Undergraduate Bulletin

Spring 2024

ESM: Materials Science

ESM 121: Better Planet By Design

The course explores new ways of steering technological progress for a better planet. The lectures will blend introductory concepts of environmental science, engineering, social sciences, economics and health in relation to environmental protection and pollution prevention. They will be suitable for engineering, science, humanities and social science majors. This course will illustrate concepts of novel and sustainable technologies for improving water systems, air quality and waste. It will allow learners to understand the limitations of technological approaches as political, social and economic barriers are often more significant than the engineering challenges.


3 credits

ESM 150: Materials of the Modern World

Many of the technologies we rely on in our everyday lives - e.g. bridges, buildings, and other infrastructure, computers and modern electronics, energy efficient means of transportation, among many others - have only been made possible through the development and implementation of cutting-edge materials. Materials science principles will be introduced in the context of modern-day engineering applications. An overview of materials structure and its implications for engineering properties will be discussed and connected to real-world technologies through case studies. Design, selection, and problem solving techniques in material science will be demonstrated through problem sets and an interactive materials design project. Note: This course may not be used by ESG majors as a substitute for ESG 332.

Prerequisite: Level 2+ or higher on the mathematics placement examination


3 credits

ESM 212: Introduction to Environmental Engineering

Multidisciplinary, materials-oriented approach to environmental and civil engineering, incorporating the concept of sustainable development: basic principles, including pollutant transport, water quality, waste and waste water treatment, energy systems and energy efficiency, use of sustainable building materials, 'green' manufacturing and pollution prevention, engineering materials issues unique to construction. Use of field and laboratory sensors and analytical tools will be discussed and demonstrated. Project and problem-based approach to design of structures and materials engineering, incorporating environmental considerations.

Prerequisites: ESG 100 or ESG 201; ESG 198 or equivalent; PHY 119 or 121 or 125 or 131 or 141.

3 credits

ESM 213: Introduction to Nanotechnology Studies

The emerging field of nanotechnology develops solutions to engineering problems by taking advantage of the unique physical and chemical properties of nanoscale materials. This interdisciplinary, co-taught course introduces materials and nano-fabrication methods with applications to electronics, biomedical, mechanical and environmental engineering. Guest speakers and a semester project involve ethics, toxicology, economic and business implications of nanotechnology. Basic concepts in research and design methodology and characterization techniques will be demonstrated. Course is required for the Minor in Nanotechnology Studies (NTS).

Prerequisites: PHY 131 or PHY 125; CHE 131 or ESG 198

3 credits

ESM 299: Directed Research in Materials Science

A directed research project with faculty supervision or as part of a research team. Intended for freshman or sophomore students to develop research skills in a closely mentored environment. A final report and oral presentation are required at the end of the project. ESM 199 is a recommended prerequisite.

Prerequisite: Permission of the Undergraduate Program Director

0-3 credits

ESM 325: Diffraction Techniques and Structure of Solids

X-ray diffraction techniques are emphasized. Topics include coherent and incoherent scattering of radiation, structure of crystalline and amorphous solids, stereographic projection, and crystal orientation determination. The concept of reciprocal vector space is introduced early in the course and is used as a means of interpreting diffraction patterns. Laboratory work in X-ray diffraction patterns is also included to illustrate the methods.

Prerequisite: ESG 332

3 credits

ESM 335: Strength of Materials

The mechanical behavior of materials, assuming a basic knowledge of elasticity, plasticity, fracture and creep. Provides treatment of these topics across size scales. Continuum mechanics, advanced phenomena in mechanics of materials, and case studies and measurement techniques.

Prerequisites: AMS 261 or MAT 203; ESG 302 or CME 304

3 credits

ESM 336: Electronic Materials

The properties of intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors are discussed with particular attention first to the equilibrium distribution of electrons in the bands and then to the nonequilibrium transport of charge carriers. The properties and applications of photoconductors and of luminescent materials are then described. The concept of stimulated emission is introduced, laser operation explained, and laser materials discussed in relation to their applications in science and technology. Other topics considered are the properties of magnetic materials, of dielectric materials, and of superconductors.

Prerequisite: ESG 333

3 credits

ESM 339: Microfabrication and Thin Film Processing of Advanced Materials

Fundamental aspects of thin film materials design, fabrication, and characterization. Overviews of semiconductor fabication, surface analysis, and vacuum system design. This course includes a design content of one credit, achieved through a design exercise related to thin film fabrication.

Prerequisite: ESG 332, or ESE 231 for ESE majors

4 credits

ESM 378: Materials Chemistry

Our high-technology world is driven forward by advances in materials chemistry. This class will discuss some of the materials that underpin these technologies, as well as some of the novel classes of materials that are being developed for future applications. The course will cover the synthesis, structures, and properties of advanced materials, focusing on a range of topics with current societal importance (e.g. energy, computers, nanoscience, etc.). Specific topics may include batteries, fuel cells, catalysts, metals, semiconductors, superconductors, magnetism, and polymers.

Prerequisites: CHE 375 or permission of the instructor

3 credits

ESM 400: Research and Nanotechnology

This is the capstone course for the minor in Nanotechnology Studies (NTS). Students learn primary aspects of the professional research enterprise through writing a journal-quality manuscript and making professional presentations on their independent research (499) projects in a formal symposium setting. Students will also learn how to construct a grant proposal (a typical NSF graduate fellowship proposal), methods to search for research/fellowship funding, and key factors in being a research mentor.

Prerequisites: ESM 213, at least one semester of independent research (499 level)

3 credits

ESM 450: Engineering Systems Laboratory

A systems approach will be taken to understand the fundamental properties of materials and their implications on engineering design and applications. The advanced gas turbine engine is used as the main testbed for this laboratory class. Results from mechanical testing and phase analysis will be analyzed in the context of real-world system construction, operation and reliability.

Prerequisites: ESG 332 and ESM 335

Students in BE/MS Program: Prerequisite: ESG 332; Corequisite: ESM 513


3 credits

ESM 453: Biomaterials

This course focuses on the clinical performance of metals, ceramics and polymers and discusses the chemical, physical, mechanical and biological questions raised by the unique use of these materials within the human body. The material's response to the various components of its biological environment are addressed, followed by the response of the host to the presence of the implanted material. Applications to tissue engineering and the relevance of nanoscale phenomena are also discussed. This course is offered as both ESM 453 and CME 371. Not for credit in addition to BME 353.

Prerequisites: U3 or U4 standing; BME, CME or ESG major

3 credits

ESM 455: Materials and Processes in Manufacturing Design

The design of mechanical and electrical systems, materials selection, and fabrication processes are surveyed and shown to be essential components of manufacturing engineering. The mechanical and thermal processing of a wide range of metallic and nonmetallic materials is reviewed. Modern computer-based materials selection, advanced processing methods, and automation are explored.

Prerequisite: ESG 332 or 333

3 credits

ESM 460: Advanced Engineering Laboratory

Students work in teams to perform advanced laboratory projects that emphasize the structure-property relationship. Emphasis on statistical analysis, multivariate fitting of data, and technical manuscript preparation.

Prerequisites: ESG 312, ESG 332, and ESG 333

3 credits

ESM 469: Polymer Engineering

An introductory survey of the physics, chemistry, and technology of polymers. Topics covered include classification of polymers, molecular forces and bonds, structure of polymers, measurement of molecular weight and size, rheology and mechanical properties, thermodynamics of crystallization, polymerization mechanisms, and commercial polymer production and processing. May not be taken for credit in addition to CME 369.

Prerequisite: ESG 332

3 credits

ESM 475: Undergraduate Teaching Practicum

May be used as an open elective only and repeated once.

Prerequisites: U4 standing as an undergraduate major within the college; a minimum g.p.a. of 3.00 in all Stony Brook courses and the grade of B or better in the course in which the student is to assist; permission of department

SBC:     EXP+

3 credits

ESM 486: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Engineering

Designed for upper division students, this course will explore the key elements and challenges involved in implementing innovation in complex engineering systems. This course will tackle this issue through historical analysis of engineering innovation through detailed case studies and examples. Framework for entrepreneurial developments will also be analyzed.

Prerequisites: U4 standing; B+ or higher in ESG 316 or ESE 380 or ESM 450 or MEC 310 or permission of instructor.

3 credits

ESM 488: Cooperative Industrial Practice

A design engineering course oriented toward both research/development and manufacturing technology. Students work in actual industrial programs carried out cooperatively with companies established as university incubators or with regionally located organizations. Supervised by a committee of faculty and industry representatives to which students report.

Prerequisite: Permission of department

SBC:     EXP+

0-6 credits

ESM 499: Research in Materials Science

An independent research project with faculty supervision. Permission to register requires a B average in all engineering courses and the agreement of a faculty member to supervise the research. May be repeated, but only three credits of research electives (AMS 487, BME 499, CSE 487, ESE 499, ESM 499, EST 499, ISE 487, MEC 499) may be counted toward technical elective requirements. Prerequisite: B average in all engineering courses and the agreement of a faculty member to supervise the research

Prerequisites: B average in all engineering courses; permission of faculty advisor

0-4 credits