Why Choose MSE at ISU?

At Iowa State University (ISU), we  believe engineering technology combined with visionary researchers and a commitment to improving the human condition can make a good life possible for all of us.  Our students and faculty members use creativity and innovation to develop solutions for real problems.  Through important research in clean energy, biotechnology, virtual reality, high performance computing, and other fields that are critical to today’s high-tech society, we use our talents to turn ideas into reality.

Ranked Among Top MSE Graduate Programs in Nation

Not only is ISU’s MSE department one of the top in the nation, it is also one of the largest with over 200 undergraduate students, 85 graduate students, and over 35 faculty members.

Distinguished Faculty

One Iowa State’s MSE faculty members, Dan Shechtman, received the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his revolutionary discovery of quasi-crystals.  Iowa State’s MSE department also boasts two professors who are members of the National Academy of Engineering.

World-Class Research Facilities

Iowa State University’s MSE department research facilities include the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation, and the Microelectronics Research Center.  Our faculty annually administer nearly $12 million in research funds to support the work of undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and other researchers.  Iowa State is the only university with a DOE national laboratory fully integrated into the university campus.  Nearly two-thirds of the MSE faculty at ISU are associated with Ames Laboratory, giving their students unique research opportunities.

One of the Best Small Cities in America

Ames, Iowa, the home of Iowa State University, has been consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the US, including the 2nd most livable small-city, and the third best college town. Underneath its small-town feel, Ames offers the amenities of a city.

Student Groups

Iowa State’s student-run chapter of the Materials Research Society will help you broaden your experience while in school, allowing you to network with your peers as well as gain experience presenting in a conference setting.