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2017-2018 SDSM&T Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 SDSM&T Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Materials Engineering and Science, M.S.

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Contact Information

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

Steering Committee

Steering Committee members are from the Departments of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Physics, and Chemistry.


Douglas W. Furstenau Professor Kellar; Professors Corey, Cross, Fong, Petukhov, Salem, Sinden, and Sobolev; Associate Professors Crawford, Heglund, West, Widener, and Zhu; Assistant Professors Bai, Corwin, Crawford, Jasthi, Oszwaldowski, Safarzadeh, and Smirnova; Emeritus Professor Boyles, Howard, Stone, Distinguished Professor Emeritus Han.

Master of Science in Materials Engineering and Science

This interdisciplinary degree program works in concert with other colleges and the Ph.D. in materials engineering and science (Ph.D./MES).

The M.S./MES degree offers an education in the broad area of materials. Students pursuing this degree will expand their knowledge and understanding of the science and technology of materials synthesis, behavior, and production. Graduates of the program formulate solutions to materials problems through the use of multi-disciplinary approaches made possible with a broad background in basic materials science and engineering coupled with an area of specialization.

Two options are available in this degree program: one option involves a thesis component and the other option involves coursework only. In the thesis option, 24 hours of coursework and a minimum 6 credit hours of thesis research (MES 798 ) are required. With the second option, 32 hours of coursework must be taken and a minimum of two credit hours of MES 788  are required. In the latter option however, the students are required to undertake a project under the supervision of a faculty member. Because students graduating with this degree are expected to have a broad-based fundamental knowledge in both materials engineering and materials science, every student is required to take four core courses (see below).

The Materials Engineering and Science (MES) program has an accelerated BS/MS degree option that will enable a student to complete both the B.S. and M.S. degrees in as little as 5 years.  The accelerated B.S./M.S. program is highly selective, for which students must apply for admission.  Students interested in the accelerated program are strongly encouraged to apply at the end of their junior year.  A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time the student applies to the program is required.  The MES program may grant exceptions to the GPA requirement under situations approved by the Dean of Graduate Education.  Up to 12 credits of 400/500/600 credits applied toward the B.S. program may also be used to satisfy graduate credit requirements. Dual-counted courses must be taken at the 400/500/600 level as an undergraduate. Only courses taken at SDSM&T are eligible for dual credit. No transferred courses will be allowed to count toward the accelerated master’s degree.

Students applying to the MES accelerated B.S./M.S. program must fill out an accelerated B.S./M.S. Advising Plan and find an interim advisor or major professor prior to admission to the B.S./M.S. program. The accelerated B.S./M.S. Advising Plan can be revised at any time, with the concurrence of the interim advisor or major professor and the MES program coordinator. Please contact the program coordinator (Dr. Jon Kellar) for further information.

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Additional Information

Areas of research currently carried out include inorganic, organic, and biological behavior/synthesis/treatments of materials, polymer chemistry, solid state physics, interfacial chemistry/physics, thermal, magnetic and transport properties of semiconductors, superconductors, metals and alloys, dielectric and composite materials, recovery and processing of minerals/materials/scrap, process simulation and optimization, thermodynamics of various materials, corrosion and corrosion inhibition, strengthening mechanisms, deformation induced transformation plasticity, security printing, and behavior/properties/synthesis of composites.

Program assessment includes student outcomes and satisfaction surveys.

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

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