2017-2018 General Catalog 
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2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Metallurgical Engineering

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College of Mines and Earth Sciences
Department Office: 412 William C. Browning Building
Mailing Address: 135 S. 1460 E., Rm. 412, Salt Lake City, UT 84112- 0114
Phone: 801-581-6386
Fax: 801-581-4937
Website: www.metallurgy.utah.edu

Department Chair: Manoranjan Misra, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Advisor: 416 WBB, metal-advising@lists.utah.edu, 801-587-9016
Graduate Advisor: 403 WBB, metal-advising@lists.utah.edu, 801-581-5491

The department invites eager students to enter the fascinating world of metallurgy. Metallurgical Engineering is a discipline that involves the study, innovation, design, implementation, and improvement of processes that transform particles and metals into modern products that improve the quality of our lives. Metals provide the foundation of our modern way of life. We need metals to generate electricity to drive our electronic-age society as well as for vehicles, buildings, machines, and home appliances. Metals come from minerals that must be physically separated and chemically processed in order to transform them into the modern products we use. Metallurgical engineers work to meet the mineral and metal product needs of our modern civilization in an environmentally responsible way by designing processes and products that minimize waste, maximize energy efficiency, increase performance, and facilitate recycling.

Undergraduate Program

Please see the Metallurgical Engineering B.S. and H.B.S. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

The metallurgical engineering curriculum at the University of Utah consists of science and engineering background courses as well as courses in mineral processing/particle technology, chemical metallurgy, physical metallurgy, and product/process design and analysis. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the education and skills that are needed for metallurgical engineers working in core traditional industries, which comprise the bulk of the current employment market, as well as for the industries of the future.

Special Opportunities

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program makes on-campus participation in the department’s research activities another means for undergraduates to learn about metallurgy. Excellent facilities are available for undergraduate training and graduate research. These include equipment for grinding, crushing, gravity separation, physical metallurgy, hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, and computation. Equipment is also available for electron microscopy (scanning as well as transmission), X-ray diffraction, X-ray microtomography, atomic force microscopy, and vibrational spectroscopy as well as excellent laboratory facilities for particle technology, surface/colloid chemistry, and electrochemistry/corrosion.

In addition, many scholarships that range in value from $1,000 to $6,000 are available for undergraduate students each year. Students are encouraged to apply using an application form that is available in the department office or online at www.metallurgy.utah.edu.

Areas of Specialization

Particle separation technology: particle characterization, comminution, size separation, flotation, coal preparation, automatic control and process engineering of particles including metal powders, energy-related minerals, pigments, and ceramics. Chemical metallurgy: heterogeneous reaction kinetics, transport phenomena, computer modeling, leaching, solution purification, ion exchange, solvent extraction, precipitation, roasting, reduction, smelting, ironmaking and steelmaking. Physical metallurgy: phase transformations, powder metallurgy, metallography, functionally graded materials, composites, magnetic materials, thin-film processing, fatigue, rapid solidification, metal failure analysis, and corrosion.

Other Requirements

A student may not repeat a course required for the department major more than one time. Required metallurgical engineering courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better.

Technical Electives

A minimum of eight approved credit hours is required.

Graduate Program

Please see the Metallurgical Engineering M.E., M.S., and Ph.D. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Areas of Specialization

Mineral processing, hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, physical metallurgy, mechanical metallurgy, fatigue and fracture, electrometallurgy, metals processing, corrosion, metal matrix composites, electronic materials, and advanced particulate materials.

Program and Course Offerings


    Undergraduate MajorMasterDoctorate


      Metallurgical Engineering

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