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Alfred University alumni, faculty guide development of new glass journal
7/01/09

Dr. L. David Pye, an Alfred University alumnus, emeritus dean of the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and emeritus professor of glass science, has been named founding editor of the International Journal of Applied Glass Science that will debut in March 2010.

The new journal will be published by Wiley-Blackwell in conjunction with the American Ceramic Society, and will contain “cutting-edge, peer-reviewed papers… dealing with the application of glass science and engineering across the entire materials spectrum.”

The American Ceramic Society sees the new publication filling a need for “scientists, engineers, educators, students and organizations involved in the research, manufacture and utilization of glass.”

Members of an international advisory board that will guide the launch of the journal and its subsequent path include other Dr. Richard Brow, a 1980 graduate of AU who is now a professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology, and Dr. Kathleen Richardson, a 1982 alumna, AU trustee, and director of materials science program at Clemson University.

Dr. Alexis Clare, professor of glass science at Alfred University, is also on the 12-member advisory board.

Pye said he was “privileged and honored” to be founding editor of the new journal, which he says “has the potential to help advance all branches of materials science and engineering, and to strongly support future applications of the material glass throughout society.”

The role of founding editor is not a new one for Pye. As founding director of the National Science Foundation’s Industry-University Center for Glass Research at Alfred University, Pye was also instrumental in launching The Glass Researcher, the center’s publication.

Pye was director of the Center for Glass Research from its founding in 1985 until he became dean of the College of Ceramics in 1995. He served a five-year term as dean, during which he was instrumental in laying the groundwork for a $10 million gift to Alfred University from the Kyocera Corporation in honor of its founder, Dr. Kazuo Inamori. In appreciation for the gift, the University named its engineering school for Dr. Inamori. Pye was also a leader in establishing the Ph.D. program in glass science, the only one in the United States and one of only three in the world.

A past president of the American Ceramic Society, 2007-2008, Pye has been a visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins University; technology advisor to the Sarnoff Corporation; and a member of the external advisory committee of the Savannah River National Laboratory.

He is a past president of the International Commission on Glass; a member of the World Academy of Ceramics; an honorary member of the German Society of Glass Technology; and an honorary fellow of the British Society of Glass Technology.

Pye has published extensively in the field of glass science and engineering and convened several international conferences.

His career has earned him several awards including: 1996 Glassman of the Year award, sponsored by the U.S. glass suppliers’ industry; the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creativity; and the American Society of Engineering Education’s Excellence in Teaching award. In 2003, a named symposium in his honor was convened by the American Ceramic Society. He is listed in several standard biographical references, including Who’s Who in the World, and has served on a number of national and international review panels, most recently one convened by the German National Science Foundation.