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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

Michael Policelli, a propulsion development engineer for SpaceX,
EMS alum working for SpaceX says travel to Mars within reach
02/23/2017

 Policelli, a propulsion development engineer for SpaceX, a private aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company, uses his background in engineering to work on SpaceX's Merlin engine.


CyberLAMP computer cluster
National Science Foundation funds supercomputer cluster at Penn State
02/21/2017

The Penn State Cyber-Laboratory for Astronomy, Materials, and Physics (CyberLAMP) is acquiring a high-performance computer cluster that will facilitate interdisciplinary research and training in cyberscience and is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. 


Black History Month PSU Scholar’s Program
Scholar’s Program offers discussion opportunities for Black History Month
02/09/2017

The Alliance for Education, Science, Engineering and Development in Africa (AESEDA) and the Department of African American Studies at Penn State are sponsoring the Black History Month PSU Scholar's Program. Four panel discussions, highlighting scholarship by Penn State faculty members of African descent, will take place from Feb. 16 to 22 in Foster Auditorium of Pattee Library on the University Park campus.


Long-Qing Chen
Chen receives society’s highest materials science honor
02/01/2017

Long-Qing Chen, Donald W. Hamer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, professor of engineering science and mechanics, and professor of mathematics at Penn State, has been named a fellow of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), the society's highest honor.


Emma Vetland
Senior makes most of materials science opportunities to land aerospace job
01/26/2017

Emma Vetland comes from a long line of nautical experts, but she's charting a different course for her future. The Penn State senior majoring in materials science and engineering became the first member of her family to go to college rather than continuing her family's generations-long path as tugboat operators on the Hudson River.