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Message from the Department Head

Veerle KeppensThank you for your interest in the University of Tennessee’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). Our faculty, staff, and students are proud of the department’s accomplishments and we want to share them with you.

Materials science is an interdisciplinary field, at the forefront of science and engineering. In the 21st century, we truly live in a “materials world”, and a sustainable future largely depends on materials with increasingly sophisticated properties. Through the discovery of novel materials and by looking into ways to manipulate the properties to make promising materials stronger or “smarter”, our MSE faculty and students work towards solving tomorrow’s technological challenges and are impacting people’s lives in countless ways.

If you are considering a career in engineering, I encourage you to take an in-depth look at the field of materials science and engineering at The University of Tennessee. Our undergraduate program features a low student to faculty ratio and is accredited by the ABET Engineering Accreditation Program. The quality of our professors assures excellent opportunities for an outstanding undergraduate education. We are located within 45 minutes of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and have numerous collaborative activities with this world-renowned institution as well as with local industry, many of which involve our students.

The UT Department of Materials Science and Engineering has a great deal to offer—we hope you will give us serious consideration as you plan for your academic future.


Dr. Veerle Keppens
Professor and Department Head
The University of Tennessee
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
414F Ferris Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996-2100

Tel: (865) 974-5336
Fax: (865) 974-4115