Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Pacific US Time)


Hosted by the Northern California Section, this webinar will feature presentations from Professor Jian Luo (University of California, San Diego) and Professor Katherine T. Faber (California Institute of Technology, Pasadena). Their presentations will discuss recent studies from flash sintering to ultrafast sintering without an electric field and field effects on grain growth and the fundamentals of pore network design.


Jian Luo graduated from Tsinghua University with dual Bachelor’s degrees: one in Materials Science and Engineering and another in Electronics and Computer Technology. After receiving his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from M.I.T., Luo worked in the industry for more than two years with Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories and OFS/Fitel. In 2003, he joined the Clemson faculty, where he served as an Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. In 2013, he moved to UCSD as a Professor of NanoEngineering and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. He received a National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2005 (from the Ceramics program) and an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator award in 2007 (from the Metallic Materials program). Professor Luo is a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow (2014), a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (2016), and a TMS  Brimacombe Medalist (2019).

Katherine T. Faber is the Simon Ramo Professor of Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology. She earned her PhD in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining Caltech, she held appointments at the Ohio State University and Northwestern University. Professor Faber is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Distinguished Life Member of the American Ceramic Society, and a fellow of ASM International. Among her awards are the Society of Women Engineers Distinguished Educator Award, the John Jeppson Award of the American Ceramic Society, and the Edward DeMille Campbell Memorial Lecture of ASM International. She served as president of the American Ceramic Society in 2006–07. While at Northwestern University, she co-founded and co-directed the Northwestern University/Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts, where advanced materials characterization and analytical techniques are used in support of conservation science. Her research interests also include the fracture of brittle materials and the mechanisms by which such materials can be toughened, ceramics for energy-related applications, including thermal and environmental barrier coatings for power generation, and porous solids for filtration and flow.


ACerS member: no cost
ACerS GGRN and Material Advantage student member: no cost
Non-member: $30
Non-member student: $15

If you have any questions, please contact Karen McCurdy.

This webinar is brought to you by ACerS Northern California Section.