UC San Diego Materials Science and Engineering

Doctoral Committee Information

There are three general methods to constitute a Materials Science and Engineering Doctoral committee. The most significant members are your PI/Faculty Advisor/Chair, and the Outside Tenured Member. Note: Tenured means Associate or Full Professor. Your PI/Faculty Advisor/Chair should be within Materials Science and Engineering Affiliated Faculty.

It is always a good idea to have the MATS Graduate Coordinator “check” over your committee to ensure it fulfills all the university policies, prior to reaching out to faculty. To do so, simply email the MATS Graduate Coordinator with the five committee members and request a check.

Method One

  • Choose all five members from the Materials Science and Engineering Affiliated Faculty List.
  • The discipline of your PI and Outside Tenured Member must be different.
  • Example: PI- Dr. Smith (Discipline- Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering), Outside Tenured Member- Dr. Frank (Discipline- Electrical and Computer Engineering).
  • This is the most typical committee type utilized by students.

Method Two

  • Choose four members from the Materials Science and Engineering Affiliated Faculty List (including your PI).
  • Choose your Outside Tenured member, from faculty completely outside of Materials Science and Engineering (the faculty member should not be listed on the website above).
    • This member will “default” to your Outside Tenured member.
    • To ensure a faculty member is tenured, you may use the “Find Faculty/Staff” tool below to search for the faculty member. If the faculty member is listed as Associate or Professor, they are considered tenured.
    • http://blink.ucsd.edu/

Method Three

  • Choose three members from the Materials Science and Engineering Affiliated Faculty List (including your PI).
  • Choose two members, including your Outside Tenured member, from faculty completely outside of Materials Science and Engineering (the faculty members should not be listed on the website above).
    • One of the two members will “default” to your Outside Tenured member.
    • To ensure a faculty member is tenured, you may use the “Find Faculty/Staff” tool below to search for the faculty member. If the faculty member is listed as Associate or Professor, they are considered tenured.
    • http://blink.ucsd.edu/

Graduate Division Informational Links