Dr S K Sundaram is an Inamori Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering and The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (since January 1, 2011). He is also the Chair of Mechanical, Electrical, and Renewable Energy Programs. Before joining Alfred University, he was a Chief Materials Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He joined PNNL after earning his Ph. D. from School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology in 1994. In the past 20 years, he has made major contributions in the areas of millimeter/THz wave science and technology, ultrafast materials science and engineering, non-oxide/multi-scale materials processing, and infrared materials and devices. He has published over 150 scientific reports, publications and technical reports, made over 170 scientific/technical presentations, edited/contributed to 15 books, taught/mentored/supported over 100 students, and organized/co-organized several national and international symposia on advanced topics in materials science. He is interested in promoting teaching across arts and engineering. He is a Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology.
Angus M Powers is an Associate Professor of Glass and the Chair of Sculpture in Division of Sculpture/Dimensional Studies of the School of Art and Design at The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Angus Powers works with blown and cast glass sculpture, installations, and functional wares. His work pushes the viewer to consider multiple interpretations, challenging set notions of logic, scale, and perception. He earned his MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 2002 and his BFA from the NYSCC in 2000. He was also a member of the Czechoslovakian Team Working Class 1999 at the Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA. He has had numerous exhibitions across the US, e.g., The Next: A Studio Glass Movement Continuum at Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery, SUNY Brockport 2015 and Teapots - Invitational show at Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh PA 2012. He has won numerous awards, grants, and fellowships, including his artwork and profile featured in book titled Contemporary Glass, Black Dog Publishing, London, UK in 2008 and Excellence in Teaching Award, Alfred University in 2008 and 2014. He is interested in promoting education across arts and engineering.