ARL ceramic research expert honored with Global Star from American Ceramic Society

May 31, 2011

Story Highlights

  • ARL expert in ceramics research receives American Ceramic Society honors
  • Recognized for substantial contributions to the success of recent international conference
  • Workshop is now a well-recognized armor community major annual event.

Dr. Jeffrey Swab, a ceramic research engineer within the Army Research Laboratory's Ceramics and Transparent Materials Branch was recently awarded the Global Star Award from the Engineering Ceramics Division of the American Ceramic Society in appreciation of his substantial contributions to the success of the International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC). That conference was held in January in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Swab, along with other ARL materials experts Dr. James McCauley, Dr. James Campbell and Dr. James LaSalvia, and the Army Research Office Materials Science Division Chief Dr. David Stepp, and experts from TARDEC, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Oak Ridge National Lab and Department of the Army, organized the Armor Ceramics Symposium within the conference. The ninth assembly of this symposium consisted of more than 70 oral and poster presentations on topics such as Phenomenology and Mechanics of Ceramics Subjected to Ballistic Impact, chaired by Swab, and 2011 Overview of the Development of Ceramic Armor Technology: Past, Present and the Future, chaired by ARL materials engineer William A. Gooch.

The primary objective of the Armor Ceramics Symposium is to provide an annual forum for the presentation and discussion of unclassified information and ideas pertaining to the research, development and incorporation of ceramic materials for armor applications, Swab stated.

He said the symposium fosters discussion and collaboration between academic, government and industry personnel from around the globe. Attendees this year arrived from the U.S., Sweden, Israel, France, the United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, and Brazil representing state-of-the-art advances in armor ceramics research and manufacturing.

"After years of Army sponsorship, this workshop has evolved into being a well-recognized major annual event for the armor community," he said.

The ICACC is regarded among the most prominent international meeting in the area of advanced structural and functional ceramics, composites, and other emerging ceramic materials and technologies. This conference has been organized by the Engineering Ceramics Division (ECD) and The American Ceramic Society since 1977.

The American Ceramic Society membership includes more than 9,500 scientists, engineers, researchers, manufacturers, plant personnel, educators, students and marketing and sales professionals from more than 70 countries.

Serving within ARL for almost three decades, Swab's research expertise is in the microstructural characterization and mechanical property evaluation of advanced ceramic materials. This expertise has been focused on ceramics for diesel and gas turbine engines, and more recently, on the evaluation and development of ceramics for armor applications and gun barrel systems.

He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of fracture analysis of advanced ceramics. He has spent over 25 years performing fracture analysis of ceramic components and specimens. This has lead to the refinement of fractographic analysis procedures and the development of an ASTM standard.


Last Update / Reviewed: May 31, 2011