The University of St. Thomas

School of Engineering

Kent Budd, Ph.D.

Kent Budd, Ph.D.

Kent D. Budd

Adjunct Faculty
Phone: 651-962-5750

Mail  OSS101
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105

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Interests and expertise

Ceramic materials and processing, electrical ceramics, chemical preparations for ceramics


Dr. Kent Budd is a Staff Scientist in 3M's Advanced Materials Technology Center, specializing in chemically derived electrical and optical ceramics.

Budd is a specialist in ceramics and processing, particularly inorganic coatings, chemically derived ceramics and electrical ceramic materials. He has experience in sol-gel processing of electrochromic films and inorganic ion conductors and sol-gel derived ferroelectric and dielectric coatings, oxide superconductors and chemically derived structural ceramic fibers. He has developed key technology for electroluminescent lighting products and participated in the start-up, technology development and successful commercialization of a product in this area. His work has earned him two 3M "Technical Circle of Excellence" awards, two corporate-funded "Genesis Grants" and a Golden Step Award. Budd has more than 10 U.S. patents. At St. Thomas, Budd has taught MMSE 807 Ceramics and Composites and currently co-teaches ENGR 361 Engineering Materials.


B.S. 1981, M.S. 1983 and Ph.D. 1986, Ceramic Engineering, University of Illinois