Welcome from the Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE).   The MSE department is home to two of the oldest degree programs at     Missouri S&T, including Metallurgical Engineering (est. 1870) and Ceramic Engineering (est. 1922).  The department offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in both Ceramic Engineering and Metallurgical Engineering, MS and PhD degrees in Materials Science and Engineering, and a minor in Biomedical Engineering.  MSE is nationally and internationally recognized for its undergraduate and graduate education, and its cutting-edge research and development activities, being conducted by 20 full-time faculty researching materials that are on the cutting-edge of future technology and innovation.

 The Ceramic Engineering field involves the development and manufacturing of inorganic non-metallic materials, including biomaterials, refractories and ultrahigh temperature materials, glass and glass-ceramic materials, electronic materials, cementitious materials, structural materials, and even ceramic composites that can be comprised of any of the above.  Undergraduate students in Ceramic Engineering learn about the development of glass and polycrystalline ceramics, starting from their raw materials through methods for processing these materials through design of glass and ceramic materials with specific physical and chemical properties for use in production.

 The Metallurgical Engineering field involves the development and production of metallic materials, including cast iron and steel alloys, aluminum alloys, titanium alloys, copper and many other ferrous and non-ferrous alloys.  Undergraduate students in Metallurgical Engineering learn about extraction of metal from minerals, wastes and recycled materials, the processing of those raw materials to produce ferrous and non-ferrous metals, design of metallic materials with specific mechanical, physical, and chemical properties, and the production of components from metal and alloys.

Materials science and engineering is an enabling engineering discipline, as the other engineering disciplines rely on the development of new and improved materials to drive innovation.  As such, key employers for our students include all of the major industries in technical innovation including, aerospace, automotive, biomedical, defense, electronics, energy, manufacturing, nuclear, optical, and others. 

I encourage you to review our website and learn more about the great programs, staff, faculty, and students in our world-class Materials Science and Engineering department. 

Dr. Gregory E. Hilmas
Curators' Distinguished Professor of Ceramic Engingeering
Interim Chair of Materials Science and Engineering