Mission Statement

Mission

To provide internationally recognized leadership in education, research and service in the field of materials science and engineering. This is achieved through educational programs that produce students with a strong background in scientific and engineering problem-solving methods as well as communication and teamwork skills.

Goals

  • To provide excellent, diverse students with the knowledge and engineering skills in a quality learning environment that will enable them to become flexible, effective, life-long learners and leaders in materials-related industries, government agencies and academia.
  • To have a leading undergraduate program in materials science and engineering, one that integrates a strong scientific base with engineering experience.

Objectives

The undergraduate program in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan will graduate students who:

  • possess an understanding of the structure, properties, performance and processing of materials.
  • adapt to the rapidly changing scientific and technological landscape and drive the development of future technologies.
  • communicate effectively with their colleagues and the general public.
  • contribute substantively to science, technology, the environment, and society.

Outcomes

All Materials Science and Engineering graduates should have :

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering within their chosen field.
  • an ability to formulate engineering problems and develop practical solutions.
  • an initial ability to design products and processes applicable to their chosen field.
  • an ability to design, conduct, analyze and interpret the results of engineering experiments.
  • an ability to work effectively in diverse teams and provide leadership to teams and organizations.
  • an ability for effective oral, graphic and written communication.
  • a broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering decisions in a global/society/ economic/environmental context. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • a broad education necessary to contribute effectively beyond their professional careers.
  • a sense of responsibility to make a contribution to society.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

In Fall 2016, 126 students enrolled in the program. In AY15-16, 54 degrees were awarded. For other terms, the University Registrar publishes the number of students enrolled annually in this program, and the number of degrees granted each term by this program.