Alfred University’s (AU) annual Samuel R. Scholes Award Lecture will be presented by Corning Inc. executive Dr. David L. Morse on Thursday, April 14 at 11:20 a.m. in Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall, on campus. All are welcome to attend.
Morse, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Corning, will focus on progress made through materials science inventions during his presentation, “The Glass Age: Materials Science Pushing the Boundaries and Creating New Possibilities for Glass and Ceramics-enabled Technology and Design.”
In summarizing his talk, Morse notes that for 165 years, Corning has made life-changing innovations from materials science developments in glass and ceramics.
“The technology needs and opportunities continue to grow. Advances in fundamental understanding in glass technology have positioned glass as the new design material offering powerful and elegant solutions at the convergence of high definition and large information displays, high bandwidth communications, mobility, lighting, electronics, transportation and architecture,” he said.
“Corning’s cellular ceramics technology has been the leading materials solution for cleaner air around the world, fueling the march to zero emissions from vehicles and industrial processes,” continued Morse. “Like glass, fundamental understanding will lead to technologies to address global warming and the need for mobile energy sources.”
Stimulated by these advances, Morse believes the next set of Grand Challenges in materials science awaits us, including the urgent need to train and graduate the next generation of materials science researchers in glass and ceramics technologies for academia and industry.
In his role at Corning, Morse is responsible for managing the company’s innovation portfolio and creating new growth drivers. Prior to his current position, he served as senior vice president and director of corporate research.
Morse graduated from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine and earned a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge. He is a member of the MIT chapter of Sigma Xi (national scientific research society) and the National Academy of Engineering. Morse chairs the McDonnell International Scholars External Advisory Committee at Washington University, St. Louis, MO, and is a member of the Dow-Corning Board of Directors, the Corning Museum of Glass Advisory Board of Trustees, and the Corning Foundation Board.
Each year, the Inamori School of Engineering at AU selects an expert in the field of glass science to deliver the Scholes Award Lecture, in memory of Dr. Samuel R. Scholes Sr., founder of the glass science program at the University more than 80 years ago, in honor of his interest in the history and philosophy of science.
Scholes served AU and the Alfred community for over 40 years as dean (1946-48), associate dean (1948-52), head of the Department of Glass Technology, and professor of glass science (1932-46). He established the first glass science program in the United States at the College of Ceramics in 1932.
As a scientist devoted to the English language, Scholes developed the program for teaching technical writing at AU.
Scholes was educated at Ripon College (BA, 1905) and Yale University (PhD, 1911). He was a poet, scholar, and a scientific educator who believed in glass as the “eye of science, the carrier of light.”
For his contributions as a scholar, educator, administrator, and glass scientist, Scholes was honored by the University with an honorary doctor of science degree. His name was also chosen for the Scholes Library of Ceramics and the Samuel R. Scholes Lecture Series.
As author of “Modern Glass Practice,” a highly acclaimed book on glass making, published continuously seven times between 1935 and 1975, Scholes helped standardize the process of glass making in the United States. He was author of three other books: “Glass Industry Handbook,” “Glass Tank Furnaces,” and “Opportunities in Ceramics.”
During his 19 years in the glass industry, he helped to develop automatic manufacture and general control of raw materials and standardization. He held patents for development of an improved glass-melting pot; a method of stirring optical glass; and extraction of potash from feldspar.
Scholes was educated at Ripon (WI) College and Yale University, New Haven, CT, and served as the University’s dean, associate dean, head of the Department of Glass Technology, and professor of glass science.