Published on Wednesday May 12, 2004
At the annual meeting of the Materials Science and Engineering Visiting Advisory Board on Thursday, May 6, 2004, Solar Atmospheres, Inc. CEO and VAB member William R. Jones accepted a plaque on behalf of Solar Atmospheres in honor of their donation of a laboratory, vertical, top-loading vacuum heat treating furnace to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University.
The vacuum furnace was built by Solar Manufacturing Inc., one of the Solar family companies. Solar Atmospheres, Inc. is a progressive company and one of the largest independent commercial heat treaters in the U.S. The furnace is a high temperature and high vacuum furnace designed specifically for research and development applications in laboratory and university settings. It will primarily be used by Professor Yury Gogotsi's research group for the annealing and growth of nanotubes and other carbon nanostructures.
Dr. Yury Gogotsi was on hand to present Bill Jones with the plaque. The dedication ceremony was followed by a luncheon in honor of the Visiting Advisory Board.
The text of the plaque appeared as follows:
"This plaque is presented to Solar Atmospheres, Inc., Souderton, PA in recognition of and gratitude for the gift of the High Temperature Laboratory Vacuum / Special Atmosphere Furnace to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Drexel University at its formal dedication, May 6, 2004"
The donation and dedication was documented in the May 2004 edition of The Solar Spotlight, a quartlery publication by Solar Atmospheres, Inc.