With the #8 ranked Graduate Program in the country among public universities, the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Florida is among the best in the United States, and is the most prominent materials science and engineering department in the state of Florida. The department is also one of the most established in the United States having been founded originally as a department of metallurgy in 1959 by Dr. Frederick N. Rhines.
The department also encompasses the Nuclear Engineering program, which is top nuclear engineering program in the state and the only Florida university that offers graduate degrees in Nuclear engineering. It is home to the UF Training Reactor, one of only 31 in the country. The UFTR is one of the two reactors in the southeast and offers a unique opportunity for nuclear and nuclear materials testing under harsh environments.
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The department strives to serve the scientific and engineering community of the state and nation by providing quality education in the field, conducting basic and applied research to enhance science in the field, and supplying short courses, technology transfer, industrial consulting and distance learning to promote engineering in the field.
The undergraduate program in Materials Science and Engineering is designed for you to learn both the technical knowledge and professional skills you will need to succeed in your career. By the time of graduation, you will attain the following skills:
- Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to materials systems.
- Ability to conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data.
- Ability to conduct and analyze design of experiments (DOE).
- Ability to apply and integrate knowledge of structure, properties, processing, and performance to solve materials selection and design problems within realistic constraints.
- Ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
- Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
- Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
- Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.
- Understanding of the economic impact of engineering solutions.
- Understanding of the global, societal, and environmental impact of engineering solutions.
- Ability to engage in lifelong learning.
- Knowledge of contemporary issues.
- Ability to use the techniques, skills, and tools needed for practice as a materials engineer.