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Welcome from the Department Head

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

Michele MarcolongoThe study of materials is a core foundation for expanding capabilities of new products for the twenty-first century.  By engineering materials, we can improve the storage of energy, treatment of patients with medical challenges, processing speed of data, and performance in sporting equipment, among others.  Materials scientists and engineers connect with all disciplines of engineering and science to advance materials performance innovations.

Here at Drexel, we are a vibrant educational environment, combining strong training in materials fundamentals with enhanced experiential learning. Experiential learning at Drexel takes on multiple forms. The co-op experience is a signature feature of our curriculum, while our research enterprise gives undergraduate and graduate students alike active hands-on experience in the lab.

Each of our tenured and tenure-track faculty maintains an active research group with expertise in various areas of materials science and engineering research including Materials for Energy and the Environment, Materials at the Extremes, Materials for Health and Medicine, and Materials for Information Technology. PhD students admitted to the department are paired with a specific research group and hone their expertise under the tutelage of one of our exceptional faculty.  Undergraduates, including freshmen, are encouraged to work in a lab to gain hands-on research experience. The experience of working in a lab for our undergraduate students frequently leads them to apply to graduate fellowships, such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the Department of Defense NDSEG, the Department of Defense SMART, and Fulbright to continue their research.

Our undergraduate program offers a broad curriculum that covers the basics of materials science while also allowing for specialization in nanomaterials, biomaterials, electronic and photonic materials, soft materials, and advanced materials design and processing.  At the graduate level, experiential learning is rooted in the strong research component of our PhD program and the multitude of opportunities for interaction with our industrial and national lab research partners.  Our graduate program has been ranked among the top departments in the US according to the most recent National Research Council rankings. Both undergraduate and graduate students learn and perform research in a variety of labs at Drexel, including the Core Facilities, which house state-of-the-art characterization equipment. 

Teaching others about the far-reaching innovations made possible with materials science and engineering is essential to what we do.  We love to talk about materials science and engineering - if you have any questions about our educational and research programs, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Michele Marcolongo, PhD

Department Head and Professor