Paulo Ferreira Research Group

Office: ETC 9.176
Phone: 512.471.3244
Fax: 512.471.7681
Materials Science and Engineering Program
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712-1063

Undergraduate Courses

Graduate Courses

Materials Engineering - ME 311



CH 301, EM 306 (or 306S), and ME 326 with a grade of at least C in each.


The properties and performance of engineering materials are controlled by crystal structure, bonding, composition, and microstructure. The overall objective of this course is that students learn to explain the observed properties of engineering materials and are able to select the appropriate material for a particular application on the basis of an understanding of the fundamental concepts such as crystal structures, defects, diffusion and phase equilibria. To obtain this objective the course begins with various sections in which the fundamentals of atomic structure and bonding, crystal structures, crystalline defects and diffusion are established. These ideas are then applied to the mechanical properties of the major classes of materials – metals and alloys, ceramics and polymers. In addition, the course covers the fundamentals of phase equilibria and kinetics, in order to provide the students with an understanding of how to modify the properties of materials. The course concludes with a brief review and a comparison of the different types of materials, their properties and their applications. In summary, the purpose of this course is to develop the fundamental materials science base needed for intelligent use of engineering materials in design, fabrication, and application that may be expected for a practicing mechanical engineer. The course outline is broken up into several areas by context (see next page). Some of the above concepts will be also demonstrated through laboratory experiments taught in a separate laboratory course, ME 111L – Materials Engineering Laboratory.