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 to materials science and engineering.
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In the 2021 U.S. News and World Report Global Universities ranking for Materials Science, Drexel University ranks #41, and is 13th highest in the U.S. Drexel is also ranked #43 globally for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Apply to Drexel to be a part of these world-leading research activities.
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. "
Maria Lefchak is a junior currently on a materials science and engineering 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."
Students majoring in the materials science and engineering program 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. Drexel University’s department of materials science and engineering aims to bring real-world experience into an educational setting to prepare students for future careers in material science and engineering.
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 materials science and engineering PhD program is offered on a full-time basis, and the MS program is offered on both a full- and part-time basis.
Associate Dean Caroline Schauer has been elected to the 2021 Class of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
Two new faculty members have joined Drexel Engineering this term.