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Materials Science and Engineering


The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering offers graduate programs leading to a Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) and a Ph.D. in Engineering with a major in materials science and engineering. The graduate programs are broad in scope, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of the field of materials science and engineering. The program is focused around processing, structure, properties, and performance of advanced lightweight and high temperature materials. For more information, see our Web site at http://www.cs.wright.edu/mme/.


To be considered for admission to the M.S.E.–Materials program, students must first satisfy basic requirements of the Graduate School. This includes having a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related area with an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale) or an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 with an average of 3.0 or better for the last 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) earned toward the undergraduate degree. International students must have a TOEFL score of at least 550. In addition, the program requires students from non-ABET accredited undergraduate programs to submit general GRE test scores. Program admission decisions are based on complete application information including overall academic performance and standardized test scores where applicable.


The Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute provides collaboration opportunities through the graduate engineering courses, faculty, and research resources of the Air Force Institute of Technology, the University of Dayton, The Ohio State University, and the University of Cincinnati.

Degree Requirements

Students should plan a program of study in consultation with a faculty advisor. The program of study should be finalized by the time the student completes 12 credit hours of graduate study.

The following requirements must be met for the Master of Science in Engineering degree:

1. Completion of 45 graduate credit hours in courses that have prior approval by an engineering graduate advisor.

2. At least 36 of the total 45 graduate credit hours must be engineering or computer engineering courses. At least 24 of these must be engineering courses.

3. At least 12 of the 36 graduate credit hours of engineering and computer engineering must be courses numbered above 700, excluding ME 899, Thesis.

4. At least 6 of the total 45 graduate credit hours must be courses in mathematics, statistics, or computer science.

5. Students must choose either a thesis option or advanced course work option. Students employed as teaching or research assistants through the Graduate Schoo at any time during their degree candidacy must choose the thesis option.

Thesis Option: A thesis satisfying all requirements of the Graduate School must be completed and successfully defended in an oral examination before the major committee. Up to 12 credit hours of ME 899, Thesis, may count toward degree requirements of 45 total graduate credit hours and 36 graduate credit hours in engineering or computer science.

Course Option: Students must complete 12 credit hours of courses numbered 700 or above in addition to the 12 hours specified in requirement 3.


Graduate students have access to a wide range of modern facilities including classrooms, laboratories, and computer systems interconnected by local and wide area communication networks. Computational facilities include numerous Sun, DEC, and Silicon Graphics fileservers and workstations; X-windowing terminals; and personal computers. Access is also available to the Ohio Super-computer via the Ohio Academic and Research Network (OARNET).


Bor Z. Jang (dean), mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering
Sharmila Mukhopadhyay, composites, surface engineering, high temperature electronic devices
Raghavan Srinivasan, materials engineering, high-temperature deformation, materials behavior modeling
Joseph F. Thomas Jr., materials engineering, mechanical behavior

Associate Professors
Maher S. Amer, Raman spectroscopy, polymers, composites, micromechanics of multi-phase materials
Richard J. Bethke (emeritus), signal and systems modeling, analysis and control, stochastic processes
George P. G. Huang (chair), computational fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfer, high performance computations, modeling, designs and understanding of complex transport processes

Assistant Professor
H. Daniel Young, nanochannel materials, multimaterial fibrous materials, laser micromachining and forward transfer techniques

Graduate Assistantship

Assistantships are available to students on a competitive basis. Students awarded assistantship support are eligible for stipends and remission of tuition fees. Interest in financial support should be indicated at the time of application.


Research in materials science and engineering is focused around processing, structure, properties, and performance of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Current programs include studies of super conducting ceramics, polymer, ceramic, titanium, carbon matrix composites, and nickel and titanium based alloys, as well as advanced nano- and meso- systems.

The department hosts a variety of sophisticated materials and research equipment. This includes a scanning transmission electron microscope with associated specimen preparation equipment, state-of-the-art micro-Raman spectroscopy, high-resolution x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and unique controlled-atmosphere high temperature deformation testing facilities. The department also has standard laboratory equipment for fabrication and testing of materials such as mechanical testing machines, scanning electron microscopes, an x-ray diffractometer, furnaces, microhardness testers, and optical microscopes.

Research at Wright State University is not limited to the laboratory facilities on campus. Several industrial companies, laboratories, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are involved in joint research efforts, making available their unique facilities for faculty and graduate research.

Graduate School
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Voice: (937) 775-2976
Fax: (937) 775-2453
E-mail: wsugrad@wright.edu
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