Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Rutgers!

Have you ever wondered how stem cells are grown into human tissue, or how modern aircraft fly incredible distances with amazing efficiency, or why your mobile phone is a miracle of functionality at a crazy small size? 

Enabling these aspects of modern life is what material scientists and engineers do. Using the principles of physics and chemistry, materials scientists study the atomic structure, processing, and properties of materials.  By understanding the nature of materials, they enable the design and engineering of new components and devices for applications, from biomedicine to consumer packaging to electronics.

Our students conduct research in all phases of modern materials, including glass, ceramics, polymers, composites, metals, semiconductors, and biomaterials.  We have state of the art laboratories and five major research and education centers that innovate in critical areas as diverse as energy storage, nanomaterials, and polymers.

Please, take a look at our website and reach out to us if you have any questions. We are a close-knit group that nurtures learning, innovation and discovery.  I hope you’ll consider a future in our department; it is a GREAT place to begin an exciting career.

Richard Lehman
Professor & Chair