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The School of Materials Science and Engineering (SMSE) has a history dating back to 1953. First as a section, then as the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and since 2010 under its present name, it continues to build on its motto, namely, honesty, rigor, challenge, and innovation.

The School currently comprises four departments, namely, Department of Materials Science, Department of Material Forming and Control Engineering, Department of Materials Physics, and Department of Materials Engineering with degree programs at bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.

The School now has 74 faculty members and supporting staff, including 22 professors. The faculty is committed to research and teaching, and has been widely recognized by prestigeous national and provincial honors, including National Thousand Talents Plan (1), Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University (4), Shuangchuang Talents Plan of Jiangsu province(2), Jiangsu “333” High-level Cultivation Program (5), and Jiangsu Provincial Innovative Program(3). SMSE has undertaken projects supported by the Key Project of Chinese National Programs for Fundamental Research and Development (973 Program), National High-tech Research and Development Projects (863), and National Natural Science Foundation of China.

The School has extensive collaborations internationally and with other Chinese institutions. An increasing number of international students are coming to study at the School.

The research of the School mainly focuses on the following areas: new material and advanced composite material, nano-material and amorphous alloy, advanced welding and advanced processing technology, severe plastic deformation ultra-fine/nano-crystalline material, materials with graded structures, functional materials, energy materials, super-plastic processing, biomedical and biomimetic materials, reclamation of solid wastes,  and advanced function and structure ceramic material.