The Metallurgical Engineering Program was established in 1901. Our program still maintains the core teaching & research in extractive metallurgy and serving mineral industries. In recent years, the program has extended to new areas of research such as manufacturing, materials, and energy. Metallurgical Engineering has been very a research-intensive Department. The world renowned faculty and high quality of students have generated almost $10 million in research grants from external sources. The major fundings are from the Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program in the emerging areas of Metals and Materials Processing. In addition to that we have a number of grants from NSF, DOD, NASA and from the Mineral Industries. We are graduating 11 Ph.Ds /year and they have been employed in various Universities, Industries, and National Labs.
Our undergraduate student enrollment is increasing steadily. In 2014, we had 88 undergraduate students and we are going to reach around 100 in the next few years. The increase in enrolment is directly related to scholarships. Scholarships are essential in attracting high quality students to the program.
Last year we established the Roger & Dawn Renewable Energy Center with a gift from Roger and Dawn Crus. This center is designed to train students in Renewable Energy and other technologies for the benefit of society. This Center is developing technologies in the areas of clean energy, health, and water purification.
Our faculty members are very active in entrepreneurship and technology development. At the present time, the spin-off companies of our faculty have been awarded three NSF funded STTR/SBIR, one NIH funded STTR, and one DOD funded STTR. This is an exciting development that our faculty and students can transform research to innovation and economic development.
All the best,