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Materials Science and Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering Program

Washington State University has the largest interdisciplinary doctoral programs in materials science and engineering in the Pacific Northwest. Since its establishment in 1988, the program has evolved into a vibrant interdisciplinary program with participation of faculty from numerous departments and schools across multiple colleges. This cross-disciplinary approach encourages a highly collaborative atmosphere and allows students access to the wide range of state-of-the-art research facilities housed in the participating departments.

Materials Science and Engineering Program graduate students benefit from WSU’s strong ties with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Notably, several students participate in the PNNL-WSU Distinguished Graduate Research Program (DGRP), which allows them to work full time at the national lab for a duration of their degree.

In 2018, WSU and PNNL launched three new joint institutes: the WSU-PNNL Nuclear Science and Technology Institute, the WSU-PNNL Advanced Grid Institute, and the WSU-PNNL Bioproducts Institute. These institutes afford new opportunities for the members of the Materials Science and Engineering Program and the greater WSU community.

Our faculty are highly collaborative with industries, laboratories, and universities across the US and world. During the 2019-2020 academic year, three faculty received the prestigious Fulbright fellowship allowing them extended collaborations in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Numerous faculty are Fellows of their professional societies. In addition, most have leadership roles in professional organizations, engage in industrial consulting, and advise governmental panels.