The L. David Pye Lifetime Achievement Award is presented by the Glass & Optical Materials Division and is to be given annually to deserving individual(s) in recognition of lifetime dedication, vision, and accomplishments in advancing the fields of glass science, glass engineering, and glass art. ACerS membership is not required. Preferences for this Award will be given to those who have not received ACerS Distinguished Life Membership.

Professor L. David Pye has been a visionary leader whose passion to link the global activities of academia, industry, and government in glass science and engineering have been an inspiration to many. These activities have led to an elevation of glass within the field of material science and engineering and have resulted in long-standing initiatives that continue to this day to influence professional societies, students, research and industry-university networks.  This Award celebrates his vision, creativity, leadership, and mentorship which have spanned global glass science research, education and scholarship starting his professional career at Bausch & Lomb, Inc., and retiring five decades later as Dean and Professor of Glass Science at the NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred to become an aspiring stained glass artist. His visions included establishing the only PhD in glass science program in the US, being founding director of the NSF-Industry-University Center for Glass Research at Alfred, founding editor of the International Journal of Glass Science, and founding trustee of the Ceramics and Glass Industry Foundation. Dr. Pye is a past president of the American Ceramic Society and the International Commission on Glass and is the recipient of several awards including the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for scholarship.

The L. David Pye Lifetime Achievement Award is presented at the GOMD’s annual meeting banquet and consists of a certificate, and a glass piece. The awardee also receives a complimentary registration to the GOMD meeting. No lecture is required.

Nomination profile should include:

  • Sponsor’s executive summary
  • Nominee’s latest CV
  • Two supporting letters

There is no specific nomination form for this award.

Nominations should be sent electronically by January 21, 2022 to:

Gang Chen

2021-2022 Chair, Glass & Optical Materials Division

Deadline for Nominations:

January 21 annually


Award Winners