Two Schott North America employees were recently honored by the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) for their lifetime of contributions in the fields of glass and glass-ceramic sciences.

Dr. Joseph Hayden, research fellow on Schott’s Research and Technology Development team, won the Stookey Award for his decades of pioneering research on new materials, phenomena and processes involving glass. In addition, Dr. Mark Davis, senior research scientist at Schott North America, was named a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society in recognition of his dedication to the ceramic sciences over his 15-year career.

“The Fellow of the American Ceramic Society designation and the Stookey Award are two of the highest honors in the glass and glass-ceramic industries,” says Eric Urruti, director of research and technology development at Schott North America. “These peer-reviewed awards not only acknowledge Dr. Hayden and Dr. Davis’ esteemed work, but reflect the high caliber of talent working tirelessly at Schott to deliver new glass innovations. The recent honors for Dr. Hayden and Dr. Davis, two Schott veterans, spotlight our materials development muscle and our unparalleled ability to advance the knowledge and applications of glass and glass-ceramic products.”

Hayden works in glass composition and process development with an emphasis on laser, nonlinear, and technical glasses. His technical contributions to a wide variety of commercially significant glass products won him the Stookey Award—named in honor of materials pioneer Dr. S. Donald Stookey. As a part of the award, Dr. Hayden presented a Stookey Lecture of Discovery titled “Overcoming technical challenges and moving into the future with laser glass” at the GOMD annual meeting in Aachen, Germany in May. He earned his Ph.D. in chemical physics from Brown University and has worked at Schott for nearly 30 years.

Davis’ research focuses on glass-ceramics, including those with specific electrical functionality, and high-precision, laser-based measurements. Throughout his 15 years with Schott, Davis has received seven patents and published approximately 25 articles. He has been a member of ACerS since 1998, and his active membership, combined with his sustained high level of contribution to the science of glass were key factors in his earning the ACeRs honor. Davis earned his Ph.D. at Yale University.