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:
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.
- The Towers highlights the Metal Processing Institute Metal Processing Institute, managed by Professor Diran Apelian runs WPI's work with metals, including research on the newly developing use of aluminium. >
- Battery Innovation Earns Award for WPI Professor Yan Wang receives Catalyst Award from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to support work on a new design for flow batteries for grid energy storage. >
- WPI Professor Diana Lados Honored by Mass High Tech with a 2012 Women to Watch Award She is the director of WPI's Integrative Materials Design Center and an NSF CAREER Award recipient. >
- WPI Researchers Win Prestigious NSF CAREER Awards Sonia Chernova and Diana Lados Will Pursue Work Aimed at Creating General Purpose Robots for Everyday People and Building Lighter, Fuel-Saving Vehicles. >