Inamori School of Engineering

Ceramic Engineering (CE)

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What do Ceramic Engineers do?
Ceramics were the first engineered materials. From the humble beginnings of clay-based pottery, ceramics are now at the heart of nearly every modern technology. Ceramics play pivotal roles in electronics (from computers to cell phones), in transportation (from roadways to vehicles), in defense systems (from armor to guidance systems), and in environmental technologies (from catalytic converters to diesel-engine filters). Ceramic engineers design, develop and manufacture improved ceramic materials.

What will I study?
In the first year, you will take Introduction to Engineering and the Ceramic Engineering Explorations Laboratory in addition to foundation courses in math, chemistry, and physics. In the following semesters, a blend of classroom and laboratory experiences will help you gain the skills and expertise needed for a career in the ceramics industry. In your senior year, you will work one-on-one with a faculty advisor to complete a senior-thesis project to develop new and improved ceramics.

What will I do after graduation?
The Ceramic Engineering program prepares graduates for careers as engineers in the ceramic industry and related materials fields. As part of the New York State College of Ceramics, the Ceramic Engineering program is internationally recognized as a leader in ceramics education and research. As such, our graduates are highly sought after by companies that develop and manufacture ceramic materials. Many of our graduates are leaders in the field -- in industry, in academia and in government laboratories. Learn more about Careers in Ceramic Engineering.

Why study Ceramic Engineering at Alfred University?

  • One of only two undergraduate Ceramic Engineering programs in the nation
  • A hands-on curriculum that introduces students to ceramic engineering during the first year
  • Plenty of opportunities for undergraduate research and access to state-of-the-art research facilities for modeling, making, and characterizing ceramic materials
  • A senior-thesis project that allows you to showcase your research skills and demonstrate your creative talents for solving real-world ceramic problems
  • Small class sizes and a dedicated faculty who are leaders in the field
  • An extensive alumni network working in the glass and ceramic industry

The Ceramic Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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