Courses at Lehigh


MAT 339 Light Metals


Designing mechanical properties of light metals such as aluminum, beryllium, magnesium and titanium through alloying and processing. In depth analysis of strengthening mechanisms and resulting physical properties. Review of typical casting, deformation, powder metallurgy and machining processes applied to these materials. Recent commercial applications in the construction, packaging, aerospace and automotive industries. Prerequisite: MAT 206 or consent of the instructor.


MAT 345 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 Metal Forming Processes


Mechanical metallurgy and mechanics of metal forming processes. Yield criteria. Workability. Friction and lubrication. Engineering analysis and 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 Inorganic Biomaterials

Fabrication methods for biomedical implants and devices. Selection of metals and ceramics with specific bulk and surface physical 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). Prerequisites BioE 110 or 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 full days per week are spent on development projects at the plant of an area industry, under the direction of a plant engineer and with faculty supervision.


MAT 329 Industrial Project


To be taken concurrently with Mat 327. Course material is the same as Mat 327.

MAT 240 Research Techniques


Study and application of research techniques in materials science and engineering. Research opportunities, design of experimental programs, analysis of data, presentation of results. Selection of research topic and preparation and defense of research proposal. 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. Normally preceded by MAT 240.


Education Option


Students develop an interactive presentation to teach middle or high school students about Materials Science and Engineering. The student is responsible for developing a presentation that will tie into the high/middle school curriculum and for stimulating interests in engineering. The student will observe the science class, create his/her presentation, and then present it to the instructor at Lehigh before presenting it in the classroom. This service-learning class gives students exposure to teaching and to working on independent projects.


MAT 206 Processing and Properties of Metals


The production and purification of metals, their fabrication, and control of their properties. Includes topics such as precipitation hardening, hot and cold working, and casting. Prerequisite: MAT 205, MAT 216.




The Institute for Metal Forming is working closely with industrial groups and individual 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 and Brazil attracting participants from the US, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland and South Africa. These usually one-day events are designed to update technical personnel on changes taking place in the industry and on new research techniques used for process and product optimization. These events are very often followed by multi-day workshops at Lehigh with extensive demonstrations in university laboratories.

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