Throughout history, materials have played a major role in advancing civilization. The latter half of the 20th century witnessed an explosion of new mateirals and new ways to use natural and engineered materials. 

Materials science and engineering covers six general categories

  • Biomaterials
  • Ceramics
  • Composites
  • Electronic materials
  • Metals
  • Polymers 

Materials scientists and engineers focus on

  • studying properties and structure of materials
  • creating new and better materials
  • improving existing materials
  • selecting appropriate materials for a wide range of applications 

Graduates of Virginia Tech's MSE program work in fields such as fiber optics, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas production, metal casting, semiconductors, cosmetics, failure analysis, patent examination, equipment design, quality assurance, technical management, sales and marketing, product development, and many more.