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Graduates with MatSE degrees find jobs across a broad range of industrial sectors that rely on materials innovation including aerospace, automotive, biomedical, chemical, electronics, energy, nanotechnology, computational modeling, consulting, patent law and telecommunication.

B.S. Placement Statistics: 2016-2019 

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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.

Successful Careers

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois prepares its students for successful career after graduation, whether students seek employment in industry, pursue an advanced degree, or utilize their knowledge gained for other pursuits. This is accomplished through a curriculum that emphasizes understanding, designing, and producing materials with properties tailored for specific applications and the processes used. This is first introduced in the freshman year, developed throughout the curriculum in required and elective courses, and culminates in a capstone design experience in the senior year. The technical aspects of the curricula are complemented by composition, humanities and social science courses and by material on leadership, ethics, team-building and environmental responsibility that are distributed throughout the curriculum.

Undergraduate Programs Contact Information

Kimberly Anderson
MatSE Undergraduate Programs Office
201 MSEB
1304 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801

(217) 333-1441
ksander@illinois.edu