MATE 100 - Materials for Emerging Technologies

MATE 100: Materials for Emerging Technologies

September 12 & 13, 2024
(Thursday and Friday before Welcome Week)

 front of MATE100 postcard invitation

Materials for Emerging Technologies is a two-day introductory course for incoming College of Engineering 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. Lectures, hands-on laboratories, and demonstrations will showcase cutting-edge materials research and development and the advanced instruments used to study materials.

Upon successful completion of the course, which includes a short individual project, 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 12 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. 12 between 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

WHEN: Thurs. & Fri. Sept. 12 & 13, 2024



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


  • When can I move into the dorms?

    Move in must occur on Thursday, September 12 from 8 – 11 a.m. Additional information will be sent to you by the university in mid-late August. Cruise ship move in will be provided by our move in vendor, USS.

  • 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 will be on Thursday, September 12 from 12:15 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. in CAT 061, located in the basement of Building 27A on the Drexel map. The first lecture will start promptly at 1:00 p.m on Thursday, September 12 in CAT 061. On Friday, September 13, the course will start at 8:30 a.m. in CAT 061.

  • What meals are provided?

    Dinner will be provided on Thursday. Friday will include a light breakfast from 8:10 - 8:30 a.m. and a boxed lunch.

  • 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 at