October 07, 2008

Case Western Reserve University engineering professor receives lifelong recognition award from American Ceramics Society

Ceramics professor is first at university to receive W. David Kingery Award


Arthur H. Heuer, University Professor and the Kyocera Professor of Ceramics at Case Western Reserve University, has received the W. David Kingery Award from the American Ceramics Society (ACerS). Heuer, who is based within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Case School of Engineering, is the first person from the university to be awarded this distinction by ACerS.

The W. David Kingery Award recognizes distinguished lifelong achievements involving multidisciplinary and global contributions to ceramic technology, science, education and art. Heuer will be honored during the society's annual meeting this week Pittsburgh.

Now in his 42nd year at Case Western Reserve, Heuer is teaching a graduate-level course this semester entitled, "Advanced Phase Equilibria." He also serves as director of the Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis and Materials (SCSAM) in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. SCSAM is a multiuser analytical facility providing instrumentation for microstructural characterization of materials as well as surface and near-surface chemical analysis. The facilities in SCSAM are available to all users on campus for a nominal fee. The lab's equipment is maintained by four full-time engineers, administered through the materials science department.

Heuer has seen much advancement in ceramics and their use over the course of his career. His first job in ceramics was to make magnetic memory cores for computers. While other materials are used in computer memories today, Heuer recalls fondly the early days when magnetic ceramics were used.

"Receiving the Kingery award is a tremendous honor," said Heuer. "I've been a member of the ACS for many years and have received many other awards and distinctions from them. Being recognized for my entire career is extremely gratifying."

Outside of his field, Heuer enjoys bicycle riding, reading and playing bridge.

For more information contact Laura M. Massie, 216.368.4442.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, October 7, 2008 10:46 AM | News Topics: Awards, Case School of Engineering, Conferences/Symposia, Faculty, HeadlinesMain, news

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