Centered on establishing knowledge discovery in materials science by harnessing the tools of information and data science, this interdisciplinary department aims to transform the training and education of materials scientists and engineers to address society's need for significant acceleration of design and discovery of new materials, emergent properties, and processing strategies in a socially responsible manner.
The Department for Materials, Design and Innovation (MDI) has two research themes: The Methodology Science research cluster focuses on advancing and/or developing new techniques in experimental and computational materials science. The Discovery Science research cluster emphasizes innovations in the development of new materials, processes and expanding the design envelope for building devices and systems. Together this research impacts a broad range of technological applications including advanced manufacturing and biosciences/technology.
CMI provides a comprehensive set of computational and laboratory facilities for faculty, students and researchers. Materials Data Engineering Laboratory (MaDE@UB), Materials to Manufacturing (M2M) Lab and Molecular Metrology Laboratory serve as focal points for creating a shared and cooperative research environment for promoting interdisciplinary research among diverse groups.
The MDI Hub is a broad range of engagement and outreach activities for the department—forging critical partnerships with community groups and non-governmental organizations to ensure research and educational activities have the greatest impact on a broad range of areas such as health, climate change, and energy sustainability. Initiatives of the MDI Hub are:
Academically qualified graduate students from all fields of science and engineering are welcome to apply. Basic admission requirements follow UB guidelines.
The MDI Explorer Program provides research opportunities in materials science for undergraduates and high school students.