The Materials Science and Engineering Department is the oldest, largest and most diversified program in North Texas. It is a university-wide, highly-interdisciplinary graduate program with eight core materials faculty and approximately 25 affiliated faculty spanning from physics and chemistry to electrical, mechanical, aerospace, civil and bio engineering.
The department has courses in nanoscale materials and nanotechnology, magnetic, optical and energy materials, bio/nano materials and surface engineering and thin film technology. The department’s growth is aided by high levels of research funding from NSF, DOE, ONR, NASA, DOD and other federal, industrial and state sources in the areas of micro/nano electronic devices, self-assembled nanomaterials, multifunctional, nanocomposite thin films, bio/nanomagnets, optoelectronics, solar cells and materials for clean energy, advanced lubricants, and coatings. The department entered the U.S. News and World Report rankings for the first time in 2013, at #66.
Recently funded research includes a grant to improve the way solar energy is captured, stored and transmitted for use.