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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

Sarah Lowum received a 2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to investigate how to improve the cold sintering process.
Lowum wins NSF graduate fellowship to investigate how to improve cold sintering
08/13/2019

Sarah Lowum, a materials science and engineering doctoral student in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), received a 2019 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation to investigate how to improve the cold sintering process (CSP). 


Ryan Fair, doctoral candidate in materials science and engineering, conducts research into cold sintering.
Researchers develop novel process to fabricate battery materials
08/13/2019

By discovering a way to combine lithium salts with ceramics, researchers in the Penn State College of Engineering and the Penn State Materials Research Institute may have created a new class of materials for longer-lasting batteries.


Riccardo Torsi received a 2019 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Materials science graduate student wins NSF fellowship to study microelectronics
08/09/2019

Riccardo Torsi, a doctoral student studying materials science and engineering in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, received a 2019 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to investigate improving microelectronics. 


EnvironMentors at Penn State
Faculty mentors sought for the Penn State EnvironMentors program
07/31/2019

EnvironMentors at Penn State, a local chapter of a national program focused on engaging and preparing underrepresented high school students for careers in STEM fields, is looking for faculty mentors as it expands into its second year.


Penn State President Eric Barron, left, and University of Freiburg Rector Hans-Jochen Schiewer
Penn State partners with University of Freiburg on center for living materials
07/24/2019

A new strategic partnership between Penn State and the University of Freiburg in Germany will propel the development of a new class of engineered living materials with potential applications in sustainable infrastructure, robotics technologies, and next-generation medical care.