Materials Science and Engineering: Our Favorite Links
Below are all of the links we've mentioned throughout this section of the web site, and more! We've collected links to some of the best sites that present MSE videos, interviews with professors, students, and professionals, the history of materials science, and informaiton on careers and salaries for materials scientists.
- Strange Matter
"Discover the secrets of everyday stuff!" This is the official, interactive web site of the Strange Matter traveling exhibition, developed by the Ontario Science Centre and presented by the Materials Research Society with the support of the National Science Foundation. Requires the Flash Player (free).
- The Official Nobel Foundation Web Site: Games and Education
You probably don't associate "games" with "Nobel Prize"...but maybe you should! They offer online games and learning about a variety of materials science and other topics. Requires the Flash Player (free).
- Engineering's Grand Challenges
This web site, produced by the National Academy of Engineering, outlines challenges facing the world in the 21st century that engineers can help solve. Materials scientists will have a crucial role to play in solving many of them!
- Kids' Guide to States of Matter
This page from onlineschools.org provides an introduction to the three main states of matter (solid, liquid, and gas) and plenty of links for both kids and teachers who want to learn more. Links include videos, games, quizzes, lesson plans, and experiments.
- Weird, Weird Science
John Sizemore offers movies on a variety of topics on his Dailymotion site. His "Zoom Into..." series of videos about materials includes Zoom Into Steel, Zoom Into Brass, Zoom Into Concrete, Zoom Into Aluminium, Zoom Into Plastic, and Zoom Into A Carbon Fiber.
- When Things Get Small
"What could a stadium-sized bowl of peanuts, a shrinking elephant, and a crazed hockey player have to do with nanoscience?" Adam Smith and Ivan Schuller from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) will tell you in this Emmy Award-winning short film.
- Introduction to Materials Science for Prospective Students
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's introduction to materials science and engineering, including videos created by their faculty.
- OSU's Materials Science and Engineering Blog
Ohio State University's MSE blog, which also includes links to videos and materials in the news. You might also enjoy their department's "What Is MSE?" page.
- What Is Materials Science and Engineering?
Watch an introductory video, listen to a radio broadcast introduction to materials produced by students, and learn more about MSE at Drexel University's web site.
- What Is MSE?
Georgia Tech's history of materials, "Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Choose MSE," and career information.
- Discovering Materials Science
Cornell University's introduction to materials science and engineering.
- Polymers and Liquid Crystals: The Virtual Lab
For a more advanced interactive experience, try out these simulations of lab experiments. Requires the Flash Player and Shockwave Player (both free).
- Materials Science on Wikipedia
A great article covering the basics, classes of materials, materials in industry, major topics, and the history of the field.
- The Greatest Moments in MSE
The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) counts down the 50 most important materials discoveries and tools from prehistory to today.
- IOM3: The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
This UK institute's site has a section on materials education and training, including information for K-12 and prospective college students, teachers, and parents; as well a list of European workshops available to more advanced students. The site also features videos from the Young Persons' World Lecture Competition, in which materials science and engineering students present their research and discoveries.
- The Sloan Career Cornerstone Center: Materials Science and Engineering
Learn what it takes to plan for a career in materials science and engineering from pre-college to post-graduate school. Includes career and earnings forecasts, examples of industries and jobs, and downloadable resources.
- The Materials
Science and Engineering Career Resources Center
This site describes the field of materials science, explains the presence and roles of materials in everyday life, and provides surveys of and interviews with materials engineers.
- University of Maryland Energy Research Center (UMERC)
Find out what researchers throughout the university are doing to improve alternative energy, energy policy and economics, and energy education.
- Alternative Energy Tutorial
Covers the fundamentals including batteries, fuel cells, conducting polymers, inorganics, liquid and solid electrolytes, and plasticizers and binders.