The UCT Centre for Materials Engineering has the objectives of educating and training students in the broad field of materials science and engineering through focused research activities at BSc(Hons), MSc and PhD levels.  At a fundamental level we are concerned with the physical, chemical, electrical and mechanical properties of ceramic, polymeric, metallic and composite materials and as such we have developed appropriate infrastructure and test facilities to support this activity.  Furthermore, our staff complement, including permanent, contract, and visiting personnel, are highly skilled in providing teaching, research and technical support to students, our sponsors, and academic and industry collaborators.  Our mission is to use research as a vehicle to develop human capacity through postgraduate enrolment and we promote quality and relevant research through liaison with local and international research partners, industry and government initiatives.  The Centre also provides critical infrastructure and input to support the thriving mechanical engineering and mechanical and mechatronic engineering undergraduate programmes that are offered in the Mechanical Engineering Department.