In response to the growing need for skilled engineers with expertise in liquid crystals, the Liquid Crystal Institute (LCI) at Kent State University
is launching a new concentration for a Master of Science Degree in Liquid Crystal Engineering. The Liquid Crystal Engineering Concentration offers an intensive two-year curriculum leading to an M.S. degree without thesis. It focuses on practical learning by combining both lecture and hands-on laboratory coursework with the equal emphasis, providing students with the opportunity to learn:
• basic sciences of liquid crystals and electro-optics,
• modeling and simulation,
• electronic and optical design,
• fabrication and testing of displays, electro-optic devices, sensing devices and applied systems in the advanced facilities of the LCI.
During the first summer, students are required to complete a summer project on special topics that solidifies their acquired knowledge. Students will acquire practical skills as well as a working knowledge of the fundamental science and technology needed at the cutting-edge forefront of liquid crystal industry. This program has been developed and taught by world-renowned liquid crystal scientists at the LCI, working together with engineers and technology specialists in industry. Internship opportunities may also be available with the LCI’s partner companies.
You should consider applying if you
• aspire to be a corporate engineer in future in display and related industries,
• are interested to acquire hands-on experience in liquid crystal device design and fabrication,
• want to study the fundamental sciences and technologies underlying liquid crystal displays.
Official transcript(s), a statement of goal and three letters of recommendation are required. Submission of GREs (general and subject test–physics or chemistry) is not required, but is strongly recommended. Admission will be granted on the basis of each individual student's background. Students from a variety of undergraduate majors, such as physics, chemistry, engineering and materials science are expected to apply. For more details, refer to the University policy for graduate admissions at http://www2.kent.edu/catalog/2014/info/policies?policy=ad-gr
Applicants must obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 525 (71 on the Internet-based version) or a minimum MELAB score of 77 or IELTS score of 6.0 or a minimum PTE score of 48 for full-time academic admission.
M.S., Liquid Crystal Engineering Concentration: A total of 38 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree are required. Students are required to take 29 credit hours of coursework, 6 credit hours of a master's summer project and 3 credit hours of electives selected in consultation with the student's faculty advisor.