How It All Began
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Tel Aviv University (TAU) was formally established in August 2013. However, organized activity in this area began at TAU in 1994, with the establishment of the Wolfson Applied Materials Research Centre, currently serving more than 50 research groups on campus.
The "Materials Science and Engineering" graduate program was launched in April 2002 as a joint initiative of the Faculty of Engineering and the Schools of Chemistry and Physics from the Faculty of Exact Sciences. This program became the largest of its kind in Israel, and admission requirements increased significantly over the years. In July 2009 it was replaced by the MSc and PhD "Materials and Nanotechnology" graduate program. This was a unique program in Israel, created as a joint venture of four faculties (Engineering, Exact Sciences, Life Sciences, and Medicine) and the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.
In December 2009, TAU organized, for the first time, the Israel Materials Engineering Conference (IMEC-14). Prof. Noam Eliaz served as chairman of the conference. The IMEC conference series, launched in 1981, is the most important materials conference in Israel. The organization of this conference at TAU reflected the recognition by the Israeli materials community of the rapid development of the field at TAU. It was the largest conference ever held in Israel in the field of materials engineering.
In January 2014, the Council for Higher Education approved the dual undergraduate program in materials science and engineering and in chemistry. At the same time, TAU approved a graduate program in Materials Science and Engineering that is managed by the Department, replacing the Materials and Nanotechnologies Program. In April 2016, the Council for Higher Education approved the single-degree undergraduate program in materials science and engineering. We intend to continue to recruit outstanding faculty members in the coming years.
The Secretariat of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the offices of the core members are located on the ground floor of the Wolfson Building of Mechanical Engineering, a unique building designed by the famous architect Louis Kahn. The teaching laboratories are also located in this building, while research labs are located in this building as well as in the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.