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Image of the first class of the MATE department. A black and white photo of the students in old formal wear in front of a building. Behind the students is a door with "Metallurgical Engineering Class of '80" painted above the students.

Materials Engineering 60th Anniversary

The Materials Engineering Department will celebrate its 60th Anniversary Thursday, May 19 through Sunday, May 22, 2022. We hope you can join us!

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MATE Anniversary Fundraiser Doubles Goal

A fundraising campaign coinciding with the Materials Engineering Department’s 60th anniversary exceeded expectations, nearly doubling its goal! This money will go towards the department's labs.

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MATE Professor Mohsen Kivy Publishes Tool

Mohsen Kivy and a team of researchers from Cal Poly and Purdue University published “Random and Special Quasirandom Structure Generator” on Nanohub.

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Watch How the "Atom Shifter" Was Made

Materials engineering alumnus Bob Adams sculpted alongside designer and classmate Steve Paterson the stainless-steel part of “Atom Shifter,” to honor the MATE Department’s first chair R.C. Wiley and the department's 60th Anniversary. Watch in this video how they made it!

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Sponsor a Senior Project

Ideas and sponsorship are welcome! Help provide our soon-to-be-grads with real-world projects and connect them with professionals in industry.

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Learn by Doing

Materials engineering students engage in hands-on learn by doing from Week of Welcome to graduation.

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pictures of hooks forged and crafted by Bill Forgeng, picture of him working in the blacksmith shop

The Forgeng Legacy

Dr. William "Bill" Forgeng taught in MATE for 17 years. We have a metallography fund, a scholarship, and a photo contest in his memory.

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Materials Engineering Department
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

Location: 41A-229

Phone: (805) 756-2568


Hours: M-F 8am-5pm

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