From the Desk of Head
Materials and Metallurgical Engineering (MME) encompasses all natural and man-made materials-their extraction, synthesis, processing, properties, characterization, and development for technological applications. Advanced engineering activities that depend upon optimized materials include the medical device and healthcare industries, the energy industries, electronics and photonics, transportation, advanced batteries, fuel cells, and nanotechnology. Students in materials science and engineering develop a fundamental understanding of materials at the nano, micro and macro scales, leading to specialization in such topics as: biomaterials; chemical and electrochemical materials science and engineering; computational materials science and engineering; electronic, magnetic and optical materials; structural materials, biomaterials, ceramics, electronic materials, glasses, metals, minerals and polymers, among others – and their composites. As in the past, today’s materials advancements enable new technological breakthroughs across all engineering disciplines.
Our world is driven by the materials that are currently available. Millions of everyday consumer products, machines, and innovative technologies are made better because of a new and improved material. The automobile industry has lighter, fuel-efficient car bodies. Cell phone and tablet manufacturers take advantage of ultra-thin, damage-resistant glass for displays. Biomedical device companies are using biologically compatible materials to repair and replace parts of the human body. In fact, many of today’s industrial problems await materials solutions: electrical engineers ask for better semiconductors and computer technology demands materials that store more and more information. The Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering (MME) at DUET has become well-known as a small and friendly department that provides unique and high-impact opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Materials and Metallurgical Engineering (MME) is concerned with the creation of materials with novel properties and their use in a variety of fields ranging from ultra-fast computer chips and high-efficiency solar cells to high-powered jets, and even beauty products. Today, engineering innovations are increasingly dependent on breakthroughs in materials at the micro- and nanometer scale. Students in MME acquire a solid background in the basic sciences and in the engineering of materials, with hands-on laboratory experience in nano-scale materials characterization and processing. This program prepares graduates for a variety of careers in fields such as nanotechnology, electronics, computing, the biomedical, automotive and aerospace industries, as well as government agencies and research laboratories.
Our departmental vision is to foster the individual growth of our talented and creative students so that they may then continue to push the field to ever more useful advances.
We are trying to be involved in developing new materials that address critical issues facing society including energy, sustainability and health care.
We encourage interested students and others to visit and experience for yourself the excitement and enthusiasm so evident in all of our labs and classrooms.
I hope that you will be excited by the forward-looking and optimistic vision developed by this Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering (MME).