Materials Engineering

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • Ph.D. in Engineering with a specialization in Materials Engineering


Areas of Study
  • Experimental and Computational Aspects of Materials Synthesis, Processing, Characterization, and Simulation
  • Nanomaterials, Coatings, Fibers, and Novel Materials
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Contacts for Materials Engineering

Graduate Chair

Professor Jinsong Huang


Campus Address

W342 Nebraska Hall

Lincoln NE 68588-0526

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Materials Engineering in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE (International applicants only)
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Statement of goals and objectives
  • Three recommendation letters

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Materials Engineering
For Financial ConsiderationFall: February 15 Spring: October 15 Summer: February 15
OtherwiseRolling admissions, contact the department for more information.


Materials engineering involves the investigation and application of the fundamental physics, chemistry, and engineering of materials in order to create, develop, and use materials with superior and new properties for manufacturing processes and engineering design. The discovery, research, development, and applications of materials are major reasons behind the adoption, widespread availability, cost reduction, innovations, and improvements in medical, transportation, communications, security, home, and entertainment technologies. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, students and faculty from four departments (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, and Mechanical Engineering) work individually and in collaboration in the field of materials engineering.

The objectives in materials engineering are (1) to involve students in research and creative activity in new aspects and applications of materials engineering, (2) to prepare students for careers in the research, development, and applications of new and advanced materials, and (3) to provide students with a foundation for work in industry, commerce, national and corporate laboratories, and academia.

Students have access to many experimental and computational research laboratories and facilities in the four departments and in the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience.

Courses and More

Students in Materials Engineering are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

Jennifer Brand
Supercritical Processing; Boron Carbide Devices; Polymers for Harsh Environments
Yuris Dzenis
Multi-Domain Networks; Structural and Algorithmic Graph Theory; Design and Analysis of Algorithms; Bioinformatics; Data Mining Models
Ruqiang Feng
Experimental and Computational Mechanics of Materials
Natale Ianno
Thin Film Deposition; Plasma Processing; Nanoscale Processing; Optical Process Monitoring
Mehrdad Negahban
Large Deformation Thermo-Mechanical Response of Materials
Kamlakar Rajurkar
Advanced Machining of Materials Used in Aerospace, Automotive and Medical Device Industries
Ravi Saraf
Electronic Skin; Electronics on Bacterium; DNA and Protein Chip
Jeffrey Shield
Microstructural Development; Nanoscale Materials; Magnetic Materials; Electron Microscopy; X-ray Diffraction
Anuradha Subramanian
Biomaterials; Ultrasound Medicine and Biology; Protein Engineering and Design
Li Tan
Nanofabrication; Monolayers for Virus Detection; Patterned Metallic Alloys; Patterned Metallic Alloys; Polymer Thin Films
Joseph Turner
Multiscale Characterization; Elastic and Stochastic Wave Propagation; Experimental Ultrasonics; Linear and Nonlinear Vibrations; Structural Acoustics
Robert Williams
Abrasive Flow Machining; Nontraditional Finishing Processes; Rapid Prototyping; Tooling

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