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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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Rows of gumboot chiton teeth in a ribbonlike structure.
Magnetic teeth hold promise for materials and energy
A mollusk with teeth that can grind down rock may hold the key to making next generation abrasion-resistant materials and nanoscale materials for energy
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UC Riverside receives $4.5 million for engineering graduate education
Five GAANN Awards from the U.S. Department of Education will support 90 engineering graduate students
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Physicists name and codify new field in nanotechnology: ‘electron quantum metamaterials’
UC Riverside’s Nathaniel Gabor and colleague formulate a vision for the field in a perspective article
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