Materials

Think of all the different kinds of things you interact with everyday, then consider all the different kinds of materials from which they are made: plastic, metal, cotton, wood, glass, ceramics, synthetic fabric, paper, leather, etc.

Engineers not only design things based on available materials, they develop new materials that pave the way to better, safer, more effective products.

They work closely with scientists and other researchers to scale experimental methods that produce a small amount of a material in a lab into manufacturing processes that produce huge quantities that can go into making the things we buy.

  • Hannah Noll
    Process Engineer
    ATI
    NC, United States
  • Spring BreakIt

    http://gespringbreakit.tumblr.com/

    Have you ever wondered how materials engineers test the advanced materials they develop? GE gave people a sample of the process in their Spring BreakIt campaign to show people that when we know how materials melt, shatter and bend, we can make machines that don't.

    Resource Added: April 29, 2014

  • Sarah Sarnecki
    Engineer I
    General Dynamics NASSCO
    CA, United States
  • Annabel Chen Posted on September 11, 2013 by Annabel Chen
    Shine Bright Like a Morpho
    Engineers look to butterfly wings to inspire the fabric of the future.
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    Resource Added: September 11, 2013

    Latest Update: September 11, 2013

  • Annabel Chen Posted on August 26, 2013 by Annabel Chen
    Sharks Take a Bite Out of Disease
    The ocean's top predators teach engineers a few things about controlling bacteria.
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    Resource Added: August 26, 2013

    Latest Update: September 11, 2013

  • Jennifer Polivka
    Test Engineer
    Nike
    Portland, OR, United States
  • Kate Gramling Posted on October 16, 2012 by Kate Gramling
    Computer or Temporary tattoo
    Engineers working in an area of “biointegrated technology” have created electronic sensors so small and light that you can wear them like temporary tattoos.
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    Resource Added: October 16, 2012

    Latest Update: October 17, 2012

  • Abby Estabillo Posted on August 7, 2012 by Abby Estabillo
    Nesli Kohen
    Interview with Nesli Kohen
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    Resource Added: August 7, 2012

    Latest Update: October 19, 2012

  • Martha J. Coston
    Developed signal flares that are still used by the U.S. Navy today.
    Coston Supply Company
  • Helen Augusta Blanchard
    One of the greatest inventors of the industrial era.
    Blanchard Overseaming Company
  • Sara DaSilva
    Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
    Praxair, Inc.
    Spring, TX, United States
  • Andrea Armani
    Assoc Professor
    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Basma EL ZEIN
    Research Scientist
    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Nandika D'Souza
    Professor
    University of North Texas
    Denton, TX, United States
  • Marita Cheng
    Student
    The University of Melbourne/ Imperial College London
    London, (No State Selected), United Kingdom
  • Mona Vernon
    Senior Director, Emerging Technology
    Thomson Reuters
    Boston, MA
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