From its long history as a graduate program that grew to become a department, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering has made significant progress in establishing a leading materials science and engineering department and continues to provide an excellent student experience while producing leading materials scientists and engineers.


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Enrollment (Fall 2018)
Ph.D. 136
M.S. 28
Total 164


Degrees Awarded (2014-15)
Ph.D. 13
M.S. 5
M.Eng. 1
Total 19



Professors: 6

Associate Professors: 5

Assistant Professors: 3

Research Faculty: 2

Joint Faculty Appointments: 5

Endowed Professorship Holders: 3

National Academy of Engineering members: 1

Affiliated Faculty: 43*

(Affiliated faculty hold appointments in aerospace engineering, biology, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering and physics.)

Areas of Study

  • Advanced Structural Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Corrosion Science and Engineering
  • Functional materials (electronic, magnetic, multi-functional, optical)
  • High Performance Ceramics
  • High-temperature materials for energy applications
  • Materials for energy conversion and storage
  • Materials for extreme environments
  • Materials Informatics
  • Multifunctional materials design
  • Nanomaterials
  • Polymeric multilayer composites
  • Polymers and composites