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Materials Science and Engineering Program Initiative

The College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences aim to establish, develop and grow a new, internationally recognized Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) graduate degree program (MS, PhD) at UB.

MSE@UB will provide excellence and leadership in education, research, and outreach both regionally and nationally.  The MSE@UB program will include existing ladder faculty from departments within CAS and SEAS, in concert with strategic new 3E-supported faculty hires to fill critical gaps.

Specific areas targeted for growth include materials theory and computation (from the quantum level to multiscale), ultrafast spectroscopy and advanced imaging, novel characterization of mechanical properties, soft synthetic materials and biomaterials (bio/nano interface), and nanoelectronics (from materials to devices).  Each area fits well within the research portfolio and hiring plans of multiple CAS/SEAS departments.  In tandem with existing strengths, the new hires will greatly enhance UB’s ability to address emerging energy and quality-of-life needs. 

MSE@UB will synergize existing UB research and teaching strengths, help recruit new faculty with valuable expertise to UB, provide an organizational home for MSE education and research, facilitate interdisciplinary research and center-type research funding, enhance UB’s visibility in MSE, improve metrics and rankings of UB and participating departments, serve students better by providing a structured MSE curriculum and widened research opportunities, attract new/diverse MSE students to UB, enable efficiencies through common courses and shared instrumentation, support outreach activities, and promote innovation and economic development.

MSE@UB will have a significant positive impact on each component of the UB 2020 strategic plan:  Excellence (better students and faculty, more student opportunities to interact with faculty mentors, higher quantity and quality of scholarship, increased research funding, enhanced reputation), Engagement (with institutional partners, with local and global industry), and Efficiency (by focusing existing strengths to achieve their full potential, by sharing advanced instrumentation, and by making a spectrum of MSE courses centrally available).