UConn Materials Science & Engineering (MSE)





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Published on Jan 13, 2014

What is Materials Science & Engineering (MSE)?

We get asked this question a lot. The short answer is, a bit of physics, a bit of chemistry, and a bit of engineering. Materials Science is all about the theory of materials in the world around you. Metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. We explore why they do what they do, with knowledge of their properties and structures, from the atomic level to bulk level. Materials Engineering is the application of this knowledge to the real world, and how processing the materials in different ways changes their properties. You can quickly see that this knowledge has far reaching effects, which is why newly developed materials often lead to exciting technological advances (for example, carbon fibers).

Four lab courses help students explore the relationships between processing, properties, and structure. This knowledge gives students insight into an extremely broad range of industries and helps them discover their passion. Some examples of lab projects include casting metal in our foundry, synthesis of superconductors, and electrospinning polymer nanofibers.

The Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) program at the University of Connecticut is growing. With over 120 undergraduate students, it is becoming recognized as a program that provides educational excellence with highly qualified faculty and plenty of hands on learning. With an average class size of 25 students, MSE has the ability to foster strong connections between students and faculty, leading to internships and research assistantships.  Students can take elective courses to attain one of five concentrations including nanomaterials, biomaterials, energy materials, electronic materials, and metallurgy. 

Adam Wentworth, Institute of Materials Science
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Engine photos courtesy of Pratt & Whitney

Christopher LaRosa, Ryan Gilmour, University Communications

Christopher LaRosa

Electrospinning Video:
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Additional Audio Editing courtesy of Jayme LaRosa

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