Materials Science and Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering

What do 3D printers, anti-microbial nanoparticles, aerospace alloys, sporting goods, and bioabsorable materials have in common? They all are made possible thanks to advances in materials science and engineering. Think about it--all engineering starts with materials. A degree in materials science and engineering allows you to apply the fundamentals of science in a focused way to create new materials that can change lives in any industry.

Michigan Tech's program is all about the hands-on. Undergraduate students are involved in research with faculty and use equipment most undergrads in other programs only hear about--like scanning electron microscopes and x-ray diffractometers. In fact, most of the materials you'll use in labs and for research are made in facilities within the department. Now that's crazy smart!

What You Need to Know About This Program

  • You’ll have access to outstanding laboratory facilities and the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with advanced instrumentation such as optical metallography, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, mechanical testing, heat treating, casting, rolling, powder metallurgy, and ceramics processing.
  • Our metal casting program is one of only 25 programs accredited by the Foundry Education foundation, and we’re one of the only schools in the country to have a working foundry—which undergraduates use—located on site.
  • Close interaction of students with faculty and staff provides nearly individualized instruction.
  • Our program is one of the most well know in the country. The faculty teaching labs have years of experience and strong connections to industry which leads to a nearly 100% placement rate for students upon graduation. The average starting salary for our 2012 graduates was over $55,000.
  • Earn a Master's degree in just a single year of study beyond your undergrad degree through the accelerated master's program in materials science and engineering.
  • Michigan Tech's materials science and engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.

Build your résumé even further by getting involved in one of our innovative student-run Enterprise teams—Advanced Metalworks, Aerospace, Boardsport Technologies, or other nanotechnology-related projects.

Learn more about materials science and engineering at Michigan Tech!