Materials Science and Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering

Exploration That Fuels Engineering Innovation

Materials science and engineering is an interdisciplinary field that forms the foundation for many engineering applications by extending the current supply of materials, improving existing materials, and developing new, superior, and sustainable materials and processes. A key characteristic of the Drexel Materials undergraduate program is experiential learning integrated into the curriculum through co-op, a six-month internship program, as well as Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) linking graduate, and undergraduate project-based learning and undergraduate research with our award-winning faculty. At the graduate level, the creation of new knowledge, the pursuit of funded research, and the expert training of future leaders in academic and industrial research are fundamental.

Drexel Materials Innovates

Drexel University ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide for U.S. patents granted in 2017, with 22% of these patents originating from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

MXenes, a new family of two-dimensional compounds discovered by Drexel materials scientists, display many unique properties that allow them to outperform other materials in numerous applications.

Atomic Level Revolution

MXenes, a new family of two-dimensional compounds discovered by Drexel materials scientists, display many unique properties that allow them to outperform other materials in numerous applications.

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Technology to provide portable, low-cost breast cancer detection developed by Drexel Materials and Biomedical Engineering researchers, has been licensed by medical device company UE LifeSciences.

Expanding Cancer Detection

Technology to provide portable, low-cost breast cancer detection developed by Drexel Materials and Biomedical Engineering researchers, has been licensed by medical device company UE LifeSciences.

2017 Quick Facts

$4.8M
Research Expenditures
9:1
Undergraduate student to faculty ratio
$66K
Average BS graduate starting salary
Amanda Pentecost is a recent PhD graduate and NSF Graduate Research Fellow who traveled to South Korea as a dual Whitaker and Boren Fellow.
"My time as both a Whitaker and Boren Fellow has helped me to become a more well-rounded international and interdisciplinary researcher. "

Developing solutions through global collaboration

Amanda Pentecost is a recent PhD graduate and NSF Graduate Research Fellow who traveled to South Korea as a dual Whitaker and Boren Fellow. "My time as both a Whitaker and Boren Fellow has helped me to become a more well-rounded international and interdisciplinary researcher. "

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Maria Lefchak is a junior currently on co-op abroad in France. "I am so fortunate to have had my co-op experiences with Johnson & Johnson, and it is thanks to Drexel, where co-ops are a seamless part of one’s education."

Academics and the real-world connect through experiential learning

Maria Lefchak is a junior currently on co-op abroad in France. "I am so fortunate to have had my co-op experiences with Johnson & Johnson, and it is thanks to Drexel, where co-ops are a seamless part of one’s education."

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Undergraduate Programs

Students majoring in materials science and engineering receive a thorough grounding in the basic sciences and engineering of all materials, plus laboratory experience designed to familiarize students with the instruments and advanced techniques used to characterize materials, in our ABET-accredited program.

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Graduate Programs

Graduate program students engage 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.

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