Multidisciplinary Composites Certificate Program
for Georgia Tech Undergraduate Students
The outstanding combination of properties that one can derive from advanced composites, viz., high stiffness and/or strength-to-weight ratios, corrosion resistance, design flexibility, product versatility, etc., points to a burgeoning growth in the use of these materials. Steadily expanding applications in electrical and electronic, automotive, aircraft, building construction, and process industries have produced a tremendous need for engineers with a broad-based training in materials selection, fabrication, design and testing of composites. Even the emerging areas in Bio-Mechanics use a lot of composite technology to make technologically significant advances. Of the total number of college graduates currently working with high performance composites, only a small fraction - less than 5 percent - have had appropriate formal training in the field. Georgia Tech has became a leader in meeting the obvious need here by providing students from the various engineering disciplines with a broad-based knowledge of advanced composites.
The object of the undergraduate certificate program is to provide students with a structured program for the study of composites. The program is structured to meet the special interests and needs of individual students while simultaneously demanding comprehensive training in the fundamental aspects through a mandatory core. The required core covers composites processes, materials, mechanics, and mechanical behavior and also offers hands-on experience through laboratories for composites manufacture and testing. Extensive opportunities are also available for incorporating independent research projects in meeting the certificate requirements.
Course of Study
A. Required Core Courses (6 hours, 4791 and 4793) with a B or better average in both courses
- 4791 Mechanical Behavior of Composites 3-0-3 (Fall)
- 4793 Composite Materials and Processing 3-0-3 (Spring)
B. Electives (6 hours) (these courses CANNOT be required for your particular degree)
- COE 3001 Mechanics of Deformable Bodies or ME 3201 Mechanics of Materials or MSE 3005 Mechanical Behavior of Materials
- ME/CHE/MSE/PTFE 4775 Polymer Science and Engineering I
- PFE 2200 Fiber Science
- CEE 4520 Reinforced Concrete Design
- ME/MSE 4790 Materials Selection and Design
- Relevant undergraduate or graduate courses* as approved by the CERC Director
SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN COMPOSITES: Individual investigations of problems of current interest in composites. Special topics to be arranged using appropriate course numbers from the major school.
* Special requirements may have to be met for registering in 6000 level courses. Students are advised to check these requirements prior to registering.
For additional information concerning the undergraduate program in general, please contact either: