Prof. Guy Makov
The main teaching focus of our study is on basic knowledge of the design and production processes of materials, their properties, their selection, and their applications. The training of materials engineers is aimed at developing their ability to create and characterize materials at the microscopic and macroscopic levels, enabling their optimal use in a wide variety of applications.
Materials engineering is a challenging discipline due to the rapid development in development of new materials and production processes. An example of such development is nano technology, refined in recent years. Modern material technologies generate significant changes in our way of life. Professionals involved in materials science and engineering are the essential and central elements and drivers in these processes. We must point out that not all materials engineering graduates will work throughout their lives at the forefront of the production of cutting-edge materials. A significant component of current and future technology is engaged in conventional manufacturing and design processes. These fields of activity form the backbone of the technology and require constant and close supervision and quality control to ensure optimal performance.
Adequate training of material engineers is of primary importance above. It came to ensure high-level industrial activity that is an essential element in the country's wealth and security.
The study program in materials engineering
Materials engineering students are supposed to acquire during their undergraduate studies:
Ability to apply and understand mathematics, science, and engineering.
Ability to plan and perform experiments, analyze and understand their results.
Ability to design systems, components, and processes to achieve desired results while taking into account economic, material, environmental, social, ethical, safety, and feasible constraints in terms of production.
Ability to function in a multi-functional team.
Ability to identify, define and solve engineering problems.
Understanding professional and ethical responsibility.
Effective communication skills.
Recognition of the need and ability to persist in professional training at the end of formal studies.
The students in materials engineering need to accumulate 156 credits to complete their studies for a bachelor's degree. The first two years of study include mathematics studies (infinitesimal calculus, differential equations, and statistics), physics (mechanics and electricity), introductory chemistry, an introduction to computing as well as an introductory course to materials and thermodynamics.
At the end of the second academic year, students have given the option to choose one of the two specializations: structural materials and electronic materials. Several courses, such as physical metallurgy and processes 1, are common to both specializations. In each specialization, a number of courses specific to the major are given. In addition, elective courses are offered in a variety of subjects. The students in the fourth year of their studies must complete a research project which will be carried out under the guidance of a faculty member, either in the Department's laboratories or in industry, under the supervision of the Department's staff. Students with a bachelor's grade average above 80 are allowed to continue their studies for a master's degree.
The Department of Materials Engineering is partnered in two study tracks with the Department of Physics and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, respectively. These tracks were established to meet the needs of the industry. We think that these two interdisciplinary tracks may attract students with high abilities and give the Department a significant degree of uniqueness.