Building upon fundamental maths and science, the curriculum develops the core materials' scientific principles based on the well-known conceptual relationships between structure-properties-process-performance. Following the core courses, the curriculum will apply these principles to a wide range of material types such as metals, ceramics, polymers, and glasses. Furthermore, the curriculum will cover more advanced topics that focus on specific phenomena related to materials including characterisation techniques, thin films, composites, surface chemistry, and other applications and phenomena. Laboratory courses will be an especially important element in the curriculum and both Saarland University (UdS) and Oregon State University (OSU) are well equipped to give the students hands-on skills in advanced materials characterisation and processing techniques.
The technical curriculum will culminate in an engineering design course based on the existing senior Mechanical Engineering capstone design course sequence at OSU. In this course, teams of students collaborate on a technical project under the supervision of a faculty advisor and an industrial mentor. In addition to technical and laboratory skills, the design course sharpens the student's team building, organisational, and communication skills.
Finally, a critical component in the degree programme includes the non-technical courses. Language courses will serve as an important component in this category, but the proposed degree programme will also follow the guidelines of the OSU Baccalaureate Core curriculum (http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/BCC.aspx
) that emphasises writing, creative thinking, cultural diversity, the arts, science, literature, life-long fitness, and global awareness.
Double Bachelor's degree in Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering (one diploma from each partner university and a diploma supplement)
Study abroad unit(s)
Every student admitted to the programme will be relocated for one full academic year and one term/semester/quarter out of a four-year programme of study, independent of the origin of the students. The relocation will start in the second year of the project (second-year students).
US students will spend a period of study abroad at Saarland University (UdS) earning at least 80 ECTS credits.
For EU students the relocation will consist of one semester or quarter at the other EU institution for a minimum of 20 ECTS credits, and a full academic year (three 10-week terms) in the USA at OSU. The remaining time to complete the degree will be spent at their home university.
Forms of assessment
Examinations will be conducted according to the regulations of each hosting academic institution, normally in the form of written exams, oral exams, or practical work.
The project's outcomes for improving teaching and student achievement are the following:
- undergraduate educational training in the areas of Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Linguistics far superior than could be provided by a single university
- formation of new multilingual-multicultural-engineer profile
- a significant added value for the student in terms of opportunities for future educational/employment possibilities
- the mobility of individual university professors to improve teaching and mutual understanding of issues relevant to EU-US relations
- improvement of the quality of transatlantic student mobility by promoting transparency, mutual recognition of qualifications and periods of study and training, and transferability of credits