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SYMPOSIUM 5: Dawn of the Glass Age: New Horizons in glass science, engineering and applications

For more than five decades, Professor L. David Pye has been a visionary leader whose passion to link the global activities of academia and industry in glass science, technology and research have been an inspiration to many.   These activities have led to an elevation of glass within the field of material science and engineering and has resulted in long-standing initiatives that remain in place today.


This symposium honors these contributions and their impact – on professional societies, students, research and industry-university networks.   With contributions from speakers with a diverse cross-section of backgrounds and experiences, we will celebrate the long-standing vision, creativity, leadership and mentorship, which has resulted from David’s sustained efforts. 


Dr. Pye’s impact has spanned global glass science research, education and technology,

  • as a glass researcher at Bausch & Lomb
  • in his role as a Dean and Professor of Glass Science (Emeritus) at the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and as the Founding Director of NSF’s first University- Industry center, the Center for Glass Research (CGR),
  • as an advisor of many graduate students and as an educator and mentor to countless undergraduates in the fundamentals of glass science
  • as a recipient of the NYS University’s Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creativity, the US Phoenix Award for Glassman of the Year, and the ASEE Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • as past-president of both the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) and the International Commission on Glass (ICG)
  • as an ACerS Distinguished Life Member (DLM), Honorary member of the German Society of Glass Technology (DGG), Honorary Fellow of the British Society of Glass Technology (SGT) and recipient of the ICG President’s Lifetime Achievement award
  • as the recipient of the Malcolm G. McClaren Award (Rutgers University, 2015), and ACerS Toledo Glass and Ceramics Award (2016)
  • as a founding Board of Trustee member of the Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF),
  • as the founding Editor of the International Journal of Applied Glass Science (IJAGS), and
  • as an aspiring stained glass artist


This symposium will consist of invited and contributed talks spanning topics of interest related to David’s interests and activities, including, but not limited to:

  • nuclear waste storage in vitreous materials
  • rare earth doped materials
  • optical glass
  • fundamentals of glass science and engineering
  • industry-university initiatives
  • art glass





Kathleen Richardson, University of Central Florida


Arun Varshneya, Alfred University


Edgar Zanotto, Federal University of São Carlos

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