Fred Lange, 1939-2010

By / April 5, 2010

We just learned that one of ACerS distinguished members, Fred Lange, suddenly died over the weekend. Few details are available right now. Frederick F. Lange was a professor in materials science and chemical engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara since the mid-1980s. Over the years, he published more than 300 journal articles, particularly…

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$44B in opportunities for energy storage

By / March 31, 2010

According to a new report from Lux Research, the market for batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells targeting transportation and smart grid applications will more than double from $21.4 billion in 2010 to $44.4 billion in 2015. ACerS’ upcoming Ceramic Leadership Summit will introduce key figures in the energy storage technology sector that will expound on…

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Apply for DOE nuclear scholarships, fellowships

By / March 13, 2010

Have an interest in nuclear-related studies and research? The DOE wants you! The agency has just announced that it is seeking applicants for $5 million worth of scholarships and fellowships as part of its efforts to recruit and train the next generation of nuclear scientists and engineers. This opportunity is open to any student enrolled…

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Materials Challenges in Energy 2010 tutorial presentations available

By / March 4, 2010

ACerS recently conducted a wonderful “Materials Challenges in Alternative & Renewable Energy 2010” conference Feb. 21-24  in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Co-organizers Jack G. Simon and George G. Wicks, along with their advisory and technical planning committee, put together an outstanding technical program that included 160 presentations and posters, and 227 people from around the globe…

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US glassmaking down, some pockets remain strong

By / March 3, 2010

According to recent press reports, large glass companies, such as Corning and Guardian Industries, claim that even as the economy improves, they are unlikely to bring domestic employment and production back of commodity-type glass products such as float glass to pre-recession levels. “Those who are looking through the rear-view mirror, waiting for the glass industry…

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Danielson says ceramists have a home at ARPA-E

By / January 22, 2010

David Danielson, one of the project directors of DOE’ relatively new $400 million ARPA-E program gave today’s keynote presentation at the ACerS’ Electronic Materials and Applications conference. Danielson has a good reputation in the world of materials and venture funding, and his message was that like DARPA, its DoD counterpart, it is indeed interested in…

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New report shows advanced ceramics in demand

By / December 29, 2009

A recently released report by the Freedonia Group shows that advanced ceramics will continue to penetrate applications such as capacitors, cutting tools, orthopedic joint implants and membranes, where they are valued for their favorable performance characteristics. Demand is estimated to be lower for body armor, as the Obama administration’s goal is to significantly reduce military…

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DOE announces creation of ARPA-E Fellows program; $100M in new funding

By / December 9, 2009

The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy announced on Dec. 8 that it is launching a new fellowship project. According to the DOE, ARPA-E is looking to hire (for two-year terms) “highly technical scientists and researchers, who will actively help create the strategic direction and vision of the country’s first agency devoted exclusively to…

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Video of the week – 2009 Rustum Roy Lecture: ‘Engineering Challenges of the 21st Century’ by Charles Vest

By / November 19, 2009

Charles Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering and president emeritus of MIT, was the 2009 Frontiers of Science & Technology–Rustum Roy Lecturer at the recent ACerS Annual Meeting and MS&T’09 conference. “This is the most exciting time for engineering and science in human history. A new generation of engineers will be inspired by…

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Apply to be a National Academies Graduate Fellow

By / September 24, 2009

The National Academies have just announced that they are soliciting applications for the next two sessions of their Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Graduate Fellowship Program. One is a Winter-Spring session (Feb. 3 – April 28, 2010) and the other is a Summer session (Aug. 30 – Nov. 19, 2010). Both take place in Washington,…

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