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Spring 2015 PDF Print E-mail



CACT

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March 19, 2015

The CACT's Barry Watkins is talking to Dr. Clayton Besch of NYSTAR at the NY-BEST conference in March. Besch is NYSTAR's director of the Small Business Technology Investment Fund.
A green stack is being prepared for screen printing. Pilot Plant open for business

The CACT-CAMP Pilot Plant for multilayer electro-ceramic devices is open for business.

A resource for business designing and testing new products, The Center for the Prototype Manufacturing of Nanostructured Electro-Ceramics houses equipment for the processing and testing of prototypes. The facility has already been used by Apricot and a New York state company in 2014.


Ceramics Expo April 28-30 in Cleveland Ceramics Expo in Cleveland April 28-30

AU is co-organizing the first-ever Ceramics Expo in Cleveland on April 28-30.  This conference was organized to specifically address the needs of the industrial community.

“It’s great to see a manufacturing exhibition for ceramics,” said CACT Deputy Director Barry Watkins.  “Hopefully, this will lead to economic growth.  And it’s a great opportunity for our students.”

Admission is free:  register today.


Strengthening Glass is the 2015 Scholes Lecture

This year’s AU Scholes Lecture will be given by Dr. Minoru Tomozawa of Rensselaer Polytechnic  Institute on April 30, 2015.

Glass and Water: A New Glass Strengthening Method is the title of his talk.

According to Dr. Tomozawa,  water can improve the mechanical strength of glass by reducing the surface stress.


Dr. David Lipke High temperature facilities funding awarded AU researcher

David Lipke, assistant professor of materials  science and engineering in the Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University, is one of 149 university researchers nationwide to win funding for research equipment from the federal Department of Defense.

Lipke will use the $308,667 award to design and install a xenon-arc image furnace for the synthesis and characterization of materials in ultra-high temperature (up to 3000 degrees C) environments under a variety of atmospheric conditions ranging from high vacuum to elevated pressure.


Dr. Yiquan Wu AU researcher funded to explore better way to make crystals for high-power lasers

Yiquan Wu, an assistant professor of materials science at the Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University, has received a grant for more than $518,000 from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research  to study  a new approach to manufacturing crystals for high-power lasers.

The high-power lasers would have potential applications for in fields such as laser-assisted manufacture industry, national defense, and laser-based inertial confinement fusion systems.


Welcome to the CACT e-Newsletter. The CACT partners with technology firms to foster economic development in New York. It applies AU's expertise in ceramics and glass to the needs of its industrial partners, whether through analytical services, consulting or applied research.

Contact Barry Watkins, Deputy Dir./Business Dvpt.; Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Phone: 607-871-2473; Fax: 607-871-3469.

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Fall 2014

AU's Dean Doreen Edwards & Dr. Scott Misture speak with Thor Eilertsen of Custom Electronics, Oneonta, at the Nov. 2014 NY-BEST & JCESR Technical Conference. Dr. Misture was on a fuel cell panel.
Dr. Alan Rae The Alfred Ceramics Corridor is one of NYS' Hot Spots

The Alfred Corridor director is committed to creating an environment where small startups can thrive.

"Most people think that it is not possible to start a business in New York State," said Dr. Alan Rae of the Alfred and Painted Post Ceramics Corridor Innovation Center (CCIC).  "That's just not true."

See UB video for Hot Spots.


Dr. Joseph Cesarano III Alumnus/founder of Robocasting to deliver McMahon Lecture: '3D Printing of Ceramics'

Dr. Joseph Cesarano III, an Alfred University (AU) alumnus and founder of Robocasting Enterprises, LLC, will deliver the annual John F. McMahon Lecture.

To be given in Harder Hall, the 2014 McMahon lecture will be delivered on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 11:20 AM.  The event is open to the public, free of charge.


ACeRS Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128130920@N06/sets/72157649138675235/?utm_content=buffer5 AU & GMIC Sponsor 75th Glass Problems Conference

Glass industry professionals gathered in Columbus during early November for the 75th Glass Problems Conference, sponsored by Alfred University and the Glass Industry Manufacturers' Council.

Instrumental in organizing the conference was AU's Dr. SK Sundaram, professor of glass science.

(ACerS photo.)

Read more about it on the ACerS website.


AU's Hall appointed to NYSERDA Additive Manufacturing Cmte

Dr. Matt Hall, CACT Director at Alfred University, has been appointed to New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA's) Additive Manufacturing Steering Committee.

Additive Manufacturing , as envisioned by NYSERDA, could lead the way into the third industrial revolution.  NYSERDA hopes to guide the growth and development of that industrial sector here in New York State by means of this committee.  It is comprised of representatives from industry, government and academia.


Dr. Seong-Jin Lee AU Student to Compete in Design/Building/Fly Project, Thanks to a Visiting Prof

AU students will participate in the AIAA international Design/Build/Fly Project for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) this year, thanks to a visiting engineering professor here at AU.

Under the guidance of Dr. Seong-Jin Lee, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, students will be joining more than a hundred other teams to compete in Tucson AZ this coming April.  Students will match a plane they designed and built against those of the other teams.


 

Welcome to the CACT e-Newsletter. The CACT partners with technology firms to foster economic development in New York. It applies AU's expertise in ceramics and glass to the needs of its industrial partners, whether through analytical services, consulting or applied research.

Contact Barry Watkins, Deputy Dir./Business Dvpt.; Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Phone: 607-871-2473; Fax: 607-871-3469.

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Summer 2014

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and the CACT's Barry Watkins at the opening of a NY-BEST Center. Watkins is also a NY-Best board member. See story below.
Battery and Energy Storage Technology Test and Commercialization Center Grand Opening

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Test and Commercialization Center is open for business at Eastman Business Park in Rochester, New York. The new world-class, $23 million Center provides unique testing and validation services needed to bring new battery and energy storage technologies to the commercial market.

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President Jessica Crawford presents MedTech award to Barry Watkins, the CACT. The CACT is a good investment

MedTech has recognized the CACT as a good business investment for ceramic research.

The CACT was awarded  the 2013 Academic Member Excellence Award by MedTech, an association of pharmaceutical, biotech and medical technology companies.  It received the award specifically for its return on investment.


Exterior sketch of McMahon addition. $9 million project under way at McMahon

Work is under way on a $9 million expansion/renovation project at McMahon Engineering Building on the Alfred University campus.

Doreen Edwards, dean of the Inamori School of Engineering and professor of materials science, said the two-story addition will fill in the courtyard/parking lot in the rear of the building. In addition, several second and third-floor laboratories in the existing building will be renovated, along with common spaces, including restrooms and hallways.  The main southwest entrance of the building will also be modernized.


Manufacturing Council tours Alfred University Engineering facilities

Members of the Manufacturing Council of Allegany County toured the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering earlier this week to learn what resources are available to them through the School.

“We are excited to see the manufacturers in Allegany County collaborate to improve the manufacturing infrastructure in the county,” said Doreen Edwards, dean of the Inamori School of Engineering and a professor of materials science.


Welcome to the CACT e-Newsletter. The CACT partners with technology firms to foster economic development in New York. It applies AU's expertise in ceramics and glass to the needs of its industrial partners, whether through analytical services, consulting or applied research.

Contact Barry Watkins, Deputy Dir./Business Dvpt.; Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Phone: 607-871-2473; Fax: 607-871-3469.

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Spring 2014

Above is a sample of how SEM images can be manipulated to spatially map the microstructure. See the SEM story below.
Watkins re-elected for second term on the board of NY-BEST

ALFRED, NY (March 25, 2014) – Barry Watkins, deputy director of the  Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT) at Alfred University (AU), was re-elected for a second term on the board of directors of the New York Battery and Energy Storage Consortium (NY-BEST) at the annual meeting this month.  His responsibilities as a board member will include chairing the audit committee and co-chairing a newly formed fuel cell working group.


NYSERDA grants TAM $500K for electric project

TAM Ceramics LLC has received $500,000 from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to develop a next-generation thermoelectric generator, a technology that creates electricity from waste heat. Alfred University is one of TAM's subcontractors for this grant.

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Engineering dean on panel to set Advanced Energy Conference program

Dr. Doreen Edwards, dean of the Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University (AU), is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council for Advanced Energy Conference 2014, which has established all academic tracks and programs for the 8th Annual Advanced Energy Conference, April 28- 29 in Albany, an event which will set the standard for future energy conferences in New York.

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New analytical tools for SEM imaging

Fewer defects in materials processing should improve a manufacturer's performance in the market place.

Assistant Professor Eric J. Payton brings several improved analytical tools to AU's SEM imaging.  He can now quantitatively characterize those images and map a composition spatially based on the two dimensional SEM image.   These quantitative SEM techniques should yield better materials through processing improvements.


Welcome to the CACT e-Newsletter. The CACT partners with technology firms to foster economic development in New York. It applies AU's expertise in ceramics and glass to the needs of its industrial partners, whether through analytical services, consulting or applied research.

Contact Barry Watkins, Deputy Dir./Business Dvpt.; Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Phone: 607-871-2473; Fax: 607-871-3469.

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Industry Advisors


As a complement, the Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT) is building a "Team" of Industry Advisors from a broad spectrum of industries experienced in a wide range of industries such as Energy, Healthcare, and Environment.

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NYSTAR


The Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology is sponsored by the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation.

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Short Courses


For those interested in increasing their expertise in the field of ceramics and glasses, or those just being introduced, Short Courses are a good option. Designed for professionals in the ceramics and glass industry, these intensive courses offer a chance to update knowledge of the field in a short period of time.  Courses range from detailed, in-depth examinations of very specific topics to broader introductory classes.

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