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John Simmins speaks at Conference on Glass Problems

John Simmins ’84, PhD ’90, executive director of the Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT) at Alfred University, spoke at the 83rd Annual Conference on Glass Problems in Columbus, OH, on Nov. 1.

Simmins, who has B.S. and doctoral degrees in ceramic science from Alfred University, spoke about the Center for Glass Innovation (CGI) at Alfred University. The CGI, funded in part by a $4.2 million grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, focuses on collaborative, pre-competitive research in the areas of glass and glass/ceramic materials and processes. It is one of four centers at Alfred University; the others include the Center for High Temperature Characterization (CHTC), Ceramic Research Education and Technology Enterprise (CREATE) Center, and the Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT).

The CGI is member driven, which helps focus access to faculty and technical resources at the Center and allows members to self-direct research activities of importance to them. In addition, companies with a New York State presence may be eligible for additional state aid through the CACT. Members may choose to collaborate with each other or have their own, individual projects. Membership dollars can be applied in support of a wide range of activities including:

  • Analytical testing services
  • Sponsored research (applied research)
  • Use of ceramic and glass pilot plant facilities
  • Sponsored student internships (which further receive 50 percent cost share against wages)
  • Industrial short courses (which further receive 50 percent cost share for New York State company attendees)
  • Faculty consultations
  • Internships


Members also gain access to several additional, no-cost support including: 

  • Assistance in proposal and grant-application development (federal and New York State)
  • Assistance in accessing New York State economic development resources
  • Assistance in gaining access to Alfred University/CACT partner organizations
  • Access to resources and information available through the Scholes Library