What is materials science and engineering?

Materials pose a central challenge to advancing the many technologies facing our world.

Materials science – an interdisciplinary field that studies solid matter – brings chemistry, physics and engineering together to look at how materials can be used to advance our energy independence, medical devices and electronic devices such as flexible electronics.

Through the study of materials, students can tackle the infinite number of issues related to our world’s crumbling infrastructure.

Students can work with any of the related departments to investigate fundamental scientific issues and take findings to the next level.

Students develop a foundation in materials science, selecting an atomic/nano or a bulk/macro approach. This is coupled with specialized knowledge:

  • energy production, storage and transmission
  • nanomaterials
  • electronic materials, with a specialization in flexible electronics
  • biomaterials
  • modeling and mechanical behavior

Last Updated: 4/27/16