MATE 100 - Materials for Emerging Technologies

MATE 100: Materials for Emerging Technologies

September 12 & 13, 2019
(Thursday and Friday before Welcome Week)

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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 first-year students 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 $120 charge to cover meals and course materials. Students who have room assignments for the Fall term will move into the residence halls Wednesday, September 11 between 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. There is no additional charge for early move-in. NOTE: If you plan to live on campus and participate in MATE 100, you must move in on Wed. Sept. 11 between 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

When:       Thurs. & Fri., Sept. 12 & 13 (early move in Wed. Sept. 11)

Cost:          $120 for course materials and lunches

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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 must occur on Wednesday, September 11 from 12-4 pm. Additional information will be sent to you by the university in mid-late August. There will not be movers for early move-in.
  • What is the cost for housing? Is it included in the course cost?

    There is no additional charge for early move-in to on-campus housing.
  • When and where does MATE 100 take place?

    Course check-in and a light continental breakfast will be on Thursday, September 12 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 12 and Friday, September 13. Dinner will be provided on Thursday, Sept. 12, but not Friday, Sept. 13.
  • When will the meal plan be available?

    Welcome week meals will be provided from September 14 to 18 and fall dining plans start on September 19.
  • How should I let you know my dietary restrictions?

    If you have dietary restrictions (vegan, gluten free, kosher, food allergies), please contact by Friday, August 31.
  • What if I have another question not covered here?

    Email your question to Sarit Kunz (