Our Materials Science and Engineering undergraduate degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org
. Its educational mission is to produce graduates who are equipped to begin competitive and productive careers in their engineering professions; who can define and solve material science and engineering problems to meet desired needs and produce societal benefits; and who understand the importance of working responsibly, acting ethically and pursuing professional growth.
Although the program emphasizes economics and technology, engineering training also includes environment concerns, ethical behavior, and safety concerns. As technological and engineering fields, these professional disciplines offer tremendous opportunities for the person who wishes to become involved in the application of material science and engineering, often in sophisticated designs, to the preservation and enhancement of our society. The program provides the technical training to prepare our graduates for productive and rewarding engineering careers.
Our faculty has proven their qualifications by their credentials in national and international professional societies. They are well known by their publications, research, and contract work. Most students find employment in the summer or on a cooperative basis, so that they can become more intimately involved in the disciplines that they are studying. Exposure to the department faculty members provides students with a one-to-one interaction and an expertise that enables them to be truly competitive when they enter the real world.
The program is designed to take advantage of the other excellent facilities of the university and other engineering disciplines. The program of study also includes involvement with practical aspects of professional practice by exposure to the regional industries and research groups through field trips, guest speakers, study problems, and work time during the summer. Materials/metallurgical operations in the Northwest are plentiful and modern.
Most students find employment in the summer or on a cooperative basis, so that they can become more intimately involved in the processes that they are studying. The total program enables the person to leave the university with confidence, either as a baccalaureate student or at the master's or doctoral level, with the capability of a truly competent professional. Metallurgical and materials engineers have a wide variety of career options. This ranges all the way from primary metals/ceramics/polymer production through advanced materials industries. There are opportunities in technological areas with names and processes not even dreamed of just a few decades ago: plasma extractive processing, ceramic powder synthesis, bio-corrosion, magnetic recording media, and electron microscopy. The materials produced are formed into all of the products we use in our daily lives, such as our cars, home appliances, farm equipment, and electrical and electronic equipment. Some of our graduates are employed as engineering consultants or by government agencies. In fact, everything we touch, with the exception of agricultural or forestry products, has had its origin as a mineral in the earth. Materials engineers and materials scientists also develop new products to fit specific demands, such as materials to withstand high stress, high temperature environments, or the extreme cold of outer space.