What is Materials Research?

Materials research is linked to virtually every field of science and engineering. The discovery and development of new materials enables advances across diverse technologies, from computer chips to consumer electronics to building materials, energy, and transportation. Penn State researchers contribute to economic progress by developing advanced materials for new technologies, by lowering the cost and enhancing the performance of more established technologies.

The future of materials research is nearly unlimited, with tremendous opportunities in high performance and novel materials enabled by our ability to manipulate matter at the atomic and molecular scales. This size scale, which is about the same as that of biological structures, opens up a whole new world at the interface of materials and life sciences. Our research community is expanding into this new research frontier.

Penn State's MRI is proud to be one of the world leaders in materials research and to continue to push the boundaries of materials science in all applications.

List of Colleges and Departments in Materials at Penn State

Study Materials at Penn State

One or more faculty in each of the following colleges and departments is engaged in materials education and research. Each department offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers specialized options and students may also obtain M.S. or Ph.D. degrees, with options in Materials Engineering and Materials Science.

The Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Materials Science and Engineering

The graduate program in Materials Science and Engineering offers Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees. Students may choose to study across the major themes of materials research using a combination of MatSE courses and a wide range of courses offered in science and engineering departments across the University.

Visit the website: www.igdpmatse.psu.edu