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The Department of Materials Science and Engineering has made significant progress in establishing a leading program and continues to provide an excellent student experience while producing leading materials scientists and engineers.

The graduate program was ranked 23rd overall nationally and 14th among public institutions in the latest U.S. News & World Report survey, “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2021.”


Enrollment (Fall 2021)
Ph.D. 167
M.S. 38
Undergraduate 181


Degrees Awarded (2003 - Summer 2020)
Ph.D. 125
M.S. 70
M.Eng. 7


Professors: 10

Associate Professors: 6

Assistant Professors: 3

Joint Faculty Appointments: 7

Endowed Professorship Holders: 5

National Academy of Engineering Members: 3

Affiliated Faculty: 50*

(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