Computational materials science and engineering education: A survey of trends and needs

K. Thornton*, Samanthule Nola, R. Edwin Garcia, Mark Asta, G. B. Olson

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Results from a recent reassessment of the state of computational materials science and engineering (CMSE) education are reported. Surveys were distributed to the chairs and heads of materials programs, faculty members engaged in computational research, and employers of materials scientists and engineers, mainly in the United States. The data was compiled to assess current course offerings related to CMSE, the general climate for introducing computational methods in MSE curricula, and the requirements from the employers' viewpoint. Furthermore, the available educational resources and their utilization by the community are examined. The surveys show a general support for integrating computational content into MSE education. However, they also reflect remaining issues with implementation, as well as a gap between the tools being taught in courses and those that are used by employers. Overall, the results suggest the necessity for a comprehensively developed vision and plans to further the integration of computational methods into MSE curricula.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-17
Number of pages6
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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