The Richard M. Fulrath Award was created in 1978 to promote technical and personal friendships among Japanese and American professional ceramic engineers and scientists, and encourage greater understanding among the diverse cultures surrounding the Pacific Rim. In its more than 40-year history, Fulrath Award recipients have made significant contributions to various areas of ceramic science and technology development, which is critically needed for a sustainable society. As an increasing global population strives to improve standards of living, demand for energy, healthcare, housing, transportation, and industrial products also grows rapidly. However, higher demand and production in these areas leads to a dramatic increase in overall consumption of resources and rate of pollution, leading to climate change that creates risk of irreversible changes in the ecosystem. New technologies and innovative solutions are required to address these needs.

This symposium will address the critical role of advanced ceramic materials and technologies in solving various societal challenges. The technical program will cover a wide range of topics and identify key challenges and opportunities for various ceramic technologies in creating sustainable development.

All previous Fulrath Award recipients are invited to make presentations in their specific areas of interest, and highlight specific contributions they have made to better the lives of people and promote the technical exchange and friendships.

Proposed sessions

  • Global resource management for sustainable development
  • Advanced ceramic technologies in AI, IoT, and big data
  • Emerging ceramic materials and technologies
  • Ceramics for sustainable energy and environmental systems
  • Global human health challenges
  • Sustainable transportation and infrastructure
  • Ceramic education, mentoring, and collaborations


  • Michael C. Halbig, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA,
  • Kiyoshi Shimamura, National Institute of Materials Science, Japan,
  • Singh, Ohio Aerospace Institute, USA
  • Naito, Osaka University, Japan
  • Pelagia-Irene (Perena) Gouma, The Ohio State University, USA
  • Imanaka, Fujitsu Corporation, Japan
  • Junichi Tatami, Yokohama National University, Japan
  • Wataru Sakamoto, Chubu University, Japan