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AU student earns first place in Ceramic Mug Drop Contest
2/23/10

Patrick DeCesare, a senior ceramic engineering major at Alfred University, was one of two students who tied for first place at the Annual Materials Science and Engineering Advantage Ceramic Mug Drop Contest organized by Keramos, the national ceramic engineering society.

DeCesare, from Rochester, won with a 30-cm drop. He is a son of David and Anne DeCesare and a graduate of Gates Chili High School.

The purpose of the Ceramic Mug Drop is to promote spirited and collegial competition among students by demonstrating their prowess in manufacturing a ceramic mug possessing high strength, mechanical reliability, and aesthetics. In the mug drop contest, students entered their mugs, fabricated from ceramic raw materials, which were then judged on both aesthetics and breaking thresholds. The winning team will receive a $100 award and a trophy.