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Materials Science and Engineering

The image shows the human stem cell–derived cardiac microtissue grown
on a fiber-based scaffold fabricated using a laser-guided bioprinting technology
(Red: cell nuclei, Green: cardiomyocytes, Blue: fibers).
Image credit to Zhen Ma, Ph.D.

Materials Science and Engineering

At left, a scanning electron microscopy (SEM) image of an iron BDP MOF crystal
at right, an iron BDP MOF single-crystal device bonded to a platinum microelectrode array.
(Credit: Berkeley Lab)


MSE Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight: Alumnus Prof. Ponisseril Somasundaran to Chair Hoover Board of Award

MSE Alumnus Prof. Ponisseril Somasundaran to Chair Hoover Board of Award MSE alumnus Prof. Ponisseril Somasundaran (M.S., Ph.D.), who is currently the Lavon Duddleson Krumb Professor of Mineral Engineering in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University, will chair the Hoover Board of Award (representing five engineering organizations: the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American…

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Alumni Spotlight: Ilan Gur

MSE Alumnus Ilan Gur Leading UK Science Innovation Agency As of August 2022, MSE alumnus (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.) Dr. Ilan Gur has become the founding Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the newly established UK Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA). With nearly a billion dollars in initial funding, ARIA is designed to play a similar role…

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Student Spotlight: Stephen Gee

I chose to study MSE because I competed in the Science Olympiad Materials Science event during high school and really liked the real-world application of chemistry and physics. This was after I had applied to colleges, so I switched my major to MSE shortly after coming to Berkeley. I like how connected all the parts…

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Student Spotlight: Sara Susanto

I chose MSE because I have always been interested in energy and other sustainability efforts. When looking at different majors I was intrigued by the ability of materials scientists to invent novel materials that can change anything from how to sustainably create plastic to improving drug delivery methods!   I love how MSE is so…

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Faculty Spotlight: Andrew Minor

  I grew up in the bay area and then I went to college at Yale University in Connecticut. Having done my time back east, I was happy to come back west for graduate school at Cal, and have been here ever since. . .   My research group works mainly in two fields, metallurgy…

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Student Spotlight: Amanda Guan

I first heard of MSE because my dad studied it back in college. When the time came to select a major, I originally thought to do chemical engineering because of how much I enjoyed studying chemistry in high school, but I really thought MSE sounded cooler and more unique. Turns out, when I started taking…

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Student Spotlight: Calton Kong

In high school I was a pretty big chem nerd (I still am); I found it mildly entertaining to just read through organic, inorganic, and physical chem books and bash through synthesis and spectra. I also wanted to work in a field that has positive environmental impacts. From some of my older friends who are…

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Student Spotlight: Jana Quan

I chose to study MSE because I really liked chemistry in highschool and was originally planning on studying chemical engineering. Over the summer, I read a book called “Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War” and the first chapter was about the properties of the uniform that soldiers wear to keep them dry, bug…

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Student Spotlight: Jordan Burns

Why did you choose to study MSE? I love that MSE is at the interface of engineering and basic science. You get to work on real world applications while also looking and tinkering underneath the hood at the molecular/ crystal structure level.  What do you like most about MSE?  I like that you can pretty…

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Faculty Spotlight: Junqiao Wu

Where did you study? I studied physics in my undergraduate in Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and also got a MS degree in physics from Peking University, China. I came to the U.S. and obtained my PhD degree in the Applied Science and Technology Graduate Program in UC Berkeley. After a postdoc research at Harvard…

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Department of Materials Science and Engineering
210 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1760

Phone: (510) 642-3801
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