Coe students present at Glass & Optical Materials Division Meeting

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2016-06-10 08:15:43 - General

Coe students Brittney Hauke '17, David Hynek '17, and Lisa McDonald '17 present on their research during the poster session at the conference.
Coe students Brittney Hauke '17, David Hynek '17, and Lisa McDonald '17 present on their research during the poster session at the conference.
The Coe physics group stopped in Dubuque on the way to Madison. While there, they rode the Fenelon Place Elevator."
The Coe physics group stopped in Dubuque on the way to Madison. While there, they rode the Fenelon Place Elevator.

The Coe College Physics Department had the highest number of undergraduates in attendance at the recent Glass & Optical Materials Division Meeting (GOMD) of The American Ceramic Society held in Madison, Wisconsin. Of the 353 attendees, 95 were students, and only 10 were undergraduates. Six of the 10 undergraduates were from Coe, four of whom presented during the conference.

This was the 30th year that Coe students have participated in the conference. Unlike most years, there were actually more Coe alumni than undergraduates who attended. The Coe alumni who presented or attended the conference and their current graduate school include: Saurav Bista '10 (Stanford University), Ruhil Dongol '10 (Alfred University), Nicole Johnson '15 (Cornell University), Matt Kielty '14 (Clemson University), Jason Maldonis '13 (University of Wisconsin), Dat Vu '15 (Creighton University), Deborah Watson '12 (Iowa State University) and Allison Whale '14 (Iowa State University).

Coe students Brittney Hauke '17, David Hynek '17 and Lisa McDonald '17 presented on their research during the poster portion of the conference, and Isabella (Izzie) Sorenson '17 gave a presentation on her work with the levitator. Other Coe students in attendance were Anthony DeCeanne '18 and Victoria Eng '18. The group was led by Fran Allison and Francis Halpin Professor of Physics Mario Affatigato and B.D. Silliman Professor of Physics Steve Feller.

The GOMD featured five symposia - Fundamentals of the Glassy State, Glasses in Healthcare, Optical and Electronic Materials and Devices, Glass Technology and Cross-cutting Topics, and Festschrift for Professor Donald R. Uhlmann. Technical sessions consisting of both oral and poster presentations, led by technical leaders from industry, national laboratories and academia, provided an open forum for glass scientists and engineers from around the world to present and exchange findings on recent advances in various aspects related to glass science and technology.

Coe students had the opportunity to explore Madison each night after symposiums had ended, commonly with the graduate students from Iowa State University.

Next year's conference will be held in Hawaii, where the two Coe undergraduates who did not present this year will most likely present.

The Glass & Optical Materials Division of The American Ceramic Society focuses on the scientific research and development, application and manufacture of all types of glass, including fiber optics, the encapsulation of nuclear and hazardous wastes in glasses and the interaction of glass and ceramics in biosystems. Members of this division work with glasses in the optical, aerospace, window and electronic industries among others.

Coe College offers superb academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. Coe's vibrant Cedar Rapids location provides an abundance of internships for students and career opportunities for graduates.

The Coe group enjoys a banquet dinner during the conference.
The Coe group enjoys a banquet dinner during the conference.