Welcome to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering! I am happy to reach out to you on recent updates and news from our department, which continues our growth trajectory with excellence in education and research.
The department faculty research spans from structural aerospace alloys and processing, to corrosion and tribology for oil and gas industries, medical implant materials and radiation stable glasses and ceramics, energy storage and optoelectronic materials. We continue to grow our faculty, and are glad to welcome Professor Anupama Kaul to join us this fall. Professor Kaul has a senior level expertise in electronic materials and devices, which will enhance the breadth of our department’s functional material research and open new horizons for our graduate program.
We were very excited to receive recent large awards from U.S. Army organizations to develop materials for protective armor and lightweight shelters utilizing the department’s expertise in metals, ceramics and friction stir welding. We also joined the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) South initiative and have an ongoing presence of ARL scientists in our department, facilitating collaborative work in metal alloys and processing. In addition, we received several large awards from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy and Air Force employing our expertise in laser surface processing, additive manufacturing of metal alloys and radiation damage of ceramic glasses.
While 2017 is still under way, we already have over $6M in new awards and have rapidly increased the number of Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scientists working on research projects. As one example, this issue highlights our research in high entropy alloys – an exciting area where the department has considerable expertise and made signiﬁcant research progress. Our graduate program maintains the steady stream of high quality Materials Science and Engineering doctoral and master graduates. Last academic year, we graduated 8 M.S. and 12 Ph.D. students who found jobs in industry, academia and national laboratories. With this number of master and doctoral graduates and over 120 publications last year, the department is one of the most research productive organizations in the university supporting UNT’s top-tier research institution designation.
After receiving ABET accreditation last year, our undergraduate program had grown to over 100 enrolled students. About half of our recent B.S. graduates had continued with either M.S. or Ph.D. degrees, and we also see an increased enrollment into our Fast Track graduate pathway designed for exceptional seniors. We are happy to have many talented and bright B.S. students to support this accelerated path. This year, our students had won the Materials Bowl competition at the 2017 TMS International Conference, and they are united in their drive to defend their title next year. Another important development is an international agreement with Dalian Jiatong University in China for a student exchange program, which will increase our number of international undergraduate students. With many social activities, cohort advising and extensive research participation – our undergraduate program is attracting regional, local and international students, and this newsletter provides some highlights of their accomplishments and our program.
Rick F. Reidy
Interim Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering