Materials Science and Engineering is concerned with the structure, properties and applications of materials. The university-wide Materials Science and Engineering Program at UCSD aims to provide fundamental knowledge for understanding of materials with the objective of predicting, modifying, and tailoring the properties of materials to yield enhanced material performance.
The foundations of materials science are the basic sciences of physics, chemistry, mathematics and engineering principles. The interdisciplinary nature of the program at UCSD is ideally suited to address this requirement. The graduate students in the Materials Science and Engineering Program benefit from the unique and broad combination of faculty members and research facilities existing at UCSD, in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, NanoEngineering, Physics, Chemistry, Bioengineering, Structural Engineering, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, as well as the School of Medicine and the Biological Sciences Division. Students pursuing their MS or Ph.D. degree in the MSE Program can have any faculty member from these participating departments and schools in UCSD as their thesis advisor or co-advisor, based on matching of the interests and/or financial support arrangements.
Of particular emphasis within the program are: a study of microstructure-property relationship; design of electronic, superconducting, magnetic and nano materials for electronic and high tech device and energy applications; optical and chemical materials for telecom and display applications; biomaterials and medical device materials for biotech applications; experimental investigation and theoretical modeling of the mechanical behavior of materials; and advanced composite materials for civil structures.