Clemson University’s Prof. John Ballato Named IEEE Fellow

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John Ballato

John Ballato working in a lab with a laser.

John Ballato working in a lab with a laser.

Piscataway, New Jersey, November 2016 – John Ballato, professor at Clemson University, has been named a 2017 IEEE Fellow. He is being recognized for his contributions to optical fibers and optoelectronic materials. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional association.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth percent of the total voting IEEE membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

John Ballato is a professor of materials science and engineering at Clemson University where he also is the inaugural holder of the Sirrine Endowed Chair in Optical Fiber. He previously served as founding Director of the Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET) as well as Clemson’s interim Vice President for Research and Vice President for Economic Development.

Ballato was born in New York, N.Y., on Jan. 9, 1971. He earned a B.S. in Ceramic Science and Engineering (1993) and the Ph.D. in Ceramic and Materials Engineering (1997) from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. His research interests are focused on the interaction of materials with light and his innovations span a wide range of technologies relating to optical fiber and lasers. He has published more than 350 technical papers, holds 34 U.S. and foreign patents, has given in excess of 150 invited lectures/colloquia, and has co-organized over 75 national and international conferences and symposia.

Among numerous other honors, his collaborative work on Anderson-localizing optical fiber was chosen as one of Physics World’s Top Ten Breakthroughs for 2014. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), the International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE) and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) as well as being an elected member of the World Academy of Ceramics and the US National Academy of Inventors.

More than 1,700 IEEE members reside in Area 7 under the IEEE SC Council, which encompasses South Carolina and the Central Savannah River Area of Georgia.

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