In Memoriam: Professor Robert “Pete” Bragg

Robert Henry “Pete” Bragg, Jr., a professor emeritus in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in College of Engineering at UC Berkeley, passed away on October 3, 2017, at the age of 98.  Professor Bragg came to UC Berkeley in June of 1969, after graduating with a PhD in Physics from the Illinois Institute […]

Berkeley MSE Undergraduate Ranking Moves up to #2 in 2018 USN&WR Rankings

The 2018 US News and World Reports undergraduate rankings have been released and UC Berkeley’s Materials Engineering program has moved up a slot to number 2 in the nationally.  The complete rankings and links to more details can be found here.

Berkeley MSE Moves Up to 2 in the Shanghai Global Rankings

The recently released 2017 rankings from the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects list Berkeley MSE as number 2 worldwide in the field of Materials Science and Engineering.  The rankings are conducted under the Academic Ranking of World Universities.  The full ranking for MSE can be found here.

Exotic Phase Competition in Ferroic Materials

A team of students and postdocs lead by Prof. Lane Martin and Prof. R. Ramesh in Materials Science and Engineering and in collaboration with researchers from Pennsylvania State University, Argonne National Laboratory, the National Center for Electron Microscopy and the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of Colorado, Boulder, the Universidad […]

Congratulations to Professor Oscar Dubon on his appointment as the Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion!

Materials Science & Engineering Professor Oscar Dubón has been appointed as the Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion at UC Berkeley. He previously served as Associate Dean for Equity & Inclusion and Student Affairs for the College of Engineering. As Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion, Professor Dubón will provide leadership to broaden programmatic access; create equitable experiences […]

MSE Graduating Seniors Receive College of Engineering Departmental Challenge Award

At the undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 16th, MSE graduating seniors received the “Departmental Challenge Award” recognizing the their distinction as the group of students with the highest participation rate in the senior-gift campaign.  We congratulate our newest alumni, and gratefully acknowledge their contributions to our College!  

Citation Award goes to David Mrdjenovich!


Congratulations to David Mrdjenovich for receiving the MSE Department Citation Award! The Citation is awarded to distinguished individuals whose contributions to the department go beyond the call of duty and whose achievements exceed the standards of excellence in their fields. More information about the citation award can be found here:  

Martin and Minor Groups Make Ferroelectrics Go Extreme

A collaborative effort between MSE at Berkeley, the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the University of Pennsylvania has applied advanced growth and state-of-the-art characterization techniques to, for the first time, produce polarization gradients in materials which enable unprecedented operation of ferroelectrics across large temperature windows. The work, led […]

Capstone Project in Professor Xu’s Lab Wins Best Presentation Award at Showcase

Professor Xu’s Master of Engineering Capstone Team won the “Best Presentation” award at the Fung Institute’s Capstone Showcase on May 3rd. The award was given to the team with the most compelling and informative presentation, as voted by attendees of the Capstone Showcase. The team presented their work on a commercialization plan for a new […]

Professor Rob Ritchie has been elected as a foreign member of the Fellows of the Royal Society!

Congratulations to Professor Rob Ritchie, who has been elected as a foreign member of the Fellows of the Royal Society. Professor Ritchie was one of 10 new foreign members to receive this prestigious recognition this year. Rob is recognized for his “research into the mechanics and micro-mechanisms of fracture and fatigue of a broad range […]