The Cal Poly Materials Engineering Department offers the only primarily undergraduate materials engineering program of the 53 materials science and engineering departments in the United States. It is student-centered with lots of hands-on learning by doing. Faculty and staff are dedicated to providing a positive learning environment where students learn engineering fundamentals, gain experience with materials characterization and testing equipment, and develop teamwork and professional skills. The MATE curriculum allows flexibility with breadth electives, as well as specialization with technical electives.

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Senior Projects from 2022

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Deep Ocean Vehicle (DOV) Scientific Payload, Nichole "Nikki" T. Arm, Mason Gariepy, Brianna Roberts, and Kyle C. Walsh

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Stabilization of Palm Wood using Water-based Impregnation, David A. Barnes

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Effect of Oxygen Equivalence on the Strength and Toughness of Ti-6Al-4V Forgings, Kira Baylor and Clarissa Drouillard

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Processing and Characterization of Silicon Nitride for Rapid and Low-Level Detection of Water Pathogens, Arielle H. Buchanan and Logan A. Chai

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Citric or Acetic Acid Effects on the Crosslinking of PVOH, Samuel Carr and Erika Szaldobagyi

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In Situ Marine Biodegradation of Poly(lactic) Acid and Thermoplastic Starch Blends, Brittany DeNicholas

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Non-Destructive Material Analysis of Metals and Composites via Thermography, Jonathan R. Doubt and James L. Chapman

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A Waste Biomass-Derived Activated Carbon Tailpipe Attachment for Carbon Dioxide Capture of Automotive Exhaust, Nicolas Galardi and Alison Chew

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Soil Degradation of a Plastic Blend of Opuntia Ficusindica Juice, Animal Protein and Beeswax, Isabel A. Gamez and Daniel R. Kava

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Utilization of 8630 Steel in Golf Club Irons for Improved Performance, Gunnar Hollingshaus and Danielle Reyes

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Evaluating the Effects of Granulated Rubber and Glass Fibers in Polymer Concrete as a Structural Material for Wafer Grinding Machines, Kevin Gabriel Kuehn and Philip Randall Streeter

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Bio-Inspired Fire-Resistant Building Materials, Ryan Lee

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Effects of Release Materials and Temperature Ramp Rates on the Surface Finish of Carbon-Fiber Composite Components, Sudeep Louis, Thucmy Dang, and Ethan Schlocker

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Determining the Efficacy of a Silica and Bacterial Cellulose Composite Model System, Hannah Martin and Daisy Kamp

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Cable Transit De-icing Project, Brooke Marvin, Christian DeGrood, James Lavelle, and Shanna Plouff

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Investigation of the Effects of Cladding Layers on Longitudinal and Transverse Mechanical Properties in Composite Laminates, Rachel Potratz, Tiffany Foo, and Joseph Kamlet

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Analysis of Novel Corrosion Resistant Maraging Steels for Use in Additive Manufacturing, Bradley Michael Samuel and James Knowlton Smith

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Dynamic Mechanical Analysis of Two Component Epoxy Crosslinking Networks After Solvent Exposure, James E. Shannon

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Effect of Gamma-Ray Irradiation and Surface Scratching on the Passivation Layer of Stainless Steel Components in Single-Use Systems, RuiQian Sun and Joaquin Nukaya-Petralia

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Inclusion and Defect Reduction by Optimization of Vacuum Induction Melting Process Parameters for Investment Casting, Christopher P. Thornburgh and Ryland Takayesu