Ceramic engineering is the branch of materials engineering and science that involves inorganic, nonmetallic materials. (The other two branches of materials are metallurgical engineering and polymer engineering.) Ceramic engineers design the materials that make it possible for other engineering disciplines to advance: glass fibers and optical devices for telecommunication networks; electronic ceramics that make cell phones possible; high temperature materials that allow jet engines to operate at more efficient temperatures; biocompatible materials that replace diseased tissues, etc. Ceramic engineers use basic principles from chemistry and physics to understand how to design new materials at the atomic level, then to process these materials into useful forms.
Metallurgical engineering involves a study of the structure, properties, processing and performance of engineering metals. You will learn about the extraction of metal from minerals, wastes, and recycled materials, the design of metallic materials that possess desired mechanical, physical and chemical properties, and the production of components from selected metals and alloys.
Missouri S&T has one of the few metallurgical engineering programs in the United States that offers instruction in the entire spectrum of metallurgical activities. It is the only such program in Missouri as well as any of the contiguous states, and offers emphasis areas in chemical metallurgy, physical metallurgy, and manufacturing metallurgy.