Center for Materials Science (CSM/CISE)

Contact Information

Dr. Christopher Hughes, Director

Contact Details


The educational mission of the Center for Materials Science is to develop and maintain an innovative cross disciplinary and multidisciplinary undergraduate program in materials science that will increase the maturation of students, their research experience and their employment opportunities. The mission includes the integration of undergraduate education with basic and applied research in materials science. Faculty and students focus on problems of interest to industry and government in materials processing, materials characterization, materials applications and thermal sciences including thermal structural interactions and infrared analysis.

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Involves Faculty, Involves Staff, Involves Students


1996 - The Cener for Materials Science at JMU as established.


Ongoing (Currently in existence, year round)

Benefits for Faculty, Students, Community, and Institution

The Center provides students the opportunity to develop broad multidisciplinary skills and knowledge in the science of materials. The research mission of the Center is to increase funding for applied and basic research in materials science, which benefits not only the faculty and students that focus on these problems of interest, but the institution as a whole.

Areas of Engagement

Engaged Learning


Department or Center

On/Off campus

On campus

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