Materials Science & Nanoengineering

Materials Science & Nanoengineering

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Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering (MSNE)

Phone: 713.348.3698

Program Objectives and Outcomes

MSNE Undergraduate Student Enrollment and Graduation Data
As of fall 2016 a total of 30 undergraduates are enrolled in classes and have declared an MSNE major. Of these, 28 are in the BS program and 2 in the BA program. Undergraduates are not required to declare a major until spring of their second year, so these figures may understate the number of undergraduates who will eventually graduate with an MSNE degree. In the 2015-2016 academic year nine students graduated with the BS degree. You can find additional enrollment and graduation data here

BS program Educational Objectives
The overall goal of the BS degree in MSNE is to prepare graduates to succeed in professional careers by equipping them with the expertise sought by top graduate schools and corporations. Recognizing that graduates may embark on the number of different educational and career paths, the Program Educational Objectives (PEO) that graduates are expected to exhibit or achieve with the BS in MSNE from Rice University are:
  1. Graduates demonstrate technical and/or professional skills which may include engineering problem-solving, scientific inquiry, and/or engineering design in materials engineering and related fields.
  2. Graduates are accomplished at communicating and working collaboratively in diverse work environments.
  3. Graduates seeking post-baccalaureate education find appropriate levels of success in admission to and progression through those programs. Graduates entering professional careers find appropriate career progression and success.

BS student outcomes  
The individual MSNE course syllabi list various course objectives and outcomes. For the BS degree in particular, the required courses are designed, collectively, to provide the following student outcomes: 
   a.  an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
   b.  an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
   c.  an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic,
       environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety manufacturability, and sustainability
   d.  an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
   e.  an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
   f.   an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility  
   g.  an ability to communicate effectively
   h.  the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and
        societal context
   i.   a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
   j.   a knowledge of contemporary issues
   k.  an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice