ARL Fellow recognized by Penn State

October 25, 2011

Story Highlights

  • Dr. James McCauley, ARL Fellow, recipient of 2011 Charles L. Hosler Alumni Scholar Medal.
  • McCauley is well-known for his work of A1ON, aluminum oxynitride.
  • McCauley serves on the American Ceramic Society.

Dr. James McCauley, ARL Fellow, was recently announced as the recipient of the 2011 Charles L. Hosler Alumni Scholar Medal by Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

The Charles L. Hosler Alumni Scholar Medal was established in 1992 to recognize the very highest levels of intellectual achievement attained by those educated in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State.

McCauley earned his master's in mineralogy and doctorate in solid state science from Penn State in 1965 and 1968, respectively. From 1968 to 1990, he served as a scientist, branch and division chief in the Army's Materials and Mechanics Research Center and Materials Technology Laboratory. He then served for five years as Professor of Ceramic Engineering and Dean of the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University before rejoining the Army as Senior Ceramic Materials Research Engineer in 1996.

McCauley is particularly well-known for his invention of A1ON, aluminum oxynitride, a new transparent ceramic. He was also instrumental in pioneering research for synthesizing non-oxide ceramics, in which he united international research efforts, especially with Russia and Japan.

McCauley has served the American Ceramic Society in many roles, including President in 1988. He received the highest awards bestowed upon a member of the Society including Distinguished Life Member. McCauley's outstanding scientific contributions have been recognized with the Norton, Mueller, Friedberg and the McLaren awards. And, in 1990 he received the Prometheus Award from the National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba, Japan and a Jubilee medal from the Russian Academy of Sciences, Chernogolovka, Russia. In 2007, he received the Senior Scientific-Professional (ST) Employee Presidential Rank Award.

Dr. McCauley's extensive scientific contributions, administrative leadership at Alfred University and the Army Research Laboratory, and service to his profession, are recognized with the 2011 Hosler Medal.


Last Update / Reviewed: October 25, 2011