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The MSE Dept. at Stony Brook University was created in the 1960’s. The department offers one of the nation's leading materials science and engineering graduate programs, as well as a leading undergraduate program in Engineering Science and more recently undergraduate and graduate programs in Chemical and Molecular Engineering. Students work closely with award-winning professors who are at the cutting edge of their fields in these programs that all provide an excellent balance between theoretical and practical knowledge. Stony Brook students, researchers, and professors also have access to the considerable resources at Brookhaven National Laboratory including the National Synchrotron Light Source (II) and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials.
The research programs of the MSE department are concerned with the scientific and engineering aspects of the structure, properties, synthesis/processing/manufacturing and application of materials. These programs include research into the development of novel materials and processes, understanding of the behavior of existing materials, and the selection of materials to design functional components. By nature, our research programs are interdisciplinary and focus on all types of materials—biomaterials, ceramics, electronic materials, glasses, metals, minerals and polymers—and their composites. Our faculty and students are focused on researching the infinitesimally small with a view to achieving globally significant breakthroughs, working at the atomic and molecular levels to create the microscopic devices and systems essential for cutting-edge energy storage, catalysis, solar energy production, coating technologies, sensing technologies, power electronics, energy efficient lighting, green materials processing, information technology and medicine. Our programs often involve multi-investigators and close collaboration with other disciplines. In addition, our research is being increasingly facilitated by advanced computational materials science also being conducted in the department.
In the department's Engineering Science undergraduate program students can choose to specialize in biomedical engineering, mechanical and manufacturing engineering, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, civil and environmental engineering, nanoscale engineering, and engineering management. Reflecting the breadth and variety of topics falling within the domain of engineering science, this program also offers several minors that afford undergraduate students the opportunity to enhance their engineering or science studies with knowledge in a specific area.
The department’s Chemical and Molecular Engineering undergraduate program emphasizes processes and effects that occur at the molecular level.The program teaches the molecular basis of chemical phenomena, control, and operations. The training in this program provides a rigorous background in the basic sciences in combination with core chemical engineering courses while emphasizing teamwork, creativity and ethics. Students are allowed to specialize in select areas of Chemical Engineering such as Pharmacology, Polymer Science and Tissue Engineering.
Graduate students conduct research in state-of-the-art facilities, advancing current understanding in fields such as polymers, optics, nanotechnology, and photonics. The program prepares students for careers in research, development, operations, sales, manufacturing, academia, and management.
The undergraduate programs in the Department of MSE are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/.
The Stony Brook University Materials Science and Engineering Department was ranked among top 25 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Departments in the Nation according to the most recently released National Research Council (NRC) assessment. The 2010 NRC Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States also highlights our Department as the highest overall ranked MSE Department in the New York State. The chart showing the overall scores for various Universities can be found here.