates in a senior design course, which integrates what students have learned in their prior studies. The technical aspects of the curriculum are complemented by communications, humanities and social sciences courses and by materials on leadership, ethics, team building and environmental responsibility which are distributed throughout the curriculum.

For students interested in pursuing an engineering minor, review the information in the Calendar on minors. By selecting courses that meet both MSE requirements and the requirements of the respective minor, a student can complete a minor during their studies.

Students interested in pursuing the Jeffrey Skoll BASc / MBA (SKOLL) Program should review the information on the program in the Calendar.

Graduate Programs in Materials Science and Engineering

The Graduate Department of Materials Science & Engineering offers MEng, MASc, and PhD degrees in extractive and physical metallurgy, materials science, nanomaterials, electronic and photonic materials and biomaterials. Admission information is available from the Graduate Advisor.

Research equipment includes modern facilities for optical, electron and X-ray microscopy, mechanical testing, particle characterization, the production of high temperatures and controlled atmospheres, calorimetric and other thermodynamic measurements at high temperatures, crystal growth, etc.

Research interests in the Department include process development, computer-aided materials engineering, physical chemistry of metal extraction, mineral processing, hydrometallurgy, electrometallurgy, powder metallurgy, solidification and crystal growth, welding, structure and mechanical properties of metallic, ceramic and composite materials, high strength polymers, nuclear materials, battery and super-capacitor materials, biomimetic materials, electronic and photonic materials, nanostructured materials and synthesis and design of biomaterials.