By Mary Catherine Frantz, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

John McCloy wsu materials engineering

PULLMAN, Wash. – John McCloy, associate professor in WSU’s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has received the prestigious Richard M. Fulrath Award from the American Ceramic Society.

The award supports collaboration between Japanese and American ceramic engineers and understanding among scientists across Pacific Rim cultures. Award winners are individuals who demonstrate excellence in research and development of ceramic sciences and materials.

With WSU since 2013, McCloy has 10 years of industry experience working with optical and electronic materials and five years of national laboratory experience. His research interests include nuclear waste forms, structure and crystallization of glass, nano-magnetism, advanced characterization techniques and sensors for extreme environments.

McCloy received his doctoral and master’s degree from the University of Arizona in material science and engineering. He received a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds a master’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Arizona. In 2013 and 2015, he was honored as a delegate to the National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering program. He was also recently named as a fellow of The American Ceramic Society.

McCloy will receive the award at the American Ceramic Society Honors and Awards Banquet at their 120th Annual Meeting this October in Columbus, Ohio.



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