University of Texas at El Paso
University Library
Collection Development Policy: Metallurgical and Materials Engineering    

Degrees offered:

BS and MS in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and undesignated MS in Engineering

Number of faculty:


Number of majors in the program:

Undergraduate 63*
Graduate 10*

Faculty Liaison:

Dr. John McClure


Library Subject Specialist:

Debjani Mukhopadhyay

Program Head:

Dr. Lawrence E. Murr

* Fall, 2006 data as reported by the Center for Institutional Evaluation, Research and Planning (CIERP) of The University of Texas at El Paso. 

Program Description

The undergraduate program provides a basic education in metallurgical and materials engineering leading to a career in industry or as a basis for graduate study. Students have the opportunity to specialize in an area of interest at the upper undergraduate level.

The graduate program involves academic studies and researches that focus on understanding the structure, properties, processing, and performance of materials, which includes the development of new or improved materials and advanced processing methods.

Description of Existing Collection
NCIP Code: 2b

LC call numbers: QC 170-197, 770-849, QD, TA 401-492, TN, TP, TS 200-770, TT 205-267

We are current with most reference sources. We have a good core collection in metallurgy and a growing materials science collection.  The library has never been able to afford a full set of ASTM standards, however we do attempt to collect those relating to metals and materials testing. We have loaded the Binary Alloy Phase Diagrams on CD in a computer in Reference.

Current Collecting Intensity
NCIP Code: 2b

In addition to reviewing current monographs in metals and materials testing for purchase, new journals are added whenever possible. Currently we have 38 journal titles to support the program.  New reference resources are always considered and the current reference collection is reviewed regularly for out of date materials.

The students and faculty of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering can access databases such as: Materials Science Subject Collection (CSA), METADEX (CSA), and SpringerLink, both on and off campus.

Desired Collection Level
NCIP Code: 3c

To fully support the graduate program additional journals and databases are needed. The ASTM standards should be purchased whenever updated.

Other Resources

Government Documents has good collections in advanced materials and environmental aspects of metals and materials, as well as, a strong geology collection.