Advanced Materials Discovery, The School of


The overall objective of the School of Advanced Materials Discovery (SAMD) program is to develop students to be science and engineering professionals who use their multidisciplinary problem solving skills to address global challenges in the field of materials science and engineering (MSE).

The development of advanced materials, including their synthesis, characterization and application in novel devices, occupies a central role in 21st century science, technology and business. Materials research is by its very nature an extraordinarily inter- and multi-disciplinary endeavor, involving expertise in chemistry, physics, and engineering at the core, but also utilizing concepts from various other scientific disciplines as well as business and sociology, as materials research is often very focused on creating a product for the marketplace more efficiently and effectively. Indeed, work in this area is concerned with the structure, property and function of materials. Thus, we will educate future materials scientists and engineers to understand how different combinations of molecules can result in different thermal, mechanical, electrical, optical, and magnetic properties; to measure those properties at the atomic, electronic, surface and bulk level; and to manufacture usable devices from the resulting materials. It is imperative that the next generation of materials scientists and engineers be explicitly educated in an interdisciplinary manner. The degree program will contain elements that will address materials technology transfer, materials manufacturing, responsible conduct of research, and other professional development skills necessary for success in the materials community.

Similar to the Land Grant mission of extension, education, and research.  The specific learning objectives for the SAMD program are centered on the following three themes:

  • Scholarly engagement and research,
  • Educational engagement
  • Innovation.

The specific learning outcomes for SAMD align with the program objectives. Scholarly engagement and research

  • Students will graduate with an understanding of cross-disciplinary materials research in physics, engineering, and chemistry.
  • Students will graduate in a timely manner from the MS, ME, and Ph.D. programs. Master’s students will graduate within 2.5 years and Ph.D. students within 5 years.

Educational Engagement

  • Students will synthesize and connect knowledge from the different disciplines of materials research to complete course work and research for their degree.
  • Students will be able to communicate their science to a wide range of audiences
  • Students will understand the life-cycle of materials – from design to manufacture
  • Students will engage in team science where they will work with different faculty and different disciplines to answer important and innovative research questions.


  • Students will gain experience working in an interdisciplinary research setting to enable them to solve complex real-world problems.
  • Students will graduate with knowledge and skills necessary to assume careers in a wide variety of organizations and industries related to materials
  • Students will understand how their skills are important in solving global-problems


  • Students will gain an appreciation of different disciplines, as well as different approaches to problem solving so they can actively participate in global learning environments.

Degrees Offered

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