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James Shackelford

Materials Science: 10 Things Every Engineer Should Know

by James Shackelford

Materials Science: 10 Things Every Engineer Should Know

James Shackelford

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This online course offered by The University of California, Davis runs through the must-know essentials for anyone interested in the field of materials science.

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Materials Science: 10 Things Every Engineer Should Know

by James Shackelford

Materials Science: 10 Things Every Engineer Should Know

James Shackelford

Overview

As consumer electronics and heavy-duty structures have become ubiquitous, it's increasingly apparent that our modern, industrialized world is shaped by materials science – the design and discovery of new materials.

This five-week Coursera course was created by James Shackelford, professor at UC Davis, to explain the ten essential concepts for anyone new to materials science. In addition to his professorship, Shackelford has been named a fellow of ASM International and the American Ceramic Society. He has also published over 100 archived papers and books.

Shackelford designed this course around accessibility, using handy metaphors and visual demonstrations to communicate dense materials science concepts. Materials Science: 10 Things Every Engineer Should Know is for anyone interested in any sort of engineering career, including scientists, sales engineers, and engineering managers.

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"Those electrons that are providing the metallic bonding are reflecting any photons, light rays, from the environment. It gives us that characteristic shiny luster."

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