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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

Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Carlo Pantano shapes glass at his glass blowing studio in the Hosler Building. Pantano, who has dedicated almost 40 years to studying the surface of glass, retires June 30.
For decades at Penn State, Pantano scratched the surface of glass research
06/20/2017

At about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, Carlo Pantano gets hands-on with his teaching and research. That's when the Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering pulls melted glass from the crucible at his glass blowing studio in the ground floor of the Hosler Building and begins to shape a material that's he's dedicated almost 40 years to understanding. It's a storied career at Penn State that ends June 30.


Car driving in nature
Grant focuses on 'hydrogen sponge' for use in fuel-cell vehicles
06/15/2017

Finding practical hydrogen storage technologies for vehicles powered by fuel cells is the focus of a $682,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, awarded to Mike Chung, professor of materials science and engineering, Penn State.


Natalie Briggs, a graduate student studying materials science and engineering, won first place in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' (EMS) Graduate Student Poster Competition.
EMS Graduate Poster Competition showcases outstanding research across college
06/07/2017

Graduate students Natalie Briggs, Joshua Woda and Nathan Smith received top recognition during the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' Graduate Student Poster Competition on April 12 at Steidle Building on the University Park campus.


Molecular models representing a 2D heterostructure made of graphene (gray background hexagonal lattice), and islands on top of hexagonal WS2 and MoS, as well as an alloy of the two.
Low cost, scalable water-splitting fuels the future hydrogen economy
06/01/2017

The "clean-energy economy" always seems a few steps away but never quite here. Fossil fuels still power transportation, heating and cooling, and manufacturing, but a team of scientists from Penn State and Florida State University have come one step closer to inexpensive, clean hydrogen fuel with a lower cost and industrially scalable catalyst that produces pure hydrogen through a low-energy water-splitting process.


Gas pump
Gift to Penn State will support ongoing research in food safety, energy
05/24/2017

When it comes to global challenges, there are none more pressing to Penn State alumni Frank and Janet Glasgow Dudek than food safety and clean energy. They are passionate about finding solutions to those challenges, and that's why they are providing $50,000 to Penn State to lead the way.