Specialization in Radiation Processing

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The Master of Technology specialization in Radiation Processing option provides a combination of courses that provides knowledge, skills, and practical experience associated with the procedures, practices, and tools used in the Radiation Processing industry.

This specialization area focuses on the sources and methods used to modify and enhance the chemical and physical properties of materials and products of consumer interest, with an emphasis on radiation processing of materials and radiation dosimetry.

This option is ideal for scientists, engineers, managers, and students interested in the industrial application of radiation for modifying and synthesizing materials for use in such areas as radiation sterilization of medical devices and instruments, food irradiation, materials processing, and nanotechnology and nanostructures. This option is especially valuable for individuals currently working in the irradiation industry who are looking to further their education and enhance their careers.

Program Requirements

Master of Technology students specializing in Radiation Processing are required to complete a minimum of 33 credit hours of course work as indicated below:

Radiation Processing Courses:

  • TECH 52200 - Radiation Processing of Materials
  • TECH 52400 - Radiation Dosimetry and Safety
  • TECH 60003 - Six Sigma: Tools and Applications for Technology Management
  • TECH 61199 - Thesis I*
  • TECH 65400 - Evaluating Quality Systems Through Process Control
  • TECH 65550 - Design and Analysis of Experiments in Technology

*Note: This specialization is only available in the Thesis Option. All courses are 3 credit hours except for the "Thesis I" course which is a 6 credit hour course.

Required Courses

All graduate students are required to complete four core courses in the Master of Technology degree program.

Additional Program Requirements/Limitations

  • A cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00 is required for graduation.
  • A minimum of 18 credit hours in 60000-level or above coursework is required.
  • A minimum of 21 credit hours of coursework must be taken in AERN, CMGT or TECH courses.
  • A maximum of 4 credit hours of Workshop coursework may be used to satisfy the degree requirements.
  • A maximum of 9 credit hours in Technology Individual Investigation coursework may be used to satisfy the degree requirements.
  • A maximum of 12 semester credit hours may be accepted as transfer credits and applied toward degree requirements.
  • A total of 6 credits for thesis (TECH 61199: Thesis I) will be counted if the thesis option is chosen.

Students are required to select the thesis or non-thesis option. The thesis option, recommended for students interested in research and development, allows students to acquire an in-depth knowledge of a narrowly-defined technical area of interest. The non-thesis option is suggested for students who seek a more general curriculum of advanced technical coursework. Those students who choose the thesis option must successfully complete TECH 61199 - Thesis 1 for a total of 6 credit hours.