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Materials Overview

Drexel Materials

Drexel University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering (Drexel Materials) is a vibrant, ABET-accredited program that educates students at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels.  Drexel Materials has grown from a metallurgical department, to a materials engineering department, to a materials science and engineering department where research, teaching, and entrepreneurship are integral parts of the educational portfolio.

The Department performs internationally recognized research and received the National Research Council ranking of 11 in 2010 (ranking released approximately once every 10 years) with expertise in hard and soft materials in research areas that are in alignment with those of the College of Engineering and the University.

A key characteristic of the undergraduate program is the integration of coop in the curriculum. Additionally, undergraduate research is highly valued as an important component of our undergraduate program, allowing our students to take advantage of our exceptional research program. At the graduate level, the pursuit of funded research, the creation of new knowledge, and the expert training of future leaders in academic and industrial research are fundamental.

What is Materials Science and Engineering?

Materials are the stuff of dreams.

Everything is made of some kind of “stuff.”  Materials science and engineering is the study of that stuff—creating things for everyday life.  Materials is one of the most far reaching engineering disciplines because everything has to be made out of something!

Materials science and engineering is an interdisciplinary field that is the foundation for many engineering applications.  Materials engineers extend the current supply of materials, improve existing materials, and develop new, superior, and sustainable materials and processes with an awareness of cost, reliability, safety, and environmental implications.  Materials engineers also address the pivotal role of materials selection and performance in the areas of energy and the environment, health and medicine, information technology, and extreme environments. Innovation in materials offers exciting entrepreneurial opportunities.

What can I do with a degree in Materials?

Drexel Materials alumni are a diverse group working in academia, industry, government labs, and the non-profit arena in a variety of fields around the globe.

Recent BS graduates are employed at places such as Boeing, Carpenter Technology, DuPont, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Rolls Royce Aircraft Division, Synthes, and many more.  Others decide to further their education by pursuing MBA, MS, or PhD degrees.

Recent MS graduates have received employment at a variety of companies including Arkema, DePuy Synthes, Intel, Lockheed Martin, Merck & Co., Specialty Plastics, Inc., and Veyance Technologies, Inc., among others.  Other students go on to pursue their PhD degrees.

Our PhD graduates have garnered postdoc positions in academia and national labs, as well as high positions in industry.  Places graduates have continued onto post-graduation include Croda, INM Leibniz-Institut für Neue Materialien gGmbH, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Merck & Co., Naval Research Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Synthes, U.S. Army, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, Vesuvius, and many more.

External Web Resources About Materials

Science Enthusiasts

Whether you are a student, teacher, parent, scientist or an engineer, the Materials Research Society invites you to be a Materials Science Enthusiast.

Engineer Your Life

A guide to engineering for high school girls. A great resource to learn about all engineering disciplines, including the all-important Materials Engineering!

Strange Matter: What is Materials Science?

This award winning Web site offers fun games and teaching resources designed to illuminate the field of Materials to students trying to decide if Materials Science & Engineering is the right choice for them.

Wikipedia: Materials Science

A broad overview, with links to various topics and underlying concepts.