Materials Science and Engineering
Materials advancements across all engineering disciplines.
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.
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
Where did you study? I went back to school after working and restarted my education at American River Community College in Sacramento, CA. Then I transferred to UC Berkeley and majored in Materials Science and Mineral Engineering and Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. Enjoying school, I decided to stay at…Read More
Where did you study? I received a Master of Science in Engineering Physics at the Lund Institute of Technology in 1996. In the same year, I joined the Theoretical Physics Department at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm as a graduate student. Five years later, I defended my Ph.D. Thesis on ‘Thermodynamic and Dynamic…Read More
Department offices are located in 210 Hearst Memorial Mining Building, in the Northeast corner of campus.
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
210 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1760
Phone: (510) 642-3801
Fax: (510) 643-5792