Degree Requirements

Materials Science & Engineering Graduate Courses (9 credits)

  • MTE 510 Principles of Materials Science and Engineering
  • MTE 525 Advanced Thermodynamics
  • MTE 530 Crystallography, Diffraction and Microscopy of Materials
  • MTE 540 Analytical Methods in Materials Engineering
  • MTE 550 Phase Transformations in Materials
  • MTE 560 Materials Performance and Reliability
  • MTE 5842 Corrosion and Corrosion Control
  • MTE 594P Analysis and Control of Materials Processes
  • MTE 575/ME 4875 Introduction to Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology

Manufacturing Engineering Graduate Courses (6 credits)

  • MFE 510 Control and Monitoring of Manufacturing Processes
  • MFE 520 Design and Analysis of Manufacturing
  • MFE 530 Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
  • MFE 540 Design for Manufacturability
  • MFE 5841 Surface Metrology: Measurement and Analysis of Surface Textures
  • MFE 594P Advanced Manufacturing Processes

Management/Industrial Engineering Graduate Courses (9 credits)

These credits may be selected from any graduate management graduate courses. Typically, students will select from Operations and Industrial Engineering (OIE) or Entrepreneurship (ETR) topics. However courses from other topical areas in management may be selected.

Electives (3 credits)

To ensure flexibility in this program, each student will select 3 credits of electives from any graduate-level course at WPI. Electives are typically selected from the topics listed above; however, electives from mathematics, chemistry, physics, computer science, social science, or any engineering program may be acceptable. Courses in nanotechnology and MEMS are also available.

MPE Project (3 credits)

Each student must complete the MPE project. This may be a team or independent project sponsored by industry. The project must address several issues in business analysis, operations, process design and quality, as well as the processing/ structure/property relationships in the process being studied. The culmination of this project will be a business plan and/or a research proposal or a new product. The final report is presented in a seminar or class in materials science, manufacturing engineering, or management.

Project Description

After at least seven courses have been successfully completed, the student registers for the 3-credit project with one or more faculty advisors. The project, which is completed over a 14-week semester, should be identified by a materials processing company liaison. Ideally, the project is completed by a team of three; however, smaller or larger teams will be considered. Working with the liaison and faculty advisor, the team develops a clear statement of the goals and objectives of the project. Weekly meetings with the advisor and liaison including written and oral reports are required. The culmination of the project is a business plan and/or a research proposal or new product. The project should integrate the skills obtained and knowledge acquired in the student’s coursework as well industrial experience.

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