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MBSE-MSE Fall 2022 Picnic
Group of Materials and Biomaterials Science and Engineering faculty and students
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Materials Engineering ranked No. 98 in U.S. News & World Report's grad program rankings
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Materials Engineering (part of the Materials and Biomaterials Science and Engineering Graduate Group) ranked No. 98 among other graduate programs.
Professor Sarah Kurtz and MBSE and MSE students
MBSE graduate students join undergraduate MSE students for a picnic.
MBSE undergraduate student Jasmine Mercado student in the McCloskey lab
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MBSE undergraduate student Jasmine Mercado works on research in Kara McCloskey's lab.

Materials and Biomaterials Science and Engineering (MBSE)

The Materials and Biomaterials Science and Engineering (MBSE) graduate group offers a multidisciplinary research and training program for doctoral (prioritized) and master-level students at the forefront of the modern revolutions in materials science technology. We have organized our research areas into three emphases:

  • Materials for Sustainability 
  • Materials for Biomedicine 
  • Materials and Interfaces for Tailored Functionalities 
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Our Faculty

Our faculty and staff take pride in combining exceptional teaching with state-of-the-art research to advance the education and research of this rapidly maturing discipline. 


Our partnerships give you the opportunity to work with world-class researchers beyond campus while receiving educational and research support toward your academic goals.


Our students and faculty apply nanotechnology to model, create, and characterize transformative nano materials with exciting new properties through the implementation of nano-scale and/or bio-inspired devices.

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