No wonder why historical ages of humanity are named after materials (Stone, Bronze, Iron Ages). Materials have been in use in all aspects of human life whether as tools, weapons, shelter, or artistic and religious activities.
Nowadays, materials use includes, but not limited to, computer chips, flexible concrete skyscrapers, plastic bags, artificial hips, superconductors, lasers, shape-memory materials (SMMs), quasi-crystals, ultra hard materials, superalloys, carbon nanotubes (CNT), and many others.
Materials science and engineering involves making materials that reliable and useful to humankind.
This is accomplished through design, processing, and characterization of materials with controlled compositions, microstructures and properties.Therefore, the educational program of the Department deal with the scientific and engineering aspects of the structure, properties, processing/manufacturing and application of materials.
We are interested in developing new materials that address critical issues facing society including construction materials, plastics, composites, electronics, environment, and health care. Because graduates in materials science and engineering are challenged to be general practitioners, the department provides the necessary balance between the fundamental and technical aspects of the field in all specialties.
The department has distinguished faculty members, technical, and support staff, with over 60 undergraduate students already enrolled. The department stands among two materials engineering departments in the country.