MAE 2160: Material Science

Material Science is the study of the atomic and microstructures of metals, polymers, ceramics, and composite materials and how these structures dictate their material properties. The goal of the course is to introduce undergraduate students in engineering to basic material science concepts so that they can (1) explain material behavior based on atomic and microstructure, (2) solve problems which relate material structure and properties to behavior, (3) select appropriate materials for a given application, (4) understand failure of materials, and (5) understand why some materials require different processing conditions for manufacture and use. These course goals are achieved through lecture based delivery with the inclusion of interactive demonstrations and group activities to support what is being taught.

MAE 2165: Material Science Laboratory

The Material Science Laboratory is a companion course to MAE 2160: Material Science. The experience of the lab is not necessary for success in the course, but the overlap of subject material and the hands-on activities provide additional prospective that enhance the educational experience. Due to the limited time and space available for the lab, I discourage all non-MAE majors from registering for this lab.

MAE 6450: Thermodynamics

Thermodynamics focuses on topics of classical and statistical thermodynamics (with a focus on statistical thermodynamics), including distribution functions, free molecular flow, electrons and photon gas modeling, derived properties of solids, and thermodynamic applications in areas of current research interest.

MAE 6930: Special Topics: Materials Characterization

Materials Characterization focuses on fundamentals and applications of microscopy, spectroscopy, and device characterization techniques. The course focuses on current research interests within these areas with an emphasis on current graduate research at USU.

Educational Outreach

The lab has been active in K-12 STEM outreach through their participation in Engineering State. The group designed and conducted an engineering challenge session to explore material science and processing through chocolate for high school juniors interested in pursuing careers in engineering. The lab also participates in other local and state activities including judging and volunteering at the Bridgerland Science Fair and hosting students from USU regional campuses to learn about and get hands on experience with research in the nanoscale Thermal Energy Laboratory.