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Gary L. Messing

messing_garyDr. Gary L. Messing is Distinguished Professor of Ceramic Science and Engineering and Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University.  Dr. Messing received a B.S. degree in Ceramic Engineering at Alfred University and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida.


At Penn State he has served as Director of the Materials Research Laboratory, and Co-founding Director of the NSF I/UCRC Center on Particulate Materials.  He was Visiting Professor, University of Paris, Research Fellow at Curtin University of Technology (Perth, Australia), Visiting Professor at ETH Zurich, and Visiting Senior Professor at Shanghai Institute of Ceramics Chinese Academy of Sciences.


He has published over 300 papers related to improving ceramic materials for optical, piezoelectric and structural applications by regulating microstructure evolution through seeding of phase transformations, sintering, and templated grain growth.  In 1983 he co-founded and continues to co-organize the International Conference on Ceramic Powder Processing Science.


He has served The American Ceramic Society as Chair of the Basic Science Division, member of the Board of Directors, Co-editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society, and co-founder of the Snow and Kingery Awards of ACerS.   In 2002-2003 Messing was President of ACerS.


He is currently Past-president of the International Ceramics Federation, Vice-President of the World Academy of Ceramics, Member-at-Large of the Industrial Science and Technology Section of AAAS, and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Materials Research.


Messing was awarded the Richard M. Fulrath Pacific Award, Richard Brook Award of the European Ceramic Society, Robert Sosman Award, Ceramic Education Council Outstanding Educator Award, John Jeppson Award, and the Edward Orton Jr. Memorial Award.  He was elected Fellow of The American Ceramic Society, the Materials Research Society, and Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics.  


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