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Great career outcomes ahead

Materials science and engineering is a field with vast opportunities for Blugold graduates, and the doors just keep opening. Materials science has been an exciting degree for several years, and the addition of the engineering component makes it even more so. The job growth and placement in this field are among the highest offered on campus, and the acceptance rate for our graduate school applicants is 100%.

Our talented and hard-working alumni know first-hand the value of a UWEC materials science and engineering degree and they like to spread the word. Sometimes that starts right at home, like for 2014 graduate Jason Luhmann, pictured above. Jason has his two sons enrolled in Blugold summer STEM camp, and hopes they too might join this exciting field some day.

As a manufacturing engineer, my position blends my materials and testing knowledge with my previous manufacturing experience. Knowing what changes we need to make in materials or processing to achieve the desired result has been key in this role. Luckily, for me that's what material science is all about and something we covered repeatedly in courses.

Jason Luhmann | Anderson Windows engineer

A perfect example: alumni profile of MS+E success

Blugold materials science graduate Kao Yang tells the story of how changing his major truly changed his life.

Ph.D. candidate tells his story

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.

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Typical job titles 

  • Materials engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Quality assurance
  • Research and development
  • Design and manufacturing
  • Technical journalism
  • Forensic science
  • Technical sales and marketing
  • Production management
  • Graduate studies

Employers of recent graduates

  • 3M Corporation, Maplewood, MN
  • Phillips Medisize, Menominie, WI
  • Cardinal Glass, Menomonie, WI
  • Polymer Technology Company, Menomonie, WI
  • Kohler Company, Sheboygan, WI
  • Fiberstar Bio, Eau Claire, WI
  • Preco, Inc., Somerset WI
  • Interfacial Consultants, Prescott, WI
  • Andersen Corporation,
  • Pharmaceutical Product Development Inc., Madison, WI


Careers in Materials Science and Engineering

Aaron Westman is a 2014 graduate of the UW-Eau Claire Materials Science program. Aaron tells us how his Blugold experience helped prepare him for the engineering career he now has.

Why Blugolds get the jobs

Ours grads have what employers need

It goes without saying that our MS+E grads will have a set of technical skills unrivaled by the competition. What they also will have, however, is a broad base in those “soft skills” that take a candidate from being a valued technician to being a valued team member. Those assets include:

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Clear writing skills
  • Inventive critical thinking
  • Effective partnership in a team setting
  • Intuitive problem solving in a lab setting
  • Self-directed and self-teaching

Broad grad school options, like alumni at:

  • Oxford University, Cambridge, UK
  • Washington State University
  • University of Michigan
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Purdue University
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

After talking with Dr. McEllistrem I realized that the Materials Science department would be a good fit for me. The interdisciplinary nature of Materials Science really spoke to me, especially the training involved on the numerous (and expensive) instruments found in the Materials Science and Engineering Center.

Erik Engness, '16
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