NIOSH research and resources for safe handling of nanomaterials - Honoring the ACerS Awards class of 2013

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Class of 2012 Fellows with ACerS president Richard Brow and past president George Wicks at the 2012 ACerS awards banquet. (Credit: ACerS.) Honoring the ACerS Awards Class of 2013 Over its long history, The American Ceramic Society has established a tradition of awards to recognize its members’ outstanding contributions and accomplishments and to create career benchmarks for aspiring young scientists, engineers, and business leaders. The most prestigious of ACerS awards is designation as a Distinguished Life Member, a recognition bestowed upon only two or three members each year. In 2013, three individuals will receive DLM honors: Katherine T. Faber, Ludwig J. Gauckler, and Gary L. Messing. The Society will elevate 18 members to Fellow and recognize many more outstanding members with various Society, Division, and Class awards and lectures. Awards and most of the lectures will be presented at ACerS’s Annual Meeting, Oct. 27–31, held in conjunction with MS&T’13 in Montreal, Quebec. A description of each winner is presented in the following pages. Awards Banquet The winners of the Society’s 2013 awards will be recognized at the ACerS Annual Awards and Honors Banquet, Monday, Oct. 28. Banquet tickets may be purchased with conference registration or by contacting Marcia Stout (mstout@ceramics.org). See pages 42-47 for schedule details. 2013 Distinguished Life Members Katherine T. Faber Educated at Alfred University with a BS in Ceramic Engineering, Katherine T. Faber continued her training at Pennsylvania State University (MS in ceramic science) and the University of California, Berkeley (PhD in materials science and engineering). She since has gone on to an outstanding career, including positions in research, industry, academia, and academic administration. Faber held positions at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Carborundum Co., and served as an assistant and associate professor of ceramic engineering at Ohio State University before joining the faculty of Northwestern University in 1988. Faber currently holds the position of Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University and codirects the Northwestern University–Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts. “I originally wanted to be a chemist and visited Alfred University in my college search,” Faber says in an email. “Gene Mueller, dean of the College of Ceramics at Alfred at the time, provided a warm welcome and great sales pitch as to why I should study ceramics. He was so convincing that I didn’t apply to any other school!” Faber’s research interests include fracture of brittle materials, residual stresses, porous materials, and cultural heritage science. She has authored more than 150 papers, three book chapters, and edited one book, but says teaching has been the most rewarding part of her career. “Hands down, the most satisfying professional experience of my career has been training PhD students. To be a part of the process by which a student matures scientifically and grows to be one of your peers is extraordinary.” A member of ACerS since 1975, Faber served as president in 2006–2007 and presided over the 4th International Congress on Ceramics in Chicago in 2012. She is a member of ACerS’s Basic Science, Engineering Ceramics, and Art, Archaeology and Conservation Science Divisions. “ACerS has been my professional family and has given me what any good family would provide— lifelong friends, opportunities for growth, and pearls of wisdom,” she says. Ludwig J. Gauckler Ludwig J. Gauckler is professor for nonmetallic inorganic materials at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. A prolific researcher who has coauthored more than 300 articles in peerreviewed journals and more than 60 American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Vol. 92, No. 6 | www.ceramics.org 33


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