UWM’s doctoral program in Engineering offers a concentration in Materials Science & Engineering. This flexible program allows you to develop a study plan tailored to meet your needs. Your plan will be evaluated based on its appropriateness as a materials engineering pursuit, course availability and the availability of a qualified College of Engineering & Applied Science faculty member to serve as your major professor.
Your chosen area of specialization will be the subject of your doctoral dissertation. When you graduate, you will have marked scholarship in the broad field of materials engineering as well as a distinguished critical or creative achievement in your chosen specialization.
A PhD is usually required for research and development positions. Graduates work within academia, industry, the government and for non-profits.
UWM’s graduates of this program have pursued careers with:
- Advanced Ionics
- GE Aviation
- Kohler Company
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- Poclain Hydraulics
- University of Central Florida.
What to Expect
Many courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening, so you will have the option of completing much of the program on a part-time basis.
Many students earn Teaching Assistantships (TAs), Research Assistantships (RAs) or Fellowships during their graduate study which helps to fund their education while also building leadership skills. Assistantships decisions are made by the academic departments only after an applicant has been accepted to the program.
We’re a top tier R1 research university and our Materials Science & Engineering students have the opportunity to work with faculty members engaged in cutting-edge research in areas such as:
- Materials for energy storage
- Polymer solar cells
- Adsorbents and membranes to remove water contaminants
- Membranes for energy-efficient chemical separations
- Manufacturing processes
- Structural analysis of aerospace materials
- Application of nanomaterials in construction
- Self-healing metals and advanced metal-matrix composites.
For a full list of our college’s research labs, centers and institutes, click here.