In his current role, John is Associate Director - Advanced Materials Group at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC). There he leads efforts to develop and adapt ceramic and fiber reinforced composite materials to aircraft, engine and armor systems. He has three decades of experience in ceramic and composite materials processing, complex shape fabrication, design, and application testing, and his areas of expertise include non-oxide monolithic ceramics and hybrid ceramic/composite materials. While at UTRC, John has led several multidisciplinary design/prototype/test teams including a DARPA/DoE/ONR effort to develop cooled all ceramic turbine engine vanes. This effort was recognized with an R&D 100 Award in 2002. Prior to joining UTRC, John worked at the Norton/TRW Joint Venture (later acquired by Saint Gobain) and helped develop complex shape fabrication techniques for, and perform process optimization on methods of producing silicon nitride and silicon carbide engine components. He is also a member of the American Ceramic Society and holds 24 U.S. and additional foreign patents for inventions related to applications of, methods of processing, methods of protecting, and methods of attaching ceramic and fiber reinforced composite materials. He received UTC’s corporate Horner Citation in 2004 for a team effort to win the Boeing 787 Auxiliary Power Unit contract. Education: M.S. in Ceramic Science from Rutgers University in 1989, B.S. in Ceramic Engineering for Rutgers University, 1986.