Materials science is the study of materials. All products must be made of some kind of material. In order to choose the correct material for the product one is designing or manufacturing one must know what materials are available and what their different properties are.
In addition to learning about existing materials, materials science engineers seek to develop new materials. It is often the case that innovative new products are really products that had been conceived long ago, but were impractical because the materials available were inadequate.
New dielectric materials make computers run faster. New stronger lighter materials make wind surfers possible and tennis racquets better. Car doors are now dent resistant, fiber optics make communications faster and the space shuttle does not burn up when it re-enters the atmosphere. All of these things are direct results of improvements in materials science.
Faculty with expertise in Materials Science
Course offerings in Materials Science
- Materials Science Laboratory
- Materials Science
- Physical Metallurgy
- Powder Metallurgy