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Multi Institution Team Teaching (Mitt): A Novel Approach To Highly Specialized Graduate Education

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

New Trends in Graduate Engineering Education

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Graduate Studies

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14.890.1 - 14.890.14



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William Heffner Lehigh University

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Bill Heffner is the associate director of the International Materials Institute for Glass at Lehigh University where he has been since 2004. In this position he facilitates research exchanges promoting new functionality for glass and is developing an e-based glass learning curriculum for the glass research community as well as developing hands on experiments for the young science enthusiasts.Prior to this current role, for 25 years he was with AT&T Bell Laboratories and Agere Systems as a distinguished member of technical staff. Bill has taught courses on lasers and optoelectronic device physics at Penn State University and created an optoelectronics training curriculum for Agere employees. He received an MS in Chemical Physics from Indiana University and a PhD in Physics from Stevens Institute of Technology. He has 16 publications and 6 patents on optical devices.

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Himanshu Jain Lehigh University


Steve Martin Iowa State University

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Steve W. Martin earned his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Capital University and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Purdue University. He joined the Faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University in 1986, where currently he holds the rank of University Professor. He has published more than 160 refereed journal articles and presented more than 200 invited and contributed talks in the broad area of glass science and engineering. He has mentored more than 20 Ph.D., 15 M.S. and more than 70 undergraduates in his research group. He is a fellow of the American Ceramic Society, as well as the winner of the George W. Morey Award in Glass from the Glass and Optical Materials Division of the American Ceramic Society and a number of teaching, service and research awards from Iowa State University.

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Kathleen Richardson Clemson University

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Kathleen A. Richardson is the Director and Professor of the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Clemson University. She holds her Ph.D. in Ceramics, her M.Sc. in Glass Science, and her B.S. in Ceramic Engineering all from Alfred University. She has more than 90 publications in refereed archival journals in the broad areas of optical, nano-, thin film, glassy and amorphous materials. She has served as a visiting professor at a number of international universities and has served as the manager of a large glass and optical materials research and development center for a multi-national glass company.

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Eric Skaar Clemson University

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Eric C. Skaar holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Ceramic and Materials Engineering from Alfred University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, respectively. Dr. Skaar has over 20 years of experience in the Ceramic and Materials Engineering field, including 16 years in his current position as a faculty member of the Gilbert C. Robinson Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Clemson University. He has served for two years as a staff scientist at Gould Inc. and two years as a senior experimental ceramist at General Motors Corporation.

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Heffner, W., & Jain, H., & Martin, S., & Richardson, K., & Skaar, E. (2009, June), Multi Institution Team Teaching (Mitt): A Novel Approach To Highly Specialized Graduate Education Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5831

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