Teaching activities


MSE 335: Kinetics and Transport in Materials Engineering

Introduction to irreversible thermodynamics, Onsager’s principle, and the driving forces for diffusion; phenomenological theories for diffusive transport of mass and heat in crystalline solids; the motion of crystal-vapor, crystal-liquid, and crystal-crystal interfaces; and the kinetics of phase transformations in condensed systems, including nucleation, growth, coarsening, and spinodal decomposition. 

MSE 550: Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering

This is an advanced level survey of the fundamental principles underlying the structures, properties, processing, and uses of engineering materials. It is intended for graduate students with no prior experience in materials science. Course content is organized in three thematic areas: materials structure, materials thermodynamics and kinetics, and mechanical properties. The goal of the course is to bring the students up to the level where they can take further advanced courses in these three areas. 

Outreach activities


FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math and Science) Capstone

Visit our hands-on activity, entitled "The Magic and Mystery of Crystal Growth," at the bi-annual FEMMES science capstone, serving underrepresented female elementary and middle school students from the greater southeast Michigan community.  Activities in our workshop have a specific emphasis on conveying the importance and application of crystal growth to modern technology (see left).  As an example, the students are tasked with growing bismuth (Bi) and gallium (Ga) crystals as large as possible given limited supplies in the laboratory, and explaining their findings.

Xplore Engineering 

Xplore Engineering is an outreach event designed for alumni and the children in their life entering the 4th through 7th grade. Through a series of experiential workshops, participants gain hands-on experience in a variety of engineering disciplines. Through the materials science department, Insung and Nancy helped run the workshop on "How do Crystals Grow? From Organic to Metallic Crystals," where kids investigated the rapid growth of different seeded crystals in far-from-equilibrium conditions.