396: Senior Project in Materials Science and Engineering

To be taken in two consecutive quarters. Independent basic or applied research project, conceived and performed under the direction of a department faculty member. Prerequisite: senior standing in materials science program.
At the conclusion of the course students will be able to:
  1. Understand the basis for making ethical decisions in the practice of science and engineering.
  2. Formulate a research plan and workflow to address specific needs of a project. Document the plan, needs and constraints, and the engineering standards that will apply.
  3. Execute the research plan, apply engineering standards, analyze results, and report on interim progress, both in oral reports and written documentation.
  4. Write a review of the literature relevant to their research topic.
  5. Give effective oral and written reports of ongoing and completed work to an audience of peers educated in materials science and engineering, but not specialists in the sub-topic.
  6. Write a research report that analyzes the results and places them in the context of the field.