Materials Science and Engineering is concerned with the production, properties, and utilization of metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, electronic, optical, nano- and bio-compatible, and new yet to be discovered materials. Materials engineers play a key role in our increasingly complex technological society by extending the limited supply of materials, improving existing materials, and developing and designing new and superior materials and processes with an awareness of their cost, reliability, safety, and societal and environmental implications.
Undergraduate students majoring in Materials Science and Engineering receive a thorough grounding in the basic sciences and engineering of all materials in our ABET-accredited program. All students are required to take course sequences that include materials processing, thermodynamics and kinetics of materials, and their physical and mechanical behavior, plus laboratories designed to familiarize them with the instruments and advanced techniques used to characterize materials and evaluate their performance. A number of custom tracks allow upper level students to concentrate their technical electives in areas of specialization, including nanoscale materials and nanotechnology, biomaterials, electronic and photonic materials, soft materials and polymers, advanced materials design and processing, and a design your own track. In addition, several required senior level courses emphasize the role of materials selection and specification in design. A required senior design capstone project, a wide variety of technical elective courses, and co-op experiences allow students in-depth exploration of selected areas. A minor in materials science and engineering is also available.
The graduate program in materials science and engineering engages students in research at the forefront of materials for energy, nanotechnology, biomaterials, electronic materials, soft materials, nuclear materials science, and advanced materials design and processing. The PhD program is offered on a full-time basis, and the MS program is offered on both a full- and part-time basis. All doctoral students must pass a candidacy exam.