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.


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.

Prof. Sehirlioglu received the NSF Early Career Development Award

Prof. Sehirlioglu received the NSF Early Carrer Development Award for his proposal on "Controlled processing of self-assembly in single crystal oxide films,". The five year project will focus on creation of super-structured oxide ceramics by designing interfacial materials physics. The objective of this project is to verify the hypothesis that self-assembly of octahedral building blocks of perovskites can be controlled by hetero-epitaxy leading to structures not available in bulk that can enable new functions, as local distortions lead to two-dimensional behavior - electrical, magnetic, thermal or ionic in nature - near the interface. The project is highlighted at Case Daily "Big investment on the smallest matters".

Congratulations to Will Huddleston! First place in the poster competition in EMA meeting.

William Huddleston won the first place for the poster competition in the American Ceramic Society's Electronic Materials and Applications Meeting held in Orlando, FL (Jan 17-19, 2018). His poster was on "Freeze casting of LAGP electrolyte for textured 3D all-solid-state lithium-ion battery multifunctional composites". His work included collaboration with researchers at NASA Glenn Research Center.