International Programs with MSE

Because we live in a global economy, it is increasingly important to develop an appreciation and awareness of manufacturing processes, techniques, methods, and practices around the world.  Major corporations and small businesses are looking for students with global experience and a willingness to serve abroad. The MSE department seeks to increase opportunities for our students to gain global experience in the field of materials science and engineering through international collaboration with institutions around the world.

Currently, we are developing strong collaborations with the following institutions:

  • China - Tianjin University, School of Materials Science and Engineering 
  • Germany - Technische Universität Darmstadt, Department of Materials and GeoSciences
  • Switzerland - University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • France - Grenoble INP-PAGORA

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MSE Senior Maria Handley Returns From France

International Cooperational Program Michelin Fall 2013

My name is Maria Handley and I am a student studying materials science and engineering at Virginia Tech. For summer and fall of 2013, I went on a co-op abroad with Michelin at their site in Clermont-Ferrand, France.  I was faced with the challenges with working and living abroad in a foreign country which include speaking the native language, and acclimating to local culture.  For the professional aspect of my trip, I worked in the main research site with other experts from a variety of technical backgrounds including materials. I worked on a project concerning control reception for textile materials across Europe.  I had amazing multicultural communication opportunities during my endeavors. I worked with people from France, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Italy.  Even through working with people from different cultural backgrounds,

This is a picture of me with Bibendum! He is the official mascot of Michelin, also known as the Michelin Man.

presentation were done in French.
I learned about all of the amazing opportunities engineering can bring, especially with an international company like Michelin.  It was an incredible personal experience. During my trip, I was able to visit other cities within France and travel to multiple countries:  Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany. 

Dean Richard Benson hosted the inaugural VT College of Engineering Alumni Dinner in Tianjin, China this summer.  Nineteen people attended this event, including Dean Glenda Scales, Ms. Nicole Sanderlin, Director of International Collaboration Programs at VT, Ms. Lisa Price, General Manager of GE's Business Development in Greater China, and MSE's Dr. G-Q. Lu.  As you can see, we also had several MSE students on hand, including: Annie Ellis, Matt Hiser and Gordon Waller.  The honored guest was Dean Zhenduo Cui of the School of MSE at Tianjin University.  Dean Benson recognized Dean Cui for his efforts in building a strong international collaboration between our universities.

College of Engineering International Travel Link

To learn about travel forms, requirements, and procedures for International Programs and Study Abroad, visit the following College of Engineering International page.

Useful Links

Global Education Office


Matt Glazer at Tianjin University with friends from Virginia Tech and China 

David Gouldey in Germany