Corning manager honored

Corning Inc. manager of glass and glass ceramic research Ivan A. Cornejo has been named one of the USA“s 100 most important Hispanics in technology and business.
The selection was made by the editor…

Corning Inc. manager of glass and glass ceramic research Ivan A. Cornejo has been named one of the USA“s 100 most important Hispanics in technology and business. The selection was made by the editors of Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology Magazine. “I“m very honored,” Cornejo said. “To me this was a really big surprise.” Cornejo, who joined Corning Inc. in 2001, said he hoped to use the award to encourage young people from Hispanic and other minorities into science as a career. “Science and engineering enrollment is declining significantly,” he said. “I want to use this as an incentive to young people. That is the ultimate goal.” Mr. Cornejo gained a bachelor“s degree in math and physics in his native Chile and master“s and doctoral degrees from the Colorado School of Mines. He will be recognized 15 September 2006 in Baltimore during the Minorities in Research Science Conference. He said he was particularly pleased at receiving the recognition in the United States. “This is a very tough and competitive market,” he said. “Being recognized in this market is really an honor for me”. Before joining Corning Inc., Mr. Cornejo was president of Active Materials Inc., New Jersey. Earlier, he served as director of research and development at Advanced Cerametrics Inc. in Lambertville, New Jersey and as a research associate at the Rutgers University Center for Ceramic Research. His name is on 20 published papers and he has made presentations at events in the US, Mexico, Chile and Switzerland. At Corning Inc., Mr. Cornejo“s glass and glass ceramics group has developed ultra low-loss optical fiber and new glass compositions for liquid crystal displays. Under his leadership it has ventured into research on durable glass polarizers, injection molding of glass for lenses and the creation of new composite materials. “Corning is the right place to be if you want to become a scientist in industry,” he said. “Innovation is here. There is so much creativity, and I think we are one of the few companies that still put a lot of money back into research”.