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The field of materials sciences and engineering is central to the technological, industrial, and economic development of Texas, the United States, Mexico, and other industrialized countries. The UTEP PhD program is a multi-disciplinary program to prepare scientists and engineers to contribute to this vital field, with a range of skills linking structure, properties, synthesis and processing, and performance of materials. Students develop a research focus in a specialized area using one or more of these skills to study some class or classes of materials, including metals, polymers, ceramics, semiconductors, superconductors, composites, and other materials systems.

Students in the program take a common core:

  • Advanced Concepts in Materials Sciences and Engineering
  • Materials Applications and Engineering
  • Microchemical and Microstructural Characterization of Materials
  • Instrumentation and Modeling Short Courses
  • Doctoral Research Symposium I and II

Requirements for Admission

Admission to the PhD program in materials science and engineering with a BS or MS degree in a related field (Physics, Chemistry, Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering, etc.) requires a minimum 3.0 GPA and a minimum TOEFL score of 550 for applicants from countries where English is not the principal language. GRE scores will also be considered for all applicants.

Requirements for Degree

All students who enter the program are required to take four (4) core courses and three (3) hours of research symposia for a total of 17 credit hours. Students who enter with an MS degree can receive credit for up to 30 credit hours. The core and elective courses (discussed below) are traditional lecture or seminar courses. The student will take a minimum of six (6) credit hours of Doctoral Dissertation, and additional credit hours of Advanced Study, Graduate Research, Independent Study, or Dissertation. A minimum of 74 credit hours are required.

The number and subject area of elective courses in advanced topics are determined by the student and his or her research advisor in consultation with the student’s Dissertation Committee, although generally 12 hours of advanced topics (beyond the core) will be required. Depending on the background and preparation of the student, and/or the nature of the student’s research, the student’s mentor and/or the Dissertation Committee, acting together with the student, may suggest additional courses not chosen from the list of electives.

The UTEP MASE program currently does not offer a terminal master’s degree. However, MASE PhD students can choose to complete a master’s degree in an appropriate science or engineering department, or in MSIS, Masters Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Requirements for these MS degrees can be found elsewhere in the catalog.

Students are required to pass an oral Qualifying Examination administered by their Research Committee. This examination consists of defending a written Dissertation Proposal and answering questions of either a broad or specific nature in relationship to preparation to conduct dissertation research. This examination is usually administered after a minimum of two semesters of work. Students cannot register for dissertation credits until after the Qualifier Examination has been passed. Research undertaken prior to passing the examination can use appropriate graduate research projects or independent study courses.

At the conclusion of the research program, the student will make a public presentation of the dissertation. This will also constitute a Final Oral Examination or Dissertation Defense with questions from both the Research (Dissertation) Committee and the general public.

A copy of the dissertation in PDF or Word electronic format must be submitted to the Graduate School for format check prior to the scheduled defense date. The dissertation, including an abstract not to exceed 350 words, must be prepared according to the Graduate School’s thesis and dissertation guidelines available at the Graduate School Web site. The student will receive email confirmation from the Graduate School after the format has been approved. The final Graduate School approved dissertation must be submitted to the Graduate School in PDF electronic format on a CD in a case by the deadline as published in the Class Schedule, along with a hard copy of the signature page with original signatures of the dissertation committee members. The signature page must be included in the PDF file but it should not be signed.

Doctoral candidates are also required to submit the Graduate School approved dissertation at the University Microfilms International Web site for online publication, http://dissertations.umi.com/utep. Dissertations are regarded as publications and will be made public once they are approved and submitted. Online publication does not preclude subsequent publication of the dissertation, in whole or in part, as a monograph or in a journal. Copyright at the author’s expense can be arranged through University Microfilms International. In order to protect patent or any other rights, the Graduate School can be requested to delay publication for a period of one year. This request must be supported by a written recommendation of the supervising professor.

Biomedical Engineering Track

The Biomedical Engineering (BME) track has a set of Interdisciplinary biomedical engineering related graduate courses and allows MASE doctoral students to specialize in biomedical materials related research.  The track is designed to equip students with knowledge and skills of living systems (from nano- to macro-scale), as well as state-of-the-art knowledge and experience in design, implementation and evaluation of bioinstrumentation, medical devices, prostheses, and implants.  Students will apply their understanding of advanced technologies and integration of knowledge from diverse fields to develop biomedical engineering approaches for complex problem-solving in the medical, biological, and healthcare arenas.

Students in the BME track are required to take 33 hours of specialization in addition to the core courses.  Students entering into the track with a MS degree are required to take 24 hours, and students entering with a MS in BME are required to take 14 hours of specialization.  Nine credits of those courses can be free electives.  The remainder of the credit hours will be research of which at least one credit has to be clinical research, a minimum of three credits research symposia and a minimum of six credits dissertation.  The instrumentation and modeling short courses are optional for BME track students.  

The BME track courses are as follows:

DRSC 5495Anatomy for Health Sciences4
BIOL 6304Physiological Regulatory Mech3
MASE 6321BME for Global Health3
MASE 6325Telemedicine & Imaging Informa3
MASE 6326BME Dev Design & Regulation3
MGMT 5314Corporate Entrepreneurship3
MASE 6197Medical Device Practicum1

Degree Plan

Ph.D. in Materials & Science Engineering

Required Credits: 74

PhD in Materials Science & Engineering (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Symposium:
Select three semesters from the following:3
Doct. Rsrch Symposium I
Doct. Rsrch Symposium II
Required Courses:
MASE 6103Instrument/Modeling Sht. Crse1
MASE 6400Advanced Concepts Mat Sci/Engr4
MASE 6401Mat. Applications and Eng.4
MASE 6402Microchem/Microstruc Char Matl4
Dissertation Work:
Select fifty-two hours from the following:52
Advanced Failure Analysis
Advanced Materials/Composites
Interfacial Phenomena-Mat Syst
Spec Topics/Chem of Materials
Spec. Topics in Materials Eng.
Individual Studies
Doctoral Clinical Research
Graduate Research Projects
Doct. Rsrch Symposium I
Doct. Rsrch Symposium II
Medical Device Practicum
Individual Studies
Graduate Research Projects
Adv Processing of Materials
BME for Global Health
Telemedicine & Imaging Informa
BME Dev Design & Regulation
Contem Topics-Materials Sci/En
Individual Studies
Graduate Research Projects
Thesis:
MASE 6398
MASE 6399
Dissertation
and Dissertation
6
Total Hours74

Ph.D. in Materials & Science Engineering with Concentration in Biomedical Engineering

Required Credits: 74

PhD in Materials Science & Engineering (Biomedical Track) (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
MASE 6193Doctoral Clinical Research1
MASE 6194Graduate Research Projects1
MASE 6400Advanced Concepts Mat Sci/Engr4
MASE 6401Mat. Applications and Eng.4
MASE 6402Microchem/Microstruc Char Matl4
MASE Core:
MASE 6195Doct. Rsrch Symposium I3
or MASE 6196 Doct. Rsrch Symposium II
ECE Courses:
Select twenty-four hours from the following:24
Physiological Regulatory Mech
Anatomy for Health Sciences
Medical Device Practicum
BME for Global Health
Telemedicine & Imaging Informa
Corporate Entrepreneurship
MASE 6326BME Dev Design & Regulation3
Tech & Free Electives:
Select nine hours from the following:9
Ultrastructure
Biostatistics
Structure/Funct Macromolecules
Advanced Organic Chemistry I
Advanced Organic Chemistry II
Contem Topics Organic Chemistr
Contemp Topics in Biochemistry
Anal./Model of Bio Structures
Seminar - Communication Theory
Artificial Intelligence I
Human-Computer Interaction
Topics/Intelligent Computing
Data Communications
Systems Engineering Fundamtls
Systems Engineering Mgmt
Requirements Engineering
Integratn, Verifictn, Validatn
Physiological Systms Measurmts
Med Diag & Theraptc Instrmtn
Biomed Signal & Image Process
Tomographic Imaging
Contmp Topics in Bioelectmgntm
Telemedicine & Img Informatics
Image Processing
Special Topics Electrical Engr
Advanced Work Design
Adv Concepts in Safety Eng
Adv Ergonomics/Process Design
Advanced Failure Analysis
Advanced Materials/Composites
Interfacial Phenomena-Mat Syst
Graduate Clinical Research
Phase Transformations & Micros
Mechanical Behavior of Matrls
Biomaterials
Biofabrication
Dissertation Research:
Select eighteen additional hours from the following:18
Doctoral Clinical Research
Graduate Research Projects
Thesis:
MASE 6398
MASE 6399
Dissertation
and Dissertation
6
Total Hours77

PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Dr. Lawrence Murr

Professors

Lawrence Murr 
Contact Information: lemurr@utep.edu; 915-747-6929 
Education: B.S.E.E., Pennsylvania State University; BS, Albright College; MS, Pennsylvania State University; Ph D, Pennsylvania State University