ENME 382 - Introduction to Materials Engineering

3 Credits


Callister, William D., Jr., Rethwisch, D.G., Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering: An Integrated Approach, 5th Ed., John Wiley and Sons, 2016.  ISBN # 9781119325987


Corequisite: MATH 241 or equivalent
Recommended: PHYS 260/261


Structure of materials, phase transformations, corrosion and mechanical properties of metals, ceramics, polymers and related materials. Sustainability-informed materials selection and manufacturing processes for engineering applications.


The main objective of this course is to understand the structure-property relationships in materials science and engineering. A student completing this course satisfactorily should be able to:

  • Identify features of crystal structures and their relationship to strengthening and failure mechanisms of materials.
  • Understand the similarities and differences in the microstructure of metals, ceramics, polymers, biomaterials and nanomaterials and how these relate to their mechanical, thermal, electrical, magnetic and optical properties.
  • Become familiar with common manufacturing processes for metals, ceramics, and polymers; their effects on structure; and their impact on sustainability.
  • Identify process-structure-property relationships in engineering materials; and understand how these apply to materials selection in specific engineering problems.  Consider sustainability in materials selection.
  • Address basic concepts of engineering ethics.


  • Process-Structure- Property Relationship and Materials Classification and Selection.
  • Atomic Structure and Interatomic Bonding.
  • Structure of Crystalline Solids (metals and ceramics).
  • Polymer Structures.
  • Defects and imperfections in solids (metals and ceramics).
  • Diffusion (metals and ceramics).
  • Mechanical Properties 8. Deformation and Strengthening.
  • Phase Diagrams and Phase Transformations.
  • Remaining Deformation (Viscoelasticity) and Strengthening Mechanisms.
  • Failure.
  • Corrosion and Degradation of Materials.

Learning Outcomes 

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Class/Laboratory Schedule 

  • Two 75 minute lectures or three 50 minute lectures each week

Last Updated By 
Dr. Isabel Lloyd, June 2017