University of California, Riverside

Materials Science and Engineering

A Message from the Chair

Dr. Ashok Mulchandani, Chair of Materials Science and Engineering


Welcome to the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Program at the University of California, Riverside.

Established in 2007 with the Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering program followed with the Graduate (Master of Science and doctoral) degrees in 2010, the young program has rapidly gained recognition and was ranked #48 in the 2017 U.S. News and World Report ranking of the Best Materials Engineering Graduate Program in the country. This is a true testament of a truly unique multidisciplinary MSE program.

MSE is an intercollegiate and interdisciplinary program made up of faculty from Departments of Bioengineering, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering from the Bourns College of Engineering and Biology, Chemistry, and Physics and Astronomy from the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. The program provides students with interdisciplinary education related to the development, adaptation and validation of novel materials for a broad spectrum of applications. The Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Committee of ABET. The Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering degree curriculum prepares students for graduate studies/school and careers in a variety of industries, ranging from nanotechnology, electronics, energy generation and distribution, medical and pharmaceuticals, aerospace and automotive. The Masters of Science and doctoral degree programs, open to students from varied undergraduate majors, gives students comprehensive training in fundamental materials subjects to pursue many areas of specialization for rewarding careers in industry, government laboratories and academia.

Our world class faculty from the eight departments of the two colleges include many elected fellows of professional societies, MRS Medal recipient, and winners of the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy (DoE) and Department of Defense (DoD) Early Career Awards. Research projects in the program are funded from the industry and federal agencies like NSF, DoD, DoE, etc.

I invite you to take a few moments to explore the webpages of our program to find more information about the exciting educational opportunities, the disruptive scientific and technological research going on and the distinguished faculty of the program.


 Ashok Mulchandani

Distinguished Professor and Chair




More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

College Information

Bourns College of Engineering
313 Materials Science & Engineering Building

Tel: (951) 827-3383
Fax: (951) 827-3188x

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