What is Materials Engineering (MatE)?

Materials Engineers design, characterize and manufacture the "stuff" of our everyday world. Semiconductors, metals, polymers, ceramics, and composites are examples of the materials used to make everything around you - from your computer to the chair you are sitting in, from artificial body parts to the skin of the space shuttle. Materials scientists and engineers work in nanotechnology, biotechnology, aerospace, alternative energy, microelectronics and virtually every industry sector.

Major areas of study are the relationships between materials' structure, properties, processing, and performance. The MatE programs stress the roles of design, development, and process engineering, and also prepare the exceptional student for research and graduate study. The undergraduate curriculum is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The Department has excellent laboratory facilities for courses and student research.

Due to the unique nature of our programs in the CSU system, our majors are open to both local and non-local students. Our majors are not impacted. You do not have to be a Santa Clara county resident to apply and we have no additional admission requirements beyond the baseline requirements for the CSU.

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