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Program Coordinator

Clovis A. Linkous
5001 Ward Beecher Science Hall
(330) 941-1958  

Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Materials Science and Engineering is a cutting-edge program, employing state-of-the-art analytical materials instrumentation not found anywhere else in the area between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Incorporating the research activities from the YSU Center of Excellence in Materials Science and Engineering (CEMSE) and the Ohio Hub for Innovation and Opportunity in Advanced Materials Commercialization, this program promotes the synergistic interaction of industrially focused research efforts of faculty, students, and commercial research partners leading to economic development of the region. The Ph.D. is specifically targeted at producing graduates who can find employment as industrial research scientists or engineers.

Application Procedure

Program information may be obtained from the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and from the Ph.D. Program webpage. Application information may be obtained from The Office of Graduate Admissions in Coffelt Hall and from Ph.D. Program admission webpage. All application materials must be submitted though the online application system .

Application Requirements

Students with a B.S. or M.S. in materials science, materials engineering, or related fields (including chemistry, physics, or mechanical, chemical, electrical or civil engineering) can be admitted through the College of Graduate Studies on a competitive basis up to the capacity of the program.

Requirements for admission to the Ph.D. program include the following:

  • B.S. or M.S. degree in materials science, materials engineering, or related fields (including chemistry, physics, or mechanical, chemical, electrical or civil engineering);
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a graduate GPA of 3.3/4.0;
  • GRE scores are required. Scores in the following ranges generally reviewed favorably: Verbal = 500-800, Quantitative = 650-800, and Analytical Writing = 4.0-6.0;
  • For students whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score of 550 (or comparable score on a similar test)
  • Completed application (see Ph.D. Program webpage ).

All applications will be reviewed by an admissions committee consisting of the program director and a group of program faculty of sufficient breadth to interpret the credentials of all members of the applicant pool. The selection/admission process is competitive; meeting eligibility criteria does not assure admission into the program. Applications received as complete by February 1st will have full consideration for fall admissions and graduate assistant opportunities.

Martin A. Abraham, Ph.D., Professor
Green engineering; sustainability

James Andrews, Ph.D., Professor
Optical materials, particularly polymeric and organic materials; nonlinear and applied optics, multilayer optics; laser source development; magneto-optics, and optical metrology

Snjezana Balaz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Structure of surfaces of thin films, semiconductors, and nanoclusters

Brett P. Conner, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Materials and process development for additive manufacturing also known as 3D printing; functionally graded materials (FGMs); high-strain rate behavior of AM materials; 3D printing of metal casting tooling; business models for additive manufacturing

Pedro Cortes, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Structure-property relationships of polymers; composites and hybrid materials; smart materials and structures; development of chem-bio sensing platforms based on carbon nanotubes

Michael J. Crescimanno, Ph.D., Professor
Noise spectroscopy in multiphoton quantum optics; optical materials

AKM Anwarul Islam, Ph.D., Professor
Impact of blast on highway bridges; use of CFRP in enhancing structural strength of concrete members; structural health monitoring of bridges using wireless sensor network

Frank Xiying Li, Ph.D., Professor
Electron spin resonance imaging; EMC, RF, and software engineering; networks; applied magnetic fields

Clovis Linkous, Ph.D., Professor
Ceramic electrolytes, polymer membrane electrolytes, solid state hydrogen storage, photovoltaic materials, photocatalytic decomposition of hydrogen sulfide; algae inhibition

Sherri R. Lovelace-Cameron, Ph.D., Professor
Synthesis and electrochemistry of novel organometallic polymers; synthesis of metal organic frameworks

Hazel Marie, Ph.D., Associate Professor
FEA/CFD modeling applied to solid-fluid interaction of thin film lubrication sealing; mechanical material modeling of soft biological tissue

Holly J. Martin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Corrosion studies; modification of metal surfaces to strongly adhere polymeric coatings for corrosion resistance

Tom Nelson Oder, Ph.D., Professor
Micro/nano fabrication and characterization of electronic and opto-electronic devices of wide band gap semiconductors: SiC, group III-nitrides, ZnO

Donald Priour, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Theoretical condensed matter physics; particularly related to systems of technological relevance where the flow of charge or fluid is modified or inhibited by disorder in the form of random inhomogeneities, or severed wires or bonds

Josef B. Simeonsson, Ph.D., Professor
Analytical atomic and molecular spectroscopy; trace and ultratrace analysis; laser induced fluorescence spectroscopy; laser ionization spectroscopy; Raman spectroscopy; environmental analysis

Virgil C. Solomon, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Synthesis of shape memory alloys, ceramic-metal composites and nanostructures and their characterization using metallography, thermal analysis and analytical scanning and transmission electron microscopy techniques.

Timothy R. Wagner, Ph.D., Professor
Synthesis of inorganic oxide and mixed-anion materials; structure characterizations using single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction; electron microscopy techniques

  • 90 Semester Hours of Graduate Study
  • Qualifying exam, based on the topics presented in the core curriculum, following the second year of study.
  • Recommended internship program, usually through full-time paid employment at a partner company.
  • Written research proposal, describing the work to be completed for the dissertation. The proposal will be presented orally and defended in front of the dissertation committee.
  • Oral presentation of research accomplishments, approximately mid-way through the dissertation   research at Seminar.
  • Dissertation defended orally to the dissertation committee, which will also approve the final written document. Completion of the dissertation is the culminating experience of the Ph.D. program.


Materials Science and Engineering Course Core
MATL 7010Analytical Methods for Materials Science 12
MATL 7020Analytical Methods for Materials Science 22
MATL 8010Structure of Materials3
MATL 8020Mechanical Properties of Materials3
MATL 8030Thermodynamics and Phase Behavior3
MATL 8040Kinetics, Diffusion, and Rate Processes3
Materials Science and Engineering Research Core
MATL 6982Graduate Research21
MATL 6990Seminar in Materials Science and Engineering3
MATL 8050Materials Internship or electives6
MATL 8060Dissertation32
Select 12 s.h. of Electives.12
Total Semester Hours90

Special Notes

College of Graduate Studies policies concerning transfer credits, time limits, and other academic matters must be followed.