US glass industry names Phoenix Award winner

The recipient of the 2006 Phoenix Award, presented annually to recognize outstanding individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to the glass industry, will go to Dr. Warren W. Wolf, formerly o…

The recipient of the 2006 Phoenix Award, presented annually to recognize outstanding individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to the glass industry, will go to Dr. Warren W. Wolf, formerly of Owens Corning. The 2006 tribute, which is the 36th Phoenix Award, will be officially presented in the autumn at a formal black-tie event in Columbus, Ohio. In making the announcement, the Phoenix Award Committee said Wolf“s recognition is richly deserved. “He is a true champion of glass. Warren has made many significant contributions to our industry.” The committee added that, in selecting Wolf, they have continued their tradition of recognizing individuals who have made significant lifetime contributions to the glass industry. “Warren joins an esteemed list of past honorees familiar to many of us,” the committee concluded. Dr. Warren W. Wolf retired as Vice President and Chief Scientist Emeritus from Owens Corning in 2001 after 33 years with the company. Throughout his career he held both senior scientist and technical management positions in research, engineering, and environmental and health sciences. He holds 15 patents in glass fiber process and composition. Owens Corning presented Dr. Wolf with numerous awards for his patent contributions as well as a lifetime achievement award. Since retiring, Dr. Wolf has remained active in the glass and ceramics industries. He is the current President of The American Ceramic Society and serves on advisory boards at Virginia Tech, The Ohio State University and Mississippi State University. He has also consulted for The United States Department of Energy and The Glass Manufacturing Industry Council. Dr. Wolf holds a B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University, an MBA from Xavier University and a Ph.D. in Ceramic Engineering from The Ohio State University. He has also been honored as a Distinguished Alumnus from the College of Engineering at Ohio State and as a Fellow of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State. Dr. Wolf is the third representative of Owens Corning to receive the Phoenix Award. Previous Owens Corning recipients were: Dr. Fay V. Tooley (the award“s first recipient in 1971) and William W. Boeschenstein who was honored in 1985. The Phoenix Award began life in May 1971 when representatives of 19 major suppliers to the glass industry met in New York City to form an association to recognize outstanding individuals for their noteworthy contributions to the glass industry. They created the Phoenix Award Committee “to select, each year, a person now living, who has been active in and has made contributions to any phase of the glass industry.” As a symbol of the Award, the recipients receive a glass sculpture representing the mythological Phoenix. Committee members serve for a period of four years. Six new members are elected each year to replace those whose terms have expired. Membership is on an individual, not corporate basis. Members must be employed by a company which is a supplier to the glass manufacturing industry.