DLMs 2023 Fuller and Johnson

[Image above] 2023 Distinguished Life Members: Edwin R. Fuller, Jr. and Curtis A. Johnson.

Westerville, OH—The American Ceramic Society will award the honor of Distinguished Life Member to Edwin R. Fuller, Jr. and Curtis A. Johnson. The Distinguished Life Member Award is the Society’s highest honor accorded to members of the scientific and technical organization and recognizes eminent contributions to the ceramic and glass profession.

“Our Distinguished Life Members have each made unique and profound impacts on the domain of ceramic science and engineering by driving scientific innovation and technological advancement and through mentoring young professionals. It is a true honor to recognize their exceptional professional contributions and outstanding leadership with the highest distinction of The American Ceramic Society” says Sanjay Mathur, ACerS president.

The awards will be presented at the Society’s Annual Honor and Awards banquet, Oct. 2, 2023, during the ACerS Annual Meeting held at the Materials Science and Technology Conference, October 1–4 in Columbus, Ohio.

Edwin R. Fuller, Jr.

Edwin R. Fuller is retired research physicist in the Ceramics Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Md. He received a B.S. in physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Fuller joined the National Bureau of Standards, now NIST, as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, and he remained at NIST until he retired.

Fuller is widely recognized for his seminal contributions to the field of mesoscopic computer simulations of micromechanical behavior of heterogeneous, stochastic microstructures, and theoretical modeling of fracture behavior and toughening mechanisms in brittle and quasi-brittle materials. He previously received the ACerS Ross Coffin Purdy Award (1987), the NIST Jacob Rabinow Applied Research Award (2000), and the Basic Science Division Robert B. Sosman Award (2004). Also, he along with colleagues were awarded one of Industry Week’s Technology of the Year awards (1999) for developing the software program Object-Oriented Finite Elements. Fuller has been an ACerS member for more than 45 years and is an ACerS Fellow. He has served the Society in a variety of roles, including as ACerS president (2009–2010), member of the Board of Directors (2007–2011), all leadership positions in the Baltimore–Washington Section (now the Washington DC/Maryland/Northern Virginia Section), and as chair of various committees. He belongs to ACerS Basic Science Division; Art, Archaeology & Conservation Science Division; and Engineering Ceramics Division.

Curtis A. Johnson

Curtis A. Johnson is retired principal scientist at General Electric Global Research, N.Y. He received a B.S. and Ph.D. in materials science from The Pennsylvania State University. Johnson joined GE after graduation, where he worked his entire career. He remained on a part-time basis after retirement. In 2010, he was appointed adjunct professor of materials science and engineering at Stony Brook University, N.Y.

Johnson is widely recognized for his contributions in the areas of mechanics of materials, thermal barrier coatings, and environmental barrier coatings, all of which have played a critical role in aerospace and land-based turbine engines. He previously received ACerS Engineering Ceramic Division’s James I. Mueller Award (2009), as well as three GE Global Research Center Dushman Awards for group technical achievements with significant business impact.

Johnson has been an ACerS member for more than 50 years and is an ACerS Fellow. He has participated in many ACerS Annual and Division meetings over the years. He belongs to ACerS Engineering Ceramics Division and Basic Science Division.

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