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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

Amorphous silicon core inside a 1.7-micron inner-diameter glass capillary
Method improves semiconductor fiber optics, paves way for developing devices
04/11/2017

A new method to improve semiconductor fiber optics may lead to a material structure that might one day revolutionize the global transmission of data, according to an interdisciplinary team of researchers.


Nasim Alem, left, Allison Beese and Ismaila Dabo
Three materials professors awarded NSF Early Career Awards
04/10/2017

When a faculty member is granted an Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation, it's an honor for their career and department. But, when three members earn that distinction, as faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering did this year, it's three times the accolades for the department.


Gabriel Pena, right, and Kevin Dort, work through a scene for the Penn State Centre Stage production of "The Light in the Piazza."
Things to Do at Penn State: April 7-April 13
04/06/2017

Explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau, a performance by the University's oldest a cappella group and Ludacris' Penn State Behrend concert highlight events happening April 7-13.


James Adair
Six receive Faculty Scholar Medals
04/04/2017

Six University faculty members have received the 2017 Faculty Scholar Medals for Outstanding Achievement including James Adair, professor of materials science and engineering, biomedical engineering and pharmacology.


Plaques for Penn State's 2017 faculty and staff awards.
Penn State announces 2017 faculty and staff awards
04/04/2017

Each year, Penn State recognizes outstanding faculty and staff with annual awards in teaching and excellence. The faculty and staff awards ceremony is Wednesday, April 19.