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Roman Pampuch
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.

OBITUARY

Anthonie Jan Burggraaf
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

Mrityunjay 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.

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Yan Dongsheng
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.  

OBITUARY

Hans Hausner
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.  

OBITUARY

José Arana Varela
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.  

OBITUARY

Larry L. Hench
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:

CLASS "SCIENCE"

John BallatoJohn Ballato,
USA
Aldo R. BoccacciniAldo R. Boccaccini,
Germany
Wai-Yim ChingWai-Yim Ching,
USA
Morinobu EndoMorinobu Endo,
Japan
John W. HalloranJohn W. Halloran,
USA
Shinichi KikkawaShinichi Kikkawa,
Japan
Jacques L. LamonJacques L. Lamon,
France
William E. LeeWilliam E. Lee,
UK
Wei PanWei Pan,
China
Kathleen A. RichardsonKathleen A. Richardson,
USA
Tom TroczynskiTom Troczynski,
Canada

CLASS "INDUSTRY & INNOVATION"

Jun AkedoJun Akedo,
Japan
Kiyoshi ShimamuraKiyoshi Shimamura,
Japan

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.

Peter GreilPeter Greil,
Germany
Kenji UchinoKenji Uchino,
USA

Alpha Sigma Mu Distinguished Life Member Award to Dr. Singh

Mrityunjay 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.
The new members for the Class "Science" and the Class "Industry & Innovation" are listed below:

CLASS "SCIENCE"

Lennart Bergstrom
Lennart Bergstrom,
Sweden
Bruce Dunn
Bruce Dunn,
USA
Monica Ferraris
Monica Ferraris,
Italy
José M.F. Ferreira
José M.F. Ferreira,
Portugal
Yuichi Ikuhara
Yuichi Ikuhara,
Japan
Setsuro Ito
Setsuro Ito,
Japan
Heli Maarit Jantunen
Heli Maarit Jantunen,
Finland
Jennifer A. Lewis
Jennifer A. Lewis,
USA
Reginaldo Muccillo
Reginaldo Muccillo,
Brazil
Subhash H. Risbud
Subhash H. Risbud,
USA
Mikolaj Szafran
Mikolaj Szafran,
Poland
Masasuke Takata
Masasuke Takata,
Japan
Ramon Torrecillas
Ramon Torrecillas,
Spain
Min Wang
Min Wang,
China

CLASS "INDUSTRY & INNOVATION"

Shaoming Dong
Shaoming Dong,
China
Sylvia M. Johnson
Sylvia M. Johnson,
USA
George G. Wicks
George G. Wicks,
USA

Singh to receive Toledo Glass and Ceramic Award at April 17 event

Mrityunjay Singh
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. Singh

Academician 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

Mrityunjay 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

Tastuki Ohji
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,
USA
Morinobu Endo
Morinobu Endo,
Japan
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:

CLASS "SCIENCE"

Rajendra K. Bordia
Rajendra K. Bordia,
USA
Jan Dusza
Jan Dusza,
Slovak Republic
Gilbert Fantozzi
Gilbert Fantozzi,
France
Lisa C. Klein
Lisa C. Klein,
USA
Walter Krenkel
Walter Krenkel,
Germany
Brian R. Lawn
Brian R. Lawn,
USA
Edson Roberto Leite
Edson Roberto Leite,
Brazil
Anne L. Leriche
Anne L. Leriche,
France
Hasan Mandal
Hasan Mandal,
Turkey
Lalit Mohan Manocha
Lalit Mohan Manocha,
India
Sanjay Mathur
Sanjay Mathur,
Germany
Philippe Miele
Philippe Miele,
France
Makio Naito
Makio Naito,
Japan
Richard E. Riman
Richard E. Riman,
USA
Wei-Hsing Tuan
Wei-Hsing Tuan,
Taiwan
Fumihiro Wakai
Fumihiro Wakai,
Japan
Kimihiro Yamashita
Kimihiro Yamashita,
Japan
Yu Zhou
Yu Zhou,
China

CLASS "INDUSTRY & INNOVATION"

Hai-Doo Kim,
Hai-Doo Kim,
Korea
Dileep Singh
Dileep Singh,
USA
Giorgio Timellini
Giorgio Timellini,
Italy

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

Mrityunjay Singh
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

Mrityunjay Singh
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 "SCIENCE"

S. Best
S. Best,
UK
K. Byrappa
K. Byrappa,
India
Takashi Goto
Takashi Goto,
Japan
Jow-Lay Huang
Jow-Lay Huang,
Taiwan
E. Ivers-Tiffée
E. Ivers-Tiffée,
Germany
H.-J. Kleebe
H.-J. Kleebe,
Germany
G.D. Quinn
G.D. Quinn,
USA
A. Safari
A. Safari,
USA
Yoshio Sakka
Yoshio Sakka,
Japan
S.M. Wiederhorn
S.M. Wiederhorn,
USA
Han-Ill Yoo
Han-Ill Yoo,
Korea
Yanchun Zhou
Yanchun Zhou,
China

CLASS "INDUSTRY & INNOVATION"

M.J. Edirisinghe
T. Ishikawa,
Japan
R. Freer
A. Michaelis,
Germany

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

Mrityunjay Singh
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
M. Singh with President’s Award

Mrityunjay Singh
Academician Mrityunjay Singh, Chief Scientist, Ohio Aerospace Institute, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH has received the prestigious "President Award" from the American Ceramic Society for his sustained service and remarkable contributions to the American Ceramic Society and global leadership in the field of ceramics. In the more than 110 year history of the society, this award has been given only few times to select individuals. Dr. Singh has served and is currently serving on various society level award committees, and strategic and long term planning committees. He has been instrumental in the development of programs dedicated to the ceramics field, including the annual International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites. Dr. Singh also assisted with the creation of a new ceramic journal, "International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology," a highly-ranked publication in the field. He played a key role in raising funds for the Richard M. Fulrath Endowment of the society. The award also acknowledges Dr. Singh’s distinguished career.

Dr. Hua-Tay Lin - Recipient of the Prestigious 2010 James I. Mueller Memorial Award

Hua-Tay Lin
Dr. Hua-Tay Lin, Group Leader of Ceramic Science and Technology Group, Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been chosen as the winner of the prestigious 2010 James I. Mueller Memorial Award in recognition of his contributions and leadership in the field of engineering ceramics. The James I. Mueller Award is the highest honor bestowed by Engineering Ceramics Division, the American Ceramic Society. As an award recipient, Lin will deliver a plenary lecture at the 34th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, January 24-29, 2010, Daytona Beach, FL.
Lin is an academician of the World Academy of Ceramics and fellow of ASM International, and the American Ceramic Society. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology and Secretary of Journal of Materials Engineering & Performance Committee Member, ASM International.

Dr. Hua-Tay Lin Selected as Recipient of Prestigious Lee Hsun Lecture Award

Hua-Tay Lin
Dr. Hua-Tay Lin, Group Leader of Ceramic Science and Technology Group, Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been chosen as a recipient of the prestigious Lee Hsun Lecture Award in recognition of his accomplishments in materials science and technology research. The Lee Hsun Lecture Award is annually administered by the Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science (SYNL) in China and the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMR CAS). As an award recipient, Lin has been invited to visit IMR in Shenyang, China to give a lecture and thus further advance the scientific cooperation between research institutions in both countries.
Lin is an academician of the World Academy of Ceramics and fellow of ASM International, and the American Ceramic Society. He is also the Editor in Chief of International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology and Secretary of Journal of Materials Engineering & Performance Committee Member, ASM International.

Dr. Singh Awarded Prestigious Lee Hsun Award from Chinese Academy of Sciences

Mrityunjay Singh
WAC Member Dr. M. Singh, Chief Scientist, Ohio Aerospace Institute, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH has been selected to receive the Lee Hsun Award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences-Institute of Metals Research, Shenyang, China. The Lee Hsun Award honors "outstanding accomplishments by international scientists in the field of materials science and engineering". The goal of the award is not only to reward distinguished performance by a scientist but also to promote cooperation and exchange of science and technology. The award to Dr. Singh is based on his long history of innovation and technology transfer and wide scale commercial impact of these technologies. The formal presentation of this award will be made when he visits the Institute of Metal Research-Chinese Academy of Sciences in summer and gives a lecture.

The 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 and a Fellow of American Ceramic Society, as well as 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’ Richard M. Fulrath, Samuel Geijsbeek, and James I. Mueller Awards. He has authored or coauthored 30 books and journal volumes, six book chapters, published more than two hundred 245 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.

Susan Trolier-McKinstry named DOD Fellow

Susan Trolier-McKinstry
WAC Member Susan Trolier-McKinstry, director of Penn State’s W.M. Keck Smart Materials Integration Laboratory and leader of the Center of Excellence in Piezoelectric Materials and Devices within the Center for Dielectric Studies at Penn State, has been selected by the Department of Defense as one of six scientists from U.S. universities to participate in the inaugural class of DOD’s new National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellows Program. DOD’s program provides each of the six fellows with grants of up to $3 million over a five-year period. The award is for long-term funding of open and unclassified research deemed of crucial importance to DOD.Trolier-McKinstry said her defense-related research will encompass low voltage, high energy density actuators for radio frequency switches used in radar systems and electronically steered antennae; self-powered sensors for persistent surveillance; ultrasonic ranging systems for autonomous robots; miniaturized high frequency ultrasound systems for casualty care, potentially under battlefield conditions; and miniaturized adaptive optics systems for targeting.

ASM International-IIM Visiting Lectureship Awarded to Dr. Ohji

atsuki Ohji
Dr. Tatsuki Ohji, Premier Senior Research Scientist, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology (AIST), Japan has been selected as ASM International-Indian Institute of Materials (IIM) visiting lecturer for 2008. In its 29th year, ASM International-IIM visiting lectureship program committee selects most qualified ASM members with exceptional qualifications and experience to make technical presentations that are of interest to the Indian academic, industrial, and government organizations. The lecture topics are relevant to current technological conditions in India. An internationally recognized expert in the area of advanced engineering ceramics and composites, Dr. Ohji will visit India later this fall.
An ACerS Fellow, Dr. Ohji is Vice Chair and Treasurer of Engineering Ceramics Division. He has served as secretary and awards committee chair of Engineering Ceramics Division. He also serves as Associate Editor of Journal of American Ceramic Society and International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology. He has also organized a number of symposia/conferences for the American Ceramic Society and other professional societies. He is a member of World Academy of Ceramics and serves on the advisory board of many international journals from all over the world.

Hench Receives Hohio State Alumni Achievement Award

Larry L. Hench
WAC Academician Larry L. Hench, an ACerS' Distinguished Life Member and pioneer in the field of ceramic engineering, has received the Alumni Professional Achievement Award from the Ohio State University Alumni Association Inc. Hench's discovery of Bioglass, a man-made material that bonds living tissue, has led to new medical and dental products for millions of people worldwide.
In the year 2004 he was the recipient of the WAC International Ceramics Prize recognizing his leading activity in biomaterials

Dr. Singh appointed to Board of Governors of Acta Materialia, Inc.

Singh Jay.jpg
The President of ASM International has appointed Dr. Mrityunjay Singh on the Board of Governors of Acta Materialia, Inc. for a four year term starting January 2008. The board consists of four governors from ASM International, two from TMS, and two from more than thirty cooperating international materials societies from all over the world. The purpose of Acta Materialia, Inc. is to publish high-quality, peer refereed, journals in the area of materials science and engineering. In addition, it also supports and promotes scientific meetings, awards prizes (including Acta Gold Medal, John Hollomon Award), and undertakes other activities to further its fundamental purpose, which is to increase and diffuse the knowledge of science and engineering of materials. The Acta board also oversees the publication of three high impact factor (highly cited) and globally respected journals in the materials area namely Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia, and Acta Biomaterialia. Dr. Singh also serves on the International Advisory Boards/Committees of seven additional international journals published from USA, Europe, and Japan.
An Academician of World Academy of Ceramics and Fellow of the ASM International, the American Ceramic Society, and Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (UK), he is recipient of more than thirty five national and international awards and published more than 245 papers and edited/co-edited more than thirty books/proceedings and journal volumes.

Korean Ceramic Society Honors Shigeyuki Somiya

Shigeyuki Somiya
Shigeyuki Somiya has been named an Honorary Member of the Korean Ceramic Society. Announced at the organization's recent 50th anniversary meeting in Seoul, Korea, the award featured the presentation of a membership certificate comprised of 99,9% gold.
Professor emeritus at The Tokyo Institute of Technology and a former dean of science and technology at Japan's Teikyo University, Somiya is widely known as the editor/author of some of the industry's most definitive texts on advanced ceramics. In addition to his Korean affiliation, he is an honorary member of the Ceramic Society of Japan and both a Fellow and Distinguished Life Member of ACerS.

Yoshio Bando invited as Plenary Speaker at Daytona Beach Conference

Yoshio Bando
Academy Member Yoshio Bando, a Fellow of the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) and director general of International Center for Young Scientist (ICYS), deputy director of WPI Center of Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), NIMS, and professor at the University of Tsukuba, was invited to deliver a Plenary Lecture at the 3rd International Conference & Exposition on Advanced Ceramics & Composites, held in Daytona Beach, January 27 - February 1, 2008.
His current field of research is synthesis and property measurements of novel one-dimensional nanomaterials using TEM. His discovery of a "carbon nanothermometer" and development of large scale synthesis of BN nanotubes were internationally accepted.
Bando has received a number of awards including the 16th Tsukuba Prize in 2005 and became an Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics in 2004. In 2002, he was chosen as one of the "Top 30 Key Persons in Nanotechnology" in Japan by the scientific journal, Nikkei Science. He has published over 400 reviewed international journal articles and holds more than 30 patents.

ACerS 2008 ECD Bridge Building Award to Hampshire

Stuart Hampshire
WAC Member Stuart Hampshire, Limerick, Ireland, has been awarded with the 2008 ECD Bridge Building Award by the Awards Committee of the Engineering Ceramics Division of the American Ceramic Society. The award consisted of the Bridge Building Award plaque, a certificate, a $1000 honorarium and complimentary registration for the 2008 Advanced Ceramics and Composites Conference. Hampshire also has been invited to deliver a keynote plenary presentation at the Conference in Daytona Beach, FL, USA.

Baik New President of Pohang University, Korea

Baik Sunggi
Sunggi Baik, a WAC Member since 1994, has been installed as the fifth president of Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea. He has been a professor of Materials Science & Engineering at POSTECH since 1987.
POSTECH was established in 1986 as Korea's first research-oriented science and technology university. Educating only a small number of outstanding students and performing cutting-edge research, POSTECH has been consistently ranked as the top university in Korea.

ACerS recognizes several WAC Members

During the ACerS 109th Annual Meeting, held in Detroit, Michigan, September 16-20, 2007 several WAC members were officially recognized for their noticeable contribution to ceramics.
Kenneth H. Jack was elected to the ACerS Distinguished Life Membership, Fritz Aldinger, Stuart Hampshire and Ki Hyun Yoon were conferred the ACerS Fellowship and David Alan Payne, Kathryn Logan and George W. Beall were awarded with the Robert B. Sosman Award, the Arthur Frederick Greaves-Walker Award and the W. David Kingery award, respectively.

Kenneth H. Jack
Kenneth H. Jack (Distinguished Life Member) is emeritus Professor at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and honorary professor of Materials Engineering at the University of Wales, Swansea, UK
Fritz Aldinger
Fritz Aldinger (Fellow), director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung and professor of ceramics at the Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Stuart Hampshire
Stuart Hampshire (Fellow ), chair of materials science, University of Limerick, Ireland
Ki Hyun Yoon
Ki Hyun Yoon (Fellow), professor of ceramic engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
David Alan Payne
David Alan Payne (Robert B. Sosman Award) is a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
Kathryn V. Logan
Kathryn V. Logan (Arthur Frederick Greaves-Walker Award), Virginia Tech Langley Professor and also MSE Principal Research Engineer Emerita at Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
George H. Beall
George H. Beall (W. David Kingery Award) research fellow (retired) in the Science & Technology Division of Corning Inc., Corning, NY, USA

12th Election to WAC

The procedures for the 12th Election to the World Academy of Ceramics have been recently completed. The following sixteen new Academicians have been approved by the Council on July 11, 2007 on proposal of the International Advisory Board following the screening procedures of the Nomination Committee:

CLASS "SCIENCE"

M.J. Edirisinghe
M.J. Edirisinghe
UK
R. Freer
R. Freer
UK
M.P. Harmer
M.P. Harmer
USA
Suk-Joong L. Kang
Suk-Joong L. Kang
South Korea
K.J.D. MacKenzie
K.J.D. MacKenzie
New Zealand
Kiyoshi Okada
Kiyoshi Okada
Japan
V.C. Pandolfelli
V.C. Pandolfelli
Brazil
J. Rödel
J. Rödel
Germany
A.S. Rogachev
A.S. Rogachev
Russia
D. Suvorov
D. Suvorov
Slovenia
Isao Tanaka
Isao Tanaka
Japan
E. Traversa
E. Traversa
Italy
S. Trolier-McKinstry
S. Trolier-McKinstry
USA
Keizo Uematsu
Keizo Uematsu
Japan

CLASS "INDUSTRY & INNOVATION"

Hua-Tay Lin
Hua-Tay Lin
USA
E.R. Vanc
E.R. Vance
Australia

The new Academicians will be presented and awarded with the WAC Diploma during the Opening Ceremony of FORUM 2008 (Chianciano Terme, Italy, July 5-8, 2008) of the World Academy of Ceramics.

WAC "Prize 2008" Laureates

Alexander G. Merzhanov and Inna P. Borovinskaya, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia Federation and Hiroshi Ichikawa, Nippon Carbon Co. Ltd., Japan are the recipients of the "Prize 2008" of the World Academy of Ceramics.
The new prize Laureates have been approved during the WAC Council meeting of July 11, 2007 on proposal of the International Advisory Board, following the screening of a number of candidatures by the Prize Committee.
The joint prize to Merzhanov/Borovinskaya for "Basic Research" recognises their outstanding contribution on fundamentals of SHS science and subsequent studies for SHS successful use in novel materials.
The prize on "Industrial Research" to Ichikawa recognises his remarkable contribution to the development of an innovative high strength, high temperature silicon carbide fiber and the implementation of its industrial manufacturing.
WAC "Prize 2008" will be awarded during the Opening Ceremony of FORUM 2008 (Chianciano Terme, Italy, July 5-8, 2008) of the World Academy of Ceramics.

ECerS International Award to Singh

Singh
WAC Member M. Singh, chief scientist at the Ohio Aerospace Institute, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, received the ECerS International Award and delivered a keynote plenary presentation at the 10th International Conference of ECerS, Berlin, June 17-21, 2007. He was recognized for outstanding contribution to the science and technology of engineering ceramics and composites, and for enhancing understanding and collaboration within the international ceramics community.

Stuijts Award to Hampshire

Hampshire
Stuart Hampshire, a professor in the Dept. of Materials Science & Technology, University of Limerick, Ireland, was honored with the Stuijts Award, which recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions to ceramics science or technology. The Award was assigned by the European Ceramic Society (ECerS) during its recent Conference held in Berlin, June 17-21, 2007. The author or co-author of more than 230 publications in journals, edition of 19 books and three journal volumes, and holder of several patents, Stuart Hampshire was elected to the World Academy of Ceramics in the year 1990.


Munir Honored by UC Davis

Munir
WAC member Zuhair A. Munir, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science at the University of California, Davis, was presented the UC Davis Prize for 2007 at a gala dinner May 10.
The prize recognizes scholars at the forefront of knowledge who are making their expertise available to undergraduate students. Munir was selected in recognition of his demonstrated extraordinary dedication and achievement, both in research creativity and in undergraduate teaching and mentoring. Munir is recognized by the Institute of Scientific Information as one of the Highly Cited Authors in the field of materials science.


Komarneni Named Distinguished Professor

Sridhar Komarneni
WAC member Sridhar Komarneni has been named a Distinguished Professor at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, in recognition of his exceptional record of teaching, research and service. He is professor of clay mineralogy in the Materials Research Institute and the Dept.of Crop & Soil Sciences.
Komarneni's research focuses on low-temperature nanophase and nanocomposite materials, sol-gel chemistry of high-performance ceramics, hydrothermal and microwave-hydrothermal processing, and new materials preparation and characterization. He has served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Porous Materials since 1994, and is recognized by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the highly cited researchers in the materials field.


80th Birthday of Günter Petzow Honored

Petzow
A special issue (November 2006, Vol. 114) has been dedicated by the Journal of the Ceramics Society of Japan to celebrate the 80th birthday of Academician Günter Petzow. This to recognise the pioneering and influential role of his studies on basic science, constitution, powder metallurgy, and metals and ceramics carried out during his long-lasting career which deserved the admiration and respect of the research community worldwide.


Twenty-one New WAC Members Elected

The following twenty-one new Professional Members of the World Academy of Ceramics have been recently elected to the Academy (11th Election, 2006):

CLASS "SCIENCE"

J.H. Adair
J.H. Adair
USA
D.K. Agrawal
D.K. Agrawal
USA
M.W. Barsoum
M.W. Barsoum
USA
T. Chartier
T. Chartier
France
W.J. Clegg
W.J. Clegg
UK
P. Colombo
P. Colombo
Italy
R.A.L. Drew
R.A.L. Drew
Canada
Kunihito Koumoto
Kunihito Koumoto
Japan
V.V. Mitic
V.V. Mitic
Serbia and Montenegro
Yoshinari Miyamoto
Yoshinari Miyamoto
Japan
Tatsuki Ohji
Tatsuki Ohji
Japan
T.A. Prikhna
T.A. Prikhna
Ukraine
Rishi Raj
Rishi Raj
USA
C.A. Randall
C.A. Randall
USA
G.A. Schneider
G.A. Schneider
Germany
N. Setter
N. Setter
Switzerland
H.L. Tuller
H.L. Tuller
USA
O. Van Der Biest
O. Van Der Biest
Belgium
Weiguang Zhu
Weiguang Zhu
Singapore


CLASS "INDUSTRY & INNOVATION"

B.L. Krasny
B.L. Krasny
Russia
T.R. Shrout
T.R. Shrout
USA

Larry L. Hench and Shin-ichi Hirano are among the recipients of the Distinguished Life Membership Award at the Ms&T'06 by the American Ceramic Society

Hench
Academician Larry L. Hench (GOMD), professor emeritus, Imperial College, London, and the University of Florida, had an exceptionally creative and productive career. At Imperial College, he was part of the Dept. of Materials and Center for Tissue Regeneration and Repair.
From his role as the starter of the University of Florida's ceramics effort in the 1960s, his invention and subsequent commercialization of Bioglass®, the authoring of Boing-Boing the Bionic Cat series of children's books, and his leadership in the Center for Tissue Generation and Repair, Hench's impact on the field of ceramics is well documented.
He has received almost all the awards in ceramics and materials science that are possible, including membership in the National Academy of Engineering, and the WAC International Ceramics Prize 2004.


Hirano
WAC member Shin-ichi Hirano (Basic Research), President of Nagoya University, Japan, has a long record of outstanding scholarly accomplishments and scientific contributions in the field of ceramics.
Known worldwide for his innovative contributions in chemical ceramic processing at the molecular level, Hirano developed nano-sized crystalline ceramic particles/organic hybrids, which are tailored materials with real nano-sized functions.
Hirano is the recipient of numerous national and international awards such as Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics, Fellow of ACerS, Fulrath Award, Tokai Chemical Industry Award, Japan Fine Ceramic Association-International Award, plus many others. He served as president of the Ceramic Society of Japan in 2003-2004.


Readey Retires

Readey
Academician Dennis Readey has retired as H.F. Coors Distinguished Professor of Ceramic Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, USA. For the last 17 years he led ceramic research in the state of Colorado as director of the Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics.
A Distinguished Life Member and Fellow of ACerS, Readey has been active in the Society, ultimately serving as president during 1991-92.


Tressler Awarded by Penn State

Tressler
WAC Member Richard E. Tressler, was awarded the 2006 Charles L. Hosler Alumni Scholar Medal in recognition of his remarkable career of academic and research achievement. Tressler is professor emeritus of materials science and engineering, at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA.
The award recognizes alumni of the College of Earth & Mineral Sciences at Penn State who have made outstanding contributions to the development of science through research, teaching or administrative leadership.
Tressler is an ACerS Distinguished Life Member and Fellow of the Society and a member of the Basic Science Division.


Pye Named ACerS President-Elect

Pye
American Ceramic Society officers for 2006-2007 have been elected and will began their terms of office during the Society's 108 Annual Meeting in Cincinnati.
WAC Member L. David Pye, NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University has been named as President-Elect.


The ACerS Ceramic Educational Council Recently Conferred Thomas O. Mason of the Outstanding Educator Award

Mason
Academician Thomas O. Mason, PhD (Electronics), professor of Materials Science & Engineering at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA, is a highly cited researcher by the Institute for Scientific Information, having authored or coauthored about 250 technical papers in the areas of electroceramics, defect chemistry and electrical characterization methods, including cement-based materials and composites. An ACerS Fellow, Mason served as vice president of ACerS (1995-96). He is a member/academician of the World Academy of Ceramics, ACerS/NICE and of the Ceramic Educational Council (past-president). Mason is recipient of the Schwartzwalder-PACE Award (1990) and the Richard M. Fulrath Award (1994).


World Academy of Ceramics.
Appointed the Advisory Board 2006-2010

Election procedures to WAC Advisory Board for the term 2006 to 2010 have been recently completed. On the basis of the results from ballots among the Academy Members, the following nine new Advisory Board members were approved during the WAC Council held on November 29, 2005.
  • S. Baik - Korea
  • P.R.H.M. Bittencourt - Brazil
  • S-H. Cho - Korea
  • N. Claussen - Germany
  • L. J. Gauckler - Switzerland
  • A. Makishima - Japan
  • J.W. Mccauley - Usa
  • R.M. Spriggs - Usa
  • Y. Tretyakov - Russia
During the same meeting the Board Members of direct designation by the Council on the basis of Article 10 of the Academy Statutes were decided as follows
  • J.F. Baumard - France
  • A.G. Merzhanov - Russia
  • G.L. Messing - Usa
  • R. Pampuch - Poland
  • M. Yoshimura - Japan
The new Board will be officially installed and become operative during its first meeting to be convened in Acireale, Sicily, Italy within the frames of CIMTEC 2006 to be held on June 4-9, 2006.

International Conferences Celebrates A.G. Merzhanov

Merzhanov
An International Conference on "Nonisothermal Phenomena and Processes" has been organized by the Armenian Academy of Sciences to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Prof. A.G. Merzhanov, Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and President of the WAC Advisory Board. The Conference, to take place in Yerevan, Armenia on November 27 to December 2, 2006, aims to provide a forum for discussing latest advances in nonisothermal phenomena taking place in reactive systems with or without external heating and to strengthen cooperation in this research field.


Newnham Named Penn State Alumni Fellow

Newnham
On October 19, 2005, the Penn State Alumni Association, University Park, PA, USA, made Robert E. Newnham an Alumni Fellow and presented him a commemorative award recognizing his outstanding professional accomplishments. Alumni are nominated by an academic college or campus as leaders in their professional fields.
A 1956 graduate, Newnham was one of 23 alumni to be honored. He is Alcoa Professor Emeritus of Solid State Science at The Pennsylvania State University. Newnham is a Distinguished Life Member and Fellow of ACerS, and a past editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. He is a Member of the World Academy of Ceramics as from 1990.


Gary Messing presented McMahon Lecture at Alfred University

Messing
WAC Member Gary L. Messing, a 1973 graduate of the School of Engineering at Alfred University with a BS in ceramic engineering, delivered the annual John F. McMahon Memorial Lecture 2005, on the Alfred campus. His topic was "Manipulating Microstructures - A Path to Better Ceramics".
Messing is a Distinguished Professor of Ceramic Science & Engineering and head of the Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, State College, where his research interests include nucleation and crystallization of chemical precursors, inorganic powder synthesis, sintering and grain growth, textured ceramics and nanocrystalline materials. In 2003, he was recognized as one of the most highly cited researchers in materials.
He is a Fellow and past president of the ACerS.


George W. Morey Award to Pantano

Pantano
WAC Member Carlo G. Pantano was named the George W. Morey Award winner during the Glass & Optical Materials Division (GOMD) Fall Meeting, September 11-16, 2005, at Maui, Hawaii. He delivered the Morey Lecture entitled "Glass Surfaces: Computer Modeling and Experimental Validation".
Pantano is distinguished professor of materials science and engineering, and director of the Materials Research Institute, at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park. He is also director of the Glass Surfaces, Interfaces & Coatings Site for the Center for Glass Research.


Derek P. Thompson new President and Jürgen G. Heinrich President-elect at ECerS

Thompson
Derek P. Thompson
Heinrich
Jürgen G. Heinrich
Academy Member Derek P. Thompson was installed as President of the European Ceramic Society (ECerS) at the 9th ECerS Conference, held June 19-23, 2005, at Porto Roz, Slovenia. Thompson is a professor in the Materials Div., Dept. of Mechanical, Materials & Manufacturing Engineering, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
The ECerS Council unanimously voted Jürgen G. Heinrich (current President of the German Ceramic Society) to become President-elect. Heinrich, also a WAC Member, is a professor at Clausthal University of Technology, Germany.


IEEE Honors Newnham

Newnham
WAC Member Robert E. Newnham, Alcoa Professor Emeritus at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, was awarded the 2005 Achievement Award of the Ultrasonics Division of IEEE. Newnham pioneered the development of composite piezoelectric transducers for use in medical imaging, underwater sonar systems and ultrasonic nondestructive testing.


A Symposium to Celebrate Hench Retirement

Larry Hench
The achievement and career of Larry L. Hench will be celebrated with a symposium in his honor Sept. 28-30, 2005, at Imperial College London. The aim of the symposium is to provide a platform for leadership in the field of biomaterials over the next decade.
Larry was appointed to the World Academy of Ceramics during the 1st Election to the Academy in 1989.


Distinguished ACerS Life Membership to Johnson

David W. Johnson
WAC Academician David W. Johnson has been made Distinguished Life Member at the 2005 Annual Meeting at Baltimore. This is the highest honour conferred by ACerS which recognized to Johnson the over four decades of service and leadership to the local, national and global ceramics community, as well as profound basic science in the field of optical and superconducting ceramics impacting the worldwide ceramic industry and science. Johnson was with Bell Labs and Agere Systems (Allentown, PA, USA) from 1968 until he retired in 2002.


Payne Wins Award on Ferroelectricity

David A. Payne
Academician David A. Payne, Professor at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, received the Ferroelectrics Recognition Award from the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics & Frequency Control Society at the society's 2004 conference. The award was for "outstanding achievements in scientific work as well as in promoting the ferroelectrics community"..

ITER Workshop promoted by C.C. Ge

An International Workshop on ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) was recently held on proposal of Academician Prof. C.C. Ge in the frames of PRICM-5 (The Fifth Pacific Rim International Conference on Advanced Materials and Standards, November 2-5, 2004, Beijing, China). This is a significant issue as China was involved in the negotiation meetings of ITER.
It was the first time that a PRICM conference hosted a session dedicated to Advanced Nuclear Materials which was chaired, in addition to Prof. Ge, by F.R. Wan (China), H. Takahashi (Japan), J.H. Hong (Korea), and G.S. Was (USA). About 1100 technical papers from 25 countries worldwide were presented at PRICM-5. Of these about one thousand have been included in the official proceedings of the conference.

Mueller Award to Singh

Singh Mrityunjay
Academician Mrityunjay Singh received the James I. Mueller Memorial Award, on January 24, 2005, during the 29th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, which was held at Cocoa Beach, Fla., USA. His lecture was entitled "In-Space Repair of Reinforced Carbon-Carbon Thermal Protection System Structures".
Singh is chief scientist for QSS Group Inc. at NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland. He earned his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Banaras Hindu University, India, in 1983.
An ACerS Fellow, he is past chair and current counselor of the Engineering Ceramics Division. He serves on the Society's International Globalization Task Force, and was instrumental in starting up the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology.


Twenty-six New WAC Members Elected
10th Election (2004)


The following twenty-six new Professional Members of the World Academy of Ceramics have been recently elected to the Academy.

CLASS "SCIENCE"

Yoshio Bando
Yoshio Bando
Japan
P.F. Becher
P.F. Becher
USA
I-Wei Chen
I-Wei Chen
USA
B. Derby
B. Derby
UK
Lian Gao
Lian Gao
China
Chang-Chun Ge
Chang-Chun Ge
China
Y. Gogotsi
Y. Gogotsi
USA
D.J. Green
D.J. Green
USA
M. Hoffmann
M. Hoffmann
Germany
Junichi Hojo
Junichi Hojo
Japan
Hideo Hosono
Hideo Hosono
Japan
Kazunori Kijima
Kazunori Kijima
Japan
Doh-Yeon Kim
Doh-Yeon Kim
Korea
S. Komarneni
S. Komarneni
USA
M. Kosec
M. Kosec
Slovenia
W.M. Kriven
W.M. Kriven
USA
D.B. Marshall
D.B. Marshall
USA
J.W. McCauley
J.W. McCauley
USA
Koichi Niihara
Koichi Niihara
Japan
C.G. Pantano
C.G. Pantano
USA
R.P. Riedel
R.P. Riedel
Germany
E.D. Zanotto
E.D. Zanotto
Brazil

CLASS "INDUSTRY & INNOVATION"


J.L. Amoros Albaro Spain

M.Yu Rusin
Russia

G.C. Wei
USA

Akira Yamaguchi
Japan


ECD Bridge Building Award Granted to Niihara

Niihara
Academician Koichi Niihara, Osaka University, Japan, received the 2005 Bridge Building Award from the ACerS Engineering Ceramics Division. The award consists of a plaque, certificate and $1000 honorarium.
The presentation took place during the 29th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics & Composites, which was held January 23-28, 2005, at Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA.

JFCA Prize Awarded to Singh

Singh Mrityunjay
Academician Mrityunjay Singh, chief scientist, QSS Group Inc., NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, received the Japan Fine Ceramics Association (JFCA) International Prize in Tokyo, May 19, 2004.
Based on his long history of innovation and technology transfer in the areas of ceramic matrix composites, monolithic ceramics, joining and ecoceramics, the award recognizes the wide-scale commercial importance of these technologies.

Munir Named Outstanding Educator

Munir
The ACerS Ceramic Educational Council honored Zuhair A. Munir with its 2004 Outstanding Educator Award.
Munir, distinguished professor at the University of California, Davis, USA, received the award during the ACerS Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.

2004 Somiya Award to C.N.R. Rao and Anthony K. Cheetham

C.N.R. Rao
C.N.R. Rao
Anthony K. Cheetham
Anthony K. Cheetham
The International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS) has presented the 2004 Somiya Award to WAC Members C.N.R. Rao, FRS, of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India, and Anthony K. Cheetham, FRS, of the University of California, Santa Barbara, (UCSB), for their collaboration on the synthesis and characterization of novel materials.
Rao and Cheetham accepted the award in San Francisco during the 2004 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting / IUMRS 9th International Conference on Electronic Materials.

Franklin Award to Newnham

Robert E. Newnham
The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, presented the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering to WAC Member Robert E. Newnham, professor emeritus of solid state science at The Pennsylvania State University, April 29, 2004. He was cited "for his invention of multiphase piezoelectric transducers and their spatial architecture, which revolutionized the field of acoustic imaging."
The award ceremony followed a special symposium on Piezoelectric Composites and Their Applications, held at Drexel University. The author of >500 research papers and 20 patents, Newnham is a member of the National Academy of Engineers and Distinguished Life Member and Fellow of AcerS, and he is affiliated with the Basic Science and Electronics Divisions.

Hirano Named President of Nagoya University

Shin-ichi Hirano
Shin-ichi Hirano, WAC Member, was named President of Nagoya University, Japan, effective April 1, 2004. Hirano, who has served as adjunct professor of materials science and engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, retired as dean of the Graduate School of Engineering and School of Engineering as well as professor in the Dept. of Applied Chemistry at Nagoya. He also served as director of the Research Center for High Energy Conversion and as director of the Center for Advanced Research & Technology at Nagoya University.
Hirano is an ACerS Fellow affiliated with the Basic Science and Electronics Divisions. He is President of the Ceramic Society of Japan, immediate past president of the International Ceramic Federation (1997-99) and President of the Asia-Oceania Ceramic Federation.

Inamori Increases Scholarship Fund

Kazuo Inamori
WAC Member Kazuo Inamori, founder and chair emeritus of Kyocera corp., Kyoto, Japan, announced that he is adding $300,000 to the scholarship fund created in his name at Alfred University, Alfred, NY, USA

WAC Council Member Filippo Marazzi Awarded with Aldo Villa Prize 2003

Filippo Marazzi
Filippo Marazzi, chairman of the Ceramiche Marazzi Group, has received the Aldo Villa award 2003 "for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of ceramic products world-wide and for an entrepreneurial vision that has allowed him to frequently anticipate technical and technological innovations and to achieve innovation in terms of productive globalisation".
The award, set up in 1998 by the Italian Ceramic Society in memory of its first president Aldo Villa, is presented every two years to prominent figure in the ceramic sector - whether an entrepreneur, director or researcher - who has made a significant contribution to the development of the ceramic industry.
Filippo Marazzi was yet awarded in 1998 with the most important Prize of the World Academy of Ceramics during the "Forum 1998" of WAC held in Krakow, Poland.
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