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MSE & WE @ Ohio State

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University enjoys the respect of industry leaders and academicians world-wide. The international reputation of the faculty, extensive research facilities, and impressive capabilities of our graduates continue this tradition of excellence.

By selecting MSE at Ohio State, you'll learn from some of the most eminent researchers in the nation, in facilities equipped with over ten million dollars of the most advanced research technology available. We're seeking outstanding students who want to be a part of the excellence at Ohio State; exceptional students who want to work alongside faculty in an exceptional atmosphere.

If you'd like to learn more about us, register for the Graduate Program Overview! This is a chance to come on-site and get to know who we are and where your career can take you. Meet the faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. See for yourself how we can prepare you for a rewarding future.

An advanced degree from one of our programs can be very rewarding, both for your career and personally. The challenges you'll meet and the mentoring you'll receive will prepare you to take your place at the cutting edge of technology.

Materials Science and Engineering & Welding Engineering at The Ohio State University

The best of both worlds! Our tight-knit department lends a small-school feel with all the advantages that a large research university can offer. A diverse student body brings together people from many cultural and academic backgrounds providing an innovative environment. Over $17 million per year in research funding is added to this mix to explore the field of materials science.

MSE & WE highlights:

  • Over 90% of our graduate students receive full payment of tuition and research costs
  • Two degree tracks available: Master's and Doctoral degrees are available in Materials Science and Engineering or Welding Engineering
  • Monthly stipend provided year-round for the duration of the degree
  • 85% of health insurance premiums provided for all Graduate Research Associates
  • Highly-ranked program with internationally-respected faculty
  • Close ties to industry (nearly 100% job placement within six months of graduation)
  • Starting salaries for our MS and Ph.D. graduates are often in excess of $60,000 and $80,000, respectively!
  • Department research budget of over $17 million annually
  • Access to extensive world-class research facilities, both in-house and university wide

The MSE department at Ohio State offers courses and conducts a wide range of theoretical, computational, and experimental studies in the fields of metallurgy, ceramics, composites, electronic materials, and welding engineering. These include:

  • Additive / Free-form manufacturing;
  • Nanotechnology;
  • Biomaterials;
  • Fuel cells and alternative energy development;
  • Emergent materials;
  • Electronic materials, sensors, and membranes;
  • Modeling and computational materials science;
  • Friction stir welding;
  • Corrosion, oxidation, tribology, and other environmental effects;
  • Characterization by X-ray, electron-optical, and other advanced techniques;
  • Laser and roboting joining;
  • Mechanical, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties of materials;
  • Dissimilar material joining;
  • Solidification / casting materials science;
  • Polymers joining;
  • Non-destructive evaluation;
  • Chemical, mechanical, and thermal processing of materials such as forming, powder processing, micromachining, and thin film processing.

The fields of MSE and WE

Materials Scence and Engineering

At the foundation of engineering is the "stuff" that's engineered; what is the best material to create a needed product or best address a pressing problem?

The discipline of MSE explores the relationships between the structure of a material--from atomic bonding to macroscopic composition--and its properties--such as strength, conductivity, ductility, corrosion resistance, etc. Based upon these structure/property relationships, new design and processing techniques are developed to meet demanding performance needs.

Examples include biomaterials to repair the body, fuel cells for clean renewable power, nano-technology & exotic composites for high-tech applications, and advanced alloys for the automotive and aerospace industries. Due to this near-universal significance, materials engineers readily find high-paying jobs upon graduation.

Welding Engineering

Welding Engineering (WE) is closely allied to the study of MSE and involves the technology behind efficiently joining conventional and advanced materials. WE explores the complex intersection of plasma and solid state physics, materials science, mechanical engineering and design, materials processing, and real-world applications. Welding is a critical manufacturing process that has been estimated to affect over 50% of the products manufactured in the U.S. Almost every segment of our economy depends, to some degree, on welding and materials joining.

Our graduates pursue careers in a wide range of work environments such as resistance welding of advanced high strength steels for transportation and marine applications, adhesive bonding for advanced aerospace applications, micrometric wire bonding within electronics, medical device applications, and much more. From aircraft carriers and rockets to micro-joining for medical devices and electronics, the fact that nearly every segment of our economy depends on materials joining and welding means that our graduates pursue rewarding and exciting careers.

A background other than MSE or WE? Great!

Students with training outside MSE or WE are uniquely qualified to bring their knowledge to the study of materials science. MSE & WE draws upon many areas in both the scientific and engineering realms.

Physics, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science each play a part in explaining the origin of unique properties found in a substance. The engineering knowledge and experience of ceramists, metallurgists, electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineers are brought to bear in the application of these properties for a required use. A number of our students--and faculty--have come from fields outside of MSE / WE and have gone on to make significant contributions in their discipline.

It's this combination of scientific exploration and practical, hands-on engineering that makes this field so fascinating for our students.

Faculty members and research interests

Finding the right match with a faculty mentor is critical for your success as a graduate student. Internationally known and accomplished, our faculty are among the best in the world--just what you need to excel as a professional in the field.

Go to a listing of our faculty
Includes fields of interest and contact information.

[Polymers Science. The MSE department has a number of faculty members with joint appointments in the Departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. These faculty conduct polymers research as it relates to biomaterials, membranes, etc.; i.e., polymers as used in materials applications. Polymers in the more traditional sense are primarily studied in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. You may contact Chemical Engineering by visiting the CBE web site.]