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 undergraduate overview

Although the Jonsson School does not offer a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering, undergraduates from other disciplines are encouraged to investigate opportunities to participate in the department’s research activities or opt for a minor in nanoscience and technology. Students are also welcome to take the graduate-level Introduction to Materials Science course or a nanotechnology course. Please contact any of the faculty listed to discuss research opportunities within their areas of expertise.

Materials Science & Engineering Courses

NANO 3310/ECS 3310 Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering 

This course provides an intensive overview of materials science and engineering and includes the foundations required for further graduate study in the field. Topics include atomic structure, crystalline solids, defects, failure mechanisms, phase diagrams and transformations, metal alloys, ceramics and polymers as well as their thermal, electrical, magnetic and optical properties. (3 semester hours)
NANO 3301 Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Introduction to the underlying principles and applications of the emerging field of nanotechnology and nanoscience. Intended for a multidisciplinary audience with a variety of backgrounds. Introduces tools and principles relevant at the nanoscale dimension. Discusses current and future nanotechnology applications in engineering, materials, physics, chemistry, biology, electronics and energy. (3 semester hours)

NANO 3302 Microscopy, Spectroscopy, and Nanotech Instrumentation
The instructor will guide students in learning and practicing the techniques for using laboratory instruments common to the field of nanotechnology. Techniques include ion scattering, electron spectroscopy, diffraction, Raman and UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy, SEM, SFM, and thin film growth/deposition and processing. (3 semester hours.)

NANO 4391/EE 4391 Technology of Plasma
Plasmas are critical to making the best electronic devices. This class will be an introduction to the technology required to make and use these plasmas. Topics include: high-vacuum technology (gas properties, pumps, pressure gauges, flow-meters, gas composition analysis) and plasma technology (etch, deposition, and lamps). (3 semester hours)

Research Opportunities for Prospective Undergraduates

Nano Explorer Program
On a rainy day in 1959, a teenage Ray Baughman had an experience that changed his life. Completely drenched, he showed up unannounced at Professor George Jeffrey’s lab door at the University of Pittsburgh and asked for a job.

“The wonderful opportunity that he gave me – to do original research when I was in the 10th grade – was so important for my entire life,” said Dr. Baughman, director of the NanoTech Institute at The University of Texas at Dallas. The experience had a profound effect, setting in motion an inevitable series of events.

In the spirit of his mentor, the NanoTech Institute initiated the George A. Jeffrey NanoExplorers program. The program promotes nanotechnology-based education for the next generation of scientists and is funded by the Robert A. Welch Chair grant Dr. Baughman received in chemistry.The NanoExplorers program was launched in the summer of 2002, when about a dozen high school students were invited to work on original research in the institute’s labs.

To get involved, students must contact the institute and volunteer to work in the research labs. The program does not involve grades or credits. It is truly science for science’s sake. Click here to learn more about the Nano Explorer program.

Academic Bridge Program
The Academic Bridge Program (ABP) seeks to attract, support, and retain students who graduate from Dallas-area urban high schools with high class rankings without having completed the full university-track curriculum. This summer scholarship program is offered to selected entering freshmen and gives students the opportunity to begin their university education immediately following their high school graduation. UTD believes strongly in the capabilities of these students and fosters the Bridge Program as a supportive introductory environment for those who choose to attend The University of Texas at Dallas.

The Academic Bridge Program provides:
  1. Free on-campus housing for the months of June and July, including a weekly meal stipend
  2. Tuition and fees for up to 9 semester hours of courses, including college-level Mathematics, Rhetoric, and introduction to Engineering / Computer Science.
  3. Small class sizes (20 or less students)
  4. Tutoring and supplemental instruction
  5. Campus orientation activites
  6. Extra-curricular activities and field trips
  7. The Bridge Builders Award, a $1,000 scholarship awarded to excellent Summer Bridge Program students

To learn more about the Academic Bridge Program, click here