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The metallurgical control engineering doctoral degree programs
The metallurgy is an engineering science that studies how to extract metals or compounds from raw materials such as ores and secondary resources.  It also studies how to manufacture economically valuable products that satisfy certain performance requirements.  Metallurgical control engineering is a second level academic discipline of metallurgical engineering. It mainly studies the following issues: how to monitor, control, and optimize metallurgical processes, how to apply information processing technologies to metallurgical processes, and how to use control theories and control technologies to solve the key control issues of metallurgical processes. The aim of metallurgical control engineering is to improve the automation, information processing, and adaptability of the control process of metallurgical processes, so that we can improve production efficiency, save energy, reduce pollution, improve product quality, reduce costs, and produce more diversified products.
Metallurgical engineering is one of the university’s programs with the longest education history. It started to recruit graduate students in 1964 and obtained the authorized rights to grant master degrees in 1980. In 1984, this program obtained the authorized rights to grant Ph.D. degrees. In 2001, this program was authorized to establish a postdoctoral station.
In 2005, Metallurgical control engineering program acquired authorized rights to grant Ph.D. degrees at the first level academic discipline. Since then, this program can grant Master of Science, Master of Engineering, and Ph.D. degrees at the first level academic discipline. This program has a national-level key academic discipline, a provincial-level key academic discipline, a province & university collaborate key academic discipline, and a provincial key education program. The facilities of this program include a National Engineering Laboratory on Vacuum Metallurgy, a Provincial Key Laboratory, and other research labs. At present, the faculty of this program includes 15 professors, 12 associate professors and 20 instructors or researchers with a Ph.D. degree. Ph.D. students graduated from this program can conduct work related to education, research, system design, or production management at universities, research institutions, or production enterprises.
The Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) doctoral degree programs
By making use of micro-manufacturing technologies, MEMS integrates many different components into a single small device. The components usually include circuits, optical waveguide, sensors, embedded system and other devices. The popular micro-manufacturing technologies used in MEMS are modified semiconductor device fabrication technologies, photolithography, and ultra-high precision machining technologies. MEMS devices can be used in many diverse applications. These devices can perceive, identify, control and process many physical properties, such as sound, light, heat, magnetism, force, movement and object surface properties. Students of this Ph.D. program will conduct research on the design, manufacturing, testing, and fundamental theories of MEMS, with a special emphasis on micro-sensors and micro-actuators. These technologies enable the development of intelligent and reliable micro electromechanical systems, which can be applied to many engineering applications that require micro-sized devices. This program is aimed to train high quality engineers and researchers, who are capable to make valuable contributions on the research, manufacturing, testing and application of MEMS systems. This program was authorized to grant B.S. degrees in 1964, M.S. degrees in 1965, and Ph.D. degrees in 2003. And it has established a postdoctoral station. Thanks to several generations of researchers’ hardworking and devotion, this program has good academic foundation in the field of mechanical vibrations. Many well-known scholars, i.e. Qu Weide and Liao Boyu, are among them. They were the key members who solved the vibration issues of the first satellite made by our country. They published a mechanical vibration handbook and the first book on “the Dynamics of Machine Tools” in China. In 1984 researches in this program won a third prize of the National Invention Award of China, in 1991 a third prize of the National Science & Technology Progress Award. During the long history of teaching and conducting research on MEMS, this program delivered many high quality graduates to satisfy the economic development demands of western China. It focuses itself on the key technologies of equipment manufacturing of local industries, e.g. mining & metallurgy, electric power, telecommunication, logistics, construction and petrochemical processing industries. And it formed three characteristic research areas: fiber optic sensors, low light detectors, and high-precision no-contact detection.