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Free Online Course on Structural Materials: Selection and Economics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is offering free online course on Structural Materials: Selection and Economics. This course benefits aspiring engineers and students with no previous experience as well as the seasoned professional.

This engineering course will introduce you to the key principles of structural materials selection through a practical curriculum rooted in the real world.

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Course At A Glance 

Length: 3 weeks
Effort: 2-3 hours pw
Subject: Engineering
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $5
Session: To Be Announced

Providers’ Details

Massachusetts Institute of Technology — a coeducational, privately endowed research university founded in 1861 — is dedicated to advancing knowledge and educating students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

About This Course

From skyscrapers to transportation infrastructure, structural materials dominate the human landscape. Learning the principles that govern their selection is essential for any aspiring or practicing engineer.

Why Take This Course?

The principles taught are general enough to be applied across many domains. Key points are emphasized with interesting examples and anecdotes from industry and academia.

Learning Outcomes

  • Externalizes Of Materials Selection
  • Material Price, Cost and Abundance
  • Properties, Limits and Ratio Analysis of Structural Materials
  • How structured materials are manufactured and processed


Thomas Eagar

Thomas Eagar is Professor of Materials Engineering and Engineering Systems in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at M.I.T, where he has been on the faculty for over 30 years.


Secondary school (high school); basic mathematics.

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