About MSE

The MSE Department was formed in 1975 by the merger of the previously existing Departments of Ceramic Engineering and Metallurgy. MSE is one of eight degree-granting departments in the College of Engineering.

The Department awards undergraduate and graduate degrees in Materials Engineering; our department encompasses programs in the practical and theoretical aspects of materials, their utilization, and their electronic, physical, mechanical, and chemical properties in relation to their structure.

MSE Facts

  • MSE is one of eight degree-granting departments in the College of Engineering.
  • Four of the six Anson Marston Distinguished Professors in the College of Engineering are MSE professors.
  • Mat E interns and co-op students earn $2,000-$3,500 monthly.
  • Over 90% of our students have in-profession placement within six months of graduation.
  • The average annual starting salary for our recent Materials Engineering B.S. graduates is $60,000.
  • Student to faculty ratio in the MSE Department is 14:1.
  • Approximately 40% of our undergraduate students work as research assistants during their experience at ISU, earning money while they work with experts in the field.
  • Class sizes are small.
  • You can get a BS and MS degree in five years through our concurrent degree program.
  • MSE faculty have been awarded nearly 40% of the patents in the College of Engineering over the past seven years.

Facilities

Hoover Hall – learn more about MSE’s home

Computer labs

Employment

Information and resources for MSE employment and careers.