Each student is unique and contributes to the diversity of the Materials Engineering Department. We like to say that our goal is to have every student come to our department as a unique individual, and every graduate to leave our department as a more educated unique individual ready to accomplish their future aspirations. About 250 students make up the MATE student body. MATEs come from all walks of life and represent every demographic: Women, Men, LGBTQIA, LatinX, African American, Asian American, White, International, Differently Abled, Traditional Students, Married Students, Students with children of their own, and on and on. We welcome all, and we believe in all.
Involvement in clubs enhances the learning and social experience of MATE students. MATE clubs provide opportunities to learn from alumni and industry representatives who come share their knowledge, tour companies, volunteer for various outreach events, and sponsor social activities.
Alpha Sigma Mu (ASMu)
The national Materials Engineering Honor Society
Materials Engineering Student Society (MESS)
Social and professional organization for MATEs
Microsystems Technology Group (MST)
Maintains and operates the Cleanroom
National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)
Professional organization for those interested in the corrosion protection industry
Focused on the science and engineering of fibers and textiles and the industries that use this technology
Community & Celebrations
Being a MATE student isn't all hard work! Community and celebrating our "mate-iness" are also a big part of the MATE experience. Students are often spotted in our main classroom and in our lounge area, studying together and hanging out. Students, faculty and staff gather informally during Dead Week to "de-stress" by enjoying some snacks and laughs together before finals. Our annual MATE Banquet is a department-wide celebration of what makes MATE great. We also hold a special graduating seniors' banquet and Spring commencement ceremony for our graduating MATEs to celebrate them and their accomplishments.
Resources for MATEs
Advising & Academic Success
CENG Advising Center (40 - 115)
Engineering Student Services provides an inclusive, respectful, encouraging environment that fosters the retention and graduation of all undergraduate engineering students. Through their Advising, Multicultural Engineering (MEP), International Exchange Program (IEP), and Tutoring Programs, ESS staff provides comprehensive services to guide and empower students to achieve their goals.
CENG can also be consulted regarding the various curriculum forms (e.g., Course Substitution Forms, Special Problems, Change of Catalog). They will help route the forms for signatures and processing by the Registrar's Office.
Get help from CENG tutors trained to assist you learn the material based on your learning style so you can excel on your exams and homework on your own.
Multicultural Educational Program (MEP)
The Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) is part of the CENG Advising Center. MEP recruits, retains and graduates a diverse population of students, especially groups which continue to remain the most underrepresented in engineering.
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority and Underrepresented Student Participation in STEM (LSAMP)
LSAMP is dedicated to broadening the participation of underrepresented minority (URM) students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
Supplemental Workshops in Science (SWS)
Supplemental Workshops in Science provide an accelerated learning environment for selected classes. Guided by trained facilitators, students participate in discussions, compare notes, develop study strategies and challenge their understanding with practice exams and worksheets. Workshops meet twice a week and earn one unit of academic credit.
Supplemental Workshops in Math (SWM)
Supplemental Workshops in Math is an intensive mathematics program for students who are enrolled in mathematics courses from MATH 100 to 143. SWM helps students master math concepts and promote collaborative learning, including concept enhancement, problem-solving and mock exams.
Career Services (124 - 114)
When employers contact the MATE Office about jobs and internships, we refer them to Career Services and request that they post their opening on MustangJOBS. We encourage alumni to post employment opportunities on our LinkedIn group page as well.
Robert E. Kennedy Library (Bldg. 35)
Materials Engineering Flowcharts & Curriculum
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