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Graduate School - The University of Akron

Graduate School - The University of Akron


College ofPolymer Scienceand PolymerEngineeringFrank N. Kelley, Ph.D., DeanRudolph J. Scavuzzo, Ph.D., Associate DeanHISTORYThe University of Akron has been a focus for education and research in polymerscience since 1910 when Professor Charles M. Knight began offering courses inrubber chemistry. Master's theses treating rubber chemistry on the Universitylibrary shelves date to 1920. The University began developing major laboratoriesin 1942 under the leadership of Professor G.S. Whitby, and the UA program playeda significant role in the synthetic rubber industry of the U.S. government duringWorld War II. An Institute of Rubber Research under the direction of ProfessorMaurice Morton was created in 1956, which became an Institute of Polymer Sciencein 1964. A Ph.D. program in Polymer Chemistry was introduced in 1956. In1967, a Department of Polymer Science in the College of Arts and Sciences wasformed which awarded M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Polymer Science.A Center for Polymer Engineering was created in 1983 and a Department of PolymerEngineering in the College of Engineering in January 1984 with Professor J.L. White as director and department head to give thrust to polymer processingand engineering applications.In 1988 the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering was establishedto consolidate the administration of the two academic departments, the Instituteof Polymer Science and the renamed Institute of Polymer Engineering.MISSION STATEMENTThe mission of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is toserve its students through a high quality educational experience, incorporatingboth classroom and laboratory learning, as well as a stimulating research environment.Its graduates and former research associates provide a well-trained workforcefor employers throughout the world, but especially for the State of Ohio.With the generation of new knowledge from research and the application of thatknowledge, the College serves society with benefits to both the economy andthe environment.• The primary purpose of the College is to educate its students in the science andengineering of polymers. Since the College is involved principally in graduatelevel education (M.S. and Ph.D.), its students are taught the skills of research bythe faculty; occasionally assisted by visiting scientists, and post-doctoral assoc~ates.• The involvement of the College faculty, students and associated staff in researchprovides a further purpose, i.e., to develop new knowledge concerning polymericmaterials and processes, and to disseminate that knowledge to thebroader community of researchers, technologists, and manufacturers whoemploy that knowledge to their own aims.• The College provides a variety of services through its institutes and centers toaid the economic and cultural development of our society. Individual facultymembers provide services as consultants to industry, government, and civicinstitutions, concerning the developments in knowledge and applications ofpolymers.• An additional function of the College is to provide training for those individualswho wish to improve their skills and knowledge concerning various types ofpolymers, their properties, processes and uses. Undergraduate students fromother colleges within the University participate in specialized courses taught bythe polymer college faculty as they pursue their traditional degree programs.Also, a variety of non-credit offerings are presented as continuing education,intensive short courses, and seminars.DESCRIPTIONThe College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering carries out a programof research and education, primarily at the graduate level, and serves as a majorintellectual resource for the scientific and technological development of polymersand related materials and processes. The college consists of the Department ofPolymer Science, the Department of Polymer Engineering, the Maurice MortonInstitute of Polymer Science and the Institute of Polymer Engineering.Graduate Studies 69The Department of Polymer Science and The Institute of Polymer Science,emphasize polymer synthesis, the physical chemistry, physics and mechanicalbehavior and technology of polymers. and many of their applications. The Departmentof Polymer Engineering and the Institute of Polymer Engineering, emphasizepolymer processing (including reactive processing), solid statestructure/morphology and properties of polymers as related to process history aswell as engineering analysis and design. Collaborative research among the facultyin the two departments is common and provides a unique environment andcapability for solving modern-day problems. This provides a fertile environment forstudents to obtain multidisciplinary training.ADMISSION REQUIREMENTSAdmissions to the graduate program in the college are competitive. The departmentaladmission committees carefully consider each applicant. Early applicationis suggested.DEPARTMENT OF POLYMER SCIENCEStudents with an undergraduate degree in chemistry, physics, or engineering anda grade point average of 2.75/4.0 or better are admissible. Students holding adegree in biology or natural sciences usually need additional courses on the undergraduatelevel in physics, physical and analytical chemistry. For such students, aspecial non-degree admission may be given for one or two semesters, followedby a full admission upon a student's successful completion of the remedial undergraduatecourses. All applications must be supported by at least one letter of recommendationfrom a teacher or supervisor that the candidate is able to handleindependent scientific research. GRE scores are recommended with each application.A student with a M.S. in the sciences from another university can be admitted tothe Ph.D. program. Two letters of recommendation are required in such cases tobe certain that the student is likely to be successful in doctoral research.DEPARTMENT OFPOLYMER ENGINEERINGStudents with an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering, MechanicalEngineering or related degrees with a grade point average of 2. 75/4.0 or better areadmissible. Students holding a degree in the natural sciences usually need add~tiona! undergraduate engineering courses, which are required prerequisites forcore courses. For such students, depending upon their background, a special nondegreeadmission may be given followed by full admission upon successful completionof a series of required remedial courses.A student with a M.S. in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering from another un~versity can be admitted to the Ph.D. program. Two letters of recommendation arerequired in such cases to be certain that the student is likely to be successful indoctoral research.DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHYStudents may pursue the Doctor of Philosophy degree in either Polymer Scienceor Polymer Engineering.Doctor of Philosophy inPolymer ScienceAn interdisciplinary program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy in Polymer Scienceis administered by the Department of Polymer Science. Graduates from thethree main disciplines (chemistry, physics and engineering) are guided into theappropriate courses of study and research in that field under the supervision of afaculty member. Research facilities of the Institute of Polymer Science are availablefor dissertation research. Students may be admitted directly to the Ph.D. programupon screening of their qualifications and recommendation by thedepartment head and dean.In addition to satisfying the general requirements of the Graduate School, a studentworking toward the Doctor of Philosophy in Polymer Science must meet thefollowing requirements:• Complete a course of study prescribed by the student's advisory committeebased on the committee's judgment of the student's background and on theresult of any special examinations it might impose. This course will consist of aminimum of, but usually more than, 36 credits in graduate courses, or theirequivalent, plus sufficient Ph.D. research credits to make a total of 84 credits(exclusive of Master of Science thesis credit). Credits for participation in eitherPolymer Science of Polymer Engineering seminars do not apply toward thedegree. At least 18 credits of graduate course work and all dissertation creditsmust be completed at the University.

70 The University of AkronThere is a university minimum residence time requiring one year, although graduatestudents starting with a B.S. or B.A. typically spend 4 years in residence.• Completion of 18 credits among the following core courses (2 credits each) inpolymer science:4 credits of polymer chemistry courses:9871:6019871:6029871:7049871:7059871:706Polymer ConceptsSynthesis and Chemical Behavior of PolymersCondensation PolymenzationFree Radical Reactions in Polymer ScienceIonic and Monomer Insertion Reacttons4 credits of polymer physical chemistry courses:9871:674 Po~mer Structure and Characterization9871:675 Polymer ThermodynamiCS4 credits of polymer physica I property courses:9871 :631 Physical Properties of Polymers I9871:632 Physical Properties of Polymers II4 credits of polymer engineering and technology courses:9871:701 Polymer Technology I9871 702 Polymer Technology II9871:703 Polymer Technology Ill3 credits of polymer science laboratory:9871:613 Polymer Sctence Laboratory• Completion of 18 credits of elective courses appropriate to each student's areaof interest.• Pass eight cumulative examinations which are given at monthly intervals duringthe academic year. The candidate is urged to begin these examinations early inthe graduate program.• Complete 9871:607.8 Polymer Science Seminar I and II.• Attendance at and participation in seminar-type discussions scheduled by thedepartment. Credits for participation in either polymer science or polymer eng~neering seminars do not apply toward the degree.• Present a public/departmental seminar on the completed research.• Pass an oral examination upon completion of a research dissertation.• Demonstrate competency in computer programming.• Pass the general requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree.• Satisfy the foreign language requirement for the doctoral degree by meeting therequirements of Plan A, B, orCas specified by the student's advisory committee.Appropriate research skills for Plan Care to be specified by the department on thebasis of the student's area of specialization and intended research. These skillsinclude proficiency in computer programming language, special mathematicalmethods, applied statistical analysis, and special literature search techniques.Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering(Polymer Engineering)The Department of Polymer Engineering administers a graduate program in whichgraduate students, with primarily engineering backgrounds, are guided through acourse of study and research under the supervision of a faculty member. Studentsmay be admitted directly to the Ph.D. program upon screening of their qualificationsand recommendation by the department head and dean.Students in Polymer Engineering must satisfy the general requirements of theGraduate School and the department as stated below:• Successfully complete a qualifying examination within three semesters afteradmission into the program. The examination shall cover graduate courses thatthe student has completed and basic undergraduate topics.• Complete courses in the plan of study developed by the student advisory committeeon the basis of the qualifying examination. A minimum of 90 credits ofgraduate work must be earned, including all course requirements listed for theMaster of Science in Polymer Engineering degree.• Pass a candidacy examination which may be taken after 90 percent of thecourse work specified in the plan of study has been completed.• Pass an oral examination in defense of the dissertatiOn.MASTER'S DEGREEStudents may pursue Master of Science degrees 1n either Polymer Science orPolymer Engineering.Master of Science in Polymer Science• A minimum of 24 credits in appropriate courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics,physics, polymer science and engineering as prescribed by the advisorycommittee:Completion of 11 of credits in the following required core courses in polymer sc~ence 9871:601 Polymer Concepts; 613 Polymer Science Laboratory; 631 PhysicalProperties of Polymers I; 674 Polymer Structure and Charactenzatton; 701Polymer Technology.Completion of 13 credit hours of elective courses appropriate to each student'sarea of 1nterest.• Completion of a research project (9871:699) and the resulting 6 credits• Attendance at and participation in seminar-type discussions scheduled by thedepartment Cred1ts for participation in either polymer sc1ence or polymer eng~neering seminars do not apply toward the degree• Demonstrated competence in computer skills.• At least 12 credits of graduate coursework and all theses cred1ts must be completedat the University.Master of Science in Engineering(Polymer Engineering Specialization)The major emphases of the graduate program in polymer eng1neenng are 1n polymerprocessing, engineering performance and structural and rheological characterizationof polymers.The academic program requires the completion of 33 credits: 12 credits of corecourses, 3 credits of approved mathematics courses, 6 thesis credits, and 12 creditsof approved elect1ves.• Polymer eng1neering core:9841 611 Structural Charactenzatton of Po~mers with ElectromagnetiC Radtation9841:621 Rheology of Polymenc Flutds 39841·622 Analysis and Design of Polymer Processing Operattons I 39841:631 Engtneenng Properties of Soltd Polymers 29841·641 Polymenc Materials Engineering Science 2Total 12• Polymer eng1neering elective:9841 601 Polymer Engineenng Seminar 19841 :623 Analysts and Design of Poeymer Processtng Operattons II 39841 :642 Engineenng Aspects of Polymer Colloids 29841 :651 Polymer Engtneering Laboratory 29841 :661 Polymerization Reactor Engineenng 3• Approved engineering and science elective (a minimum of 3 credits of approvedscience or mathematics required):3450· Approved Mathematics 34300:681 Advanced Engineering Materials 34600:622 Conttnuum Mechanics 39871 :613 Polymer Science Laboratory 39871 :674 Polymer Structure and Charactenzatton 29871 :675 Polymer Thermodynamics 2• Thesis:9841 699 Master's Thests• Requirements:Polymer Engtneering CoreApproved ElecttvesApproved MathemattcsThesisTotal• Attendance at and participatiOn in department seminars as directed by the advisorycommittee 1s required.612123633

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