The Materials Design and Innovation department emphasizes a data driven perspective of materials discovery and design. We offer unique graduate programs that use materials informatics to link the experimental and computational perspectives of materials science and engineering.
Our masters program is designed to educate individuals so that they have disciplinary knowledge and expertise in materials science and data science. Students are trained to have interdisciplinary perspectives and the necessary skills and tools to be able to understand and apply computational tools for modeling, simulation and informatics, together with experimental driven science so that they have the ability to contribute to and work to accelerate the pace of materials discovery and engineering design.
The curriculum consists of the traditional and classical core foundations of materials science subjects but taught from the perspective of statistics, interpretation of databases and data mining methods. Beyond these core foundations, new distinctive courses in materials science that cover materials informatics, advanced computing methods and machine learning, robotics for materials engineering and an integrated “atoms to device” experimental development laboratory are offered. PhD students will also interface with UB’s Computational Data-enabled Science and Engineering graduate program, providing intensive training in all facets of computational data science that would be of value to both experimental and computational materials scientists.
Applicants must complete an online application, upload transcripts, and provide a personal statement and resume. GRE scores are required for admission to the PhD program. Letters of recommendation are required for all MDI graduate programs. International students are required to submit proof of English language proficiency.
Applications are strongly encouraged to be submitted by February 15th to receive full consideration for Fall entry.
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