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Research the infinitesimally small to achieve breakthroughs of global significance.

The MSE Experience | Stories & Voices

Learn more about Stanford Materials Science and Engineering from our community.

Dana Cortade, Student
Dana Cortade
PhD candidate, Materials Science and Engineering

“ I wanted to build the tricorder from Star Trek and use it for mental health. ... ”

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Karsu Ipek Kilic
Student, PhD candidate, Mechanical Engineering

“ Engineering is my priority but I’m happy I have other things in my life. Being well rounded is import ... ”

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Amnahir Peña-Alcántara
PhD Student, Materials Science and Engineering

“ When I was a kid, I went to my older brother’s Lego League practices all the time. That’s really wher ... ”

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Materials Science and Engineering | Academics & Admissions

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Our faculty and students research the infinitesimally small to achieve breakthroughs of global significance.

Professor Mark Brongersma and Students

Why Stanford MSE?

Stanford’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) focuses on the structures and properties of nanoscale components. This exciting area of engineering informs the direction of the curriculum.

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MSE Latest News & Updates

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) faculty and student research spans from the infinitesimally small to the macroscopic scale to achieve breakthroughs of global significance. Explore more exciting news here.

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Stanford Academic Calendar, 2020-21

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, academic dates and deadlines published here may differ from the practices of previous year and they are subject to change. 

Welcome from the Chair

Alberto Salleo


It is one of our top goals to continue to attract the best and brightest students from the U.S. and around the world. We feel that the mixture of a core curriculum in materials science and engineering fundamentals and leading-edge independent research is exceptional preparation for future scientists and engineers.

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