Materials science or materials engineering is an interdisciplinary field involving the properties of matter and its applications to various areas of science and engineering. This science investigates the relationship between the structure of materials at atomic or molecular scales and their macroscopic properties. It includes elements of applied physics and chemistry, as well as chemical, mechanical, civil and electrical engineering. With significant media attention focused on nanoscience and nanotechnology in recent years, materials science has been propelled to the forefront at many universities. It is also an important part of forensic engineering and failure analysis.
- Materials Research Society, MRS
- ASM International
- The Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society, TMS
- American Ceramic Society, ACerS
- NACE International
- The American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers