“Research-grade equipment….available to undergraduates…to understand the stuff they’re working with. Every engineer is going to find something in this class that is going to be valuable for them for the kind of engineering they go on to do.”
– Tim Chambers, Faculty
“Stone Age,” “Iron Age,” “Silicon Valley” – these terms reflect major aspects of human civilization. From textiles to sugar, to transistors and smartphones – various products have proven critical developments in human history. What materials made them possible? What new industries did they spawn? What new problems did they create? What might come next? In this course, we’ll cover:
A historical view of materials, looking at how the field pervades many disciplines
When materials serve as “function shifters” with performance that resolves previous trade-offs
Identifying dilemmas that require big breakthroughs involving materials, and resource ecosystems (“technology bundles”) that drive a material’s role
Investigate a material property via simulation and/or experimentation, and consider its significance in the design of relevant products/technologies
Skills and tools relating to metallurgy, measurement instruments, solar energy, etc.