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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

A fast charging battery for all outside temperatures that rapidly heats up internally prior to charging battery materials.
Self-heating, fast-charging battery makes electric vehicles climate-immune
06/28/2018

Californians do not purchase electric vehicles because they are cool, they buy EVs because they live in a warm climate. Conventional lithium-ion batteries cannot be rapidly charged at temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but now a team of Penn State engineers has created a battery that can self-heat, allowing rapid charging regardless of the outside chill.


An example of a stochastic flaw observed in Ti-6Al-4V PBFAM builds after HIP.
Penn State to lead $1.4M grant to probe flaws in metal additive manufacturing
06/14/2018

A team led by Penn State's Applied Research Laboratory, in collaboration with the Center for Innovative Processing thru Direct Digital Deposition, has received a $1.4 million grant by the Air Force Research Laboratory to examine the random flaws that arise during the process of powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.


Site of new super-finishing lab
Researchers receive grant to manufacture metal parts for naval applications
06/08/2018

 Penn State researchers have received approximately $535,000 to install a state-of-the-art, "super-finishing lab" for 3D-printed metal parts.


Researchers are investigating how to create a composite roofing material to retrofit buildings
Retrofitting roofs in Pennsylvania's 'Rust Belt'
06/05/2018

Clive Randall is part of a team designing and testing new roofing material to stop leakage and produce energy in New Kensington.


In a battery, ions flows from the cathode to the anode resulting in a positive energy charge
Rapid charging of electric vehicles aided by $1 million from DoE
05/31/2018

Revolutionizing the way electric vehicle batteries charge and spurring the technology as an environmental and economic growth driver will be possible thanks to a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to Penn State engineers.