Strong Penn State connection at International Congress on Glass

Co-authors John Mauro (left), professor of materials science and engineering, and his former adviser, Arun K. Varshneya, hold the third edition of “Fundamentals of Inorganic Glasses,” at a book signing ceremony held during the International Congress on Glass.   Credit: International Congress on GlassAll Rights Reserved.

The International Congress on Glass (ICG) was held June 9-14 in Boston, Massachusetts, with strong Penn State representation. More than 900 people from 45 countries attended the ICG led by John Mauro and Richard Brow.

John Mauro, professor of materials science and engineering, served as the ICG program chair and Richard Brow, curator’s professor of ceramic engineering at Missouri University of Science & Technology, served as the ICG president. Brow earned his doctorate in ceramic science from Penn State under the direction of Carlo Pantano, distinguished emeritus professor of materials science and engineering.

The ICG, held every three years, is the world’s largest and most distinguished glass conference. This year’s conference was the first to be held in the United States since 1998.

“I am delighted that we could organize the ICG conference in the United States for the first time in over two decades,” Mauro said. “It was a pleasure to host so many friends from around the world who all share a common interest in advancing the study and applications of glass.”

ICG is organized by the International Commission on Glass, a nonprofit international glass society consisting of 37 national organizations in glass science and technology, and the Glass and Optical Materials Division of the American Ceramic Society.

During the ICG, Mauro was named a Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology. The society is a nonprofit organization serving people interested in the production, properties or uses of glasses. The society seeks to strengthen communication in the worldwide glass community.

Mauro also presented the Woldemar A. Weyl International Glass Science Award to Thomas Bennett, Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Mauro previously received this award in 2010, which is presented every three years by Penn State for the world’s top young glass scientist under age 35.

In addition to his role and honors received in the meeting, Mauro held a signing ceremony with former adviser Arun K. Varshneya for the third edition of “Fundamentals of Inorganic Glasses,” co-authored by Mauro.

Kuo-Hao Lee, a doctorate advisee of Mauro’s, also earned accolades by placing third in the poster competition at the conference. 

Last Updated July 02, 2019