Graduate Materials Engineering

Perform research at world-class laboratories.

The research is one of the most important components of the doctoral program. It is also important for obtaining the master's degree option with a thesis.

Research Centers

Where is the research done?

The Graduate Materials Engineering Program has no dedicated labs, as there are at least two world-class materials laboratories in the Dayton area. There are three successful avenues for pursuing the doctoral research work: UDRI, AFRL and regional industrial labs.

Up to 70 percent of UDRI research is Materials related. The program teaching is done at the same building as the University's Research Institute (UDRI).  Many of our graduate students are working on research topics that are part of UDRI general research activity. These students receive their technical guidance from UDRI personnel, and use UDRI's state-of-the-art research facilities.  Some students are fortunate to receive financial support from UDRI contracts to cover some of their tuition and cost of living expenses.

The AFRL laboratories at Wright-Patterson Air-Force Base (WPAFB), another important research facility, is just a 15-minute drive from the University campus. AFRL has some of the best laboratories in the world in the area of materials engineering. Students working at AFRL receive the technical guidance from AFRL personnel, and in many cases, some financial support is also available. This research opportunity is limited to USA citizens and green-card holders and special arrangements must be made through the program director's office.

Students employed at industries with quality research labs, such as General Electric Aircraft Engines (GEAE), are also permitted to do the research work at their place of work. In the past, we have had successful doctoral research projects that were performed in some of the regional industrial laboratories.

Who are the research advisers?

A faculty member will be your Technical Adviser (and also your Faculty Adviser and Committee Chairperson) when the research topic is within his or her areas of expertise. When the funded research topic is outside the expertise areas of our faculty, an outside Technical Adviser will be appointed, and a faculty member will act as a Faculty Adviser and as Committee Chairperson.  Chairperson of a Doctoral Committee can only be a professor who is on the list of Graduate Faculty.

What are the research topics?

The doctoral research topics are wide range, and cover the areas of interest and activity of our faculty, in addition to the ongoing funded research topics at UDRI and at AFRL. They cover areas from structural metals, composites, polymers, ceramics, coatings, corrosion, non-destructive evaluation (NDE), nano materials, electronic materials, thin films, solid lubricants, optical materials etc. The research opportunities and topics are as wide as the ongoing research activities at UDRI, AFRL, and regional laboratories such as GEAE.

What are our research distinction topics?

There are three areas in which our program has developed technical distinctiveness with faculty leadership and in many cases to the level of national and international recognition:

  1. Composite materials processing and process control are some of the most significant contributions of the University of Dayton to the technology improvement at WPAFB. It has been developed in conjunction with UDRI and CME, and is greatly responsible for the Miami Valley area recently becoming recognized as the "Composite Valley."
  2. Titanium technology, which was developed under the leadership of Danny Eylon, gave the University a status of one of the world leaders in airframe light structural alloys, attracted many international students, brought in a big portion of our outside funding and integrated our activity with AFRL.
  3. Non-destructive materials characterization (NDC), has developed through a close association and cooperation with UDRI.  It culminated in the establishment of the CMD/MURI Center on Caldwell Street that became possible through substantial grants from AFOSR and the Ohio Board of Regents.  This Center has been supporting up to nine graduate students — materials, chemical and electro-optics — in each of the last three years.