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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

John Mauro
Researcher draws from physics to make labs, workplaces safer
07/18/2018

According to research by John Mauro power-law distribution explains accidents in the workplace and how best to minimize them.


Alicyn Rhoades
Fantastic plastics: Research collaboration could reshape injection molding
07/17/2018


Ralph Colby has partnered with two other Penn State researchers to get a better basic understanding of how plastics cool from a liquid to solid shape in injection molding.


Researcher John Mauro wants to help Penn State shape the future of glass research.
Researcher pulling from past to shape future of glass research
07/09/2018

Glass has been a part of society for thousands of years, so it is easy for this material to become invisible and overlooked, but a Penn State materials scientist has laid out a plan to map the glass genome and advance the future of glass.


co-sintering of ceramics and 2D materials using cold sintering processing
Sintering atomically thin materials with ceramics now possible
06/29/2018

For the first time, researchers have created a nanocomposite of ceramics and a two-dimensional material, opening the door for new designs of nanocomposites with such applications as solid-state batteries, thermoelectrics, varistors, catalysts, chemical sensors and much more.


A fast charging battery for all outside temperatures that rapidly heats up internally prior to charging battery materials.
Self-heating, fast-charging battery makes electric vehicles climate-immune
06/28/2018

Californians do not purchase electric vehicles because they are cool, they buy EVs because they live in a warm climate. Conventional lithium-ion batteries cannot be rapidly charged at temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but now a team of Penn State engineers has created a battery that can self-heat, allowing rapid charging regardless of the outside chill.