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MSE Department Mission Statement

The mission of the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department at Virginia Tech is to lead the multidisciplinary efforts of the College of Engineering, the University, and the Commonwealth in the field of Materials Science and Engineering through our programs of undergraduate and graduate education, research, and continuing education. In service to our many constituencies, we are committed to the excellence of the contributions of faculty members, staff, and students, as judged by the principles and philosophies to which we aspire.

Our goals to support our mission are to:

  • lead innovative, quality educational and research programs in all aspects of Materials Science and Engineering

  • provide a supportive learning environment in which to teach disciplinary competence and the skills required to live and work in a complex technological society

  • provide educational programs, research discoveries, and engineering services that support and expand the local and global economy and improve the quality of life.

  •  provide outreach services through distance learning and "in-person" programs in collaboration with industry and other institutions of learning in the Commonwealth

  • expand the knowledge base of the materials discipline and educate society with regard to the effective and responsible use of materials