MS+E Careers and Alumni

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
MS+E alumnus Kao Yang

Ph.D. in the making

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

Ph.D. candidate tells his story

The Power of AND in action

For materials science major Sam Schultz, balancing his education and service to 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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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.

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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

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

Ours grads have what employers need

Blugold MS+E grads possess a set of technical skills unrivaled by the competition. However, is a broad base in “soft skills” that take a candidate from valued technician to 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

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