Nasim Alem

For Industry

The department is an international leader in materials education and research. As a top-ranked program, the department thrives on a rich collaboration between faculty, staff, students, and researchers to promote a well-rounded academic experience and innovative research opportunities. In addition, our highly ranked undergraduate degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Ways to Partner with Us

There are many ways in which industry can partner with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State. Our Friends of MatSE program provides a mechanism to strengthen involvement between companies like yours and Penn State's materials science and engineering community. Supporting MatSE through this program will provide students with even more hands-on experience with state-of-the-art materials processing, characterization, and simulation methods and enable them to work on cutting-edge research problems. Together we will enhance the educational experience while ensuring that students are informed of your companie’s capabilities, priorities, and future goals.

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Why Partner with Us?

Companies like yours are competing for the next generation workforce that has the skills, background, and experiences necessary to meet your needs in a highly competitive and dynamic environment. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State consists of faculty that are advancing the field in multiple domains and who by working closely with our B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. students, produce a substantial fraction of the workforce of the future in materials science and engineering.

Our Strengths

Penn State is the largest materials research institution in the United States. Its faculty and research centers are world renowned for contributing breakthrough research in their respective fields. Anchored by the renovation of its state-of-the-art Steidle Building, the department includes laboratories devoted to computational research, material processing, and characterization, in addition to outstanding spaces for meetings, group work and information interactions.

One of the premier research facilities in the nation, the Millennium Science Complex (MSC) houses one of the University’s top researchorganizations—the Materials Research Institute. Completed in 2011, this amazing research space features 40,000 square feet of quiet labs shielded from vibration and electromagnetism, 10,000 square feet of Class 1000/100 clean rooms for nano/micro-fabrication, and nearly 4,000 square feet of collaborative space to encourage the exchange of knowledge and ideas across colleges and departments.

Research to Transform Industry

Our centers and institutes connect our MatSE community, with top researchers from sponsoring organizations, and faculty from other institutions to share knowledge and address critical research challenges. Below are a few of our key initiatives.

  • 2D Crystal Consortium NSF Materials Innovation Platform
  • Battery and Energy Storage Technology Center
  • Center for 2-Dimensional and Layered Materials
  • Center for Atomically Thin Multifunctional Coatings
  • Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics
  • Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems
  • Center for Innovative Materials Processing Through Direct Digital Deposition
  • Center for Innovative Sintered Products
  • Center for Nanomedicine and Materials
  • Center for Nanoscale Science Materials Research Science and Engineering
  • Center for Research on Advanced Fiber Technologies
  • Center for Solar Nanomaterials
  • Center for the Study of Polymeric Systems
  • Electrochemical Engine Center
  • Electrochemical Technologies Program
  • International Center for Actuators and Transducers
  • Membrane Science, Engineering, and Technology Center

Interested in the Friends of MatSE program?


Susan B. Sinnott
Department Head and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Telephone: 814-863-3117