Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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Message from Chair

Lorenzo Valdevit

Welcome to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Irvine.  We are an interdisciplinary and enthusiastic group of faculty and staff who are firmly committed to the success of our students and programs. Created as a new department in 2018, MSE houses our well-established ABET-accredited B.S. in materials science and engineering, as well as a minor available to other undergraduate majors. We also offer a doctoral program in MSE and three options for master’s degrees: a thesis option and a comprehensive exam option, both of which are M.S. degrees; and a new professional Master’s of Engineering degree program, offered in coordination with the school-wide Samueli School of Engineering program. 

The field of materials science and engineering sits at the intersection of chemistry, physics and engineering, with increasing expansion into mathematics, computing, machine learning, manufacturing and imaging, plus economics, sustainability and public policy. MSE is the field that enables all other areas of engineering by understanding – and therefore creating – new and exciting materials that enable faster computers, cleaner energy, more efficient automobiles and airplanes, stronger and longer-lasting hip implants and so much more!


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