UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science Announces Inaugural Nippon Sheet Glass Lecture

May 24, 2005

By UCLA Samueli Newsroom

John D. Mackenzie, Member of the National Academy of Engineering and Founding Editor of the Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids to Deliver Talk

The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science will hold its inaugural Nippon Sheet Glass Lecture on Friday, June 3, beginning at 10:30 am in the Penthouse, 8500 Boelter Hall. The newly announced annual lecture seeks to honor individuals who are world-renowned for their research in materials science and engineering.
Hosted by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the inaugural talk will be delivered by Professor John D. Mackenzie, the first holder of the UCLA Nippon Sheet Glass Company Chair. Mackenzie, who held the post from its inception in 1990 until 2003, will discuss “Pre-2000 Nanotechnotechnologies Based On Glass Science.”

During the lecture, Mackenzie will examine successful industrial businesses utilizing nanosize particles within glassy matrices prior to 2000, looking at the discoveries of photochromic glasses, porous glass and aerogels, semiconductor colored glasses, vycor glasses, and transparent glass-ceramics. Other, more recent laboratory advances in the field such as organic-inorganic hybrids also will be discussed.

Mackenzie has been a member of the National Academy of Engineering for more than 25 years. Prior to joining UCLA, he served as a research Fellow at Princeton University and an I.C.I. Fellow at Cambridge University in England. He also worked as a Research Scientist at the General Electric Research Laboratory and as a professor of materials science at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Mackenzie is the founding editor of the Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, and served as editor-in-chief until 1989. He has garnered the Meyer Award and Toledo Award of the American Ceramic Society, among many other awards and honors throughout his career. Mackenzie received a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at London University, England.

The Nippon Sheet Glass Company Chair is devoted to the field of ceramics and glass science, an area of vital interest to the continued progress and development of electronics, computer and aerospace technologies. UCLA Professor Bruce Dunn is the current holder of the Chair and was appointed in April 2003.

The Nippon Sheet Glass Company was established in 1918. Its headquarters are located in Osaka, Japan. The company produces flat and safety glass, fine glass, electronic products for hard disk drives and telecom equipment and automotive products.

Main Image: Nippon Sheet Glass Lecture Nippon Sheet Glass representative Dr. Hiroaki Yamamoto, Dean Vijay K. Dhir, Professor John D. Mackenzie and Professor Bruce Dunn.

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