Message from the Dean

Multidisciplinary, the combination of several fields, is inherent to MSE which brings together fundamental science and advanced engineering to study how materials perform in diverse environments. The unique holistic approach of MSE make it an exceptionally exciting field to study towards serving the current and future technological needs of our society.

Shalom and Welcome to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. As you browse through our website you will learn what Material Science and Engineering is all about. You will also learn about our mission and set goals, the undergraduate and graduate programs, research facilities, and the people that make us a leading MSE Department.

The Department was first recognized as an independent research unit, separate from Mechanical Engineering, in 1980, and founded as an academic Department in 1994. Today, we are the largest MSE Department in Israel with diverse academic and research programs spanning all forms and classes of materials and their applications.

Multidisciplinary, the combination of several fields, is inherent to MSE which brings together fundamental science and advanced engineering to study how materials perform in diverse environments. This allows the MSE graduates to design, process, characterize and test materials in applications ranging from nanoscale electronic and optical devices, through tumor-targeted drug delivery, to energy harvesting modules on an outer space telescope. The unique holistic approach of MSE make it an exceptionally exciting field to study towards serving the current and future technological needs of our society.

The MSE Department in the Technion offers modern undergraduate programs that provide the students with the knowledge and skills required to face the engineering challenges of the 21st century. Our joint Science and Engineering programs offer a major in either physics, chemistry, or biology, in addition to the full curriculum of Material Engineering. This 4.5-year program endows the students with a solid scientific foundation, deep knowledge, and broad perspectives. Our 4-year Materials Engineering program focuses on practical aspects of material structure, properties, design, failure, and selection. It also has an elective cluster of courses in data analysis and computing for Materials Engineers. All programs invoke creativity, curiosity and encourage innovation and our students are most welcome as engineers in diverse industries and top graduate programs in Israel and abroad.

Research in the MSE Department spans a multitude of functionalities, from renewable energy harvesting and storage, to drug delivery and controlled release, multiscale mechanical support, electronic, optic, and magnetic devices, sustainable and degradable materials, biomaterial mimicking and the development of computational approaches to predict and design functional materials. Our central research facility is equipped with advanced in-situ structure characterization tools for materials investigation and discovery including a physical measurements laboratory, X-ray diffraction lab and a state-of-the-art Electron Microscopy Center. By correlating the properties of materials with their structure on multiple length scales, down to atomic resolution, we can design, develop, and process materials to meet our society’s challenges.

The MSE Department in the Technion is continuously growing, recruiting outstanding new faculty, and highly motivated and curious postdocs and graduate students. We believe diversity promotes new ideas, original thinking, and creativity, and invite YOU to join us today and share the discoveries that will lead to a better tomorrow.

Prof. Gitti Frey