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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.

Degrees & Certificates

Area of Study Bachelor Minor Certificate Master PhD
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Media Coverage

Provost Wole Soboyejo appeared on Spectrum News 1 discussing his research in identifying targeted drugs that reduced the sizes of hard-to-treat breast cancer tumors in mice without inducing the toxic side effects that are typically associated with conventional chemotherapy.

In WPI research news, Worcester Business Journal is the latest to report on the university receiving a $25 million award from the Army Research Lab to be used by Danielle Cote, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, and Kyle Tsaknopoulos, a postdoctoral fellow at WPI. They’ll use the funding to advance a cold spray 3D printing technique that could be used to repair military vehicles and equipment.


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Lighter Metals, Greener Vehicles

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.

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. 

From WPI's alumni magazine

Modern Manufacturing Finds a Home

In the high-tech labs of the Advanced Manufacturing Center, WPI researchers are transforming how products are produced, repaired, and recycled.