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A Multidisciplinary Curriculum for Engaged Materials Science and Engineering Education

Friday, July 31st - 08:30 - 09:15

Dr. Erik Schwarzkopf
Staff Scientist
MTS Systems Corporation

With more than 25 years of experience in materials testing, metallurgy and system engineering, MTS staff scientist Dr. Erik Schwarzkopf brings unique expertise to customer engagements.


The combination of lecture, simulation and physical testing provides powerful reinforcement of learning objectives. With this multi-modal approach, students gain greater understanding of materials science and engineering concepts. Additional benefits of the addition of software simulation into the curriculum include:

  • Simulation provides a direct illustration of material behavior
  • Learning continues even when laboratory time is limited
  • Students are better prepared for physical testing, having practiced procedures in simulation mode
  • Supports self-paced learning
  • Emulates real-world product development processes that integrate simulation