Washington State University

Materials Science and Engineering Program

Discussing settings and electronics at the high voltage end of an open 3 MV van de Graaff accelerator for deuterons. The machine is used to generate a positron emitting radioisotope called 13N (Nitrogen-13) Preparing for a fluorescence measurement. These measurements are used to determine the pressure of materials squeezed in a diamond anvil cell Discussing calcium phosphate nano-powders and its application to bone disorders and drug delivery Discussing Nano-Composites  Located in the Cryo-catalysis Hydrogen Experimental Facility (CHEF)

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Washington State University (WSU) has the largest interdisciplinary doctoral program in Materials Science and Engineering in the Northwest. Since its establishment in the 1960s as the doctoral program in Chemical Physics and re-christening as the Materials Science program in the 1980s, it has evolved into a strongly collaborative, vibrant interdisciplinary program with the participation of faculty from several departments and schools in the College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) and the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).

This cross-disciplinary approach enables students to have access to a wide range of state-of-the-art research facilities from Mechanical, Materials, Civil, Chemical and Bio Engineering, as well as Physics and Chemistry. In addition, some of our faculty members have collaborations with the highly ranked Life Sciences programs (Plant Sciences, Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture) in WSU.

More than 50% of our internationally renowned faculty members are fellows of their professional societies, and many have leadership roles in professional organizations, industrial consulting, and various federal government panels. Most of our students go on to work in academia, Fortune 500 companies and the national laboratories.

MSEP graduate students may take advantage of our strong ties with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) by participating in a special research internship program (WARIAC), which allows them to complete part of their PhD research while being resident at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at PNNL for one to two semesters.

If you are interested in related programs in Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering please follow the link listed below.

                              Watch a 3-minute video about the MSE

                              Watch a 9-minute video about the MSEP

Material Science and Engineering Program, Washington State University, PO Box 641030, Pullman WA 99164, Contact gs.msep@wsu.edu or Cyndi Whitmore at 509-335-8231