The mission of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania is:
- To design and deliver educational programs of the highest quality that will prepare students for global leadership positions in the industrial, academic and public sectors;
- To extend the frontiers of knowledge in materials science and engineering through intellectual leadership in research and scholarship; and
- To enable technological excellence by stimulating innovation in the science and engineering of materials.
Graduates of the Bachelors of Science and Engineering Program in Materials Science and Engineering will:
- Excel in careers in materials science and engineering practice and research in materials-relevant industries, such as biomedical, electronics, energy, telecommunications, and transportation.
- Make use of the rigor and creativity of our materials science and engineering program to excel in diverse career paths.
- Excel in top ranked engineering graduate programs and professional schools.
- Be quantitative, critical, creative and independent thinkers who direct their technical expertise towards addressing the needs of society.
- Be recognized as leaders in their chosen fields.
Students graduating with a degree in Materials Science and Engineering have:
- Working knowledge of the foundations of materials science including materials chemistry, phase transitions, structure, thermodynamics, and mechanical, optical, electrical, and magnetic properties.
- Knowledge of fundamental concepts in computing, chemistry, mathematics, and physics.
- Working knowledge of nanoscale science and engineering.
- Ability to communicate orally and in writing in a clear and concise way.
- Ability to function effectively on team-oriented projects.
- Ability to work effectively on independent, open-ended projects, with an appreciation for the need for life-long learning.
- Ability to work with modern laboratory techniques and engineering technology.
- An awareness of the societal needs and impact of engineering technology in confluence with the ethical responsibilities of the profession.
- An ability for independent thought and expression in the humanities and social sciences.