Making Teeth Tough: Beavers Show Way to Improve Our Enamel
Beavers don’t brush their teeth, but a new study from professor Derk Joester reports beavers do have protection against tooth decay built into the chemical structure of their teeth: iron.read more
Freeze-Casting in Microgravity
Working with professor David Dunand, undergraduate students work on space-based manufacturing as part of undergraduate research.read more
McCormick Student Awarded Churchill Scholarship
Northwestern University senior Edward Pang has received a Churchill Scholarship from the Winston Churchill Foundation to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge.read more
Alumna’s Efforts to Avoid 'Conflict Minerals'
Alumna Carolyn Duran is featured in the April issue of Fast Company magazine for her efforts to help Intel adopt conflict-free mineral sourcing.read more
Welcome to the Department of Materials Science & Engineering
The first academic department of its kind in the world, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University is consistently ranked one of the top programs in the field. Outstanding classroom and laboratory instruction, as well as the opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in leading research, are hallmarks of the department.
The broad-based program encompasses a wide range of materials and enables students to understand the scientific principles governing the interrelation among processing, structure, properties, and materials performance. Students learn to integrate these principles in the systematic design of new materials from faculty members who are renowned for their pioneering work.
Strong interdisciplinary research is at the core of the materials science department at Northwestern. Studied materials include biomaterials, ceramics, composites, energy, magnetic materials, electronics, photonics, metals, nanomaterials, and polymers. Other areas include materials synthesis, processing, theory, computation, design, self-assembly, surface and interfaces, and art conservation.
|Bachelor of Arts in Materials Science and Engineering|
|Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering|
|Combined BS/MS Degree Program|
|Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering|
|PhD in Materials Science and Engineering|
Master’s degree students may be interested in the certificate in integrated computational materials engineering.
PhD students may also enroll in these additional programs:
- Biotechnology training program
- Certificate in management for scientists and engineers (offered in collaboration with the Kellogg School of Management)