Materials Science & Engineering

No field ismore vital to economic expansion than energy — the ability to generate, store,distribute and utilize energy efficiently. Energy and Materials Engineering(EME) meets these challenges with contemporary curriculum and cooperative work assignments highlighted by “green energy” technologies centered on innovative materials and alternative energy sources. You will learn an array of topics including diverse energy production, conversion and storage opportunities covering fossil fuels, nuclear, wind, solar, water, geothermal, biomass and chemical sources. Each presents its own set of technical, environmental and economic challenges. This 21st century degree ensures that graduates have the background and engineering expertise to immediately address today’s and tomorrow’s energy and materials challenges.

Increasing awareness of environmental factors and limited energy resources have led to a profound evolution in the way we view the generation and supply of energy. Although fossil and nuclear sources will remain the important energy provider for many more years, it is now well recognized that there is an urgent need to develop flexible technological solutions that involve alternative means of energy supply and storage. The search for cleaner, cheaper, smaller and more efficient energy technologies has been driven by recent developments where materials technology will play a particularly important role in meeting the needs of the future. The most pronounced breakthroughs are currently taking place for technologies using renewable energy sources, fuel cells, solar energy, and wind energy to name just a few. At the same time, the use of these technologies requires reliable and effective ways of storing energy, and exciting developments are occurring in the fields of hydrogen storage, rechargeable batteries, capacitors and high-temperature superconductivity.

At the National and State of Ohio levels, advanced energy and advanced materials are recognized as two of the most important thrust areas for economic growth and prosperity. While rapid advancements are taking place in the emerging energy and materials frontiers, there is a concomitant need for technical personnel trained in these technologies for tackling the looming challenges. It is being increasingly recognized that the most rewarding education and research outcomes are the result of complementary interactions of different disciplines. Contemporary engineering education requires such nimble paradigm shifts to address emerging worldwide issues related to energy and the environment. This program in Energy and Materials Engineering aims to generate a flexible, synergistic and contemporary curriculum based on a strong materials science and energy engineering talent pool presently available in the College.