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Center for Materials Science & Engineering

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MIT Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)  (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The MIT Center for Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE), a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is devoted to the design, creation, and fundamental understanding of materials that are capable of enhancing the human experience. CMSE has a special mission: to foster collaborative, interdisciplinary research and education in the science and engineering of materials that will address the future needs of society. CMSE promotes collaboration among MIT faculty and between MIT faculty and researchers of other universities, industry, and government laboratories.

CMSE embraces a broad range of research avenues including the design of nanomaterials for electrochemical energy storage and conversion, multimaterial multifunctional nano-structured fibers, engineering living cells via nanomaterials, and tailoring optical properties of semiconductor nanomaterials.

Education & Outreach

Education is central to the CMSE mission. The Center offers a broad range of educational outreach programs for K-12 students and teachers, as well as undergraduates. The overriding objectives of all these programs are to inform and enthuse students and teachers; to teach materials science concepts; to provide “hands-on” experience with state-of-the-art research equipment and techniques; to contribute K-12 classroom material; and to encourage students to pursue careers in science and engineering.

Specific programs include Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and Research Experience for Teachers (RET) funded by NSF that enable participants to conduct summer research alongside CMSE experts while earning a stipend. CMSE collaborates with Roxbury Community College and with Bunker Hill Community College, both minority-rich two-year colleges, to engage community college students in current materials research. The primary goal of this program is to encourage a significant number of community college undergraduates to pursue careers in science and engineering.

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