Metallurgical   &   Materials   Engineering
Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
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Design   Curriculum

Early on, the students are introduced to mineral processing and unit operations in Particulate Processing lectures and labs. In these courses, the student learns separation principles, conducts experiments, and utilizes data to size equipment, develop process flowsheets, and begins to perform economic analyses. Extractive metallurgy courses with similar design experiences include Transport Phenomena as well as Mass Transfer and Chemical Kinetics. Furthermore, in Materials Structures and Properties and Fundamentals of Materials, the student begins to learn that materials selection is often a compromise reached after juggling through the pros and cons of material properties. Principles are demonstrated with hands-on experiences in two laboratory courses, Microstructural Interpretation and Materials and Physical Metallurgy Lab, which deal with microstructure analysis and the fundamentals of physical metallurgy and materials engineering. In the last year and a half, students expand upon the design experience by taking courses such as Processing of Elevated Temperature Systems, Flowsheet Development, Advanced Transport Phenomenon, and Environmental Degradation of Materials as well as possible technical electives in Materials Handling, Iron & Steel Making, Primary and Secondary Resources, Failure Analysis, Precious Metal Resources, and Weldments. Finally, the program culminates in the senior year with a real-world design project, M&ME Design I and II, in which all of the cumulative knowledge of general engineering fundamentals, metallurgical and materials engineering, computer applications, engineering economics, safety, communication skills, etc. are integrated.