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.


DMSE Website Image Winners

Congratulation to Zhen Li, PhD student working with Professors Ernst and Heuer, and Maryam Zahiri Azar, PhD student working with Professor Heuer. Photos from their research have been selected as the newest banner images to grace the DMSE homepage.
Zhen Li research is focused on low temperature carburization of 316L stainless steel. The techniques he is helping develop significantly enhance the hardness and corrosion resistance of the materials surface. A representative publication from his work is available here. Maryam's research is focused on the growth of Alumina oxide scales. Her high resolution transmission electron microscopy work is advancing our understanding how grain boundary structures dominate scale formation. A representative publication from her work is available here.

Undergraduate Co-Op Information

The CWRU Co-Op program is offering an informational session for first and second year engineering/biochemisty, chemistry, biology, and physics students.
Tuesday, Septmber 10th at 6:00pm
Thwing 1914
Session Goals:
  • Highlight Co-Op program
  • First personal testamonials from students that have participated in the program
  • Question and Answer Session
  • PIZZA!

Chris Kelly Named to USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team!

Case Western Reserve University 2013 graduate Chris Kelly (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) has been named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team for his performance on the track and in the classroom this past season.

A materials science and engineering major with a 3.43 grade point average, Kelly capped his career as a national qualifier in the spring. He set a school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:07.23) at the University Athletic Association Championship and entered the NCAA Division III Championship with the 14th-fastest time in the nation.

Back in the fall, Kelly was an All-UAA and All-Great Lakes Region performer for the cross country team as the Spartans qualified for the NCAA Championship Meet for the first time since 2008.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met either of the following athletic standards: a student-athlete must have competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship or finished the regular season ranked in the national top 35 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 25 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided byTFRRS.org.

Congrats to our ASTM Grant Award Winner!

 Janet Gbur, third year PhD student from Canfield OH, is one of the recipients of the 2012 ASTM International Project Grants Award for her thesis research on the Mechanical Characterization of 316 LVM wires. Her research focuses on understanding fatigue deformation in shape memory wires for application in bio-medical devices. Her publication related to this award was published in April, and is available here

ASM Cleveland Chapter Award Winners

Janice Moore (Aurora, OH) and Veronica Wazney (Willoughby, OH), Third year Undergraduates receive theASM Cleveland Chapter Donaldson-Kiefer Scholarship for excellence in study and application of Materials Science and Engineering.

Both students received their award from ASM Cleveland Chapter Chair Alan Vormelker at the symposium in honor of Zay Jeffries 125th birthday (picture).

Janice is working towards a BS in Materials Science, and has an internship with GOJO (the makers of purel) this summer.

Veronica is working towards  BS in Materials with minors in BME and Chemistry. Congratulations to our ASM award winners!