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ICACC’11 Plenary Speakers






Sylvia M. Johnson

Sylvia M. Johnson

2011 James I. Mueller Award

Sylvia M. Johnson, NASA-Ames Research Center, USA

“Thermal Protection Materials: From Retrospect to Foresight”


Biography: Johnson received a B.Sc. (Hons.) in ceramic engineering from the University of New South Wales and an M.S. and Ph.D in materials science and engineering (Ceramics) from the University of California, Berkeley. She worked at SRI International in Menlo Park California primarily in the area of ceramic and composite processing and characterization. She also worked on high temperature superconductors, preceramic polymers, coatings, and in business consulting for materials companies. She was the Director of Ceramic and Chemical Product Development when she left SRI to join NASA Ames in 2000 as Chief of the Thermal Protection Materials and Systems Branch. During this time she developed extensive materials processing and evaluation capabilities for NASA Ames. Her own research focused on ultrahigh temperature ceramics and composites. Since late 2009 she has been the Chief Materials Technologist in the Entry Vehicles and Systems Division at NASA-Ames. She has served the American Ceramic Society as both a vice president and an elected director, Counselor of the San Francisco Bay Area section, and was a chair of PACRIM 5. She was a member of the National Materials Advisory board from 1997 to 2002, chairing the first two Materials forums, and has since served on a number of NRC committees. In 2008 she became a lifetime National Associate of the National Research Council.


Lalit Mohan Manocha

Lalit Mohan Manocha

2011 Bridge Building Award

Lalit Mohan Manocha, Sardar Patel University, India

“Carbon/Carbon Composites to Ceramic Matrix Composites: High End Applications Through Controlled Microstructure”


Biography: Manocha is Professor and Head of the Department of Materials Science at Sardar Patel University, Gujarat. Prior to this, he was a senior Scientist at National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi. After his basic degrees in Physics from Kurukshetra University, he obtained his Ph.D. in Science in 1976 from Delhi University for his work on Development and Characterization of carbon Fibers, the work he did at National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi. His first Post Doctoral was at Institut Chemische Technik, University of Karlsruhe Germany during 1977-78 under Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship wherein he worked on Development of Carbon-Carbon composites. He was JSPS Fellow at Tokyo Institute of Technology during 1985-86, Foreign Professor at TIT during 1998, and UNIDO Expert to South Korea in 1991. His current Research & Development interests are in the field of Carbon fibers and carbon-carbon composites for strategic and Industrial applications; Processing, Structure, properties relationship; Development of carbon nanomaterials, Porous carbons and carbon nanocomposites for structural, thermal and energy applications; carbon based ceramics and composites; high temperature ceramics and ceramic matrix composites. He is Fellow of National Academy of Sciences, India and GSA. He is recipient of many awards including MRSI medal, Vikram Sarabhai Award, and Homi Bhabha award of University Grants Commission, India.


William E. Lee

William E. Lee

Plenary Speaker

William Edward Lee, Imperial College London, UK

“Opportunities for Advanced Ceramics and Composites in the Nuclear Sector”


Biography: Lee holds a BSc in Physical Metallurgy from Aston University, a PhD in Radiation Damage in Sapphire from Oxford University and was a post doc at Case Western Reserve University and Assistant Prof at Ohio State in the USA in the 1980’s. He spent 17 years at Sheffield University in England before moving to Imperial College London in 2006. He is currently Professor of Ceramic Engineering and Director of the Centre for Advanced Structural Ceramics in the Department of Materials at Imperial, Deputy Chair of the UK Government advisory Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM), an IAEA Technical Expert, a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and a member of the American Ceramic Society Board of Directors. His research interests include radwaste and radiation damage, clays and clay-based ceramics, glass ceramics, structural ceramics and ceramic matrix composites, high temperature refractory composites and ceramics in environmental cleanup. He has published over 300 papers, been co-author of 4 books and supervised nearly 50 students to completion of their PhDs.


Zhong-Lin Wang

Zhong-Lin Wang

Plenary Speaker

Zhong-Lin Wang, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

“Nanogenerator and Nano-Piezotronics”


Biography: Wang is a Regents’ Professor, COE Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Nanostructure Characterization, at Georgia Tech. Dr. Wang is a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, member of European Academy of Sciences, fellow of American Physical Society, fellow of AAAS, fellow of Microscopy Society of America and fellow of Materials Research Society. He has received the 2001 S.T. Li prize for Outstanding Contribution in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, the 2000 and 2005 Georgia Tech Outstanding Faculty Research Author Awards, Sigma Xi 2005 sustain research awards, the 1999 Burton Medal from Microscopy Society of America, and the 2009 Purdy award from American ceramic society. He is an honorable professor of 6 universities worldwide. Dr. Wang is the world’s top 10 most cited authors in nanotechnology and materials science. He has published four scientific reference and textbooks and over 620 peer reviewed journal articles, 45 book chapters, edited and co-edited 14 volumes of books on nanotechnology, and held 28 patents. His entire publications have been cited for over 36,000 times. The H-index of his citations is 92.




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