Materials have enabled improvement in the products humans use since the beginning of recorded history. For example without the development of high purity silicon most of today’s electronic devices would not exist. New low density, high stiffness composite materials have replaced metals and wood in tennis racquets. The performance of these materials stems from their properties which depend on their microscopic structure, also known as microstructure. Microstructure in turn depends upon materials processing, the fabrication of materials into functional shapes. Materials Engineering is the study of the interrelationships between processing, structure, properties and performance of materials.
Materials engineers study the structure and composition of materials on scales ranging from the electronic and atomic through the microscopic to the macroscopic. They develop new materials, improve traditional materials and are key people in the manufacturing process to produce materials reliably and economically. They seek to understand phenomena and to measure materials properties of all kinds, and they predict and evaluate the performance of real materials as structural or functional elements in engineering systems. Employment opportunities span all types of industry, such as aerospace, automotive, chemical, electronic, energy and primary material-producing companies.
School of Materials Engineering
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 West Stadium Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045
Telephone: (765) 494-4100
FAX: (765) 494-1204
E-mail regarding academic programs: MSEAdvisor@purdue.edu
For Graduate Information please see Materials Engineering Graduate Program Information.