The materials industry within Korea has seen dramatic growth over the past few decades. The basic metals, semiconductors, electronic displays manufacturing sector supply significant global consumption needs. While growth, labor employment, and profitability continue to be the economic drivers for this industry sector, significant environmental constraints have been put in place with an understanding that business as usual will not be possible for industries that cannot address the public need for cleaner and safer environments during its operation. Research opportunities for sustainable materials processing has seen significant growth in Korea mainly under the auspices of the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning (MSIP), Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy (MOTIE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As these research opportunities have been expanded, education in sustainable materials processing and social sciences have also been expanded. In this work, the current status of the sustainable education and research for the materials scientist and engineer in Korea is addressed. Multi-disciplinary courses and convergence of researchers for solutions to the environmental research and development is also discussed.