Materials @ Mines

George S. Ansell Department of Metallurgical
and Materials Engineering

Metallurgical and materials engineering plays a role in all manufacturing processes which convert raw materials into useful products adapted to human needs. The primary goal of the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering program is to provide students with a fundamental knowledge-base associated with materials-processing, their properties, and their selection and application.

The emphasis in the department is on teaching and research focused toward materials processing operations which encompass: the conversion of mineral and chemical resources into metallic, ceramic or polymeric materials; the synthesis of new materials; refining and processing to produce high performance materials for applications from consumer products to automobiles, aerospace and electronics; the development of mechanical, chemical and physical properties of materials related to their processing and structure; and the selection of materials for specific applications.

Materials science is an interdisciplinary field involving the properties of matter and its applications to various areas of science and engineering. This scientific field investigates the relationship between the structure of materials at atomic or molecular scales and their macroscopic properties. Since this field incorporates elements from a variety of different fields, the interdisciplinary Materials Science program is a collaboration of Departments at Colorado School of Mines.

The interdisciplinary graduate program in Materials Science exists to educate students, with at least a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or science, in the diverse field of Materials Science. This diversity includes the four key foundational aspects of Materials Science – materials properties including characterization and modeling, materials structures, materials synthesis and processing and materials performance – as applied to materials of a variety of types (i.e., metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic materials and biomaterials). The Materials Science graduate program is responsible for administering MS (thesis and non-thesis) and PhD Degrees in Materials Science.

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Upcoming Seminar


Free Pour Fridays

  • Sign up on the foundry chalkboard (first come, first served) starting at 1 PM on Thursdays
  • 1 PM – 4 PM on Fridays in the foundry (HH 125)
  • Must be wearing laboratory attire (close-toed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt)
  • Please arrive promptly at 1 PM for safety briefing and short instructional lecture
  • Anyone may watch from the Mezzanine at any time
  • Contact Dr. Jeffrey King with any additional questions:
  • Direction to Foundry HH 125

Please note: Cancellations are possible. See chalkboard for details.