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Mission, Facts and Stats

About UW Materials Science & Engineering

The world is experiencing a materials revolution. Advances in materials have preceded almost every technological leap since the beginning of civilization and engineered materials are crucial to the continued vitality of countless industries. The University of Washington’s Materials Science & Engineering Department is at the heart of this revolution preparing our students and conducting research to meet the needs of modern technology.

Designed and created materials have transformed every aspect of modern living, and advances in engineered materials are crucial to the continued vitality of countless industries—including aerospace, automotive, biomedical, chemical, construction, electronics, energy, and telecommunications. We're surrounded by examples of these advances: Smaller and faster devices in the electronics industry are almost entirely the result of materials improvements. Modern metal alloys and strong ceramics are critical to high-performance engines, energy conversion, and pollution control.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science (BS) in MSE
Prepares students for graduate work or careers in industry, government, or academia.
Combined B.S./M.S. Program in MSE
This direct route to the MS degree for well-qualified undergraduate students.
Applied Master's Program in MSE (AMP)
The applied master’s program is a practice-oriented, non-thesis degree program that prepares experienced engineers for advanced careers in industry, government, and academia.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Trains engineers for leadership roles in academia, industry, and research institutions.

Student Demographics

In 2014, MSE had 143 undergraduate students enrolled and awarded 57 Bachelor’s degrees. We had 100 graduate students enrolled, and awarded 20 Master’s degrees and 8 Doctoral degrees.
2014 enrollment stats graphic.

Diversity of Degree Recipients B.S. M.S./Ph.D.
Women 23% 29%
Underrepresented Minorities* 8% 4%
International Students 20% 41%
*African American, Hispanic American, Native American and Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

 

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Department is to be recognized as an outstanding student-centered organization that serves the industrial and academic needs of the University, the State of Washington, the nation, and the international community.

OUR GOALS

The department is organized to achieve its mission by:

  • Providing the highest quality education and research programs in materials science and engineering that are at the forefront of national trends and integrating with regional strengths/issues/needs so as to prepare our students to function effectively in the evolving global economy.
  • Serving as the focal point and catalyst for developing high quality, coordinated and visionary research and educational programs for materials-intensive students and faculty throughout the University so as to maximize our visibility and elevate the MSE department into the top tier in the nation.
  • Strengthening our mentoring at all levels in order to promote the development of a diverse successful group of faculty, students, and staff.