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  What is Materials Science and Engineering?

What is Materials Science and Engineering?

Throughout history, materials have played a major role in advancing civilization. The latter half of the 20th century witnessed an explosion of new materials and new ways to use natural and engineered materials.



Materials scientists and engineers focus on

  • studying properties and structure of materials
  • creating new and better materials
  • improving existing materials
  • selecting appropriate materials for a wide range of applications

Materials science and engineering covers six general categories

  • Biomaterials
  • Ceramics
  • Composites
  • Electronic materials
  • Metals
  • Polymers  

Graduates from Virginia Tech's MSE program work in fields such as fiber optics, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas production, metal casting, semiconductors, cosmetics, failure analysis, patent examination, equipment design, quality assurance, technical management, sales and marketing, product development, and many more.


For more information about careers in materials science and engineering, visit the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS) Career Resource Center or the Virginia Tech Career Services Homepage.

To learn more about a Virginia Tech degree in Materials Science and Engineering, visit our Undergraduate and Graduate Program pages.

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