RPI Engineering


It is the mission of the Materials Science and Engineering department to prepare graduates for diverse careers in the fields of materials science and engineering.

Undergraduate students wishing to extend their education can undertake specialized study in a range of fields. These include research in ceramics, polymers, composites, nanostructured materials, high-temperature alloys, solidification, corrosion, deformation processing, welding, high-strength high-modulus materials, biomaterials, electronic materials, surface and molecular kinetics, glass science, and the origin of mechanical and physical properties in many different types of materials.

ABET Educational Objectives 

While certain objectives of an undergraduate education in engineering are common to all programs, there are subtle but important differences that require some subset of objectives specific to ensuring that all graduates have specialized technical knowledge in their chosen field.

Graduates of the materials engineering baccalaureate program who remain within their field, as graduate students or professionals, will have within a few years of their graduation:

  • Used their broad knowledge of all classes of materials, and their background in mathematics and science, to contribute effectively to the solution of engineering problems, including problems involving design.
  • Demonstrated expertise in understanding the interdependence of the structure, properties, processing, and performance of materials and have utilized this interdependence in their professional activities. 
  • Demonstrated themselves capable of dealing with emerging and continuing engineering problems and their societal consequences. 
  • Demonstrated themselves effective in working with multi-disciplinary teams and in communicating clearly and convincingly in a variety of contexts. 
  • Demonstrated the capacity for continued learning and an enthusiasm for engagement in such learning. 


By the completion of their undergraduate studies, students in the Materials Science Engineering program are expected to have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to engineering problems.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design systems, components, or processes to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability 
  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with written, oral, and visual means.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use modern engineering techniques, skills, and computing tools necessary for engineering practice.

Enrollment and Degrees Awarded

    Enrollment Year Total UGrad Total Grad Degrees Awarded
Academic Year Status 1st 2nd 3rd 4th BS MEng/MS PhD
2015-2016 FT 18 31 34 35 118 48 33 7 6
PT           6      
2014-2015 FT 22 33 32 31 118 57 26 3 14
PT           4      
2013-2014 FT 22 24 35 24 105 56 24 7 9
PT           6      
2012-2013 FT 16 24 29 30 99 58 26 10 8
PT           6      
2011-2012 FT 12 23 24 33 92 57 27 7 9
PT           4      
2010-2011 FT 8 24 26 29 87 58 22 8 8
PT           7      
2009-2010 FT 22 23 23 30 98 54 25 5 7
PT           4