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The American Scientific Glassblowers workshops are very interactive. Each student will have a chance to work with bench torches, hand torches and lathes. Our instructors our highly qualified and have worked in the scientific glassblowing field. These are small classes so there is lots of one on one interaction between students and instructors.
Workshop 1 & 2: “Allan B. Brown”
Instructors: Neal Korfhage, Ron Legge, Kyle Meyer and Kevin Teaford
Workshop I – Monday June 17th, 8:00am – 5:00pm – Hotel Carder Room
Workshop II – Tuesday June 18th, 8:00am – 5:00pm – Hotel Carder Room
Allan B Brown workshop is a two day hands-on instruction of advanced scientific glassblowing techniques. Each day can be viewed as separate workshops, so you can elect to participate in Workshop 1, Workshop 2, or both. Each person will have their own torch and work station and be instructed on a specific project that is deemed worthwhile for scientific glassblowers with at least five years’ experience.
Kevin Teaford – Chair / Instructor. Kevin started his glassblowing career in 1992 at the Westinghouse-Hanford Company. After 3½ years in Research and Development, Kevin accepted a position with Farlow’s Scientific Glassblowing in northern California. At Farlow’s, he learned of many new types of glassware found in the medical and scientific production industry. In 1999, he secured a position at Precision Glassblowing of Colorado. While at Precision, he was introduced to many new aspects of production-style glassblowing, which included fabrication of large diameter Pyrex apparatus and the introduction of larger Quartz fabrication. Kevin has worked at the University of Utah since 2002. Kevin has been the National Membership Chair for the ASGS and now is the Chair of the Allan B. Brown Regular Member Seminar. https://chem.utah.edu/facilities/glass-blowing/index.php – email@example.com – 801-581-7592
Kyle Meyer – Instructor. Kyle Meyer is a scientific and artistic glassblower. His career started in 2001 when he received a two-year scholarship from Sigma Aldrich (Milwaukee, WI) to attend Salem Community College to study scientific glass. In 2003, he graduated with a degree in scientific glass technology under the instruction of Daryl Smith. From 2003 to 2015, he worked at Sigma Aldrich producing custom and catalogue glassware and large-scale apparatus. During this time, Kyle was an active member of the Midwest ASGS and was treasurer from 2011 to 2016. In 2016, his scientific glassblowing career led him to the University of Georgia (Athens, GA) where he became manager of the scientific glass shop. He is currently an active member and treasurer of the Southeast ASGS section.
This workshop is named after Allan B. Brown who started learning scientific glassblowing at the age of 13 from his father Ted Brown. Ted was a scientific glassblower at DuPont and also taught evening courses at Salem Community College. Allan was employed at the University of Michigan from 1963 – 1966 and then became Assistant Shop Foreman of the Glass Shop at Michigan State University from 1966 – 1967. From 1967 – 2002, Allan supervised the glass shop at the University of Connecticut. He was a very active member of the American Scientific Glassblowers Society, serving as President and initiating a two day hands-on seminar to scientific glassblowers at the annual symposiums. He published many technical papers both nationally and abroad, received numerous awards including the J. Allen Alexander, Dana Sampson and the Karl H. Walther Award. Was a honored Lifetime Member of the ASGS.
Workshop 3: “Joseph S. Gregar Junior Member”
Ron Bihler, Chris Block & Kyle Meyer
Monday June 17th 10:00am – 5:00pm – The Corning Museum of Glass
Tuesday June 18th – 8:00am – 5:00pm – The Corning Museum of Glass
The Joseph S. Gregar Junior Member Workshop is open to the first twelve National Junior / Student Members who are registered for the ASGS Symposium. This two day workshop is available at no cost to junior and student registrants. We will have our 4-station quartz and an 8-station borosilicate set up for bench work allowing each participant to have his or her own torch and workstation. We will also have a glass lathe available for some of the projects.
This year’s symposium and the Junior Seminar program will be held at the Corning Museum in Corning NY. It will be a very rewarding workshop with great instructors; Christopher Bock, Kyle Meyer, and Ron Bihler, just to name a few. Our professional instructors will be giving full glassblowing demonstrations showing their techniques of construction of different types of scientific chemical glass apparatus. After the demonstrations, we will break into groups and work on the glassblowing exercises listed below.
Remember registration is limited to 12 for this program. Don’t forget to register for the symposium and fill out and send in the junior workshop qualifying form. This program is a wonderful learning experience that you do not want to miss.
Monday, June 17, 2019
10:00am – 5:00pm
Topics: Half Jacket and big Ring Seals (demo), Borosilicate to Tungsten pass through electrode, Quartz project to be announced
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Topics: Prepping apparatus for vacuum, Sealing under vacuum and testing, Quartz Project to be announced
Chris Bock – Chair / Instructor. – firstname.lastname@example.org – 609-319-4322
Bock is currently working at URG in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Christopher’s glass career started at a company called Franklin Inc. where he was a maintenance mechanic working on vials. He started his glassblowing career at ChemGlass Life Sciences in the mid 1990’s. Since then he has worked for Pfieffer Glass, NDS Technologies, AMK Glass and even started his own company, SeaCubeCo LLC. He has been an active officer for the Delaware Valley Section holding many positions until his relocation to North Carolina
Ron Bihler – Instructor
Ron began his scientific glassblowing career in 1982, working for Rocky Mountain Scientific Glassblowing, until 1992. In 1992 he established Technical Glass, Inc. located in Aurora Colorado. He specialized in custom quartz and borosilicate products including quartz optical cells and engineering. He developed processes for CNC machining of glass and construction of optical cells with high quality fused silica AR coated optics. He continued the operation of Technical Glass Inc. until 2009 and then merged with Precision Glassblowing of Colorado. At Precision Glassblowing he is in charge of research and development and has developed and expanded processes for CNC machining, laser cutting and drilling of quartz, ceramic and glassy materials.
Kyle Meyer – Instructor
Kyle is a scientific and artistic glassblower. His career started in 2001 when he received a two-year scholarship from Sigma Aldrich (Milwaukee, WI) to attend Salem Community College to study scientific glass. In 2003, he graduated with a degree in scientific glass technology under the instruction of Daryl Smith. From 2003 to 2015, he worked at Sigma Aldrich producing custom and catalogue glassware and large-scale apparatus. During this time, Kyle was an active member of the Midwest ASGS and was treasurer from 2011 to 2016. In 2016, his scientific glassblowing career led him to the University of Georgia (Athens, GA) where he became manager of the scientific glass shop. He is currently an active member and treasurer of the Southeast ASGS section.
This workshop is named after Joseph S Gregar, a fourth generation scientific glassblower who began learning the art of scientific glassblowing 53 years ago in 1966 at his family-owned business, The Milwaukee Glass Works Inc. In 1969 he became a scientific glassblower with Pope Scientific Inc., in Menomonee Falls, WI. In 1974 he was promoted to Plant Superintendent and head of the custom glassblowing facility. While supervising all phases of production he was responsible for teaching production trainees, apprentices and journeymen glassblowers. In 1980 Joe joined Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, IL. In 1985 Joe was promoted to the level of Scientific Associate specializing in apparatus design and in 1997 was promoted to Senior Scientific Associate.Joe has held every office in the Midwest Section and served two terms, 1984-1988 as the ASGS National Secretary, ASGS National President Elect in 1989-1990 and ASGS President in 1990-1991. Joe won the ASGS Helmut E. Drechsel Achievement Award in 1989 and the J. Allen Alexander Award in 1993. He has presented many technical papers for which he has been awarded three Dennis Courtney Awards from Andrews Glass Co. He has presented three technical posters, and has demonstrated technical workshops at the National Symposia. He was honored by receiving the first “William A. Wilt Award” in 1999 and again in 2003 and 2012 for his workshop demonstrations. Joe received the first “President’s Achievement Award” in 2008. Joe has served as the National Junior Liaison Committee Chair since 1988.
Workshop 4: “Optical Grinding and Polishing”
Tuesday June 18th 8:00am – Noon – Corning Museum of Glass
This seminar will entail practical glass grinding and hand polishing on the work bench. Materials and techniques used to accomplish and assess optical quality for flatness will be provided and taught in a workshop environment. Instruction will also cover optical applications used in atomic and applied physics and the interplay with lasers.
Workshop 5: “Optical Bonding Technique”
Tuesday June 18th 1:00pm – 5:00pm – Corning Museum of Glass
Window fusing with low surface distortion will be taught and demonstrated using an assortment of techniques: Glass to glass diffusion bonding by using polished tube ends. Glass to glass adhesion bonds using solder tape and fritting glass. Glass to glass bonding by using anodic bonding techniques.
2010 – Present, Princeton University Physics Dept. NJ
2009 – 2010 – ThorLabs, NJ
2006-2009 – Optics for Research, NJ
Education – MS Physics of Engineering, Stevens of Technology, NJ
Black Sea Technical University, Bachelor of Science
Workshop 6: TBA
Tuesday June 18th – 8:00am – 5:00pm – Corning Museum of Glass