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Materials Science and Engineering

Combustion synthesis of fullerenes and fullerenic nanostructures.
Combustion synthesis of fullerenes and fullerenic nanostructures. Courtesy Vander Sande Lab

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering traces its history back to the founding of MIT in 1865. Over these years, its central function has been the education of students by providing them with the opportunity to conduct independent and creative research at the forefront of materials science and engineering. Today the Department is the largest of its kind in the United States, and it is clearly the leader in many areas of materials education and research. The Department shares in creating the tradition of excellence for which MIT is known.

The Department's strong record of achievement is solidly based on its continuing record of pioneering advances in engineering sciences and technologies, its ability to relate new developments and advances to engineering practice, its success in incorporating these advances into teaching and research programs, and its close relationship with industry.

In advancing the frontiers of knowledge, the Department draws upon faculty and students with many diverse backgrounds. There are few fields of science or engineering that are not concerned in some way with materials. Indeed, the need for materials is as pervasive in our lives as is the need for energy. It has been estimated that the work of one in three engineers is directly related to materials, while over half of all engineers have at least an indirect concern for the properties of materials.

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Other Material Science and Engineering Resources

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Undergraduate Courses
MIT Course #Course Title
3.00 Thermodynamics of Materials, Fall 2002
3.012 Fundamentals of Materials Science, Fall 2005
3.014 Materials Laboratory, Fall 2005
3.016 Mathematics for Materials Scientists and Engineers, Fall 2005
3.021J Introduction to Modeling and Simulation, Spring 2006
3.034 Organic & Biomaterials Chemistry, Fall 2005
3.044 Materials Processing, Spring 2005
3.051J Materials for Biomedical Applications, Spring 2006
3.064 Polymer Engineering, Fall 2003
3.080 Economic & Environmental Issues in Materials Selection, Fall 2005
3.082 Materials Processing Laboratory, Spring 2003
3.091 Introduction to Solid State Chemistry, Fall 2004
3.093 Information Exploration: Becoming a Savvy Scholar, Fall 2006 NEW
3.094 Materials in Human Experience, Spring 2004
3.14 Physical Metallurgy, Fall 2003
3.15 Electrical, Optical & Magnetic Materials and Devices, Fall 2006 NEW
3.155J Micro/Nano Processing Technology, Fall 2005
3.172 Inventions and Patents, Fall 2005
3.185 Transport Phenomena in Materials Engineering, Fall 2003
3.986 The Human Past: Introduction to Archaeology, Fall 2006 NEW
3.A08 Attraction and Repulsion: The Magic of Magnets, Fall 2005
3.A26 Freshman Seminar: The Nature of Engineering, Fall 2005

Graduate Courses
MIT Course #Course Title
3.11 Mechanics of Materials, Fall 1999
3.20 Materials at Equilibrium (SMA 5111), Fall 2003
3.205 Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials, Fall 2006 NEW
3.21 Kinetic Processes in Materials, Spring 2006
3.22 Mechanical Properties of Materials, Spring 2004
3.225 Electronic and Mechanical Properties of Materials, Summer 2002
3.320 Atomistic Computer Modeling of Materials (SMA 5107), Spring 2005
3.35 Fracture and Fatigue, Fall 2003
3.37 Welding and Joining Processes, Fall 2002
3.40J Physical Metallurgy, Spring 2004
3.40J Physical Metallurgy, Spring 2003
3.43J Integrated Microelectronic Devices, Fall 2002
3.45 Magnetic Materials, Spring 2004
3.46 Photonic Materials and Devices, Spring 2006
3.53 Electrochemical Processing of Materials, Spring 2001
3.564J Sustainable Energy, Spring 2005
3.60 Symmetry, Structure, and Tensor Properties of Materials, Fall 2005
3.80J Proseminar in Manufacturing, Fall 2005
3.83J System Optimization and Analysis for Manufacturing, Summer 2003
3.91J Mechanical Behavior of Plastics, Spring 2003
3.961J Design of Medical Devices and Implants, Spring 2003
3.962J Molecular Principles of Biomaterials, Spring 2006
3.96J Biomaterials-Tissue Interactions (BE.441), Fall 2003
3.97J Cell-Matrix Mechanics, Spring 2004