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 electonic, physical, mechanical, and chemical properties in relation to their structure.

MSE Facts

  • MSE is one of seven 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.
  • Four of the six Anson Marston Distinguished Professors in the College of Engineering are MSE professors.
  • MSE interns and co-op students earn $2,000-$3,500 monthly.
  • Over 90% of our students have jobs in their fields within six months of graduation.
  • Recent MSE BS graduates receive starting salaries at about $62,000 annually, averaging the highest in the College of Engineering.
  • Student to faculty ratio in the MSE Department is 7:1.
  • About half of our undergraduate students are working as research assistants 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.
  • About 50% of entering MSE undergraduates are ISU Honors Program members.

Facilities

Hoover Hall – learn more about MSE’s home

Computer labs

Research and Teaching Laboratories

The classrooms and teaching laboratories for the department are located in Hoover Hall.

Our current laboratories contain all the items of equipment and experimental facilities that are necessary to teach the physical concepts and illustrate the important processing operations involving materials:

  • Metallography (3355 Hoover)–Light Microcopes, Micro Hardness Testers
  • Electron Microscopy/X-Ray Diffraction (3364 Hoover)– XRD, SEM and PSEM
  • Thermal Characterization/Mechanical Testing (3365 Hoover)– TGA, TMA, etc
  • Electronic Properties (3354 Hoover)
  • Materials Synthesis (3347 Hoover)
  • Polymer Processing (3344 Hoover)
  • Equipment Instructions and Standard Operating Procedures

Equipment Use and Cost

MSE online resource scheduler

Internal Costs

NOTE: Prices double if scans are performed by an operator.

  • SEM– $40/hour
  • PSEM– $30/hour
  • XRD– $25/scan
  • DSC, TMA, TGA, DTA– $25/hour

External Costs

NOTE: Prices double if scans are performed by an operator.

  • SEM– $80/hour
  • PSEM– $60/hour
  • XRD– $50/scan
  • DSC, TMA, TGA, DTA– $50/hour

Employment

Information and resources for MSE employment and careers.