Below, we've collected links to some of the best sites that present MSE videos; interviews with professors, students and professionals; the history of materials science, and information on careers and salaries for materials scientists:

  • Strange Matter
    "Discover the secrets of everyday stuff!" This is the official, interactive web site of the Strange Mattertraveling exhibition, developed by the Ontario Science Centre and presented by the Materials Research Society with the support of the National Science Foundation. Requires the Flash Player (free).
  • The Official Nobel Foundation Web Site: Games and Education
    You probably don't associate "games" with "Nobel Prize"...but maybe you should! They offer online games and learning about a variety of materials science and other topics. Requires the Flash Player (free).
  • Engineering's Grand Challenges
    This web site, produced by the National Academy of Engineering, outlines challenges facing the world in the 21st century that engineers can help solve. Materials scientists will have a crucial role to play in solving many of them!
  • Weird, Weird Science
    John Sizemore offers movies on a variety of topics on his Dailymotion site. His "Zoom Into..." series of videos about materials includes Zoom Into SteelZoom Into BrassZoom Into ConcreteZoom Into AluminiumZoom Into Plastic, and Zoom Into A Carbon Fiber.
  • Materials Science on Wikipedia
    A great article covering the basics, classes of materials, materials in industry, major topics, and the history of the field.
  • The Greatest Moments in MSE
    The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) counts down the 50 most important materials discoveries and tools from prehistory to today.
  • IOM3: The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
    This UK institute's site has a section on materials education and training, including information for K-12 and prospective college students, teachers, and parents; as well a list of European workshops available to more advanced students. The site also features videos from the Young Persons' World Lecture Competition, in which materials science and engineering students present their research and discoveries.
  • Career Cornerstone Center: Materials Science and Engineering
    Describes the field of materials science and explains the presence and roles of materials in everyday life. Learn what it takes to plan for a career in MSE from pre-college to post-graduate school. Includes career and earnings forecasts, examples of industries and jobs, and downloadable resources. Part of a much larger site about education options and careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computing.
  • Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
    Find out what researchers throughout UMD are doing to improve alternative energy, energy policy and economics, and energy education.
  • Alternative Energy Tutorial
    Covers the fundamentals including batteries, fuel cells, conducting polymers, inorganics, liquid and solid electrolytes, and plasticizers and binders.
  • When Things Get Small
    "What could a stadium-sized bowl of peanuts, a shrinking elephant, and a crazed hockey player have to do with nanoscience?" Adam Smith and Ivan Schuller from the University of California San Diego will tell you in this Emmy Award-winning short film.