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Acting Chair

Phaneuf, Raymond J., Full Member


Al-Sheikhly, Mohamad I., Full Member

Ankem, Sreeramamurthy, Full Member

Briber, Robert M., Full Member

Christou, Aristos, Full Member

Oehrlein, Gottlieb, Full Member

Rubloff, Gary W., Full Member

Salamanca-Riba, Lourdes G., Full Member

Takeuchi, Ichiro, Full Member

Wachsman, Eric, Full Member

Wuttig, Manfred R., Full Member

Associate Professor

Cumings, John, Full Member

Hu, Liangbing, Full Member

Lloyd, Isabel K., Full Member

Martinez-Miranda, Luz, Full Member

Rabin, Oded, Full Member

Assistant Professor

Leite, Marina Soares, Full Member

Mo, Yifei, Full Member

Adjunct Professor

Barkatt, Aaron, Non-Member

Kukla , Maija M., Non-Member

Livingston, Richard A ., Special Member

Affiliate Professor

Eichhorn, Bryan W., Full Member

Flatau, Alison, Full Member

Ghodssi, Reza, Full Member

Kofinas, Peter, Full Member

Lee, Sang Bok, Full Member

Shapiro, Benjamin, Full Member

Sita, Lawrence R., Full Member

Smela, Elisabeth, Full Member

Zachariah, Michael R., Full Member

Affiliate Associate Professor

Aranda-Espinoza, Jose Helim, Full Member

Ouyang, Min, Full Member

Affiliate Assistant Professor

Cui, Jun, Non-Member

Nie, Zhihong, Non-Member

University Affiliate

Bartolo, Robert Ernest, Adjunct Member

Foecke, Timothy, Adjunct Member

Pate, Brian D., Adjunct Member

Talin, Albert, Adjunct Member

Professor Emeritus

Silverman, Joseph, Full Member

More ENMA Faculty Information

Materials Science and Engineering (ENMA)   

Program Title and Classification

Materials Science and Engineering

Graduate Degree Program

College: Engineering


Materials Science and Engineering is an interdisciplinary program. Students from engineering and science disciplines receive a solid foundation in the physics and chemistry of materials, thermodynamics and structure of materials, as well as the latest technological aspects of materials in today’s manufacturing environment. Faculty research areas are mainly concentrated in the development of novel materials for today’s electronics, energy, biomedical and high tech industries. These materials may be bulk or thin film format and range from ceramics, semiconductors, metals, polymer and biomaterials . Departmental faculty members are major participants in the University of Maryland Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, the Maryland NanoCenter and the University of Maryland Energy Research Center. For an overview of the Materials Science and Engineering Department, please visit Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Maryland.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume
  • Publications/Presentations

The Department offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science (thesis or non-thesis options) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. In addition, students enrolled in the Professional Master of Engineering program may choose Materials Science and Engineering as a program option. Graduate study is open to qualified students holding a bachelor’s degree from accredited programs in any of the engineering and science areas. For detailed admissions and program information, please visit Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Programs

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
1 Dec29 Sep
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
1 Dec29 Sep

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Science (M.S.)

Total CreditsCore RequirementsSpecialization Options

Thesis option: 30 credits

Non-thesis option (scholarly paper): 30 credits

ENMA 650: Nanometer Structure of Materials (3 credits)

ENMA 660: Thermodynamics in Materials Science (3 credits)

ENMA 661: Kinetics of Reactions in Materials (3)

ENMA 671: Defects in Materials (3 credits) or ENMA 620: Polymer Physics (3 credits)

ENMA 688: Seminar in Materials Science and Engineering (3 credits)


Thesis option: Students complete ENMA 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)

Non-thesis option: Students complete a scholarly paper. 


The M.S. degree program offers thesis and non-thesis options. The thesis option requires 24 credit hours of course work plus a thesis. The non-thesis option requires 30 credit hours of course work and a scholarly research paper. All students must complete the Program Core requirements as well as all Graduate School requirements. The University of Maryland's Office of Advanced Engineering Education also offers a Professional Master of Engineering (M.E.) degree with a materials science and engineering option which requires 30 credits of graduate coursework and does not require a thesis.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

1. Students are required to complete 45 credits of coursework beyond the Bachelor's degree.

2. All Ph.D. candidates must also meet the course requirements for the M.S. degree.

3. Students are required to complete 18 credits of ENMA 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research.


Students wishing to pursue a Ph.D. must complete 45 credits of core and specialized coursework and a dissertation based on original research. After the completion of the second semester of coursework, the student will take the Ph.D. qualifying examination. Advancement to candidacy occurs after the completion of the core courses with a minimum of 2 grades of A- or higher and 2 grades of B- or higher and successful completion of the qualifying examination.


Facilities and Special Resources

Special equipment includes scanning and transmission electron microscopes; X-ray diffraction devices; image analysis and mechanical testing facilities; crystal growing, thin film deposition and analysis equipment; HPLC, GC, IR and other sample preparation and analytical apparatus.

The Laboratory for Advanced Materials Processing (LAMP) in JM Patterson 2225 includes a class 1000 clean room for various kinds of thin film processing, particularly things difficult to acccomplish in the NanoCenter’s new FabLab clean room in the Kim Building. LAMP also features custom-designed ultraclean chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and atomic layer deposition (ALD) equipment as the basis for research in nano applications and manufacturing process prototyping, particularly with real-time chemical sensing for metrology and process control. A custom wafer-scanning electrical characterization facility enables resistance and capacitance mapping.

The Nano-Bio Systems Laboratory (NBSL) in JM Patterson 2229 adjoins LAMP and provides capability for biotech research, specifically in biomaterials processing and biomicrosystems development. It includes a Zeiss 310 laser confocal/fluorescence microscope, microfluidic chip testing for biomolecular reaction and cellular response experiments, biomaterials deposition, a Zyvex L200 nanomanipulator system for life science studies, and mass spectrometry and ICP optical emission equipment.

The W. M. Keck Laboratory for Combinatorial Nanosynthesis and Multiscale Characterization in 1141 Kim Building houses several thin film deposition chambers for rapid exploration of novel functional materials. The combinatorial approach allows simultaneous invstigation of large numbers of different samples. The combinatorial laser molecular beam epitaxy is used to perfrom atomic layer controlled combinatorial synthesis of functional materials. Atomically controlled growth of unitcells are monitored in-situ using electron diffraction.

The Advanced Imaging and Microscopy Laboratory (AIM), located in 1237 Jeong H. Kim Building, houses the most electron powerful microscopes within any university in the Washington, DC metro area. The facility has a Field-emission Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) with 1.4 angstrom resolution and can generate chemical-composition maps of materials using Energy-Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDS) or Electron Energy-Loss Spectroscopy (EELS). Also housed in the lab are a thermionic TEM with 2.0 angstrom resolution (capable of in-situ electrical measurements and in-situ observations between -183 C and 1000C) and an electron microprobe with five Wavelength-Dispersion X-Ray Spectrometers (WDS).

Equipment available at other facilities include a Lakeshore vibrating scanning magnetometer and a scanning Auger spectrometer.

For additional information about the department’s research facilities, please visit the following webpage: Materials Science and Engineering Research.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance in the form of teaching and research assistantships and sponsored fellowships are available to qualified students. Requests for financial assistance will be considered for Fall admission only.

Contact Statement

Information is available from:



Dr. Kathleen C. Hart, Associate Director, Student Services

1111 Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Bldg.

MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-5989">


Associated Information


Energy Harvesting and Storage Materials; Electronic Materials; Organic Materials; Advanced Structural Materials (metals, ceramics, composites); Advanced Engineered Thin Films, Adaptive Composites; Materials Processing and Characterizatiion; Nanostructured Materials.