Courses & Training

MAT 206 Processing and Properties of Metals
The production, purification and fabrication of metals and control of relevant properties. Includes such topics as precipitation hardening, hot and cold working, and casting. Prerequisite: MAT 218, MAT 216.

MAT 345/425 Powder Metallurgy
Metal powder fabrication and characterization methods. Powder processing including powder compaction, theory of compacting, press and die design, sintering, and hot consolidation. Microstructure and properties of sintered metals and their relationship to processing conditions. Industrial applications. Emerging powder metallurgy technologies. Prerequisite: MAT 206 or consent of instructor.

MAT 314/414 Metal Forming Processes
Mechanical metallurgy and the mechanics of metal forming processes. Yield criteria. Workability. Friction and lubrication. Engineering analysis of forging, extrusion, wire and tube drawing, rolling, sheet forming and other processes. Recent developments in metal forming. Prerequisite: MAT 214 or consent of instructor.

MAT 325/245 Inorganic Biomaterials
Fabrication methods for biomedical implants and devices. Selection of metals and ceramics with specific bulk and surface physical properties as well as chemical properties. The role of materials chemistry and microstructure. Biocompatibility. Case studies (dental and orthopedic implants, stents, nonporous ceramic filters for kidney dialysis). Prerequisite MAT 33, or consent of instructor.

MAT 327 Industrial Project
Restricted to a small group of seniors and graduate students selected by the department from those who apply. Three days per week are spent on development projects at various plants operated by local industry, under the direction of a plant engineer along with faculty supervision.

MAT 329 Industrial Project
To be taken concurrently with Mat 327. Course material is consistent with Mat 327.

MAT 240 Research Techniques
Study and application of research techniques in materials science and engineering. Research opportunities, design of experimental programs, data analysis and presentation of results. Selection of research topics as well as preparation and defense of research proposals. Restricted to a small number of students selected by the department from those who apply.

MAT 291 Undergraduate Research
Application of research techniques to a project in materials science and engineering, selected in consultation with the faculty. Typically preceded by MAT 240.

Short Courses and Workshops for Industrial Staff
The Loewy Institute is working closely with industrial groups, independent companies as well as trade organizations including Aluminum Extruders Council, Tube and Pipe Association, Brazilian Aluminum Association (ABAL) promoting training for their technical staff. Professor Misiolek has given several short courses in various locations in the US, Brazil, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates. Includes participants from the US, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland and South Africa. These typically one or two day events are designed to update technical personnel on changes taking place in the industry as well as on new research techniques used for process and product optimization. These events are sometimes followed by multi-day workshops at Lehigh with extensive demonstrations in university laboratories.