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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

Arts Fest
Penn State booth to highlight the art of science at Arts Festival
07/06/2017

At Penn State's Art of Discovery booth at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, festival visitors of all ages are invited to participate in free, hands-on workshops highlighting the art of science and the science of art. The booth will be located next to the Willard Building on campus and will be open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 13-15. For a sneak peek, check out the full schedule of events.


2D layered devices can self-assemble with precision
2D layered devices can self-assemble with precision
07/05/2017

Squid-inspired proteins can act as programmable assemblers of 2D materials, like graphene oxide, to form hybrid materials with minute spacing between layers suitable for high-efficiency devices including flexible electronics, energy storage systems and mechanical actuators, according to an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers.


Ceramide nanoliposome, an investigational compound developed by Penn State researchers that targets and destroys cancer while leaving healthy cells unharmed, has been approved for phase one clinical human trials by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Researchers used nanotechnology to stabilize ceramide, a delicate compound that's a known anticancer therapeutic agent.
Investigational cancer compound receives FDA approval to begin human trials
06/29/2017

An investigational compound developed by Penn State researchers that targets and destroys cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed has been approved for phase one clinical human trials by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


Edible Book Festival
Creative, scientific process helps EMS graduate student bake edible book winner
06/23/2017

Preeya Kuray, a third-year doctoral student majoring in materials science and engineering, was thrilled to win the People's Choice Award at the inaugural Edible Book Festival, so also winning "Best Depiction of a Classic" was, so to speak, the icing on the cake.


Penn State senior Hannah Pohlmann has been awarded the Astronaut Scholarship.
Passion for creation sparks student success in research
06/21/2017

Hannah Pohlmann, a rising senior studying mathematics and materials science and engineering at Penn State, has a key piece of advice for undergraduates interested in conducting research: start early.