Arun K. Varshneya
He was born in India. After completing his first bachelor’s degree from Agra University, he went to Sheffield University to pursue glass technology. He secured his MS and PhD under the advisorship of the late Professor Al Cooper of Case Western Reserve University. Following 12 years of industrial experience at Ford Scientific Labs and GE Lighting, he joined Alfred faculty in 1982 and retired recently. As a teacher, he taught nearly all of the glass science and technology courses at Alfred including the engineering capstone that highlighted business basics for engineers. He is widely known internationally for his solo-authored textbook on glass entitled, “Fundamentals of Inorganic Glasses”. He has over 140 research publications and six patents, and is an invited author of the 13-page “Industrial Glass” entry in Encyclopedia Britannica. His entrepreneurial business “Saxon Glass Technologies, Inc.” delivers glass chemical strengthening service for pharmaceutical and personal mobile communication device applications; the most recognized being the strengthened glass cartridge for the EpiPen.
Arun joined ACerS in 1968 and perhaps has one of the larger collections of souvenir glasses evidencing his regular attendance. Under his leadership during 1976-1981, the Northern Ohio Section of the Society flourished by leaps and bounds. He chaired the Glass Division in 1986. The Society sailed through hard economic times with him as the 2008-2010 Treasurer. His interaction with the ACerS staff through the years has always been lively. He regularly teaches the “Fundamentals of Glass Science & Technology” short course at the ACerS meetings. Varshneya is a 1982 Fellow of the Society and a 1999 Fellow of the UK Society of Glass Technology. In 2007, he received the “President’s Award” for outstanding lifetime contributions to the glass profession by the International Commission on Glass.
Arun and his wife Darshana have three daughters: Pooja, Kajal and Rupal. Together, they endowed the annual “Darshana and Arun Varshneya Frontiers of Glass” lectures at the Society. Arun enjoys singing Hindi songs and collecting stamps.