Graduate Embedded Certificate in Mechanical Properties of Materials

Graduate students conducting research within the Mechanical Properties Research Laboratory (MPRL) are strongly encouraged to pursue the multidisciplinary certificate in Mechanical Properties of Materials, administered through the College of Engineering.  This certificate is awarded along with the graduate degree, and denotes a specialty in mechanical properties and affiliation with the MPRL that may be useful in seeking future employment opportunities in addition to providing a well-balanced educational program.

A multidisciplinary certificate program consisting of coursework in which graduate students from participating Schools in the College of Engineering may participate to obtain an in-depth understanding of mechanical behavior and properties.  The program is entitled "A Certificate in Mechanical Properties of Materials" and is administered through the Mechanical Properties Research Laboratory (MPRL) to graduate students in participating Schools in the College of Engineering.

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 MPRL and various academic units.  This certificate program also meets the needs of industry for high-level practitioners for which materials/mechanics considerations are primary design obstacles.

This multidisciplinary certificate presently involves faculty members from the Schools of Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, though others outside of these schools can qualify if they meet the requirements of the certificate program.

In consultation with his/her advisor, the student selects courses that constitute a coherent sequence from an approved list (see attached forms).  The student then sends the proposed program to the MPRL Director for review and approval.  Upon successful completion of the program, a recommendation is forwarded by the MPRL Director to the Dean of Engineering for final approval similar to other existing certificate programs.

Program of Study

Core Courses3
Fund-Fracture Mechanics
Other courses9
Adv Fracture Mechanics
Fract&Fatigue-Structures 1
Inelastic Deform Solids
Dislocat&Deform Mechanic
Mech-Polymer Solid&Fluid
Mech Behavior-Composites
Damage & Fail-Composites
Polymer Structure& Props
Struct-Property Relation
Spec Topic-Manufacturing 2
Total Credit Hours12

 Not allowed if ME 7774 is taken as a core course.


 Special Topics courses as approved by certificate administration.