About Us

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering

In 1984 a few visionary Department of Metallurgical Engineering faculty members created the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE).  After 27 years of existence, with an already rich history and outstanding record of contributions to the field and the profession, we are ambitiously looking forward to the future with our faculty, staff, students and alumni united by a commitment to learning, driven by scientific and technical curiosity and sustained by the power of community.

Audacious MSE department faculty members continue to innovate and extend the frontiers of knowledge and seeking opportunities at the boundaries between different academic disciplines.

The MSE Department is pursuing interdisciplinary approaches with great vigor and has achieved recognition nationally and internationally in a wide range of areas more specifically including:

  • optical materials,  
  • integrated computational materials science and engineering,
  • materials synthesis, processing and fabrication,
  • materials for energy conversion and heat control,
  • heritage conservation 

The MSE Department’s educational philosophy also emphasizes breadth and depth in knowledge and the exchange of ideas and expertise through experiential interactions across many disciplines.  MSE faculty have a demonstrated record of leadership in education and of excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses as well as of developing innovative educational programs and methodologies. Over the past decade, our engagement in the transformation of the Materials Science & Engineering’s B.S. curriculum to make it “work-force ready” is also representative of our desire to improve student learning environments through experiential learning.

The present partnership with Intel Corp. for the development of joint online MSE B.S. degree program illustrates our commitment to global research and education.  This commitment is further illustrated by our engagement in the establishment of a successful French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)- Laboratoire International Associé (LIA), exemplary international collaborations, funded student and personnel exchange programs.

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