About the Department
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering consistently ranks among the nation's top materials science programs. Our eight world-class materials research centers, internationally recognized faculty and talented graduates enjoy the respect of industry leaders and academicians worldwide.
Materials science and engineering is the study of materials based on their composition and structure. Materials engineers gain an understanding of the properties of materials, and then manipulate them for a wide range of engineering applications. Students in the MSE department are able to tailor their undergraduate programs to a variety of specializations, including biomaterials, ceramics, electronic materials, manufacturing, metallurgy and polymers, or they can design their own specialization with the help of a faculty advisor.
Careers in Materials Science and Engineering
Examples of MSE applications include ensuring that materials used in automobiles can withstand the demands of a 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty; developing low-weight, high-temperature ceramic tiles that protect the space shuttle during re-entry; and working with other engineers and scientists to design biomaterials used in the human body.
Recent statistics have shown that graduates are heavily recruited by both small and large companies for positions all over the United States and the world. These jobs include research, development, design of materials and structures, manufacturing, marketing, and many others. In addition, the average starting salaries have consistently been as high as or higher than those in most other engineering professions.
Bachelor of Science in Materials
Science and Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Welding Engineering
Combined BS/MS in Materials Science and Engineering
Combined BS/MS in Welding Engineering
Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
Master of Science in Welding Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Welding Engineering
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering has extensive laboratory and research facilities, including:
- Center for Resilience
- Data-Driven Decisions Laboratory
- Edison Joining Technology Center (in collaboration with Edison Welding Institute)
- Engineering Research Center for Net Shape Manufacturing
- Institute for Ergonomics
Faculty also are involved in many other interdisciplinary programs and research centers, including:
- Center for Advanced Polymer and Composite Engineering
- Center for Affordable Nanoengineering of Polymeric Biomedical Devices
- Center for Occupational Health in Automotive Manufacturing
- Cognitive Systems Engineering Laboratory