The Cornell College of Engineering, with an overall ranking of 10th in the nation, had six of its graduate programs recognized in the top 10 of U.S. News and World Report's 2011 rankings of "America's Best Graduate Schools" and individual disciplines. Within the engineering disciplines, it is rated 8th for materials (tied with Georgia Tech, Pennsylvania State University, and University of Florida.
Northwestern University's Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science is one of the top 3 in the nation for "Materials". The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is recognized throughout the materials community for its educational and research accomplishments.
The Materials Department at UC Santa Barbara is ranked in the top 4 nationally for the specialty. The Materials Department offers programs leading to the Ph.D. degree with specializations in the major areas of: Electronic & Photonic Materials (compound semiconductors, quantum structures, advanced lasers, solid state lighting, microelectromechanical systems); Inorganic Materials (ferroelectrics, optical materials, zeolite molecular sieves and catalysts); and more.
Best Engineering Schools Specialty Rankings: Materials (Top 10 list)
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2 University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign
3 Northwestern University (McCormick)
4 University of California--Santa Barbara
5 Stanford University
University of California--Berkeley
7 University of Michigan--Ann Arbor
8 Cornell University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Pennsylvania State University--University Park
University of Florida
Source: US News 2011
* Suggested Reading: Material Engineering Ranking in America