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’09 Friedberg Lecture: ‘Ceramics in a 21st Century Materials World’ by Gary Fischman

Published on March 2nd, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Gary Fischman, director of National Academies’
boards dealing with Materials, Manufacturing and Infrastructure, was
the 2009 Arthur L. Friedberg Memorial Lecturer at the recent ACerS
Annual Meeting and MS&T’09 conference. Here is how he described the
topics he covers in his lecture:


“From the beginning of the 20th century to its end, the
ways in which we perceived, viewed, studied, taught and engineered
materials changed enormously. Ceramics went from infancy to a
science-based technology alongside metallurgy. In that time, we saw the
emergence of other materials technologies, such as engineered
composites, polymers and biologics. Putting our growing understanding
of ceramics, metals, polymers and composites together, we have moved to
a more integrated and complex worldview that discusses materials
science and engineered materials.

Fischman joined the National Academies staff as board director in
2005 after serving a three-year term on the National Materials Advisory
Board. Before joining the National Academies, Fischman spent time at
Alfred University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also
was in the government with the Food and Drug Administration and in
industry as cofounder of Xylon Ceramic Materials and an independent
consultant. He earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from the Department of Ceramic Engineering
in 1979, 1983 and 1985, respectively.


Fischman is the author of more than 40 papers, and is a speaker on
materials for biomedical applications and broad issues of materials,
manufacturing and infrastructure. He has been active in both The
American Ceramic Society and the National Institute of Ceramic
Engineers. As a member of ACerS, he holds various leadership roles,
including a term on the Board of Directors, chair of the Engineering
Ceramics Division, chair of the Member Services Committee and an
associate editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society.
He has served as NICE president, as the NICE member of the ABET board
of directors and the NICE Governor to the American Association of
Engineering Societies.


Fischman is a recipient of the Karl Schwartzwalder-PACE award and is
a Fellow of The American Ceramic Society and the National Institute of
Ceramic Engineers.


Fischman is also a member of ASTM (where he is an associate editor of the Journal of ASTM International), ASM and TMS.


54 minutes.

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