Materials Science and Engineering

Materials scientists study how the history of a material influences its structure and properties, advancing understanding in research areas that include metallurgy, solid-state physics, and biomaterials.

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Tufts faculty have strengths in soft, structural, electronic, computational, and nano materials. From drug delivery to semiconductors to nano-enabled membranes for water treatment, materials science and engineering at Tufts offers graduate students a wide array of opportunities to study and develop materials that will change the world.

Materials Science and Engineering M.S. Program

  • M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering

The master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering is an interdisciplinary program, with students pursuing classes across multiple departments to achieve mastery in the field.

Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. Program

  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering: Materials Science and Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering: Materials Science and Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering: Materials Science and Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science: Materials Science and Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering: Materials Science and Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering: Materials Science and Engineering

Students graduating from the doctoral program will receive a joint Ph.D., with a "home department" and Materials Science and Engineering; for example, a Joint-Ph.D. in Computer Science and Materials Science & Engineering.

Faculty

Thomas Vandervelde
Associate Professor and Program Director
Ph.D. , University of Virginia
Semiconductor Mechanics and Photonics
Linda Abriola
University Professor
Ph.D. , Princeton University
Groundwater Hydrology, Mathematical Modeling of Multiphase Flow and Reactive Transport in Porous Media
James Adler
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Colorado, Boulder
Scientific computing and numerical analysis of PDEs
Mohammed Nurul Afsar
Professor
Ph.D. , University of London
Precision microwave, millimeter, submillimeter, terahertz, infrared wave; Solid, liquid & gaseous state physics, spectroscopy; Theoretical studies of polymeric, glassy, amorphous and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) grown materials, ceramic and semiconductor materials, thin films, liquids and fluids, electronic, biological and magnetic materials; Microwave Integrated Circuits for wireless
Ayse Asatekin
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Clean water, membranes, polymer science, separations, surface chemistry
Timothy Atherton
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Exeter
Theoretical condensed matter physics
Peggy Cebe
Professor
Ph.D. , Cornell University
Experimental condensed matter physics and Polymer physics
Luisa Chiesa
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sustainable Energy, Superconducting Materials
Prashant Deshlahra
Prashant Deshlahra
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Notre Dame
Experimental and Computational Catalysis
Luis Dorfmann
Professor
P.E., Ph.D. , University of California, Los Angeles
Structural Engineering and Mechanics, Mathematical Models of Material Behavior, Nonlinear Magneto- and Electromechanical Interactions, Biomechanics of Soft Materials, Rubber Elasticity and Inelasticity.
Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos
Robert and Marcy Haber Endowed Professor in Energy Sustainability
Ph.D. , University of Minnesota
Catalysis, Clean Energy Technologies
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Irene Georgakoudi
Professor
Ph.D. , University of Rochester
Spectroscopic Imaging and Characterization, In Vivo Flow Cytometry
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John Germaine
Research Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Geotechnical, Laboratory Testing, Automation, Soil Behavior, Physical Properties, Mechanical Properties
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Kevin Grossklaus
Research Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Michigan
Optoelectronics, thin film deposition, energy materials, materials characterization, III-V semiconductors
Terry E. Haas
Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Inorganic and Material
Marc Hodes
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Heat Transfer, Apparent Slip, Thermal Management of Electronics, Mass Transfer in Supercritical Fluids and Thermoelectricity
Xiaozhe Hu
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Zhejiang University
Scientific computing and numerical analysis, fluid-structure interaction, and other applications
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Xiaocheng Jiang
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Nanobiotechnology, Microfluidic Biotechnology, Bioelectronics, Biomaterials
Mark Kachanov
Professor
Ph.D. , Brown University
Fracture Mechanics, Micromechanics of Materials
David Kaplan
Department Chair and Stern Family Professor of Engineering
Ph.D. , Syracuse University
Biopolymer Engineering, Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Bioengineering
Krishna Kumar
Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D. , Brown University
Bioorganic, Organic, Biophysical, and Chemical Biology
Yu-Shan Lin
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Wisconsin, Madison
Theoretical and Biophysical Chemistry
Charles Mace
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Rochester
Bioanalytical and Materials Chemistry
Douglas M. Matson
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Solidification Processes, Thermal Manufacturing, Machine Design
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Eric Miller
Department Chair and Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Physics-Based Signal and Image Processing and Inverse Problems, Applications Explored Include Medical Imaging and Image Analysis, Environmental Monitoring and Remediation, Landmine and Unexploded Ordnance Remediation, Homeland Security, and Automatic Target Detection and Classification
Fiorenzo Omenetto
Frank C. Doble Professor and Dean of Research
Ph.D. , University of Pavia
Ultrafast nonlinear optics, nanophotonics, biopolymer multifunctional materials, photonic crystals, photonic crystal fibers
Matthew J. Panzer
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Minnesota
Sustainable Energy, Soft Electronics, Green Technologies
Kurt Pennell
Professor
P.E., Ph.D. , University of Florida
Groundwater Remediation Technologies, Fate and Transport of Emerging Contaminants, Neurotoxicity of Persistent Organic Pollutants and Engineered Nanomaterials
Dean Jianmin Qu
Jianmin Qu
Dean and Karol Family Professor
Ph.D. , Northwestern University
Micromechanics of composites, interfacial fracture and adhesion, fatigue and creep damage in solder alloys, thermomechanical reliability of microelectronic packaging, defects and transport in solids with applications to solid oxide fuel cells and batteries, and ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation of advanced engineering materials
Anil Saigal
Professor
Ph.D. , Georgia Institute of Technology
Materials Engineering, Manufacturing Processes, Quality Control
Masoud Sanayei
Professor
Ph.D. , University of California, Los Angeles
Structural Engineering, Structural Health Monitoring of Bridges, Floor Vibrations for Human Comfort and Sensitive Equipment, Nondestructive Testing of Full-Scale Structures
Mary Jane Shultz
Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Physical, Environmental, Excited State, and Surface
Igor Sokolov
Professor
Ph.D. , The Mendeleev Institute of Metrology
Nanomechanics of Cells, Molecules, Polymers; Photonic Sensors; Soft Condensed Matter and Biomedical Research; Energy-Related Materials and Sustainability, Surface Science and Engineering
Sameer Sonkusale
Professor
Ph.D. , University of Pennsylvania
Integrated Circuits for Sensors and Instrumentation, Nanoelectrochemical Systems on Silicon, CMOS Image Sensors for Scientific Imaging, Analog to Information Converters, Active Metamaterial Circuits and Systems, Terahertz Integrated Circuits, Metamaterials and Plasmonics
Cristian Staii
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Pennsylvania
Experimental condensed matter physics
Charles Sykes
Professor and Graduate Program Director
Ph.D. , Cambridge University
Physical and Surface Chemistry
Samuel W. Thomas III
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Organic, Surface Chemistry, and Materials Science
Brian Timko
Brian Timko
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Nanoelectronics, biosensing, biomaterials, tissue engineering, drug delivery
Professor Roger Tobin
Roger G. Tobin
Professor
Ph.D. , UC Berkeley
Experimental condensed matter physics; physics education
Arthur L. Utz
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Wisconsin, Madison
Physical and Materials
David R. Walt
Professor
Ph.D. , SUNY at Stony Brook
Bioanalytical, Materials, Biochemistry, and Nanoscience
Robert D. White
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Michigan
Micro- and Nano- electromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), Sensors, Dynamic System Modeling, Acoustics, Vibrations
Qiaobing Xu
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Biomaterials, drug delivery, micro/nanofabrication, tissue engineering
Hyunmin Yi
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Maryland
Nanobiofabrication, Smart Biopolymers, BioMEMS
Iryna V. Zenyuk
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Carnegie Mellon University
Electrochemistry, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Renewable Energy
Michael Zimmerman
Professor of the Practice
Ph.D. , University of Pennsylvania
Novel Polymer Electrolytes for Batteries, Liquid Crystal Polymers, Composite Materials

Application Deadline


Spring: October 15
Fall: December 15

Applicants to the graduate program are expected to have a degree at the level of bachelor's or master's in engineering or basic/applied/health sciences. Students who do not meet all requirements may be admitted into the program pending the successful completion of courses aimed at the fulfillment of the requirements.

Six departments are associated with the joint materials science and engineering Ph.D. program: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Students apply to and enroll in the joint materials science and engineering Ph.D. program through one of these departments either as a prospective graduate student or as a current graduate student after they have been accepted by one of the departments (e.g., after they have already started their Ph.D.).

There is no separate admissions process for the materials science and engineering Ph.D. program. Select the home department with the materials science and engineering degree track (i.e. Biomedical Engineering: Materials Science and Engineering (Ph.D.) ). The program director will work with faculty responsible for admission in the home department to determine the applicant's eligibility. The director proposes candidates to the Steering Committee, who will vote on admissions. Note that this process will not conflict with the admissions process (or criteria) in the student's home department; only students that satisfy the admissions criteria of the home department can be considered for admission into the materials science and engineering Ph.D. program.

Current Tufts doctoral students in one of the affiliated departments can send the program director an informal petition to be admitted to the materials science and engineering Ph.D. program. As with prospective graduate students, the director proposes eligible candidates who meet the prerequisites for the materials science and engineering program to the Steering Committee which then approves admissions.

Application Requirements:


> Application Fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal Statement
> Official GRE scores

- GRE not required for current Tufts undergraduates applying to the M.S. degree program

- GRE scores may be waived for part-time students with five years of industry experience who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Visit go.tufts.edu/engmasters for complete details. If you believe you are eligible to have the GRE waived based on these requirements, please contact gradadmissions@tufts.edu with the subject line “Engineering part-time Master's GRE requirement"

> Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
> Transcripts
> Three letters of Recommendation

For questions about this program, contact the materials science and engineering program at materialsscience@tufts.edu.