Materials Science and Engineering

Combustion synthesis of fullerenes and fullerenic nanostructures.
Combustion synthesis of fullerenes and fullerenic nanostructures. Courtesy Vander Sande Lab

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering traces its history back to the founding of MIT in 1865.

Over these years, its central function has been the education of students by providing them with the opportunity to conduct independent and creative research at the forefront of materials science and engineering. Today the Department is the largest of its kind in the United States, and it is clearly the leader in many areas of materials education and research. The Department shares in creating the tradition of excellence for which MIT is known.

The Department's strong record of achievement is solidly based on its continuing record of pioneering advances in engineering sciences and technologies, its ability to relate new developments and advances to engineering practice, its success in incorporating these advances into teaching and research programs, and its close relationship with industry.

In advancing the frontiers of knowledge, the Department draws upon faculty and students with many diverse backgrounds. There are few fields of science or engineering that are not concerned in some way with materials. Indeed, the need for materials is as pervasive in our lives as is the need for energy. It has been estimated that the work of one in three engineers is directly related to materials, while over half of all engineers have at least an indirect concern for the properties of materials.

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MIT Course #Course TitleTerm
 3.00Thermodynamics of MaterialsFall 2002
 3.012Fundamentals of Materials ScienceFall 2005
 3.014Materials LaboratoryFall 2006
 3.016Mathematics for Materials Scientists and EngineersFall 2005
 3.021JIntroduction to Modeling and SimulationSpring 2006
3.032Mechanical Behavior of MaterialsFall 2007
 3.034Organic & Biomaterials ChemistryFall 2005
 3.044Materials ProcessingSpring 2005
 3.051JMaterials for Biomedical ApplicationsSpring 2006
 3.052Nanomechanics of Materials and BiomaterialsSpring 2007
 3.053JMolecular, Cellular, and Tissue BiomechanicsFall 2006
3.063Polymer PhysicsSpring 2007
 3.064Polymer EngineeringFall 2003
 3.080Economic & Environmental Issues in Materials SelectionFall 2005
 3.082Materials Processing LaboratorySpring 2003
 3.091Introduction to Solid State ChemistryFall 2004
 3.093Information Exploration: Becoming a Savvy ScholarFall 2006
 3.094Materials in Human ExperienceSpring 2004
 3.14Physical MetallurgyFall 2003
 3.15Electrical, Optical & Magnetic Materials and DevicesFall 2006
 3.155JMicro/Nano Processing TechnologyFall 2005
 3.172Inventions and PatentsFall 2005
 3.185Transport Phenomena in Materials EngineeringFall 2003
 3.986The Human Past: Introduction to ArchaeologyFall 2006
 3.987Human Origins and EvolutionSpring 2006
 3.A08Attraction and Repulsion: The Magic of MagnetsFall 2005
 3.A26Freshman Seminar: The Nature of EngineeringFall 2005
3.A27Case Studies in Forensic MetallurgyFall 2007
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