Graduate School

Materials Science and Engineering—MS, PhD

Materials Science

Materials Science and Engineering melds together synthesis and processing, structure, properties, and applications of engineering materials while interacting closely with industry and government partners. Ranked 41st in the nation for research expenditures by the National Science Foundation, our program provides a hands-on graduate experience.

What you'll work on

You’ll have the opportunity to study metals and alloys; ceramics; electronic, magnetic, and optical materials; and polymers. Materials Science and Engineering is inherently interdisciplinary—students interact and collaborate with students and scientists in other engineering and science disciplines. Programs of study are available in both the research (MS and PhD) and coursework-only (MS) modes.

Sample Areas of Interest

  • Battery Science and Technology
  • Biomaterials
  • Ceramic Engineering
  • Computational Materials Sci & Stimulation Corrosion

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Who you'll work with

Our students work closely with faculty; most research-oriented graduate students are funded with research assistantships. Examples of current research include alloy development, materials for energy, functional material design and simulation, ultra-small-scale material characterization, advanced materials processing, and computational material simulation and design.

Faculty Spotlight 

Erik Herbert

Erik Herbert
Associate Professor,
Materials Science and Engineering

 

"Everything has to be made out of something. The question is, what?"

Through the development and implementation of novel mechanical characterization techniques at micron and sub-micron length scales, our research directly enables transformative insights into the complex coupling between the microstructure, its defects, and device performance.

Where you'll work

In 2018, the graduate program was ranked 42nd nationally by US News and World Report. Our department manages Michigan Tech’s Applied Chemical and Morphological Analysis Laboratory (ACMAL), containing the university’s scanning electron and transmission electron microscopes, including a unique, scanning transmission FEI Titan Themis. The facility also maintains excellent X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Auger electron spectroscopy capabilities. Processing facilities include melt processing, deformation processing, microelectronic fabrication, and particulate (powder)-based processing capabilities.