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Materials Engineering

Administrative Unit:Materials Sciences and Engineering
College/School: College of Engineering
Admitting Plans:M.S., Ph.D.
Degrees Offered:M.S., M.Eng., Ph.D.
Minors and Certificates:Doctoral Minor

Faculty: Professors Babcock (chair), Eom, Kou, Lagally, Peercy, Perepezko; Associate Professor Stone (associate chair); Assistant Professors Evans, Gildrie-Voyles, Gopalan, Morgan, Szlufarska


The department mission is to provide local, national, and international leadership in materials research and education. Graduate research in materials science and engineering covers a full range of cutting-edge technologies.

Department faculty run internationally recognized research programs which span the field to include computational materials science, biomaterials, nanomaterials, energy related materials, metals, polymers, electronic materials, ceramics, and composites. Of the 17 full-time faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, five senior faculty belong to the National Academy of Engineering and five assistant professors introduce expertise in exciting new areas. Faculty at all levels bring leadership in research and education.

The creation of advanced materials and devices requires the application of increasingly sophisticated concepts and tools. Tailored materials with desired properties can be engineered through control of the structure of solids at all length scales ranging from centimeters down to the atomic level. Students of materials are engaged in creating and understanding new materials and new materials phenomena. After they leave Wisconsin, materials graduates find careers in private industry, national laboratories, and academia.

The UW offers two graduate programs in materials: Materials Engineering (MS&E) and the Materials Science Program (MSP). Students who apply to one are usually considered by the other. Department faculty supervise the thesis work of students from both MS&E and MSP.

The vast majority of students receive financial aid in the form of fellowships, research or teaching assistantships, or advanced opportunity grants.


Admission to the graduate program in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering is based on the student's previous academic record, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. Admission is competitive.

For more information: Materials Science and Engineering, 1509 University Avenue #276A, Madison, WI 53706; msaegradquery@engr.wisc.edu; www.engr.wisc.edu/mse.