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 MSE099 to count towards the concentration, the research must be within the scope of the concentration. MSE099, Independent Study, can also replace one of the two required courses with prior approval from the Undergraduate Chair. Only one MSE099 course is permitted for each concentration.

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

Electronic & Optical Devices and Sensors

MSE 536 – Electronic Properties of Materials (required)
MSE 465/565 – Fabrication and Characterization of Micro and Nanostructured Devices (required)
MSE 099 – Independent Study (may substitute for one required course with permission)
MSE 525 – Nanoscale Science & Engineering
MSE 640 – Optical Materials
ESE 215 Electrical Circuits and Systems
ESE 218 Electronic, Photonic, and Electromechanical Devices
ESE 310 Electric and Magnetic Fields I
ESE 321 Physics and Models of Semiconductor Devices
ESE 510 Electromagnetic and Optical Theory
ESE 521 The Physics of Solid-State Energy Devices
ESE 523 Quantum Engineering
PHYS 364 Laboratory Electronics

Energy and Sustainability

MSE 455 – Electrochemical Engineering of Materials (required)
MSE 545 – Materials for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (required)
MSE 099 – Independent Study (may substitute for one required course with permission)
CBE 545 – Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage
EAS 401 – Energy and its Impacts: Technology, Environment, Economics, Sustainability
EAS 402 – Renewable Energy and its Impacts: Technology, Environment, Economics, Sustainability
EAS 403 – Energy Systems and Policy
ESE 518 – Battery and Super-Capacitor Systems
MEAM 502 – Energy Engineering in Power Plants and Transportation Systems
MEAM 503 – Direct Energy Conversion: From Macro to Nano
MEAM 580 – Electrochemistry for Energy, Nanofabrication & Sensing

Nanotechnology

MSE 525 – Nanoscale Science and Engineering (required)
MSE 465/565 – Fabrication and Characterization of Micro and Nanostructured Devices (required)
MSE 099 – Independent Study (may substitute for one required course with permission)
MSE 610 Transmission Electron Microscopy and Crystalline Imperfections
ESE 336 Nanofabrication of Electrical Devices
ESE 423 Quantum Engineering
ESE 536 Nanofabrication and Nanocharacterization
ESE 621 Nanoelectronics
MEAM 529 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 430 – Polymers
  • MSE 650 – Mechanics of Soft and Biomaterials
  • BE 512 – Biomaterials
  • BE 518 – Optical Microscopy
  • BE 553 – Tissue Engineering
  • MEAM 302 – Fluid Mechanics
  • MEAM 575 – Micro and Nano Fluidics
  • PHYS 280 – 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 465/565 – Fabrication and Characterization of Micro and Nanostructured Materials
  • MSE 515 – Mathematics for Materials Science
  • MSE 536 – Electronic Properties of Materials
  • ENGR 504 – Fundamental Concepts in Nanotechnology
  • ESE 215 – Electrical Circuits and Systems I
  • ESE 218 – Electronic, Photonic, and Electromechanical Devices
  • PHYS 364 – Laboratory Electronics
  • PHYS 528 – 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 455/555 – Electrochemical Engineering of Materials
  • MSE 530 – Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria
  • MSE 545 – Materials for Energy Storage and Generation
  • MSE 401 – Energy and Its Impacts: Technology, Environment, Economics, Sustainability
  • ESE 518 – Battery and Super-Capacitor Systems
  • MEAM 333 – Heat and Mass Transfer (prerequisites)
  • MEAM 502 – Energy Engineering (prerequisites)
  • MEAM 503 – 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 515 – Mathematics for Materials Science
  • MSE 561 – Atomic Modelling in Materials Science
  • MSE 575 – Statistical Mechanics
  • CIS 110 (or ENG 105) – Introduction to Computer Programming
  • CIS 120 – Programming Languages and Techniques I
  • ENM 321 – Engineering Statistics
  • ESE 210 – 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 455/555 – Electrochemical Engineering of Materials
  • MSE 465/565 – Fabrication and Characterization of Micro and Nanostructured Materials
  • MSE 525 – Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • MSE 537 – Nanotribology
  • MEAM 201 – Machine Design and Manufacturing (prerequisites)
  • MEAM 415 – Product Design
  • MEAM 504 – Tribology
  • MEAM 514 – Design for Manufacturability (prerequisites)
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Contacts:

Dr. Vanessa Chan 
Professor and Undergraduate Chair
vanessazchan@seas.upenn.edu

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