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Honoring The ACerS Awards Class of 2013 book chapters and holds 15 patents, Gauckler earned his degree in physics from the University of Stuttgart and his PhD in natural sciences with Günter Petzow from the Max Planck Institute for Materials Research in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1976. His experience also includes postdoctoral research with T.Y. Tien at the University of Michigan and a stint as senior scientist at the central R&D laboratories of Swiss Aluminium Ltd. In 1988, Gauckler became professor in the Department of Materials at the ETH–Zurich. His work there has focused on colloidal processing of ceramics for medical implants, dental restorations, and engineering ceramics. He also has researched the thermodynamics and processing–property relations of hightemperature superconductors as well as mixed ionic–electronic conductors for solid oxide fuel cells. New porous ceramics, capsules, and polymer/ceramic composites are among his recent inventions, and other research interests include application of thermodynamics to ceramic systems and processing of ceramic materials. He has worked on the crystal chemistry and phase equilibria of silicon nitride, silicon carbide, and zirconia. Gauckler founded Cerion Ltd. and cofounded DeCavis Ltd., both spin-off companies of ETH-Zurich, and served on the boards of various ceramic companies. A Fellow of The American Ceramic Society since 1998, he received the Richard and Patricia Spriggs Phase Equilibria Award from The American Ceramic Society in 2008. In 2009 he delivered the Orton Lecture at the ACerS annual meeting. Gary L. Messing Gary L. Messing is Distinguished Professor of Ceramic Science and Engineering and head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, where he has also served as director of the Materials Research Laboratory and cofounding director of the NSF I/UCRC Center on Particulate Materials. He is past president of the International Ceramic Federation, vice president of the World Academy of Ceramics, member at large of the Industrial Science and Technology Section of AAAS, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Materials Research. Messing earned a BS degree in ceramic engineering at Alfred University and a PhD in materials science and engineering at the University of Florida. “As a high school student I was lucky enough to learn about Alfred University, where the New York State College of Ceramics made it possible for me to go to college and to get an engineering degree,” Messing recalls in an email message. “I was told ceramic engineering was like chemical engineering. I believed them, and the rest is history—at least, my history.” He has published more than 300 papers related to improving ceramic materials for optical, piezoelectric, and structural applications by regulating microstructure evolution through seeding of phase transformations, sintering, and templated grain growth. In 1983 he cofounded and continues to coorganize the International Conference on Ceramic Powder Processing Science. Messing’s career also has included positions as visiting professor, University of Paris; research fellow, Curtin University of Technology (Perth, Australia); visiting professor, ETH-Zurich; and visiting senior professor, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. “My most satisfying professional experiences revolve around the many graduate students, postdocs and visiting scientists in my research group at Penn State,” he says. “I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of them becoming professionals in ceramics. Also, I have been blessed to meet many ceramists around the world. It is a wonderful community of people who have a compassion for our field.” An ACerS member since 1972, Messing served as president of the Society in 2002–2003. He also has served as chair of the Society’s Basic Science Division, member of the Board of Directors, coeditor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society, and cofounded the Snow and Kingery Awards. Messing has received the Society’s Richard M. Fulrath Award, John Jeppson Award, Robert Sosman Award, and Edward Orton Jr. Memorial Award, and the Ceramic Education Council’s Outstanding Educator Award. He is a Fellow of ACerS. n The 2013 ACerS Class of Fellows Monika Backhaus- Ricoult is senior research associate in Crystalline Materials Research at Corning Inc. At Corning, her work has focused on the fundamental relationship of ceramic properties with microstructure and processing. She also is engaged in research for solid oxide fuel cells and electrochemical devices. Her key interests include in-situ studies of interfacial and surface phenomena by electron microscopy and spectroscopy. Before joining Corning in 2003, Backhaus-Ricoult spent 18 years in academia, conducting and guiding research as well as teaching. She has been an ACerS member for more than 20 years and is in the Basic Science and Engineering Ceramics Divisions, and NICE. 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