Materials Scientists and Metallurgists are continually engaged in developing new materials or upgrading the use of basic materials that will fit in the highly technological world that we live in. Since virtually everything that we use in our daily lives is made of materials, the need for materials scientists and metallurgists outpaces the ability of schools to graduate students.
Continued research is critical for the advancement and improvement of materials that underlie technologies used to develop energy sources, protect the environment, preserve the national infrastructure, cure diseases, and improve communication.