Materials Science & Engineering (MTE) is focused on the ways in which materials are made, used, and recycled; on developing and processing new materials and products; and on the innovative use of traditional materials.

WPI’s Materials Science & Engineering interdisciplinary graduate degree programs engage students in cutting-edge research with world-renowned faculty whose work is as broad and varied as the needs of such diverse industries as medicine, energy, transportation, and manufacturing.

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, and thermodynamics. Students learn about the synthesizing of new materials and development of improved processes for making them. The focus of much of the research is on metal processing.

Given that materials science and engineering combines chemistry, physics, biology, and math with mechanical, chemical, and electrical engineering principles, graduates find themselves in great demand.

WPI Ranked Top in the Nation for Quality and Accessibility of Professors

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking has devised a new ratings system that strives to recognize universities focused on doing an outstanding job of educating students, unlike many other rankings which applaud universities for simply being exclusive. This new ranking is specifically focused on the teaching performance of U.S.-based colleges with over 1000 students. 

Within this ranking, WPI has rated first in the nation for the category of  "The Top Faculties; Schools that do the Best in Combining Scholarly Research with Classroom Instruction.”

Lighter Metals, Greener Vehicles

Work by Professor Diana Lados could help keep aircraft in service longer, more safely, and with better on-time performance. Her U.S. Army–supported research has implications for military and commercial aircraft.

Lighter Metals, Greener Vehicles

Metals Processing Institute (MPI)

The award-winning alliance of WPI and the Metals Processing Institute (MPI) gives students and faculty access to research and projects in metal casting, heat treating, and resource recovery and recycling.

Working together at MPI, industry leaders and university researchers solve business challenges and improve manufacturing processes that save energy, reduce cycle time, increase productivity, and eliminate environmental waste

Career Outlook

As the market demands new materials and improved products, engineers with a materials science and engineering background may work in diverse fields—from agriculture to transportation.