About the Department

The breadth of training afforded to engineers specializing in the fields of metallurgical and materials engineering permits entry into many exciting fields.

Virtually every component of any engineered structure is limited by the properties of the materials chosen for its fabrication. The selection, methods of production, treatment, and finishing of the materials depend on individuals trained in metallurgical and materials engineering. All fields of engineering involve metallic, ceramic, polymeric, or composite materials. Exciting challenges exist today in the development and application of new materials, which range from the new generation of superconductors and ultra lightweight composites to new magnetic-recording media and sophisticated high-temperature alloys.

The curriculum at The University of Alabama provides classes that develop the underlying scientific and engineering principles involved in these areas. Student are exposed to an integrated learning experience in the classroom and laboratories, involving lectures, projects and problem-solving assignments. Stimulated by an environment of sophisticated equipment and computer technology, students experience individual attention from faculty through specialized research projects and classwork. Graduates of our department have distinguished themselves in many careers, holding a wide range of managerial, scientific and engineering positions across the country in industry, government and education.


To provide a high quality education in metallurgical and materials engineering with emphasis on student-centered research and scholarly activities, service to community and industry, and professional practice in metallurgical and materials engineering, all conducted in an environment that celebrates discovery and diversity.


It is the mission of the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering to provide excellence in teaching, research and service to the state of Alabama, the United States and the world as follows:

TEACHING: The Department will provide an outstanding education that balances theoretical and practical instruction for the design, analysis and operation of materials systems. This will provide the state and the nation with outstanding engineers for scientific, technical, economic and societal development. Students will excel in an environment that challenges and nurtures their potential to become leaders in the global metallurgical and materials engineering community.

RESEARCH: The Department will conduct world class research in the field of metallurgical and materials engineering. The research will encompass both fundamental and applied knowledge in the areas of synthesis, processing, structure, properties and performance of materials.

SERVICE: The Department will engage and serve society, industry and the engineering profession through the promotion of and participation in activities that advance knowledge of metallurgy and materials for the benefit of society, the economy and the environment.