Materials Science

Macro-, Micro-, and Nano-sciences

From characterizing individual atoms to macro-scale analysis, researchers at Michigan Technological University study materials along the entire scale spectrum: from nano to macro. Strengths in interconnected areas such as biomedical engineering, materials science, chemistry, and physics provides a foundation for a broad range of technological advances—with drastic industrial and societal impacts.

Researchers at Michigan Tech seek to find answers to questions stemming from macro-, micro-, and nano-sciences. They study microelectronics and ultra-high-strength lightweight nanostructures. They investigate the processing and characterization of new materials, optimize processing techniques, research nanoscale batteries, study 3D printing, and develop new material for industrial and medical uses. And they find new ways to apply existing engineering principles to solve novel materials problems. From atomic-level behavior to large-scale material characterization, Michigan Tech researchers study the science and applications of nearly every material around us.

Graduate Research

At Michigan Tech, graduate students work one on one with faculty to conduct research in macro-, micro-, and nano-sciences and related areas.

Are you a prospective or current graduate student? Connect with faculty members whose research interests are related to macro-, micro-, and nano-sciences through our faculty locator.

Undergraduate Research

Our undergraduate students receive valuable hands-on learning and research experiences through enterprise and senior design teams. Learn more about related undergraduate research:

Enterprise Teams

Students earn credit for working on real client projects across multiple disciplines. Active enterprise teams in related categories include:

Senior Design Projects

Senior Design experiences provide students with an opportunity to further develop their teamwork and communication skills through unstructured "real-world" problem-solving.


Careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are more in demand than ever. Michigan Tech offers a variety of STEM outreach programs to help spark the next generation of innovators and creative thinkers.

Mind Trekkers

The Mind Trekkers traveling road show revels the science behind the mystery! Hands-on activities allow young and old learners alike to experience STEM in new and exciting ways. Walk on water, make ice cream in 60 seconds, and shatter roses like glass. Check the schedule to see when Mind Trekkers will be in your area.

Learn more about Mind Trekkers

Summer Youth Programs

Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs (SYP) is not your ordinary summer camp! SYP offers more than 50 career and adventure explorations for grades 6–11. Learn new software, rappel down a cliff, fly an airplane, cast molten metal, build a robot, produce a film . . . the opportunities are endless. The weeklong explorations are a great chance to explore college life at Michigan Tech.

Learn more about SYP

Western UP Center for Math, Science, and Environmental Education

The Western UP Center (a partnership between Copper Country Intermediate School District, Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District, and Michigan Tech) offers a wide variety of award-winning student and community programs including:

  • summer institutes and courses for teachers,
  • Great Lakes education,
  • investigations aboard Michigan Tech’s Research Vessel Agassiz,
  • outdoor science field trips, and
  • family forest, science, and engineering nights.

Learn more about WUP Center

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