Materials Science and Engineering

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When we think of the basic needs of our global population—potable water, clean energy, safe food, unpolluted air, freedom from terrorism and disease—most people may not realize that material science engineers are addressing these issues and working to make a better—and safer—planet.

Materials engineers study the interplay of materials’ structure, performance, properties and synthesis in order to create new materials with useful applications. They develop materials like ceramics, metals, polymers, and composites that other engineers need for their designs.

They might use plastics and other disposable materials to develop high-performance fabrics or redesign a compound’s atomic crystal structure to create stronger, lighter body armor, or develop carbon nanotubes as a material to help sense bacteria, chemicals, and other dangers in our food and water supply.

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Why Rutgers?

Top-notch research facilities, a distinguished, engaged faculty dedicated to teaching as well as research, and small class sizes providing highly interactive, hands-on learning are some of the things that set a Rutgers degree in Materials Science and Engineering apart from others.

Our current faculty holds more than 120 patents and our graduates are leaders in industrial and academic innovation. This sets the tone for our program and differentiates our students, making them highly sought after by business and academia after graduation.

Students are encouraged to select an area of focus in one of the following areas: biomaterials, fiber optics, nanomaterials, polymers, metals, manufacturing, packaging materials, or in an area designed specifically to meet an individual student’s educational and career goals.

Hands-on Experience

Throughout their studies, students solve problems related to the design, processing and evaluation of conventional and specialty materials. Our state-of-the-art equipment exposes students to the preparation and evaluation of newer types of ceramics, metals, polymers and composites required in aerospace advanced engine, biotechnology, photonics and electromagnetic applications. This experience enables our graduates to pursue advanced studies, research and laboratory work or technical management careers in production management, processing or marketing in the materials industry.

Our cutting-edge instructional and research facilities focus on the manufacture, control and analysis of a wide range of materials. With a $5-million annual research budget, students and faculty work collaboratively on projects that range from developing new fuel cells for saving energy to using nanomaterials to combat disease.