In order to provide future materials engineers with an optimal understanding of the properties of materials and their measurement methods, the Department of Materials Engineering at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev provides students with a multidisciplinary education: knowledge of chemistry (chemical metals, ceramic compounds and polymers), physics (mechanics, electricity, optics, solid state physics and quantum mechanics) and technological knowledge needed to design innovative processing and manufacturing processes.
In the first year of studies, students in the Department study the core and introductory courses in the field to provide them with a quality basis for continuing the degree. In the second year of studies in the one-departmental track, students choose a specialization track: structural materials or electronic materials.
In the electronic materials specialization, students focus on studying the structure, properties, production and characterization of materials and devices for the microelectronics and high-tech industries. Graduates of the program are employed in companies such as: Intel, Applied Materials, TowerJazz, Vishay, SolarEdge, Orbotech, Elbit, Flextronics, Motorola and many others.
In the structural materials specialization, students focus on studying the properties, production, and characterization of smart and advanced structural materials for leading civil and defense industries. Graduates of the program are employed in companies such Nuclear Research Center, Teva, Rafael, Soreq Nuclear Research Center, the IDF Laboratories, Israel Aerospace Industry, the Dead Sea Plants, Bromine Compounds, and many other places.
The Department offers the option for outstanding students to study for a double degree in collaboration with the following departments:
✅ Double degree in materials engineering and mechanical engineering.
✅ Double degree in materials engineering and physics.
Also, the Department participates in the Bachelor's degree honors intended for students with a bachelor's degree in materials engineering at the end of the sixth semester. As part of this program, students can complete their Bachelor's degree and master's degree within one additional year of study. These students are entitled to a subsistence scholarship (full details can be found in the yearbook of the Department).