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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

An inaugural undergraduate research symposium will showcase work being conducted by women, minorities and first-year students.
Inaugural research symposium offers chance for undergraduates to showcase skills
11/08/2018

An inaugural University-wide undergraduate research symposium will showcase work being conducted by women, minorities and first-year students in STEM fields.


Michael Chung, professor of materials science at Penn State, holds a solid chunk of oil that is able to be reused.
Inexpensive material offers solution for ocean oil spills
11/01/2018

A super-absorbent material developed by Penn State scientists could dramatically reduce the environmental impact of oil spills on oceans and allow recovered oil to be refined normally.


Penn State Millennium Scholars say they're ready to be a part of and facilitate changes in the diversity of STEM fields.
Millennium Scholars ready to change the future of STEM fields
10/25/2018

Penn State Millennium Scholars, including those from the College of Earth and Minerals Sciences, say they're ready to be a part of and facilitate changes in the diversity of STEM fields.


John Asbury, associate professor of chemistry, and team to develop microscopy laboratory at Penn State with NSF grant.
NSF-funded ultrafast microscopy laboratory to support research of 2D materials
10/15/2018

The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.4 million to a team of Penn State scientists led by Joshua Robinson, professor of materials science and engineering, and John Asbury, associate professor of chemistry, to develop a new laboratory at the University with ultra-fast microscopes that will provide a high-resolution look at incredibly thin materials.


ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) molecule
Enhancement of piezoelectric properties in organic polymers all in the molecules
10/04/2018

The inability to alter intrinsic piezoelectric behavior in organic polymers hampers their application in flexible, wearable and biocompatible devices, according to researchers at Penn State and North Carolina State University, but now a molecular approach can improve those piezoelectric properties.