L. David Pye, Ph.D., dean emeritus of the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (AU), will be installed as president of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) September 18 in Detroit, Mich. Pye, who graduated from Alfred University in 1959 and went on to earn both his master’s and doctoral degrees from AU, will succeed Katherine Faber, Ph.D., a 1975 graduate of Alfred who is now the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University.
A long-time member of the faculty as a professor of Glass Science, Pye was dean of the college during its centennial celebration and was founding director of the National Science Foundation Center for Glass Research at Alfred. He was also involved in establishing the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering and creating the only Ph.D. program in Glass Science in the U.S. at Alfred.
Pye is now a visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins University, technology advisor to the Sarnoff Corp., and a member of the external advisory committee of the Savannah River National Laboratory. He is a past president of the International Commission on Glass, a member of the World Academy of Ceramics, an honorary member of the German Society of Glass Technology, and an honorary fellow of the British Society of Glass Technology. He has previously served ACerS as chair of the Glass and Optical Materials Division, a trustee, and most recently as chair of the Globalization Task Force study group.
Pye has published extensively in the field of glass science and engineering, and has convened several international conferences. His career has earned him several awards, including the 1996 Glassman of the Year award, sponsored by the U.S. glass suppliers’ industry; the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creativity; and the American Society of Engineering Education’s Excellence in Teaching award. In 2003, a named symposium in his honor was convened by ACerS. He has served on a number of national and international review panels, most recently one convened by the German National Science Foundation.
Pye will become the most recent in a string of AU alumni and faculty members who have served as president of ACerS since its founding. John F. McMahon, Ph.D., who was dean of the New York State College of Ceramics from 1949 to 1965, and Charles Fergus Binns, who was founding director of the New York State School of Clayworking when it was established in 1900, also served as ACerS president while directly affiliated with Alfred University.
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