Jul 23, 2024  
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers graduate study in the specialized fields of applied electromagnetics and antennas, biomedical engineering, computers, control systems, electron beams, high-temperature superconductivity devices, neural networks, neuro-engineering, pattern recognition, power systems, robotics, seismic exploration, signal image processing, solid-state microelectronics, and well logging.

The department has extensive research facilities for work in antenna measurements, biomedical engineering, digital systems, electron beam lithography, micro-electronics fabrication, microwaves, neuro-engineering, power systems, well logging applications, and other areas.

Materials Science and Engineering Program

Graduate Program Overview

The Materials Science and Engineering Program prepares engineers and scientists to meet the increasing demand for materials with unusual engineering properties and applications.  The program provides an understanding of the methods used in the processing, characterization, control, and improvement of properties of engineering materials.  This is achieved by addressing the most current and pressing problems in materials usage associated with thin films, solid state devices, fracture-safe design, elevated temperatures, aggressive environments, and nondestructive evaluation of flaws and residual stresses.  Materials of special interest in the program include polymers, ceramics, composites, and high-temperature superconductors.

Monica Sanchez
Program Coordinator


Dmitri Litvinov
Program Director



Recent technological and economic developments, emphasized by the urgent need for new energy sources, have led to increasing demands for materials, which have unusual engineering properties and applications. From both the technical and economic points of view, it is recognized that the controlling factor in these developments is frequently a materials problem. These concerns are further compounded by growing difficulties in assuring continuous availability of various strategic materials. For these reasons, the need for research and graduate education in materials engineering has never been greater.

Because of its broad interdisciplinary nature, and its strong relationship with many engineering disciplines, the Materials Science and Engineering Program leads to an interdisciplinary degree in the Cullen College of Engineering. Relevant research and teaching facilities, however, are developed by individual engineering departments, where continuous efforts are made to expand and to strengthen materials engineering research and graduate programs.

Degrees Offered:


  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in engineering, materials science, metallurgy, physics, chemistry, geology or closely related fields of physical sciences.
  • A minimum of 79 on the TOEFL for all students whose native language is not English.
  • GRE General scores to be sent directly to the program.
  • Three letters of recommendations.
  • Statement of Purpose.  This form can be found on the admissions page of our webpage.  

Acceptance to the program is based on a competitive combination of academic background, GRE scores, and recommendation letters and Statement of Purpose.   Domestic applicants who are not clearly competitive in all three areas may be admitted on a conditional basis at the discretion of the Director of Admissions.  Non-immigrant visa holders may not be admitted conditionally.