Larry Murr, MME Chair
LEM Biographical Sketch
Welcome to the website of the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Program at UTEP.
Our Program offers the only BS degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (MME) in the State of Texas. We also offer a MS in MME and the PhD in Materials Science and Engineering.
We are a small and very friendly, modern, productive and scholarly Department of the highest quality!
Metallurgical and materials engineers extract, refine, process, test, and evaluate metals, minerals, ceramics, polymers, semiconductors and other electronic materials, composites, and nanomaterials. Although Metallurgy dates back several thousand years to the Bronze and Iron Ages, today’s metallurgical and materials engineers are developing new semiconductors for advanced computer chips, new superconductors which may allow for the construction of levitated trains, exotic fiber composites which may be used for biological implants such as bone replacements, and carbon nanotubes for light conversion into electricity. Other metallurgical and materials engineers devise and control manufacturing methods: for copper wire, steel I-beams, or aluminum foil; for gigantic titanium wings spars for aircraft, or tiny bearings and gears for computer printers; for polymer composite body panels used in sports cars, or ceramic casserole dishes used in the family kitchen. All areas of manufacturing and technology development, which use materials in making products, appliances, or facilities, require and employ metallurgical and materials engineers.
High school students planning to be metallurgical or materials engineers should have a strong interest in math, chemistry, and physics; for example an entering student should have a year of calculus, and a year of chemistry and physics. As a metallurgical and materials engineering student at UTEP, you will be encouraged to participate in materials research and development for academic credit and remuneration, and you will have the opportunity to work in a wide variety of well-paid summer jobs through established cooperative work programs with manufacturing companies, engineering firms, and government agencies.
UTEP has national reputation for its professional development and mentoring programs in engineering and the sciences. It is one of the few colleges and universities in the United States, founded as a college of mines and metallurgy and as such enjoys a rich history and outstanding reputation amongst institutions with programs in metallurgy, metallurgical and materials engineering, or materials science and engineering. As a Metallurgical and Materials Engineering student you will have the opportunity to join in a number of campus organizations through the College of Engineering and professional organizations, through the Program.
The Metals, Minerals and Materials Society of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (TMS-AIME) and ASM International (the International Materials Society) offer interactions with professionals in the El Paso/Juarez area. Student participation in local, regional, and national meetings is encouraged and travel funds are generally available to help promote student involvement. Other student organizations common to all engineering disciplines include the Mexican American Engineering Society (MAES) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).
Although Metallurgical and Materials Engineering is one of the smaller programs in the College, personal interactions and mentoring by faculty are a hallmark of our Program. All of our students receive individual academic advising and pre-professional development reviews. MME is housed in the engineering building complex with over 15,000 square feet of laboratory space which includes a foundry, laboratories for welding, testing, and evaluation of materials, and a host of modern analytical facilities including scanning electron microscopes, a scanning acoustic microscope and an analytical transmission electron microscope capable of seeing individual atoms in thin film materials, and performing chemical analysis on an area about one ten-millionth the area of a human hair cross section.
The Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Program is fully accredited by ABET, the national accreditation organization for university engineering programs.
For additional information about the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and our programs, contact:
Larrry E. Murr, Chair
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Program
The University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, TX 79968-0520
Tel: +1 (915) 747-5468
Fax: +1 (915) 747-8036
Metallurgical & Materials Engineering at UTEP