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CLS 2011 Speakers

Ceramic Leadership Summit 2011

Review the alphabetical speaker list for the 2nd Ceramic Leadership Summit. Download the Final Program for complete meeting details.


Thomas Abraham

Thomas Abraham, President, Innovative Research and Products, Inc.

Business of Ceramics: Emerging Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology Applications, Industry Trends and Current and Future Markets


Biography: Abraham is president of Innovative Research and Products, Inc., an industry and market analysis company based in Stamford, CT. Abraham is experienced both as a materials scientist and technical economic analyst in the field of advanced and nano materials and nanotechnology. He has completed over 50 multi-client market research studies in advanced materials and systems, advanced ceramics, nanomaterials and nanotechnology. A graduate of Columbia University, he had worked earlier for Brookhaven National Laboratory, University of Denver and Business Communications Company.



Donald J. Bray

Donald J. Bray, Business Director, Armor, NP Aerospace, Inc. (a Morgan Crucible Company)

General Session 3: Business Opportunities and Strategies in Emerging Markets


Biography: Bray holds a Bachelors Degree in Ceramic Engineering from Iowa State University and a Co-Masters Degree in Ceramic Engineering and Metallurgy from Iowa State University. He completed a Global Leadership EMBA from the University of Texas, Dallas. He began his career at the Alcoa Research Center and worked on armor, composites, and materials for aerospace. His past experience includes heading up R&D and Business development at Advanced Refractory Technologies, General Manager, Technology and Development for Poco Graphite. In October of 2006, he joined Morgan Carbon Americas. He has 30 publications, 8 patents and over 40 presentations with 6 of them invited. He is an ACerS Fellow and past board member.



Thomas A. Cole

Thomas A. Cole, Vice President of Business Development, Ceradyne Inc.

General Session 3: Business Opportunities and Strategies in Emerging Markets


Biography: Prior to joining Ceradyne, Inc., Cole served as President and CEO of Minco, Inc. until Ceradyne Inc. acquired it in 2007. Cole’s early career was with Corning Inc. for 17 years in various manufacturing and operating roles, mostly in technical ceramics and advanced refractories. He left Corning in 1987 when he participated in a buyout of Corning’s Corhart Refractories Division and since then he had engaged in fixing troubled technical manufacturing businesses and selling them. He successfully completed the cycle with seven companies over the last 20 years before joining Ceradyne. Cole received a BS from Alfred University in 1969 and an MBA from The University of Buffalo in 1971.



 Ted Day

Ted Day, CEO/President, MO-SCI Corporation

General Session 2: Entrepreneurial Case Studies


Biography: Day is president/CEO & owner of MO-SCI Corporation, Rolla, MO. He received a B.S. in pharmacy from University of Missouri-Kansas City. His research interests include continued development of new treatments for inoperable cancers using radioactive glass bead technologies and the development of new bone-forming treatments for patients suffering from orthopedic injuries or disease.



Michael Hill

Michael Hill, Technical Director Research and Development, Trans-Tech

Business of Ceramics: Raw Material Scarcity and its Impact on the U.S. Advanced Ceramic Technological Development, An Industrial Perspective


Biography: Hill received his Bachelor of Science in Materials Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1986, his Masters Degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1988 and his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1996. He joined NIST in 1989 and published papers on Crystal Chemistry of High Tc Superconductors and Synthesis of Lead-based Perovskites. In 1996 he joined Trans-Tech where he worked on new formulations for microwave dielectric and magnetic materials as well as specialty advanced materials and has developed numerous new formulations for these applications. He is currently responsible for all new products in the dielectric ceramics, magnetic ceramics and advanced materials product lines. He authored several technical publications and is listed as an inventor on several patents.



 Michael Hoffmann

Michael Hoffmann, Professor and Head of the Institute of Ceramics for Mechanical Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Innovative Applications for Ceramic Materials: Ceramic Applications in the Automotive Industry


Biography: Hoffmann earned his diploma in technical mineralogy from the Technical University of Darmstadt and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Universität Stuttgart, Germany. Before he joined KIT as a professor and managing director of the Institute of Ceramics for Mechanical Engineering, he was a researcher at the Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung in Stuttgart. He received the Hsun Lee lecture award from the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Science and an honorary doctorate from the Slovak Academy of Sciences. He is member of the World Academy of Ceramics and an ACerS Fellow. He has published over 170 technical papers and holds several patents.


David W. Johnson Jr., Conference Moderator, Editor, Journal of the American Ceramic Society


Biography: Johnson received his PhD in Ceramic Science and Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1968. He had a long and distinguished career at Bell Laboratories with important contributions in optical and superconducting ceramics, as well as rising to department manager. Fellow and Past President of ACerS, Johnson is currently the Editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society.


Sylvia M. Johnson

Sylvia M. Johnson, Chief Materials Technologist in the Entry Vehicles and Systems Division, NASA Ames Research Center

Innovative Applications for Ceramic Materials: Ultrahigh Temperature Ceramics for Extreme Environmental Applications


Biography: Johnson received a B.Sc. in ceramic engineering from the Univ. of New South Wales and an M.S. and Ph.D in materials science & engineering from the Univ. of California, Berkeley. She worked at SRI International in Menlo Park California primarily in the area of ceramic and composite processing and characterization. Her own research focuses on ultrahigh temperature ceramics, composites and other thermal protection materials. She has served ACerS as a vice president and an elected director and a chair of PACRIM 5. In 2008 she became a lifetime National Associate of the National Research Council. She received the 2011 James I Mueller award from ACerS.



Kevin S. Jones

Kevin S. Jones, Professor MSE, University of Florida, Co-Director, Software & Analysis of Advanced Materials Processing Center and Collaborator with Planar Energy

Energy Innovations: Advances in Solid State Batteries


Biography: Jones has spent the past 24 years as a professor, recently expanding his research into the energy storage area. For the past eight years he has been chair of the MSE Department at the University of Florida. He is also Chairman of the International Committee on Ion Implantation Technology and is co-Director of an SWAMP Center. He has published over 350 articles and has won many awards including the 1990 Presidential Young Investigator award from NSF, several teacher of the year awards and the 2006 Triple Point Award and the 2011 College of engineering Graduate Mentor of the Year Award. He is a fellow of ASM International and IEEE.


 Steve Jung

Steve Jung, Senior Research & Development Engineer, MO-SCI Corporation

Innovative Applications for Ceramic Materials: Bioengineering Soft Tissue with Ceramics


Biography: Jung graduated from Missouri S&T with a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in December 2010. During his time at Missouri S&T, he studied bioactive glasses for hard and soft tissue regeneration. He is currently a Senior Research and Development Engineer at MO-SCI Corporation, located in Rolla MO, developing glass and ceramic materials for tissue regeneration and other biological applications.



Krishan Luthra

Krishan L. Luthra, Technology Leader, Ceramics & Metallurgy, GE Global Research
General Session 1: Emerging Applications and Challenges in Using Ceramic Materials at General Electric


Biography: Luthra earned his Ph.D. in Metallurgy & Materials Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. Since then he has been at GE Global Research, where he has had a variety of roles. In his current role, he leads an organization of over 130 scientists and engineers. He is well recognized for his work on high temperature thermochemistry, oxidation of high-temperature materials, and ceramic matrix composites. He has presented over 100 talks at conferences, has authored over 100 technical papers and has 32 patents based on his research activities. He became an ACerS Fellow in 2000.



 Louis Mattos Jr.

Louis Mattos Jr., Senior Scientist, The Coca-Cola Company
Innovative Applications for Ceramic Materials: Advances in Glass Strength and Its Impact on Society


Biography: Mattos is the lead glass scientist for The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Ga. In his current role, he focuses on glass strength and coating systems to deliver increased functionality for glass packaging. Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, he served as a research scientist and technical manager with Saint-Gobain Abrasives and the Ferro Corporation. He is a graduate of Alfred University, where he earned a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Ceramic Science. He currently serves as the co-chair for the “Usable Glass Strength Coalition,” an industry/university/government partnership formed to advance fundamental, pre-competitive research to increase usable strength across all glass sectors.



Alexander Michaelis

Alexander Michaelis, Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems

Closing General Session: Connecting Research, Technology, and Industry


Biography: Michaelis studied physics at Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf. He earned his Ph.D. in electrochemistry. He spent one year as a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1996, he changed towards industry and took a position as a process integration engineer at Siemens AG working in the field of microelectronics. He was delegated to the DRAM Development Alliance in East Fishkill, New York. After four years he returned to Germany and changed to Bayer AG in Leverkusen and then to the Bayer subsidiary H.C. Starck GmbH, where he was head of the departments Electroceramics and New Business Development.



Terry Michalske

Terry A. Michalske, Laboratory Director, Savannah River National Laboratory
Energy Innovations:Small Modular Reactors


Biography: Michalske is responsible for the management, operations and planned growth of the laboratory. Currently, the lab has approximately 900 employees and conducts research and development on a diversified portfolio of projects in the areas of Environmental Management, National Security and Energy Security. He has over 30 years of experience in the fields of energy science, solar energy, nanotechnology and biomolecular analysis. He has a Ph.D. in Ceramic Science from Alfred University. He holds seven patents, authored 90 journal publications, and has collaborated on several books. He is a member of
several technical societies, panels, and advisory boards and has chaired numerous technical workshops
and symposia.



John Olenick

John Olenick, CEO & President, ENrG Incorporated

Energy Innovations: Ceramic Components for Fuel Cells and Other Energy Applications


Biography: Olenick has 31 years of experience in the electronics, ceramics, and energy industry segments with Westinghouse, Mobay Corporation, Rogers Corporation, Eastman Kodak, and Tyco Electronics. He is currently the President of ENrG Incorporated, which develops and manufactures ceramic components for clean energy applications. Mr. Olenick graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Ceramic Science and Engineering. He also studied business administration at both the Johns Hopkins University and University of Connecticut, and is a graduate of the Center for Entrepreneurial Learning Program at The University of Buffalo.



 Allen Oppenheimer

Allen Oppenheimer, President, A.M. Oppenheimer, Inc.

Business of Ceramics: Business Valuation


Biography: Oppenheimer is the Founder and President of A. M. Oppenheimer, Inc. Prior to founding A. M. Oppenheimer, Inc., he was Vice-President of Geneva Corporation. Prior to his position as Vice-President, Allen was with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Company and Ernst & Ernst in New York City. With both these firms he worked in Management Consulting. Allen is a Certified Public Accountant. He is also licensed to perform as a Business Broker and is a Registered Securities Principal. He is a prize winning author and his financially related articles have been published in leading magazines. He holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and received his Master’s degree from Stanford University.



 Marina Pascucci

Marina Pascucci, President, CeraNova Corporation

General Session 2: Entrepreneurial Case Studies


Biography: Pascucci earned a B.S. in ceramic science and B.A. in chemistry from Alfred University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in ceramics/materials science from Case Western Reserve University. She received the F.H. Norton Distinguished Ceramist Award from the New England Section, the Alfred University Career Achievement Award presented by the Alfred University Alumni Association and was one of five invited female speakers at the International Workshop for Women Ceramists held in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Korean Ceramic Society in Seoul, South Korea. An ACerS Fellow, she is a member of the Basic Science and Engineering Ceramics Divisions and the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers.



Mark Patterson

Mark Patterson, Director Research Initiatives, College of Engineering, University of Arizona

Business of Ceramics: Raw Materials Trends Impacting the Ceramics and Glass Community


Biography: Patterson obtained his B.Sc. from the Camborne School of Mines, UK, his M.Sc. from Queens University, Canada and his doctorate in Materials Science from the University of Cambridge, UK. He has dedicated his 25 year professional career to R&D starting with Alcan International, Canada and more recently with innovation-driven, small businesses in the US. He has worked closely with government agencies and was the technical secretariat for the MIL-17 Handbook of CMCs from 1997 to 2002. He has published articles or patents in areas of optical ceramics, propulsion materials, armor, autonomous platforms, bio-engineered implants, sensors, mineral characterization, geothermal brines and knowledge management systems for counter IED activities.



Thomas W. Peterson

Thomas W. Peterson, Assistant Director for Engineering, National Science Foundation

Closing General Session: Connecting Research, Technology, and Industry


Biography: Prior to joining NSF, he was dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona. He received his Bachelor of Science from Tufts University, his Master of Science from the University of Arizona, and his doctorate from the California Institute of Technology, all in Chemical Engineering. He has served on the faculty of the University of Arizona since 1977, as head of the chemical and environmental engineering department from 1990 to 1998, and as dean from 1998 until January 2009. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a recipient of the Kenneth T. Whitby Award from the American Association for Aerosol Research.




 Bart Riley

Bart Riley, Co-founder, CTO & Vice President of R&D, A123 Systems, Inc.

General Session 2: Entrepreneurial Case Studies


Biography: Riley has more than twenty years of experience in technology development and commercialization in advanced materials and energy industries. Dr. Riley is currently responsible for R&D at A123Systems and sits on the board of directors. Prior to co-founding A123 Systems in 2001, he held a number of key technical and management positions at American Superconductor. He holds more than 45 patents and has published over 85 papers in the fields of advanced materials and energy generation, storage & distribution systems. He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University and a B.A. in Physics and Geology from Middlebury College.



 Wolfgang Rossner

Wolfgang Rossner, Technology Leader Ceramics, Siemens AG Corporate Technology

General Session 1: Advanced Ceramics for Sustainability-View from Siemens Corporate Technology


Biography: Rossner is R&D manager at Siemens AG, Corporate Technology, Munich, Germany, heading the global technology field ‘ceramic materials and devices’ with focus on structural and functional ceramics. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science from Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. In 1984 he joined Siemens AG, Corporate R&D, and was responsible for developments in various fields, such as piezoelectrics, scintillators and lighting phosphors. He received the Siemens Innovation Prize for the development of the scintillating ceramic “Lightning UFC” in 1997 and was awarded Siemens Top Innovator in 2007.



 Kevin See

Kevin See, Analyst, Lux Research

Energy Innovations: The Market Outlook for Energy-Related Technologies


Biography: See contributes to the Alternative Power and Energy Storage intelligence practice, conducting extensive primary and secondary research on topics ranging from novel energy storage technologies to emerging smart grid solutions. Prior to Lux, he was a joint postdoctoral researcher at The Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and University of California, Berkeley, where he worked on novel nanocomposite materials for thermoelectric conversion of waste heat into electricity. He earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and has authored articles on nanocomposites, organic electronics, sensors, and thermoelectrics.



 Mark Verbrugge

Mark Verbrugge, Director, Chemical Sciences and Materials Systems Lab, General Motors Research & Development

Energy Innovations: Material Needs in Alternative & Renewable Energy for the Automotive Industry


Biography: Verbrugge began his GM career in 1986 with the GM Research Labs after receiving his doctorate in Chemical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley. Verbrugge has published and patented in areas of electroanalytical methods, polymer electrolytes, advanced batteries and supercapacitors, fuel cells, high-temperature air-to-fuel-ratio sensors, surface coatings, compound semiconductors, and automotive applications of structural materials. Verbrugge is a Board Member of the U.S. Automotive Materials Partnership LLC and the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium LLC, and an adjunct professor for the Department of Physics, University of Windsor.



George Wicks

George Wicks, Consulting Scientist, Savannah River National Lab

Innovative Applications for Ceramic Materials: Innovative “Multi-Use” Technologies and National Laboratories – Medical Initiatives from the Nuclear Community


Biography: Wicks is a consulting scientist at Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SC. He currently holds a Clinical/Adjunct Faculty appointment at the Medical College of Georgia. He earned a B.S. in engineering science and S.M. in materials science from Florida State University, M.S. in applied physics & engineering from Harvard University and Ph.D. in metallurgy & materials science from MIT. An ACerS Fellow, Wicks previously served on the ACerS Board of Directors. He received the Arthur L. Friedberg, D.T. Rankin and Arthur Frederick Greaves-Walker Awards. Among numerous honors, he received the 2010 South Carolina Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research.



Peter Wray, Conference Moderator, Editor, American Ceramic Society Bulletin


Biography: Wray is the communications director of The American Ceramic Society, and serves as the editor of the Society’s Bulletin. Wray, who has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and an MBA from Ohio State University, also serves as editor of Ceramic Tech Today, the only daily online service that covers the news in the field of advanced ceramics and glass R&D.



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