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Materials Science + Engineering


So really, what is Materials Science and Engineering?

Materials are involved in almost every product, and materials scientists and engineers are needed to select the best material, improve its properties, lower its processing cost and increase its durability. Materials science uses scientific principles and sophisticated instruments to solve real world problems. At UW-Eau Claire, Materials Science and Engineering includes both an academic program and a physical place — the Materials Science and Engineering Center. Sound confusing? Not to worry — this site holds all the keys to your path in discovering the science of stuff.

Unbeatable academics

The academic program has a strong emphasis in hands-on learning in the discipline, paired with an education where critical and creative thinking and strong communication skills are stressed. Our graduates leave here fully trained in state-of-the-art instrumentation, but equally important is the broad set of skills in research, data collection and analysis, and presentation of findings that Blugolds gain through the comprehensive degrees offered. Find more details about the academic program.

Stand out facility

The Materials Science and Engineering Center partners with local industries to solve their materials-related problems. The Center works with K-12 institutions to provide educational resources in the areas of nanotechnology and materials science. For an undergraduate institution, the Materials Science and Engineering Center has an unmatched array of materials science instrumentation available for use by students and industry. See the current collection of instrumentation.

"The difference between UW-Eau Claire's materials science and engineering program and other programs is our size. Students receive personalized attention and individualized experiences. We know their names, and we know who they are."
Doug Dunham, Director, Materials Science and Engineering Center

Materials Science + Engineering Center

The place where knowledge, expertise and industry come together for a one-of-a-kind regional partnership that gives Blugold students hands-on experiences.

Center of matter

Military engineering AND materials science

For materials science major Sam Schultz, balancing his desires to both advance his education and serve his country has brought him to the ROTC program at UW-Eau Claire, where his leadership skills and physics knowledge are carving a solid future for him in engineering.

The power of AND in action

The Science of Stuff

Dr. Doug Dunham, the director or the Materials Science + Engineering Center, and Dr. Marc McEllistrem help to define this fairly nebulous field of materials science, and how this unique Blugold program is producing top-notch scientists.

What MS+E is all about
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