John Ballato is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Director of the Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET), which is a South Carolina Research Center of Economic Excellence. Previously, Dr. Ballato served as the interim Vice President for Research and Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Clemson University where he championed the University’s research and economic development in all areas of advanced materials.
Dr. Ballato earned a BS in Ceramic Science and Engineering (1993) and the PhD in Ceramic and Materials Engineering (1997) from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He has published over 200 archival scientific papers, holds 25 US and foreign patents, has given in excess of 125 invited lectures/colloquia, and has co-organized 25 national and international conferences and symposia.
He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), the International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE), and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS).