In recent years, School of Materials Science and Engineering, having invested more than RMB one hundred million in collaboration with State Key Laboratory of Material Processing and Die & Mould Technology, set up advanced public scientific research platforms and teaching bases in material analysis and test, material preparation and material forming, purchased a batch of high-end instruments and developed standardized management mechanisms and booking system, greatly improving the scientific strength and hardware condition for talent cultivation. The School has two innovative research teams under the Ministry of Education of China, namely, "New Energy Materials and Components" and "Advanced Forming Technology and Equipment", and four Hubei provincial innovative groups, namely, "Rapid Manufacturing", "Nanometer Materials and Components", "Solid Oxide Fuel Cell" and "Numerical Simulation".
The disciplines of the School have further been expanded and crossing and integration of disciplines deepened. Achievements have been accomplished through integrated development of the School and state key laboratories, by strongly supporting crossing and integration of disciplines and making study in "forming problem in material and material problem in forming"; "forum of distinguished scholars" was organized, and renowned scholars in material have been invited regularly from home and abroad to give speeches for more than 160 times, thereby creating a strong academic atmosphere. All this makes the School form its significant features and advantages in such fields as forming process simulation, digital die design and manufacture, precise forming, rapid forming and manufacture, electronic packaging, new energy materials, cermet materials and nanometer and amorphous materials, keeps the School in a leading position nationwide and wins the School a high reputation in academy in the world. In 2012 through 2015, more than 500 academic papers were published, among which, 75 having an impact factor higher than 10 and 39 being highly cited papers. ESI international ranking of the material discipline has risen rapidly from 183rd in March 2012 to 102th in December 2015, a rise of about 0.1%. The Material Discipline of Huazhong University of Science and Technology ranks 49th in the latest ranking published by US News (an international authority) in 2015, the second to be listed in the top 50 disciplines only after the Engineering Discipline of the University.
With further internationalization, the influence of the University has been continuously enlarged. By now, many well-known international conferences, 2015 autumn annual meeting of American Society for Materials for example, have been held, more than 100 famous scholars at home and abroad have been invited to visit our school, 11 well-known foreign scholars, including Doctor Li Jima, an academician of Academy of sciences of China, Japan and America), have been brought in as our visiting professor or advisory professor; more than 500 young teachers and postgraduates have been sent abroad to promote academic communication; a long-term stable partnership has been established with renowned academic institutes in America, Britain, France, Germany and Japan on students cultivation, cultural communication, scientific research and subject application. The School also established close university-industry-research cooperation with enterprises, to name just a few, the laboratory established jointly with Wuhan Iron and Steel Group and national engineering center of home appliance mould established jointly with Haier.