Admitted graduate students are invited by the UMD Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) to meet with faculty members, learn about current research and academic programs, explore our research facilities, and interact with current graduate students to learn more about the UMD culture and life in metro D.C.
Due to the ongoing health emergency, the 2021 events will be held virtually. Admitted students are encouraged to attend these virtual sessions, regardless of initial inclination to accept or decline the offer of admission. After interacting with current department members, you will be in a better position to make a well-informed decision about whether UMD is the correct choice for you. *Please note: These events are for Ph.D. applicants only.

Spring 2021 Virtual Open House 

February 23 -

1:00 - 2:30 pm (EST) - Research presentations, Q&A panel w/ current students

February 24 -

11:00 am - 12:00 pm (EST) - Welcome and MSE Graduate Program overview

12:15 - 3:00 pm (EST) - Meeting with faculty members (assignments will be provided)


Department Accomplishments

  • 10 Faculty Members amongst the top 2% of world scientists
  • 16 publications in Science and Nature journals
  • 2 covers of Science, 1 cover of Nature, 45 covers of other journals
  • 43 issued U.S. patents at UMD, 102 issued U.S. patents via outside entitites
  • 19 fellows of professional societies
  • 4 start-up companies
  • 16th in Nature Index ranking among U.S. University MSE Departments


Follow the links below to watch videos of Department research, events and interviews!