Tony Jun Huang, James Henderson Assistant Professor, has been selected to receive the Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award in the junior faculty category. This prestigious award carries an honorarium of $1,000. Dr. Huang will be recognized on Materials Day, April 11, 2006 between 10.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.
Dr. Jogender Singh, Senior Scientist and Head of the Advanced Coatings Division of the Applied Research Laboratory is the Technical Point-of-Contact for the 2006 International Workshop on Advanced Coating Materials and Technology for Extreme Environments. The workshop is schedule to be held September 12-13, 2006, at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, Pennsylvania. The workshop will provide a forum for exchanging information among leading researchers in the area of new coating materials and technologies needed for power and propulsion systems (e.g. fuel cells, engines, etc.) and related applications. The workshop will address current and future challenges enabling extended ife of critical parts and components under extreme environmental conditions such as oxidation, corrosion, wear and erosion.
John A. Polo, Jr., has joined the ESM Department as an adjunct professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics. Dr. Polo is an Assistant Professor of Physics and Technology at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches numerous coures including Quantum Physics, Thermal Physics, Mathematical Methods in Physics, Introduction to Mechanics, and Introduction to Waves and Thermodynamics. He is the director of the 3-2 Engineering Program, Faculty Senate and the Engineering Physics Club.
Dr. Polo's research involves theoretical investigations and numerical calculations on the optical properties of complex materials, including cholesteric liquid crystals and sculptured thin films.
Dr. Polo is currently on a sabbatical leave of absence from Edinboro University. He is spending his sabbatical with ESM where he is working with Drs. Akhlesh Lakhtakia and Melik Demirel on surface-wave optics and sculptured thin films.