Materials graduate program earns No. 26 ranking from U.S. News
The Department of Materials Science and Nanoengineering (MSNE) at Rice University rose 11 points to 26th place among the nation’s top materials engineering programs in the 2020 U.S. News and World Report ranking of graduate schools.
“I think we are getting more visible in the community through our outstanding research and through the excellence of the young faculty we have hired in the past two or three years,” said Pulickel M. Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor of Engineering and department chair.
MSNE has grown in national prominence in recent years. The department was established in 2014 when it separated after 52 years from mechanical engineering and became a discrete department. It has nine tenured/tenure track faculty members, four of whom were hired since 2014.
“Obviously,” Ajayan said, “we want to be in the top ten. We can do it if we can increase the faculty strength and increase the visibility of our accomplishments.”