MATE 100 - Materials for Emerging Technologies

MATE 100: Materials for Emerging Technologies

September 9 & 10, 2021
(Thursday and Friday before Welcome Week)

 students participating in MATE 100 course

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 how they will be important in the future. Hands-on laboratory sessions are integrated with lectures introducing the central role of materials in society.

Students will learn about the main types of materials, including metals, ceramics, polymers and nanomaterials, how they are made and processed, and how their structure and properties are characterized and tested. Laboratories and demonstrations will show cutting-edge materials research and development and the advanced instruments used to study materials.

This year the course is offered at no cost to participants, thanks to the generous support of an alumni donor.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a letter grade and 2 credits, which can be used toward a Free Elective. Students who have room assignments for the Fall term will move into the residence halls Thursday, September 9 between 8:00 - 11:00 a.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 Thurs. Sept. 9 between 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

WHEN: Thurs. & Fri. Sept. 9 & 10, 2021

COST: FREE this year, thanks to the generous support of an alumni donor


Space is limited. Registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register Here



  • When can I move into the dorms?

    Move in must occur on Thursday, September 9 from 8 – 11 a.m. Additional information will be sent to you by the university in mid-late August. There will not be movers for early move-in, however, bin rentals will be available.

  • What is the cost for housing?

    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 lunch will be on Thursday, September 9 from 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. in the City View Room of MacAlister Hall, located in Building 9B on the Drexel map. The first lecture will start promptly at 1:00 p.m on Thursday, September 9 in CAT 61, located in the basement of Building 27A on the Drexel map. On Friday, September 10, the course will start at 9:00 a.m. in CAT 061.

  • What meals are provided?

    A sit-down lunch and take-home dinner will be provided on Thursday, followed by a light breakfast and boxed lunch on Friday.

  • How should I let you know my dietary restrictions?

    If you have dietary restrictions (vegan, gluten free, kosher, food allergies), please include that in the designated field of the registration form.

  • What if I have another question not covered here?

    Email your question to Sarit Kunz (