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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

Courtney Rome
Rome wins poster contest for Alaska research; library adds to prizes
01/22/2018

During a 2017 educational-based trip to Alaska that was focused on glacial systems, Courtney Rome began studying something that wasn't on the syllabus. Her curiosity resulted in an award-winning poster at the annual EMS Undergraduate Poster Exhibition.


Derek Elsworth and Zi-Kui Liu
Elsworth, Liu among 15 named distinguished faculty at Penn State
01/22/2018

Penn State's Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs has named 15 distinguished faculty.


Juxtaposition of 1931 portion and new atrium of the renovated Steidle Building
Steidle Building earns LEED Silver certification
01/08/2018

Steidle Building, one of the most iconic buildings on Penn State's University Park campus, has earned LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council following an extensive renovation.


Westminster Abbey stained glass
Researcher uses Westminster Abbey windows to shine light on glass myth
12/18/2017

John Mauro used the composition of glass found in the windows of London's Westminster Abbey to determine the glass's flow to a liquid is much faster than previously thought but still too slow to account for the windows being thicker at the bottom.


Roy Schuyler III
Schuyler’s professional expertise an enduring resource for graduate students
12/15/2017

Before concluding his keynote presentation at the Graduate School's Career Exploration Workshop at Penn State's University Park campus in October, Roy Schuyler III shared a piece of advice that reflects the way he has led his own life: "Leave a legacy."