Material Science and Engineering
About Material Science and Engineering
Materials science and engineering is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in engineering or a closely related STEM discipline. MS&E research focuses on the study of metals, ceramics, glass, polymers, semiconductors, composites, nanomaterials and biomaterials to be implemented in a variety of applications including energy, civil, industrial and environmental. The area of study is diverse and multidisciplinary, since it incorporates aspects of chemistry, physics, electronics, mechanics, biology and medicine. The program will provide students with opportunities to investigate various aspects of materials science and engineering, which includes the processing, structure and properties of materials through computational modeling and/or experimental studies.
Students will be trained in core discipline areas using the most advanced materials processing, physical property testing and chemical/structure characterization equipment available. In addition to coursework in the core areas of materials science, students will choose a specialty area of focus to further his or her expertise. Specialty areas may be in either the chemical, mechanical or electrical engineering departments. The student's home department will be determined by the student's particular background, interests and research advisor.
The program is designed to be flexible, permitting students to acquire the knowledge and skills required to participate in cutting-edge technological areas, such as nanomaterials, ultra-high performance materials, smart materials, bio-inspired materials, environmental materials and energy materials. Students that complete the program will be prepared to perform at the highest levels within industry or within any research environment.