Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Department of Materials Science & Engineering

MSE stands among the best materials, metallurgy and ceramics departments in the nation. The department firmly believes that research is teaching, and so students of all levels are involved in almost every research and development project. The bachelor’s degree program provides a broad materials science and engineering core with specialization in ceramics, electronic materials, metals or polymeric and biomaterials. Biomaterials is also taught at the combination bachelor’s/master’s level.

At UF, the Nuclear Engineering program is housed within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The program offers students an opportunity to work on research teams related to backscatter radiation, extreme environments testing and nuclear fuel cycles. Students conduct research alongside academics and in partnership with national labs and government agencies, including Idaho National Laboratory and the Department of Energy.


100 Rhines Hall
P.O. Box 116400
Gainesville, FL 32611-6400


Administration & Advising

Michele Manuel

Wolfgang Sigmund
Graduate Coordinator

Gerhard E. Fuchs
Undergraduate Coordinator

Andreas Enqvist
Nuclear Engineering Program Director
(352) 294-2177

DuWayne Schubring
NE Undergraduate Coordinator

Justin Watson
NE Graduate Coordinator
(352) 273-0241

What do Materials Engineers do?

Everything Americans use is composed of materials, from computer chips to flexible concrete skyscrapers, from plastic bags to artificial hips, from fiber optical cables to automobiles. Materials Science and Engineering makes these materials reliable and useful through design, processing, and analysis of controlled compositions, microstructures, and properties. Without new materials, the next generation of computers, automobiles, aircraft telecommunications, skyscrapers, and medical implants will not exist. Materials of the future will be smart and think on their own, in addition to meeting traditional property demands. This field abounds with scientific challenges and technological excitement.

Nuclear Engineering includes the design, development, and operation of nuclear power systems; numeric simulation of nuclear systems; health physics and radiation protection; radiation imaging; radiation measurements; national security and non-proliferation; nondestructive examination of materials and structures using radiation techniques; use of radiation in medicine for treatment and diagnostics; and using radiation in food processing, industrial processing, and manufacturing control.

Source: UF Catalog