Undergraduate Degree Concentrations

As part of the SEAS curriculum reform, MSE is offering concentrations to guide undergraduate students toward courses that specialize in their areas of interest. The MSE concentrations are as follows: Electronic and Optical Devices and Sensors; Energy and Sustainability; and Nanotechnology. In contrast to the current areas of specialization, these concentrations will be officially denoted on transcripts when students fulfill the requirements for a concentration.

Each concentration is comprised of four courses from the list below. The two courses show in bold are required for the concentration. For MSE 099/0099 to count towards the concentration, the research must be within the scope of the concentration. MSE 099/0099, Independent Study, can also replace one of the two required courses with prior approval from the Undergraduate Chair. Only one MSE 099/0099 course is permitted for each concentration.

MSE Students, please download the Concentration Course Proposal Form here.

Electronic & Optical Devices and Sensors

MSE 5360 – Electronic Properties of Materials (required)
MSE 4650/5650 – Fabrication and Characterization of Micro and Nanostructured Devices (required)
MSE 0099 – Independent Study (may substitute for one required course with permission)
MSE 5250 – Nanoscale Science & Engineering
MSE 6400 – Optical Materials
ESE 2150 Electrical Circuits and Systems
ESE 2180 Electronic, Photonic, and Electromechanical Devices
ESE 3100 Electric and Magnetic Fields I
ESE 3210 Physics and Models of Semiconductor Devices
ESE 5100 Electromagnetic and Optical Theory
ESE 5210 The Physics of Solid-State Energy Devices
ESE 5230 Quantum Engineering
PHYS 3640 Laboratory Electronics

Energy and Sustainability

MSE 4550 – Electrochemical Engineering of Materials (required)
MSE 5450 – Materials for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (required)
MSE 0099 – Independent Study (may substitute for one required course with permission)
CBE 5450 – Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage
EAS 3010 – Climate Policy and Technology
EAS 4010 – Energy and its Impacts: Technology, Environment, Economics, Sustainability
EAS 4020 – Renewable Energy and its Impacts: Technology, Environment, Economics, Sustainability
EAS 4030 – Energy Systems and Policy
ESE 5180 – Battery and Super-Capacitor Systems
MEAM 5020 – Energy Engineering in Power Plants and Transportation Systems
MEAM 5030 – Direct Energy Conversion: From Macro to Nano
MEAM 5800 – Electrochemistry for Energy, Nanofabrication & Sensing

Nanotechnology

MSE 5250 – Nanoscale Science and Engineering (required)
MSE 4650/5650 – Fabrication and Characterization of Micro and Nanostructured Devices (required)
MSE 0099 – Independent Study (may substitute for one required course with permission)
MSE 6100 Transmission Electron Microscopy and Crystalline Imperfections
ESE 3360 Nanofabrication of Electrical Devices
ESE 4230 Quantum Engineering
ESE 5360 Nanofabrication and Nanocharacterization
ESE 6210 Nanoelectronics
MEAM 5290 Introduction to MEMS and NEMS

Areas of Specialization:

The following is a list of suggested electives organized by topic.  In addition, some students might be eligible to complete an interdepartmental senior design project related to an area of specialization.  To develop a specialization, the faculty recommends completing 3 courses.  Students are welcome to have multiple areas of specialization.  At present specializations are not designated on official transcripts.

Biomaterials and Biomimetics

This specialization focuses on the interaction between material properties and biological function. Students who choose this specialization can learn how to design materials that interact with the human body for medical or therapeutic purposes, such as artificial ligaments. Students can also learn about biomimetics, a field where engineers mimic structures found in biology to design innovative new materials. Some companies in this field include Arthrex, Johnson & Johnson, and Integra LifeSciences.

Recent MSE internships:  R&D engineer at Janssen Biotech, Analytical chemist at Merck Research Laboratories

  • MSE 4300 – Polymers
  • MSE 6500 – Mechanics of Soft and Biomaterials
  • BE 5120 – Biomaterials
  • BE 5180 – Optical Microscopy
  • BE 5530 – Tissue Engineering
  • MEAM 3020 – Fluid Mechanics
  • MEAM 5750 – Micro and Nano Fluidics
  • PHYS 2800 – Phys Models Bio Systems: Physical Models of Biological Systems

Electronic and Optical Materials

This area encompasses technologies such as LEDs and OLEDs, printed circuit boards, semiconductor equipment, photovoltaics, liquid crystal displays and quantum dots. Innovations in these fields will fuel the growth of emerging technologies such as flexible electronics and sensor materials. Companies that work with these technologies include Dow Electronic Materials, Intel, and Samsung SDI.

Recent MSE internships: Product Engineer at GT Advanced Technologies, Product Manager at Intel Corp, Advanced optics strategic sourcing analyst at Microsoft, Research engineer at Graphene Frontiers

  • MSE 4650/5650 – Fabrication and Characterization of Micro and Nanostructured Materials
  • MSE 5150 – Mathematics for Materials Science
  • MSE 5360 – Electronic Properties of Materials
  • ENGR 5040 – Fundamental Concepts in Nanotechnology
  • ESE 2150 – Electrical Circuits and Systems I
  • ESE 2180 – Electronic, Photonic, and Electromechanical Devices
  • PHYS 3640 – Laboratory Electronics
  • PHYS 5280 – Introduction to Liquid Crystals

Energy Conversion and Storage

This specialty emphasizes the design and implementation of energy-related technologies such as solar cells, fuel cells, electrochemical storage systems, and thermoelectric devices. Students will also get to explore thermodynamic principles and heat transfer in further depth. Some companies in this field include ExxonMobil, BP, Samsung SDI, and Tesla Motors.

Recent MSE internships: Engineer at GT Advanced Technologies, Energy engineer at DNV Energy

  • MSE 4550/5550 – Electrochemical Engineering of Materials
  • MSE 5300 – Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria
  • MSE 5450 – Materials for Energy Storage and Generation
  • MSE 4010 – Energy and Its Impacts: Technology, Environment, Economics, Sustainability
  • ESE 5180 – Battery and Super-Capacitor Systems
  • MEAM 3330 – Heat and Mass Transfer (prerequisites)
  • MEAM 5020 – Energy Engineering (prerequisites)
  • MEAM 5030 – Direct Energy Conversion: from Macro to Nano (prerequisites)

Materials Modelling and Simulation

This area provides a computational foundation for research and industry. Modelling and simulation skills are critical for predicting the behavior and properties of different material structures. Modelling and simulation in R&D teams are used to help expedite the development of new materials while saving the money and time usually required to gather insights through early-stage experimentation. Companies who look for students with this specialization include Scienomics and Advanced Material Simulation, as well as most major companies innovating in materials.

Recent MSE internships: Simulations engineer at SunEdison, Research engineer at CapeSym

  • MSE 5150 – Mathematics for Materials Science
  • MSE 5610 – Atomic Modelling in Materials Science
  • MSE 5750 – Statistical Mechanics
  • MSE 5760 – Machine Learning and Its Applications in Materials Science
  • CIS 1100 (or ENG 105) – Introduction to Computer Programming
  • CIS 1200 – Programming Languages and Techniques I
  • ENM 3210 – Engineering Statistics
  • ESE 2100 – Intro to Dynamic Systems

Product Design, Manufacturing, and Materials

This specialization focuses on quantitative techniques for quality control, failure analysis, materials selection and manufacturing controls. Students in this field will learn how to balance the creativity of product innovation with the constraints of industrial manufacturing. Companies looking for materials engineers with this specialty range from Mattel to Boeing.

Recent MSE internships: Materials and Process engineer at Boeing Company, Strategy intern at Luxottica Group, Product engineer at Newell Rubbermaid

  • MSE 4550/5550 – Electrochemical Engineering of Materials
  • MSE 4650/5650 – Fabrication and Characterization of Micro and Nanostructured Materials
  • MSE 5250 – Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • MSE 5370 – Nanotribology
  • MEAM 2010 – Machine Design and Manufacturing (prerequisites)
  • MEAM 4150 – Product Design
  • MEAM 5040 – Tribology
  • MEAM 5140 – Design for Manufacturability (prerequisites)
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Contacts:

Dr. Eric Detsi
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair
detsi@seas.upenn.edu

Ms. Vicky Lee
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
LRSM, Room 201
Phone: 215-898-8337
vickylt@seas.upenn.edu

Office Hours with Professor Detsi:
Please contact Vicky Lee to schedule a meeting.