Materials Science & Engineering

Getting a Head Start on Tomorrow’s Engineering Applications

Developing new materials for the next generation of engineering applications is the primary focus of the field of materials science and engineering.

In applying the properties of matter to various areas of science and engineering, WPI’s interdisciplinary Materials Science & Engineering (MTE) program investigates relationships between the structure, properties, processing, and performance of materials. Students learn about the synthesizing of new materials and development of improved processes for making them.

A wide range of industries—such as medical devices, health care, energy and nanotechnology—are actively involved in this field. Students in the MTE program develop a fundamental understanding of materials at the nano, micro, and macro scales within focus areas that include:

  • Structure
  • Processing
  • Properties
  • Performance
  • Kinetics
  • Thermodynamics

Because MTE combines chemistry, physics, biology, and math with mechanical, chemical, and electrical engineering principles, graduates with MTE degrees can find themselves in great demand.

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