Materials Education at the University of Missouri-Rolla: Educating Metallurgical and Ceramic Engineers


The Materials Science and Engineering Department (MSE) at the University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR) provides two ABET accredited undergraduate degree programs, metallurgical engineering and ceramic engineering, programs that have been offered at UMR since 1870 and 1926, respectively. Both degree programs are broad-based and comprehensive in curriculum, emphasizing fundamental principles, practical applications, oral, written, and electronic communication skills, and professional practice and ethics. Seventeen full-time and three research-active emeritus Ph.D. faculty members form the core of the MSE department, along with several faculty members from other engineering disciplines. UMR has one of the largest undergraduate programs in metallurgical engineering and ceramic engineering in the United States, with a total of 41 BS degrees in 2003-04. This paper outlines the history of the two programs, evolution of the metallurgy curriculum, enrollment and graduation trends, and discusses some of the challenges for the future.


Materials Science and Engineering

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Ceramic Engineering Programs; Engineering Education; Metallurgical Engineering Programs

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Publication Date

01 Jan 2005

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