Nanoengineering

 

Master | Nanoengineering

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

The Master of Nanoengineering (MNAE) online education program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in a science or engineering discipline who wish to pursue a graduate degree in nanoengineering.

The Master of Nanoengineering (MNAE) online education program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in a science or engineering discipline who wish to pursue a graduate degree in nanoengineering. The field of nanoengineering is expected to revolutionize technology and improve quality of life, particularly as related to energy, environment, and health. Students will achieve an understanding of the fundamental advantages in nanoscale materials, devices, and systems. It is a 30 credit hour degree program that does not require a thesis, final oral exam or on-campus residency. GRE scores are recommended but not required. NC State has an existing strength in nanostructured materials and devices.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

The minimum requirements for admission to the online Master of Nanoengineering graduate degree program are as follows:

  • BS degree in science (i.e. chemistry or physics) or engineering from an accredited university with a minimum 3.0 GPA in their major.
  • GRE scores should be submitted if available and should not be more than two years old.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons able to comment on the applicant’s qualifications for graduate study.
  • Official transcript.
  • Completion of written statement outlining student’s background, work experience and particular interest in nanoengineering.
  • The Graduate School requires that all international applicants take the TOEFL or IELTS examinations unless they have completed one year of study at a university in the U.S., Canada, or Great Britain. The exam must have been taken within two years of receipt of application. Standard practices for admission of international students by the NCSU graduate school will be followed.

PLAN OF STUDY

Degree Requirements

Completion of 30 graduate credit hours with an overall GPA of 3.0.

  • Coursework must include 12 credit hours in core courses, a minimum of 12 credit hours from the areas of specialization, and 6 technical elective credit hours (e.g., in another area of specialization or in math).
  • A minimum of three courses are required to qualify for a concentration in one of three areas: materials
    science in nanoengineering, nanoelectronics and nanophotonics, and biomedical sciences in
    nanoengineering.
  • If the student is admitted to the nanoengineering program, a maximum of twelve hours taken as a NDS
    student from NC State or from another institution may apply toward the 30 credit hour requirement.
    However, courses taken from other universities must be approved.
  • No thesis or on-campus residency required.
  • After a student has been admitted and enrolls for the first time, he/she is required to maintain continuous
    enrollment in each fall and spring semester until completion of the degree program. A student in good
    academic standing may request a leave of absence for good reasons from the Director of Graduate Programs in Nanoengineering. The leave may not exceed two semesters.
  • A six year time limit for completion is required.

Program Logistics

It is preferable to seek admission to the degree program as soon as possible to assure integration into the advising process. However, a person does not have to be admitted to the MNAE program to enroll in an online credit course. Prior to applying to Graduate School, a qualified individual may enroll in Engineering Online courses as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS) student. The NDS classification is designed for individuals who wish to undertake academic work but who are not currently admitted to a degree program. Those who wish to take only a few courses and not pursue a degree do not need to apply for formal program admission to NC State University. However, students who wish to earn the degree must formally apply for admission to The Graduate School. When completing the online application, please be sure to select the “Distance Track” version of the degree.

Course Registration

Students register for online courses through Engineering Online. To register for an Engineering Online course,
complete the registration form on the Engineering Online website by clicking on “Course Registration” at the top of the main page. Students cannot register through the University MyPack Portal system for Engineering Online courses.

 

It is highly recommended that new students enroll in only one course during their first semester.

Part I. Basic Core Courses

MSE 500 - Modern Concepts in Materials Science

Units: 3

Fundamentals of structure, structure modification and properties of materials with emphasis on structure-property relationships and modern theory of solids.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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MSE 565 - Introduction to Nanomaterials

Units: 3

Introduction to nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanowires, and nanostructured films, emphasizing their synthesis, structural and property characterization, novel physical and chemical properties, applications and contemporary literature.

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Spring Term

ECE 568 - Conventional and Emerging Nanomanufacturing Techniques and Their Applications in Nanosystems

Units: 3

Conventional and emerging nano-manufacturing techniques and their applications in the fabrication of various structures and devices. Review of techniques for patterning, deposition, and etching of thin films including emerging techniques such as an imprint and soft lithography and other unconventional techniques. Electronic and mechanical properties of 0 to 3-D nanostructures and their applications in nano-electronics, MEMS/NEMS devices, sensing, energy harvesting, storage, flexible electronics and nano-medicine. Credit for both ECE/CHE 468 and ECE/CHE 568 is not allowed.

Offered in Fall Only

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ISE 718 - Micro/Nano-Scale Fabrication and Manufacturing

Units: 3

Introduction to physical theory, process design, analysis, and characterization of micro/nano scale fabrication and manufacturing. The main focus of the course is on the fabrication/manufacturing of important types of microstructures used in micro/nano devices and the techniques and tools used to fabricate and characterize them.

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Spring Term

MAE 536 - Micro/Nano Electromechanical Systems

Units: 3

Fundamentals and applications of micro/nano sensors and actuators. Emphasis upon MEMS/NEMS design, microfabrication techniques, and case studies of MEMS devices. Nanomaterials and NEMS devices also covered. Students have opportunity to learn commercial software packages on design and simulation of MEMS and hear from experts from leading MEMS companies through guest lectures. Previous knowledge of MEMS and nanotechnology is not required. The course is restricted to advanced undergrads and graduate students in engineering, materials science, physics and biomedical fields.

Offered in Fall Only

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2018 Fall Term

Part IIA. Materials Science in Nanoengineering

The three MSE 791 advanced topics courses listed below are: MSE 791 Mechanical Properties of Nanostructured Materials; MSE 791 Simulation and Modeling; and MSE 791 Nanoscale Characterization (under development).

MSE 702 - Defects In Solids

Units: 3

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Spring Term

MSE 706 - Phase Transformations and Kinetics

Units: 3

Homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation, spinodal decomposition, interface and diffusion-controlled growth, formal theory of transformation kinetics, precipitation, coarsening, order-disorder, and martensitic transformations.

Offered in Spring Only

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MSE 708 - Thermodynamics Of Materials

Units: 3

Review of first and second laws of thermodynamics, equilibrium and irreversible processes, open and closed systems, partition functions and particle distribution functions. Applications include extension of thermodynamic potentials to situations where electrical, magnetic and stress fields present, heat capacity of crystals, electron gas in metals, solution models, binary phase diagrams and rubber elasticity in polymers.

Offered in Fall Only

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2018 Fall Term

MSE 791 - Advanced Topics in Materials Science and Engineering

Units: 1 - 3

Special studies of advanced topics in materials science and engineering.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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MSE 791 - Advanced Topics in Materials Science and Engineering

Units: 1 - 3

Special studies of advanced topics in materials science and engineering.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2018 Fall Term 2019 Spring Term

MSE 791 - Advanced Topics in Materials Science and Engineering

Units: 1 - 3

Special studies of advanced topics in materials science and engineering.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2018 Fall Term 2019 Spring Term

Part IIB. Nanoelectronics and Nanophotonics

MSE 760 - Materials Science in Processing of Semiconductor Devices

Units: 3

Ion implantation and doping for advanced semiconductor devices, thin films and epitaxy, silicides, ohmic contacts and interconnection metallurgy, oxidation and nitridation, gettering of impurities and dopant segregation phenomena, electromigration, electronic packaging materials science and advanced device concepts.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Years

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2018 Fall Term

MSE 771 - Materials Science of Nanoelectronics

Units: 3

Effects of scale less than 100 nm on the electrical properties & processing of all materials [metals, semiconductors, ceramics, polymers and biomaterials]. Current status and future prospects for the semiconductor industry summarized by invited scientists and by review and discussion of selected current literature. Student presentations and research proposals are required.

Offered in Fall Only

CHE 560 - Chemical Processing Of Electronic Materials

Units: 3

Plasma and thermal inorganic chemical processes in semiconductor device fabrication. Thin films and electronic devices. Kinetics and chemical transport in electronic materials synthesis, modification and etching. Plasma physics and chemistry, reactors and process diagnostics. Credit for both CHE 460 and CHE 560 is not allowed.

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Spring Term

ECE 530 - Physical Electronics

Units: 3

Properties of charged particles under influence of fields and in solid materials. Quantum mechanics, particle statistics, semi-conductor properties, fundamental particle transport properties, p-n junctions.

Offered in Fall Only

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2018 Fall Term

ECE 723 - Optical Properties Of Semiconductors

Units: 3

Materials and device-related properties of compound optical semiconductors. Included topics: band structure, heterojunctions and quantum wells, optical constants, waveguides and optical cavities, absorption and emission processes in semiconductors, photodetectors, light emitting diodes, semiconductor lasers.

Offered in Spring Only

Part IIC. Biomedical Sciences in Nanoengineering

BME 540 - Nanobiotechnology Processing, Characterization, and Applications

Units: 3

Topics at the interface of nanoscale science and biotechnology will be discussed. Chemical, physical, and biological properties of nanostructured biomaterials, devices, and systems. Lectures and problem-based learning will be used to present development of nanobiotechnology-enhanced materials and devices.

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Spring Term

BME 566 - Polymeric Biomaterials Engineering

Units: 3

In-depth study of the engineering design of biomedical polymers and implants. Polymeric biomaterials, including polymer synthesis and structure, polymer properties as related to designing orthopedic and vascular grafts. Designing textile products as biomaterials including surface modification and characterization techniques. Bioresorbable polymers.

Offered in Fall Only

Part III. Research Project in Nanoengineering

EGR 590 - Special Topics in Engineering

Units: 1 - 6

Discussion of special topics in engineering. Identification of various specific topics and prerequisites for each section from term to term.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2018 Fall Term 2019 Spring Term

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallJan 15
SpringAug 1
Summer 1Mar 25

Dr. Lew Reynolds

Director of Graduate Programs

College of Engineering

919.515.7622
lew_reynolds@ncsu.edu