Mission, Facts and Stats

Our Mission: Launching Careers

Preparing our students for the wide variety of jobs that await them is our highest priority. Our graduates find employment in the aerospace, automotive, biomedical, chemical, construction, electronics, energy and telecommunication industries. We are proud to lay the foundations for successful careers in many sectors of the economy, from academia to industry.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science (BS) – Prepares students for graduate work or to function effectively in engineering positions in industrial, governmental and university settings.

Combined BS/MS Program – Direct route to the MS degree for well-qualified undergraduate students.

Master of Science (MSMS) in Materials Science & Engineering – Research-oriented program that prepares students for challenging and stimulating opportunities in industry and government, or for further graduate studies toward a PhD.

Master of Science (MS ), Engineering Materials Option – Practice-oriented, non-thesis program for students with substantial industrial experience.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Trains engineers for leadership roles in academia, industry and research institutions

Student Demographics

From 2005-2008 the department awarded 114 bachelor's degrees, eight master's degrees, and 29 PhDs.

Diversity of Degree Earners
Total Women International Underrepresented
Undergraduates 89 20% 7% 2%
Graduate level 81 27% 36% 7%

Faculty Achievements

The department had the highest median research funding in the UW College of Engineering for fiscal year 2008. From 2005 to 2008, our faculty members earned the following honors:

  • 2008 Rockefeller Foundation Scholarly Residency
  • 2008 Humboldt Research Award
  • 2008 DARPA Young Faculty Award
  • 2008 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2008 Optical Society America (OSA) Fellow

Winning Undergrads

Our undergraduate students are winners. Between 2005 and 2008, they collected:

  • Several NSF undergraduate research fellowships
  • UWEB, UW Mary Gates Scholars, Washington Promise, and SAMPE scholarships
  • A NASA Space Grant
  • A National Defense Medal
  • First-place finishes in national bridge- and wing-building and ceramic mug-drop competitions

Graduate Student Fellowships

From 2005 to 2008, our graduate students won the following fellowships:

  • 5 Ford fellowships
  • 2 Intel fellowships
  • 2 Bank of America fellowships
  • 1 GEM fellowship
  • 1 Humboldt fellowship
  • 1 Delimitros fellowship
  • 1 NSF fellow
  • 1 or more IGERT fellowships every year
  • 1 or more ARCS fellowships every year
  • 1 GSFEI Top Scholar fellowship every year
  • 1 or more Center for Nanotechnology fellowships every year

Faculty Composition

  • 11 core faculty members
  • 4 research faculty members
  • 5 adjunct faculty members
  • 7 affiliate faculty members
  • 14 postdoctoral research associates