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5.0 Faculty Advisor & Supervisory Committee

5.1 Research Topic and Faculty Advisor

The graduate student should discuss possible research projects with all faculty members in the student's area of graduate studies and select a topic and a faculty advisor. Graduate students are required to choose a research thesis topic before the end of their second semester of study.

5.2 List of Faculty and Their Teaching and Research Specialties

Information on research, adjunct, or other auxiliary faculty may be found on our website. Click on the professor's name for their specialties.

My research program is centered on the development of innovative materials-based solutions to anthropogenic related environmental issues. Within this environmental theme, my research platform focuses on the development of materials and applications in the following areas: 1) Customized aerogel composites, 2) Integrated waste containment and glass recycling technologies, and 3)Advanced materials for decentralized drinking water purification technologies

Mechanical behavior of materials, fatigue and fracture mechanics, functionally graded materials, composites, thermal barrier coatings, computational material science, synthesis and processing of materials.

Powder metallurgy; composite, hard and superhard, and nanostructured materials; fracture and wear, sintering, ultrahigh-pressure consolidation, powder processing and forming, cellular metals.

Hydrometallurgy, electrometallurgy, corrosion, materials synthesis, metal extraction and purification, and modeling.

Physical metallurgy; powder metallurgy; plasmonic and magnetic materials development, processing, and characterization; solidification processing; bulk single-crystal growth; and thin film processing and characterization.

Mineral processing, liberation, particle technology, flotation chemistry, hydrometallurgy, 3D characterization, analysis, and simulation of multiphase systems using x-ray microtomography.

Applying micro/nanotechnology and engineering methods to life science and health care applications.  Specific areas of interest in applied research:

  • Point of care diagnostics in resource limited settings, identifying the needs of the community and developing relevant highly sensitive detection methodologies for “real world” deployment.
  • Titanium-oxide nanotubes for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) detection for disease diagnosis
  • Resistive Pulse Sensing for electronic diagnosis of diseases (multi-species malaria detection)
  • Microtechnology for stem cell analysis (i.e. label-free biomarker screening and cell sorting)
  • Energy generation using nanomaterials and microfluidics 
  • Soilid-State radiation detection

Computer control of grinding, flotation and hydrometallurgical systems, mathematical modeling of mineral processing and chemical metallurgical systems.

Pyrometallurgy of nuclear materials, molten salt electrochemistry, zeolite applications, nuclear safeguards.

Applications of nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage as well as robust sensor materials (small materials, big ideas); Photoelectrochemistry and reaction kinetics; Process development and feasibility of new technical processes Recycling Technologies, Sustainable Engineering.

Chemical synthesis of advanced materials, metallurgical processing engineering including CFD Modeling, fluid-solid reactions, flash Ironmaking, solvent extraction.

5.3 Supervisory Committee

The Supervisory Committee consults with the student in planning her/his degree program and thesis or dissertation research. The Committee is responsible for approval of the student's Program of Study; research proposal; thesis, dissertation, or final research report; and Final Oral Examination. If a Supervisory Committee finds a graduate student's preliminary work deficient, the student may be required to take supplementary undergraduate courses, for which graduate credit will not be allowed.

The faculty member who directs the thesis or dissertation work (the faculty advisor) usually serves as the Committee Chair of the Supervisory Committee.

Appointments to Graduate Supervisory Committees of persons who do not have a regular, research, lecture, adjunct, clinical, or other instructional appointment in the university, must be approved by action of the Graduate Council on recommendation of the Supervisory Committee Chair and (for M.S. or Ph.D.) the Dean of the Graduate School.

Once Supervisory Committee members have agreed to serve, the student requests the departmental Graduate Advisor, in writing, to prepare the form "Request for Supervisory Committee." Provide the names of the prospective committee members and their affiliations. See deadlines, below.

5.3.1 Master of Science

By the end of the second semester of a student's graduate work, the student, in consultation with his/her faculty advisor, forms a Supervisory Committee, which is approved by the Department. The Committee normally consists of three faculty members, including one faculty member from outside the major field. At least two members must be tenured or tenure-track faculty in the Department. Exceptions must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies and by the Graduate School.

5.3.2 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Following passage of the Qualifying Examination, the student, in consultation with his/her faculty advisor, forms a Supervisory Committee, which is approved by the Supervisory Committee Chair. The Committee normally consists of five faculty members, including three tenure-track faculty members in the Department, one University of Utah faculty member from outside the Department, and one other faculty member or researcher either from within or outside the Department. Four of the five members must be tenured or tenure-track. An exception may be made when in the opinion of the Supervisory Committee Chair and the Director of Graduate Studies the work of the Committee will be strengthened by a departure from this rule.

5.3.3 Master of Engineering

By the end of the second semester of a student's graduate work, the student, in consultation with his/her faculty advisor, forms a Supervisory Committee, which is approved by the Department. The Committee normally consists of three faculty members, including one member from outside the major field. Two of the three members must be tenured or tenure-track faculty.

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Last Updated: 9/13/17