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Materials Science & Engineering

College of Engineering

Bachelor of Science | Master of Engineering | Master of Science | Doctor of Philosophy

Materials science is the study of the relationship between the structure of matter and its properties. This field asks the question: why do materials behave the way they do? Materials engineering is the application of materials science knowledge to design and fabricate materials with specific properties. Materials engineering is an applied field which seeks to answer the question: how do we create a material that has some desired physical property?

Why is Materials Science and Engineering Important? All of the physical objects that surround us were designed with some particular function in mind. Materials scientists and engineers are responsible for creating the materials that enable objects to serve their particular function. As an example, a materials engineer may be involved in designing a new lightweight alloy (which is light, but simultaneously strong and tough) to improve vehicle fuel efficiency. Another materials engineer may be involved in developing new electronic and optical materials and deposition processes which improve speed and energy efficiency while reducing the size of computer processors. Even a sculpture or painting, created to elicit an emotional response in a viewer, is designed to interact with light in very specific ways, resulting in what we perceive as color hue or saturation brightness; these visual aspects result from the interaction of light with pigments, coatings, glazes, or other physical materials.

 

 

Materials Science & Engineering

College of Engineering

Bachelor of Science | Master of Engineering | Master of Science | Doctor of Philosophy

Materials science is the study of the relationship between the structure of matter and its properties. This field asks the question: why do materials behave the way they do? Materials engineering is the application of materials science knowledge to design and fabricate materials with specific properties. Materials engineering is an applied field which seeks to answer the question: how do we create a material that has some desired physical property?

Why is Materials Science and Engineering Important? All of the physical objects that surround us were designed with some particular function in mind. Materials scientists and engineers are responsible for creating the materials that enable objects to serve their particular function. As an example, a materials engineer may be involved in designing a new lightweight alloy (which is light, but simultaneously strong and tough) to improve vehicle fuel efficiency. Another materials engineer may be involved in developing new electronic and optical materials and deposition processes which improve speed and energy efficiency while reducing the size of computer processors. Even a sculpture or painting, created to elicit an emotional response in a viewer, is designed to interact with light in very specific ways, resulting in what we perceive as color hue or saturation brightness; these visual aspects result from the interaction of light with pigments, coatings, glazes, or other physical materials.