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Material Science and Engineering BS

(HEGIS: 09.15 MATERIALS ENGINEERING, CIP: 14.1801 Materials Engineering)

Why study Material Science and Engineering BS at UB?

The Department of Materials Design and Innovation (MDI) provides students with a data intensive perspective of materials science and engineering including the study of materials theory, characterization, synthesis, processing, and data science and simulation techniques. Topics in materials science are integrated with a strong program in the use of advanced information science tools including but not limited to topics such as data mining, machine learning, statistics and scientific visualization. In this manner, students learn core concepts of classical materials science education as well as acquire a foundation in informatics, integrating experimental and computational methods in materials science and materials engineering. Students will be exposed to an innovative program in which data intensive research support the translation of fundamental materials science and engineering into the fields of materials discovery, manufacturing, and engineering systems.

The curriculum is designed to meet several program educational objectives. We expect our graduates to achieve the following skills and capabilities within a short time after graduation:

  • Demonstrate professional competence, broadly defined, by assuming a role of increasing importance within an organization or business, or making progress towards an advanced degree.
  • Apply scientific and engineering principles to solve technical problems, using a wide range of skills including experimental and informatics techniques.
  • Be able to express oneself in writing and orally.
  • Interact well with a broad range of people, especially on teams. Relate well with superiors, peers, and subordinates.

Learning Outcomes

Specific student educational outcomes, to be achieved by the time of graduation, include:

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

The Learning Environment

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers ten engineering programs leading to the degree of bachelor of science (BS) degree: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial, material science, and mechanical engineering.

Seven combined BS/MBA programs are offered in conjunction with the School of Management. BA, BS, and BS/MS degrees in computer science are offered through the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. BS/MS degrees are offered through the Departments of Biomedical and Electrical Engineering. A BS degree in engineering physics is offered jointly with the Department of Physics. A BS degree in bioinformatics and computational biology is an interdisciplinary program offered jointly with the College of Arts and Sciences. Minors are offered in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing, Robotics, Human Factors and Ergonomics Engineering, Operations Research, and Quality Engineering. Additionally, a certificate is offered in Data Intensive Computing.

The curricula allow students flexibility in their programs of study and encourages interaction between students and faculty. The undergraduate educational experience prepares students for professional practice and advanced study. Special programs including our experiential learning program, undergraduate research, and internship opportunities provide professional development skills and experiences and facilitate placement of our graduates in high-quality engineering positions.

About Our Facilities

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences occupies six buildings on UB's north campus: Bell, Bonner, Davis, Furnas, Jarvis, and Ketter Hall.

Together, these buildings form an outstanding educational and research facility, comprising 275,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.

About Our Faculty

Our distinguished faculty are pioneering new methods in materials discovery to accelerate innovation by harnessing the tools of information science to experimental and theoretical studies of materials science and engineering. The department is committed to accelerating science-based solutions to solve pressing societal problems such as climate change and environmental sustainability.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Department of Materials Design and Innovation website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Materials science and engineering is an exciting and unique profession since it impacts almost all aspects of our society. Graduates of MDI will leave UB prepared to work in a wide range of technologies, including microelectronics, aerospace, biotechnology, energy, data analytics and software sectors of the economy. The interdisciplinary training for students will prepare students for a wide array of professional opportunities including careers in research, teaching, business entrepreneurship and public policy.

Academic Advising

Students obtain academic advice and guidance from the academic advisors in the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education (410 Bonner Hall) and from faculty advisors in their program of study. The Office of Undergraduate Education advises all students throughout their first two years of study. In the junior and senior years, students seek advisement primarily from departmental faculty advisors.

Academic Advising Contact Information

SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education
410 Bonner Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1900
Phone: 716-645-2774
Web: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Website

Scholarships and Financial Support

There are many scholarships, fellowships and other funding opportunities available for students accepted into the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. These include recruitment scholarships and annual scholarships/awards for current students. There are both merit and need-based scholarships. All scholarships are currently offered through UB's scholarship portal.

View School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Scholarships.

Associated Programs

 
Published: May 26, 2020 15:54:38