Minoru Tomozawa



Department of Materials, Science& Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Metallurgy and Materials Science

B.S., Yokohama National University, Japan


Professor Tomozawa received a Ph.D. degree in metallurgy and materials science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968, after working for the Nippon Electric Company for four years. He joined the faculty at Rensselaer in 1969. He has published extensively in the area of glass science and edited several books on the subject. He served as the Chair of the Glass and Optical Materials Division of the American Ceramic Society and is a fellow of the American Ceramic Society.

Research Interests

  • Glass materials

  • Mass transport

  • Reliability

Dr. Tomozawa's research intererests include the origin of memory effect of glasses; measurement of fictive temperature of glasses; effect of fictive temperature on mechanical strength of glasses; glasses with fictive-temperature-independent properties; indentation size effect of glasses; mechanism of water diffusion; rare-earth doped glasses;, measurement of defects in glasses; structural relaxation of glasses;and ion-exchange of glasses.


  • Fellow, American Ceramic Society
  • Research Fellowship, 1965-1967
  • Wilbur B. Driver Fellowship, 1967-1968
  • Science Award, The Japanese Ceramic Society, 1983
  • The American Ceramic Society, Hudson Mohawk Section Award, 1988
  • International Contribution Award, The Ceramic Society of Japan, 1991
  • Louis C. Ianniello 54 Graduation Prize, 1996
  • Ceramic Educational Council Outstanding Educator Award, 1997


Minoru Tomozawa

Materials Research Center
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Troy, New York 12180

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