MSE Alumni Profiles

Where can a degree in MSE take you?

About half of the graduates of the undergraduate program go on to graduate school, either immediately following graduation or as they pursue careers. While many of our students go to work in industry or for government labs after graduate school, some decide to remain in academia as faculty members.

We've caught up with some of our alumni to learn more about their experiences at the University of Maryland, their career plans, how they have benefited from earning a degree in Materials Science and Engineering, and what they're doing today.

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Meet an alumna or alumnus:

AlpayS. Pamir Alpay (Ph.D. '99)

What is he doing now? Pamir is the Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Meet Pamir »

ClarkTheresa Valentine Clark (B.S. '03, M.S. '04)

What is she doing now? Theresa is a reliability and risk engineer in the Office of New Reactors at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Meet Theresa »

FlanaganErin Flanagan (B.S. '06)

What is she doing now? Erin is a process engineer at Micron Technology, Inc., specializing in flash and DRAM manufacturing. Meet Erin »

KungChen Kung (B.S. '04)

What is he doing now? Chen is a materials engineer at the Ford Motor Company, where he has designed structural components and performed failure analysis on prototype parts. Meet Chen »

Chandler McCann (B.S. '05)

What is he doing now? Chandler is a Lead of Leads in the Wet Process Department of Micron Technology, Inc. Meet Chandler »

MeadorJoanna Meador (B.S. '05)

What is she doing now? Joanna went on to pursue her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Meet Joanna »