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Chair’s Welcome Message

Welcome to the digital home of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UC Davis!

We form the core of the groundbreaking materials research being conducted across the UC Davis campus, combining the concepts of the basic sciences (chemistry, physics, applied math, and biology) with engineering concepts and our ingenuity to design new materials with improved properties for the ever-demanding needs of the world. Our research and teaching activities cover the full breadth of the field, with special emphasis on materials under extreme conditions, functional properties of materials, ceramics and amorphous solids and materials processing.

Established in 2016, we are the newest department in the College of Engineering at UC Davis, however, we have a long, outstanding record of educating undergraduate and graduate students and advancing the field of materials research for over 50 years. We offer an ABET-accredited B.S. degree and a minor for other undergraduate majors, as well as three graduate degrees (project-based M.Eng. degree, thesis-based M.S. degree, and a Ph.D. degree) allowing students to tailor their education for their future career interests.

This stimulating academic environment is located in beautiful Northern California, where we get to take advantage of the small town charm of the city of Davis, while being within easy reach of the cultural and culinary attractions of San Francisco, the beautiful outdoor activities in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and Napa and Sonoma Valleys with their world-renowned wineries.

I encourage you to learn more about our family of materials science and engineering at UC Davis by exploring the rest of our department website.


uc davis materials science engineering department vice chairYayoi Takamura

Department Chair
2009 Kemper Hall


uc davis materials science engineering vice chair susan gentrySusan Gentry

Vice Chair
2011 Kemper Hall


Andrea HollandAndrea Holland

Chief Administrative Officer
3051 Ghausi Hall


Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide the highest quality of education and prepare a diverse group of students for successful careers by building a strong base of technical knowledge and professional ethics while advancing the frontiers of materials science and engineering through teaching, research, and outreach.

The materials science and engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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Graduate student Julie Soderlind works with Professor Subhash Risbud and Yong Han at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California on magnesium alloy scaffolds for biomedical implant applications. Photo: Alexander Fisher-Wagner/UC Davis.