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Fundamentals of Glass Science and Technology


Saturday, October 11 | Sunday, October 12, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Arun K. Varshneya, Professor of Glass Science & Engineering, Emeritus, Alfred University

Location: In conjunction with MS&T14



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ACerS Member - $825 on or before September 11. $975 after September 11.

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Student – $395 on or before September 11. $470 after September 11.


Professional engineers & scientists whose basic training is in other scientific or engineering disciplines, but who are involved in glass product forming, development or use; administrators who wish to rapidly acquire a general idea of glass as a material; and students who wish to append their education in materials  engineering focused in non-glass fields. Attendees will be provided a copy of the instructor-authored Fundamentals of Inorganic Glasses, 2nd Edition.


Course Description  

Course covers basic glass science and technology in order to broaden or improve one’s foundation in the understanding of glass as a material of choice. This one and a half day course covers the following topics:

  • Glass science (commercial glass families, glassy state, nucleation and crystallization, phase separation, glass structure)
  • Glass technology, batch calculations
  • Glass melting and forming
  • Glass properties such as density, hardness, viscosity, thermal expansion coefficient, chemical durability and engineering principles such as annealing, strength and strengthening
  • Elementary fracture analysis


Learning Outcomes  

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • know the various commercial oxide glass families, their nominal chemical composition, and their key properties that are important for applications
  • understand its physical relationship to liquids and solids
  • have a general idea of key physical and chemical properties that lead to common applications
  • know the basics of glass melting and forming including annealing of the more common commercial glass products


Instructor Biography  

Arun Varshneya

Dr. Varshneya is the President of Saxon Glass Technologies and Professor of Glass Science & Engineering, Emeritus at Alfred University. Following 12 years of industrial experience at GE Lighting and Ford Scientific Labs, he joined Alfred University as professor and retired after 28 years of service. As a teacher, he taught nearly all of the required glass science undergraduate and graduate courses at Alfred including the engineering capstone. He is the solo-author of a widely-acclaimed textbook on glass entitled, “Fundamentals of Inorganic Glasses”, now in its second edition. He is also the invited author of the 13-page “Industrial Glass” entry in Encyclopedia Britannica, and has over 140 research publications and six patents. Varshneya is the co-founder of “Saxon Glass Technologies, Inc.”, an entrepreneurial business delivering glass chemical strengthening service for pharmaceutical and personal mobile communication device applications. Dr. Varshneya received the “President’s Award” for outstanding lifetime contributions to glass science and technology by the International Commission on Glass, 2007. He is the 2008-2010 Treasurer of the American Ceramic Society and currently serves as the North American “ambassador”  to the International Commission on Glass.


Cancellation Policy

ACerS reserves the right to cancel a course up to 4 weeks before the scheduled presentation date. Please contact ACerS customer service at 1-866-721-3322 or 1-240-646-7054 to confirm that the course is happening before purchasing your airline tickets. ACerS is not responsible for the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets or the cancellation/change fees associated with canceling a flight.


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