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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. 


Joseph Sinclair at Imperial Machine & Tool Co. with a SLM 280HL Metal 3D-Printer
First World Campus degree in additive manufacturing and design awarded

Joseph Sinclair always knew he wanted to set the trends, not follow them. As the first graduate of the master of engineering in additive manufacturing and design master's (AMD) program through Penn State World Campus, he's staying true to that mission.

Researchers from across Penn State participating in a FEW-focused meeting aimed at building interdisciplinary teams
Interdisciplinary research proves essential when working on Food-Energy-Water

Penn State researchers from all disciplines are getting involved in the Food-Energy-Water (FEW) nexus. Considering the intricate nature of FEW, many researchers believe that an interdisciplinary approach is critical.

Katelyn Adkison, a materials science and engineering major, is the EMS 2018 fall student marshal
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences names fall 2018 student marshal

Katelyn Adkison will represent the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences as its student marshal at Penn State's fall 2018 undergraduate commencement ceremony.

Susan Trolier-McKinstry with materials scientist Robert Newnham, at the Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering ceremony
Professor honors legacy of renowned materials scientist by finishing textbook

A college education presents an opportunity for students to build fulfilling relationships with educators. For some, the influence of these relationships can last a lifetime.

perovskite crystal
A 3D imaging technique unlocks properties of perovskite crystals

A team of materials scientists from Penn State, Cornell and Argonne National Laboratory have, for the first time, visualized the 3D atomic and electron density structure of the most complex perovskite crystal structure system decoded to date.