Rensselaer's Materials Science and Engineering program currently focuses on research themes including discovering, synthesizing, processing, and characterizing novel materials for pivotal and emerging technologies, understanding atomistic and molecular level phenomena and relating them to key properties (e.g., mechanical, electronic, magnetic, thermal, optical) through experiment and computational modeling. Examples include nanomaterials, biomaterials, electronic materials, metals, polymers, ceramics and glasses, and composites in bulk and thin film forms. These have applications in nanoelectronics, optical and magnetic devices, high strength and high temperature structures, biochemical sensing, thermal management, and energy generation, conversion, and storage. In addition to impacting many key technologies, our research programs serve as platforms for multidisciplinary learning and collaborations across many fields of science and engineering.
Rensselaer is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by a number of professional and academic societies.