Degree: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
If you want to achieve the highest acumen in the field of advanced materials, then a PhD is essential for career success. Pursuing a PhD gives you an extended period of time to conduct your own research, carve out your space as an independent scientist, and advance the field. You’ll publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals, create a vision for your future career path and develop personal skills that will enable you to serve in leadership positions.
At the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, we develop materials engineering leaders by combining the best attributes of small and large graduate programs to offer you both personalized attention from faculty members and access to world-class equipment and mentorship from internationally renowned researchers.
Your PhD advisor, along with your committee, will help you grow as an independent thinker and researcher, and take you to the highest level of materials knowledge. Here, you’ll have ample opportunities to engage in cutting-edge materials research like materials for energy conversion, lightweight alloys, additive manufacturing, surface engineering, failure analysis and materials data science.
To gain such in-depth understanding, our unique facilities let you study all aspects of materials science and engineering in the most advanced ways possible. Our world-class equipment lets you analyze materials from the atomic scale on up. See atoms up close and perform nanoanalysis in our Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials, which greatly elevates what you can accomplish with some of the most sophisticated microcharacterization instruments in the world. At the SDLE Research Center, combine materials data analytics with lifetime degradation science to develop long-lasting solutions. Our foundry is unique as one of few production-sized academic foundries in the nation. The Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Reliability Center enables ultra-clean primary processing with a variety of secondary processing options for both structural and functional materials, followed by mechanical reliability testing. Our Nitinol Processing Lab explores metallurgical processing and mechanical characterization of nitinol for use in biomedical and aerospace applications. Plus, our collaborations with the MORE Center give you access to state-of-the-art equipment for the fabrication and characterization of materials and devices for solar energy and emerging electronic and optoelectronic technologies.