The Texas State University System Board of Regents approved a new doctoral program in Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization last week.
No such doctoral program presently exists in Texas. Course work could begin in fall 2010. The doctorate will be offered through the university’s College of Science.
The program is designed to produce doctoral level scientists who will contribute to the research and development of materials to be used in the next generation of electronics, medicines, plastics, sensors and renewable energy.
“We are interested in working on issues of societal importance in health, safety and energy and in seeing our results practiced and produced,” Texas State Provost Perry Moore said. “We want to be known for producing leaders well-prepared for industry and government lab positions, as well as academic positions. Graduates of this program will be scientific innovators and entrepreneurs who will drive economic development in Texas and the United States.”
The curriculum will combine commercialization with science and engineering to develop scientists who have an understanding of intellectual property law, business planning and competency in transforming innovations from the laboratory to commercial production.
Governor Rick Perry has called for the state to strengthen university commercialization offices, ensure successful partnerships between private entities and universities, and stimulate the development of technology incubators. Perry also has said he wants to increase science, technology, engineering and math education efforts, while increasing college graduation rates in those degree areas.