Alfred University

Alfred University
Type Disciplines
Private University Nanostructures Nanoparticles Nanomaterials
Address Postal Code
1 Saxon Drive 14802
City State / Province
Alfred NY
E-mail Country
Web Phone
link 607.871.2115

Alfred University's Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT) received a $1.8 million grant in 2006 along with Clarkson University's Center for Advanced Technology. These two universities are among the forefront of some of the most exciting research and technology transfer in the area of nanomaterials.

Working collaboratively ─ with $1.8 million in funding from The New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR) ─ the two universities will develop flexible and modular processing systems for producing the next generation of electronic ceramic components and other nanostructures.

The Nanotechnology Pilot Plant, located in Ceramic Corridor Innovation Center, includes nearly 500 square feet of a Class 10,000 clean room environment, a suite of Keko manufacturing equipment for making multilayer ceramics, and microwave sintering equipment.

Notes on Nanotechnology at Alfred University from the school's blog posting (Feb 2010)

Dr. Alastair Cormack, dean of the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering, NYS College of Ceramics, notes that new topics are continually being woven into the texture of the coursework, including new offerings in biomaterials and nanotechnology.

“The curriculum evolves, research topics change, but we need the core competencies,” says Dr. Cormack. He doesn’t foresee any new majors, but predicts “we will see a shift in the emphasis of what’s in our degree programs.”

“There is a growing interest in biomaterials and related activity,” Dean Cormack reiterates. And there is a “resurgence of research,” particularly when it comes to ceramic engineering materials. “The majority of our faculty is interested in research” and the “academic climate” at AU “is allowing us to focus on graduate and undergraduate research,” says Dr. Cormack.

Once those students complete the programs, it’s important to know whether the knowledge is being transferred effectively, he says. Assessment, or looking at learning outcomes, is a long-time practice in the School of Engineering. It’s important to see if students are meeting program and curriculum objectives, says Dr. Cormack. In order to retain ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), AU must show it is meeting the program educational objectives. “We are always checking with employers, alumni, and current students to make sure the curriculum is producing the type of students we want,” explains Dr. Cormack. “We cannot lower our expectations of our graduates,” he adds.

Founded in 1836 as a select school, Alfred University is the second-oldest coeducational institution in the United States and the oldest in New York State.

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