Materials & Metallurgical Engineering
Chair: Dr. T. David Burleigh
There are approximately 50 undergraduate and 30 graduate students in the program.
Materials Engineering is the development, analysis and implementation of speciality materials (metals, polymers, ceramics, etc.) Examples include the epoxy composites of the Boeing Dreamliner, the metal alloy used in GE's 3D printed LEAP jet engine; and the ultrathin glasses used in all cell phones.
Materials Engineers invent new materials, improve existing materials, develop manufacturing techniques for materials, analyze materials properties and understand what cause materials to fail. This includes laboratory and analytical work. Students develop skills in both areas.
Materials Engineering is a research and design driven program. Our undergraduate students make important contributions to the department's research effort by working on projects with professors. Student research frequently results in publications in professional journals or presentations at conferences.
Materials Engineering contributes to the benefits from advances in many fields including chemistry, condensed matter physics, molecular biology, mathematics, computer science and related engineering disciplines.
Nearly half of the graduates from Materials Engineering continue to graduate school. Some enter our combined BS/MS program while others directly enter doctoral programs at top-ranked universities across the country (examples include Purdue, Stanford, Berkeley, and Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). The other half of our graduates find employment with industry (examples include Intel, Lockheed-Martin and Boeing) and national / government labs (examples include Sandia, Los Alamos and NavAir).
The Materials Engineering program at New Mexico Tech offers both Masters and Doctoral degrees, including a combined BS/MS degree.