Edward Gorzkowski ’99 ’04G won the Du-Co Ceramics Young Professionals Award for 2016. The award, established by the late Reldon Cooper, co-founder of Du-Co Ceramics, is awarded to a young professional member of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) who demonstrates exceptional leadership and service to ACerS. The award is presented each year at MS&T.
Winners receive lifetime membership in ACerS, a certificate of recognition, and a $1500 honorarium check.
Gorzkowski is the acting head of the Ceramics and Rapid Prototyping Section at the U.S. Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC. He received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Lehigh in 1999, and went on to earn his Ph.D. in 2004 under advisors Martin Harmer and Helen Chan.
Gorzkowski’s research interests include piezoelectric materials for sensor and actuator applications; processing of dielectric and ferroelectric materials; unique processing methods to create bulk nano-structured ceramics including microwave, high pressure and aerosol deposition processing; and 3D microstructure characterization and modeling for improved ceramics such as thermal barrier coatings and capacitor materials.