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Message from Department Chair

Greetings and welcome to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). I encourage you to explore our recently revamped Web Site which is designed to provide detailed information on our academic and research programs.

The MSE department is currently comprised of 12 ‘core’ faculty whose primary affiliation is in MSE. In addition, there are 12 faculty who hold joint appointments. These faculty have research interests that are closely connected to the field of materials science and engineering. They include faculty from Bioengineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. This blend of faculty provides a stimulating environment for interdisciplinary research and education. Our undergraduate and graduate students benefit through interactions with internationally renowned faculty who have received many honors and awards from the scientific and engineering communities.

The department is growing –our undergraduate and graduate student populations are at all-time highs. Currently, we have over 100 undergraduate students and nearly 100 graduate students in the department. While there are a number of explanations for this growth, we believe that the linking of materials science with the important challenges in world today – energy, environment, communications, health and infrastructure – is the most significant reason and will continue to be so in the years ahead. We look forward to future growth in our student populations.

The cornerstone of MSE at UCLA has been our leading-edge research programs and here, too, we have reached unprecedented levels in research funding. This growth stems from the continuity of the robust research programs of the established faculty combined with the developing programs of the younger faculty in the department. We have received substantial levels of research funding from DOE, NSF, NIST, NASA, DOD as well as from other federal, state and industrial sources. Some of the most active research areas include energy harvesting and storage, solar cells, materials for clean energy, micro/nano electronic devices, optoelectronics, graphene, nanowires, bio-inspired nanostructured materials, electroactive materials, nanocomposites, multifunctional materials, novel materials for infrastructure repair and retrofit, and archaeological materials. In support of these activities, MSE has established state-of-the-art resources in materials processing and characterization to facilitate research and provide hands-on training to our students. Our department is well positioned to develop materials science and materials engineering innovations to benefit society across a broad range of areas.

Enjoy your visit and please feel free to contact us for further information.

Dwight C. Streit

Professor and Department Chair

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