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Materials Science & Engineering Reaches Department Level

October 3, 2006

The Materials Science & Engineering Program at the University of Texas at Arlington has been elevated to departmental status and Professor Stathis Meletis, the program’s director, was named department chair. The new department is concurrently celebrating its 40th year as a component of the College of Engineering.

The department provides graduate-level-only instruction in association with the College of Science. Growing research funding in nanoscale materials, nanotechnology, biomaterials and other thrust areas has led to a corresponding growth in enrollments. Only 22 students were in the program in 2001; 63 are enrolled now. Over the years, the program had produced more than 200 graduates who are now in key position in industry, government and academia.

The number of faculty members has also increased; five new faculty members were hired over the past three years. There are now 10 core faculty and around 30 participating faculty from the Colleges of Engineering and Science. Current research activities include nanoelectronic devices, piezoelectrics and energy harvesting, bio/nanomagnets, optoelectronics, solar cells, advanced materials processing and materials for clean energy.

“We have made great progress,” said Dr. Meletis, “But we still have a lot of work to do to meet our strategic goal of positioning the department in a distinguished rank at the national level. The guide to our ambitious goal is our pride in being the oldest, largest and most diversified materials science and engineering program in North Texas.”