RPI Engineering

With a focus in one of the most rapidly evolving academic disciplines, Rensselaer’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering is home to nearly 150 undergraduate students and 60 graduate students. Research within the field meets an ever-increasing demand for solid materials from the designers of jet engines and rocket boosters, microelectronic devices, optical components, medical prostheses, and many other products. The principles that govern the processing and structure of materials to produce optimum properties and performance are embodied in the materials engineering curriculum.

New Course "Applied Mathematical Methods in Materials" Offered This Fall

Associate Professor Dan Lewis is teaching this new course “Applied Mathematical Methods in Materials” (MTLE 4720).  Topics include linear algebra, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, tensor operations, symmetry operations, integral transformations, numerical methods and calculus of variations.

We welcome our newest faculty member, Ravishankar Sundararaman

Ravishankar Sundararaman is now the fifth assistant professor to join the department in five years, underscoring the rapid expansion of our vibrant interdisciplinary team of faculty members.  He received his PhD in Physics from Cornell University in 2013, where he worked with Prof. Tomas Arias on the development of computational methods based on density-functional theory (DFT) to predict properties of electronic materials in liquid environments, with applications to battery and fuel cell materials. 


The department celebrated the Class of 2016 graduation at a dinner event on May 27, 2016 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY.

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