Materials and Manufacturing Technology

Welcome to the Materials and Manufacturing Technology (MMT) graduate concentration at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering. This school-wide graduate program leads to an M.S. degree or Ph.D. degree in Engineering with a concentration in MMT. It also offers a part-time study option for students pursuing an M.S. degree. Currently, there are 25 faculty members from five departments (CEE, BME, ChEMS, EECS, and MAE) participating in this interdisciplinary program.

Materials and Manufacturing Technology (MMT) is concerned with the generation and application of knowledge relating the composition, structure, and processing of materials to their properties and applications, as well as the manufacturing technologies needed for production. During the past two decades, MMT has become an important component of modern engineering education, partly because of the increased level of sophistication required of engineering materials in a rapidly changing technological society, and partly because the selection of materials and the technology to put these materials together in the designed structure have increasingly become an integral part of almost every modern engineering project.

Background Suggested:
Given the nature of Materials and Manufacturing Technology as an interdisciplinary program, students having a background and suitable training in either Materials, Engineering (Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical), or the Natural Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology) are encouraged to participate. Recommended background courses include an introduction to materials, thermodynamics, mechanical properties, and electrical/optical/magnetic properties. A student with an insufficient background may be required to take remedial undergraduate courses following matriculation as a graduate student.

Admissions Information:
Use the following list as a guideline of documents needed for a complete application. For additional information, please visit:
__________ Application
__________ Application Fee
__________ Statement Of Purpose
__________ Official Copy of GRE
__________ Official Copy of TOEFL (International Applicants Only)
__________ Official Copy of Transcripts (Bachelors and Masters, if applicable)
__________ 3 letters of recommendation

Please submit your official transcripts and letters of recommendation (if not submitted electronically) to the following address:

ATTN: Nadia Ortiz
University of California, Irvine
Henry Samueli School of Engineering
Graduate Student Affairs Office
5400 Engineering Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-2710

Questions about the application process? Contact Nadia Ortiz, Assistant Director in Graduate Student Affairs, at or 949-824-3562.

Deadline for ALL application materials to be received is June 1st.

Interdisciplinary Research Activities Include:
Subjects of interest in Materials and Manufacturing Technology cover a wide spectrum including metals and alloys, electronic and optical materials, ceramics, advanced composites, polymers, biomaterials, electronic packaging, solder technology, microfabriaction, semiconductor processing, various sensors, lifechips, and nanotechnology. The emerging new research and technological areas in materials and manufacturing technology are in many cases interdisciplinary. Accordingly, the principal objective of the graduate curriculum is to integrate a student’s area of emphasis—whether it be chemical processing and production, electronic and photonic materials and devices, electronic packaging and manufacturing, or materials engineering —into the whole of materials and manufacturing technology. Such integration will breed familiarity with other disciplines and provide students with the breadth they need to face the challenges of current and future technology.

Career Fields Include:
The field of MMT ranks high on the list of top careers for scientists and engineers. The services of these engineers and scientists are required in a variety of engineering operations dealing, for example, with design of semiconductors and optoelectronic devices, development of new technologies based on composites and high-temperature materials, biomedical products, performance (quality, reliability, safety, energy efficiency) in automobile and aircraft components, improvement in nondestructive testing techniques, corrosion behavior in refineries, fabrication of steels, and construction of highways and bridges. Southern California has one of the largest manufacturing bases in the world. The materials and manufacturing industries include: aerospace, automotive, biomedical, communications, construction, defense, electronics, food processing, machining, medical instruments, metallurgy, oil refinery, pharmaceutical, optics, semiconductor, and tools, etc. The opportunity for the graduates to find a position is high. The pursuit of advanced manufacturing technology is critical to keep manufacturing activities and jobs here. This needs the talents of the engineers and the workers to design and implement cost effective manufacturing processes.

Degree Requirements:
Visit the UCI General Catalogue for more course and degree information about the Materials and Manufacturing Technology Concentration.