William G. Fahrenholtz is Curators’ Professor of Ceramic Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO. Dr. Fahrenholtz earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Ceramic Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987 and 1989, respectively. He completed his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 1992.
From 1993 to 1999, Bill was a research assistant professor in the department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering at UNM. Since 1999, he has been employed at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly known as University of Missouri-Rolla). Bill has been author or co-author on over 100 manuscripts that have been published in peer-reviewed journals. He also holds four U.S. patents.
His research expertise is in the processing and characterization of ceramic materials. One of his current research areas focuses on the processing, characterization, and testing of structural ceramics for use in environments with extreme thermal loads, mechanical forces, and/or chemical reactivities. He also has projects related to the use of rare-earth compounds for corrosion protection of aluminum and magnesium alloys. Bill is a former winner of the NSF CAREER award and one of his projects was recently named “Project of the Year” by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program of the U.S. Department of Defense.
Bill is a Fellow of The American Ceramic Society. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Society. He has also served on the Publications Committee, the Ceramic Education Council, the Education Integration Committee, as an officer of the New Mexico Section, and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Ceramic Society.
Currently, Bill has research projects related to ultra-high temperature ceramics and the use of rare-earth compounds for corrosion protection of light metals. He teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in thermodynamics in the Materials Science and Engineering department at Missouri S&T.