Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

2017-2018

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Engineering (Metallurgical and Materials Engineering)
  • Master of Science (Metallurgical and Materials Engineering)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Metallurgical and Materials Engineering)

Program Description

The program of study for the Master or Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering is selected by the student in consultation with her or his advisor, and with the approval of the Thesis Committee. The program can be tailored within the framework of the regulations of the Graduate School to match the student’s interests while maintaining the main theme of materials engineering and processing. There are three areas of specialization within the Department:

  • Physical and Mechanical Metallurgy;
  • Physicochemical Processing of Materials; and,
  • Ceramic Engineering.

The Department is home to six research centers:

  • Advanced Coatings and Surface Engineering Laboratory (ACSEL);
  • Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center (ASPPRC);
  • Center for Advanced Non Ferrous Structural Alloys (CANFSA)
  • Center for Welding Joining, and Coatings Research (CWJCR);
  • Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics (CCAC); and,
  • Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy (KIEM).

The Nuclear Science and Engineering Center (NuSEC) also operates closely with the Department.

A Graduate Certificate is offered by each Department Center – the requirements for the Graduate Certificate are:

  1. Be admitted to MME Graduate Certificate Program upon the recommendation of the MME Department.
  2. Complete a total of 12 hours of course credits of which only 3 credit hours can be at the 400 level.

The specific courses to be taken are determined by the Graduate Advisor in the Department Center selected by the candidate. A cumulative grade point average of B or better must be maintained while completing these requirements.

Professors

Angus Rockett, Department Head

Corby G. Anderson, Harrison Western Professor

Michael J. Kaufman, Dean of CASE

Stephen Liu, American Bureau of Shipping Endowed Chair Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Ryan O'Hayre, Program Director of Material Science

Ivar E. Reimanis, Professor, Herman F. Coors Distinguished Professor of Ceramics

John G. Speer, John Henry Moore Distinguished Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Patrick R. Taylor, George S. Ansell Distinguished Professor of Chemical Metallurgy

Associate Professors

Amy Clarke

Kip O. Findley

Brian Gorman

Jeffrey C. King

Steven W. Thompson

Assistant Professors

Geoff L. Brennecka

Kester Clarke, FIERF Professor

Emmanuel De Moor

Corinne E. Packard

Vladan Stevanovic

Zhenzhen Yu

Teaching Professor

Gerald Bourne, Assistant Department Head

Research Professors

Richard K. Ahrenkiel

Ivan Cornejo

Stephen Midson

William (Grover) Coors

Robert Field

Terry Lowe

D. (Erik) Spiller

James C. Williams

Research Associate Professors

Robert Cryderman

Carole Graas

Brock O'Kelly

Jianhua Tong

Edgar Vidal

Research Assistant Professors

David Diercks

Judith C. Gomez

Michael Sanders

Professors Emeriti

Glen R. Edwards, University Professor Emeritus

John P. Hager, University Professor Emeritus

George Krauss, University Professor Emeritus

Gerard P. Martins, Professor Emeritus

David K. Matlock, University Professor Emeritus

Brajendra Mishra, University Professor Emeritus

John J. Moore, Professor Emeritus

David L. Olson, University Professor Emeritus

Dennis W. Readey, University Professor Emeritus

Chester J. Van Tyne, Professor Emeritus

Associate Professors Emeriti

Gerald L. DePoorter

Robert H. Frost

Degree Program Requirements

The program requirements for the three graduate degrees offered by the Department are listed below:

Master of Engineering Degree

Requirements: A minimum total of 30.0 credit hours consisting of:

  1. A minimum of 24.0 credit hours of approved course work and 3.0 hours of either a three credit hour research based Independent Study (MTGN599) or a designated design course (minimum of 3 credit hours) and graduate seminar enrollment during duration of program (up to a maximum of 1 credit hour).
  2. The designated design courses include the following courses: MTGN414, MTGN445, MTGN450, MTGN461, MTGN464, MTGN466, MTGN475/477, MTGN549, MTGN564, MTGN560. Alternative courses can be substituted with approval from the advisor and department head.

Restrictions:

  1. Only three (3) credit hours of independent course work, e.g. MTGN599, may be applied toward the degree.
  2. A maximum of nine (9) credit hours of approved 400-level course work may be applied toward the degree.
  3. Courses taken to remove deficiencies may not be applied toward the degree.

The Master of Engineering Degree can also be obtained as part of the combined undergraduate/graduate degree program. See the Physics section of the Undergraduate Catalog for more details.

Master of Science Degree

Requirements: A minimum total of 30.0 credit hours, consisting of:

  1. A minimum of 18.0 credit hours of approved course work and a minimum of 6.0 hours of graduate research-credits listed under MTGN707.
  2. Approval of all courses by the Thesis Committee and the Department Head. (Thesis Committee: consisting of 3 or more members, including the advisor and at least 1 additional member from the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department.)
  3. Submittal and successful oral defense of a thesis before a Thesis Committee. The thesis must present the results of original scientific research or development.

Restrictions:

  1. Only three (3) credit hours of independent course work, e.g. MTGN599, may be applied toward the degree.
  2. A maximum of nine (9) credit hours of approved 400-level course work may be applied toward the degree.
  3. Courses taken to remove deficiencies may not be applied toward the degree.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Requirements: A minimum total of 72.0 credit hours consisting of:

  1. A minimum of 36.0 credit hours of approved course work and a minimum of 24.0 hours of research-credits (MTGN707). Credit hours previously earned for a Master's degree may be applied, subject to approval, toward the Doctoral degree provided that the Master's degree was in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering or a similar field. At least 21.0 credit hours of approved course work must be taken at the Colorado School of Mines.
  2. All courses and any applicable Master's degree credit-hours must be approved by the Thesis Committee and the Department Head (Thesis Committee consisting of: 5 or more members, including the advisor, at least 2 additional members from the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, and at least 1 member from outside the Department.)
  3. Presentation of a Proposal on the Thesis-Research Project to the Thesis Committee.
  4. Passing grade on the written and oral Qualifying-Process (Q.P.) Examinations.
  5. Presentation of a Progress Report on their Research Project to the Thesis Committee; this presentation is usually 6 months after successfully completing the Q.P. Examinations and no fewer than 6 weeks before the Defense of Thesis.
  6. Submittal and successful oral-defense of a thesis before the Thesis Committee. The thesis must present the results of original scientific research or development.

Restrictions:

  1. Only six (6) credit hours of independent course work, e.g. MTGN599, may be applied toward the degree.
  2. A maximum of nine (9) credit hours of approved 400-level course work may be applied toward the degree.
  3. Courses taken to remove deficiencies may not be applied toward the degree.

Prerequisites

The entering graduate-student in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering must have completed an undergraduate program equivalent to that required for the B.S. degree in: Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Materials Science or a related field. This undergraduate program should have included a background in science fundamentals and engineering principles. A student, who possesses this background but has not taken specific undergraduate courses in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, will be allowed to rectify these course deficiencies at the beginning of their program of study.

Fields of Research

Ceramic Research

  • Ceramic processing
  • Ceramic-metal composites
  • Functional materials
  • Ion implantation
  • Modeling of ceramic processing
  • Solid oxide fuel cell materials and membranes
  • Transparent conducting oxides

Coatings Research

  • Chemical vapor deposition
  • Coating materials, films and applications
  • Epitaxial growth
  • Interfacial science
  • Physical vapor deposition
  • Surface mechanics
  • Surface physics
  • Tribology of thin films and coatings

Extractive and Mineral Processing Research

  • Chemical and physical processing of materials
  • Electrometallurgy
  • Hydrometallurgy
  • Mineral processing
  • Pyrometallurgy
  • Recycling and recovery of materials
  • Thermal plasma processing

Nonferrous Research

  • Aluminum alloys
  • High entropy alloys
  • Magnesium alloys
  • Nonferrous structural alloys
  • Shape memory alloys
  • Superalloys
  • Titanium alloys

Polymers and Biomaterials Research

  • Advanced polymer membranes and thin films
  • Biopolymers
  • Bio-mimetic and bio-inspired materials engineering
  • Calcium phosphate based ceramics
  • Drug delivery
  • Failure of medical devices
  • Interfaces between materials and tissue
  • Living/controlled polymerization
  • Organic-inorganic hybrid materials
  • Porous structured materials
  • Self- and directed-assembly
  • Structural medical alloys
  • Tissue as a composite material

Steel Research

  • Advanced high strength steels
  • Advanced steel coatings
  • Carburized steels
  • Deformation behavior of steels
  • Fatigue behavior of steels
  • Microalloyed steels
  • Nickel-based steels
  • Quench and partitioned steels
  • Plate steels
  • Sheet steels

Welding and Joining Research

  • Brazing of ultra wide gaps
  • Explosive processing of materials
  • Laser welding and processing
  • Levitation for kinetics and surface tension evaluation
  • Materials joining processes
  • Pyrochemical kinetics studies using levitation
  • Underwater and under oil welding
  • Welding and joining science
  • Welding rod development
  • Welding stress management
  • Weld metallurgy
  • Weld wire development

Nuclear Materials Research

  • Nuclear materials characterization
  • Nuclear materials processing
  • Nuclear materials properties

Experimental Methods

  • 3D atom probe tomography
  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Computer modeling and simulation
  • Electron microscopy
  • Mathematical modeling of material processes
  • Nanoindentation
  • Non-destructive evaluation
  • X-ray diffraction

Other Research Areas

  • Combustion synthesis
  • Corrosion science and engineering
  • Failure analysis
  • Mechanical metallurgy
  • Phase transformation and mechanism of microstructural change
  • Physical metallurgy
  • Reactive metals properties
  • Strengthening mechanisms
  • Structure-property relationships
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MTGN505CRYSTALLOGRAPHY AND DIFFRACTION3.0
MTGN511SPECIAL METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING PROBLEMS1-3
MTGN512SPECIAL METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING PROBLEMS1-3
MTGN514DEFECT CHEMISTRY AND TRANSPORT PROCESSES IN CERAMIC SYSTEMS3.0
MTGN516MICROSTRUCTURE OF CERAMIC SYSTEMS3.0
MTGN517REFRACTORIES3.0
MTGN518PHASE EQUILIBRIA IN CERAMIC SYSTEMS3.0
MTGN523APPLIED SURFACE AND SOLUTION CHEMISTRY3.0
MTGN526GEL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY3.0
MTGN527SOLID WASTE MINIMIZATION AND RECYCLING3.0
MTGN528EXTRACTIVE METALLURGY OF COPPER, GOLD AND SILVER3.0
MTGN529METALLURGICAL ENVIRONMENT3.0
MTGN530ADVANCED IRON AND STEELMAKING3.0
MTGN531THERMODYNAMICS OF METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS PROCESSING3.0
MTGN532PARTICULATE MATERIAL PROCESSING I - COMMINUTION AND PHYSICAL SEPARATIONS3.0
MTGN533PARTICULATE MATERIAL PROCESSING II - APPLIED SEPARATIONS3.0
MTGN534CASE STUDIES IN PROCESS DEVELOPMENT3.0
MTGN535PYROMETALLURGICAL PROCESSES3.0
MTGN536OPTIMIZATION AND CONTROL OF METALLURGICAL SYSTEMS3.0
MTGN537ELECTROMETALLURGY3.0
MTGN538HYDROMETALLURGY3.0
MTGN539PRINCIPLES OF MATERIALS PROCESSING REACTOR DESIGN3.0
MTGN541INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS OF METALS3.0
MTGN542ALLOYING THEORY, STRUCTURE, AND PHASE STABILITY3.0
MTGN543THEORY OF DISLOCATIONS3.0
MTGN544FORGING AND DEFORMATION MODELING3.0
MTGN545FATIGUE AND FRACTURE3.0
MTGN546CREEP AND HIGH TEMPERATURE MATERIALS3.0
MTGN547PHASE EQUILIBRIA IN MATERIALS SYSTEMS3.0
MTGN548TRANSFORMATIONS IN METALS3.0
MTGN549CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS IN FERROUS ALLOYS3.0
MTGN551ADVANCED CORROSION ENGINEERING3.0
MTGN552INORGANIC MATRIX COMPOSITES3.0
MTGN553STRENGTHENING MECHANISMS3.0
MTGN554OXIDATION OF METALS3.0
MTGN555SOLID STATE THERMODYNAMICS3.0
MTGN556TRANSPORT IN SOLIDS3.0
MTGN557SOLIDIFICATION3.0
MTGN560ANALYSIS OF METALLURGICAL FAILURES3.0
MTGN561PHYSICAL METALLURGY OF ALLOYS FOR AEROSPACE3.0
MTGN564ADVANCED FORGING AND FORMING3.0
MTGN565MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF CERAMICS AND COMPOSITES3.0
MTGN569FUEL CELL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY3.0
MTGN570BIOCOMPATIBILITY OF MATERIALS3.0
MTGN571METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING LABORATORY1-3
MTGN572BIOMATERIALS3.0
MTGN580ADVANCED WELDING METALLURGY3.0
MTGN581WELDING HEAT SOURCES AND INTERACTIVE CONTROLS3.0
MTGN582MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF WELDED JOINTS3.0
MTGN583PRINCIPLES OF NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING AND EVALUATION3.0
MTGN584NON-FUSION JOINING PROCESSES3.0
MTGN586DESIGN OF WELDED STRUCTURES AND ASSEMBLIES3.0
MTGN587PHYSICAL PHENOMENA OF WELDING AND JOINING PROCESSES3.0
MTGN591PHYSICAL PHENOMENA OF COATING PROCESSES3.0
MTGN593NUCLEAR MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING3.0
MTGN598SPECIAL TOPICS IN METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING6.0
MTGN599INDEPENDENT STUDY1-3
MTGN605ADVANCED TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY2.0
MTGN605LADVANCED TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY LABORATORY1.0
MTGN631TRANSPORT PHENOMENA IN METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS SYSTEMS3.0
MTGN671ADVANCED MATERIALS LABORATORY1-3
MTGN672ADVANCED MATERIALS LABORATORY1-3
MTGN696VAPOR DEPOSITION PROCESSES3.0
MTGN697MICROSTRUCTURAL EVOLUTION OF COATINGS AND THIN FILMS3.0
MTGN698SPECIAL TOPICS IN METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING6.0
MTGN699INDEPENDENT STUDY1-3
MTGN700GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: MASTER OF ENGINEERING1-6
MTGN707GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT1-15