Welcome to Materials Science and Engineering

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE) at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is a research-centered educational environment whose mission is to enhance the productivity, quality, and benefit of materials-related learning to its students, faculty, and community. DMSE bears a commitment to the improvement of materials technology as an advantaged academic unit equipped with state-of-the-art facilities in areas of materials surface analysis, mechanical characterization, and an extensive suite of advanced electron microscopy instrumentation that act in synergy to consistently thrust us among the top tiers of materials research institutions in the nation.


Prof. Frank Ernst named the 2019 Jessica Melton Perry Distinguished Teacher

Congratulations! The Center for the Study of Writing selected Prof. Frank Ernst to receive the 2019 Jessica Melton Perry Award for Distinguished Teaching in Disciplinary and Professional Writing. This award recognizes his outstanding commitment to and success in teaching disciplinary/professional writing to CWRU students.
Prof. Ernst is recognized for his development and implementation of EMSE 768: Professional Writing in Materials Science. This course properly prepares students for scientific writing with a comprehensive spectrum of knowledge, skills, and tools enabling them to fully focus on the scientific content of their thesis or publication when the time has come to start writing. Similar to artistic drawing, where the ability to "see" is as (or more!) important as skills of the hand, the ability of proper scientific writing is intimately linked to the ability of critically reviewing scientific texts. Therefore, students will practice both authoring and critical reviewing of material science texts. To sharpen students' skills of reviewing, examples of good and less good scientific writing will be taken from published literature of materials science and engineering and analyzed in the context of knowledge acquired in the course. At the end of the course, students will have set up skills and a highly functional work environment to start writing their role thesis or article with full focus on the scientific content. While the course mainly targets students of materials science and engineering, students of other disciplines of science and engineering may also benefit from the course material. Enrollment for the summer semester is open: link

EMSE Graduate Students Show their Company at CES 2019

Zhe Ren and Donghui Li, both doctoral candidates in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, devised an adhesive bandage that removes easily after being treated with ultraviolet (UV) light. The duo’s idea won Lumen Polymer, the name of their company, the Best Student Startup Group award at the Innovation ShowCASE during 2018 Homecoming Weekend.
They presented their company and product at CES 2019 in January in Las Vagus, Nevada. link

Congratulations to Will Huddleston! Third place in the oral presentation contest in EMA 2019.

William Huddleston won the third place for the oral presentation competition in the American Ceramic Society's Electronic Materials and Applications Meeting held in Orlando, FL (Jan 23-25, 2019). His talk was on "Li4Ti5O12-Li0.45La0.52TiO3-Ni all solid-state lithium-ion battery anode composites". The competition was among all the student presenters in the conference. His work included collaboration with researchers at NASA Glenn Research Center. 

Graduate Student Laura Wilson awarded 2018 NASA ARMD fellowship!

Laura Wilson was awarded one of five NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) Fellowship in 2018, for her research proposal entitled: Additive Manufacturing of Oxide Dispersion Strengthened Ni-Based Superalloys for Future Launch Vehicles. Laura will have a unique opportunity to work with the engineers and scientists at NASA Glenn research center to research new materials for additive manufacturing for very high-temperature applications. Results could contribute to transforming the design and manufacturing of hot sections of vehicles that face rising demands for higher operating temperatures and, to enabling more robust thrust systems.


NASA Fellowship Activities align with the Office of STEM Engagement’s goal to establish a well-trained science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Fostering highly skilled scientists and engineers critical to NASA’s future and to building a strong American economy. These fellowships also enable the agency to create unique opportunities for students to be a part of NASA's endeavors in exploration and discovery.


Laura Wilson started her Ph.D. program in September of 2017. Prior to starting at CWRU, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering from Michigan Technological University (2010) and her master’s in Geology from Miami University (2012). This was followed by four years of work in the Materials Processing and Development department of GE Aviation, focusing on aerospace-related material characterization. Her material science skills along with her strong earth science background helped her to win this award.

Materials doctoral candidate Janet Gbur among winners of Research as Art competition

An image depicting a flaw in nitinol alloy wire submitted by Janet Gbur, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been named among 17 winners of Swansea University’s Research as Art competition.

Gbur’s entry depicting a colorful microscopic view of the wire from her dissertation work won the competition’s External International Award and was featured with the other winners by BBC News.

Research as Art celebrates the diversity, beauty and impact of research at Swansea University. Judges evaluated a record 97 entries for this year’s competition.