The MTRL Experience


The MTRL experience

Students, faculty and staff all contribute to and benefit from the strong community in the Department.

Just the right size

I truly enjoyed my undergraduate experience at UBC. The Materials Engineering Department is small enough that you really get to know your peers and professors. That provides an amazing environment
– Jana Haggins

We enjoy many benefits from being just the right size.  With 17 faculty, about 150 undergraduates, 100 graduate students and 40 staff everyone gets to know each other.  Class sizes are small and faculty have an open-door policy so you can get support when you need it and help in achieving your goals.

Social events throughout the year bring faculty and students together outside the classroom too, for special events or just for fun and there is an active student club.

I truly appreciated my experience as a Materials Engineering student. Smaller, more intimate class sizes made it easier to interact with other students as well as professors…I had so much fun and I ended up with a job offer before starting my final year!
– Darren Bromley

Community spirit

The department is active in the wider community with students and faculty involved in activities and teams across engineering, the university and beyond.

Activities our students have been involved in include:

  • Go Global (taking courses at another university for credit in MTRL)
  • Engineers without Borders
  • Formula SAE Team
  • EUS (Engineering Undergraduate Society)
  • Local ASM chapter
  • TMS meeting in San Francisco
  • Co-op (domestic and international)


Our faculty work with industry partners so they have strong connections that you can benefit from – in preparation for your career, in Co-op opportunities and in getting started once you graduate.

Many alumni stay in touch with the Department, socially and professionally and students have opportunity to network with them.  A recent networking event brought together alumni and students for a fun and informative evening.

I gained enormously from my experiences at UBC. I made lifelong friends, industrial contacts, and ended up with an exciting and very well-paying job.
– Evan Lu