MatSE at Illinois


The mission of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering is to meet the needs of society and our profession through excellence in education, research and service; to educate scientists and engineers who will become leaders in solving important materials problems; to design new materials and processing techniques with transformational value; and to generate new science-based knowledge for the benefit of society and the profession.

About the Department

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE) was built on a tradition of excellence that dates back to the founding of the University of Illinois in 1867, when the University was required to have a mining program as part of its mission as a land-grant institution. In 1987 the Department of Metallurgy and Mining Engineering and the Department of Ceramic Engineering merged to form a new Department of Materials Science and Engineering. 

MatSE at Illinois is one of the largest materials departments in the nation, with ~600 undergraduate and graduate students. The quality of the department is recognized by peer institutions, with both the undergraduate and graduate programs consistently ranked in the top three in the nation.