Missouri University of Science and Technology
Ceramic engineering is the science of creating objects from inorganic, non-metallic materials. Looking for new ways to use ceramic materials and glasses that withstand high heat and resist corrosion, ceramic engineers create materials that repair human bone with bio-glasses, treat cancer, power the internet via fiber-optic cables, and provide environmentally friendly coatings for the aerospace industry.
Ceramic engineers use basic principles from chemistry and physics to understand how to design new materials at the atomic level, then process these materials into useful forms. You might develop exterior tiles for the next Space Station, cathodes for fuel cells, conductive ceramics used in microprocessors and solar panels, bioactive glasses that help cure liver cancer in humans, flexible prosthetics for Paralympic athletes, or lenses in night-vision goggles for pilots.
Where do ceramic engineers work?
Ceramic engineers work all over the US for small firms and large companies (such as Corning, Kohler, Alcoa, Caterpillar, Boeing, 3M, General Motors, NASA, Motorola and many more). Ceramic materials are used in a wide range of industries, including mining, aerospace, medicine, refining, the food industry, the chemical industry, packaging science, electronics, industrial and transmission electricity, and guided lightwave transmission.
Missouri S&T's Ceramic Engineering program has been ABET accredited since 1936.
S&T's ceramic engineering program is one of the most respected in the US – faculty and students conduct $2.8 million in annual research.
Many ceramic engineers obtain a graduate degree.
All ceramic engineering coursework is taught by PhD faculty members.
Ceramics play a key role in biotechnology. For example, an S&T faculty member pioneered the use of radioactive glasses to treat liver cancer.
Average starting salary for S&T ceramic engineering grads: $58,736.