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1. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) - Materials Science Material Science broadly encompasses the fundamental study of solid matter with the goal of engineering new materials with superior properties, and ultimately enabling altogether new types of devices. Historically, materials science focussed on metallurgical and ceramic systems, and the state of technological achievement of ancient (European) societies has been described in terms of materials – the stone age, the bronze age and the iron age. In the modern era, Material Science makes use of advanced fabrication and characterization tools that allow us to observe and manipulate matter virtually atom by atom.
The field is inherently interdisciplinary, with strong connections to physics, chemistry, biology and the engineering fields. Materials scientists tackle such problems as the discovery of efficient electrolytes and electrodes for batteries and fuel cells (for sustainable energy), the design of nanoscale structures that can use light for communication (photonics), and the fabrication of high strength metals free of traditional failure modes (bulk metallic glass). In each case, tackling such problems requires fundamental thermodynamic and kinetic insights to answer the question: why do materials behave the way they do?
2. Cornell University - Materials Science and Engineering Perennially ranked in the top ten in U.S. News & World Report rankings, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell (MSE) is a global leader in educating materials scientists. The field of MSE focuses on the development and understanding of materials with enhanced properties. MSE combines the science of chemistry, physics, biology, and math with the principles of mechanical, chemical, and electrical engineering; analogous to a chef, the materials scientist combines together ingredients with atomic specificity and precision in order to yield a spectacular product. The field of MSE is evolving more rapidly than at any other time in history.
3. ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) - Department of Materials The objectives of the Department of Materials at ETH-Zurich are to conduct world-class materials research and to produce materials scientists and engineers who are educated at the highest level.
4. Georgia Institute of Technology - School of Materials Science and Engineering The School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech is one of the strongest in the world with 55 thesis sponsoring faculty. Our undergraduate and graduate programs are routinely ranked among the nations leading programs by U.S. News and World Report. We offer degrees in Materials Science and Engineering at the bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. levels.
Our undergraduate students have research experience before graduating with most receiving a scholarship. Graduate students receive financial assistance in the form of graduate fellowships and assistantships.
Our students are active in professional organizations such as the Georgia Tech Chapters of the American Ceramic Society, ASM International, TMS, MRS, Society of Plastics Engineers, Phi Psi, Keromos and several other honor societies. View program statistics and highlights.
5. Harvard University - Materials Research Science and Engineering Center The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) is the focus of Harvard's long tradition of interdisciplinary materials research. The Harvard MRSEC is funded by the National Science Foundation, and identifies new research areas to train and retain students in materials science and engineering.
6. Imperial College London - Department of Materials We are the oldest and largest department of our kind in the UK. We have internationally-leading research programmes in the synthesis, processing, and modelling of a broad range of materials (metals, ceramics, semiconductors, glasses, ceramic-matrix composites, polymers and functional materials) directed to diverse applications such as nuclear, solid oxide fuel cells, aerospace, biomedical, automotive, communications and electronics.
7. MIT - Department of Materials Science and Engineering MIT's Department of Materials Science and Engineering is known as the world-wide leader of its field, based on its academic program, its highly regarded faculty, and the high caliber of its students. Its continuing record of pioneering advances in engineering sciences and technologies stems from its ability to relate new developments and advances to engineering practice and its close relationship with industry. These advances are then incorporated in current teaching and research programs.
Faculty and student research ranges from the purely scientific to applied studies and involves perspectives of chemistry, physics, electronics, the artistic and historical aspects of materials, design, and entrepreneurial ventures. Interests within the Department span the entire materials cycle from mining and refining of raw materials, to production and utilization of finished materials, and finally to disposal and recycling. There is a rich variety of problems of vital importance to the development of the science of metals, polymers, ceramics, glasses, electronic materials, biomedical materials, composites, and other materials awaiting solution. The Department has the theoretical and experimental resources available to attack these scientific and engineering problems successfully.
8. National University of Singapore (NUS) - Materials Science and EngineeringMission
To provide high-quality “Science-driven, Application-oriented” education & research programs in advanced materials for discovery and implementation of new technologies.
Materials Science and Engineering is a dynamic, interdisciplinary study that combines the fundamental sciences (chemistry, physics and life sciences) with applied engineering (electronic, mechanical, chemical and bio-engineering).
It strives for basic understanding of how the science of material structures and processes at the atomic scale results in the properties and functions familiar at the engineering level. One aspect involves studying and designing materials to make them useful and reliable in the service of human kind.
9. Northwestern University - Materials Science and Engineering The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is recognized throughout the materials community for its educational and research accomplishments.
Since it was established as the first materials science academic department in the world more than 50 years ago, the department has continued to lead the field. Faculty members are renowned for their research excellence and have been honored around the world for pioneering work. Department alumni are likewise leaders in academia, industry, professional organizations, and entrepreneurial efforts.
10. Stanford University - Materials Science And Engineering The health and vitality of our department and the quality of our research depend most heavily on the quality of our graduate students. It is one of our top goals to continue to attract the best and brightest students from the U.S. and around the world. We feel that the mixture of a core curriculum in material science and engineering fundamentals and leading-edge, independent research is exceptional preparation for future scientists and engineers.
The open, flexible environment coupled with the breadth of materials-related research at Stanford and the Bay Area lead to a fantastic array of materials research opportunities. Life as a graduate student is not totally about research and structured learning, however. Stanford University and the San Francisco Bay Area offer a host of artistic, athletic, social and cultural activities. We are looking for eager, bright, and motivated students to take advantage of these many opportunities. If this interests you, please apply.
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