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Electronic and photonic materials, such as those used to create transistors on a computer chip or semiconductor lasers in a compact disc player, have greatly changed modern life. Without them, computer, telecommunication systems, compact disc players, video cameras, and all the electronics with which we have become accustomed would not be possible. The study of electronic and photonic materials is a natural bridge between the fields of electrical engineering and materials science. Training in the field of electronic and photonic materials requires studying the processing and characterization of these materials to help engineers develop ways to lower cost and improve performance. This knowledge will help prepare students to enter the semiconductor industry or pursue graduate studies.