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University recognizes Amarakoon for 25 years' service
5/26/09

Dr. Vasantha Amarakoon, professor of ceramic and electrical engineering in the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering, was honored for 25 years’ service to Alfred University during the annual Honors Convocation.

Amarakoon joined the AU faculty in 1984 after completing his Ph.D. in ceramic engineering at the University of Illinois, where he had earlier earned a master’s degree, also in ceramic engineering.

Amarakoon’s research interests include grain boundary engineering of electronic ceramics, and use of novel techniques of nanoparticles and sol-gel coating of powders to overcome problems associated with reproducibility and reliability of electronic ceramic devices.

Since 1997, Amarakoon has also been director of the New York State Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology at Alfred, and successfully led its redesignation process last year.

Amarakoon is a Fellow of the American Ceramics Society and has published more than 70 research papers. He holds three patents.

He has won numerous teaching awards, including the John F. McMahon Teaching Award for the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and two State University of New York Chancellor’s Awards – one for Excellence in Teaching and the second for Excellence in Professional Service, recognizing his contributions as director of the CACT.

A native of Sri Lanka, Amarakoon earned his first B.S. degree from the University of Ceylon, Sri Lanka, in 1967 and worked in industry before receiving a second bachelor’s degree from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.