A Brief History of Materials Science and Engineering Program at UCF Prof Vimal Desai, Professor of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering (MMAE) started the Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC), a Type II UCF Center in 1998. The mission of the center is focused on Interdisciplinary Materials Research and Education. In 1999, 2000, MS and Ph.D. program in Materials Science and Engineering was established in MMAE under the leadership of Prof. Louis Chow (then Chair of MMAE). In 2012, a stand-alone Materials Science and Engineering Department (MSE) was established in the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS), 6th Department in CECS. Prof. Kevin Coffey of MSE was appointed as the Interim Chair of the MSE Department. In 2014, Prof. Sudipta Seal, Director of AMPAC and Nanoscience Technology Center was appointed as Interim Chair of MSE. In 2017, Dr. Seal was selected as Chair of the MSE Department. In 2019, Prof Jiyu Fang of MSE was selected as Director of AMPAC. In 2020, an Undergraduate MSE program was established and approved by UCF and the State of Florida, 2nd only Department in the State to have the MSE UG program. MSE Department has 21 tenure and tenure earning faculty, more than 25 Secondary joint appointment faculty, 2 Senior, lecturer, and instructor. Both AMPAC and MSE have 7 Administrative Staff and 2 Engineers.
- Make UCF an international leader in materials science and engineering in research and education
- Excel in the development, processing, and characterization of advanced materials, achieving international prominence in targeted research areas (Research and Education)
- Provide leadership in materials science and engineering research and education, working in partnership with all colleges, departments, and centers involved in interdisciplinary research and education (Interdisciplinary Research)
- Partner for economic growth, community engagement, and industrial development with government and corporate entities through interdisciplinary research and education in advanced materials in various length scales (Partnership)In 1999, 2000, MS and Ph.D. program in Materials Science and Engineering was established in MMAE under the leadership of Prof. Louis Chow (then Chair of MMAE).