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AU professors share research at Kyocera technical meeting
4/05/12

Several faculty members in the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University were among those invited to participate in the Kyocera Professors Technical Meeting in San Diego, held in conjunction with the Kyoto Prize Symposium.

Representing the Inamori School of Engineering were Doreen Edwards, dean and professor of materials science; Alastair Cormack, former dean and the Van Derck Frechette Professor of Materials Science, and three Inamori Professors: Scott Misture, Mark Towler and S.K Sundaram.

Edwards, Cormack, Misture, Towler and Sundaram each presented information on their current research, as did Jeffery Duerk, dean of engineering at Case Western Reserve University; Yet-Ming Chiang, professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Miqin Zhang, professor a the University of Washington.

The professors at each of the schools hold faculty chairs that are supported by gifts from the Kyocera Corporation, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of advanced ceramic materials.

Misture is recognized as an expert in the use of x-ray diffraction to determine the structure of materials and how that relates to their properties.
Towler’s area of expertise is biomaterials and Sundaram is known for his interdisciplinary work in advanced materials processing and characterization.

Alfred University named its School of Engineering in honor of Kazuo Inamori, founder of Kyocera, after the corporation created a $10 million endowment for the school in Dr. Inamori’s name in 2005.

The University committed to using the income from the endowment to support faculty researchers in the area of fine or advanced ceramics, and to create the Inamori Kyocera Museum of Fine Ceramics, which showcases the development of advanced ceramic materials for a wide range of applications. The Museum opened in May 2011.