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The UMD Department of Materials Science and Engineering provides educational programs at the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. levels. Students in our undergraduate program receive a strong engineering education that has a solid emphasis on the fundamental properties and structure of materials. Our graduate programs in Materials Science and Engineering encompass advanced education in the entire spectrum of the field of materials: organics, semiconductors, ceramics, metals and composites. Our undergraduate program is ABET accredited!

Cutting-Edge Research

Our research programs are at the frontier of the field to meet the challenges in providing materials with advanced properties, educational training for solving materials problems, and leadership for advancing the discipline. Materials Science and Engineering's content and methodologies are pivotal in the context of today's scientific and technological revolutions: in a real sense, it lies at the center of the "three O's", i.e., the nano-technology, bio-technology, and information technology triangle.

Facts & Figures

  • Founded in 1950
  • More than $13.5 million in research expenditures in 2018
  • 18 tenure-track faculty
  • 8 core reasearch areas
  • Multiple research institutes and centers
  • Enrollment: 130 (Fall 2018)
  • Female students: 25% (2018)
  • Degrees awarded: 38 (Spring 2018)
  • Enrollment: 75 (Fall 2018)
  • Female students: 27 % (Spring 2018)
  • Degrees awarded: 21 (Spring 2018)
Clark School Facts & Figures

Meet the Chair

Ray Phaneuf

Professor Ray Phaneuf (pictured above, far left) joined UMD’s Department of Physics in 1985, where he used electron diffraction to study phase transformations on stepped Si(111) surfaces, resulting in the identification of a thermodynamically driven faceting associated with the formation of the (7x7) reconstruction. In 1989 he visited Ernst Bauer’s group in Clausthal, Germany, using low energy electron microscopy (LEEM) to image this faceting in real time.

In 2000 he joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and began studies of directed self-organization during growth and sublimation on semiconductor surfaces, using lithographic patterning. Dr. Phaneuf was a founding member of the UM-MRSEC. In 2006 he was a visiting professor at the National Nanotechnology Laboratory, in Lecce, Italy. He is the founding director of the Interdisciplinary Minor in Nanoscience and Technology at UMD.

Dr. Phaneuf has authored more than 80 papers in archival journals, and has given over 40 invited talks on his work in the U.S., Europe and Japan. He was named the Laboratory for Physical Sciences Faculty Researcher of the year in 2002. In addition to MSE, Dr. Phaneuf has affiliate positions in Physics and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His current research is in the fields of directing self-assembly of nanostructures at the mesoscale, plasmonics, and the application of nanotechnology to the conservation of cultural heritage.

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