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Engineering professor cited for teaching excellence

Nathan P. Mellott, assistant professor of materials science and engineering in the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering, received the John F. McMahon Ceramic Teaching Excellence Award during the Alfred University annual spring Honors Convocation.

This award is presented annually in honor of the late Dr. John F. McMahon, who served many years as both professor and dean of the College of Ceramics. Only faculty members who teach in the engineering programs in the College of Ceramics are eligible for the award.

Mellott’s research interests focus on aqueous corrosion of glasses, multifunctional, sol-gel based thin-films, and advanced surface and materials characterization.

Awards and honors he’s earned include the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Grant from 2010-13, the Department of Energy-NEUP: Surface Layer-Bulk Glass Interface Evolution with Aqueous Corrosion 2012-15, and the Joseph Kruson Alfred University Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011.

Mellott holds memberships in the American Chemical Society, the American Ceramics Society, the Materials Research Society, the International Sol-Gel Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He earned a bachelor of science degree from Michigan State University, a master of science degree and a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University, and a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation IRFP at the University of Padova, Italy.