Edgar Zanotto

Professor, Federal University of São Carlos, BR

Edgar D. Zanotto has been a Materials Science and Engineering professor at the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil, for 45 years. His work focuses on fundamental and applied research on glasses and glass-ceramics. He is an editor of the Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, and a Fellow of 5 science academies.

3:00 - 3:20 PM

Day - 2 11 Feb

Glass education worldwide through formal courses and research

We will start with the history of glass education, including large pioneering groups in Jena, Alfred, Sheffield, and Leningrad (St. Petersburg), which started in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Then we will cover glass education developments throughout 2021 with statistics and discussions about the vital role of formal academic courses (passive learning) and research projects (active learning) as the building blocks for training skilled engineers and researchers. As a bonus to the attendees, we will finish with entertaining urban legends often used to attract students to the glass field, such as: Do medieval stained-glass windows flow along the centuries? Is there any explanation for the sacred images that appear in glass windows worldwide? Is it possible to shatter a glass window with a bare voice?