John Ballato is Vice President for Economic Development at Clemson University. A professor of materials science and engineering, Dr. Ballato directed the Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET) for 14 years. He earned a B.S. in Ceramic Science and Engineering (1993) and the Ph.D. in Ceramic and Materials Engineering (1997) from Rutgers University. Dr. Ballato has published 300 archival scientific papers, holds over 25 U.S. and foreign patents, has given in excess of 150 keynote / invited lectures, and has been a Principal Investigator on more than $46 million worth of sponsored programs.
Among numerous other honors, he is a Fellow of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS), the Optical Society of America (OSA), the International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE), and the Aspen Global Leadership Network of the Aspen Institute. More recently, he was the 2014 recipient of the Class of ’39 Award for Excellence, which is presented annually to one distinguished member of the Clemson faculty whose outstanding contributions have been judged by his or her peers to represent the highest achievement of service to the University. He also received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research (2014), which is bestowed by the Governor of South Carolina, on behalf of its citizens, and recognizes “an individual within the state whose achievements and contributions to science in South Carolina merit special recognition and to promote wider awareness of the quality and extent of scientific activity in South Carolina.”