ceramic industry converts processed materials and raw materials taken
directly from the earth (clay, sand, etc.) into such useful products
as spark plugs, glass, electronic components, nuclear materials, abrasives,
rocket components, and even tableware. High-temperature processing is
the key to ceramic engineering, and the products are always inorganic,
nonmetallic solids. From a single chemical source, ceramic engineers
make useful materials in many forms. Carbon as diamond is used as an
abrasive for grinding; carbon in the form of graphite is used for lubrication,
as glass for crucibles, and as fiber for cloth.
a ceramic engineer, you may:
improved heat tiles to protect the space shuttle and the future supersonic
space plane from the searing heat of reentry into the earth's atmosphere.
ceramic teeth, bones, and joints to replace parts of the human body
or improve advanced medical equipment to continue research in the way
Help make innovative, ultra-fast computer systems using ceramic superconductors,
lasers, and glass optical fibers.
materials to enclose and support aircraft engines that run at high temperatures.
fiber optic cables that allow doctors to see inside the human body and
permit the human voice to travel thousands of miles under the ocean
new ways to use ceramics to build highways and bridges, or to carry
water and waste to treatment plants.
department of Ceramic Engineering specializes in the product fields
of glass, electronic materials, and refractories, but stresses materials
processing principles applicable to all products.
Ceramic engineering classes and laboratories are held in McNutt Hall,
a $20 million facility built in 1987. With approximately 80 undergraduate
and 30 graduate students, ceramic engineering ranks among the leading
departments in the United States. Its all-Ph.D. faculty boasts two Curators'
Professors and an internationally famous research faculty.
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