Graduates with MatSE degrees find jobs in aerospace, automotive, biomedical, chemical, electronics, energy, nanotechnology, computational modeling, consulting, patent law and telecommunications industries—virtually any industry that uses “stuff.”
Typical Jobs and Companies:
Materials Engineer, Lyondell Chemical
Manufacturing Engineer, Federal Mogul
Materials Research Engineer, Naval Research Laboratory
Engineer, Baxter Healthcare
Packaging Engineer, Kraft Foods
Project Manager, 3M
Process Engineer, Intel
Quality Engineer, ExxonMobil
Scientist, The Clorox Company
Examples of Recent Alumni – where they work, what they do:
Sarah T. (B.S. MatSE 2011) – Sarah works at Texas Instruments as a Thin Films Process Engineer. Sarah develops and maintains processes used in the manufacture of integrated circuits. Sarah works directly with physical and chemical vapor deposition equipment in a clean room environment to improve the manufacturability of developmental processes and continuously improve processes in full production.
Scott N. (B.S. MatSE 2012) – Scott is a Materials Processes & Physics Engineer for Boeing. He supports the 787 Dreamliner program specializing in composite fabrication techniques for the fuselage. He works onsite with suppliers world-wide to ensure the materials and manufacturing processes being used are capable of producing airplane parts that meet the aerospace industry’s stringent requirements. He evaluates how manufacturing processes will affect the chemical and mechanical properties of advanced composite material systems through destructive and non-destructive analysis techniques.
John G. (B.S. MatSE 2012) – John works at The Clorox Company in Pleasanton, CA, as a packaging engineer for the medical division. He develops novel devices to help reduce the spread of infection in the hospital. He works with a variety of packaging types such as thermoforms, blow-molded bottles, dosing applicators, injection molded components, and multi-layer film constructions. Creating an effective product design requires technical testing of product performance as well as a detailed understanding of the nurses who will use the product.
Parul K. (B.S. MatSE 2013) – Parul works at ExxonMobil as a Materials & Corrosion Engineer in the Development Company which designs and constructs new onshore, offshore, pipeline, and subsea facilities around the world that extract oil and gas from geological reservoirs. Parul works on materials selection for the facilities by collaborating with chemical, mechanical, and reservoir engineers to understand and model the corrosiveness of the system by designing laboratory tests. She faces design uncertainties while developing for increasingly challenging environments (Arctic, Deepwater, etc.) that drives risk-based decision making to safely and efficiently deliver energy to billions of people around the world.