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Education of Materials Science and Engineering at USST can be traced back to the Industrial Mold and Tooling program of Shanghai National Mechanical College since 1952. Around 5000 professionals (both undergraduates and graduates) have since be trained, as the original Tooling program evolved to undergraduate programs such as “Materials Shaping and Mold” and “Materials Forming and Control Engineering”, with an earned regional/national reputation over the past decades.

Established in 2009, the newly integrated School of Materials Science and Engineering (SMSE) at USST adheres to the university tradition featuring the fusion of Chinese and Western educational styles and an open mind to academic diversity. SMSE strives for excellence in both education and research. With its core value “Let every talent flourish”, SMSE seeks to become an institution with national and international recognition featuring the fabrication and application of functional materials, by keeping abreast with the needs from the society, by reaching out to the industrial world, by carrying out cutting edge research and integrating scientific research with classroom and lab teaching and training, and most of all, by pursuing talents and creating an environment for innovations.

Educational Programs

2 Undergraduate Majors:

Materials Science and Engineering

(a “National Engineering Education Certification” program, a “Shanghai First-class Undergraduate Major”, a “Shanghai Prominent Engineers Education” pilot program)

Materials Forming and Control Engineering

(a “National Engineering Education Certification” program, a “Shanghai First-class Undergraduate Major”, a “Shanghai Undergraduate Education Highland” program)

2 ME programs:

Materials Science and Engineering

Materials and Chemical Engineering

2 Ph.D Programs:

Electrical and Mechanical Functional Materials

New Energy Materials

Yearly recruitment:

140 undergraduates and 220 graduates

Emphasized Research Areas

Advanced Energy Materials

Carbon-Based Functional Materials

Electrical Functional Materials

Electrohydrodynamic Atomization

Functional Alloys and Forming Technology

Additive Manufacturing

Low-dimensional Materials/Biomaterials

Nanocatalysis and Sensing Materials

Rare Earth Polymetallic Materials


95% of the faculty own doctorate degree. There are 14 full professors, of whom many are candidates or winners of several national talent programs, such as “Cheung Kong Scholar”, “Oriental Talents”, ‘Pujiang Talents” etc. Over 60% of the faculty members have oversea experience. Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering and Chinese Academy of Science, HU Zhaolin and WANG Zhonglin are among the honorary and/or guest professors.

Laboratory Facilities

Labs of the School, totaling to 4500 square meters are equipped with apparatus and instruments for materials fabrication, property testing, structure characterization and surface modification, with a total value at 70 million RMB yuan. Four international university-corporation joint laboratories (Interdisplinary Centre for Additive Manufacturing, USST-Zwick, USST-PerkinElmer and USST-FEI) host >50 state-of-the-art instruments, such as HRTEM, SEM, XRD, AFM, ROMAN, FTIR, GPC, DMA, TG, DSC and ICP.

Cutting-edge Research

Faculty members of SMSE, USST, over the past three years, have been awarded with > 50 high profile research programs by national agencies such as the 973, the 863 and the National Science Foundation of China, in addition to governmental agencies. Research funding has also come from corporate sources, such as Baowu Steel, Shanghai Electric, Shanghai Volkswagen, Shanghai GM, SAIC Motorand HuaYi Group. The annual research funding now exceeds 10 million RMB.

The faculty members make >100 SCI publications in technical journals and > 100 patent applications each year. The School owns the intellectual property to tens of new materials, represented by highly conductive alloys, new energy materials, nano-carbon materials, special graphites, advanced forming and manufacturing technologies,etc.

Working Closely with Society

SMSE, USST is a standing council member of Chinese Heat Treatment Society, Chinese New Materials Society, and Chinese Energy Society. We are also the leading organizer of several regional societies, including Shanghai Die & Mould Trade Association, Shanghai New Carbon Materials Trade Union, Shanghai PU Union, Shanghai New Materials Trade Union and Shanghai Trade Union of Steels Service. Extensive cooperation is underway with Baowu Steel, Shanghai Electric, Shanghai Volkswagen, Shanghai GM, SAIC Motor and HuaYi Group.

International Cooperation

SMSE, USST is actively engaged in academic cooperation with universities, corporations and research institutions from countries such as Germany, USA, UK and Australia. Cooperative educational programs in various forms have been established, which offers Chinese and oversea students valuable opportunities to go oversea or come to SMSE, USST for education and innovation activities.

Support for Students

SMSE, USST actively explores new ways for the training of excellent materials engineers by implementing a Materials Science and Engineering core curriculum taught in English and strengthening students’ hand-on engineering skills through integrated labs and a cluster of undergraduate and postgraduate-level innovation projects. Additionally, all faculty members serve the duty as undergraduate advisor and offer their guidance for course learning, innovation activities, career plan, graduation projects and job placement to each student. SMSE, USST financially supports undergraduate and postgraduate scientific innovation activities in the form of scholarship to enhance the students’ competence. Graduates from the School have been well received over the past decades, with a job placement ratio for graduates standing at 98%.