The field of materials science and engineering encompasses a broad array of scientific fields and specialties, and graduates of the discipline have a correspondingly wide range of opportunities. MSE professionals build dynamic futures throughout the private and public spheres — working as engineers and researchers with multinational firms, professors at prominent academic institutions, entrepreneurs at innovative startups, or policy advisors for governmental organizations. 

Thanks to their in-depth understanding of the far-ranging forces that influence and are affected by materials, MSE professionals are exceptionally well positioned for multi-phased careers. For many of those individuals, the transition from education to career begins a journey to effect positive change in the world, rather than the pursuit of a narrowly defined position or work environment. Furthermore, because MSE focuses on fundamental, natural phenomena, the discoveries that materials scientists and engineers create — and the skills they possess — never become obsolete.

A degree in materials science and engineering may lead to a career in an engineering or a technical field, to graduate school in materials science and engineering or a related field, or to work in a non-technical field such as law or finance. Here's a sampling of where Course III alumni from 2011 have gone after graduation.

  • Brown University - School of Engineering
  • Harvard Business School
  • Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • MIT - Department of BioEngineering
  • MIT - Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
  • MIT - Engineering System Division
  • MIT - Mechanical Engineering
  • Northwestern University - Materials Science and Engineering
  • University of California, Berkeley - Department of Chemical Engineering

  • ExxonMobil - Corrosion Engineer
  • Funkitron - Level Designer
  • Intel - Product Quality Engineer
  • Schlumberger - Research Technician
  • Stryker Orthopaedics - Materials Research Engineer
  • Tiax - Associate Technologist
  • Universal Display Company - Research Scientist
  • Verisk Health - Business Analyst
  • Viavi Solutions - Scientist
  • Xtalic Corporation - Project Manager
  • 24M Technologies - Scientist
  • Bay Labs, Inc. - Engineer
  • Bodycote Thermal Processing - Quality Engineer
  • Dow Chemical Company - Senior Chemist
  • EnPro Industries - Engineer

  • Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC - Equity Research
  • The Boston Consulting Group - Management Consultant
  • U.S. Navy - Naval Flight Officer
  • U.S. Senate - Science and Technology Fellow
  • Bain and Company - Associate Consultant
  • Citadel LLC - Investment Professional
  • Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) - International Development
  • Foley Hoag LLP - Patent Agent
  • L.E.K. Consulting
  • McKinsey and Company - Technology Consultant

  • EPFL - postdoc
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - postdoc
  • MIT, Department of Materials Science and Engineering - postdoc
  • Northwestern University - postdoc in Biomedical Engineering
  • Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology - postdoc
  • University of California, Irvine - faculty
  • University of California, San Diego - faculty
  • Xi'an Jiaotong University - faculty

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