Graduate Credit Certificate Program in Laser-Materials Processing and Laser-Based Manufacturing

Professor Judith A. Todd
Head of the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics

The purpose of this program is to prepare engineers to integrate laser-materials processing into the concurrent design and manufacture of multi-scale components and systems of the future. Its objective is to offer a multidisciplinary curriculum drawing upon the strengths of several engineering departments and the Applied Research Laboratory. To be awarded the Laser-Materials Processing and Laser-Based Manufacturing Certificate, students must successfully complete with a B or higher 12 credits of graduate course work, including E SC 540 and three of the following 3-credit courses: E SC 541, E SC 542, E SC 543, or E SC 544.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have received either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. Graduates in engineering, the sciences, or medicine who present a 3.0 grade-point average will be considered for admission. Exceptions to the minimum 3.00 GPA may be made for students with professional experience, special backgrounds, abilities, and interests.

International applicants must take and submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), with the exceptions noted below. The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 550 for the paper-based test, or a total score of 80 with a 19 on the speaking section for the Internet-based test (iBT). The minimum acceptable composite score for the IELTS is 6.5.

International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement who have received a baccalaureate or a graduate degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the United States, and Wales.

GRE scores are not required for non-degree graduate students. Individuals who wish to apply to the graduate degree program in Engineering Science and Mechanics must submit a separate Graduate School admission application, along with all of the required supporting documentation, including GRE scores. Successful completion of the certificate program neither implies nor guarantees admission to a graduate degree program at Penn State.

List of Courses Included in the Certificate

Required (3 credits):
E SC 540 Laser Optics Fundamentals (3)

Electives (9 credits):
E SC 541 Laser-Materials Interactions (3)
E SC 542 Laser-Integrated Manufacturing (3)
E SC 543 Laser Microprocessing (3)
E SC 544 Laser Laboratory (3)

How To Apply

Course Descriptions

E SC 540LASER OPTICS FUNDAMENTALS (3). Selected topics in optics and laser physics, and their applications in laser-materials processing. Prerequisites: None.

E SC 541LASER-MATERIALS INTERACTIONS (3). Laser beam interactions with metallic, ceramic, polymeric and biological materials; effects of wavelength, power, spatial and temporal distributions of intensity. Prerequisites: None.

E SC 542LASER INTEGRATED MANUFACTURING (3). Integration of lasers into manufacturing processes: laser-assisted surface modification; laser joining; laser-based material removal processes. Prerequisites: E SC 540 and E SC 541.

E SC 543LASER MICROPROCESSING (3). Laser microprocessing of engineered and biological materials for electronic opto-electronic, MEMS and medical/therapeutic applications. Prerequisites: E SC 540 and E SC 541.

E SC 544LASER LABORATORY (3). Laser systems for materials processing, safety, critical processing parameters, diagnostic measurements, automation, sensing and control. Prerequisites: E SC 540 and E SC 541.

How To Apply

Technical Contact

Dr. Stephen M. Copley

Administrative Contact

Ms. Debbie Hoy

Academic Contact

Dr. Al Segall

Outreach Contact

Carrie Friday