Kade McGarrity
Kade McGarrity
Class of 2022
Angola, NY

Wonderfully Weird, Like-Minded People

Research has engaged Kade McGarrity since he started at AU. Unlike large research institutes, Alfred’s curricula, he says, “afforded undergraduates the opportunity for hands-on lab work from year one.” Drawn to a cutting-edge high-risk, high-reward research environment, Kade decided to pursue his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering after earning his BS in 2017.

The independence and responsibility I’ve been given in the lab and the wonderfully weird, like-minded people who are similarly attracted to this place are some of my favorite parts of being an AU student.
Kade McGarrity

Fascinated by unique synthesis techniques and the strict purity requirements of materials, Kade is focusing his studies on extreme environment polymer-derived ceramics. After graduate school, he wants to conduct high-level research on early-stage industrial or fundamental topics that involve extreme environment processes.

“This valley has become an important part of my life,” Kade explains. “There’s a lot of history here, and I’m glad to now be a part of it.”

My Life at Alfred and Beyond

Here are just some of the clubs, places and activities I love:

Kade McGarrity

My Hobbies & Interests

Tau Beta Pi

Keramos Fraternity

AU Men’s Soccer

AU Jazz Ensemble

AU Symphonic Band

My Favorite Places


The woods of Alfred

Terra Cotta

My Topics

  • Athletics
  • Performing Arts
  • Research
  • Engineering
  • Student Life
  • Professional Development