The American Ceramic Society announces selection of Houseman, Tuller, and Wright 2016 Distinguished Life Members | The American Ceramic Society

The American Ceramic Society announces selection of Houseman, Tuller, and Wright 2016 Distinguished Life Members


WESTERVILLE, OHIO—The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) has announced the names of the organization’s three newest Distinguished Life Members. James E. Houseman, Harry L. Tuller, and Adrian C. Wright are the 2016 recipients of the Distinguished Life Member Award, the highest honor accorded to members of the scientific and technical organization. The award is given in recognition of an individual’s eminent contribution to the ceramic and glass profession.

“Each year, the Society presents the title ‘Distinguished Life Member’ to our members who have made great advances in ceramic science and technology, made significant contributions to the benefit of the Society, and who have helped mentor and inspire our younger leaders,” says ACerS executive director Charlie Spahr. “While this award recognizes their achievements to date, it’s clear that Jim Houseman, Harry Tuller, and Adrian Wright remain active members of the profession—I look forward to seeing what they do in the future.”

The trio will be inducted as Distinguished Life Members at the Society’s Annual Awards and Honors Banquet October 24 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

James E. Houseman

Houseman attended both Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio, and Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where he received a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering in 1968. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in ceramic engineering from OSU in 1970. Houseman is currently the chief executive officer and chairman of Harrop Industries, Inc. (Columbus, Ohio).

Houseman has been a member of ACerS for 50 years. He belongs to the Structural Clay Products Division and the Southwest Section. He is an ACerS Fellow and served as chair of the Member Services Committee in 1997 and chaired the Corporate Relations Committee from 1997 to 1999. He was a charter member of ACerS President’s Council of Industrial Advisors from 1993 to 2007, and served on ACerS Board of Directors from 1997 to 2003. In 1998, he was elected treasurer of the Society and went on to serve as ACerS president in 2001. Houseman is also a founding trustee of the Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation.

Harry L. Tuller

Tuller is professor of ceramics and electronic materials in the department of materials science and engineering, and head of the Crystal Physics and Electroceramics Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Mass.). He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering and Eng.Sc.D. in solid state science and engineering from Columbia University (New York).

Tuller is editor of the Journal of Electroceramics. He is also co-founder of Boston MicroSystems, Inc., a pioneer in SiC based MEMS technology, and serves as president of the International Society of Solid State Ionics. He has published more than 445 articles, co-edited 15 books, and holds 33 patents on topics related to defects, diffusion, and the electrical, electrochemical and optical properties of metal oxides with applications to sensors, fuel cells, photoelectrochemistry, thin film oxides, and MEMS devices. In addition to being a Distinguished Life Member, Tuller is an ACerS Fellow, and won the F.H. Norton Award (2005) and the Edward Orton, Jr. Award (2007).

Adrian C. Wright

Prior to his retirement in 2007, Wright was professor of amorphous solid-state physics at the University of Reading (U.K.). He received his B.Sc. (Chemistry, 1965), Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry, 1970) and D.Sc. (1987) degrees from the University of Bristol (U.K.). After completing his Ph.D. studies, he moved to the University of Reading, where he remained until his retirement.

Wright’s research focuses on neutron scattering and modelling studies of the structure and dynamics of a wide range of inorganic glasses and other amorphous solids, including silicate, borate, borosilicate, phosphate, chalcogenide, and fluoroberyllate glasses. In addition to being an ACerS Fellow and member of ACerS Glass and Optical Materials Division, Wright served as president of the Society of Glass Technology from 2002 to 2004, and has served on both the Steering Committee and Council of the International Commission on Glass. The 6th International Conference on Borate Glasses, Crystals, and Melts (Himeji, Japan, in August 2008) was held in his honor to mark his retirement.


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