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Materials Science and Engineering

The Materials Science & Engineering Program (MS&E) program is designed to provide graduate level students, who have science and engineering backgrounds, a path to a MS&E Ph.D.  The program was approved by the State of New york in April 2010.  Currently at Clarkson, the MS&E program is under the department of Engineering and is overseen by a director, Dr. Marilyn Freeman.

The MS&E program is truly an interdisciplinary curriculum comprising over 50 courses offered in both the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering.  Students choose their coursework to provide them the knowledge and skills tailored to their areas of research interest, as well as, a set of required MS&E core courses, which provides the basic foundation and breadth of the MS&E discipline. Each student must have a dissertation project that is overseen by a Clarkson faculty advisor, who may be affiliated with any of the departments in either school.  Typically faculty advisors are members of the Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or Physics departments. 

In this second year of the program, there was one MS&E Ph.D. awarded.  There are currently 8 students in the program, at various stages of progress.  Research topics include:

  • Regeneration Studies of Biosensors Using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy
  • Experimental Study on the Synthesis of Thin Film Semiconductor Materials
    for Photovoltaic Applications
  • Elastomer Nano-composites
  • Nano-mechanical Characterization of Soft Biopolymers
  • Nano-plasticity in Copper
Currently, there is no provision for granting a M.S. or M.E. in MS&E at Clarkson University.  Undergraduate students may seek to obtain a certificate of concentration in MS&E at Clarkson University.  The plan is to continue to build the MS&E Ph.D. program, while pursuing approval to expand the program to provide other graduate students and undergraduates the opportunity to become Materials Scientists and Engineers. 


Offered in both the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering.  Students choose their coursework to provide them the knowledge and skills tailored to their areas of research interest, as well as, a set of required MS&E core courses, which provides the basic foundation and breadth of the MS&E discipline. Each student must have a dissertation project that is overseen by a Clarkson faculty advisor, who may be affiliated with any of the departments in either school.  Typically faculty advisors are members of the Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or Physics departments. 

The Materials Science and Engineering PhD program is closely associated with Clarkson's Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP), whose mission is "to perform innovative research and conduct educational efforts on the synthesis and processing of advanced materials of interest to industry."  Materials Science and Engineering faculty also collaborate with faculty associated with the Center for the Environment; Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science, and Technology (CREST); and Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science (CARES).

Graduate Student Success:

Our graduate students in the Materials field have been quite successful, as can be seen from their awards, publications, successful research proposals, and high job placement rates.  Some examples of recent successful graduate students include:

  • Aarti Krishna Krishnamurthy PhD '12 dissertation title "Aqueous Room Temperature Disposition of Silicon, Molybdenum and Germanium into Aluminum Substrtes."   Upon completion of the PhD program she was hired by Intel Corp.


Details and Application Process:

Admission to graduate study will be granted to qualified applicants from all major fields of Science and Engineering.  Competitive research or teaching assistantships that include a full stipend and tuition waiver are available for PhD students.  Partial funding is also available through partial tuition waivers and graduate applications.

The Graduate School and the Materials Science and Engineering website provide additional details of the application process and degree requirements.

For more information contact us:

Marilyn Freeman
Michael and Janet Jesanis Chair
School of Engineering
103 CAMP
Clarkson University
Potsdam, NY 13699-5700
Phone: 315-268-2316
Email: mfreeman@clarkson.edu