Academician Prof. Roman Pampuch has passed away on February 13, 2017.
He was the great scientist, focused on solid state chemistry and materials science, with the great significance in the worldwide ceramic scientific community. He was one of the Founding Members of the World Academy of Ceramics and of the European Ceramic Society.
His scientific activity was performed within the Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics of the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland. Former Dean of the Faculty, longstanding Director of the Institute of Advanced Ceramics, Doctor Honoris Causa of AGH University, awarded with the Leo Stujits Award, ECerS Fellowship, the City of Krakow Prize, member of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
He will stay in our memory as brilliant and inspired teacher, author of many excellent books on ceramics, and as an excellent scientist.
Prof. Anthonie Jan Burggraaf passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Ton Burggraaf was a member of the World Academy of Ceramics and honorary member of the Dutch Ceramic Society. He obtained the Leo Stuijts award in 1991 at the second conference of the European Ceramic Society (Augsburg).
The work of Ton Burggraaf covered many aspects of ceramic materials. After obtaining his MSc at the Technical University of Delft (1958), he worked on glass and glass ceramics at Philips Research Laboratory. In 1965 he defended his PhD thesis at the Technical University of Eindhoven: "The mechanical strength of alkali-aluminosilicate glasses after ion exchange". In 1969 he was appointed as professor in Inorganic Materials Science at the University of Twente. He published more than 300 scientific papers, several book chapters and supervised 19 PhD projects in the areas of ferroelectrics, oxygen-ion and mixed conductors, ceramics with special mechanical properties and ceramic membranes. He was one of the "founding fathers" of ceramic membrane technology and because of his pioneering work, ceramic membranes are now regarded as interesting materials in separation processes.
The scientific "drive" of Ton Burggraaf can best be summarized by what he said during his Stuijts lecture: "My colleague and friend Leo Stuijts convinced me of the importance of microstructures and consequently of the importance of technological factors. It has influenced my career in a profound way" (JECS, 1992, 245-250). After his retirement in 1994, Ton remained interested in new developments in ceramic research. Just recently, on February 3rd, he attended the open day of the Membrane Science and Technology cluster of the University of Twente, where he was eager to hear the latest results.
Ton Burggraaf will stay in our memory as a good friend, a passionate scientist and a social person with an open, international, mind.
Slovak Academy of Sciences Honorary Doctorate and Japan Fine Ceramics Award to Dr. Singh
Dr. Mrityunjay Singh (ACerS Past President) received honorary doctorate from Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava, Slovakia. This is the highest recognition of the academy and awarded for distinguished contributions. Established in the middle of last century, the academy comprises of 69 institutes and organizations. It also publishes 57 scientific and professional journals and 8 yearbooks. He has also received "JFCA 30th Anniversary Special Award for Distinguished Contributions" during the 30th Anniversary Celebration of Japan Fine Ceramics Association (JFCA) in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Singh was recognized for his pioneering and seminal contributions and global leadership in the field of science, engineering, and applications of advanced ceramic and composite materials and technologies.
Keramos Award to Dr. Singh from Krakow, Poland
AGH University of Science and Technology awarded Dr. Mrityunjay Singh, President of the American Ceramic Society with prestigious Keramos Award. The award is bestowed on individuals who have made outstanding scientific and technological as well as global contributions. In addition, it also honors and recognizes professionals who are involved in the development of the faculty and its scientific and educational success and achievements. Dr. Singh was recognized during the opening of Polish Ceramics 2016-IX International Scientific and Technological Conference in Krakow on September 12, 2016.
Prof. Yan Dongsheng (Feb 10, 1918 - Sept 18, 2016), academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, honorary director and professor of Shanghai Institute of Ceramics CAS, died on Sept 18, 2016 in hospital in Shanghai. He was 98 years old. As the founder of the advanced inorganic materiaI science and engineering in China, Yan was one of the most prominent and influential material scientist, strategist and educator. He was awarded the ranking member of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, lifetime member of The American Ceramic Society, academician of New York Academy of Sciences, academician of World Academy of Ceramics and academician of The Third World Academy of Sciences. In 1950, Yan returned back to China, and since then, he had devoted his whole life to the scientific and technological cause in China. He committed himself to the researches on material science and engineering, and accomplished outstanding achievements in the fields of high-temperature ceramics, ceramic thermodynamics and dynamics, ceramic composites, coating materials, as well as artificial crystals. Yan's noble morality and devoted spirit won him a worldwide praise and respect. His legacy had a profound effect on the scientific researches of the younger generations. His death is a great loss to the communities of materials research and education.
It is with great sadness that we share the news that Prof Dr Hans Hausner, member of the World Academy of Ceramics and a founder member of the European Ceramic Society, died last August 26th, 2016. He was 89. He left his wife, Marlene, 2 sons, 2 daughters, their husbands and wives, and several grandchildren.
Hans was born in Neustadt an der Waldnaab on May 23rd 1927. He studied chemistry at TU Munich from 1946 to 1951, where he defended his doctorate thesis. He worked in industry from 1954 to 1961, mainly developing electroceramics (especially titanates and ferrites), but also working on fireproof materials in the glass industry. In 1961, his attention turned to nuclear energy ceramics, particularly the behaviour of uranium oxide. He worked initially for Euratom (Brussels), then had 4 years in the General Electric Nuclear Research Lab in California before returning to Europe where he worked again at Euratom, this time in the Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy.
In 1972, Hans became Professor at the Technical University of Berlin until his retirement in 1994, when he was granted emeritus status. A characteristic of his academic carrier was his continuous willingness to support cooperation between university and industry.
Hans played a very important role in Germany as the CEO of the German Ceramic Society (DKG) from 1988 to 2003, contributing to the successful integration of the ceramic industry, science and education of the former East Germany into the DKG.
Hans also contributed strongly to cooperation with other countries. He was Germany’s representative for the charter signature at the inaugural meeting of the European Ceramic Society, ECerS, on the 9th September 1987. As the second President of ECerS (1989-1991), he participated in the creation of the International Ceramic Federation (ICF), for whom he was the third President (1993-1995).
Hans has been recognised worldwide; he was a member of the World Academy of Ceramics and a Fellow and Distinguished Life Member of the American Ceramic Society.
The whole international scientific community will remember this brilliant scientist who has contributed so much to the development of ceramic science and technology.
We are saddened to learn that World Academy of Ceramics Academician Professor José Arana Varela and CEO of the Technical Board of FAPESP (Sã o Paulo State Research Foundation) since 2012 passed away on May 15, 2016 after a three-year battle with cancer. Varela was Professor of Chemistry in the Institute of the Universidade Estadual Paulista, Araraquara (Unesp), Brazil and was the first professor to be named CEO of the Associates Council Administration of FAPESP. He was also a Board member from 2004 to 2010 and its vice president from 2007 to 2010. Varela was president of the Brazilian Society for Research in Materials, founder and director of Unesp Agency of Innovation and coordinator in Innovation Development Center Functional Materials (CDMF), a Center for Research, Innovation and Diffusion (CEPID) of FAPESP. Born in Martinópolis, Sã o Paulo, on April 11, 1944, he graduated in Physics from University of Sã o Paulo (USP), with a Masters in Physics from the Technological Institute Aeronautics (ITA) and a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Washington. He was a member of the Superior Council for Innovation and Competitiveness of the Federation of Industries of Sã o Paulo State, the Brazilian Physical Society, the State Academy of Sciences Sã o Paulo and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. Varela was also a member of the World Academy of Ceramics, the American Ceramic Society, the Board of Trustees of Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation and the Materials Research Society. He received several awards and honors, including the Golden Epsilon Award, the Spanish Society of Ceramics and Glass – the first non-Spanish to receive the distinction - the Scopus Award Elsevier, for his contributions to science in Brazil, and the Global Star (2013) and the Bridge Building Bridge Awards (2014) from the American Ceramic Society. He was a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society. Varela is an author in the book Engineered Ceramics - current status and future prospects, released in January by the American Ceramic Society during the 40th International Conference and Expo on Advanced Ceramics and Composites. He was a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Materials Research, Ceramics International, Science of Sintering, and Journal American Ceramic Society. FAPESP's president, José Goldemberg, lamented the loss not only for FAPESP but for science in Sã o Paulo and Brazil. "Professor Varela was a scientist of very high standards and to have him as chairman of the Technical Board of FAPESP helped the Foundation maintain the highest scientific level and standards". As a researcher, Varela had great experience in materials science, with emphasis on ceramic materials, and especially in the study of thin films, ferroelectric materials and dielectrics, varistors, boundary properties of grains and sintering. He maintained strong exchanges with research institutions in Spain, France, United States, Slovenia and Italy. Elson Longo, director of CDMF and professor emeritus at the Federal University of Sã o Carlos said "Varela was responsible for giving support to the research of ceramic materials in Brazil and the development of this area in the country in terms of semiconductors. Our partnership, which yielded at least 500 scientific articles and guidance of more than 80 doctoral and 50 master of science students, amongst many other activities, started more than 60 years ago in high school, so we were partners not only in research but also of life." Professor Varela leaves his wife Ana Lucia and his daughters Fernanda and Simone.
Larry L. Hench—inventor of Bioglass and children’s author—dies at age 77
By Gary L. Messing, adapted with permission from ceramics.org, December 18, 2015 by Eileen De Guire
It is with great sadness that we share the news that Larry L. Hench, ACerS Distinguished Life Member and Fellow and Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics, lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. He turned 77 in November. What a wonderful life ambassador Larry Hench was for our discipline. He leaves an enormous, gently placed footprint in the world of materials science and medical science. Hench grew up on a farm in the very small town of Tiro, Ohio and went on to have one of the most distinguished careers our field has known. Hench received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in ceramic engineering at Ohio State University in 1961 and 1964, respectively. He joined the University of Florida's Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 1964 as an assistant professor where he was a member of the faculty for 32 years and retired with emeritus status in 1996. On his retirement, he was Graduate Research Professor of Materials Science and Engineering—the highest academic position at the University of Florida, director of the Bioglass Research Center and co-director of the Advanced Materials Research Center. In 1996 he accepted a chaired faculty position at the Imperial College of the University of London as professor of ceramic materials where he co-founded and co-directed the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Center (TERM) for 10 years. Upon retirement from Imperial College, he returned to Florida where he held positions at Florida Institute of Technology and the University of Florida. (See the Florida Institute of Technology website for an extended biography of Hench’s significant scientific achievements, awards, recognitions, and publications.) They say chance favors a prepared mind. Hench likely would disagree and instead say miracles favor a prepared mind. In a 2013 speech in Toledo, Ohio, he described his discovery of the 45S5 Bioglass composition as the result of three miracles—a "chance" conversation with an Army officer in the early 1960s, when wounded soldiers were returning from the Vietnam War; an award of funding by the Army medical branch to him despite his lack of a medical degree; and a fortunate selection of just the right composition in the Na2O–CaO–P2O5–SiO2 phase diagram. However, it was his intellectual persistence in the early years of Bioglass that enabled him to prove that this glass composition responded to bone tissue like no other material, thus leading to the creation of the field of bioactive ceramics. Hench made many and seminal contributions to the field of bioceramics. In 1969 he discovered Bioglass, the first man-made material to bond to living tissues, which is now clinically used throughout the world to repair bones, joints, and teeth. Discoveries made by Hench and his colleagues in the 1980s and 1990s resulted in numerous Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approvals. The FDA approved the use of bioactive glass devices to reconstruct the ossicular chain (part of the middle ear) and restore hearing in the mid-1980s. A subsequent FDA approval led to bioactive glass implants to replace teeth, maintain jaw stability, and repair maxillo-facial bone defects. In the 1990s the FDA approved the use of a particulate form of bioactive glass that led to regenerating new bone to repair bone defects caused by periodontal disease. Numerous other FDA approved applications were in orthopedic surgery, including repair of bone defects following revision surgery of failed hip and knee prostheses, and spinal repair. Twelve companies have been founded based upon technology created in Hench’s laboratories, and the commercial products have led to numerous advanced technology awards. In addition to his pioneering work in the field of bioceramics, Larry was critical in leading the efforts to find a suitable material for the safe disposal of high-level nuclear waste. In 1976 he became involved with an international effort to find a suitable material that could contain tons of high-level waste and was chairman of the international committee, which, in 1986 agreed upon using a complex borosilicate based glass form to encapsulate that waste. It is also noteworthy that Hench was a pioneer and leader in the development and use of sol gel processing for a wide range of applications. Hench was a founder and past-president of the Society for Biomaterials (1979-80). He served on and had leadership responsibilities on many committees, and he received SFB's Clemson Award for Basic Research in 1977 and the Founders Award in 1998. He earned many international awards, published 800 research papers, 30 books and has 32 U.S. patents, and was a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He was also a member of the World Academy of Ceramics and a Fellow of numerous professional societies including the American Ceramic Society, Society of Glass Technology, and Institute of Materials. In 2004 he was awarded the International Ceramics Prize of the World Academy of Ceramics in Basic Research, "For the invention of Bioglass and subsequent distinguished scientific contributions resulting in outstanding commercial advances in the field of ceramic and glass biomaterials" He was a Distinguished Life Member of the American Ceramic Society—the Society’s highest award, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering by the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. In 1998 he received the Von Hippel Award; the most prestigious award of the Materials Research Society. Most recently, he was awarded the highly acclaimed international 2014 Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal Award, which recognizes lifetime excellence in research and development in the field of biomaterials.
Certainly, the scientific challenges of engineering biomaterials appealed to Hench’s intellect and curiosity, but his generosity and humility drove him to use his unique training and talents to improve the human condition. He understood that pushing through boundaries in life sciences required also looking at the ethical and economic ramifications in the changing landscape. He embraced that conversation in books, in presentations such as the 2013 Rustum Roy lecture, and in a short course series he recorded for ACerS. Hench published hundreds of papers, books, and proceedings over his long career. However, the publications he talked about most were his six books for children about the adventures of a bionic cat named Boing-Boing. His motivation was simple and personal. When his grandchildren were young, Hench grew weary of the typical caricature of scientists as socially awkward brainiacs in children’s books. So, he imagined a story wherein a young boy named Daniel befriends George, the engineering professor who lives next door. Daniel longs for a cat, but allergies prevent his having a pet. George understands the boy’s dilemma and goes to the lab to create a bionic cat, much to Daniel’s delight. As one might expect, this threesome has a number of interesting adventures, all of which are recorded in the books. Larry is survived by his son Alan Hench of Oak Park, Texas, his brother David Hench of Okeechobee Florida, companion Margaret Saudners of Ft Myers, Florida, step children Martin Wilson of Merritt Island, Florida, Sally Erickson of Birmingham, Michigan, Joanna Wilson of Epsom, Great Britain, 14 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Larry was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Mary Hench, his wives Suzanne Hench and June Wilson-Hench and his son Steven Hench. Hench had a big heart, and he touched many lives through his work as a scientist, health advocate, children’s author, colleague, mentor, and friend. Scientists do not often see directly the impact of their work, but Hench did. He responded with gratitude that his work helped so many people heal and regain health.
16th Election to WAC
The election procedures of the 16th Election to the World Academy of Ceramics have been recently completed. The following 13 new Academicians have been approved by the Council on July 8, 2015 on proposal of the International Advisory Board following the screening procedures of the Nomination Committee:
Aldo R. Boccaccini,
John W. Halloran,
Jacques L. Lamon,
William E. Lee,
Kathleen A. Richardson,
CLASS "INDUSTRY & INNOVATION"
The new Academicians will be presented and awarded with the WAC Diploma during the Opening Ceremony of the FORUM 2016 of the World Academy of Ceramics that will be held in Italy, on June 14-17, 2016.
WAC "Prize 2016" Laureates
Prof. Peter Greil, University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany, and Prof. Kenji Uchino, The Pennsylvania State University, USA, are the recipients of the "PRIZE 2016" of the World Academy of Ceramics. The new prize Laureates have been approved during the WAC Council meeting of July 8, 2015 on proposal of the International Advisory Board, following the recommendations of the Prize 2016 Committee. WAC "Prize 2016" will be awarded during the Opening Ceremony of FORUM 2016 of the World Academy of Ceramics that will be held in Italy, on June 14-17, 2016.
Alpha Sigma Mu Distinguished Life Member Award to Dr. Singh
WAC Member Dr. Mrityunjay Singh, Chief Scientist, Ohio Aerospace Institute, Cleveland, OH and President-Elect of the American Ceramic Society has received Distinguished Life Member Award of Alpha Sigma Mu-The International Professional Honor Society for Materials Science and Engineering. He has received this honor in recognition of his pioneering and seminal contributions, mentoring, and global leadership in the field of science, engineering, and applications of advanced materials and technologies for aerospace and energy systems.
Distinguished Life Member award is Alpha Sigma Mu’s highest honor (www.alphasigmamu.org) and granted to a person who has served the materials community and/or Alpha Sigma Mu over a long career and has established an international recognition for his/her service. This award is conferred upon those select few whose technical attainment and contributions to society through leadership in the field of materials science and engineering have resulted in significant benefits to humankind.
This award also acknowledges Dr. Singh’s distinguished career. A member of the Board of Governors of Acta Materialia, Inc., he is an Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics, Italy and current serves as Vice President of WAC international advisory board. He is a Fellow of American Ceramic Society, ASM International, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is the recipient of more than 55 national and international awards, including four R&D 100 awards, FLC Technology Transfer Award, NASA Public Service Medal, NASA Silver Snoopy Award, Ishikawa International Carbon Prize, Japan Fine Ceramics Association International Prize and Gottfried Wagner Memorial Award from Japan, Sir Richard Brook International Award from European Ceramic Society, Jacques-Lucas Award from ASM International, ACerS’ John Jeppson Award, President Award, Richard M. Fulrath, Samuel Geijsbeek, and James I. Mueller Awards. He has edited/co-edited fifty books and journal volumes, authored/co-authored ten book chapters, and more than two hundred seventy papers in journals and proceedings. He currently serves on the advisory boards and committees of more than a dozen highly respected international journals and technical publications.
15th Election to WAC
On the occasion of the Inaugural Session of the 13th International Ceramics Congress of CIMTEC 2014, on June 9, the induction of the new members (15th Election) to the World Academy of Ceramics took place.
José M.F. Ferreira,
Heli Maarit Jantunen,
Jennifer A. Lewis,
Subhash H. Risbud,
CLASS "INDUSTRY & INNOVATION"
Sylvia M. Johnson,
George G. Wicks,
Singh to receive Toledo Glass and Ceramic Award at April 17 event
The Michigan/Northwest Ohio Section of The American Ceramic Society will give its 2014 Toledo Glass and Ceramic Award to Academician Mrityunjay (Jay) Singh on April 17, 2014. Singh says of the honor, "It is a quite humbling experience to be considered for this prestigious award, which has a very rich history and tradition." The award does, indeed, have a rich history. Founded in 1956, it boasts a list of previous honorees that is a veritable "Who’s Who" in the glass and ceramics world, as well as in the Society. Among the distinguished luminaries that have preceded Singh to the lecture podium: Larry Hench, Katherine Faber, Delbert Day, Prabhat Gupta, and Alfred Cooper, along with many others. The award will be given at a dinner meeting on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Toledo Club in Toledo, Ohio. Singh will provide remarks on "Human Space Exploration: Risks and Challenges." Singh, chief scientist at the Ohio Aerospace Institute in Cleveland, Ohio, is an ACerS Fellow, director, and president-elect nominee of the Board of ACerS. Singh’s research interests include advanced ceramics and composites, ceramic integration technologies, green and sustainable materials and manufacturing, thermal management materials and technologies for gas turbines and thermal protection systems, power generation, aerospace systems, and space exploration and transportation systems.
Distinguished Alumnus and HTCMC International Achievement Awards to Dr. SinghAcademician Mrityunjay Singh, Chief Scientist, Ohio Aerospace Institute, Cleveland, OH, has been awarded Distinguished Alumnus Award from Indian Institute of Technology-BHU, Varanasi. He had previously received Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Metallurgy Department of IIT-BHU in 2004. In addition, he has also received HTCMC International Achievement Award of his contributions in the field of high temperature ceramic matrix composites. Dr. Singh was recognized for his pioneering and seminal contributions and global leadership in the field of science, engineering, and applications of advanced ceramic and composite materials and technologies.
CAS Einstein Professorship, Honorary Doctorate, and Honorary Fellowship Awarded to Dr. Singh
Academician Mrityunjay Singh, Chief Scientist, Ohio Aerospace Institute, Cleveland, OH and Director of the Board of ACerS, has received three major international awards recently. He has received these honors in recognition of his pioneering and seminal contributions and global leadership in the field of science, engineering, and applications of advanced ceramic and composite materials and technologies.
He received prestigious Einstein Professorship Award from Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Each year Einstein Professorships are awarded to twenty distinguished international scientists and talented leaders actively working at the frontiers of science and technology in every scientific field around the world.
He has received Honorary Doctorate from Nagaoka University of Technology (NUT), Japan. This is most prestigious award bestowed by the university. Dr. Singh also serves as Special Advisor to NUT.
In addition, Dr. Singh has also been awarded Honorary Fellowship of Indian Institute of Ceramics. Established in 1973, Indian Institute of Ceramics (IICERAM) is a society of professionals engaged in the diverse activities relating to Ceramics.
These awards also acknowledge Dr. Singh’s distinguished career. A member of the Board of Governors of Acta Materialia, Inc., he is an Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics, Italy and Fellow of American Ceramic Society, ASM International, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is the recipient of more than 55 national and international awards, including four R&D 100 awards, FLC Technology Transfer Award, NASA Public Service Medal, NASA Silver Snoopy Award, Ishikawa International Carbon Prize, Japan Fine Ceramics Association International Prize and Gottfried Wagner Memorial Award from Japan, Sir Richard Brook International Award from European Ceramic Society, Jacques-Lucas Award from ASM International, ACerS’ John Jeppson Award, President Award, Richard M. Fulrath, Samuel Geijsbeek, and James I. Mueller Awards. He has edited/co-edited fifty books and journal volumes, authored/co-authored ten book chapters, and more than two hundred seventy five papers in journals and proceedings. He currently serves on the advisory boards and committees of more than a dozen highly respected international journals and technical publications.
Dr. Tastuki Ohji received the title of Fellow from ASM International
Dr. Tastuki Ohji, a Prime Senior Research Scientist of AIST, was given the title of Fellow from ASM International, in recognition of his distinguished contributions to materials science and engineering. The citation reads "For the in-depth investigation of mechanical and functional properties of advanced ceramics, ceramic composites, and porous materials and their microstructures, and the development of new and novel advanced ceramic materials."
Academician of the World Academy and Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, Dr. Ohji’s research interests include mechanical property characterization of ceramics, ceramic composites and porous materials, microstructural design of ceramic materials for better performance, and green manufacturing of ceramic components. He has authored or coauthored more than 330 peer-reviewed papers and 12 book chapters, edited 30 books and conference volumes, chaired or co-chaired more than 20 international conferences and symposia, and holds more than 40 patents. He serves as a Governor of Acta Materialia, Inc., and on the editorial boards of many international journals.
WAC "Prize 2012" Laureates
Sossina M. Haile,
Sossina M. Haile, California Institute of Technology, USA, and Morinobu Endo, Shinshu University, Japan, are the recipients of the Prize 2012 of the World Academy of Ceramics.
The Prize Laureates have been approved during the WAC Council Meeting of July 29, 2011, on proposal of the International Advisory Board, following the screening of a number of candidatures by the Prize Committee.
Both the Prizes have been assigned for the Class "Research & Innovation". The Prize to Sossina M. Haile is "For the outstanding contribution opening new horizons
in electrochemical ceramic research as well as for the success in fabricating and demonstrating innovative solid electrolyte fuel cells based on these achievements". The Prize to Morinobu Endo is "For the outstanding contribution opening new horizons in materials research, specifically the achievements in growing carbon nanofibers and discovery of carbon nanotubes resulting in important advances in basic science and technological applications".
WAC "Prize 2012" was awarded during the Opening Ceremony of FORUM 2012 (Perugia, Italy, June 30-July 3, 2012) of the World Academy of Ceramics.
14th Election to WAC
The procedures for the 14th Election to the World Academy of Ceramics have been recently completed. The following 21 new Ademicians have been approved by the Council on July 29, 2011 on proposal of the International Advisory Board following the screening procedures of the Nomination Committee:
Rajendra K. Bordia,
Lisa C. Klein,
Brian R. Lawn,
Edson Roberto Leite,
Anne L. Leriche,
Lalit Mohan Manocha,
Richard E. Riman,
CLASS "INDUSTRY & INNOVATION"
The new Academicians have been awarded with the WAC Diploma during the Opening Ceremony of the FORUM 2012 (Perugia, Italy, June 30-July 3, 2012).
Dr. Mrityunjay Singh Selected to Receive the American Ceramic Society’s John Jeppson Award
Academician Mrityunjay (Jay) Singh, Chief Scientist for Ohio Aerospace Institute, has been selected to receive the American Ceramic Society's John Jeppson Award. Dr. Singh was selected for this honor in recognition for his pioneering and seminal contributions and global leadership in the field of science, engineering, and applications of advanced ceramic and composite materials and technologies.
The John Jeppson Award, originated in 1958, is one of the most prestigious awards bestowed by the American Ceramic Society, recognizing distinguished scientific, technical, or engineering achievements in ceramics. John Jeppson was instrumental in establishing the Norton Company (Saint Gobain Industrial Ceramics). His ceramic experience in forming and firing were major factors in producing some of the first ceramic grinding wheels. Mr. Jeppson's work formed the basis for the subsequent growth of an important segment of the ceramic industry. The first recipient of this award in 1958 was Professor W.D. Kingery followed by many famous and accomplished ceramists from all over the world.
The John Jeppson Award will be presented to Dr. Singh at the ACerS 113th Annual Meeting’s Honors and Awards Banquet during MS&T’11 on Monday, October 17, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Singh Awarded Prestigious AAAS Fellowship
Academician M. Singh, Chief Scientist, Ohio Aerospace Institute, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, USA, has received Fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Each year the AAAS council elects members whose "efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished". The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest scientific society and the honor of Fellow of AAAS began in 1874. Dr. Singh was honored for his pioneering and seminal contributions and global leadership in the field of science, engineering, and applications of advanced ceramic and composite materials and technologies. Dr. Singh is a member of the Board of Governors of Acta Materialia, Inc. and Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics, Italy. He is Fellow of American Ceramic Society, ASM International, and the Institute of Mining, Minerals and Materials (UK). He is the recipient of more than 40 national and international awards, including four R&D 100 awards, FLC Technology Transfer Award, NASA Public Service Medal, NASA Silver Snoopy Award, Ishikawa International Carbon Prize, Japan Fine Ceramics Association International Prize and Gottfried Wagner Memorial Award from Japan, International Award from the European Ceramic Society, Jacques-Lucas Award from ASM International, ACerS’ President Award, Richard M. Fulrath, Samuel Geijsbeek, and James I. Mueller Awards. He has edited/co-edited 42 books and journal volumes, nine book chapters, published more than two hundred 235 papers in journals and proceedings. He currently serves on the advisory boards and committees of more than a dozen highly respected international journals and technical publications.
13th Election to WAC
The procedures for the 13th Election to the World Academy of Ceramics have been recently completed. The following fourteen new Ademicians have been approved by the Council on July 23, 2009 on proposal of the International Advisory Board following the screening procedures of the Nomination Committee:
CLASS "INDUSTRY & INNOVATION"
The new Academicians will be presented and awarded with the WAC Diploma during the Opening Ceremony of the 12th International Ceramics Congress of CIMTEC 2010 (Montecatini Terme, Italy, June 6-11, 2010).
Jay Singh Elected to IISS
WAC Academician Mrityunjay "Jay" Singh, Chief Scientist, Ohio Aerospace Institute, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH has been elected a full member of the International Institute for the Science of Sintering (IISS), Belgrade, Serbia. Established in 1968, IISS is an independent organization founded to promote achievements in the field of sintering along with related areas of materials science and technology. The institute also publishes the international journal "Science of Sintering". Dr. Singh has also been appointed as regional (North American) editor of this journal.
Generally, the election of new members to the institute starts with the position of corresponding member before promotion to full membership. However, Dr. Singh was elected as full member due to his extraordinary contributions to various areas related to advanced processing and manufacturing as well as joining and integration of advanced ceramics and composites, metal-ceramic systems, and environment conscious ceramics. Currently, the organization has only about 65 full members elected from all over the world. The formal induction of new IISS members will take place during the opening ceremony of the next World Round Table Conference on Sintering in 2010.
American Ceramic Society Recognizes WAC Academician