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Materials Science and Engineering

Emeriti: (Professors) Clayton W. Bates, Jr., Richard H. Bube, Theodore H. Geballe,* Stig B. Hagstrom,* Robert A. Huggins,* William D. Nix,* Oleg D. Sherby, John C. Shyne, William A. Tiller, Robert L. White*; (Professor, Research) Robert S. Feigelson*

Chair: Robert Sinclair

Associate Chair: Reinhold H. Dauskardt

Professors: David M. Barnett, Arthur I. Bienenstock, John C. Bravman, Bruce M. Clemens, Reinhold H. Dauskardt, Friedrich B. Prinz, Robert Sinclair, Shan X. Wang

Associate Professors: Mark L. Brongersma, Michael D. McGehee, Paul C. McIntyre

Assistant Professors: Yi Cui, Sarah C. Heilshorn, Aaron M. Lindenberg, Nicholas A. Melosh, Alberto Salleo

Courtesy Professors: Stacey F. Bent, Curtis W. Frank, James S. Harris, Yoshio Nishi, James D. Plummer, Krishna Saraswat, Jonathan F. Stebbins, Joachim Stohr

Courtesy Associate Professor: Ian R. Fisher

Courtesy Assistant Professor: Harindran Manoharan

Lecturers: Ann Marshall, Arturas Vailionis

Acting Assistant Professor: Seung Min Han

Consulting Professors: Charles A. Evans, Robert E. Fontana, Turgut Gur, Michael A. Kelly, Alan Sellinger, Baylor Triplett, Robert M. White, Wendelin J. Wright

* Recalled to active duty.

Department Offices: 496 Lomita Mall, Durand Building

Mail Code: 94305-4034

Phone: (650) 723-2534


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Courses offered by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering have the subject code MATSCI, and are listed in the "Materials Science and Engineering [MATSCI] Courses" section of this bulletin.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is concerned with the relation between the structure and properties of materials, factors that control the internal structure of solids, and processes for altering their structure and properties, particularly at the nano-scale. The undergraduate program, described under the "School of Engineering" section of this bulletin, provides training for the materials engineer and also preparatory training for graduate work in materials science. Capable students are encouraged to take at least one year of graduate study to extend their course work to obtain a coterminal degree. Coterminal degree programs are encouraged both for undergraduate majors in Materials Science and Engineering and for undergraduate majors in related disciplines. Graduate programs lead to the degrees of Master of Science, Engineer, and Doctor of Philosophy.


The department is based in the William F. Durand Building, with extensive facilities in the Jack A. McCullough building and the Gordon and Betty Moore Materials Research Building. These buildings house offices for the chair and most of the faculty, for the administrative and technical staff, and for most graduate students, along with lecture and seminar rooms. Facilities for teaching and research are also available, including equipment for electrical measurements; mechanical testing of bulk and thin film materials; fracture and fatigue of advanced materials; metallography; optical, scanning, transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy; UHV sputter deposition; vacuum annealing treatments; wet chemistry; and x-ray diffraction. The McCullough/Moore Complex is also the home for the Center for Magnetic Nanotechnology, with corresponding facilities for magnetic measurements, and to the Stanford Nanocharacterization Laboratory (SNL). The Rapid Prototyping Laboratory (RPL), housing material deposition and removal stations, is a joint facility with Mechanical Engineering, and is housed in Building 530. The department maintains two microcomputer clusters for its students, both of which are linked to the Internet.

Depending on the needs of their programs, students and faculty also conduct research in a number of other departments and independent laboratories. Chief among these are the Center for Integrated Systems (CIS), the Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials (GLAM), and the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL).

The Center for Integrated Systems (CIS) is a laboratory joining government and industrially funded research on microelectronic materials, devices, and systems. It houses a 10,000 square foot, class 100 clean room for Si and GaAs integrated circuit fabrication; a large number of electronic test, materials analysis, and computer facilities; and office space for faculty, staff, and students. In addition, CIS provides startup research funds and maintains a Fellow-Mentor program with industry.

For information on GLAM and SSRL, see the "Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials" and "Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory" sections of this bulletin.

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