Keith DeCarlo is currently the Vice President of Technology at Blasch Precision Ceramics in Albany, NY, a position Keith has held since 2018. Keith’s professional career started at Blasch Precision Ceramics in 2011 as a Research Engineer. In 2012, Keith was promoted to Research and Development Department Manager. Keith was again promoted in 2016 to Director of Product and Material Development.
Keith graduated from Alfred University being conferred a B.S. (2006), M.S. (2008), and Ph.D. (2011) in Ceramic Engineering working with Prof. William Carty and an M.B.A. from SUNY Albany in 2015 in Finance. Throughout his career, Keith has promoted the integration of manufacturing and industry into scientific endeavors. Keith worked to launch the Manufacturing Division of the American Ceramic Society, leading to holding the Division Chair position in 2018. Keith has also been invited to speak at numerous technical and manufacturing conferences including those organized by the Materials Technology Institute (MTI), ASM International, and the Albany Center for Economic Growth to discuss the application of scientific theory to real-world manufacturing settings.
Keith has led over 100 internal projects through the Product Development, Materials, Process Engineering, and Design Engineering departments that have resulted in the commercialization of over 200 different products and the optimization of manufacturing processes. Research completed under his direction includes calculation of aluminum diffusion in silicate glasses to predict grain boundary chemistry, mathematical modeling of colloidal particle interactions and particle packing in various mediums, the development of cermets through freeze-casting techniques, synthesis of polymeric cryogels, and finite element analysis of chemical reactions in various high temperature reactors. For his efforts, Keith received the Annual Blasch Precision Ceramics Chairperson Award in 2015.
Keith is a current member of the Manufacturing Division and Western New York Section of ACerS. Keith currently volunteers on the Publications Committee, the Corporate Environmental Achievement Award Sub-committee, and the Manufacturing Division Executive Committee in an advisory role.