Materials Science and Engineering investigates the structure, properties, and processing of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites, then applies that knowledge to the design of new materials.
Current research in the department is in energy and sustainability, nanotechnology and materials, and biotechnology and medicine. Major research centers include:
- The Composites and Materials Structures Center, one of the largest integrated facilities for polymer and composite research
- The Composite Vehicle Research Center, a center of excellence for designing and testing composite structures for light-weight, durable and safe vehicles.
Students can choose concentrations in biomedical materials engineering, manufacturing engineering, metallurgical engineering, or polymeric engineering.