Materials Science & Engineering Program Area
The Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Program Area recognizes that advances in materials result in advances in technology and in our daily lives — from batteries to microchips, from transplants to biosensors. This program area prepares students to make discoveries in both fundamental science and applied engineering in fields such as nano- and bio-materials for health and sustainability, ice material physics for understanding climate change, and computational modeling to design novel materials.
MSE Program Area Lead: Jifeng Liu
The Student Experience
We are committed to facilitate close faculty-student interactions and experiential learning, as well as collaborative interdisciplinary research efforts to cultivate discovery and innovation.
Based on core expertise in the structure-property relationships of materials, a diversity of concentrations is offered bridging collaborative synergies across biological and chemical, biomedical, electrical and computer, energy, and mechanical, operations and systems engineering research areas.
Students are expected to propose a plan of study that supports their interests, potentially including distinctive intellectual paths unconstrained by disciplinary boundaries and enriched by interdisciplinary synergies.
Students and faculty apply their knowledge in materials science to address the most challenging problems in our society, such as energy, sustainability and medicine. They also bridge to other research areas to maximize the human-centered impact of ongoing investigations which include:
- Mechanical behavior of structural materials
- Properties of functional materials
- Energy materials
- Computational materials science and modeling
Students who choose the MSE Program Area need not limit their academic interests to MSE. Many of our students and faculty move comfortably between disciplines, working at the intersection of MSE and quantum computing and sensing, biomedical engineering, and climate change, to name a few.
Our flexible curriculum allows for a wide range of academic paths which students develop with guidance from their advisor to meet individual needs.