What is Materials Science & Engineering?The MS&E ExperienceCareer OutlookWhy Utah?Getting Started
If you have a love for chemistry and physics, but would like to have an engineering degree, Materials Science & Engineering is the perfect degree for you. This is the only discipline in the College of Engineering that gives students the opportunity to study science while getting an engineering degree.
Materials Scientists and Engineers 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 engineers outpaces the ability of schools to graduate students.
Within the Materials Science & Engineering program at the University of Utah our faculty focuses their research seven main areas.
They are ...

Electronic materials




Computational materials



What kind of experience can you expect in the Materials Science & Engineering program here at the University of Utah? You will get a hands on experience. In 2016-17, we had 75 undergraduate students and 13 faculty members -- that's a ratio of six students to every faculty member!
Garrett Meeks (BS/MS, '17) stated, "there are many opportunities to get involved in materials science research outside of the classroom. I have been doing research since I was a sophomore, most students here get involved with progressive research as undergraduates."
Garrett's experience is common among many of our undergraduate students. Our professors encourage students to get involved and engaged within the lab, which has prepared many of the students for success inside and outside of the program.
Here are some exciting highlights of research, projects and business ventures our students have been involved with recently ...
Approximately 50% of our undergraduates receive offers of employment before graduates, with an average salary of $60,000.
Some of our graduating undergraduates have furthered their education in pursuit of a Ph.D. or M.S. degree, while others have gone into industry. The following is an example of where our graduating students have gone the past couple of years ...
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