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photos of students working in labsMaterials Engineering (MATE) is the story of "stuff". All the stuff around you is made of various materials: your plastic toothbrush, porcelain toilet, metal car, and composites sunglasses!

For every manufactured product, choices were made about each material used in its design. Materials engineers are the experts who know which materials can be selected based upon the end user's needs. Materials engineers understand why materials behave the way they do and can develop new materials to fit specific purposes. 

Cal Poly Materials Engineering is the only primarily undergraduate materials engineering program in the USA.

Why MATE at Cal Poly? 

Cal Poly Materials Engineering is the only primarily undergraduate materials engineering program in the USA. We are student-centered with lots of hands-on learning by doing. Students proudly refer to our department as being a family because students, faculty and staff know and support each other. 

Faculty and staff are dedicated to providing a positive learning environment where students learn engineering fundamentals, gain experience with materials characterization and testing equipment, and develop teamwork and professional skills. The MATE curriculum allows flexibility with breadth electives, as well as specialization with technical electives.


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Materials Engineering Department
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

Location: 41A-229

Phone: (805) 756-2568

Email: matedept@calpoly.edu

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