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OVERVIEW OF ACADEMIC UNIT
The Department recruited two young lecturers at the beginning of the academic year and with these two and two part-time lecturers teaching at Level 300 began for the first time. The presence of the permanent academic staff also encouraged the Department to admit fresh students at Level 100. The Department was lucky to host a Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Geo-Environmental Engineering who was on sabbatical leave from Pennsylvania State University USA, from February to July 2008. He taught one course at Level 300.

JUSTIFICATION
In many countries the ceramic industry is highly valued because it is basic to the successful operation of many other industries. For example, refractories are a basic component of the metallurgical industry. Abrasives are essential to the machine-tool and automobile industries. Glass products are essential to the automobile industry as well as to the architectural, agricultural, electronic, and electrical industries. Cements are essential to the architectural and building industry. Various special electrical and magnetic ceramics are essential to the development of computers and many other electronic devices. Almost every home, office and industrial production line is dependent on ceramics.
Ghana has a large natural resource in the form of clays and silicates. In order for this natural resource to find some use in the economy, the raw deposits must be studied and processed. It is now clear that improvements in ceramic processing technology can improve manufacturing productivity and expand markets for ceramic products. As the empirical approach that is now used in the processing of ceramics is inadequate, there is an urgent need for process design engineers and scientists who are particularly knowledgeable of the applied science and industrial arts of ceramic processing.

CURRICULA
The objectives of the curriculum are summarized below:
• Provide solid fundamental knowledge in ceramics science and engineering (understanding of structure and microstructure of ceramics as well as relationships among synthesis, processing and properties control)
• Encourage creativity, self-learning and innovation (design of devices, components or processes that meet desired needs in ceramics processing)
• Prepare students for careers in post-graduate schools, practice in industry and even opportunities unforeseen
• Produce graduates for leadership roles in a rapidly-changing environment
• Foster an appreciation of economic, environmental and societal issues in Materials Science and Engineering
• Produce individuals who can work well either independently or in a team.

research and product developments activities. Collaboration with industry and other institutions continued. The department in collaboration with the University of De Monfort, the University of Leiciester, UK, organized a workshop on De-centralized Wastewater treatment and reuse at the Errata Hotel in accra from 19th – 24th May, 2008. The Ghanaian food industry provided support for the internship programe providing opportunity for all students to have industrial and field experience. Source Annual report (page 162)

VISION STATEMENT
To train graduates for pivotal roles where knowledge of the science and engineering of materials is used for the advancement of Ghanaian society and the world in general.

LOCATION & DIRECTIONS
The Food Proccess Engineering Department is located on the first floor of the Frank Torto Chemistry Building. Just get to the General Office of the Faculty of engineering sciences and ask.

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