I welcome you to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) and encourage you to explore our Web site.
We at UT Arlington have the oldest, largest and most diversified MSE program in North Texas. Our program is a university-wide, highly-interdisciplinary graduate program with 8 core materials faculty and approximately 25 affiliated faculty spanning from physics and chemistry to electrical, mechanical, aerospace, civil and bio engineering. This blend of faculty provides a stimulating environment for our 70-80 graduate students while embracing the opportunity to strengthen interdisciplinary programs and offer innovative curricula.
Our MSE department experienced a tremendous growth within the last five years in terms of faculty hires, graduate student recruiting and enrollment and research funding solicitation. The MSE department enjoys the highest Ph.D. student to faculty ratio and one of the highest research expenditures to faculty ratios at UTA. We were successful in attracting some of the best faculty who enriched and further modernized our curriculum with new courses in nanoscale materials and nanotechnology, magnetic, optical and energy materials, bio/nano materials and surface engineering and thin film technology; all providing great educational opportunities to our students. We are particularly pleased with the addition to our faculty of four new Research Professors including a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
As we continue to grow, we maintain high levels of research funding from NSF, DOE, ONR, NASA, DOD and other federal, industrial and state sources in the areas of micro/nano electronic devices, self-assembled nanomaterials, multifunctional, nanocomposite thin films, bio/nanomagnets, optoelectronics, solar cells and materials for clean energy, advanced lubricants, and coatings. We constantly upgrade and maintain state-of-the-art university-wide materials characterization facilities in C2MB, Characterization Center for Materials and Biology, (recent additions include an atomic resolution TEM, a high-resolution SEM, and top of the line XRD and non-contact AFM systems) to facilitate research and provide hands-on training to our students. I’m pleased to announce that the department just moved to newly renovated space in the Engineering Laboratory Building that includes modern research laboratories, new space for graduate student offices, and additional for the expansion of C2MB.
We are especially excited because we recently celebrated the 40th Anniversary of our MSE Program and the 50th Anniversary of the College of Engineering. Over the years, our program has produced more than 340 graduates who serve in key positions in industry, government and academia. A large number of our graduates serve in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, which has the largest concentration of high-tech industry in the State of Texas and is the second leading technopolis after Silicon Valley.
Enjoy your visit and please feel free to contact me for further information.
Efstathios “Stathis” I. Meletis
Professor and Chair