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National Day of Glass


April 5, 2022
April 7, 2022


The Madison Washington DC, a Hilton Hotel
1177 15th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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The American Ceramic Society (ACerS)
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The North American International Year of Glass Steering Committee hosted the National Day of Glass event, April 5-7, 2022 at The Madison Washington DC. The event featured technical programming and talks from some of the largest companies and biggest minds in the North American glass industry, art community, government agencies, and educational systems who rely on glass.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Welcome ReceptionNational Academy of Sciences6 – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Opening SessionSession Chair: Kathleen Richardson, National Day of Glass Chair and University of Central Florida8 – Noon
Opening RemarksKathleen Richardson, National Day of Glass Chair; Manoj Choudhary, North American Steering Committee Chair; Reinhard Conradt, President, International Commission on Glass8 – 8:15 a.m.
“The Age of Glass - Affirmation and Celebration”Stephen Eskilson, Eastern Illinois University8:15 – 8:40 a.m.
"Glass – Vital to our Future"Wendell Weeks, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Corning Incorporated8:40 – 9:10 a.m.
“(Inspire + Transform) x Sustain = Glass”Ludovic Valette, Vice President, Global Technology and Engineering, O-I Glass9:10 – 9:30 a.m.
"Shaking the Etch-a-Sketch of America's Innovation Ecosystem" Kelvin Droegemeier, Regents’ Professor of Meteorology, Weathernews Chair Emeritus, and Teigen Presidential Professor, University of Oklahoma9:30 – 9:50 a.m.
“Innovation and Invention: The Importance of
Investments in Fundamental Science & Engineering"
Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director, National Science Foundation9:50 – 10:10 a.m.
“How specialty glass is energizing our future; Enabling health, energy, and sustainability”Matthias Muller, Executive Vice President R&D and New Ventures, SCHOTT AG10:30 – 10:50 a.m.
"Pilchuck 50 years of International Glass Art Education"Christopher Taylor, Executive Director, Pilchuck Glass School10:50 – 11:10 a.m.
"From University Research to Clinical Use- A Biomedical Glass Story"Richard Brow, Deputy Provost for Academic Excellence and Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Ceramic Engineering, Missouri S&T and Steven Jung, Chief Technology Officer, Mo-Sci Corporation11:10 – 11:40 a.m
“Discovering the Glasses of the Future Using Artificial Intelligence”Mathieu Bauchy, Associate Professor, UCLA11:40 – Noon
Session IISession Chair: Harrie Stevens, ret., Corning Incorporated, Alfred Univ.1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Panel: Educating and Training the Next Glass Generation WorkforceModerator: Christine Heckle, Corning Incorporated
Adelle Schade, Dean of Pre-college and Summer Programming, Albright College
Jacquelyn Fetrow, President, Albright College
Himanshu Jain, T.L. Diamond Distinguished Chair Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Director of Institute for Functional Materials and Devices, Lehigh University
Judith Schaechter, Adjunct Professor at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA and and Adjunct Professor of Craft at University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Anuradha Agarwal, Principal Research Scientist, MIT Materials Research Lab; Leader, MIT-LEAP (Lab for Education and Application Prototypes); & Member, AIM Photonics Academy and MIT ‘s Initiative for Knowledge and Innovation in Manufacturing (IKIM)
Scott Cooper, Glass and Materials Science Group Leader - R&D at Owens-Illinois Corp.
Session IIISession Chair: L. David Pye, Emeritus Prof. Alfred University2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
“The United Nations International Year of Glass- 2022: A Dream Come True”Alicia Duran, Chair, International Year of Glass2:00 – 2:20 p.m.
“American Glass Manufacturing - A Love Letter”Bob Lipetz, Executive Director, Glass Manufacturing Industry Council2:20 – 2:40 p.m.
"Glass: An Indispensable Material for a Sustainable World"Manoj Choudhary, North American Steering Committee Chair2:40 – 3:00 p.m.
Session Chair: Jeff Kohli, Director of Glass Research, Corning Incorporated3:20 – 5:00 p.m.
Foundational Role of Non-oxide Glass to Enable Electrophotographic Printing and Creation of Xerox CorporationSantokh Badesha, Corporate Fellow and Manager of Open Innovation, Xerox Corporation3:20 – 3:40 p.m.
“Igniting a Fusion Energy Future with Optics and Photonics”Tammy Ma, Deputy Director, Lawrence Livermore National Lab3:40 – 4:00 p.m.
“Bending Light with Glass: Images from the Cosmos to the Microbe”Steve Feller, B.D. Silliman Professor of Physics, Coe College4:00 – 4:20 p.m.
“The Second Decade of the Materials Genome Initiative”James Warren, Director of the Materials Genome Program, NIST4:20 – 4:40 p.m.
"The Art of Glass: Three Millennia of Creativity and Expression"Karol Wight, Executive Director, The Corning Museum of Glass4:40 – 5:00 p.m.
Session IVSession Chair and Panel Moderator: Kathy Jordan, President, American Glass Guild5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Panel: Art and Glass in Society
Robert Schaut, Scientific Director for Pharmaceutical Packaging, Corning Incorporated
Ashutosh Goel, Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, Rutgers University
Natalie Tyler, Glass Artist
Megan McElfresh, Executive Director, Stained Glass Association of America
Urmilla Johku-Sowell, National Glass Association
Celebratory BanquetTheme: Glass Art in our World7:00 – 10 p.m.
Featured Speakers
“Sharing the Secrets: From Venice to Stanwood”

Leslie and Dale Chihuly, Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands, 2018. © Chihuly Studio. All rights reserved.

“Painting with Light: A New Language in Glass, a Collaboration of Science and Art”

Narcissus Quagliata

Thursday, April 7, 2022
Session VSession Chair: Gang Chen, Ohio University and ACerS Glass & Optical Materials Division Chair8:15 – 9:50 a.m.
"Research for the Glass Age"John Mauro, Professor and Associate Head for Graduate Education in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University8:15 – 8:30 a.m.
“Breakthrough Technologies”Stefanie Tompkins, Director, DARPA 8:30 – 8:50 a.m.
"Glass the Ultimate Sequester and Self-Sustaining Product"Vahid Majidi, Director, Savannah River National Lab8:50 – 9:10 a.m.
"Glass Window: Past, Present, and Future"Naoki Sugimoto, Executive Officer and General Manager, Materials Integration Laboratories, AGC, Inc.9:10 – 9:30 a.m.
"IPS e.max® Glass-ceramic in the Dental Industry and its Potential for the Future"George Tysowsky, Head of Global Training and Education, Senior Vice President Technology and Professional Relations, Ivoclar Vivodent9:30 – 9:50 a.m.
Session VISession Chair: Gabrielle Gaustad, Dean, Inamori School of Engineering, Alfred University
“The Role of Fiber Glass for Contribution to SDGs”Nomura Hiroaki, President, Electric Glass Fiber America LLC, a US-based subsidiary of Nippon Electric Glass (NEG) 10:05 – 10:25 a.m.
“A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose: What Colorblindness Reveals about Perception”Donald McPherson, Chief Science Officer, EnChroma10:25 – 10:45 a.m.
“Upcycling Waste Glass into High Value Planet-saving Materials”Phillip Galland, CEO, GlassWRX10:45 – 11:05 a.m.
“Glass and Lasers – A Bright Future”John Ballato, Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, Clemson University11:05 – 11:25 a.m.
“Infrared Glass – Transforming Imaging”Sam Rubin, CEO, LightPath Technologies11:25 – 11:45 a.m.
"Alfred University and Glass Science and Art"Mark Zupan, President, Alfred University11:45 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
“On the Shoulders of Giants”Arun Varshneya, President and CEO, Saxon Glass Technologies12:05 – 12:25p.m.
Session VIISession Chair: Doris Moncke, Alfred University
Panel: Seeing the Future through GlassModerator: John Ballato, Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, Clemson University1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Jeffrey Kohli, Director of Glass Research, Corning Incorporated
Du T. Nguyen, Lawrence Livermore National Lab
Collin Wilkinson, Director of Research and Development, GlassWRX
Alastair Cormack, Alfred University
Event Concludes


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Organizing Committee

Manoj Choudhary
North American Steering Committee Chair
MKC Innovations, LLC
L. David Pye
International Year of Glass Architect
Alfred University, Empire State Glass
Kathleen Richardson
National Day of Glass Convening Chair
University of Central Florida
Mario Affatigato
National Day of Glass Technical Program Chair
Coe College

Finance Committee

Arun Varshneya
Saxon Glass
Technologies, Inc.
Marcus Fish
Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation
Bob Lipetz
Glass Manufacturing Industry Council

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