Material Science and Engineering
Materials science and engineering is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in engineering or a closely related STEM discipline. Research focuses on the study of metals, ceramics, glass, polymers, semiconductors, composites, nanomaterials and biomaterials to be implemented in a variety of applications including energy, civil, industrial and environmental. The area of study is diverse and multidisciplinary, since it incorporates aspects of chemistry, physics, electronics, mechanics, biology and medicine. The program will provide students with opportunities to investigate various aspects of materials science and engineering, which includes the processing, structure and properties of materials through computational modeling and/or experimental studies.
The program is designed to be flexible, permitting students to acquire the knowledge and skills required to participate in cutting-edge technological areas, such as nanomaterials, ultra-high performance materials, smart materials, bio-inspired materials, environmental materials and energy materials. Students who complete the program will be prepared to perform at the highest levels within industry or within any research environment.
Course Delivery OptionsOn-campus
Program Application Requirements3 Letters of recommendation, Personal Statement
Graduate Program Application Requirements
All students are highly recommended to submit GRE scores to be considered for funding and fellowships. Students applying for the Area of Emphasis in Electronic Materials must take the GRE. Students who earned their previous degree from an international institution are required to take the GRE (quantitative GRE scores must be in the 75th percentile). TOEFL for non-native-English speakers is required, with 550 score or above.
All applicants must have earned a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (out of a possible 4.0) in all previous college degrees from an accredited or internationally recognized program.
Program Application Test RequirementsGRE
Fall PriorityFebruary 1
Fall DeadlineApril 1
Spring DeadlineOctober 1
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Dr. David Mebane
David Mebane is the leader of the newly-established Energy Systems and Materials Simulation Group at WVU. The group is dedicated to the optimal integration of fine-scale scientific information into models at the industrial scale. The principal means of achieving this integration are advanced statistical methods; we focus on the development of such methods and their application to problems in power generation and beyond. As our work bridges the gap between science and industry, we aim to provide high-quality opportunities for scientific education along with exposure to the problems and practices of industry. Dr. Mebane is a materials scientist focused on theoretical and statistical approaches in solid-state chemical and electrochemical systems. His work to this point has addressed defect equilibrium and metastability in solid electrolytes and mixed conductors, catalysis and charge transport in mixed conductors, microstructural characterization and modeling, chemical sorbents, and statistical methods in multi-scale models of industrial processes. He received his Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in 2007, with a thesis focused on developing first-principles based continuum models of patterned solid oxide fuel cell electrodes. Upon graduation, he received a postdoctoral fellowship from the U.S. National Science Foundation, to study in Stuttgart at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research. There, he worked on problems related to the phenomenon of superionicity in the context of the model system AgCl. In 2010, he started an ORISE Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown, WV. At NETL he worked with the U.S. Department of Energy's Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (a program with which he remains affiliated), developing particle-level sorbent models that occupy the interface between computational chemistry and device and process-scale models of carbon capture systems. In August 2012, Dr. Mebane joined the faculty of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at West Virginia University. At WVU, he will continue his work in fuel cells, carbon capture and intrusive statistical approaches in multi-scale simulations of chemical and electrochemical systems.