What is Materials Science and Engineering?

Our world is driven by the materials that are currently available. Millions of everyday consumer products, machines, and innovative technologies are made better because of a new and improved material. The automobile industry has lighter, fuel efficient car bodies. Cell phone and tablet manufacturers take advantage of ultra-thin, damage-resistant glass for displays. Biomedical device companies are using biologically compatible materials to repair and replace parts of the human body.

In fact, many of today’s industrial problems await materials solutions: electrical engineers ask for better semiconductors, and computer technology demands materials that store more and more information.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at NC State has become well-known as a small and friendly department that provides unique and high-impact opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.


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