Materials Engineering Department

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At its core, Materials Engineering involves the development and improvement of materials involved in all engineering applications. Materials engineers stress the relationship between processing, structure, and properties of all types of materials, including metallic, ceramic, polymeric, composite, and biological materials.

Our curriculum is designed to offer strong foundation in chemistry, mathematics, and physics. From there, undergraduate students learn fundamental knowledge of how processing influences the microstructure of materials scaling down to the molecular level, and how these, in turn, govern properties such as the strength or hardness, of a material. This approach provides a scientific basis for developing new engineering solids, such as faster electronic chips or smart materials with flash memory.