The facilities and instrumentation of the Materials Science & Engineering Center have gained quite a reputation in both the academic and industry communities, with good reason. However, the faculty and staff of the Materials Science and Engineering program have been making the headlines around here for quite some time, and they continue to impress on local, state and national levels.
Whether they are securing federal grants to support student-faculty collaborative research, accepting teaching awards from the UW System Board of Regents, or mentoring students in advanced undergraduate research, the materials science faculty are experts and well-known leaders in this growing academic field.
One tremendous advantage our program offers over others is that unlike materials science programs at larger universities, our courses are taught 100% by our faculty. Teaching assistants, TA’s, are a wonderful asset to undergraduate programs, and can do a great job in supplementing academic offerings at big schools. On this campus, however, we offer the faculty experts themselves delivering all lectures, instruction and research mentoring, a decision making factor that was not lost on recent graduate and Rhodes Scholar Tayo Sanders.
I wanted to come to a school like UW-Eau Claire because I wanted to interact with the people who have the most knowledge to share — the professors. Knowing that professors, not TA's, teach every class here was huge for me.