The undergraduate program of the Department of Materials Engineering was established in 1983 to offer BS degree. The department also offers graduate programs of MS and PhD degrees for full-time study as well as part-time which is suitable for practicing engineers. Full-time students are required to perform research and write a thesis for their Master’s and PhD degrees. The department provides a variety of courses for students to build knowledge for the employment in either academic or industry. Students are mandated to participate in factory practice to gain solid foundation for their future careers. Besides, there are several employment-related programs. Our academic program provides the highest quality education in the fundamentals and applications of technologically-relevant materials. This is presented in a unique multidisciplinary setting where students can tailor their education and research to their own specialized interests. Our department has been recognized for the quality of its educational program and the research activities of our world-renowned faculty by IEET (Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan) accreditation since 1996. Today our department has over 15 full-time professors, 80 graduate students and 400 undergraduate students.
Primary Research Areas:
The research areas in our department are diversified, covering all classified materials, i.e. metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. The faculty members implement research projects in both basic and applied field. The research funds are granted from institutions of National Science Council, government institutes and private corporations, etc. Our full-time faculties are very active in research and have published over 100 technical papers in the past five years. They perform research in nanomaterials, advanced ceramics, high technical polymers, new metals, and biomaterials. All students are strongly encouraged to join one of the professional researches and to participate in many volunteer programs sponsored by each laboratory. The department owns laboratories in the following fields: light metals, structural materials, surface and heat treatment, fracture and surface science, powder metallurgy, electronic ceramics and solid state chemistry, electronic- and bio-materials, glass materials, energy storage materials, thermo-chemistry, carbon materials, thin film surface modification, and nanotechnology. Our department is equipped with practical and advanced instruments, including high resolution field-emission scanning electronic microscope (FE-SEM), transmission electronic microscope (TEM), X-ray Diffraction (XRD), thermal analysis instruments (DTA, DSC, TMA), Glow discharge optical emission spectrometry (GDOS), Mechanical threshold stress (MTS), etc.
This following core curriculum gives the foundation in the fundamental and practical practices of materials science and engineering for undergraduate students: Materials Science and Engineering, Physical Metallurgy, Metallurgical thermodynamic, Electric Properties of Materials, Polymer Materials, Metallic Materials, Ceramic Materials, Mechanical Properties, X-ray Diffraction, Structure of Materials, Phase transformation, Manufacturing Processes, Modern Physics, Project Laboratory. Our department offers many courses for graduate students, such as Evaluation Techniques of Materials, Advanced Solid State Physics, Electron Microscopy, X-ray Crystallography, Surface Analysis Techniques, Physical Properties of Crystals, Advanced Phase Transformations, Advanced Electrochemistry, Advanced Ceramics, Electronic Ceramics, Biomedical Polymers, Measurement of Nanotechnology, etc.
Our educational programs interweave concepts of materials engineering and materials science throughout the curriculum.