Ceramic Engineering

A Highly Competitive, ABET Accredited Program

If you envision a professional career in applied science and engineering with a focus on ceramics and related materials, the ABET Accredited Ceramic Engineering B.S. program at Alfred University, one of only two of its kind in the nation, is definitely for you. Here you'll gain the expert knowledge and complex skills needed to thrive in a highly dynamic and competitive industry.


Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY


Ceramic Engineering (BS)


none offered

Program Contact

William Carty



Why study Ceramic Engineering at Alfred University?

Exclusive Program

One of only two undergrad Ceramic Engineering programs in the nation.

Research Opportunities

Plenty of opportunities for undergraduate research and access to state-of-the-art research facilities.

Industry Networking

An extensive alumni network working in the glass and ceramic industry.

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 You 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 You 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.

The engineering curricula are reviewed annually and updated when necessary to ensure continual improvement based on feedback from students, faculty, and employers.

Ceramics Engineering (CE) Curriculum and Classes


  • Math 151 - Calculus I
  • Math 152 - Calculus II
  • Math 253 - Calculus III
  • Math 271 - Differential Equations

Physical Sciences

  • CHEM 105 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 106 - General Chemistry II
  • PHYS 125 - Physics I
  • PHYS 126 - Physics II


  • ENGR 101 - Introduction to Engineering
  • ENGR 102 - Computer Aided Design
  • ENGR 104 - Computer Aided Engineering
  • ENGR 110 - Technical Communications
  • ENGR 11x - 2 Engineering Explorations Labs (Student's Choice)
  • ENGR 160 - Freshman Seminar
  • ENGR 220 - Circuit Theory I
  • ENGR 305 - Engineering Statistics
  • ENGR 360 - Undergraduate Seminar

Material Sciences

  • CEMS 203 - Introduction to Ceramic Powder Processing
  • CEMS 214 - Structure and Properties of Materials 
  • CEMS 215 - Microscopy and Microstructural Characterization
  • CEMS 216 - Bonding and Structure of Materials
  • CEMS 235 - Thermodynamics of Materials
  • CEMS 237 - Thermal Processes in Materials
  • CEMS 314 - Ceramic Processing Principles
  • CEMS 317 - Sintering 
  • CEMS 342 - Thermal and Mechanical Properties
  • CEMS 344 - Electrical, Magnetic, and Optical Properties 
  • CEMS 347 - Spectroscopy
  • CEMS 349 - X-Ray Characterization
  • CEMS 480 - Thesis
  • CEMS 484 - Engineering Operations


  • MECH 211 - Statics
  • MECH 241 - Mechanics of Materials I


  • ENGL 101 - Writing I (If Needed - Doesn't Count Toward Grad. Req.)
  • GP/HUM/SS/Arts - 4 Classes (Student's Choice)
  • Tech Elective - 3 Classes (Student's Choice)
  • CerE Elective - 2 Classes (Student's Choice)
  • Phys Ed Requirement

ABET, or the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, is the nationally recognized entity that accredits post-secondary programs in applied science and engineering. It's a federation of 28 professional and technical societies, including the American Society of Engineering Education (AEEE), The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (NICE), The Minerals Metals and Materials Society (TMS), and the Materials Research Society (MRS).

ABET accreditation is a peer review process that ensures educational programs meet the quality standards established by the engineering profession. The ABET review process is based on 8 criteria related to (1) quality and performance of students, (2) program educational objectives, (3) program outcomes and assessment, (4) a professional component, (5) faculty, (6) facilities, (7) institutional support and financial resources, and (8) program-specific criteria. Criteria 3 lists the competencies that engineering graduates are expected to gain from an undergraduate engineering degree.

What Will You Do?

Program educational objectives (or PEOs) are broad statements that describe what we expect graduates of AU's Ceramic Engineering program to attain 3-5 years after graduation. PEOs are reviewed and revised regularly to ensure that the program educational objectives are relevant to the needs of today's employers.

Program Educational Objectives

During the first few years after graduation:

  1. Function as engineers in the field of ceramics or material science, serving the ceramic and related industries and academia, with the tools necessary to sustain a long and productive career in the field. Some our graduates will be working collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams, and move into positions of increased technical skill requirements and managerial responsibilities.
  2. Are innovators in the field of ceramic engineering, and related materials fields, and bring their background and hands-on experience to problem solving and the development of efficient and sustainable manufacturing practices.
  3. Appropriately treat, evaluate, and interpret data generated in manufacturing processes (such as process control and loss data) or from experimental results, through statistical analysis, data presentation, etc., for the purposes of understanding trends, making predictions, and communicating effectively in the workplace.
  4. Bring expertise and management skills to their careers in industry or academia and relate science and technology to a wide range of technical fields, for the improvement of the quality of life.

Program Outcomes (Student Learning Outcomes)

Graduates of the Ceramic Engineering program at Alfred University will have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
Within the past few years, graduates have obtained jobs as:
  • Research Scientist – Excelerant Ceramics
  • Research Engineer – Blasch Precision Ceramics
  • Sr. Materials Engineer MTE – Corning, Inc.
  • Material Scientist – GE Global Research
  • Director of Global Networks- Equinix
  • Development Engineer - Vesuvius
  • McDanel Ceramics – Process Engineer
  • New Product Innovation Engineer – PCC Airfoils
  • Assistant Researcher – Oak Ridge National Labs
  • Product Engineer – Saint-Gobain Abrasives
  • Senior Design Development – Osram Sylvania, Inc.
  • Site Ceramic Engineer – Swindell-Dressler at Corning, Inc
  • Ceramic Engineer – GE Global Research, Kohler Co.
  • Application Engineer- Ferro Corp.
  • Engineer – The Boeing Company
  • Construction Supervisor – Zampell Refractories
  • Ceramic Engineer: Glaze & New Product Development – Kohler Co.

Faculty / Staff

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William Carty

Prof. Ceramic Eng. & Mat. Sci.