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McMahon Lecturer to focus remarks on ceramic systems in energy applications

Focusing on ceramic systems in energy applications, Alfred University’s (AU) 2013 John F. McMahon Lecture will be presented by Dr. Rajendra Bordia, professor and chairman of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Clemson University, Clemson, SC. The lecture is free and open to the public on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 11:20 a.m. in Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall.

The annual invited lecture is sponsored by AU’s Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering and was established to honor the memory of Dr. John F. McMahon, Alfred University alumnus, faculty member, and dean of the College of Ceramics. Each year, the event recognizes a renowned expert in the field of materials science.

Bordia will talk on “Hierarchical Porous and Multi-layered Ceramics for Energy Applications.” Current research by Bordia and his colleagues is focused on the development of processing strategies to control the microstructure of ceramics at different length scales. The lecture will highlight several examples from their current work on ceramic systems for energy applications.

Bordia’s research centers on fundamental and applied studies in the processing and properties of complex material systems for energy, environmental, and medical applications and currently emphasizes ceramics, composites, multi-layered, and porous materials.

Bordia’s work in materials science has gained him international recognition. He is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Metals, and in 2012 was named an Academician in the World Academy of Ceramics. He has also been the recipient of numerous honors including the National Science Foundation’s National Young Investigator Award; the DuPont Young Professor Award; and the International Expert Award from Technical University, Hamburg-Harburg, Germany.

Bordia has presented more than 250 invited lectures and has authored or co-authored almost 120 peer-reviewed technical publications. Outside of his teaching responsibilities, Bordia serves as an associate editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society, editor of the Journal of Ceramic Processing Research, and editor-in-chief of the Ceramics International Journal.

He earned his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and a master of science degree and Ph.D. in materials science and from Cornell University.

The John F. McMahon Lecture was created in 1980 by AU alumni to honor Dr. McMahon for his contributions to ceramic science and engineering. Each year, a distinguished ceramic scientist or engineer delivers the lecture and receives the John F. McMahon Award.

McMahon promoted relationships between industry and academe and advanced the education of ceramic engineers and artists during his tenure as dean of College of Ceramics at Alfred University from 1949-65.

He led the College to consider the vital needs of industry while maintaining a strong academic tradition of basic fundamental research and education. Long before others seriously considered ceramic materials for automobiles, McMahon explored the idea with General Motors.