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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. 


John Mauro
Glass scientist Mauro joins Penn State, sets sights on shaping students

Mauro is the co-inventor of three iterations of Corning's Gorilla Glass, a thin, durable, touch sensitive, cover glass that has been used in billions of cellphones, tablets and touch-screen devices worldwide. Mauro was one of multiple developers of an early iteration of Gorilla Glass, and dozens of other patented products, during his 18-year career at Corning before shifting this year to academia.

Organic/inorganic sulfur may be key for safe rechargeable lithium batteries

We have come a long way from leaky sulfur-acid automobile batteries, but modern lithium batteries still have some down sides. Now a team of Penn State engineers have a different type of lithium sulfur battery that could be more efficient, less expensive and safer.

Michael Hickner
New CIMP-3D co-director Hickner to expand polymer and composites research

As new co-director of Penn State's Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D), Michael Hickner plans to use his background in polymer science and engineering to open new avenues of research.

Hannah Polhmann
Hannah Pohlmann to be awarded Astronaut Scholarship

Schreyer Honors College Scholar Hannah Pohlmann will be officially presented with the prestigious Astronaut Scholarship at a ceremony on Oct. 13. Pohlmann, a senior studying Materials Science and Engineering and mathematics, has been actively involved in polymers research during her Penn State career. This past summer, she served as a product and applications development intern at ExxonMobil. 

Penn State hosts 15 new NSF graduate researchers

 The Graduate School at Penn State is pleased to host 15 new National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award recipients for the 2017-18 academic year.