The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is a distinguished department with a long history of leadership in education and focused research. The Department of Metallurgical Engineering was founded in 1906 and became the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 1992. There are currently 22 active faculty, including some with joint appointments in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Engineering and Public Policy. In addition to the faculty, the department consists of 77 Doctoral students, 30 Masters students, 122 Bachelors students, 15 staff, and 14 research associates. The department also houses a range of facilities for the synthesis and characterization of materials.
MSE faculty conduct a wide range of experimental and theoretical research. The four areas of concentration are: Electronic Materials, Magnetic Materials, Microstructural Science, and Iron and Steelmaking Research.
This research is carried out both in small groups and as part of large interdisciplinary research centers. Two of these centers are situated in the MSE department: the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) and the Center for Iron and Steel Making Research (CISR).
Department faculty and students are also active participants in the following centers: Center for Nano-enabled Device and Energy Technologies, Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC), and Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES).