Johnson receives prestigious glass research award

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2014-11-19 14:53:27 - General

Accompanied by physics professors Mario Affatigato '89 (left) and Steve Feller, Nicole Johnson '15 received the 2014 Cooper Scholars Award at the recent Materials Science & Technology Conference in Pittsburgh.

Coe student Nicole Johnson '15 of Cedar Rapids is this year's winner of the Cooper Scholars Award from the Glass & Optical Materials Division of the American Ceramic Society. Physics professors Steve Feller and Mario Affatigato '89 accompanied Johnson to the Materials Science & Technology Conference in Pittsburgh Oct. 12-16 where she accepted the award and presented an invited paper.

The undergraduate award is named in honor of the late Case Western Reserve University Professor Alfred Cooper Jr., a prominent contributor to the understanding of many glass phenomena and problems. The Cooper Scholars Award seeks to encourage and recognize undergraduate students who have demonstrated excellence in research, engineering or study in glass science or technology.

First awarded in 2007, Johnson is Coe's first Cooper Scholar. She received a plaque and $500.

With Affatigato as her research advisor, Johnson has researched electrically conductive glass for use in a new generation of particle detectors since 2011. She was an intern this summer at Corning Inc. under the supervision of glass research associate TJ Kiczenski '99.

Johnson is a Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Society member and a Society of Physics Students Leadership Scholar. In 2012, she received a Coe College Alumni Association Award to conduct research at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland.

In her second year as president of the Coe Physics Club, Johnson plans to study materials science in graduate school.