matter does matterThe Department of Materials Engineering at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is the oldest Department of Materials Engineering in Israel. Since its establishment until today, the Department continues to lead in Israel and the world in teaching and research, thanks to a rich and diverse curriculum, first-rate faculty members, and high-level students. The Department has a long-standing tradition of outstanding scientific and engineering research, backed by the quality of people, infrastructure, and extensive connections with industry.

The materials from which the front of the technology is made​​

    • The development of modern industry, in all its branches, is conditioned to a growing extent by a fundamental recognition of the multifaceted properties of materials and their efficient utilization. Developing new processes and materials with unusual properties is often a starting point for promoting new engineering areas or solving complicated engineering problems. All this is possible through utilizing the knowledge acquired in materials engineering.

      ​The branches of industry, and especially knowledge-intensive industries, need more and more materials engineers whose job it is to develop new materials with unique properties. Such development requires extensive knowledge of the structure, properties and production processes of various materials such as metals, polymers, ceramic materials, semiconductors, biomedical materials, and composite materials.​

      Materials engineers are expected to play key roles:

🔸In research and development - Materials engineers are involved in the development of new materials and processes and in adapting processes to new applications in research laboratories and industry.​

🔸 In planning - materials engineers have a crucial role in selecting materials and production processes for engineering purposes that match the requirements of the planned product.

🔸In the process industry - materials engineers are used as process engineers responsible for managing the production processes in traditional industries and hi-tech such as microelectronics industries.

🔸In research - many of the Department's graduates go on to higher degree studies and later become involved in basic research in universities in Israel and abroad and in research institutions and companies such as KMG, Rafael, and IAI.


Materials engineers serve in technology management positions and are responsible for processes, as well as the effective planning of a working team to meet the required tasks. Materials engineers are active in the research and development  of advanced materials and new technological processes, in addition to the development and supervision of production processes and solving complicated engineering problems.

The Department of Materials Engineering was founded in order to meet this challenge of the requirements of the Israeli industry in the field of materials engineering.

The curriculu​​m​​​​​​

The Bachelor's degree program (B.Sc) gives graduates the title of engineer. The length of study for a bachelor's degree is four years. The studies combine lectures, practices, laboratories, and projects. The program provides a broad base that provides students with the principles of engineering and the ability to self-study, which will serve them in their work as an engineer.

In the first year of the degree, emphasis is placed on mastering basic science subjects such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computer programming, and basic engineering subjects. At the end of the first year, the student must choose between two proposed specialization programs: the structural materials program and the electronic materials program. In the second and third years, students are given the profession's principles and basic knowledge to understand processes and the behavior of materials under different conditions. Also, the relationship between the structure of the materials and their physical, mechanical, and electronic properties is emphasized. In the fourth year, students are given a broad spectrum of electives that allow expanding and deepening knowledge in a number of unique fields in materials engineering. This year also includes advanced laboratories and engineering project.

Advanced degrees

The Department of Materials Engineering allows students to pursue master's and doctoral degrees in materials engineering. The purpose of these degrees is to expand the student's theoretical knowledge load and deepen it, develop the self-thinking ability, initiative, and the ability to draw.

conclusions and other qualities that will be reflected when conducting research and development work in materials technology.

Faculty members​​​

The members of the senior academic staff in the Department divide their time between research, teaching and guiding students in final projects, and guiding graduate students. The areas of specialization of the faculty members in the Department embrace diverse fields such as: metallurgy, ceramic materials, materials for applications in renewable energy, nanomaterials and electronic nanodevices, and biological materials. Our faculty members have academic degrees and research backgrounds from leading institutions in Israel and around the world. In addition, many of them have a background in the industry, which includes hi-tech and defense industries. ​


Meet Prof. Roni Shneck, lecturer in materials engineering at Ben Gurion University.

Prof. Shneck was announced by the MAKO website as one of the most beloved lecturers in Israel and is known for wandering the country's paths, which he likes to do with his students.

The students say: "A lecturer who is first and foremost a personality. He smiles throughout the lesson and answers every question that comes up. Also, he has vast knowledge and excellent teaching ability, he makes efforts, helps, and explains clearly. It's nice to know that there are such kind people like Prof. Schneck, who have a true desire to help and explain. He is the reason I will continue for an advanced degree."