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ICC4 Workforce Development Speakers

ICC4 and 3rd Ceramic Leadership Summit

Shaping the Future of Ceramics

Angus Kingon

Angus Kingon, Professor of Engineering and University Professor of Entrepreneurship and Organizational Studies, Brown University


Biography: Kingon is the Academic Director of the Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship program, and the co-Director in the graduate Masters-level Program on Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (PRIME) at Brown University. He specializes in the pedagogy of entrepreneurship education, and has developed teaching methods that have been adopted around the world, and also adapted for corporate use. At the same time, Professor Kingon maintains an active research program in materials, electronic materials and nanoscience and nanotechnology. He has published about 340 papers in refereed journals, edited 7 books, published 6 book chapters, and has 15 issued patents, with ~ 6500 SCI citations to his research publications. Some of his research has been commercialized, for example in conjunction with Motorola for use in mobile phones. He was the co-winner of the Price Foundation Award as Innovative Entrepreneurship Educator for 2006. He is a Fellow of the Center for Innovation Management Studies, and a Fellow of The American Ceramic Society.



Keith Bowman

Keith J. Bowman, Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology


Biography: Previously, Bowman served as Head of the Purdue School of Materials Engineering. He began as an assistant professor at Purdue in 1988 after receiving his BS and MS from Case Western Reserve University (1981, 1983) and his PhD from the University of Michigan (1987).  At Purdue, he was promoted to associate professor in 1992 and professor in 1996.   Bowman also served as a visiting professor and received Alexander von Humboldt stipends for research at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany in 1996 and again in 2002.  He served as a visiting professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia in 2003.  He was named a Fellow of The American Ceramic Society in 2000 and has held several division and society-wide positions. His awards at Purdue University include receiving the MSE Best Teaching Award in 1992 and 1995 and Purdue’s highest teaching award, the Charles Murphy Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1995.  In 2003 Bowman’s name was added to the Purdue Book of Great Teachers.  In 2007 he received the Purdue College of Engineering Mentoring Award, and he became a Professor of Engineering Education (by courtesy).  Bowman has developed steadily growing activities in engineering education research with efforts in development of curricular materials for K-12 and beginning engineering, assessment approaches for engineering education, as well as documenting trends for gender, racial and ethnic diversity in engineering colleges. He has developed or co-developed six undergraduate and six graduate courses and has been strongly engaged in two revisions of the Purdue MSE undergraduate curriculum.


Fumiyo Kaneko

Fumiyo Kaneko, Deputy Director, Washington Office, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, DC Office


Biography: Kaneko began working for JSPS in 1996 as a staffer for the International Information Division. She has been the Deputy Director since May of 2012. Kaneko earned a BA from Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, Japan in 1996. She will present, “Programs to Support Young Post-doctoral researchers in Japan.”


Congqin Ning, Professor, Head of Human Resources Department in Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Biography: Ning received her BS, MS and PhD in Materials Science from Harbin Institute of Technology (China). Her PhD dissertation won the nomination for “The top 100 PhD Dissertations in China” in 2003. After she got her PhD, she worked as a postdoctoral scholar at Shanghai 9th People’s Hospital of Shanghai Second Medical University (China) from 2001-2003. Then she worked at University of Kentucky before joining Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SICCAS) in 2006. Dr. Ning’s research focuses on biomaterials for bone tissue engineering. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and currently she is the head of the human resources department in SICCAS.


Umesh Waghmare

Umesh Waghmare, Professor, Theoretical Sciences Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research


Biography: Waghmare received a B Tech (with institute silver medal) in Engineering Physics from the IIT, Bombay (1990) and a PhD in Applied Physics from Yale University (1996). He worked as a post-doctoral research associate in physics department at Harvard University before joining Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in 2000, where he is presently a Professor in the Theoretical Sciences Unit. His research interests include ab initio modeling and simulations of multifunctional materials, mechanical behavior, nanostructures, and applications of quantum geometric phases in materials science. He is a recipient of DuPont Young Faculty grant award (2003), MRSI medal (2004), a B M Birla award for Physics (2005), a DAE outstanding research investigator award (2009), IBM Faculty Award (2009), SS Bhatnagar award in Physical Sciences (2010) and a GE unrestricted-grant for research (2011).



Mario Affatigato

Mario Affatigato, Professor and Chair of the Physics Department, Coe College


Biography: Affatigato is one of the founding members of the National Executive Leadership Committee for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program (REU-Physics), and is on the Board of Advisors for the NSF International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass.  His research work emphasizes structure-property relationships in oxide glass systems, as well as light-structure interactions. Affatigato earned his BA in Physics and Mathematics from Coe College (1989), and his PhD (1995) in Physics from Vanderbilt University.  He has published over 75 papers on glass science, the overwhelming majority with undergraduate student co-authors.  He has received several honors, including a Presidential Early Career Award awarded by NSF, and has helped to organize multiple national and international conferences on glasses, especially borates.  He has also given dozens of oral presentations, and has received a preliminary patent on improvements to roller quenching technology.



Federico Rosei, Professor and Director of Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications, Université du Québec


Biography: Rosei holds the Canada Research Chair in Nanostructured Organic and Inorganic Materials since 2003. He received MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1996 and 2001, respectively. His research interests focus on the properties of nanostructured materials, and on how to control their size, shape, composition, stability and positioning when grown on suitable substrates. He has extensive experience in fabricating, processing and characterizing inorganic, organic and biocompatible nanomaterials. He has published over 125 articles in prestigious international journals, has been invited to speak at over 130 international conferences and has given over 130 seminars and colloquia in 37 countries on all inhabited continents. His publications have been cited over 2700 times and his H index is 28. He has received several awards, including the FQRNT Strategic Professorship (2002-2007), the Tan Chin Tuan visiting Fellowship (NTU 2008), the Senior Gledden Visiting Fellowship (UWA 2009), Professor at Large at UWA (2010-2012), a Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the European Union (2001), a Canada Research Chair since 2003 (renewed in 2008 for a second five year term) a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award from the Alexander von Humboldt foundation and the Rutherford Medal in Chemistry from the Royal Society of Canada.


Judith Todd

Judith A. Todd, Department Head and P. B. Breneman Chair, Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Pennsylvania State University


Biography: Todd was appointed as Department Head and P. B. Breneman Chair of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State University in 2002. Prior to joining Penn State, Professor Todd held the positions of Associate Dean for Research in the Armour College of Engineering and Science, Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, and Iron and Steel Society Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering, at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She served as a Vice President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers from 2002-2005, and as the 2009 President of the Society of Engineering Science. Dr. Todd’s research interests include: development of advanced materials, laser-sustained plasma and laser-materials interactions, mechanical behavior and nondestructive evaluation of materials. Professor Todd has published 100 technical papers and holds 2 U.S. patents. She is a Fellow of ASME, ASM International and the Association of Women in Science. Professor Todd has received numerous awards, including the Vanadium Award from the British Institute of Materials, and the Board on Minorities and Women Award from ASME International. Selected by the National Science Foundation, Dr. Todd received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from President Bush in 2007. Professor Todd received her BA, MA, and PhD degrees in Materials Science from Cambridge University.


Louis Mattos Jr.

Louis Mattos Jr., Senior Scientist, The Coca-Cola Company


Biography: Mattos is the lead glass scientist for The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Ga. In his current role, he focuses on glass strength and coating systems to deliver increased functionality for glass packaging. Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, he served as a research scientist and technical manager with Saint-Gobain Abrasives and the Ferro Corporation. He is a graduate of Alfred University, where he earned a BS in Ceramic Engineering and a MS and PhD in Ceramic Science. He currently serves as the co-chair for the “Usable Glass Strength Coalition,” an industry/university/government partnership formed to advance fundamental, pre-competitive research to increase usable strength across all glass sectors.


Xiang-Hua Zhang

Xiang-Hua Zhang, Research director at CNRS/University of Rennes I


Biography: Zhang received his BA in materials science and engineering from Zhejiang University (China) in 1983, and his MA and PhD in solid state chemistry from University of Rennes 1 (France) respectively in 1985 and 1988. He joined the CNRS (French National Centre for scientific research) in 1989. In 1996, he founded the company VERTEX S.A. specialized in infrared optics thanks to the technology transfer from the joint CNRS/University of Rennes’s laboratory of glasses and ceramics. In 2001 this company became part of the UMICORE group, world leading supplier of infrared materials. In 2002, Zhang returned to the CNRS as research director. He is or has been long-term invited professor in three Chinese universities. Zhang has been specialized in infrared transmitting glasses and glass ceramics, and he is author or co-author of more than 200 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and 14 patents. He is currently the director of the laboratory of glasses and ceramics in University of Rennes (France)


Patrick Bressler

Patrick Bressler, Director Fraunhofer Brussels, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft


Biography: Director of Fraunhofer Brussels in Belgium since 2010, Bressler also serves currently as the chairman of the European Materials Science and Engineering Expert Committee (MatSEEC). In Brussels his tasks include research management, technology transfer and European science policy. He started his career as a physicist at the synchrotron radiation facility, BESSY. Bressler also served as a programme director at the European Science Foundation (ESF) in Strasbourg, France. He has authored over 90 papers on research covering thin film epitaxy, surface physics, semiconductors and highly correlated electron systems, but also on science policy, entrepreneurship training and key enabling technologies. Bressler holds a graduate degree fom Aachen University (RWTH) and a PhD in physics from the Technical University Berlin.



Christianne Corbett

Christianne Corbett, Senior Researcher, American Association of University Women


Biography: Corbett is a senior researcher at the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and co-author of AAUW’s 2010 report Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Before coming to AAUW, Christianne worked as a legislative fellow in the office of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and for eight years as a mechanical design engineer in the aerospace industry. She holds a master’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Colorado and bachelor’s degrees in aerospace engineering and government from the University of Notre Dame. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana from 1992 to 1994, she taught math and science to secondary school students.



Mary Lynn Realff, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology


Biography: Realff received her BS Textile Engineering from Georgia Tech and her PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Polymer Science & Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has made a significant contribution to the understanding of the mechanical behavior of woven fabrics. She is continuing her work in modeling the mechanical behavior of textile structures utilizing both theoretical and experimental approaches. She currently conducts research on the analysis and design of fibers containing carbon nanotubes. While at the National Science Foundation, she received an award for her work in developing programs to encourage and support international research collaborations and international research experiences for students. After returning to Georgia Tech, she was the principal investigator for the Women’s International Research Engineering Summit. The main objective of the summit is to enable meaningful and sustainable research exchanges between female engineers from around the world while identifying issues faced by females pursuing careers in engineering that could benefit from a global strategy. Realff is a Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Women, Science and Technology. She also facilitates a student/industry mentoring program which matches industry mentors with Georgia Tech undergraduate students.



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