Materials and Manufacturing Technology (MMT)

Graduate Concentration in Materials and Manufacturing Technology (MMT)

Materials and Manufacturing Technology (MMT) is concerned with the generation and application of knowledge relating the composition, structure, and processing of materials to their properties and applications, as well as the manufacturing technologies needed for production. During the past two decades, MMT has become an important component of modern engineering education, partly because of the increased level of sophistication required of engineering materials in a rapidly changing technological society, and partly because the selection of materials has increasingly become an integral part of almost every modern engineering design. In fact, further improvements in design are now viewed more and more as primarily materials and manufacturing issues. Both the development of new materials and the understanding of present-day materials demand a thorough knowledge of basic engineering and scientific principles including, for example, crystal structure, mechanics, mechanical behavior, electronic, optical and magnetic properties, thermodynamics, phase equilibria, heat transfer, diffusion, and the physics and chemistry of solids and chemical reactions.

The field of MMT ranks high on the list of top careers for scientists and engineers. The services of these engineers and scientists are required in a variety of engineering operations dealing, for example, with design of semiconductors and optoelectronic devices, development of new technologies based on composites and high-temperature materials, biomedical products, performance (quality, reliability, safety, energy efficiency) in automobile and aircraft components, improvement in nondestructive testing techniques, corrosion behavior in refineries, radiation damage in nuclear power plants, fabrication of steels, and construction of highways and bridges.

Subjects of interest in Materials and Manufacturing Technology cover a wide spectrum, ranging from metals, optical and electronic materials to superconductive materials, ceramics, advanced composites, and biomaterials. In addition, the emerging new research and technological areas in materials are in many cases interdisciplinary. Accordingly, the principal objective of the graduate curriculum is to integrate a student’s area of emphasis—whether it be chemical processing and production, electronic and photonic materials and devices, electronic manufacturing and packaging, or materials engineering—into the whole of materials and manufacturing technology. Such integration will increase familiarity with other disciplines and provide students with the breadth they need to face the challenges of current and future technology.

Students with a bachelor’s degree may pursue either the M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Engineering with a concentration in Materials and Manufacturing Technology (MMT). If students choose to enter the Ph.D. program directly, it is a requirement that they earn an M.S. degree along the way toward the completion of their Ph.D. degree.


Faculty
 

Chin Lee

Chin C. Lee, Ph.D.

Director and Graduator Advisor of MMT; Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Research Interests: bonding technology, electronic packaging, acoustics, microwaves, semiconductor devices, thermal management
Email: cclee@uci.edu

Ozdal Boyraz

Ozdal Boyraz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Research Interests: silicon photonics, nonlinear optics in silicon, cascaded cavity silicon Raman lasers
Email: oboyraz@uci.edu

Peter Burke

Peter Burke, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: nano-electronics, bio-nanotechnology
Email: pburke@uci.edu

Zhongping Chen

Zhongping Chen, Ph.D.

Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Otolaryngology; Surgery
Research Interests: biomedical optics, optical coherence tomography, bioMEMS, biomedical devices
Email: z2chen@uci.edu
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Franco De Flaviis

Franco De Flaviis, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Research Interests: microwave systems, wireless communications, electromagnetic circuit simulations
Email: franco@uci.edu
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James Earthman

James Earthman, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: biomaterials, dental and orthopaedic implants, green materials, nanocrystalline alloys, deformation and damage processes
Email: earthman@uci.edu

John LaRue

John LaRue, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: fluid mechanics, micro-electrical-mechanical systems (MEMS), turbulence, heat transfer, instrumentation
Email: jclarue@uci.edu
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Abe Lee

Abraham Lee, Ph.D.

William J. Link Chair in Biomedical Engineering and Department Chair and Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Lab-on-a-Chip health monitoring instruments, drug delivery micro/nanoparticles, integrated cell sorting microdevices, lipid vesicles as carriers for cells and biomolecules, high throughput droplet bioassays, microfluidic tactile sensors
Email: aplee@uci.edu
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Henry Lee

Henry Lee, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Research Interests: photonics, fiber-optics and compound semiconductors
Email: hplee@uci.edu

Jaeho Lee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Nanoscale heat transfer and materials engineering, targeting impact on semiconductor devices and energy conversion systems via metrology development.
Email: jaeholee@uci.edu
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G.P. Li

Guann-Pyng Li, Ph.D.

Director of the UCI Division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), Director of the Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: high-speed semiconductor technology, optoelectronic devices, integrated circuit fabrication and testing
Email: gpli@uci.edu
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Marc Madou

Marc Madou, Ph.D.

UCI Chancellor's Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: fundamental aspects of micro/nano-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), biosensors, nanofluidics, biomimetics
Email: mmadou@uci.edu

J. Michael McCarthy, Ph.D.

Henry Samueli Endowed Chair in Engineering in the Center for Engineering Science in Design and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: machine design and kinematic synthesis of spatial mechanisms and robots
Email: jmmccart@uci.edu
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Martha Mecartney

Martha Mecartney, Ph.D.

UCI Endowed Chair and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: ceramics for energy applications and for use in extreme environments, interfacial design for enhanced physical properties, transmission electron microscopy
Email: martham@uci.edu
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Farghalli Mohamed

Farghalli Mohamed, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: mechanical behavior of engineering materials such as metals, composites and ceramics, the correlation between behavior and microstructure, creep and superplasticity, mechanisms responsible for strengthening and fracture
Email: famohame@uci.edu
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Ayman Mosallam

Ayman Mosallam, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: advanced composites and hybrid systems, seismic repair and rehabilitation of structures, blast mitigation and diagnostic/prognostic techniques for infrastructure security
Email: mosallam@uci.edu

Daniel Mumm

Daniel Mumm, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: development of materials for power generation systems, propulsion, integrated sensing, advanced vehicle concepts and platform protection
Email: mumm@uci.edu

Regina Ragan

Regina Ragan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: exploration and development of novel material systems for nanoscale electronic and optoelectronic devices
E-mail: rragan@uci.edu
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Tim Rupert

Tim Rupert, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: mechanical behavior, nanomaterials, structure property relationships, microstructural stability, grain boundaries and interfaces, materials characterization
Email: trupert@uci.edu
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Frank Shi

Frank Shi, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Research Interests: optoelectronic devices and materials, optoelectronic device packaging materials, optoelectronic medical devices and packaging, white LED technologies, high power LED packaging
Email: fgshi@uci.edu

Andrei Shkel, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Research Interests: design and advanced control of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), precision micro-sensors and actuators for telecommunication and information technologies, MEMS-based health monitoring systems, disposable diagnostic devices, prosthetic implants
Email: ashkel@uci.edu
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Lizhi Sun, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: micro- and nano-mechanics, composites and nanocomposites, smart materials and structures, multiscale modeling, elastography
Email: lsun@uci.edu
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Chen Tsai

Chen Tsai, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Research Interests: integrated and fiber optics, devices and materials, integrated acoustooptics and magnetooptics, integrated microwave magnetics, Ultrasonic Atomization for Nanoparticles Synthesis, silicon photonics
Email: cstsai@uci.edu
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Lorenzo Valdevit

Lorenzo Valdevit, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: multifunctional sandwich structures, thermal protection systems, morphing structures, active materials, MEMS, electronic packaging, cell mechanics
Email: valdevit@uci.edu
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Albert Yee

Albert Fan Yee, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; Biomedical Engineering; Chemistry
Research Interests: nanofabrication of soft materials, physics of polymer thin films, nanomechanical properties of polymers, ultra-low-k dielectrics, fracture and toughening of polymer nanocomposites
Email: afyee@uci.edu
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