Annual Report 2000: Engineering InterAction
College of Engineering / University of Wisconsin-Madison

Materials Science Program

The Dean's Message

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Paul S. Peercy (Acting Chair)
264 Materials Science and Engineering Building
1509 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706-1595

Tel: 608/263-1795
Fax: 608/262-8353

Advanced materials and devices

The Materials Science Program (MSP) is a nationally recognized interdisciplinary graduate program in a burgeoning field that applies principles from traditional scientific and engineering disciplines to the preparation of advanced materials and devices. Progress in these areas hinges upon controlling the preparation of compounds and interfaces at the atomic level. In this manner, chemical and physical properties of materials and devices may be tailored to specific objectives.

The cutting edge of research

MSP personnel are at the cutting edge of research in such areas as advanced metals and polymers, atomic imaging and surface science. Recent research results that have had national impact include the preparation of the first micron-sized metal gears, major advances in X-ray lithography that can be exploited in the design of microelectronic devices, and experiments revealing the nature of so-called "weak links" in high-temperature superconductors.

Individually designed curriculum

Students entering the MSP generally have undergraduate degrees in physics, chemistry or other engineering disciplines. They design a curriculum from cross-campus offerings with input from their research advisors, and select thesis research topics based on materials and interfaces that involve polymers, superconductors, advanced metals and alloys, semiconductors, ceramics, composites and biomaterials.

Committed to providing leadership

The MSP is committed to providing leadership in research, education and outreach. It provides excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary research through its faculty advisory committee, with members throughout campus, including most engineering departments, the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Geology and Geophysics, and Soil Science, and the School of Pharmacy.


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Published: September 2000