Objectives and Outcomes

Undergraduate Study at the University of Michigan

Our program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.


To provide internationally recognized leadership in education, research and service in the field of materials science and engineering. This is achieved through educational programs that produce students with a strong background in scientific and engineering problem-solving methods as well as communication and teamwork skills.


  • To provide excellent, diverse students with knowledge and engineering skills in a quality learning environment that will enable them to become flexible, effective life-long learners and leaders in materials-related industries, government agencies, and academia.
  • To have a leading undergraduate program in materials science and engineering, one that integrates a strong scientific base with engineering experience.


Within 5-10 years after graduating our students will be able to:

  1. Use their understanding of the structure, properties, performance, and processing of materials to solve complex engineering problems
  2. Adapt to the rapidly changing scientific and technological landscape, recognize the implications of their work, and drive the development of future technologies.
  3. Communicate effectively with their colleagues and the general public.
  4. Contribute substantively, as leaders, to science, technology, the environment, and society.


All Materials Science and Engineering graduates should have:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice