The Inamori School of Engineering hosts two annual lectures for fall and spring semesters. In addition, the School of Engineering hosts and co-sponsors many important conferences as a part of our Continuing Education Program for industry and professionals.

Samuel R. Scholes Award Lecture

2018 Lecture:

Thursday, April 19, 2018 11:20 AM
Speaker: Dr. Manoj Choudhary

President, International Commission on Glass (ICG)

Watch the 2018 Scholes Lecture

John F. McMahon Award Lecture

2017 Lecture:

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 11:20 AM
Speaker: Dr. John Edmond
Co-Founder and Director of Advaned Optoelectronics
Cree, Inc.
Cree, NC, USA



Manoj Choudhary, Sc. D.
President, International Commission on Glass


The leading part of the title of the lecture is a grateful tribute to Dr. Samuel R. Scholes for writing the highly acclaimed text “Modern Glass Practice”. Through this and other books, Prof. Scholes, an eminent scholar, educator, and industrial glass scientist trained generation of students and had a profound impact on the US glass industry. The lecturer’s decision to include materials other than glass in the presentation reflects both his experience with several materials and a recognition that the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering includes educational and research programs for a broad range of materials. The theme of the lecture, namely materials process and product innovation, is also very much in the spirit of what Dr. Scholes consistently emphasized during his long and illustrious career.

The seventh and the final revised of Modern Glass Practice was published in 1975, an era that saw the beginnings of computer aided mathematical modeling of materials processes in general and glass making in particular. Since then, the phenomenal advances in digital electronics (Moore’s Law) have resulted in the development of sophisticated tools and techniques that allow us to simulate the behavior of materials processes and products in increasingly predictive ways. The models in use now span a broad spectrum of spatial and temporal domains. Quantum mechanical and atomistic scale simulations constitute one end of this spectrum, the fundamental end.  Simulations dealing large data sets and using techniques such as statistical analysis, neural networks, and genetic algorithm constitute the opposite, empirically dominated end of the spectrum. Engineering and manufacturing applications of scientific fundamentals were of primary professional interest to Dr. Scholes. These are typically handled by continuum models, which are roughly in the middle of the spectrum of models and are used extensively for process and product development, design, and engineering.

The lecture will illustrate industrial applications of advanced continuum based models in conjunction with material specific constitutive relations for process and product development and innovation. It will do so by describing case studies involving glass and polymeric processes and products. Specifically, on the process side, the lecture will discuss the use of modeling to significantly improve aspects of glass melting and forming, and polymeric foam extrusion processes. On the product side, the lecture will describe developments of a fiberglass insulation product for cold temperature applications and a nano-graphite containing extruded polystyrene product with enhanced thermal and mechanical properties.


Manoj Choudhary

Dr. Manoj Choudhary is the President of the International Commission on Glass (ICG).  He obtained his Sc.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is a Fellow of the British Society of Glass Technology, and a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society. Besides the ICG, Dr. Choudhary has presided over several professional organizations including the Industry-University Center for Glass Research at Alfred University, the Glass and Optical Materials Division of the American Ceramic Society, and the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council, of which he was also a founder. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Ceramic Society and a Specially-appointed Professor of China State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Float Glass. 

Dr. Choudhary’s professional interests include development of innovative materials processes and products through the application of engineering fundamentals, physics, chemistry, materials science, and advance computational approaches. He worked at Owens Corning’s Science and Technology Center in Granville, Ohio, USA during Sept. 1982-Feb. 2018 and was a member of its Senior Technical Staff. He laid the foundations for advanced computational fluid dynamics (CFD) based simulation of several key materials processes at Owens Corning (OC), including glass melting and polymeric foam extrusion. His contributions were at the core of some of the most significant glass and polymer process technology and product developments in OC during the past 35 years. He has authored over 60 technical reports in OC, published 57 papers, and holds 10 current and pending patents.

Dr. Choudhary has received several awards and honors for his academic and professional achievements. These include Falih N. Darmara Award (Materials Science & Engineering Department at MIT), Prof. S. K. Nandi Gold Medal (Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur), Friedberg Memorial Lecture (American Ceramic Society), and, multiple times, Owens Corning’s highest Technical Achievement Awards.  Dr. Choudhary is a registered Professional Engineer in Ohio.

Dr. Samuel Ray Scholes served Alfred University and the Alfred community for over 40 years as dean (1946-1948), associate dean (1948 - 1952), head of the Department of Glass Technology, and professor of glass science (1932 - 1946). He established the first glass science program in the United States at the College of Ceramics in 1932. As a scientist devoted to the English language, Dr. Scholes developed the program for teaching technical writing at Alfred University. Dr. Scholes was educated at Ripon College (BA, 1905) and Yale University (PhD, 1911). He was a poet, scholar, and a scientific educator of the highest caliber who believed in glass as the "eye of science, the carrier of light."

For his contributions as a scholar, educator, administrator, and glass scientist, Dr. Scholes was honored by Alfred University with an honorary Doctor of Science degree. His name was also chosen for the Scholes Library of Ceramics, and the Samuel R. Scholes Lecture Series was established in honor of his interest in the history and philosophy of science.

As author of Modern Glass Practice, a highly acclaimed book on glass making, published continuously seven times between 1935 and 1975, Dr. Scholes helped standardize the process of glass making in the United States. He was author of three other books: Glass Industry Handbook, Glass Tank Furnaces, and Opportunities in Ceramics.

During his 19 years in the glass industry, he helped to develop automatic manufacture and general control of raw materials and standardization. He held patents for development of an improved glass-melting pot; a method of stirring optical glass; and extraction of potash from feldspar.

"...let us...each do our part in seeing that the materials inventions of our age are made to serve the high needs and destinies of the race..." -Samuel R. Scholes.

John F. McMahon promoted relationships between industry and academe and advanced the education of ceramic engineers and artists during his tenure as Dean of the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University from 1949 to 1965. He was alert to the relevance of research while he remained compassionate

For the 68 years that McMahon was associated with the College as a student, researcher, professor, division head, dean, curator and dean emeritus, he focused national attention on the College and heralded the importance of ceramic materials to society.

As a president of the American Ceramic Society and a founder of the Canadian Ceramic Society, Dean McMahon influenced ceramic engineering and education far beyond Alfred, New York. Honorary doctorates from Alfred University and Clemson University recognized his contributions to the field of ceramics throughout the world.

McMahon led the College to consider the vital needs of industry while maintaining a strong academic tradition of basic fundamental research and education. Long before others seriously considered ceramic materials for automobiles, John explored the idea with General Motors and saw promise of the use of ceramic materials in automobiles.

As a further tribute to one of the outstanding leaders of the New York State College of Ceramics, in 1987 Alfred University created the John F. McMahon Chair in Ceramic Engineering, to be filled by a notable ceramic engineer or scientist who exemplifies Dr. McMahon's ideals and who focuses national attention on the importance of ceramic materials and the role the New York State College of Ceramics plays in that field.

Dr. Richard M. Spriggs, Professor of Ceramic Engineering Emeritus, was appointed the first John F. McMahon Professor; Dr. James E. Shelby, Jr., held the position October 1997 - September 2008. Dr. William Carty is the current chair.