SPIE Fellows Kathleen Richardson of CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida, and John Ballato of Clemson University have been elected as Academicians in the World Academy of Ceramics (WAC).
New Academicians will be presented during the opening ceremony of the Forum 2016 of the World Academy of Ceramics in Italy, 14-17 June. \
Richardson is a former member of the SPIE Board of Directors, and was 2014-2015 president of the American Ceramic Society. She is a professor of optics and materials science and engineering at CREOL where she runs the Glass Processing and Characterization Laboratory. A recognized world leader in infrared glass research and education, Richardson is cofounder and chief technology officer of IRradiance Glass.
Richardson has also co-authored more than 40 SPIE publications, including two presentations at SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing last month.
At Clemson, Ballato is a professor of materials science and engineering, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and founder and director of the Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET), a South Carolina Research Center of Economic Excellence.
An optical fiber specialist, Ballato has published nearly 40 SPIE publications, holds 25 U.S. and foreign patents, and chairs a conference on fiber lasers at SPIE Photonics West.
The maximum number of WAC Academicians is presently limited to 200 worldwide. Richardson and Ballato are among only 13 elected for 2015. The Academician award is given to recipients who have made an internationally renowned significant contribution to the advancement of ceramics culture, science, technology, industry and art. Academicians are recognized for leadership, personal contributions to new knowledge in ceramic theory and personal actions toward fostering better understanding for social interactions in the previous categories.