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Department of Materials Science and Engineering

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State is an international leader in materials education and research. As a top-ranked program, the department thrives on a rich collaboration between faculty, staff, students, and researchers to promote a well-rounded academic experience and innovative research opportunities. Our department offers ABET accredited degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  View the information below to learn more.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Penn State is the largest Materials Research Institution in the United States. Its faculty and research centers are world renowned for contributing breakthrough research in their respective fields. Anchored by the renovation of its state-of-the-art Steidle Building, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering includes laboratories devoted to computational research, material processing, and characterization, in addition to outstanding spaces for meetings, group work and information interactions. 

News

Allison Beese
Beese awarded for additive manufacturing research, mentoring
08/17/2017

Allison Beese, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, recently earned the International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Award for research accomplishments related to additive manufacturing of metallic materials.


Clive Randall in lab with students
Novel manufacturing method could lead to massive energy savings, new materials
08/08/2017

Penn State researchers have developed a new method for sintering, a widely used manufacturing process for powdered materials. Using far less time and energy than the standard approach, the new method could have global implications on manufacturing and energy savings and pave the way for new discoveries.


Field research
Institutes of Energy and the Environment seed grant recipients announced
08/04/2017

The 2017 Institutes for Energy and the Environment (IEE) seed grants have been awarded to a pool of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State. Thirteen grants totaling more than $312,000 have been awarded to 42 researchers that addressed four of IEE's five research themes: Climate and Ecosystem Change, Future Energy Supply, Smart Energy Systems, and Water and Biogeochemical Cycles.


PEI coated with hexagonal boron nitride (hBN)
Energy storage solution combines polymers and nanosheets
07/31/2017

A new, lightweight composite material for energy storage in flexible electronics, electric vehicles and aerospace applications has been experimentally shown to store energy at operating temperatures well above current commercial polymers, according to a team of Penn State scientists. This polymer-based, ultrathin material can be produced using techniques already used in industry.


Arts Fest
Penn State booth to highlight the art of science at Arts Festival
07/06/2017

At Penn State's Art of Discovery booth at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, festival visitors of all ages are invited to participate in free, hands-on workshops highlighting the art of science and the science of art. The booth will be located next to the Willard Building on campus and will be open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 13-15. For a sneak peek, check out the full schedule of events.