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A Message from the Department Chair
The Materials Science and Engineering department at Missouri S&T has its origins in two of the oldest degree programs on campus: Metallurgical Engineering (1870) and Ceramic Engineering (1922). Offering BS, MS and PhD degrees in Ceramic Engineering and Metallurgical Engineering as well as MS and PhD degrees in Materials Science and Engineering, nationally and internationally recognized materials education and research is performed by the department.
Ceramic Engineering involves the development and production of inorganic non-metallic materials, such as glasses and fiber optics, silicon carbide and high temperature ceramics, solid oxide fuel cells, and other electronic materials, and biomaterials. As a student in Ceramic Engineering, you will learn about the development of glasses and crystalline ceramics from raw materials, the design of ceramic materials with specific mechanical, physical and chemical properties, and production of ceramic components.
Metallurgical Engineering involves the development and production of metallic materials, such as cast iron and steel, aluminum, titanium and copper. As a student in Metallurgical Engineering, you will learn about the extraction of metal from minerals, wastes and recycled materials, the design of metallic materials with specific mechanical, physical and chemical properties, and the production of components from selected metals and alloys.
Our graduates find employment in the metals and ceramic production sectors such as steel, aluminum, and powder manufacturers; automotive, aerospace, construction, electronic and biomaterials industries; energy producers; and a wide range of other end use applications. Materials is at the core of science and engineering, as everything is made of some kind of material.
With outstanding faculty and staff dedicated to student success and alumni that support the heritage for excellence in teaching, research, and service, we encourage you to look over the available information and welcome you to visit us in person. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have about the department.
All the best,
Professor and Chair, Materials Science and Engineering