Integrated Computational Materials Engineering
Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) is an interdisciplinary field of study that combines the principles of materials science, engineering, and computational methods to design and develop new materials and devices. ICME uses advanced computational tools and simulations to predict the properties of materials and how they will perform in different applications.
The goal of ICME is to optimize the materials development process by using simulations to predict the properties of new materials before they are synthesized and tested in the laboratory. This can save time and resources, and also allows for the development of materials with specific properties that would be difficult or impossible to achieve through traditional trial-and-error methods.
ICME can be applied to a wide range of materials, including metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites, as well as to various industries including aerospace, biomedical, energy, and transportation.
Courses in ICME combines the field of materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, and computer science. These programs often include classes in materials science, engineering, physics, chemistry, and computer programming, as well as laboratory work to provide hands-on experience with the use of computational tools in materials development. Graduates of these programs may go on to work in research and development in the industry, academia or government laboratories.