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Materials Engineering

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

Graduates of the materials engineering program at the University of Kentucky will:

  • Excel in their chosen career pathways as practicing materials engineers or through the pursuit of advanced technical or professional degrees
  • Impact their profession through effective leadership, communication, teamwork and creative solution strategies to address global and societal issues
  • Apply their engineering training to contribute to the health, safety, environmental and economic well-being of their communities
  • Seek continuing education, professional development and career advancement opportunities

Student Outcomes (SOs)

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies


Enrollment and Graduation

AY Fall Enrollment* Spring Enrollment* Graduates**
  MSE College MSE College MSE College
2023-24 54 3136        
2022-23 57 3,085 56 2,812 14 667
2021-22 59 3,079 64 2,768 14 587
2020-21 86 3,192 80 2,858 27 616
2019-20 83 3,336 86 2,999 15 601
2018-19 91 3,398 86 2,986 19 653
2017-18 73 3,382 78 3,102 16 623

*Some of our first-year students enter undeclared and are not included in Fall and Spring enrollments for the individual programs but are included in the College numbers.

**Graduates include December, May and August. For example, 2017-18 graduates are December 2017, May 2018 and August 2018.