Lehigh University's Center for Polymer Science and Engineering (CPSE) offers a unique environment for graduate study -- one that is large enough to boast world-class professors and research facilities, but is small enough to give each student individualized attention. CPSE consists of faculty members from the departments of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, and Physics. Many of our faculty members are also active in the Emulsion Polymers Institute and the Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.
Through the five participating departments, graduate students can earn the following degrees in polymer science and engineering: Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Engineering (M.E.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Students may also elect to earn degrees in their participating home department while emphasizing polymer courses and research. Such students are encouraged to pursue a graduate certificate in polymer science and engineering. Note that the CPSE is very active in Lehigh University's Distance Education program and graduate degrees may be obtained from our online masters program.
CPSE courses cover polymer synthesis and characterization, physical polymer science, organic polymer science, engineering behavior, rheology, polymer blends and composites, polymer processing, emulsion polymers, polymer interfaces, and colloid science, among others. CPSE has 19 faculty members from five participating departments.
Lehigh's polymer science and engineering program dates back to 1975, when Dr. John A. Manson instituted a graduate degree program in polymers. The program has developed and matured over the years into CPSE; today, the degree program reflects a solid core of faculty, courses, students in the field of polymers, incorporating the latest developments and techniques.