The Department of Materials Engineering (formerly known as the Department of Metallurgy) was established in the year 1945 and is dedicated to the advancement of education and research in metallurgy and materials engineering. It had initiated teaching programs at the bachelor’s degree level and master’s degree level in 1947 and 1964 respectively. The first ever research conferment in metallurgy in India, A.I.I.Sc., was made in 1951. The first doctoral degree was awarded in 1971 and the first D.Sc. degree was awarded in 1992.
The Silver Jubilee of the Department was celebrated in 1972 with twin International Symposia on “Defect Interactions in Solids” and “Industrial Metallurgy”. During 1997, the Golden Jubilee of the Department was marked by an International Symposium on “Recent Advances in Metallurgical Processes”. The Diamond Jubilee of the Department was celebrated during 2006-2007.
At present, the Department has faculty strength of 21 academic and 6 scientific staff. Presently about 100 research students are enrolled for the Ph.D. and M.Sc. (Engg.) programs and 44 students are pursuing the M.E. degree. To date the Department has produced 1690 graduates including 201 Ph.D., 150 M.Sc. (Engg.) and 635 Master.s degree students. The research interests of the Department encompass Advanced Materials including nano-and bio-materials, ceramics, polymers, Structure-property relationship in metallic and non-metallic materials in both crystalline and amorphous form and advanced composites, in addition to the core areas like Process Metallurgy, Extractive Metallurgy, Physical Metallurgy and Mechanical behavior of materials. The Department plays a major role in the Advanced Facility for Microscopy and Microanalysis.
Recently, the department has received the status of the Networking Resource Centre for Materials (NRC-M), from the University Grants Commission, to promote interactions with academic institutions in materials science and engineering. These interactions are aimed at collaborations between researchers at the centre and those at partner institutions. The idea is to leverage the expertise and the research infrastructure available at the centre to help augment the infrastructure, skills and research profile of the partner institutions.
The total number publications from the Department has exceeded 150 per year in recent years. Research collaborations exist with universities and laboratories in Japan, China, Korea, Singapore, UK, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Mexico and USA. The Department is also active in the area of industrial consultancy.