Perennially ranked in the top ten in U.S. News & World Report rankings, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell (MSE) is a global leader in educating materials scientists. The field of MSE focuses on the development and understanding of materials with enhanced properties. MSE combines the science of chemistry, physics, biology, and math with the principles of mechanical, chemical, and electrical engineering; analogous to a chef, the materials scientist combines together ingredients with atomic specificity and precision in order to yield a spectacular product. The field of MSE is evolving more rapidly than at any other time in history.
Our Materials Science and Engineering Department attracts faculty members who are leaders within their research fields as well as phenomenal teachers. Our vision is to foster the individual growth of students who are materials engineers and researchers so that their knowledge of materials science and technology will inspire them to engage with the needs of the state of NY, the nation, and the world.
Participation in laboratory research is a vital component of the educational experience within the MSE department. Students are exposed to a valuable teamwork experience within a world class research group. In addition, they gain practical hands-on knowledge in areas that range from experimental design and project management to interpretation and presentation of results. The students have extensive opportunities to work with state-of-the-art lab equipment and technology doing cutting-edge materials research and communicate the results of their studies at conferences and in leading journals.
On behalf of the MSE department, I welcome prospective students as well as visitors to join our community's collaboration and to experience our enthusiasm.
Professor Darrell Schlom
Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Industrial Chemistry