Scope and ObjectiveThe Department of Materials Science and Engineering was established at the National Dong Hwa University since 1997. The undergraduate program was started in 2000, and the Ph.D. program with Master's program in 2002. Currently, our department has 14 full-time and two part-time faculty members.
Materials Science and Engineering is an interdisciplinary field. Materials science studies the fundamental physical and chemical basis for the controlled combination of atoms to form new compounds, phases, and microstructures, as well as the characterization of the resulting structures and properties. Materials Engineering focuses on the synthesis of materials in useful quantities, and on the processing of component materials into engineering products. Materials engineering draws heavily on the fundamental knowledge gained from materials science, and adapts the processes involved for the scale and requirements of the application. There is a rich interplay between the science and engineering aspects. Basic studies frequently find ways to improve the properties of materials, and goal-oriented engineering often reveals aspects of performance that challenge the basic understanding.
A major goal of the Department is to educate students for scientific and engineering leadership. They will develop the next generation of advanced materials and processes so essential for solving societal and environmental problems. The research academic programs unify all classes of materials and processing, including both introductory courses as well as more advanced courses in metals, ceramics, polymers, composites and electronic materials and their analysis as well as inspection.