Published on Monday August 9, 2004
Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, has been elected to the World Academy of Ceramics (http://www.waceramics.org). This is an international professional organization based in Italy that unites internationally renown scientists, engineers, and artists working in the ceramic field. Gogotsi was elected as a Professional Member (Academician) in the class of "Science;" 22 new members were elected this year worldwide. The Academy also awards the highly coveted International Ceramic Prize every 4 years. Among the Academy members are Bob Newnham of Penn State, the recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering this year (and the International Ceramic Prize in 1992), the founder of Kyocera Corporation Kazui Inomori; Founder and President of the Third World Academy of Sciences and member of 20 national academies C.N.R. Rao, as well as other major players in the field. Gogotsi was nominated by the Chairman of the Council Dr. Pietro Vincenzini and received letters of support from Prof. Jean-Francois Boumard from the University of Limoges, France and former President of the European Ceramic Society and Prof. Georg Grathwohl from the University of Bremen, Germany.