Brown University School of Engineering

Materials Engineering

Materials scientists use their specialized training in subjects related to physics and chemistry to improve the performance of materials used in all types of technological applications. The design of processing techniques to create materials with optimized performance in electronic, magnetic, optical, chemical, or biological applications is achieved by controlling the microstructure of the material. The engineering program at Brown offers state of the art computing, rapid prototyping, and machine shop facilities that are readily accessible to undergraduate students in engineering. Those concentrating in materials science also have opportunities to utilize the outstanding facilities in materials science for research and teaching. These specialized facilities are typically utilized by students during the laboratory component of the materials science curriculum and during independent research sponsored by a faculty member.

Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the materials engineering program are based on the mission of the institution to prepare students for careers of useful service to society, and on the mission of the School of Engineering to merge engineering teaching, scholarship, and practice in the pursuit of solutions to human needs.

The materials engineering program aims to produce engineers who:
I. Pursue multidisciplinary scientific and technical careers beginning with entry-level engineering positions in industry or graduate study in materials science and engineering and related fields.

II. Apply an engineering problem-solving approach combined with a broad appreciation for the liberal arts to inform and develop their understanding of current societal needs and values to achieve leadership positions in their chosen fields of endeavor.

These objectives address the expected accomplishments of program graduates in the years following graduation. Objective 1 describes the immediate goal for the curriculum, while objective 2 emphasizes the adaptability and continuing intellectual growth of an engineer working at the highest levels of achievement over a longer term.

Concentration Advisors

Professor Clyde Briant
B&H 220, 401-863-7408

Professor Sharvan Kumar
B&H 620, 401-863-2862

Undergraduate Study Information

The concentration is composed of the following courses: 

  • Interdisciplinary core courses for the Sc.B. 
  • Upper level engineering courses 
  • Design courses 
  • An advanced science course met by taking Physics 0790 
  • Four approved humanities courses 

For more information, please see the program guide.

Program Options

  • Mechanical Properties and Mechanical Processing 
  • Electrical Properties and Applications of Materials to Solid State Electronics 
  • Chemistry and Materials Processing and Synthesis
  • Biomaterials