The field of Materials Science and Engineering focuses on the development of new materials for the next generation of engineering applications. It views biomaterials, nanomaterials, ceramics, metals, polymers, electronic materials and composites from a fundamental point of view, emphasizing the relationships between the atomic- and microstructure as well as the properties, processing and performance of the material.
Current materials research projects in the School of MSE involve the snythesis of nanomaterials for the construction of nanoscale machines; the use of diamond coatings as a bio-barrier to prevent the body from attacking implants; the use of the gentic patterns founds in nature to harness the ribosome to manufacture biosensors and photonic circuits; the development of conductive polymers for a new generation of MEMS devices; the development of a form fitting light-weight armor that can stop ballistic projectiles; the development of hydrogen burning fuel cells to power a future generation of automobiles; etc. In projects like these, materials scientists lead the way to turning yesterday’s science fiction into tomorrow’s reality.
History of Materials
History is often defined by the primary material used by the people of a particular era. Whether that material is stone, bronze, iron, plastic, silicon, biomaterials, or nanomaterials, the human experience is directly impacted by the limitations and strengths of the materials we use every day. Most engineered objects are made from synthetic materials. Materials engineers invent, develop, study, and test these materials, which directly influence technological advancements, improve the quality of human life, and impact the ability to overcome environmental challenges.
Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Choose MSE
1) MSE is Fascinating!
There’s something very intriging about why materials behave as they do – for example, why are ceramics brittle and metals ductile?
2) MSE keeps your options open
With a degree in MSE you can work in the electronic, biomedical or aerospace industries among others, or move on to obtain an advanced degree in nearly any field. The MSE degree is a very versatile and widely respected undergraduate degree!
3) Georgia Tech MSE program rankings
Undergraduate program ranked 6th and graduate program ranked 7th by U.S. News and World Report.
4) MSE has small classes...
which gives you personal instruction and direct interaction with faculty. No T.A’s teach our classes.
5) We have state-of-the-art equipment and facilities...
available for research and academic training of undergraduate and graduate students. Our materials characterization equipment are among the best in the world!
6) We have active student
of professional societies within our school, and opportunities for leadership positions within them.
7) Excellent salaries
MSE Graduates entering the workforce receive salaries of ~60K/year.
8) Paid Research Assistantships available...
to interested undergradautes in research areas tailored to meet students’ interests.
9) Highest average combined SAT scores...
MSE has the highest average combined SAT scores in engineering at Georgia Tech!
10) Last – You will not be lost in the crowd!
We care about each one of our students!
Career Opportunities for MSE Graduates
MSE combines the science of chemistry, physics, biology, and math with the engineering principles of mechanical, chemical, and electrical engineering. As a result, materials engineers are highly marketable.
In addition to standard materials industries such as aerospace and automotive, materials engineers are hired by mechanical, electronic, and biomedical industries and many others. Graduates of the School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) have gone on to become astronauts, professors, CEOs, politicians, physicians, lawyers, and more. Materials engineering is a recession-tolerant career because graduates are not locked into a particular industry.
The following companies* specifically request materials majors when they participate in our on-line job tracking program, career fairs and campus visits for interview sessions. Additional information about our Career Services office may be found at:
ALVAREZ AND MARSAL
AMERICAN CAST IRON PIPE
Becton Dickinson (BD)
Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory
Clorox Company (Research and
DRW Trading Group
Elan Technology, Inc.
Epic Systems Corporation
Ethicon Inc a Johnson
GENERAL ELECTRIC - GE
Goldman Sachs Technology
Honda Manufacturing of
InInfosys Technologies Ltd.
Johns Hopkins University Applied
MILLIKEN & COMPANY
National Oilwell Varco
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
NIGHT VISION AND ELECTRONIC
Northrop Grumman - TASC
Novellus Systems Inc
OSRAM SYLVANIA, INC.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PPG Industries, Inc.
& HAAS COMPANY
Savannah River Site Company
Texas Instruments Inc.
THE BABCOCK & WILCOX
The Boston Consulting Group
The Timken Company
Union Pacific Railroad
Waterford Institute of Technology,
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