Material Science Engineering is simply the scientific study of materials and their properties for resulting engineering design and improvement.
All engineers are involved with materials on a daily basis. We manufacture and process materials; design and construct components or structures using materials; select materials, analyze failures of materials, or simply hope the materials we are using perform adequately. Materials may be classified into several groups: metals, ceramics, polymers, semiconductors, and composite materials. Materials in each of these groups possess different structures and properties. Deciding on which material best fits your application or design is called Material Selection. In Material Science Engineering understanding the material selection process is the key to engineering any application and/or part design. Material selection is the foundation of all engineering applications and design.
This website's focus is to demonstrate Material Science technology by publishing current Case Studies from students at the University of Washington.
These Case Studies should illustrate many key terms and definitions to help better the understanding of the reader.
Here are some organized Material Science Links.