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MATE 100: Materials for Emerging Technologies

September 14th & 15th, 2017
(Thursday and Friday before Orientation Week)

The 2017 session of Materials for Emerging Technologies is full and registration has closed. Names are no longer being added to the waitlist for this session.

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Materials for Emerging Technologies is a two-day introductory course for incoming College of Engineering and School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems freshmen that covers a wide range of topics, providing a comprehensive overview of materials in engineering and society and how they will be important in the future. Hands-on laboratory sessions are integrated with lectures on bio- and nanotechnology, materials for energy production, sustainable materials, and more.

Students will learn about the different types of materials, their properties, how they’re made, how to test and characterize them, and their uses.  Students will have opportunities to observe how materials are produced, tested, and studied. Students will also gain an appreciation of the key steps involved in the manufacture of a specific item, covering its design concept, material selection, fabrication, and performance in use. Laboratories and demonstrations will show cutting-edge materials research and development and the advanced instruments used to study materials.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a letter grade and 2 credits, which can be used toward a Free Elective. There is no additional tuition charge, however there is a $100 charge to cover lunches and course notes. Students who have room assignments for the Fall term may move into the residence halls the evening of Wednesday, September 13th. In addition to the $100 class fee, there will be a charge for early move-in of $135 ($45 per day) which will be applied to the student's bill.

When:       Thurs. & Fri., Sept. 14th & 15th (early move in Wed. Sept. 13th)

Cost:          $100 for course notes and lunches (payable to the Materials Dept.)
                  $135 ($45/day) for early dorm move-in (applied to the student's Drexel University bill)

Space is limited. Payment is due upon registration. Registration is confirmed once course payment is received.


When can I move into the dorms?

Move in will be on Wednesday, September 13th from 4-8 pm, additional information will be sent to you in mid-late August by the university. There will not be movers for early check-in.

What is the cost for housing? Is it included in the course cost?

The cost of housing is not included in the course cost. If you are staying in the dorms, a charge of $135 ($45/night) will be added to your Drexel bill.

When and where does MATE 100 take place?

Course check-in and a light continental breakfast will be on Thursday, September 14th from 8:15-8:45 am in the Center for Automation Technology (CAT) Room 061, located in the basement of Building 27A on the Drexel map. The first lecture will start promptly at 9:00 am.
On both days the course will start at 9:00 am and end at approximately 4:30 pm in CAT 061.

What meals are provided?

A light continental breakfast and lunch will be provided both Thursday, September 14th and Friday, September 15th. Dinner will be provided on Thursday, Sept. 14th, but not Friday, Sept. 15th.

When will the meal plan be available?

Welcome week meals will be provided from September 16th to 20th and fall dining plans start on September 21st.

How should I let you know my dietary restrictions?

If you have dietary restrictions (vegan, gluten free, kosher, food allergies), please contact Keiko Nakazawa ( by Friday, September 1st.

What if I have another question not covered here?

Email your question to Sarit Kunz (