Undergraduate Program

Students view experiment results in Laboratory for Engineering Materials

Students in 3.042 Materials Project Laboratory in 2016 view experimental data. Credit: Lillie Paquette

MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering welcomes undergraduates who are comfortable with nuance and complexity, capable of directing their academic journey, and unafraid of venturing off the familiar path in pursuit of their personal and professional goals. Faculty members provide students with an immersive understanding of the mechanisms, structures, and processes that affect material properties, and much more: They challenge students to become innovators in their own right. DMSE students are in the lab every semester, designing their own projects, analyzing the results, and calculating how their solutions will affect the wider world.

Students are energized by close connections with classmates and faculty members. Many participate in the DMSE internship program or in international programs, where they carry their enthusiasm to the far corners of the globe — engaging with internships, research, and collaborative work alongside industry and academic partners. Our undergraduates leave MIT prepared to innovate ethically and work diligently to effect positive change.