International experience equips our students with the skills and savvy they need to compete in the global work environment—and that need has only grown as companies increasingly looking offshore to hire technical and engineering employees. Our department seeks out extensive and geographically diverse collaborations with colleagues from industry, national labs, and other academic institutions.
UW Materials Science and Engineering engages in significant international collaboration. These projects provide our students with industrial perspective and access to world-class facilities and expertise. Students who participate in these collaborations report consistently in exit interviews that they have had a very positive impact on their education—particularly in the availability of complementary expertise and facilities, exposure to other scientific cultures, networking with other professionals, and the chance to learn firsthand about career options in industry and national labs.
Students and faculty members participate in UW Worldwide's multinational collaborations, as well as several campus-wide student exchange programs, including a program with the Technical University in Berlin supported by the Reinhardt Abraham Memorial Foundation.