Undergraduate Education

The BS degree program is designed to train students in data science methods, and to apply these methods to the study of material structure and behavior.  

Program Overview

The material science and engineering degree program offers a materials informatics foundation together with a “wet lab-dry lab” paradigm for integrating experimental and computational training in materials research. By offering a strong materials core integrated into the use of data science techniques, graduates of the program will be a position to collaborate and communicate with practicing scientists from many fields.

Program Educational Objectives

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The overall objective of the material science and engineering program is to expose students to an innovative program in which data intensive research support the translation of fundamental materials science and engineering into the fields of materials discovery, manufacturing, and engineering systems. We expect our graduates to achieve the following skills and capabilities within a short time after graduation:

  • Demonstrate professional competence, broadly defined, by assuming a role of increasing importance within an organization or business, or making progress towards an advanced degree.
  • Apply scientific and engineering principles to solve technical problems, using a wide range of skills including experimental and informatics techniques.
  • Be able to express oneself in writing and orally.
  • Interact well with a broad range of people, especially on teams.

Student Outcomes

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Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time they graduate. They relate to the knowledge, skills and behaviors students acquire as they progress through the materials science and engineering program. They include:

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • An ability to function effectively as part of a team whose members provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Program

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The Data-drive Materials Design Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) offers students in materials design an opportunity to use an interdisciplinary, data-driven approach to create novel materials with the potential to impact society.

REU students will be introduced to the field of Materials Informatics and learn how to apply the tools of artificial intelligence to create novel materials with preferred characteristics. Our program offers a combination of formal education based on a cutting edge curriculum developed by faculty in the department.

The internship also includes a scientific communications workshop, educational seminars and social activities. At the end of the 10-week program, students present their research results to the group. Summer 2021 internships will run from June 1 to August 6.

In the event that we are unable to host an on-site program, we are prepared to hold a virtual internship. This will include remote training and individualized research projects.

Application Deadline

To be considered for the Summer 2021 NSF REU program (June 1 to August 6), please apply online by Friday, Feb. 5, 2021.