Our department is at the heart of the materials revolution. Advances in materials have preceded almost every major technological leap since the beginning of civilization.

A focus on nanotechnology drives many of our current research efforts and we are a core partner in several collaborative research centers.

Examples of our current research include:

  • Developing biomaterials for tissue engineering
  • Ceramics for energy applications
  • Composites and metals for aerospace
  • Computational techniques for materials development
  • Eco-materials for green technologies
  • Genetically engineered molecules and semiconductors for electronics
  • Magnetic materials for information storage/processing, biomedicine and energy conversion
  • Polymers for telecommunications and solar energy

Preparing our students for the wide variety of jobs that await them is our highest priority. Our graduates find employment in the aerospace, automotive, biomedical, chemical, construction, electronics, energy and telecommunication industries. We are proud to lay the foundations for successful careers in many sectors of the economy, from academia to industry.

MSE Values Diversity

MSE actively recruits women and minorities underrepresented in engineering, which has increased the diversity of our students. Currently:

125 Undergraduate students

  • 30% women
  • 10% underrepresented minorities
  • 9% international

120 Graduate students

  • 29% women
  • 9% underrepresented minorities
  • 35% international

Diversity and community programs across the college and UW encourage enrollment and support a diverse student body. See GO-MAP (Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program) and Engineering Diversity Programs.

What is Materials Science & Engineering?

Materials science and engineering is an interdisciplinary field. We explore the scientific fundamentals of materials, their design and their processing for real world applications. We apply the basic principles of chemistry and physics to understand the structure and properties of materials. We design processes to manipulate materials to meet the needs of modern technology.

MSE Professor Kannan M. Krishnan explains the physics underlying the innovative biomedical imaging technique — Magnetic Particle Imaging — emphasizing magnetic nanoparticle tracer development, in the following video from Bruker Corporation's Thought Leader Series.