The multidisciplinary Materials
Technology Laboratory (MTL) of Northwestern's Department
of Materials Science and Engineering was founded at MIT in 1985
by its Director, Prof. Greg Olson, as the multi-institutional Steel Research Group (SRG)
and reorganized in 1988 with Northwestern as lead institution.
The mission of the program is the creation of the methods, tools
and databases for the systems-based multiscale multidisciplinary
computational design of materials, using high-performance
ferrous alloys as an initial test case.