Build a strong foundation for a career in research, academia, materials production, or manufacturing. In the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, you will study composite materials, ceramics, metals and alloys, electronic and optical materials, and polymers. Departmental research investigates such areas as the synthesis and processing of primary metals, the thermodynamics and kinetics of microstructural evolution, and material properties and performance. Graduate students interact closely with partners in the automotive and primary metals industries.
Fuse your creativity and interest in materials to mold a rewarding career. A bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering will prepare you to create and innovate products that touch our everyday lives: prostheses, automobiles, mountain bikes, computers, cell phones, and more. At Michigan Tech, you will not only explore a wide variety of materials—ranging in scale from the nano- to the macro—you will also take an active role in their development and production. Find out what controls the properties, behaviors, and performance of metals, plastics, ceramics, biomaterials, electronic materials, and more.
Planning for a career in electronic materials or device fabrication? This minor (MSEM) prepares nonmajors to work in the electronics industry and especially complements a degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or physics. You will learn the fundamentals of material structures, materials characterization, and electronic materials processing and design. Course work emphasizes nonmetals and their responses to diverse forces.
Are you majoring in mechanical, biomedical, civil, or chemical engineering? Enhance your degree with a minor in structural materials (MSSM), and get ready to hit the ground running in industry. A solid foundation in materials is an indispensable skill for professionals in these disciplines, who are often responsible for materials selection in mechanical design, failure analysis, or working with materials processing in a manufacturing context. Course work exposes students to the fundamentals of structural materials and materials selection, emphasizing relationships among material microstructure, processing, and mechanical performance in engineering components. Learn methods for improving materials.
Take part in the nanoscale revolution. Nanotechnology is a rapidly developing field that seeks to understand, control, and exploit the novel physical properties displayed by matter at the nanoscale, or at dimensions between approximately 1 and 100 nanometers (for example, a DNA strand is 2.5 nanometers in diameter). Nanotechnology applications—such as drug-delivery and water-filtration techniques, nanofilms, and carbon nanotubes—are highly interdisciplinary and include virtually all fields of engineering and the natural sciences. This minor (IMNT) will give you the necessary multidisciplinary background in physics, chemistry, biology, instrumentation, and application-specific areas.