In the recently released US News and World Report national rankings of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) graduate programs, UConn has risen to #39 and is in the top 25 for state schools. In response to this exciting news, newly appointed MSE Department Head Pamir Alpay commented: “We attribute the rising profile of the graduate program to the outstanding quality of the graduate education and the exceptional research opportunities that we provide to our students. The improvement in our rankings will help us to attract even more top quality students both nationally and internationally.”
The interdisciplinary character of the field of study is reflected in the composition of the MSE graduate faculty. This includes researchers in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics and Orthopedic Surgery (at UCHC) in addition to the faculty members who have their primary appointments in the MSE Department. The demand for graduates with an MS or PhD in MSE is very strong and recent graduates have ben placed in industry (including local employers Pratt & Whitney and United Technologies Research Center), in national laboratories (Oak Ridge, Lawrence Livermore, Argonne, etc.) and in academia.