Professional Development Opportunities

Professional Development Opportunities

The M.Eng. in Plasma Engineering program offers an in depth education in plasma processing, plasma technology, and plasma science to prepare students for a wide variety of careers in the plasma field.  To round out your education, you are required to fulfill a professional development requirement via a practicum, a project, or coursework.  The professional development requirement is aimed at developing the following skill set in the context of plasma engineering:

  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Project development
  • Project management
  • Oral and written communication
  • Feasibility studies
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Engineering economics and business aspect of technology
  • Component or system-level conceptual design studies
  • Design and build activities
  • Experimental work
  • Detailed numerical simulations
  • Detailed theoretical analyses of physical systems

These skills form the backbone of a leader.  While core engineering skills (near the bottom of this list) will be developed in other courses, skills near the top of this list are emphasized in the professional development requirement.  You can read more about the professional development requirement by reading the Professional Development Handbook.

Professional Practicum

Internship opportunities are available by employers across various industry sectors.

Internship examples include:

  • Tokyo Electron
  • ASML
  • Starfire Industries

Capstone Project

Capstone Project is a more conventional form of a design, optimization, or management project with an industry partner.

Project examples include:

  • Measurement of radical production in a commercial plasma reactor
  • PVD coatings at atmospheric pressure
  • Cleaning mirrors in EUV sources

Approved Professional Development Courses

Students must complete a minimum of 4 hours from the list below:

  • NPRE 597: Independent Study (project-based with advisor approval)
  • ENG 572: Professional Practicum (external internship)
  • ENG 573: Capstone Project (additional 4 hours of a large project if not completed in core requirement)
  • TE 450: Startups: Incorporation, Funding, Contracts, and Intellectual Property
  • TE 460: Entrepreneurship for Engineers
  • TE 461: Technology Entrepreneurship
  • TE 466: High-Tech Venture Marketing
  • TE 565: Technology Innovation and Strategy
  • TE 566: Finance for Engineering Management
  • TE 567: Venture Funded Startups
  • Other advisor-approved business-oriented or leadership courses

Program Highlights


Earn a Professional Master’s Degree in 2 – 3 semesters.

Gain valuable experience through an internship or a design project in plasma engineering.

Prepare for leadership in your career by gaining a depth of knowledge and tailored experience.

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Dates to Know

Fall term: May 1 (international), July 1 (domestic and UIUC students)
Spring term: November 1 (international), December 1 (domestic and UIUC students)
Summer term: April 1 (all applicants)

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