Multidisciplinary Certificate in Mechanical Properties of Materials

A multidisciplinary certificate program consisting of 12 semester units in which graduate students from participating Schools in the College of Engineering may participate to obtain an in-depth understanding of mechanical behavior. The program is entitled "A Multidisciplinary Certificate in Mechanical Properties of Materials" and is administered through the Mechanical Properties Characterization Facility (MPCF) and participating Schools in the College of Engineering.

Character and Objectives of Program

The courses in the certificate program provide students with fundamentals of mechanical behavior as well as with advanced practical information on design and materials selection. As such, it supports their research programs in the MPCF and various academic units. This certificate program also meets the needs of industry for high-level practitioners where materials/mechanics considerations are primary design obstacles.

Mode of Operation

The multidisciplinary certificate presently involves faculty members from the Schools of Aerospace Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

In consultation with his/her advisor, the student selects courses that form a coherent sequence from an approved list (see below). The student is required to select at least two of these courses that are offered outside of the School in which he/she intends to receive an advanced degree (includes cross-listed courses). The advisor then sends the proposed program to the MPCF Director for review and approval. Upon successful completion of the program, a recommendation is forwarded by the MPCF Director to the Dean of the College of Engineering for final approval similar to other existing certificate programs.


12 hours from the following list, with at least 3 hours from the core course category
  1. ME/MSE/CEE/AE/CHBE 7772. Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics
  2. MSE/ME/CEE/AE/CHBE 7774. Fatigue of Materials and Structures
  1. ME 6203. Inelastic Deformation of Solids, or CEE 6566. Plasticity and Viscoelasticity, or AE 6112. Inelastic Response
  2. ME 6204. Micromechanics of Materials
  3. ME 7203. Advanced Constitutive Relations for Solids
  4. AE/ME/MSE/CHBE 7775. Topics in Fracture and Fatigue of Metallic and Composite Structures**
  5. MSE 7210. Dislocation and Deformation Mechanics
  6. PTFE/CHBE/MSE/ME 7771. Mechanics of Polymer Solids and Fluids
  7. AE/MSE/ME/PTFE/CEE/CHBE 4791. Mechanical Behavior of Composites
  8. AE/MSE/ME/PTFE/CEE/CHBE 7791. Damage, Failure and Durability of Composite Materials
  9. AE/MSE/ME/PTFE/CEE/CHBE 7792. Advanced Mechanics of Composites
  10. CEE 6521. Reinforced Concrete Members
  11. CEE 6571. Experimental Stress Analysis
  12. PTFE/CHBE/MSE/ME 6768. Polymer Structure, Physical Properties and Characterization
  13. ME/MSE/PTFE 6796. Structure-Property Relationships in Materials
  14. MSE 4010. Environmental Degradation of Materials
  15. ME 7201. Computational Mechanics of Materials, or CEE 6507. Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
  16. AE/CEE/CHBE/ME/MSE/PTFE 8000 level Special Topics Courses as approved by certificate administration.

* Certificate program prerequisites include MSE 2001 or equivalent, and COE 3001 or equivalent.
** Not allowed if MSE/ME/CEE/AE/CHBE 7774 is taken as a core course.