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Materials Science and Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is concerned with the creation of materials with novel properties and their use in a variety of fields ranging from ultra-fast computer chips and high-efficiency solar cells to high-powered jets, and even beauty products. Today, engineering innovations are increasingly dependent on breakthroughs in materials at the micro- and nanometer scale. Students in MSE acquire a solid background in the basic sciences and in the engineering of materials, with hands-on laboratory experience in nano-scale materials characterization and processing. This program prepares graduates for a variety of careers in fields such as nanotechnology, electronics, computing, the biomedical, automotive and aerospace industries, as well as government agencies and research laboratories.



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Supercomputer simulation identifies award-winning pollution cleanup strategy
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Eight BCOE alumni earn a spot on UCR's 40 Under 40
Eight BCOE alumni earn a spot on UCR's 40 Under 40 hannar Wed, 06/01/2022 - 11:37 More News June 01, 2022 Celebrating UCR's young alumni making a splash across industries and around the world Read the full story in UCR Magazine's Spring 2022 edition:  Tags Chemical and Environmental Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering Materials Science and Engineering Mechanical Engineering Share This
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BCOE’s first ever Family Weekend brings together engineering families to experience life as an engineering student
BCOE’s first ever Family Weekend brings together engineering families to experience life as an engineering student hannar Thu, 05/26/2022 - 09:33 More News May 26, 2022 Parents and families of engineering students at the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) experienced a slice of college life at the first ever Family Weekend on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14. Through MakeRspace activities, classroom lectures, tours of BCOE, and more, families experienced firsthand their student’s campus life and engaged fellow parents, faculty and staff. “We extend a warm thank you to the families who visited BCOE in support of their student, and a thank you to our BCOE Parent Advisory Council, faculty and staff who made this possible,” said Dean Christopher S. Lynch. “At BCOE, we are building a community of engineers, and value families’ integral role in that community.”  BCOE Parent Advisory Council co-chair Tracy Wang is all smiles after throwing out the first pitch of the UCR baseball game. With more than 200 participants, the inaugural Family Weekend kicked off with tours led by current BCOE students. Highlights included the Center for Robotics and Intelligent Systems, home to the new Robotics program; piano-playing soft robots in the laboratory of William Grover, assistant professor of bioengineering; and beloved BCOE landmarks in the #BCOESelfieHunt, such as four trees planted in honor of the four children of Marlan and Rosemary Bourns.  Throughout the day, parents popped in to visit BCOE classrooms, gaining insight into students’ perspectives in lectures. Friday’s festivities concluded with a BCOE Tailgate and UCR vs. UCI Baseball Game at the Riverside Sports Complex. BCOE Parent Advisory Council co-chair Tracy Wang threw out the first pitch and families enjoyed dinner and the game. “It was such a joy to see families put themselves in the shoes of their engineering students,” said Wang. “With this support and engagement from families, the BCOE student experience will continue to advance and attract the brightest future engineers to choose UC Riverside engineering.” Wang’s co-chair Cecil Lawson, information technology manager of the City of Campbell, will step down from his position this spring when his daughter graduates from BCOE. Wang will be joined by new co-chair Deborah Martin, retired vice president and assistant general counsel at Pfizer and parent of a second-year Mechanical Engineering student. “Whether you’re passionate about students having access to top technology for their experiments and creations or strongly believe in the value of career development, there are so many ways to get involved,” said Martin. “We look forward to hosting future events to engage our students’ strongest supporters.” On Saturday, the BCOE Parent Advisory Council hosted a donor breakfast and subsequent coffee with Dean Lynch. Dean Lynch gave a speech thanking families for attending the event and emphasized BCOE’s commitment to building MakeRspaces for multiple engineering programs.  Dean Christopher Lynch and a BCOE parent chat during the donor breakfast. Launched in May 2022, BCOE’s #MakeRspaceMillion Campaign aims to generate $1 million in philanthropic support to nearly double the college’s MakeRspace footprint, expose students to the latest technologies and immerse them in high-tech environments that encourage inspiration and entrepreneurship. For a limited time, donors can double their impact thanks to $260,000 in matching funds available for all new gifts between $100 and $25,000. Family Weekend attendees enjoyed a preview of the developing Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Electrical Engineering (EE) and Bioengineering (BIEN) MakeRspaces – and tried their hand at their own engineering projects. Teams competed to build the best catapult and test which one would launch a pom-pom ball the farthest. Families also embarked on tours of the ME machine shop, a 4,300 square-foot facility full of advanced instruments and tools to help students bring their creative concepts to life as prototypes. Faculty from several different departments offered mini-lectures and tours, including Huinan Liu, professor of bioengineering, Robert McKee of bioengineering, Jia Chen, assistant teaching professor of electrical and computer engineering, and assistant teaching professors of computer science and engineering Allan Knight and Paea LePendu. After lunch, parents got to know several student professional organizations on campus, which displayed their latest projects: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Cyber@UCR, Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Highlander Racing, Formula SAE, and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). While families explored the college, students networked with BCOE faculty and top engineering professionals in industry at Beyond College and LinkedIn, Part 2. Nearly two dozen engineers, many of them BCOE alumni, offered their guidance about career opportunities in intellectual property, development operations, battery technologies, public utilities, biotechnology, and social media.  Students and families compete to build their best catapult in the Mechanical Engineering MakeRspace. Additional campus partners for Family Weekend included the UCR Career Center, which provided tours and an introduction to the professional development resources available to students. Parents or family members looking to get involved in future college activities can sign up to receive email updates and join the UCR BCOE Parent Community Facebook group. Tags Bioengineering Chemical and Environmental Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Science and Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering Robotics Mechanical Engineering Materials Science and Engineering Share This
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Five UC Riverside engineering programs move up in 2023 U.S. News Rankings
Five UC Riverside engineering programs move up in 2023 U.S. News Rankings hannar Wed, 03/30/2022 - 08:45 More News March 29, 2022 All seven programs are among the top 50 public programs in their respective categories Five programs at the University of California, Riverside’s (UCR) Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) moved up in rank in the 2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Engineering Graduate Schools Rankings. Designed to help prospective students identify universities for furthering their education beyond a Bachelor’s degree, the Best Graduate Schools rankings evaluate programs in a variety of disciplines, including business, education, engineering, law, medicine, and nursing. “This rise in rankings mirrors the tremendous growth our engineering college has had in recent years,” said Christopher S. Lynch, Dean of the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering. “The high-quality research expertise of our faculty and students, the launch of new national research centers, and the support from government agencies and industry partners make BCOE an excellent place to earn a graduate degree.”  Among both public and private universities, Chemical and Environmental Engineering moved up four spots to No. 48, Electrical and Computer Engineering moved up three spots to No. 63, Mechanical Engineering moved up two spots to No. 75, Materials Science and Engineering moved up two spots to No. 66, and Computer Science and Engineering and Computer Engineering moved up one spot to No. 50. Among public universities, all seven BCOE programs, including the above plus Bioengineering, were placed among the top 50 public programs in their respective categories. Furthermore, within these, four are within the top 40 public programs: Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. “Through graduate research and education programs, BCOE continues to meet the demand for engineers who can contribute to the technological advancements important to building a more efficient and safer world,” said Charles Wyman, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Education at BCOE. “Our master’s and doctoral students are provided with mentorship and resources to hone their skills and become the problem-solvers needed to face tomorrow’s challenges.” In 2021, the college continued to expand its graduate education offerings to meet the growing need for expertise in such fields as artificial intelligence and sustainability. The college established a new Robotics Master’s degree program, the first of its kind in the UC system, to offer interdisciplinary courses from the departments of Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. In addition, the department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering added a new Master’s degree concentration in Air Quality Engineering that focuses on air pollution causes, impacts, and controls. Students in the program benefit from access to the College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), a cutting edge research center, as well as BCOE’s long-standing partnership with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), which opened its new state-of-the-art Southern California headquarters near the UCR campus this past fall. Students interested in learning more about the college’s graduate programs and how to apply can visit The deadline to apply for fall 2022 enrollment for all programs except Computer Science is June 1, 2022 for international students and August 1, 2022 for domestic students. For more information about BCOE’s rankings, visit   Tags Bioengineering Chemical and Environmental Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering Computer Science and Engineering Computer Engineering Materials Science and Engineering Mechanical Engineering Share This
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Four UC Riverside professors named AAAS Fellows
The honor is considered one of the highlights of a recipient’s career
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BCOE alumnus earns a spot on the 2022 Forbes 30 Under 30
BCOE alumnus earns a spot on the 2022 Forbes 30 Under 30 hannar Tue, 12/07/2021 - 09:32 More News December 07, 2021 The Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) is home to world-class environmental engineering and energy research – and that expertise carries over into real-world applications through the work of successful alumni like Yige Li, class of 2019. Li, 26, has been named a top entrepreneur in the 2022 Forbes 30 Under 30 in the energy category and joins a decade-long cohort of 6,000 “young innovators on the verge of making it big.”  Yige Li Li is the founder of IQHi, a lithium ion battery analytics software company working to accelerate automobile electrification and help the world achieve zero carbon dioxide emissions. The startup intends to offer its software as a service. IQHi was successfully accepted into the University of California Irvine Wayfinder Incubator Program, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator and Berkeley Skydeck Pad 13 program. To date, three BCOE alumni have made the Forbes list, all in the energy category: Li, Charles Cai, co-founder of MG Fuels reduces the amount of enzymes used to breakdown biomass to make ethanol, and Ravi Kurani, whose startup Sutro monitors the health of swimming pools and automates its maintenance to save chemicals, water and energy.   Li earned a doctoral degree and master’s degree in Materials Engineering from the University of California, Riverside, and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics/Applied Physics from Central South University.   Tags Materials Science and Engineering Share This
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UCR scientists make 2021 'Highly Cited' list
This year, UC Riverside is home to eight of influential individuals included in Clarivate Analytics' Highly Cited Researchers list.
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UC Riverside receives $7.3 million to support graduate students in areas of national need
Eight Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need grants totaling $7.3 million will support talented students with financial need
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