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Key material fields to be covered in modern engineering curricula

Prof Sybrand van der Zwaag | TU Delft, The Netherlands

Key material fields to be covered in modern engineering curricula

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The field of materials science and engineering is already very large and ever expanding. Current topics involve metals, polymers, ceramics, concrete, glass, composites, functional materials and cover the entire range of fundamentals, structure-property relationships, manufacturing issues and behavior in applications. New topics are environmental aspects, material shortage, boo-inspired materials, nano-materials and new carbon based materials, hybrid materials, new manufacturing techniques such as additive manufacturing, and economic aspects. Furthermore, also engineering curricula are evolving continuously. The combination of an ever expanding field and a limited amount of time reserved in engineering curricula for materials science, brings to the table the question of the contents of the materials courses in future engineering curricula. In this presentation I will present the outcome of a short inventory of needs and visions from different engineering curricula in Dutch technical universities. The results will be used to start a fruitful discussion amongst the delegates at the conference.