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 BS 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

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.

In addition to Alfred University’s physical education requirement and global perspective requirement and the School of Engineering general requirements, the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering are:

  • 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 251 Mechanics of Materials 3
  • CEMS 314 Ceramic Processing Principles
  • CEMS 317 Sintering
  • CEMS 322 Introduction to Glass Science
  • CEMS 342 Thermal and Mechanical Properties
  • CEMS 344 Properties II: Electrical, Magnetic, and Optical
  • CEMS 347 Spectroscopy
  • CEMS 349 X-ray Characterization
  • CHEM 105 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 106 General Chemistry II
  • ENGR 101 Introduction to Engineering
  • ENGR 102 Computer Aided Design
  • ENGR 104 Computer Aided Engineering
  • ENGR 110 Technical Communication
  • ENGR 11x Exploration Labs (select 2, 1 credit each)
  • ENGR 220 Circuit Theory I
  • ENGR 305 Engineering Statistics
  • ENGR 306 Engineering Economics
  • ENGR 395 Engineering Design
  • ENGR 480 Senior Capstone Project
  • MATH 151 Calculus I
  • MATH 152 Calculus II
  • MATH 253 Calculus III
  • MATH 271 Differential Equations
  • PHYS 125 Physics I
  • PHYS 126 Physics II
  • Ceramic Electives
  • Technical Electives
  • Humanities, Social Science and Arts electives

For more information, please review the School of Engineering Curriculum by Semester Worksheets by degree program.

The BS degree program in Ceramic Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

If you have varied interests in engineering but are unsure which you excel at or enjoy working with the most, consider exploring our Undecided Engineering pathway. The Inamori School of Engineering provides this option to students who are undecided as first-year students and allows them to discover the field of engineering that's the best fit for them.

Undergraduate Full‐Time Enrollment (from Fall Census)
Major 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Biomat. Eng./Biomed Mat. Eng. 33 34 41 31 32 30 31
Ceramic Engineering 68 63 72 63 57 49 45
Electrical Engineering N/A N/A 0 4 10 12 24
Glass Engineering Science 15 15 13 9 15 15 15
Materials Science and Engineering 48 48 50 46 44 42 44
Mechanical Engineering 182 185 165 160 137 121 100
Renewable Energy Engineering 30 44 42 35 15 N/A N/A
Undecided 26 37 35 44 39 48 32
Non‐degree 4 4 12 9 6 4 3
BS Graduates (August through May)
Major 2016-17 2015‐16 2014-15 2013‐14 2012‐13 2011‐12 2010‐11 2009‐10
Biomat. Eng./Biomed Mat. Eng. 7 7 3 8 7 6 5 5
Ceramic Engineering 19 15 12 14 17 8 11 11
Electrical Engineering 0 1 6 5 4 8 9 11
Glass Engineering Science 4 2 0 6 2 4 7 5
Materials Science and Engineering 10 13 5 7 12 11 11 9
Mechanical Engineering 37 23 29 24 18 25 25 17
Renewable Energy Engineering 12 3 3 0 0 N/A N/A N/A

What Will You Do?

Within the past few years, graduates have obtained jobs as:

  • Optical Materials Engineer - United States Research Laboratory
  • Leadership Development - Guardian Industries
  • Application Engineer - ASK Chemical L.P.
  • Product Engineer - Morgan Advanced Materials
  • Process Engineer - Saint-Gobain SEFPRO
  • Glass Engineer - Saxon Glass Technologies
  • Ceramic Engineer - Surmet Corp.
  • Materials Engineer - Lockheed Martin
  • Ceramic Quality Control Engineer - Boston Valley Terra Cotta

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.

Faculty / Staff

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William Carty

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Ceramic Engineering
J.F. McMahon Chair in Ceramics

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