The Center for Materials Science at James Madison University was established in 1996 as a resource to integrate undergraduate education with basic and applied research in materials science. The Center is a multidisciplinary initiative of the College of Integrated Science and Technology, the College of Science and Mathematics, and the School of Engineering. Faculty in five different departments participate in the Center. The Center provides students the opportunity to develop broad multidisciplinary skills and knowledge in the science of materials.
The educational mission of CMS is to develop and maintain an innovative interdisciplinary 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.
The research mission of CMS is to increase funding for applied and basic research in materials science. Faculty and students focus on problems of interest to industry and government including materials characterization, processing, and applications.