Ceramic Industry

Alfred Alumnus to Give McMahon Lecture on Nuclear Materials

November 2, 2010

John E. Marra, associate laboratory director for strategic initiative development at Savannah River National Laboratory (SNL), has been chosen to deliver this year’s John F. McMahon annual lecture at Alfred University. His talk, “Advanced Ceramic Materials for Next-Generation Nuclear Applications,” is scheduled for 11:20 a.m. on November 4 in Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall, on the Alfred University campus.

Sponsored by the Inamori School of Engineering, the McMahon Lecture was established in 1980 to honor the late John McMahon, dean of the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Each year, the School of Engineering selects an outstanding ceramic engineer or materials scientist to deliver the lecture.

Marra is a 1983 graduate of Alfred University, with degrees in ceramic engineering and chemistry. He earned his Ph.D. from the The Ohio State University. Since then, he has held various technical and managerial positions at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site (SRR). In his more than 20 years at SRS and SNL, Marra has been involved with the managements and treatment of high-level radioactive waste, development and application of advanced materials, and advanced chemical process applications. He has co-authored many publications on the application of ceramic materials in the nuclear industry.

Marra is a fellow and past president of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), and a past chair and past trustee/director of the Nuclear and Environmental Technology Division of the society.

For additional details, visit www.alfred.edu.