MSE Program Educational Objectives

The MSE program at NCSU prepares their B.S. graduates to achieve the following career and professional goals:

  1. Apply their basic MSE knowledge and skills to problems and challenges encountered in their professional careers.
    1. By graduation, students will be able to apply the basic mathematical skills needed to solve routine problems within the discipline of MSE.
    2. By graduation, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the principles of chemistry and physics relevant to MSE.
    3. By graduation, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of engineering thermodynamics relevant to MSE.
    4. By graduation, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of statics and solid mechanics relevant to MSE.
    5. By graduation, students will be able to identify the structure-property-performance relationships for metallic, ceramic, polymeric and microelectronic materials.
    6. By graduation, students who desire to attend graduate school will be accepted into reputable MSE graduate programs.
  2. Use modern analytical equipment and methods as needed for materials testing, design, processing, development and research.
    1. By graduation, students will be able to apply computer modeling programs and other computer-based tools to solve materials-related problems.
    2. By graduation, students will be able to select an appropriate material for a given application.
    3. By graduation, students will be able to apply basic microscopy and diffraction methods for analysis of the structure of materials at various size scales.
    4. By graduation, students will demonstrate familiarity with methods used to analyze mechanical and thermal properties of materials.
    5. By graduation, students will demonstrate familiarity with methods for characterizing the electrical and magnetic properties of materials.
    6. By graduation, students will be able to articulate the basic processing methods for selected classes of materials that interest them, and explain how processing parameters can affect structure and properties.
  3. Communicate well orally and in writing, interact professionally and work effectively on multi-disciplinary teams to achieve design and project objectives.
    1. By graduation, students will be able to demonstrate team-oriented skills.
    2. By graduation, students will be able to communicate orally with others within the discipline of MSE.
    3. By graduation, students will be able to communicate through writing with others within the discipline of MSE.
    4. By graduation, students will be able to demonstrate basic computer skills for oral and written communication.
  4. Engage in lifelong learning in their profession and practice professional and ethical responsibility.
    1. By graduation, students will develop an appreciation for contemporary issues.
    2. By graduation, students will develop an appreciation for professional and ethical responsibility.
    3. By graduation, students will develop an appreciation of the impact of engineering solutions on society and the environment in a global context.
    4. By graduation, students will develop an appreciation for the importance of life-long learning.

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