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Metallurgical & Materials Engineering Introduces Printing Nano-Engineering Option


Apr. 05, 2012 | UTEP UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS.

Namsoo (Peter) Kim
Namsoo Kim
 

Metallurgical and materials engineering (MME) undergraduates at The University of Texas at El Paso will be among the first in the country to be able to select Printing Nano-Engineering as an option in their degree plan beginning in Fall 2014.

The new degree concentration will give metallurgical and materials engineering students the opportunity to use new materials and processes in engineering that will expand their career options.

"We are looking into the future, where students will be ahead of many others intechnology and engineering because the PNE option is a first here in the United States," said Lawrence Murr, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department at UTEP.

Namsoo (Peter) Kim, Ph.D., associate professor of metallurgical and materials engineering, developed the concentration as part of a cooperative agreement with Seokyeong University in Seoul, South Korea. UTEP's efforts are supported by a $2 million grant from the University of Seokyeong.

Printing nano-engineering technologies reduce or eliminate electronic waste inherent to current manufacturing process, which has the benefit of reducing both production costs and environmental impact.

The new degree concentration will prepare materials engineering students for advanced, high-tech engineering and manufacturing. Courses will blend theoretical concepts with hands-on learning to provide students with a comprehensive experience. Students will work with electronic systems and devices that may be integrated into flexible electronics, materials and even clothing. Participating students will also build displays and memory/computer tabletsusing 2-D/3-D printing strategies.

The cooperative program includes study abroad opportunities for MME students from UTEP and Seokyeong University. Participating students will gain international experience by studying in countries that have printing nano-engineering courses at their universities.

Students will work closely with the W.M Keck Center for 3-D Innovation in UTEP's College of Engineering. Keck expertise includes uses of rapid-prototyping technology to create durable, lightweight, three-dimensional electronic components.

For more information, contact nkim@utep.edu or 915-747-7996.