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South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

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South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

    South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
   
 
  Nov 22, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 SDSM&T Academic Catalog

Materials Engineering and Science, Ph.D.


Contact Information

Dr. Jon J. Kellar
Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering
Mineral Industries 112
(605) 394-2343
E-mail: Jon.Kellar@sdsmt.edu

Advisory Council

Advisory Council members are from the Departments of Metallurgical Engineering, Physics, and Chemistry.

Materials Engineering and Science

The doctor of philosophy program in materials engineering and science (MES) offers a student the opportunity to expand his/her knowledge and understanding of the science and technology of materials production, behavior, and applications. The student will undertake multidisciplinary approaches, combining the basic elements of both engineering and science, to the solution of materials-related problems. Because such problems are found in every science and engineering discipline, the degree applicant has considerable flexibility in the selection of the department in which to pursue dissertation research, within the confines of the applicant’s academic preparation and interests. Candidates will study either a science or engineering emphasis within the MES Ph.D. program. For example, research emphasis may be placed on improving processes for the production of metallic, polymeric, ceramic, or other structural or electronic materials. Alternatively, the degree candidate may investigate mechanisms for improving material properties, which in turn, could lead to new or better applications. Classroom and individualized instruction will provide the necessary theory to complement such creative activities.

Example areas of specialization include but are not limited to

  • Computational Modeling
  • Polymer Synthesis
  • Corrosion Inhibition
  • Development of Multiphase Materials
  • Fiber Reinforced Composites
  • Geotechnology
  • Magnetic Nanocomposites
  • Nanoscale Electronic Materials
  • Polymer Matrix Composites
  • Semiconductor Materials and Devices
  • Strengthening Mechanisms
  • Surface Chemistry of Flotation
  • Thermophysical Properties
  • Thin Films
  • Security Printing
  • Hydrometallurgical Extraction
  • Friction Stir Welding
  • Cold Spray Processing
  • Direct Write Technology

The program is administered directly by the Dean of Graduate Education and sponsored programs, with the head of the MES Ph.D. advisory council serving as program coordinator. The advisory council currently comprises faculty members from the Departments of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, and the Departments of Physics, and Chemistry.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), three letters of recommendation, and a GPA of 3.00 or better are required of all applicants for the MES Ph.D. program. The TOEFL exam is required for students whose native language is not English.

All candidates for the MES Ph.D. program are required to successfully complete the following minimum credits and earn a grade of “C” or better, except for a final grade of “S” in MES 898 :

Category Credits
Analytical Mathematics 3
Numerical Mathematics 3
Program Major Emphasis (Engineering or Science) 44
Dissertation Research 22
Total beyond the B.S. degree 72

General Program Requirements


(Minimum program requirements: 72 credits)

Analytical Mathematics (3 credits)


Program Emphasis (44 credits)


Two program emphasis areas are available: materials science and materials engineering. See the two sections below.

Research (22 credits) and Seminar (1 credit)


Materials Science Emphasis Requirements


Thermodynamics of Solids (3 credits)

Crystal Structure/Chemistry of Solids (3 credits)

Bulk or Surface Analysis (4 credits)

Fundamental Engineering Mechanics (6 credits)

Courses from the materials engineering emphasis section can also be used to fulfill this requirement. 

Dissertation Related Topics (28 credits)

Materials Engineering Emphasis Requirements


Analytical Mechanics (3 credits)

Elasticity/Plasticity (3 credits)

Failure Analysis Fracture Mechanics (3 credits)

Fundamental Materials Science (6 credits)

Courses from the materials science emphasis section can also be used to fulfill this requirement. 

Dissertation Related Topics (29 credits)

Additional Information


An assessment of the student’s qualifications will be undertaken early in their program. The assessment is comprised of performance in pre-determined courses and a dissertation proposal. Further information is available in the School of Mines materials engineering and science Ph.D. Handbook.

Each student is also required to pass a comprehensive coursework examination and proposal defense. There is no language requirement for the MES doctoral program.

For program supervision purposes, the MES Ph.D. program coordinator is the graduate advisor until the major professor is appointed. The major professor is the person responsible for the student’s dissertation research. The graduate office representative on the student’s dissertation committee must be selected from outside of the department with which the major professor is affiliated. It is not necessary that the student be associated with the department of affiliation of his or her major professor. The detailed information on examination policy, admission to candidacy, and defense of dissertation are included in the School of Mines Materials Engineering and Science Ph.D. Handbook.

Program assessment includes a student outcomes and satisfaction surveys.

1MES 790 should be taken by M.S. students and MES 890 by Ph.D. students.