Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

The breadth of training afforded to engineers specializing in the fields of metallurgical engineering permits entry into many exciting new fields of endeavor. The curriculum at The University of Alabama provides classes that develop the underlying scientific and engineering principles involved in these areas. We also offer a pre-med track for students who desire to enter medical school or to pursue other biorelated fields upon graduation. The student will be exposed to an integrated learning experience in the classroom and laboratories, involving lectures, projects and problem-solving assignments. He or she will be stimulated by an environment of sophisticated equipment and computer technology in which individual attention is the rule rather than the exception.

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The breadth of training afforded to engineers specializing in metallurgical and materials engineering permits entry into many exciting technical fields. All fields of engineering involve metallic, ceramic, polymeric or composite materials. Virtually every component of any engineered structure is limited by the properties of the materials chosen for its fabrication. The selection, methods of production, heat treatment and finishing of the materials involved in all aspects of systems of transportation, power generation, communication, food preparation, entertainment and housing depend on individuals trained in materials. Exciting challenges exist in the development and application of 21st-century materials, which range from the new generation of superconductors and ultra-lightweight composites to new magnetic recording media and sophisticated high-temperature alloys.

It is the objective of the department of metallurgical and materials engineering undergraduate program to provide an educational experience that develops the fundamental scientific and technical engineering principles to prepare students for the 21st century. Students receive an integrated learning experience, which includes classroom and laboratory courses that enhance their analytical, experimental, synthesis and design skills for problem solving, that address their responsibilities to society and the environment, and that emphasize the growth of their teamwork, communicative and leadership talents. Student learning is stimulated by modern facilities that include sophisticated equipment and advanced computer technology in which individual attention is the rule rather than the exception.

Graduates of The University of Alabama’s metallurgical engineering curriculum have distinguished themselves in many careers, holding a wide range of managerial, scientific and engineering posts across the country in industry, government and education. The four-year program leading to the BS degree in metallurgical engineering involves a 125-credit-hour course sequence. Advanced study may then be pursued, if desired, to earn the MS or PhD degree.



Interim Department Head
  • Weaver, Mark L.
ACIPCO Professor
  • Reddy, Ramana G.
  • Acoff, Viola L.
  • Gupta, Subhadra
  • Suzuki, Takao
  • Thompson, Gregory B.
  • Warren, Garry W.
  • Weaver, Mark L.
Associate Professor
  • Brewer, Luke N.
  • Nastac, Laurentiu
Assistant Professor
  • Li, Lin
  • Yan, Feng
Professor Emeriti
  • Bradt, Richard C.
  • Stefanescu, Doru M.
  • Warren, Garry W.


Introduction to Materials

An introduction to the materials science and engineering profession and history. The course includes selected topics useful in the study of metallurgical and materials engineering.

Energy, Environent and Materials

This course will provide the science background today's citizens need to understand the problems and limitations society faces with respect to energy resources and the environment. Science concepts will be introduced as needed and within the context of energy, the environment, or materials. Students will be encouraged to critically analyze timely examples of energy usage or environmental problems from the news media. Students will gain an understanding of how engineering and technology, especially the development of new materials, can translate science to practical and beneficial outcomes.

Freshmen Seminar, Natural Science

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