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.