The New England Section of The American Ceramic Society selected Dr. Mark V. Parish, technology director at CeraNova Corporation, as the 2009 F. H. Norton Distinguished Ceramist Award recipient. The Section award recognizes an individual for “significant contributions to the field of ceramics and/or service to the New England Section”. The highly-anticipated ceremony dinner was held at the Courtyard by Marriott on November 18, 2009.
Dr. Parish entertained the audience with his humor and reflected on the monodispersed ceramic processing initiated at MIT in the 1980s. The turnout for this meeting was nothing short of outstanding, which concluded the well-executed calendar year of 2009 for the New England Section.
Dr. Parish earned his doctorate degree in materials science and engineering from MIT and was a founder or co-founder for several technology companies including CPS, CeraNova and Specific Surface. He returned to CeraNova in 2004 to pursue transparent ceramics research and development for Department of Defense applications. In 2000, he received the Alfred University Distinguished Career Achievement Award.
Dr. Parish’s technical interests include powder processing techniques for nano- and fine grain ceramic systems, processing-microstructure-porosity relations, sintering and phase transformations, and grain growth suppression. He has published approximately 20 articles and has presented his work extensively during his career.